When you think of the films that define a generation, what do you think of? The Lion King? The Matrix? Silence of the Lambs? If any of these eclectic titles popped up in your head, then you’re on the right track. We here at CLICKON have been toiling in our lab to find the top eight films shared among Millennial viewers – and the results are one hell of a mixed bag.
The Lion King
Sliding into our DMs in first place is none other than The Lion King. Disney’s animated marvel remains one of the most beloved films of the last half-century to this day. By taking Shakespeare’s infamous Hamlet and straining it through a loveable animated style centered around the animals of the Serengeti, Disney struck the vein with 81.6% of Millennials now held as lifetime fans.
What would this list be if not for one of the most lovable characters to ever grace the silver screen? Tom Hanks’ masterful rendition of a Forrest Gump laid the bedrock for an entire generations outlook on love, life, and loss. With 74.6% of the Millennial population having born witness to Gump sprinting so hard his leg braces break off, it’s no wonder it’s secured the second slot.
Back to the Future
Ah, where would we be if not for the temporal escapades of Morty McFly? With the forever legendary Doc in tow, the first Back to the Future film rightly spawned several sequels as audiences couldn’t get enough of Marty’s quick-witted hijinks and Biff’s lumbering idiocy. Oh, and we’re still waiting for our hoverboard.
The Dark Knight
And now, form a turn. Christopher Nolan’s second venture into the world of DC’s Caped Crusader turned out to be a master stroke. Featuring a knockout performance by Heath Ledger as the iconic Joker, The Dark Knight saw its popularity swell to new heights within a Millennial audience, charting a 66.5% viewership
Keeping things dark, the brain-in-the-vat thought experiment turned movie saw a 63.2% viewership rate among Millennials, perhaps even stoking the creative juices of many would-be philosophers. Neo’s first leap into the “real” world must have struck a chord with audiences, as it even managed to beat out the legendary world of Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Tallying in at 60.9%, the first installment in the long-awaited screen adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy spun a yarn that wrapped up viewers around the globe – among which Millennials were the most prominent.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
We’re not sure what it is about time-traveling protagonists that just set our hearts ablaze, but it’s something fierce. Raking in a 59.2% viewership across a Millennial viewer base, the second installment to feature Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular Terminator nips dangerously – and impressively – at the heels of one of the most lauded fantasy series in existence.
The Silence of the Lambs
The last on our list but certainly not the last in our hearts is The Silence of the Lambs. Yes, the film that had us all gasping at its immaculately-placed twist still impresses this many years on – and it seems it impressed roughly 54.9% of the Millennial audience as well – not something so easy to manage with a generation of chronically bored individuals.