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Good movies for older teens and young college students

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Initial post: Nov 19, 2007 10:43:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2007 11:41:05 AM PST
Belly Laugh says:
I think one of my favorites is "The Peaceful Warrior". It's a bit on the esoteric side but it has some good lessons in it.
I also like "Julia" . It's an older movie but still tells the value of friendship and courage.

Tell me your suggestions!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2007 11:44:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2007 11:45:44 PM PST
Dragonacid16 says:
Older Teens to Early 20s seem to like the more action packed non traditional movies now. It's really sad actually that I can't sit down with my younger and older cousins in the same room to watch movies like Newsies, Legend, or Charlie Brown Christmas.
If they learn something they don't want to watch it. Most I know in that age range like the more action packed movies or Anime. It really depends on what they like though.
Some over all good movies that are out that people seem to like are
Pirate of the Caribbean (especially since 3 will be coming out on dvd right before Christmas)
28 Weeks Later
Star Wars
Harry Potter
Lord of the Rings
Ghost in the Shell

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2007 7:35:46 PM PST
"Boondock Saints" already a cult favorite. It was originally something of an Indie film, but is very popular with "highly quotable" dialogue. Although violent, the "Robinhood to the Extreme" plotline appeals to most in that age group, and the over-the-top cross-dressing FBI agent, and Murphy's
Law- esque storytelling makes it a must-have.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2007 2:43:29 AM PST
Eric Edwards says:
Try Smallville TV seasons from one to six. Great for college students to watch while they crash after studying for too long!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2007 8:22:06 PM PST
KEL says:
For both "educational" and entertainment purposes, how about Les Miserables (Liam Neeson version), Missing (Jack Lemmon), Antwone Fisher, The Pursuit of Happyness, Nicholas Nickleby (Christopher Plummer), All the President's Men, In the Name of the Father (Daniel Day Lewis), Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day Lewis), Apollo 13, Glory, Gorillas in the Mist (Sigourney Weaver), Silkwood (Meryl Streep), About A Boy

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2007 7:18:18 PM PST
just me says:
Two super movies for the sports fan (or the "feel good movie" fan) that teach and got standing ovations in the movie theater I was at: Rudy and Remember The Titans.

Edge of your seat type without all the sex and guns: Spanish Prisoner, and the Count of Monte Carlo (college age is probably better for the last one.)

I love OSCAR with Sylvester Stallone for funny.

Just random favorites for a girl 12 and up: Ever After, Princess Diaries 1 and 2, Happiest Millionaire (an older musical, but I liked it), and Ella Enchanted is Okish. Stardust is good for college age too if you are OK with ugly, evil witches trying to capture a young lady to cut her heart out and a boy who is magicked into a girl.

Have fun!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2008 9:13:18 PM PST
I would recommend any of the 80's John Hughes films for any teens, really.

Sixteen Candles
The Breakfast Club
Weird Science
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Pretty in Pink
Some Kind of Wonderful

All great teen films. I loved these growing up, and still do...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2008 4:39:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2008 4:39:22 PM PST
Belly Laugh says:
Hi Nate,
I loved these films a lot. Sadly, I've found that most teens see them as "old school". :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 3:46:49 PM PST
Check out a movie called "Mirrormask".

It is a highly inventive look at the relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2008 7:10:32 PM PST
nevermore says:
LOTR, Office Space, Simpsons movie, Futurama movie, Sean of the Dead, Blazing Saddles, UHF, Spaceballs. Galaxy Quest, Big Trouble, and Evolution among the more obscure titles.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2008 4:06:41 PM PST
Eric Edwards says:
For educational and entertainment go for the complete Voyagers! series ( time travel/history ) it has stuff for boys and girls of all ages and get lotr extended versions!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2008 10:20:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2008 10:22:38 PM PST
C.O.B.H.C. says:
I agree about Mirrormask
An interesting movie on every respect.

and very beautifull from a visual perspective.

My suggestions - a short list

Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Ichi The Killer
Star Wars Episode III
Joint Security Area
Kung Fu Hustle
Army of Darkness
Hot Fuzz
Shaun of the Dead

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2008 10:43:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2008 10:43:41 AM PDT
MovieLover24 says:
i think for people that are older
kung fu hustle
shrek any of them
hot fuzz
robin hood :men in tights
christmas in connitcut
all in all just use your imagination , What would you like to see?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2008 11:04:02 PM PDT
Melanie says:
Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Pay It Forward, Phantom of the Opera,

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2008 7:50:33 AM PDT
These are some my seventeen yr od daughter likes;
A Man For All Seasons
Ice Castles
Lady Jane
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Man in the Iron Mask
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Breakfast At Tiffanys
Roman Holiday
Sabrina (the original and the remake)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2008 3:09:50 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2009 7:48:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2009 7:50:07 PM PST
Well, I realize this may be a little unconventional but...

I'm an older teen and these are some of my very favorite movies;

Pixar movies
Muppet movies
Pooh's Grand Adventure - the Search for Christopher Robin
Original Herbie Movies (not 'fully loaded')
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
the original Doctor Doolittle (Harrison not Murphy)
Mary Poppins
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Old Yeller
Both 'Apple Dumpling' Gang movies
Ice Age
Chicken Run
the 'Ernest' movies

I'm obviously a kid at heart so I don't know how helpful this really is...

