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10 Movies Every College Girl Should Have in Her Collection


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Though college is said to be one of the most exciting times of our lives, sometimes you just need to take a break from all of the excitement and stress. I highly value my time alone and love to spend it watching movies. However, there are also times when a big group of my friends and I  will get together with a bunch of snacks and watch one. Whether played on an old-school VHS, modern Blu Ray player, or Netflix, bonding over movies is a big part of the college experience.

Lately, I have become stuck in a movie rut trying to find new things to watch. This got me thinking about some of my favorites that I know are popular around campus and among my friends. So without further ado, here are the top 10 movies every college student should have in their collection!

The Princess Bride (1987)

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The Princess Bride

Don’t let the title fool you, this definitely isn’t a comedy just for girls. Based upon the book by the same name, it’s romantic, hilarious, and full of swashbuckling – not to mention ultra-quotable! The nice thing is that you don’t have to have read the book to understand the story. A classic tale with some definite twists, this movie will no doubt remain popular far into the future. I honestly don’t know anyone that doesn’t like this movie.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

One of my favorite movie of all time, this Disney film combines the best elements of costume dramas and action films. With a great cast and an amazing plot full of adventure, humor, and romance, it’s hard to believe that this tale was based off of the Disney ride of the same name. It is definitely a favorite movie around campus for both the male and female population, and a perpetual pick for movie nights.

Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection

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Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Harry Potter is a series based on the wonderful books by J.K. Rowling, and a favorite source of fashion inspiration here at CF. The whole Harry Potter is extremely popular on my campus, so I recommend picking up the box set. Since there are eight films in the series, almost everyone can find their favorite. Additionally, it works great for having marathon parties!

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy

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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy

This popular movie series is full of action and fantasy, following the hobbit Frodo on his quest to destroy the One Ring. Based off of the books by J.R.R. Tolkien, the story centers around love, sacrifice, and the battle of good vs evil. Again, these movies are among our favorite sources of fashion inspiration – see our post on fashion inspired by Lord of the Rings for proof. Another fantastic series for a marathon, these movies will be sure to entertain you and your friends for hours!

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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Pride & Prejudice

Based on the book by Jane Austen, this movie shows the difficulties of love, life, and the separation of classes within the regency era. Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters are pressured to marry in order to improve the family status. Full of romance, this costume drama is a timeless story that is definitely great for a night in with the girls.

Toy Story 3 (2010)

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Toy Story 3

Most of us are no strangers to the Toy Story trilogy and have literally grown up with Andy through the years. This time, Andy is going off to college, leaving Buzz and Woody to take one last adventure as Andy’s toys. A fantastic film that especially hits home for college-aged students, this movie is a great addition to your college collection – just have the tissues handy!

Mean Girls (2004)

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Mean Girls

Perhaps the most quotable movie of our generation, Mean Girls is a hilarious and reality-based movie focused around high school culture and the cliques, backstabbing, and social warfare that we’ve all experienced in HS. The best part? The ending to the story has a great moral about being kind to everyone, even if they aren’t kind to you. My friends and I love to quote this movie!

Legally Blonde (2003)

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Legally Blonde

Truly a hilarious and uplifting movie, Legally Blonde is a favorite for almost every girl. It’s especially great if you are looking for a light story after a rough day of classes or just want to chill out and relax! This is also a perpetual favorite for girls nights in.

Iron Man (2008)

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Iron Man

Crazy popular among my friends and around campus, this comic book movie tells the story of how a man named Tony Stark becomes the superhero Iron Man and saves the day. Though the movie is mostly action-based, there are also elements of romance and comedy… and, hi, Robert Downey Jr. If you’re having a party that isn’t just confined to your girlfriends, Iron Man is a safe choice for a movie that almost everyone will enjoy.

The Young Victoria (2009)

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The Young Victoria

Okay, okay…so this may not be the most popular film out there. However, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, you definitely need to soon. This beautiful film follows the first years of Queen Victoria’s reign and the surprising romance that influenced a nation. Truly a romantic and heartfelt story, I think this movie deserves more popularity. Those I know who have seen it love it – it’s the perfect romance movie to watch with girlfriends.

