Millennials

The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)  

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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
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
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
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
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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Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen
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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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
rthomassocial added Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz
(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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Scott Pilgrim vs. the Wo... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Ryan Carlquist added Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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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Nerve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis
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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The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
rthomassocial added Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara
The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of ...more

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The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne
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 First Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
LitCritChasA. added The First Time Victoria Justice, Molly Quinn, Britt Robertson
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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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern
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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Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Kyle Chorpening added Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
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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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
LucyLucy added Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson
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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Paul Jordan added Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder
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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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
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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The Kings of Summer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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Bad Moms is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Bad Moms is a 2016 American comedy film directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Dennis Haysbert, Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams
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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The Kissing Booth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
LucyLucy added Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi
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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Charlie Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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Set It Up is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Joan Smalls
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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Me and Earl and the Dyin... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Ryan Carlquist added Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke
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Plus One is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Maya Erskine, Jack Quaid, Beck Bennett
Plus One is a 2019 American romantic comedy film, written, directed, and produced by Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer in their directorial debuts. Longtime single friends (Jack Quaid and Maya ...more
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Catfish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
Catfish Wendy Whelan, Drew Jacoby, Tiler Peck
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