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The Best College Movies and TV Shows on Kanopy

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 Kanopy.

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1. Hearts Beat Loud

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6.9/10
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74/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Bodied

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7.1/10
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73/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A progressive graduate student finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis subject becomes a competitive obsession.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (YouTube Premium & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. Il Posto

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8.0/10
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73/100
Released: 1961
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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4. A Coffee in Berlin

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7.4/10
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70/100
Released: 2012
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A fateful day pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and finally engage with life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Hoopla & 1 other) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. La Chinoise

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7.1/10
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68/100
Released: 1967
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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6. Inferno

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68/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: A young man returns from Rome to his sister's satanic New York apartment house.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Starz, Shudder, Kanopy & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. Daniel Isn't Real

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6.1/10
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67/100
Released: 2019
Thriller, LGBTQ

What it's about: A troubled college freshman, Luke, suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. Me Without You

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Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama, Independent

What it's about: During a long, hot summer in seventies London, young neighbors Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For Marina, troubled, fiercely independent, determined to try everything, Holly stays the only constant in a life of divorcing parents, experimental drugs and fashionable self-destruction. But for Holly, a friendship that has never been equal gradually starts to feel like a trap.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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9. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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65/100
Released: 2002
Biography, Drama

What it's about: During the Cultural Revolution, two young men are sent to a remote mining village where they fall in love with the local tailor’s beautiful granddaughter and discover a suitcase full of forbidden Western novels.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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10. Fail State

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56/100
Released: 2018
Documentary

What it's about: This in-depth documentary explores the dark side of American higher education, exposing predatory for-profit colleges and the tactics they use to defraud students and the government.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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11. The Blot

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55/100
Released: 1921
Drama, Romance

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 stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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12. Ask Me Anything

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Released: 2014Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Beautiful, wild, funny, and lost, Katie Kampenfelt takes a year off before college to find herself, all the while chronicling her adventures in an anonymous blog into which she pours her innermost secrets. Eventually, Katie's fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Adrift in Tokyo

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54/100
Released: 2007
Comedy

What it's about: Leading a lazy life, Fumiya has been a university student for 8 years and owes money to loan sharks. One day, a man named Fukuhara comes to collect the loan, which Fumiya cannot pay. So Fukuhara makes a proposition: He will cancel the debt as long as Fumiya agrees to walk with him across Tokyo to the police station of Kasumigaseki, where he intends to turn himself in for a crime he deeply regrets. Not having much choice, Fumiya accepts the deal. Thus begins their journey which will lead them to various unusual encounters, most of all with themselves.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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14. Butley

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45/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Butley is set in Queen Mary’s College, London and focuses on two English instructors, Ben Butley, a middle-aged former T. S. Eliot expert whose life is now in a shambles, and his protégé, Joey, a homosexual. With both Joey and his wife leaving, Butley faces a life alone, fighting back with wit, obscenity and booze.

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

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15. Against the Grain

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28/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: An inner-city kid has an opportunity to improve his life at an elite university. He struggles between maintaining his grades, staying loyal to his troubled childhood friends, and capturing the heart of his dream girl. But when he arrives at a crossroad he must choose between his past and future.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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