What are your thoughts?

Is your favorite movie listed on here? Have you watched any of these with your friends? Is there another super awesome movie we should know about? I’d love to know!

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62 Responses to “10 Movies Every College Girl Should Have in Her Collection”

  1. 1
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Good choices – although I’d definitely trade in the Pride and Prejudice film for the BBC series. Much better acting and characters – and more true to the book! Perfect for a hangover day ;)

  2. 2
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Great choices! Love every one of them :)

  3. 3
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    the only thing missing is breakfast at tiffany’s no girl should be without holly golightly !

  4. 4
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    this is why you gotta have LOTR ;)

    Also, though I love Toy Story 3, I think something from classic Disney or early Pixar is a must for when you’re feeling some childhood nostalgia.

    Lastly, this depends on the person, but a musical is always fun to have for when you’re in the mood to sing along to a movie. Lion King, Rent and Across the Universe are faves of my group of friends :)

  5. 5
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    good picks but you left out White Chicks!!!

  6. 6
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Bridesmaids and Breakfast at Tiffany’s!!!

  7. 7
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    While I love the 2005 P&P, I would say ANY Jane Austen adaptation will do! They’re all great! :) My personal favorite is Romola Garai’s “Emma” (although it’s a miniseries).

    I think some people might not agree with “The Young Victoria,” but I saw it and I think it’s great! It was written by Julian Fellowes after all :D. While it is romantic, I took it more as a source of inspiration for young woman everywhere. Women can rule and be just as powerful as men and men can be supportive of their wives. When Victoria tells Albert she isn’t sure she can really measure up as queen she says:

    Victoria: You don’t recommend I find a husband to play it for me?
    Albert: I should find one to play it with you not for you.

    I wish all men could be so supportive of their wives careers!

    The only films I don’t like are the “Lord of the Rings” series and “Iron Man.” I would replace them with “Breakfeast at Tiffany’s” and “Bridesmaids.”

    I think you should do a TV show version of this post! :D

  8. 8
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Most of these are actually in my dad’s collection. xD I have to agree with adding Breakfast at Tiffany’s and A Tale of Two Cities was also great.

  9. 9
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Ummmmmm where’s Clueless? Haha it’s such a classic in my opinion. I watch it at least once a month.

  10. 10
    July 22nd, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Legally Blonde is my favourite film! :-D

  11. 11
    July 22nd, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Ahh! I almost squeeled when I saw that you included Young Victoria. I definitely count that, Pride and Prejudice, and the Harry Potter films among my favorites. One day, in my high school history class, we watched The Young Victoria and even my professor (an older gentleman probably in his 70’s) was very impressed. A great movie and Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend are brilliant actors.

  12. 12
    July 22nd, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Switch out the 2005 P&P with the BBC!

  13. 13
    July 22nd, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I agree with most of these and I cannot tell you how many times I have watched Mean Girls ;) Great post!

  14. 14
    July 22nd, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Fantastic, great choices for everyone!

  15. 15
    July 22nd, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Nicole — It is certainly a fantastic movie! Extremely underrated, in my opinion.

    Paola — The Young Victoria is one that you either love or hate, I think! Those I know that have seen it really love it. I also agree with you that any Jane Austen movie is fantastic! The same is true with movies like Jane Eyre.

    Natalie & Elle — The only thing with the BBC series is that it is very long and I know many people that would not be able to sit through it. Great for those that are willing to sit down and watch it, though! I personally love BBC costume dramas.

    Shelby — Thank you! I tried to include different genres for everyone. I know some of my friends would rather watch Iron Man than Legally Blonde. This way you could easily find a movie depending what interests your friends have.

  16. 16
    July 22nd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    great list! also sex and the city! love the first one!

  17. 17
    July 22nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I would add But I’m a Cheerleader! to the list for sure. It’s one of those cheesey movies that everyone ends up loving.

  18. 18
    July 22nd, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I’d totally add Clueless and But I’m a Cheerleader! to the list. Such good flicks :)

  19. 19
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    The BBC version is long, but amazing. And has Colin Firth pointlessly in a wet shirt. Classic moment.

