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The Best College Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good College movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best College movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Frances Ha

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7.5/10
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73/100
Released: 2012Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: An aspiring dancer moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime & The Criterion Channel), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. Il Posto

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8.0/10
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81/100
Released: 1961
Romance, Drama

What it's about: With his family mired in financial troubles, Domenico moves to Milan, Italy, from his small town to get a job in lieu of furthering his education. A lack of options forces him to take a position as a messenger at a big company, where he hopes to receive a promotion soon. There, Domenico meets Antonietta, a young woman in a similar situation as himself. The two form a tentative relationship, but the soulless nature of their jobs threatens to keep them apart.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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3. Tiny Furniture

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6.2/10
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69/100
Released: 2010
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: After graduating from film school, Aura returns to New York to live with her photographer mother, Siri, and her sister, Nadine, who has just finished high school. Aura is directionless and wonders where to go next in her career and her life. She takes a job in a restaurant and tries unsuccessfully to develop relationships with men, including Keith, a chef where she works, and cult Internet star Jed.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. The Freshman

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7.6/10
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60/100
Released: 1925Rated: G
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule. With the help of his one real friend Peggy, he resolves to make every possible effort to become popular.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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5. Polytechnique

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7.2/10
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68/100
Released: 2009
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Fandor, Hoopla & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Dead Man's Curve

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5.9/10
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54/100
Released: 1998Rated: R
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: Two roommates plan to kill a third to take advantage of college policy giving a 4.0 grade to a suicide's roommates.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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7. Canoa: A Shameful Memory

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7.9/10
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55/100
Released: 1976
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A group of students arrives in a small town during a hiking expedition. Once there, the local priest accuses them of being communist agitators on the run from an army crack-down against student demonstrations in nearby Mexico City and rallies the townsfolk to lynch them. Based on true facts occurred in the town of Canoa in 1968.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. The Blot

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6.8/10
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47/100
Released: 1921
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Professor Griggs, teaching at the college, doesn't get paid a living wage; his next door neighbor, successful shoemaker Olsen, has money and plentiful food, while the Griggses have hardly any. When the professor's rich student Phil West falls for beautiful Griggs daughter Amelia and also befriends the poor Reverend Gates (a young man who is also in love with Amelia), he observes the difference in his life and theirs and tries to help make a difference.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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9. The Big Chill

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7.2/10
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69/100
Released: 1983Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Seven old college friends gather for a weekend reunion after the funeral of one of their own.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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