As social media reach in modern life has grown, people have become more interested in it. Naturally, movies have started reflecting this interest.

Social media is everywhere and seems familiar, but these movies explore the darker side of social media and what can happen.

Not to mention cyberbullying, catfishing, scams, fraud, comparison depression, hacking, blackmailing, and all that other stuff to worry about.

Many movies have been coming out recently that have sought to reflect the importance social media has on modern life. These movies find different routes to tackle this importance, some being comedic, dramatic, tragic, and even horror.

These are the 20 top movies about social media:

1. Not Okay (2022)

Not Okay is a dark comedy about a woman so thirsty for fame she will fake being a victim
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Genre: Comedy/Drama 

Available on: Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6/10

Starring: Zoey Dutch, Mila Isaac, Dylan O'Brien

Summary:  Not Okay is a satirical comedy-drama about a young woman desperate to become famous and beloved on the internet.  One day, she finds out the perfect way to do so is by pretending to be the survivor of a bombing. The movie follows her journey from gaining all the love and admiration she longed for and the comeuppance she will eventually get.

Critical Reception: As the IMDb rating shows, the critical reception surrounding the movie was mixed, with many people applauding it for tackling a difficult topic with an equal amount of people lambasting it for not adding to the conversation.

Recommended For: People looking for a satirical comedy with a contemporary bend, unsympathetic protagonists, topics relevant to modern-day issues, and the evils of social media fame.

2. Untraceable (2008)

Untraceable is a Diane Lane led thriller about a serial killer who livestreams their murders
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Genre: Thriller

Available on: Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Starring: Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Billy Burke

Summary: Untraceable is a psychological thriller about two FBI agents who try to catch a serial killer who broadcasts his kills through his streaming website. Due to some technical wizardry on the killer's part, the website cannot be shut down. So begins a cat-and-mouse game between the killers and the FBI agents which leads to a lot of mayhem.

Critical Reception: The initial critical reception of the movie was mixed, with critics calling it run of the mill. However, the same critics celebrated Diane Lane's performance.

Recommended For: People looking for a suspenseful thriller full of twists and turns, Saw-Esque traps, and gore. Fans of murder mysteries and movies about serial killers. 

3. Tragedy Girls (2017)

Tragedy Girls is a horror comedy about two girls who turn a town into a murdertown to get more views on their blog
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Genre: Horror Comedy

Available on: Amazon, Roku, Tubi

IMDb Rating: 6/10

Starring: Alexandra Shipp, Brianna Hildebrand, Josh Hutcherson

Summary: Tragedy Girls is a horror comedy film following our two female protagonists who run a true crime blog called Tragedy Girls. The two are dedicated to becoming famous online and will do anything to get more followers. The story kicks off with the two of them using one of their friends to bait a serial killer. From there begins a zany and twisted movie where the two protagonists get deeper and deeper into a web of lies and murder for the sake of increasing their followers.

Critical Reception: The movie received mixed to positive reviews with critics welcoming the movie's somewhat fresh take on a tired trope. 

Recommended For: Fans of slasher flicks looking for a new twist on the old formula, horror comedy, twisted protagonists, and gore. People looking for a horror that doesn't take itself too seriously and can be watched as entertainment. 

4. The Social Dilemma (2020)

The Social Dilemma is a documentary that looks at how social media affects modern life
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Genre: Documentary

Available on: Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Summary: The Social Dilemma is a documentary about how social media creates and feeds off of addiction so companies can maximize profit. As it is a documentary, unlike the previous entries, the movie lacks a plot and instead focuses on interviews with various former employees of various social media platforms and tech companies. A primary focus of the documentary is the role social media plays in political polarization, especially in the United States. It also talks about social media's influence on political radicalization.

Critical Reception: The movie received mixed reviews not because it was middling but because the positive reviews were very positive while the negative reviews were very negative. The film was praised for its portrayal of social media addiction while the negative reviews complained that it dramatized those issues too much.

