Social media has inspired comedies, dystopian thrillers, documentaries, and horror films.

Here is a list of the best movies in terms of social media, in no particular order.

1. The Social Dilemma, 2020

documentary

Netflix

A popular film that cannot be recommended enough.

Even if you're in the business, there are parts of this movie that will still be terrifying.

With interviews with people who have invented a multitude of algorithms.

This film balances the shock factor behind the scenes of social media with insights into how social media can be improved.

2. Love, guaranteed, 2020

Romantic comedy

Netflix

The stars are Rachael Leigh Cook, Damon Wayans Jr., Heather Graham and Kandyse McClure (Dualla on Battlestar Galactica).

Social media is defined as a social network. What kind of network is more social than a dating app?

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This romantic comedy follows a lawyer and her client who claim that a dating site guarantees love and makes a false promise.

As proof, he offers himself who has dealt with a thousand dates and has not found love.

3. The hater, 2020

thriller

Netflix

This is a great movie that you may never have heard of but that you should definitely check out.

It's a fast-paced thriller and drama about using social media to get personal results.

The film's hero is both personable and despicable.

Don't be put off by the fact that this is a Polish movie and you may have to read subtitles.

This film tells the story of how to use the power of social media like a weapon against those who may or may not deserve it.

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It's highly relevant in today's world of disinformation augmentation, but it's not really about social media like a movie like Taxi Driver isn't about guns.

Both films, Taxi Driver and The Hater, share a theme of the outsider who tries to adapt and who can only really find a way out when circumstances present an opportunity.

4. Emily in Paris, 2020

Comedy drama

Netflix

I cheated.

This is not a movie.

But so many who are into social media marketing and movies are going to find this so interesting that I had to adjust it.

The main character – Emily (duh!) – is a social media marketer from Chicago who is sent to a Paris office where she is met with skepticism.

She changes her Instagram handle to @emilyinparis and starts posting photos. Your account will go viral.

The series is by Darren Star, the author of hits like Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place and Sex and the City.

If any of these are your favorite, you will likely enjoy Emily in Paris too.

When it comes to social media, some lifting of disbelief is needed, but Emily in Paris is basically a fantasy, not a documentary.

A little bit of imagination helps to get through these dark and pandemic times.

5. The influencers are dying, 2020

Horror

Roku

This is a B movie slasher exploitation film about a group of easy-to-hate influencers who achieve terrible goals.

What do you dislike right?

Millions of social media followers dangle in front of a small group of social media influencers to spend the night in a supposedly haunted studio in Las Vegas.

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For those who like heavy metal, get annoyed with social media influencers, and have a penchant for killer clowns … this movie is for you.

6th Spree, 2020

Social media satire / horror

Amazon, Vudu

A stroll is defined as a sustained period of time during which uninhibited activity is engaged.

This is exactly what this movie is about, a ridesharing driver who goes to extremes to achieve internet fame.

Starring Joe Keery ("Steve" in Stranger Things), Spree is a dark and violent comedy that is not necessarily for everyone.

7. #realityhigh, 2017

Dramedy

Netflix

This is a teen dramedy about a girl who goes through the rabbit hole of social media popularity and becomes a different person in order to please others.

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8. Hard Candy, 2005

Thriller / horror / revenge

Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

This is an under-the-radar movie that might make some uncomfortable.

It features Ellen Page (Juno, Umbrella Academy), Patrick Wilson (Conjuring, Guardian, Aquaman) and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Grey's Anatomy, Sideways, Princess Diaries).

The film has won several awards, including three at the Sitges Film Festival 2005 (best film, best screenplay and audience award for best film) and four at the 2006 Spanish Malaga Film Festival (best film, best director, best actress and) best cameraman).

Ellen Page was named Best Actress at the 2006 Austin Film Critics Association Awards.

This is intelligent suspense and thriller.

But it's not for the squeamish.

For some it can be exhausting.

Ellen Page plays a 17 year old teen who locks up an older man via a chat room.

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The teenager turns the tables in anticipation of illegal activity.

Again, I have to warn that this film is not for people with sensitive feelings.