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 2:23:30 PM PDT
C. Hall says:
Saving Sarah Cain

The Last Sin Eater

The Ultimate Gift

The Lord Of The Rings 1-2-3

Bridge To Teraibithia

Eight Below

Night at the Museum

The Water Horse - Legend of the Deep

Secondhand Lions


The Pursuit of Happyness

Anne of Green Gables

Liars Moon

Martian Child

Wish Upon A STar

The Secret Life of Bees


Pride & Prejudice

Bride & Prejudice (2004)The Bollywood Version

Inherit the Wind

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Posted on Mar 18, 2009 7:44:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2009 1:17:35 PM PDT
julie says:
Edward Scissorhands
Sinbad - Legend of The Seven Seas
The Mask
Gremlins 2 - The New Batch
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Jurassic Park
Ace Ventura - Pet Detective
''Crocodile'' Dundee
Tim Burton's BATMAN Films
Christopher Nolan's BATMAN Films
All Three X-MEN Films
Star Wars
Titan A.E.
Treasure Planet
Apollo 13
Osmosis Jones
Sixth Sense
You've Got Mail
Spy Kids
Parent Trap
Remember The Titans
Small Soldiers
All Films Made By PIXAR
Short Circuit
Cheaper By The Dozen
Series of Unfortunate Events
Addams Family
Addams Family Values
My Favorite Martian

Posted on Apr 8, 2009 10:24:57 PM PDT
J. Olsen says:
My kids currently range in age from 20 to 30 and these are some that they have loved over the years. They also grew up on the old movies I collect and still enjoy many of the classics.

The Scarlet and the Black
Little Women (Wynona Ryder)
How to Steal a Million (Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole)
What's Up, Doc? (Streisand, O'Neal)
Horatio Hornblower--The New Adventures
Amazing Grace
Princess of thieves
The Chosen
The Love Letter
What the Deaf Man Heard
Perfect Harmony
The North Avenue Irregulars

This is just a sampling. The list could go on and on.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 8:41:54 AM PDT
L. Sattler says:
The John Hughes movies really are favorites of teens, even in the year 2009! I have teens and young adult "children" and they have loved these movies.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 3:20:50 PM PDT
There are a lot of great suggestions in reply to your message. May I add "The Paper Chase" to your list of films for older teens and college students? It speaks to that time in their life and has a lot to say about hard work and "making the grade". Besides its just so darn much fun!

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 7:20:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2009 7:35:18 PM PDT
I'm a 17 soon to be 18 year old and I love 80s movies. My favorites are Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dirty Dancing (the one from the 80s, not the Havana Nights one) and Sixteen Candles. I also like St. Elmo's Fire, but it is not my favorite. My friends are all either 16 turning 17 in the next few months or they are already 17, and most of them have seen and/or heard of the more popular John Hughes movies. I do like some other movies that came out in the 90s or 00s, but most of the movies I watch are from before I was born. Some of the movies my friends like are How to Steal a Million, Rebel Without a Cause, anything with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Grease, among other things.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 8:56:47 PM PDT
Glenn Hall says:
"Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray & Andie MacDowell--has a 96% at Rotten Tomatoes, and was added to the National Film Registry in 2006.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2009 5:32:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 27, 2009 6:18:49 PM PDT
gilly8 says:
to Belly Laugh, are you asking what you think these kids would like or what we think they'd like?

I'd recommend:
the John Hughes films
anything with John Cusack, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson
the Harry Potter series--though its no where near as good as the books
almost anything w/ Kate Winslet, Gyweneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johannson
the Lord of the Rings series (and currently the prequel, the Hobbit, is being made)
Many of the Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Will Smith movies
Tom Cruise's first: where he "is" a teen--"All the Right Moves", as far as the others he's made that I really liked: not too many: "The Last Samurai", a couple others.
Last of the Mohicans w/ Daniel Day-Lewis, and some of his that are less known, such as "My Left Foot"
The Black Stallion--from the late '70's, but wonderful cinematography & story
Bottle Rocket--the first Owen brothers movie,which they wrote, directed & starred in
the Wedding Singer, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore--many of the Adam Sandler comedies & his Saturday Night Live film collections
The Big Lebowski, and all the other movies made by the directing team, the Coen Brothers--including their early
"Saving Arizona" and the dark cult comedy/drama based on a true story: "Fargo".
Girl w/ a Pearl Earring
Marie Anntoinette (the recently made one, I may not have the title right)
anything by Ang Lee
The Others(if they're young enough not to have seen it when it came out)
The Sixth sense--ditto above
Rosemary's Baby--from the '60's w/ Mia Farrow (& the apartment shown in the film is the one John & Yoko Ono lived in near Central Park in New York, when Lennon was killed, for those who are interested in ancient history-the "Dakota" hotel.
The Last House on the Left---original horror film
The two Elizabeth I movies w/ Cate Blanchett
Titanic (if they're young enough not to have seen it when it came out)
Philiadelphia--w/ Tom Hanks
Saving Private Ryan --Tom Hanks---World War II history
The Last Platoon--VietNam history
JFK--by Oliver Stone---conspiracy theory/ history--based on the real investigation & trial by Jim Garrison
Schindler's List--again World War II history which a) they probably have no idea of b.) based on true story
Empire of the Sun--World War II, based on true story, and one of Steven Spielberg's less well known movies
Hope & Glory---WWII again, not as good as the two others mentioned, but still a good story
The Gladiator
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle---a hysterically funny comedy--many Boomers may like it too
Airplane, Blazing Saddles--the group of comedies made BEFORE PC became so mandatory in movies

NOTE: I'm assuming that all "older teens & young college students" know a lot about sex, if they havent' experience it, which statistically they probably have---and also have seen tons of violence on TV and in other movies. Not that I'm encouraging/promoting either for that age group, but it is part of our current culture, unless the kid has been raised in a bubble....

And they've probably SEEN all the Pixar movies and new Disney movies as kids, so I'm not putting them in my list. Some of the older Disney movies I'd recommend, and the original "Wizard of Oz" if they haven't seen it.
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