Recommended For: Fans of documentaries around important contemporary social issues. People worried about the growing presence of social media in our lives.

5. Love, Guaranteed (2020)

Love, Guaranteed is a Romantic Comedy about a guy suing an online dating company because he hasn't found love
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Genre: Romantic Comedy

Available on: Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, Damon Wayans Jr, Caitlin Howden

Summary: Love, Guaranteed is a Romantic Comedy where our protagonist hires a lawyer to sue an online dating company. He has been on almost a thousand dates through the company and has still not found a lover. Due to the online dating company's promise that it guarantees love, the protagonist decides to sue the dating company. However, it seems he and his lawyer have a connection that might hamper the lawsuit.

Critical Reception: The film saw generally unfavorable reviews as critics thought it was basic and run-of-the-mill.

Recommended For: Fans of simple romantic comedies without an unnecessary twist, background viewing, and a lazy afternoon. People looking for something to watch on Netflix. 

6. The Hater (2020)

The Hater is a Polish drama about a man who runs a troll farm online
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Genre: Thriller

Available on: Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Starring: Maciej Musialowski, Agata Kulesza, Danuta Stenka

Summary: The Hater is a social thriller that follows our recently expelled protagonist who develops an online troll farm through which he spreads fake news and targets famous personalities online. He uses these skills to harass a prominent upper-class family.

Critical Reception: The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews that called it a thrill ride and a must-watch for anyone interested in Polish Cinema. It even won the Best International Narrative Feature award at the Tribeca Film Festival. 

Recommended For: Fans of thrillers, unlikeable protagonists, escalating plots, manipulative people, and domino effects in the story. People looking for an international film with American-esque themes. 

7. Spree (2020)

Spree is a Joe Keery led horror comedy about a guy who will kill to become popular online
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Genre: Horror Comedy

Available on: Amazon, Vudu

IMDb Rating: 5.9/10

Starring: Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, Mischa Barton

Summary: The film follows a young man who drives a ridesharing app named Spree where he tapes his passengers so he can gain online fame. However, his way of gaining fame is by slaying these passengers. The story then follows his descent into madness as he starts killing more and more people.

Critical Reception: The film saw mixed reviews with many critics finding the story uneven. However, every critic celebrated Joe Keery as the main character and loved his portrayal of an unhinged psychopath. 

Recommended For: Fans of slasher flicks, gore, horror comedy, and unique camera style. People looking for an easily digestible fast paced slasher story. 

8. Hard Candy (2005)

Hard Candy is a psychological thriller about a littler girl torturing and tormenting an abuser
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Genre: Psychological Thriller

Available on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

IMDb Rating: 7/10

Starring: Elliot Page, Patrick Wilson, Sandra Oh

Summary: Hard Candy is a psychological thriller film that follows our 14-year-old protagonist as she traps and tortures a man she thinks is a predator. The film then showcases the protagonist torturing the man through various means while taunting him.

Critical Reception: The film received mixed to positive reviews as critics enjoyed the acting and the premise and called the performance haunting.

Recommended For: Fans of revenge movies, psychological thrillers, and cat-and-mouse plots. People looking for a subversion of normal thriller tropes. 

9. Searching (2018)

Searching stars John Cho as a father looking for his missing daughter online
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Genre: Thriller

Available on: Amazon, Vudu, YouTube

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Starring: John Cho, Michelle La, Debra Messing

Summary: Searching is a thriller that follows a father as he tries to find his missing 16-year-old daughter. What separates this movie from other thrillers or movies that follow a similar plot is that it is set entirely on computer screens and smartphones. 

Critical Reception: The film received widespread positive acclaim when it came out and was a huge box-office success as well. Both critics and viewers loved the engaging new method of storytelling and the unpredictable plot.

Recommended For: Fans of thrillers, suspense, and intriguing new storytelling methods. People looking for a new way of consuming movies and twists and turns.

10. Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Ingrid Goes West is a comedy drama about a girl who does borderline illegal things to become friends with an influencer
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Genre: Comedy Drama

Available on: Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olson, O'Shea Jackson Jr

Summary: Ingrid Goes West is a Comedy Drama that follows the titular Ingrid as she moves to Los Angeles to befriend a social media influencer she has become obsessed with. The story follows her as she tries various borderline-illegal methods to get into her Instagram idol's life.

Critical Reception: The film received mostly positive reviews with critics impressed by the performances of the two lead actresses. They also loved the topical humor and social observations of the movie.

Recommended For: Fans of stalker comedies, Aubrey Plaza, surprising humor, and a little bit of cringe. People looking for a satire of the influencer world. 

11. A Simple Favor (2018)

A Simple Favor follows Anna Kendrick as a small town vlogger who tries to find the truth about her best friend's disappearance
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Genre: Comedy Thriller

Available on: Amazon, Hulu, Sling TV, Vudu, YouTube

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

Summary: A Simple Favor follows a small-town vlogger as she tries the solve her elegant and mysterious friend's disappearance. This premise follows the story with a thousand twists and turns sure to shock the audience.

Critical Reception: The film was a commercial and critical success with critics loving the lead performances from Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, and the many twists in the movie.

Recommended For: Fans of femme fatale and noir plots, female-driven movies, and unpredictable plots. People looking for comedic thrillers with storylines that go in a thousand different directions.

12. Smosh: The Movie (2015)

Smosh: The Movie is a film about the Smosh channel
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Genre: Comedy 

Available on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

IMDb Rating: 3.3/10

Starring: Ian Hecox, Anthony Padilla, Jenna Marbles

Summary: Smosh: The Movie is a fictional retelling of Hecox and Padilla, the creators behind the YouTube channel Smosh friendship. The film follows them as they go inside YouTube virtually to try to remove an embarrassing clip featuring Anthony Padilla.

Critical Reception: The film received generally negative reviews with critics thinking it follows in a similar vein to previous YouTuber-led movies.

Recommended For: Fans of Smosh

13. Friend Request (2016)

Friend Request is a story about Laura who is haunted by a girl she unfriended on Facebook
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Genre: Horror

Available on: Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube

IMDb Rating: 5.2/10

Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo

Summary: Friend request follows the story of Laura as she is hunted down by the ghost of Marina, a lonely girl, whom Laura befriended on Facebook and then unfriended due to her weird behavior. 

Critical Reception: The film received largely negative reviews with many critics claiming that it failed to update old horror tropes to the technical age.

Recommended For: Fans of old-school horror with a modern twist, dependable plot, and jumpscares. People looking for an average horror movie on a gloomy day.

14. Unfriended (2015)

Unfriended is the story of a Skype conversation between a bunch of highschoolers haunted by a recently deceased peer
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Genre: Horror

Available on: Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu

IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

Starring: Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead

Summary: Unfriended tells the story of a group of friends on a Skype conversation who is haunted by a recently deceased peer who had been relentlessly bullied when alive. Like Searching earlier on this list, this movie is told entirely through a Macbook screencast.

Critical Reception: The movie was generally well-received with critics and fans loving the screencast method of storytelling. In fact, the movie was so successful that it got a sequel in 2018.

Recommended For: Fans of high school-based horror, uncertain twists, and the supernatural. People looking for a new type of horror told through an engaging new twist.

15. The Assistant (2019)

The Assistant is the story of a day in the life of a Junior Assistant in a film production company
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Genre: Drama

Available on: Amazon

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Starring: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfayden, Mackenzie Leigh

Summary: The Assistant is a Drama that follows a day in the life of Jane, a junior assistant in a film production company. The movie showcases Jane's day as she navigates the culture of harassment that has become insular in her job.

Critical Reception: Though the movie didn't fare well commercially, it was a huge success critically, with many critics applauding the acting and atmosphere in the movie.

