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The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far) 

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Updated January 3, 2020 4.7k votes 658 voters 21.2k views 57 items

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

Determining the best movies about millennials really isn't easy, as they're a tough generation to cover. While entitled, opinionated, and lazy are some common terms used to describe them, millennials are also known to be well educated and motivated—and they know that what they like. Nevertheless, some movies completely nail it when depicting the millennial stereotype and the kind of people they are. The films to follow are just a few great examples of how most of society views this complicated, meme-loving generation.

Considering the common take on millennials, films like Neighbors portray them quite well in this sense. Loud, obnoxious, and "just here to party" are just a few ways to describe the modern college kid, and so is the subject of this hilarious comedy. Then you have movies like Bad Moms, which shows another side of millennials. You know, hip, health conscious, and strong willed. Of course, we can't forget the darker side of millennials—the depressed and anxiety-filled side—displayed in the dramedy, The Edge of Seventeen. As it turns out, millennials aren't really all that hard to capture on film.

So, what movies about millennials have done it best? Vote up your favorites from the list below and vote any down that you feel "just don't get you".

Looking for more movies that define a generation? Check this list of the best Gen Z movies

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The Perks of Being a Wal... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Ryan Carlquist added Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more

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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Ryan Carlquist added Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

Released: 2007

Directed by: Greg Mottola

Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who began working on the ...more

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Ryan Carlquist added Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

Released: 2012

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the Wo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Ryan Carlquist added Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Released: 2010

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It stars Michael Cera ...more

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Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen

Released: 2014

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Neighbors is a 2014 American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. The film stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, with Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and ...more
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The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ari Sandel

The DUFF is a 2015 American teen comedy film directed by Ari Sandel, based on the novel by Kody Keplinger. A high school senior (Mae Whitman) instigates a social pecking order revolution after ...more

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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

Released: 2014

Directed by: Josh Boone

The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more

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Nerve is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis

Directed by: Henry Joost

Nerve is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. The film stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, and Juliette ...more

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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
LucyLucy added Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

Now You See Me is a 2013 thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt .

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Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Kyle Chorpening added Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Released: 2017

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) living in Northern California for a year.

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The Kissing Booth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
LucyLucy added Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi

Released: 2018

Directed by: Vince Marcello

The Kissing Booth is a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Vince Marcello. A pretty, teenage girl (Joey King), who has never-been-kissed, finds her life turned totally upside down when she ...more

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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
rthomassocial added Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marc Webb

(500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his ...more

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Bad Moms is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn

Directed by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Bad Moms is a 2016 American comedy film directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
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The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
rthomassocial added Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Fincher

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The Spectacular Now is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The ...more

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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Dennis Haysbert, Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams

Released: 2014

Directed by: Justin Simien

Dear White People is a 2014 American satirical comedy-drama film written and directed by Justin Simien. The film focuses on black students attending a college in America and stars Tyler James ...more
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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Paul Jordan added Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more

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Me and Earl and the Dyin... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Ryan Carlquist added Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

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The First Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
LitCritChasA. added The First Time Victoria Justice, Molly Quinn, Britt Robertson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jon Kasdan

The First Time is a 2012 teen romantic comedy film written and directed by Jon Kasdan and stars Britt Robertson, Dylan O'Brien, James Frecheville and Victoria Justice. Dave Hodgman is a high ...more
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Set It Up is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Joan Smalls

Released: 2018

Directed by: Claire Scanlon

Set It Up is a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Claire Scanlon. Coworkers hatch a plan to set up their bosses on a date.
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Paper Towns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Paper Towns Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage

Released: 2015

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Paper Towns is a 2015 American mystery, comedy-drama film directed by Jake Schreier, based on the novel by John Green. After an all night adventure, Quentin's life-long crush, Margo (Cara ...more

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
LucyLucy added Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

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Catfish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Catfish Wendy Whelan, Drew Jacoby, Tiler Peck

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost

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The Kings of Summer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
LitCritChasA. added Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

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