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The Best College Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good College movie 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 of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. The 39 Steps

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7.7/10
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83/100
Released: 1935
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Richard Hannay stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued—as well as into an unexpected romance with the cool Pamela.

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

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2. Frances Ha

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7.5/10
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83/100
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 & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

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79/100
Released: 2007
Drama

What it's about: Two college roommates have 24 hours to make the ultimate choice as they finalize arrangements for a black market abortion.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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4. Il Posto

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8.0/10
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74/100
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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5. Career Girls

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7.1/10
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66/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Two young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.

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

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6. Tiny Furniture

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6.2/10
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62/100
Released: 2010
Comedy, Drama

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 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Canoa: A Shameful Memory

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7.9/10
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59/100
Released: 1976
Action & Adventure, Crime

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. Dead Man's Curve

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48/100
Released: 1998Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

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 & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Tribeca Short List & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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9. I Graduated, But...

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6.4/10
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39/100
Released: 1929
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Tetsuo Nomoto, a young graduated student tries to find a decent job by himself. Later on, he will marry his girlfriend, Machiko, whom he hides the fact that he has no job. Hardships come quickly, which forces Machiko to find a job in a bar.

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