Recommended For: Fans of slow-burn drama, atmosphere, and futile stories. People looking for a tragic drama that leaves them feeling depressed.

16. The Circle (2017)

The Circle is the story of a woman landing her dream job at a tech company that is not what it seems
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Genre: Thriller

Available on: Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, iTunes

IMDb Rating: 5.3/10

Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega

Summary: The Circle is the theatrical adaptation of the 2013 Dave Eggers novel which follows the story of Mae who starts working for a company called The Circle. The Circle has its own social media that the company urges everyone to use, and the movie follows Mae's rise and falls within the company.

Critical Reception: Though the movie saw largely negative reviews, it was a huge commercial success.

Recommended For: Fans of digital thrillers and the original Dave Eggers book. People looking for a by-the-numbers thriller with a hint of drama.

17. Lo And Behold, Reveries of The Connected World (2016)

Lo and Behold, Reveries of The Connected World is a Werner Herzog directed documentary
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Genre: Documentary

Available on: YouTube

IMDb Rating: 7/10

Summary: Lo and Behold, Reveries of The Connected World is a documentary film directed by legendary director Werner Herzog. The documentary looks at the existential impact of the Internet, robotics, and artificial intelligence on human life. The film also prominently features interviews with various leaders within the tech world.

Critical Reception: The film received generally favorable reviews from critics with many calling it an important look into the future of technology.

Recommended For: Fans of Werner Herzog's documentaries interested in looking at tech through his lens. People looking for a good documentary about technology and how it applies to human life.

18. The Great Hack (2019)

The Great Hack is a documentary about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal
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Genre: Documentary

Available on: Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7/10

Summary: The Great Hack is a documentary about the Facebook Cambridge Analytica data scandal that took place in the 2010s. The documentary follows three people: Professor David Carroll of The New School, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica Brittany Kaiser, and British investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr.

Critical Reception: The documentary was very favorable and was nominated for various awards. Critics applauded how the film tackled its subject matter.

Recommended For: Fans of documentaries about data and data handling. People interested in knowing more about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

19. The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network is a movie about the founding of Facebook
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Genre: Drama

Available on: Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake

Summary: The Social Network is a semi-fictional take on how the real-life creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg created the billion-dollar company and social media app. It follows the many enemies he made while creating his company. 

Critical Reception: The Social Network is perhaps the most critically acclaimed movie on this list with critics applauding everything about the movie from the writing, directing, and acting.

Recommended For: Fans of David Fincher, dramas, and critically acclaimed movies. People who want to know more about how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook.

20. The American Meme (2018)

The American Meme is a documentary about various social media influencers
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Genre: Documentary

Available on: Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Summary:  The American Meme explores the lifestyles of four social media influencers to understand their online footprint and how they utilize their fame. The four social media influencers are Paris Hilton, DJ Khaled, Emily Ratajowski, and Josh Ostrovsky.

Critical Reception: The movie was widely praised by critics who applauded the seeing look it took into online celebrities and the people who make up the influencer landscape.

Recommended For: Fans of documentaries about social media and social media influencers. People looking for a no-frills look into celebrity and the aspects that make up celebrity. 

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We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 top movies about social media to watch.

Here’s a quick recap of the 20 top movies about social media: 

  1. Not Okay (2022)
  2. Untraceable (2008)
  3. Tragedy Girls (2017)
  4. The Social Dilemma (2020)
  5. Love, Guaranteed (2020)
  6. The Hater (2020)
  7. Spree (2020)
  8. Hard Candy (2005)
  9. Searching (2018)
  10. Ingrid Goes West (2017)
  11. A Simple Favor (2018)
  12. Smosh: The Movie (2015)
  13. Friend Request (2016)
  14. Unfriended (2015)
  15. The Assistant (2019)
  16. The Circle (2017)
  17. Lo And Behold, Reveries of The Connected World (2016)
  18. The Great Hack (2019)
  19. The Social Network (2010)
  20. The American Meme (2018)