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10 Movies That Will Make You Want To Study

Films can provide many forms of inspiration - art, literature, comedy, and even studying. Here are some of our favourite films that will inspire you - like they have inspired us - to get further in your education. 

1. THE HISTORY BOYS (2009)

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An unruly and charismatic class of boys work alongside their two eccentric teachers in attempts to get into Oxford or Cambridge University. The boys eventually learn that their unruly personality is what makes them unique and a perfect addition to their impending university.

IMDB RATING 6.9/10

2. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)

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Two friends from Harvard decide to put the entire university experience online in an attempt to get in with certain social groups at the university. Instead, they become targets of the people they tried to get involved with. In all, never underestimate the power of social media.

IMDB RATING 7.7/10


3. SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT (1993)

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A nun reprises her role in the music scene by joining a Catholic schools mission to take their choir further in the state championships. The lesson in this film is that any student can find their place with the right encouragement.   

IMDB RATING 5.4/10

4. EDUCATING RITA (1983)

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Rita is a young wife who decides to finally complete her education. In doing so, she meets a teacher who expands her interests and her new educational background begins to cause issues at home. Rita understands that you are never too old to finish your education.

IMDB RATING 7.2/10


5. STARTER FOR 10 (2006)

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First-year Brian attempts to get through his time at Bristol University without any bumps or bruises. Set in 1985, this isn’t going to happen for Brian. He learns its better not to cheat at university…

IMDB RATING 6.8/10

6. THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)

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Five students from different social groups meet in a Saturday detention. As the day goes on learn they have more in common than they thought. Differences are often only skin-deep and stereotypes can be based on as little as fashion choices.

IMDB RATING 7.9/10


7. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (2013)

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This prequel to the 2001 contemporary Disney classic, Monsters Inc. explores how two friends, Mike Wazowski & James P Sullivan (Sully), came to meet whilst studying at Monsters University. While we all know them as best friends, they originally started as arch-nemeses. Monsters need a bit of an education too.

IMDB RATING 7.3/10

8. A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001)

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Tom, one of the most intellectual minds of his generation, changes his life direction after accepting a job position at the Department of Defense rather than as a professor or researcher. This change shows Tom that success comes at a great cost.

IMDB RATING 8.2/10


9. 21 (2008)

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MIT students learn from a teacher to count cards in Las Vegas in order to pay for their university education. Things take a turn for the worse when the students get in too deep in their deceptions. Maths can have its’ uses.

IMDB RATING 6.8/10

10. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014)

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The personal story of Stephen Hawking as he sets his legacy while studying at university. While studying, he develops motor neurone disease, which alters the course of his life forever. A fantastic story proving the mind does conquer all.

IMDB RATING 7.7/10

If you liked this list of films, read our other list of films that will encourage you to study.