    I agree with “Mean Girls” and would also add “Clueless”. I was in college in the first Pirates of the Caribbean came out, and it wasn’t my thing, but the girls I lived with were absolutely obsessed with it. You should also be able to get away with not owning LotR or Harry Potter, because you should easily be able to find someone who does and mooch off of them, hehe.

  20. 20
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Great picks! (Huzzah for LOTR…Bonus points for extended edition!)

    So so happy you included Legally Blonde and Mean Girls. I don’t care what the Academy says: these are two shining beacons of cinematic excellence.

    P.S. A future Geek Chic post on The Princess Bride is not at all inconceivable…

  21. 21
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Katy — Yes, BBC versions are pretty awesome! Sadly, they aren’t more known in the US. I personally love BBC adaptions and find them to be breathtaking.

    Shannon — That makes me so excited! I love The Princess Bride, it’s such a great film.

  22. 22
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Batman Begins and The Dark Knight!! Not the girliest movies, but they’re still amazing! Also add the Dark Knight Rises when it comes out on bluray and DVD! That entire trilogy, basically. Haha

  23. 23
    July 22nd, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Ahh!! I didn’t realize other people knew about Young Victoria! This is such a great list! :)

  24. 24
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:06 am

    The Harry Potter movies are among my favorite ones because I’ve grown up with them and I love the fantasy, drama and magic of them. I totally agree with toy story and Pirates of the Caribbean.
    Nice post!

  25. 25
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Great Flicks! Hey, y’all should definitely do a Geek Chic Fashion post for the Dark Knight Rises/Christoper Nolan’s Batman films!

  26. 26
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Young Victoria absolutely!!!

  27. 27
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I agree with Nikki!!!

  28. 28
    July 23rd, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I agree with Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Love your selection of movies, wide selection!

  29. 29
    July 23rd, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I’m so glad you added the Young Victoria to the list. I saw it two years ago, and it’s been one of my favourite films ever since! I could watch it again and again. The soundtrack, setting and story is just so beautiful.

    I would add Downton Abbey by the same writer to the list, I have a huge soft spot for period movies.

  30. 30
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I love the 2005 version of P&P, the cinematography was beautiful.. still yet to watch the BBC version. *hangs head in shame* love all the picks!

  31. 31
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:41 am

    great list, i agree with adding Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What about the Sisterhood of the Traveling pants? also a classic!

  32. 32
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I ADORE all of these! (except Young Victoria, which I haven’t yet seen). Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Princess Bride are absolute musts for me.

  33. 33
    July 23rd, 2012 at 9:06 am

    All right Lord of the rings!!!!!!!! But your missing How to train your dragon. :)

  34. 34
    July 23rd, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I think Zoolander should be on this list also :)

  35. 35
    July 23rd, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Good choices! I’d have left off the Princess Bride, because I feel like everyone has seen it 50 million times (and also, say hello to the first person you’ve met who actually doesn’t like that movie!). But besides that, the others are all good, and I think I’ve watched all of them on campus. I’d add Secretariat, honestly, because it was a really great movie and a cool story, and not enough people know that. Everyone I’ve shown it to has really liked it, even if they weren’t horse people. Plus, it’s a non-sad animal movie, and those are rare enough.

  36. 36
    July 23rd, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Roman Holiday is a good choice, too!

  37. 37
    July 23rd, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I actually can’t stand The Princess Bride… and yes, I get weird looks for that, but I can’t help it, I don’t like it, and that’s all there is I can say on that.

    I do so love Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Pride and Prejudice (and other Austen films) though… and I actually prefer this version of P&P to the older one – the cinematography is beautiful, and the characters seem more real. Those films, along with Anne of Green Gables 1 and 2 have had a major impact on my life… shaped me into who I am today. I’m a great fan of period dramas, but I still need to watch The Young Victoria.

  38. 38
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    One of my must-have’s is 500 Days of Summer! Such a great movie, and Joesph Gordon-Levitt is my future husband :)

  39. 39
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    He’s Just Not That Into You! Great movie, helps a lot when you’re feeling confused!