9. Search, 2018

thriller

Amazon, Vudu, YouTube

A film with John Cho (Harold & Kumar, Star Trek) in the genre of the missing person.

The daughter is missing and the police have no clues. The father goes online to follow the daughter's virtual steps in order to find her.

10. Ingrid goes west, 2017

comedy

Hulu

Stars Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza.

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Aubrey Plaza is a great actress who keeps surprising with the quirky nuance that brings her to her roles, and that's the case here too.

This film belongs to the stalker genre, but is also a satire of the influencer world.

11. The Social, 2020

comedy

Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

This is a mockumentary and a parody of influencer culture that steals Instagram stars and fashion bloggers.

12. A simple favor, 2018

Comedy / thriller

Amazon, Hulu, Sling TV, Vudu, YouTube

This is a Paul Feig film about a video blogger who climbs over her head after being friends with a woman who is driving up her audience.

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It's like a noir because it has a femme fatale.

The mystery and thriller quality of the story was watching me.

13. Smosh: The Movie, 2015

comedy

Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Satire by YouTube stars with two current YouTube stars.

Directed by Alex Winter, star of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

14th friend request, 2016

Social media mystery / horror

Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube

A woman accepts a friend request, the mysterious death of which triggers a series of deaths for those who are friends with the woman.

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15. Unfriendly, 2015

Social media horror

Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu

Instead of a group of young people being murdered in a camp, people meet in a group chat one by one with their deaths.

16. The Assistant, 2019

Comedy / satire

Amazon

Short film 13 minutes, available from Amazon Prime.

Comedy / satire, being an assistant to a social media influencer.

17. The Circle, 2017

thriller

Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, iTunes

Starring Emma Watson, John Boyega, Bill Paxton and Tom Hanks.

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This is a cautionary story about social media life based on Dave Egger's novel.

18. See there, Reveries of the Connected World, 2016

documentary

Youtube

A documentary that examines how the Internet is affecting society today and tomorrow.

Questions are asked like: "Will our great-great-grandchildren grow up in a world where they don't need human society?"

Werner Herzog is a consistently thought-provoking filmmaker.

19. The Great Hack, 2019

documentary

Netflix

An exciting documentary not only about Cambridge Analytica but also about the surveillance internet.

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20. The social network, 2010

theatre

Netflix

This film with Jesse Eisenberg is based on the story of how Mark Zuckerburg started Facebook.

Highly acclaimed and a must see movie.

21. American Meme, 2018

documentary

Netflix

With Paris Hilton and DJ Khaled, we take a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a social media star and the conflicts between reality and what is being presented.

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22. Separate, 2012

Drama / thriller

Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Actors are Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Alexander Skarsgård and Frank Grillo.

Three stories about human interaction through social media.

Lives are changed, conflicts arise, some characters face reckoning.

All of the actors are top notch including a strong performance from Frank Grillo – a character actor who has appeared in dozens of popular films including Mambo Kings, Minority Report, Zero Dark Thirty and some of the recent Marvel superhero films.

23. Catfish, 2010

documentary

Netflix

Documentary and indie film by two brothers who develop a relationship with a woman via Facebook, whereby both sides misrepresent who they are and what their motives are.

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The film is the origin of the term catfishing, which is used to pretend to be someone you are not – like pretending to be a contributor to a famous person on the Internet in order to woo someone.

24th boss, 2014

Comedy drama

Amazon (free), iTunes, Pluto (free), Vudu, YouTube

Actors are Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sofía Vergara and Robert Downey Jr.

This is a feel-good dramedy.

A chef gets a bad review on Twitter and replies in kind.

The Twitter argument goes viral and leads to unexpected events in his personal and business life.

It's partly about the transformative impact social media can have on a life.

25th you, 2018

Dramedy / thriller

Netflix TV series

This is not a movie.

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I cheated again.

Still, it deserves to be put on a list of things to watch and relax.

The show is absolutely insane, it grabs you from the start and you hold on as the story takes unexpected turns.

Without spoiling anything, the series is about a smart, personable guy who meets a cute college student who is between relationships.

What seems like a romantic comedy turns into something completely different.

An entertaining series well worth a try.

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