Top 5 films students should watch

Here’s our list of the top 5 films students should watch.

Monsters University

Kicking it off with a Pixar film, Monsters University is definitely one for all students. I watched Monsters Inc. back when I was 7 and now 11 years later as a first-year university student I get to reminisce and look back on my first few months as a fresher trying to integrate myself into the crazy life of university. The producers definitely had us in mind. With fantastic animation from Pixar, a story line which we can all relate to, and a cute young Mike Wazowski, you have got to give this one a watch – or several – if you haven’t done so already.


We can all relate to that life – sharing rooms, that first party, and even a lecture or two.



Dead Poet’s Society

Carpe Diem. The whole premise of this film. Robin Williams is a great actor, and does an amazing job as English teacher John Keating who teaches his students about the need to seize the day. Whether you’re an English student or not, you will appreciate this film. It gives an insight into an American college, fraternities, secret societies and the problems students face as they learn to become the people they wish to be.


An elite school plus an inspiring John Keating equals artistic creation, rebellious students and a love for poetry.



Into the Wild

Based on true events, Into the Wild tells the story of top student and athlete Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch). Feeling restricted by his material possessions and money, Chris abandons his upper-class lifestyle and chooses to experience nature at its finest as he hitchhikes from South Dakota to the Alaskan wilderness. (The cinematography is so beautiful; it makes you want to cry.) Along the road he meets all kinds of people who shape his life, and allow him to truly be himself.


Chris’ courage, drive and determination really make you admire him.



Good Will Hunting

A troubled but talented Will Hunting (Matt Damon at his best) needs a little guidance from psychologist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) as he finds direction in his life. He’s heading towards self-destruction, but with the help of psychologists and a love interest – of course – he comes to realise his full potential. Winning both Best Writing by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robin Williams of course) at the Oscars back in 1997, this is a film which shows true talent in its casting and its script.


A talented young man who gets a little stuck on his journey, Will Hunting is a character we may be able to relate to. Someone who is hard-working yet rebellious.



Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Beuller grabs a few of his trusted mates and bunks off school. (Probably not advisable but everyone’s done it at least once, right?) Light-hearted and funny, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, isn’t just about skipping school, but about a little defiance and the bonds of friendship. His plan has a kind of hidden objective. With that cheeky grin after his words of wisdom – “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – by the end of the film you’ll learn to admire Ferris.


We all need a bit of a break every now and then.


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