  40. 40
    July 23rd, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Emily — Downton Abbey may just be featured in a future post of mine. ;) I’m so happy that more people have seen The Young Victoria than I had originally thought! It’s sad that many of my friends have never heard of it.

    Cara & Heather — To each her own, right? I’m sure you’re not the only ones that dislike The Princess Bride. Most people I know seem to love it but there are some movies they like that I don’t care for. Heather, I agree with Anne of Green Gables! So, so fantastic.

    I really appreciate the comments, everyone! I love to know what you’re all thinking.

  41. 41
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I have all of these except the 2005 P&P It just didn’t compare to the BBC version, which I own and can’t help but watching every few weeks. I agree the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy should be added, as well as the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher originals (but I’m a Batman fanatic so that may just be me)

  42. 42
    July 23rd, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    also would switch out P&P for the BBC version – yes it’s 6 hours long, but so much more in the spirit of Jane Austen!

    not to say P&P 2005 was a bad movie. imho, fine as a movie, not so great as an adaptation.

  43. 43
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    THE NOTEBOOK!!! no matter when you see it or how many times… it brings tears to EVERYONE’S EYES

  44. 44
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Such a nice list of movies. Legally blonde and Mean girls are definitely classics. Toy Story and Iron Man are recent movies that are really nice. The Harry Potter collection is my favorite of all. I love all the drama and fantasy of it.
    Nice post!

  45. 45
    July 24th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    i would recommend Mona Lisa Smile

  46. 46
    July 25th, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Great picks! You guys should totally do “inspired by” now. <3

  47. 47
    July 25th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    M & Casey — If only more people knew the BBC version existed! That goes for many more awesome costume dramas they’ve done. I put in the 2005 because it’s the most well known.

    Ashley — The Notebook is a great movie! It’s also a favorite of my friends but I didn’t want to put in too many chick-flicks since some don’t care for them.

    Pauline & Lola — Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy the post. Perhaps there will eventually be an “inspired by” for some of these. You never know!

  48. 48
    July 25th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    ONLY HALF OF THEM are in my taste list, all the girly ones of course

  49. 49
    July 25th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I think The Notebook should be in there. Everyone needs The Notebook.

  50. 50
    July 25th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Scott pilgrim verses the world should be there!! *cough* amazing *cough*

  51. 51
    July 26th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    ooh you should so do a Mean Girls style post

  52. 52
    July 26th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    you guy are missin all the Bring Its On movies And Grease

  53. 53
    July 27th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    These are wonderful choices!

  54. 54
    July 28th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Miss Congeniality ! It’s like one of the best movies to watch with your girls friends ! And all Audrey Hepburn movies ! And I agree with Katy .. the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice is amazing ! Must have !

  55. 55
    July 28th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I would add Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Gone with the Wind, and Some like it Hot. But I enjoy old movies.

  56. 56
    July 29th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I may be the only on who thinks this but you totally need The Devil Wears Prada! It was so good and how could you not love Anne Hathaway!

  57. 57
    July 30th, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Iron Man!!! Hunger Games is my favorite, though.

  58. 58
    August 1st, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Huzzah to LotR! Great fantasy epic, but also just a beautiful story about the human condition and how life ought to be lived.

    Thumbs up for Pride and Prejudice as well! I think one of these days there should be a fashion inspiration based on Jane Austen’s work!

  59. 59
    August 3rd, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I Luv Harry Potter! I always thought people would think im weird for liking Harry Potter but its nice to know im not the only one.

    And if you did an article for shows I would recommend Gilmore Girls

    Very funny, romantic, and shows love between a mom and a daughter

  60. 60
    August 5th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Okay, I have a few more to add:
    Jane Eyre (2011) (OMG Michael Fassbender!!!!)
    Pretty In Pink (I love Jon Cryer in this!)
    Blue Valentine (Ryan Gosling is amaaaaaaazing)
    Atonement (love it!!)
    Horrible Bosses (the scene with Charlie Day singing “That’s Not My Name” lol)

  61. 61
    September 25th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    It would be good if College Fashion did a post on the main characters of Mean Girls: Regina, Gretchen, Cady, and Karen. I love their individual styles!

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