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The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far) 

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Updated June 16, 2020 1.3k votes 256 voters 7.3k views 31 items

List Rules Vote up the films that most accurately depict Gen Z characters dealing with Gen Z stuff.

Some movies can pinpoint a time and place so perfectly that they define a generation. What are the best movies that describe Generation Z? From the seminal classic Dope to the weepie drama The Fault in Our Stars, vote up all the popular movies that represent Generation Z.

Generation Z, also known as Gen Z or Post Millennial or even The Founders, depending on who you ask, are the generation directly following the Millennials. It includes people born roughly between the mid-1990s to mid-2000s. What makes this generation especially unique is that they have lived with technology like the internet and social media their entire lives. Therefore these movies describe Gen Z life in the digital age.

The best Gen Z movies feature coming out stories and even how to land a job out of college in this modern age. But some of these movies are just straight up comedies meant to make everyone laugh, regardless of how old they are.

Vote up your favorite Generation Z movies. Don't see your favorite movie about Gen Z on the list? Feel free to add it and check back to see how other users rank your addition.

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Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp

Released: 2018

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

Love, Simon is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the novel by Becky Albertalli. Simon (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old closeted gay high school student, is ...more
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Booksmart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams

Released: 2019

Directed by: Olivia Wilde

Booksmart is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde. On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie ...more

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The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie

Released: 2018

Directed by: George Tillman Jr.

The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where ...more
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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 2016

Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig

The Edge of Seventeen (originally titled Besties) is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Kelly Fremon Craig. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden ...more

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Spider-Man: Far From Hom... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jon Watts

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. While on a vacation trip to Europe with his friends, Peter Parker is ...more

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To All the Boys I've Lov... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart

Released: 2018

Directed by: Susan Johnson

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) writes private love ...more

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Eighth Grade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bo Burnham

Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.

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Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias

Released: 2019

Directed by: Justin Baldoni

Five Feet Apart is a 2019 American romantic drama film directed by Justin Baldoni. Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse) are young cystic fibrosis patients being treated at the ...more

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If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Stacy Keach

Released: 2014

Directed by: R. J. Cutler

If I Stay is an American romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, ...more

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Me and Earl and the Dyin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, based on the 2012 novel by Jesse Andrews. High schooler Greg (Thomas Mann), who spends most ...more

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The Sun Is Also a Star ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Jake Choi

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

The Sun Is Also a Star is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young, based on the young adult novel written by Nicola Yoon. A teenager (Yara Shahidi) finds love at a difficult time ...more
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After is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Shane Paul McGhie

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jenny Gage

After is a 2019 new adult romance film directed by Jenny Gage, based on the novel by Anna Todd. A dedicated student, Tessa Young (Josephine Langford), enters her first semester in college where ...more

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Spider-Man: Homecoming ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
starwarssuperfan added Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya

Released: 2017

Directed by: Jon Watts

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school ...more

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Middle School: The Worst... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle

Directed by: Steve Carr

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is a 2016 American live-action/animated family comedy film directed by Steve Carr. It follows a middle school student (Griffin Gluck) who sets out to ...more
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Every Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, Debby Ryan

Released: 2018

Directed by: Michael Sucsy

Every Day is a 2018 American romantic-drama directed by Michael Sucsy, based on the novel by David Levithan. 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) falls in love with a spirit named A, a traveling ...more
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Midnight Sun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle

Released: 2018

Directed by: Scott Speer

Midnight Sun is a 2018 American romantic drama film directed by Scott Speer, based on the 2006 Japanese film. Sheltered since early childhood due to a rare disease, Katie Price (Bella Thorne) ...more

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Rim of the World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores Jr.

Released: 2019

Directed by: McG

Rim of the World is a 2019 American science fiction, adventure film directed by McG. Four misfit teenagers get stranded at a summer camp, they must overcome their differences and go on an epic ...more

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The Babysitter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
The Babysitter Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell

Directed by: McG

The Babysitter is a 2017 American teen horror-comedy film directed by McG. Cole (Judah Lewis) is madly in love with his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving) until he witnesses the unthinkable.

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Dope is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Dope Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons

Released: 2015

Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa

Dope is a 2015 American comedy-drama coming-of-age film directed by Rick Famuyiwa. After being invited to an underground party, a geek (Shameik Moore) and his two friends are pulled into an ...more

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Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Buric

Released: 2019

Directed by: Max Minghella

Teen Spirit is a 2018 American-British musical drama film directed by Max Minghella. With dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her dismal surroundings and shattered family life, a shy ...more

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Waves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Waves Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Trey Edward Shults

Waves is a 2019 American drama film directed by Trey Edward Shults. Two young couples (Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Lucas Hedges, and Alexa Demie) navigate through the emotional ...more
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Thoroughbreds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin

Directed by: Cory Finley

Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their ...more
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The Diary of a Teenage G... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni

Directed by: Marielle Heller

The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a 2015 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Marielle Heller, based on the graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in ...more
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The Last Summer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
KJ Apa, Maia Mitchell, Jacob Latimore

Released: 2019

Directed by: William Bindley

The Last Summer is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by William Bindley. A group of young people in Chicago comes together during the summer before they head off to college.
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Queen of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)
Aaliyah, Lena Olin, Paul McGann

Released: 2002

Directed by: Michael Rymer

Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many ...more

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