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25 Movies You Absolutely Need To Watch If You're Going To College

"Pocahontas never went to college."

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community which movies you need to watch if you're about to head off to college. Here are their recommendations, guaranteed to give you all the feels.

1. Boyhood (2014)

Cinetic Media

"I watched it with my mom the weekend before I started college and felt ALL the feels. It really helped me process the idea of leaving home for the first time and got me excited for my next adventure."


3. Toy Story 3 (2010)


"I was in a puddle of tears watching that movie. The fact that Andy was growing up and leaving his childhood behind just like I was...I was a mess. Great movie, but watch at your own risk. You will cry, especially if you're emotional like me!"



4. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Sony Pictures

"It's important to remember that you're gonna go through hard times, that's inevitable, but you can't let that stop you. It's up to you to work hard, push through, and fight for what you want."


5. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Revolution Studios

"I love how the movie deals with all the different types of relationships you'll have in college. Plus, a lot of the issues navigated by the characters like contraception, sexual orientation, and infidelity, are still relevant today. None of the characters are perfect, which is refreshing."


6. How to be Single (2016)

New Line Cinema

"It's a nice reminder that you don't need to meet your soulmate in college. Self-improvement and personal growth are important, and college is a good time for that!"

—Heather O'Halloran, Facebook

7. Pitch Perfect (2012)

Gold Circle Films

"It always got me excited to go to college. It inspired me to get involved, to meet a group of girls like that, to step out of my comfort zone, to allow myself to change and grow, but to always stay true to myself in the process. Watching it now makes me nostalgic for freshman year."



8. Now and Then (1995)

New Line Cinema

"It's such a beautiful movie that reminds you of summer days spent with neighborhood kids and how those friendships formed you as a person. I remember identifying with every single character in that movie, and I always cackle when the girls think sex is like watering a plant."


10. Accepted (2006)

Universal Pictures

"As someone who went to college as the 'nose-in-the-books' type, it was a great reminder that there are many ways to be smart, your classmates will also teach you valuable things, and it's not that damn serious. Plus, the movie is hilarious!"


11. I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)

1492 Pictures

"It's a hilarious movie about a geek and the queen bee going on an unexpected adventure around their home town on the night of their graduation. Not only is it so funny, but there are also some really touching scenes and it reminds us that we're more than just the labels we wear!"



13. Legally Blonde (2001)

Type A Films

"While it's an iconic movie for many reasons, it really hit me while watching it that it has some deep messages in it. Elle Woods taught us that if we want something, we're gonna have to push hard to get it. She also taught us that even if it feels like everyone has turned against us, there will always be a silver lining."



16. The Roommate (2011)

Vertigo Entertainment

"It honestly prepared me for the worst case roommate scenario. Then when I got to school and realized that my roommate wasn't all that bad, I was super relieved."



22. Girl's Trip (2017)

Will Packer Productions

"I just saw Girl's Trip with all my best girlfriends and it was a good reminder of our unconditional love for each other and how much we'll miss one another. It made us reminisce about all the good times we had and how much we have to hold on to those memories as we all go our different ways."



24. High School Musical 3 (2008)


"It's a Disney movie that was meant for preteens, but once you watch the entire series in one sitting up to the graduation, you feel so much from it! Almost like a proud mother crying in excitement for the next journey; it'll get you hyped up for when you make it to that point in your life."


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