These are must-see movies for twenty-somethings. Some of the films on this list are neat and tidy life lessons. Others are stern warnings on what not to do. Then there are those that just remind you how important your friends are in life.
Most of these films are inspiring in some way. Perhaps the most significant films on this list revolve around relationships. Many hope to find “the one” when they’re in their 20s. You give your hearts and souls to significant others, but part of the process of finding that special someone often involves getting dumped or breaking a heart.
Turning 30 is a milestone; don’t let anyone tell you it’s just a number, or that it's not a big deal. It is a big deal! One surefire way to help the process of getting old is to check out these movies to see before you turn 30. Don’t say no one warned you!
Reality Bites is a Generation X staple that oozes 1990s ideology. However, the message is universal and translates to every generation. College graduates will not automatically get their dream job, and the sudden realization that the real world and adult love is truly a struggle, will be a certain slap in the face.
Actors: Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger, Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Ethan Hawke, + more
Initial Release: 1994
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Genres (Film): Romance Film, Drama, Comedy
Tagline: A comedy about love in the '90s.
Rated: PG-13 (USA)
#64 on The Best Movies of 1994see more on Reality Bites
Although Fight Club can be a confusing film with a twist ending that will knock your socks off, the movie's message remains perfectly clear. The things you own end up owning you. Do you really need that new wooden bench from IKEA? Is buying that spice rack going to make your life any better?
Actors: Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, + more
Initial Release: 1999
Directed by: David Fincher
Genres (Film): Film adaptation, Cult film, Drama
Tagline: Creates a thick rich lather. Like rabies., Hand soap? How about swollen and broken fist soap?, Mischief. Mayhem. Soap., The best fat for making soap comes from humans., Wash your feminine side clean off., + more
Rated: R (USA)
#30 on The Most Rewatchable Moviessee more on Fight Club
Race is today, and will always be, an issue. No filmmaker explores racial tension better than Spike Lee. Do the Right Thing examines a single day in a racially divided city on the hottest day of the year. Audiences walk away from the film with all the right questions to ponder, but Lee is not arrogant enough to provide any clear answers - that's up to the audience.
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee, John Turturro, Rosie Perez, + more
Initial Release: 1989
Directed by: Spike Lee
Genres (Film): Indie film, Drama, Comedy, Ensemble Film
Tagline: It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...
Rated: R (USA)
Also Rankedsee more on Do the Right Thing
Have you ever been in a failed relationship that hurt you so much you wish you could erase the entire memory of the experience? Is it better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? Charlie Kaufman's screenplay teaches viewers that pain is okay; it's a part of life and love really, really hurts. But in the end, when the wounds heal, we will risk everything to experience it all again, warts and all.
Actors: Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, + more
Initial Release: 2004
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Genres (Film): Romance Film, Science Fiction, Drama
Rated: R (USA)
#98 on The Best Movies of All Timesee more on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind