10 Gen-Z Must Watch Movies From The 2000s!

The fall season is perfect for binge watching your favorite classic movies over the holidays. A trip down movie memory lane never disappoints!

The 2000s was an iconic time for relatable coming of age or hilarious teen movies with stars like Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Rachel McAdams, and Channing Tatum all blessing our screens!

Forgetting Sarah Marshall – 2008

This movie follows Peter Bretter, played by Jason Segel, a musician who is having a hard time and is dating TV sensation Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). Once Sarah breaks up with Peter, he is struggling to be single and decides to book a one-way ticket to Hawaii in an attempt to get over her. Low and behold, Sarah is also at the same hotel with her new boyfriend (Russell Brand). This movie is perfect for a good laugh and is a funny breakup saga.

Superbad – 2007

As high school is coming to an end, two best friends, Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) decide to go to an end of the year party in hopes to impress their love interests. However, they must bring alcohol for the party and have their friend, Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) try to buy it to impress the girls they want to sleep with before college. In a turn of events, this plan fails and they are determined to make it to the party while Fogell is stuck with the police for the night. This movie will have you laughing and invested in all the characters.

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She’s The Man – 2006

Lead Viola Johnson (Amanda Bynes) decided to pose as her twin brother Sebastian in an attempt to play soccer at his boarding school. But, she quickly finds herself in a bad situation as she is head over heels in love with her new roommate Duke (Channing Tatum), who is pining over “It” girl Olivia, and Oliva is in love with Sebastian. This love triangle will have you at the edge of your seat and gets even crazier when Viola’s twin brother comes back to boarding school with no clue he has been replaced by his twin sister.

Mamma Mia – 2006

Sophie (Anna Sophia Rob), daughter of Donna (Meryl Streep) live in a beautiful island in Greece. With the help of Donna’s thrilling childhood friends, Sophie is planning to be married, but she has a secret plan to discover her father and invite them to the wedding without her mother’s knowledge! She hopes that one of the three men can walk her down the aisle. This movie is filled with songs that will have you singing and dancing around your room!

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The Hangover – 2009

A group of friends goes on an adventure to Las Vegas just before Doug’s (Justin Bartha) wedding, in an attempt to have a wild time before he is married. In a twist of events, when they wake up the next day no one can remember a thing or find the groom, Doug. They all scramble in trying to re-call their night and locate Doug to safely get him back to L.A. to be married! This bachelor trip saga is hilarious and will have you glued to your seat.

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The Notebook – 2004

Set in the 1940s, a mill worker from South Carolina, Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling), and his love interest from an upper class family Allie (Rachel McAdams) are inseparable. However, Allie’s parents do not want the couple to be together. Noah ends up joining the army in World War II, and Allie meets another man (James Marsden) who her family believes is better suited for her. In a turn of events, Noah comes back to where he and Allie met and is determined to have Allie back before she is wed. This tearjerker will have you bawling your eyes out.

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Legally Blonde – 2001

“It” girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is dying to be married to Warner, but he believes she is not worthy of him. In an effort to win him back, Elle gets into Harvard and is determined to prove herself. This movie is not only surprising but also tells a great story about self-worth.

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Aquamarine – 2006

The journey of teenage girls Joanna (Emma Roberts) is exposed to the world of mermaids as she meets Aquamarine (Sara Paxton). This mermaid is nothing like anyone Joanna has ever met and has the goal of showing her father that real love can be found. Aquamarine befriends Joanna and her friends in an attempt to get the attention of the popular lifeguard (Jake McDorman). This movie is super fun to watch with friends and will inspire you to dye the end of your hair blue!

Freaky Friday – 2003

In a shocking turn of events, Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) want nothing to do with each other and end up switching bodies! Struggling to switch back immediately, the two must pose as each other until they are able to. Throughout this time the relationship between the mother and daughter grows. This shocking film is a great coming of age classic.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – 2005

Four best friends, Bridget (Blake Lively), Lena (Alexis Bledel), Carmen (America Ferrera), and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) are insuperable and saddened to be going in different directions. They decide to all share a pair of jeans, that miraculously fit them all, in order to keep this bond.

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Casey Madison Nuss is a Film, Television, and Media Studies major at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. She is an Afterbuzz TV and Better Together with Maria Menounos intern and hopes to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.