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The Best College Movies and TV Shows on Netflix

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 Netflix.

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1. 3 Idiots

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8.4/10
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94/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In the tradition of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold. Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like "Rancho." From the moment he arrives at India's most prestigious university, Rancho's outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down—along with the lives of his two newfound best friends. Together, they make life miserable for "Virus," the school’s uptight and heartless dean. But when Rancho catches the eye of the dean's sexy daughter, Virus sets his sights on flunking out the "3 idiots" once and for all.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video).

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2. Zombieland

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7.6/10
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92/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Comedy, Horror

What it's about: Columbus has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. How to Get Away with Murder

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8.1/10
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87/100
Year: 2014-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (12%) are available to watch free online (ABC). 80 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Hulu). 2 episodes (2%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (ABC). 84 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. Frances Ha

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7.4/10
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82/100
Released: 2013Rated: 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 popular subscription service (Netflix, Showtime & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Gilmore Girls

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8.1/10
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82/100
Year: 2000-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 8
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Set in the charming town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the series follows the captivating lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a mother/daughter pair who have a relationship most people only dream of.

Where to Watch: 153 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 153 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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6. The Stanford Prison Experiment

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6.9/10
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76/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Scream 2

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6.2/10
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76/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Comedy, Horror

What it's about: Two years after the terrifying events that occurred in Woodsboro, Sidney is now attending Windsor College in Cincinnati, and Gale Weathers' best selling book on Sidney's life has now been made into a major motion picture. When two college students are killed in a theatre while watching the new film 'Stab', Sidney knows deep down that history is repeating itself.

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

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8. The Magicians

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7.6/10
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75/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Brakebills University is a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity.

Where to Watch: 39 episodes (75%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 5 episodes (10%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Syfy). 52 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others). Episodes coming soon to Netflix on December 15th, 2019 (PST).

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9. Blue Mountain State

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8.3/10
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72/100
Year: 2010-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Comedy, Sport

What it's about: Three incoming freshman in a big-time, Midwestern college football program have to juggle football, girls, class and nonstop hazing.

Where to Watch: 37 episodes (95%) are available to watch free online (Vudu). 2 episodes (5%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 39 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. The Waterboy

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6.1/10
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71/100
Released: 1998Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Sport

What it's about: Bobby Boucher is a water boy for a struggling college football team. The coach discovers Boucher's hidden rage makes him a tackling machine whose bone-crushing power might vault his team into the playoffs.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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11. Bee Movie

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6.1/10
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71/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Barry B. Benson, a bee who has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue us.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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12. Time Trap

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6.5/10
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70/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A group of students become trapped inside a mysterious cave where they discover time passes differently underground than on the surface.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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13. Dear White People

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6.2/10
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69/100
Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a diverse group of students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.

Where to Watch: 30 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 20 episodes (67%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Kicking and Screaming

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6.9/10
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68/100
Released: 1995Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all of whom can't quite work up the inertia to escape their university's pull. Nobody wants to make any big decisions that would radically alter his life, yet none of them wants to end up like Chet, the professional student who tends bar and is in his tenth year of university studies.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Mona Lisa Smile

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6.5/10
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67/100
Released: 2003Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States.

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

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16. The Riot Club

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6.0/10
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64/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. Take Me Home Tonight

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6.3/10
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62/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin should be well on his way to a successful career at a Fortune 500 company, but instead he rebels against maturity by taking a job at a video store. Matt rethinks his position when his unrequited high-school crush, Tori, walks in and invites him to an end-of-summer party. With the help of his twin sister and his best friend, Matt hatches a plan to change the course of his life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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18. Barry

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61/100
Released: 2016
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A biopic of Barack Obama set during his time as a college student in New York City.

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

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19. 6 Years

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5.6/10
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58/100
Released: 2015
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A young couple bound by a seemingly ideal love, begins to unravel as unexpected opportunities spin them down a volatile and violent path and threaten the future they had always imagined.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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20. Submission

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Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A well-respected professor who is a celebrated novelist and loving husband loses himself when he becomes obsessed with an ambitious and talented student.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Starz), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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21. Friend Request

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54/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: Enjoying college life as a popular student, Laura shares everything with her more than 800 friends on Facebook. But one day, after accepting a friend request from a social outcast named Marina, Laura’s life is cursed...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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22. Step Sisters

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5.4/10
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53/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Comedy

What it's about: Jamilah has her whole life figured out. She's the president of her black sorority, captain of their champion step dance crew, is student liaison to the college dean, and her next move is on to Harvard Law School. She's got it all, right? But when the hard-partying white girls from Sigma Beta Beta embarrass the school, Jamilah is ordered to come to the rescue. Her mission is to not only teach the rhythmically-challenged girls how to step dance, but to win the Steptacular, the most competitive of dance competitions. With the SBBs reputations and charter on the line, and Jamilah's dream of attending Harvard in jeopardy, these outcast screw-ups and their unlikely teacher stumble through one hilarious misstep after another. Cultures clash, romance blossoms, and sisterhood prevails as everyone steps out of their comfort zones.

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

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23. Kristy

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5.9/10
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52/100
Released: 2014
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: When a college girl who is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break is targeted by a group of outcasts, she must conquer her deepest fears to outwit them and fight back.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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24. Cheese in the Trap

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7.5/10
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51/100
Year: 2016-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Hong Seol and Yoo Jung attend the same college, but they couldn't be more different. Hong Seol is a poor, unpopular student with no money, while Yoo Jung is rich, well-liked, extremely smart, and popular. Hong Seol just wants to get through her college career quietly, but finds herself getting caught up in whatever Yoo Jung drags her into. Can Hong Seol break away, or will she continue to be the only person who sees Yoo Jung's true self?

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (94%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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25. The Bye Bye Man

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4.3/10
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51/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG-13
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man's existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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26. Swiped

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48/100
Released: 2018
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: James, a college freshman and computer genius, is enlisted by his womanizing roommate, Lance, to code the ultimate hook-up app. But when James discovers that his divorced mother is using the app, unexpected consequences ensue.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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27. CIA: Comrade In America

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48/100
Released: 2017
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A young Aji Mathew is a communist who goes the whole nine yards for the ideologies he believes in. When the girl he loves leaves to the US out of the blue and her parents fix her wedding, Aji is left with just a fortnight to reach the country albeit with no passport or visa. How far he is willing to go for love forms the plot.

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

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28. Campus

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7.4/10
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44/100
Year: 2009-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Comedy

What it's about: Campus is a semi-improvised British sitcom created by the team behind the comedy sketch show Smack the Pony and hospital-based sitcom Green Wing, led by Victoria Pile who acts as co-writer, producer and director. It is set in the fictitious Kirke University and follows the lives of the staff, in particular the power-crazed and callous vice chancellor Jonty de Wolfe, lazy womanising English literature professor Matt Beer and newly promoted senior mathematics lecturer Imogen Moffat.Campus was first broadcast as a television pilot on Channel 4 on 6 November 2009, as part of the channel's Comedy Showcase season of comedy pilots. A full series was later commissioned and commenced airing on 5 April 2011, with the first episode being a re-shoot and expanded version of the pilot. When first broadcast many critics claimed it was too similar to Green Wing and that much of the humour was offensive. However, others praised the show's dark humour and surrealism. Campus was cancelled after one series due to poor TV ratings. Over the course of the first series the average ratings were 554,000 viewers per episode, or 2.99% of the total audience, which is below the Channel 4 average.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).