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The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)

Updated June 16, 2020 3.1k votes 495 voters 18.1k views31 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1

    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall
    171
    49

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge 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 she...  more
  • 2

    Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson
    135
    40

    Released2019

    Directed byJon 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 recruited...  more
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    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Tom Holland, Michael Keaton
    89
    11

    Released2017

    Directed byJon 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 student...  more
  • 4

    Booksmart

    Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein
    137
    48

    Released2019

    Directed byOlivia 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
  • 5

    The Edge of Seventeen

    Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson
    134
    51

    Released2016

    Directed byKelly 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 Szeto,...  more
  • 6

    Love, Simon

    Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford
    163
    73

    Released2018

    Directed byGreg 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 forced to...  more
  • 7

    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson
    114
    54

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin 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 same...  more
  • 8

    Eighth Grade

    Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton
    87
    43

    Released2018

    Directed byBo 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. ...  more
  • 9

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    Lana Condor, Janel Parrish
    125
    86

    Released2018

    Directed bySusan 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 letters...  more
  • 10

    If I Stay

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos
    67
    43

    Released2014

    Directed byR. 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, Joshua...  more
  • 11

    Dope

    Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori
    49
    27

    Released2015

    Directed byRick 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 adventure...  more
  • 12

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler
    50
    29

    Released2015

    Directed byAlfonso 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 of his...  more
  • 13

    The Sun Is Also a Star

    Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton
    53
    34

    Released2019

    Directed byRy 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 in her...  more
  • 14

    Every Day

    Angourie Rice, Maria Bello
    42
    28

    Released2018

    Directed byMichael 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 soul...  more
  • 15

    Rim of the World

    Jack Gore, Miya Cech
    36
    28

    Released2019

    Directed byMcG

    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
  • 16

    Waves

    Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges
    18
    9

    Released2019

    Directed byTrey 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 minefield of...  more
  • 17

    Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

    Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham
    61
    62

    Released2016

    Directed bySteve 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 break...  more
  • 18

    The Babysitter

    Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving
    48
    48

    Released2017

    Directed byMcG

    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....  more
  • 19

    Midnight Sun

    Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger
    46
    49

    Released2018

    Directed byScott 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) only...  more
  • 20

    Teen Spirit

    Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall
    22
    20

    Released2019

    Directed byMax 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 teenager...  more
  • 21

    After

    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin
    83
    103

    Released2019

    Directed byJenny 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 she...  more
  • 22

    Thoroughbreds

    Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy
    18
    17

    Released2018

    Directed byCory 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
  • 23

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård
    15
    19

    Released2015

    Directed byMarielle 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 Words and...  more
  • 24

    Romeo Must Die

    Grace Park, Aaliyah
    9
    12

    Released2000

    Directed byAndrzej Bartkowiak

    This film is a 2000 American martial arts action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak in his directorial debut, and also fight choreography by Corey Yuen, and starring Jet Li and Aaliyah. The film's...  more
  • 25

    Ma

    Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans
    23
    33

    Released2019

    Directed byTate Taylor

    Ma is a 2019 American psychological horror film directed by Tate Taylor. A lonely woman (Octavia Spencer) befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house but just when the...  more
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