10 Movies That Defined Generation X

Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn in "Reality Bites." Photo Courtesy: [Universal Pictures]

Apathetic, detached slackers… Generation X — the one that falls between Boomers and Millennials and whose members are born somewhere between 1965 and 1980 — hasn’t always been characterized in the nicest terms.

Let’s go over a few of the movie titles released when Gen Xers were coming of age and learning how to grapple with grown-up life and tedious, underpaid 9-to-5 jobs. And let’s see what — other than cynicism, angst, ripped jeans and grunge music — defined the disaffected generation that gave us Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Keanu Reeves.

Be advised that, when it comes to representation, this list could look like it lacks a bit of diversity. Not for nothing, Gen X has been accused of skewing white and straight and of overrepresenting white, college-educated twenty-somethings. We strived for some balance with the selection.

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