My List of 55 Feature Films in College - Academic Settings (College Life in the Movies)

A list of movies in academic settings, college, campus, university. College life from students and/or professors view point. Feature films with college campus' scenes.
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1.
Monsters University (2013)
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A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
 
2.
Admission (2013)
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A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption. (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Weitz
 
3.
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
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One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together. (124 mins.)
 
4.
Footnote (2011)
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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
5.
The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
6.
Acceptance (2009 TV Movie)
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A comedic and sometimes poignant look at the absurdity of today's college applications process for parents and teens. Joan Cusack stars as a stressed out-mom trying to get her teen daughter Taylor Rockefeller into college. (95 mins.)
Director: Sanaa Hamri
 
7.
Away We Go (2009)
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A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
8.
A Serious Man (2009)
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Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
 
9.
A Single Man (2009)
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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
 
10.
Tenure (2008)
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A college professor competes for tenure with a hot-shot female colleague. (89 mins.)
Director: Mike Million
 
11.
Smart People (2008)
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Into the life of a widowed professor comes a new love and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother. (95 mins.)
Director: Noam Murro
 
12.
21 (2008)
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"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
 
13.
Elegy (2008)
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Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life -- which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood" -- thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher. (112 mins.)
Director: Isabel Coixet
 
14.
The Great Debaters (2007)
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A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. (126 mins.)
 
15.
The Good Shepherd (2006)
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The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life. (167 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
 
16.
Accepted (2006)
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A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Pink
 
17.
Proof (2005)
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The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students, who wants to search through his papers, and her estranged sister, who shows up to help settle his affairs. (100 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
18.
The Prince and Me (2004)
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At college Paige meets Eddie, a fellow student from Denmark, whom she first dislikes but later accepts, likes, and loves; he proves to be Crown Prince Edvard. Paige follows him to Copenhagen, and he follows her back to school with a plan. (111 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
 
19.
First Daughter (2004)
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The first daughter of the U.S. President heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student with a secret agenda. (106 mins.)
Director: Forest Whitaker
 
20.
Old School (2003)
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Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater. (88 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
 
21.
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
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A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
22.
Van Wilder (2002)
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The most popular kid on campus meets a beautiful journalist who makes him realize that maybe he's afraid to graduate. (92 mins.)
Director: Walt Becker
 
23.
Drumline (2002)
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A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university. (118 mins.)
 
24.
Orange County (2002)
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A guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcripts to Stanford University under the name of an over-achieving high schooler. (82 mins.)
Director: Jake Kasdan
 
25.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
26.
Legally Blonde (2001)
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Elle woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend.She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
 
27.
Wonder Boys (2000)
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An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in. (107 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
28.
Finding Forrester (2000)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author. (136 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
29.
The Skulls (2000)
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Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls"... (106 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
 
30.
The Waterboy (1998)
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A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Coraci
 
31.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
32.
Flubber (1997)
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An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber," a rubber-like super-bouncy substance. (93 mins.)
Director: Les Mayfield
 
33.
The Nutty Professor (1996)
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Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
34.
Higher Learning (1995)
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People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus. (127 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
 
35.
With Honors (1994)
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Convinced his thesis will have him graduate with honors from Harvard University, a stuffy student finds himself at the mercy of a homeless man's demands when he holds the papers hostage. (103 mins.)
Director: Alek Keshishian
 
36.
PCU (1994)
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A high school senior visits college for the weekend, and stays at the wildest house on campus in this classic tale of anti-political-correctness. (79 mins.)
Director: Hart Bochner
 
37.
Rudy (1993)
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Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
 
38.
School Daze (1988)
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A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college. (121 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
39.
Back to School (1986)
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To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself. (96 mins.)
Director: Alan Metter
 
40.
Real Genius (1985)
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Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans. (108 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
 
41.
The Sure Thing (1985)
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A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally... (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
42.
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
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At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeff Kanew
 
43.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
44.
Animal House (1978)
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At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those trouble-makers have other plans for him. (109 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
45.
The Gambler (1974)
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Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this he cannot stop gambling. (111 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
46.
Butley (1974)
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An English professor finds his life crumbling around him. (129 mins.)
Director: Harold Pinter
 
47.
The Paper Chase (1973)
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A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor. (113 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
48.
The Way We Were (1973)
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Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart. (118 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
49.
Love Story (1970)
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A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes. (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
50.
Accident (1967)
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At Oxford, Austrian student Anna is dating fellow student William whom she plans to marry but she ends up sleeping with two unhappily married Oxford professors instead. (105 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
51.
The Nutty Professor (1963)
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To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. (107 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
52.
The Absent Minded Professor (1961)
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A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself. (92 mins.)
 
53.
Teacher's Pet (1958)
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A hard-nosed newspaper editor poses as a night school student in order to woo a journalism teacher who cannot stand him. (120 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
54.
The Male Animal (1942)
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It's Homecoming weekend at Midwestern University, the weekend which will culminate with the big game between Midwestern and Michigan... (101 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
 
55.
Horse Feathers (1932)
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Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
 
56.
The Freshman (1925)
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Nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus. (76 mins.)