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The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)

Updated July 11, 2020 5.2k votes 677 voters 22.6k views58 items

List RulesVote 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 Wallflowe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an... more on Wikipedia
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    Superbad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Superbad

    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen

    Released2007

    Directed byGreg Mottola

    Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill... more on Wikipedia

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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by... more on Wikipedia

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher... more on Wikipedia
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    Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Neighbors

    Zac Efron, Rose Byrne

    Released2014

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

    Neighbors is a 2014 American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew... more on Wikipedia

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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans

    Released2010

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar... more on Wikipedia

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    (500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

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    Nerve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Nerve

    Emma Roberts, Dave Franco

    Directed byHenry Joost

    Nerve is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, based on... more on Wikipedia

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    The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    The DUFF

    Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell

    Released2015

    Directed byAri Sandel

    The DUFF is a 2015 American teen comedy film directed by Ari Sandel, based on the novel by... more on Wikipedia

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    The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

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    Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Lady Bird

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

    Released2017

    Directed byGreta Gerwig

    Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a... more on Wikipedia

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    The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    The Social Network

    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Unfriended is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Unfriended

    Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm

    Released2014

    Directed byLevan Gabriadze

    Unfriended is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Levan Gabriadze. A group of... more on Wikipedia

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    Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Now You See Me

    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher

    Released2013

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

    Now You See Me is a 2013 thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Boaz Yakin ... more on Wikipedia

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    The Spectacular Now is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    The Spectacular Now

    Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Ponsoldt

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    Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Dear White People

    Dennis Haysbert, Tessa Thompson

    Released2014

    Directed byJustin Simien

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    Bad Moms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Bad Moms

    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell

    Released2016

    Directed byJon Lucas, Scott Moore

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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Ingrid Goes West is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Ingrid Goes West

    Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen

    Directed byMatt Spicer

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    The Kissing Booth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    The Kissing Booth

    Joey King, Joel Courtney

    Released2018

    Directed byVince Marcello

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    The First Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    The First Time

    Victoria Justice, Molly Quinn

    Released2012

    Directed byJon Kasdan

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    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler

    Released2015

    Directed byAlfonso Gomez-Rejon

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    Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Released2004

    Directed byJared Hess

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    Set It Up is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Set It Up

    Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell

    Released2018

    Directed byClaire Scanlon

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    Catfish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)
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    Catfish

    Wendy Whelan, Drew Jacoby

    Released2010

    Directed byAriel Schulman, Henry Joost

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