The Oscar-nominated biopic The Social Network, directed by David Fincher, was recently added to Netflix’s massive library.
Facebook: The True Story isn’t the only social media-related film accessible on Netflix, but it’s one of the most intriguing and well-documented on the streaming service.
Here are ten of Netflix’s best social media movies, ranging from sinister fictional organizations to the very real likes of Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
1. The Circle
‘Secrets are nothing more than lies. Sharing is a kind act. ‘Privacy is theft.’
An organization so powerful, in this modern techno-thriller, that it nearly makes Google appear unobtrusive uses this pretty terrible credo.
This film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ best-selling novel, The Circle, stars Emma Watson as a young recruit who climbs the corporate ladder through a grueling series of clicks, likes, and shares – but at a lethal cost.
2. Smosh: The Movie
Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla’s hilarious slacker comedy is towards the more harmless end of the spectrum when it comes to the term “YouTube star.”
Bill from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Alex Winter, directs Smosh: The Movie. In order to edit a clip that may jeopardize Anthony’s chances of winning over his high school infatuation, the two travel inside a video sharing platform.
3. The Square
However, this fascinating film on Egypt’s political turmoil demonstrates the potential of social media as an effective tool for advancing democratic politics.
The Square, an Oscar-nominated film on the 2011 Egyptian revolt, shows how YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook all played a big role in the uprising.
4. Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World
While it may seem like a strange choice for Werner Herzog to direct this Sundance blockbuster, the director famously called social media “a vast, naked onslaught of idiocy.
An internet troll-abuse victim’s heartbroken mother is only one of numerous fascinating stories explored in this thought-provoking essay on our online existence.
5. Life 2.0
Our second chance at life is explored in depth in this feature-length documentary, which explores our ideas of reality versus illusion.
For the first time ever, a group of Life 2.0.’s most ardent users are featured in an Emmy-winning documentary that follows them as they create new identities and new relationships in a completely virtual environment.
6. Black Mirror
Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s dystopian anthology series, is one of the best shows to look at the dark side of social media.
When a grieving widow brings her late husband back to life using his social media history in Be Right Back, the first episode of season two; when an ex-girlfriend blocks a man in real life using pixelation technology, in White Christmas, season two episode four; and when Nosedive imagines a society where online ratings are the ultimate currency in the first episode of season three;
7. Dark Net
If we can’t yet rewind and rewatch our entire lives, or transform individuals who have mistreated us into static silhouettes, Dark Net illustrates that there are already plenty of ethical issues with the technology we do have.
As part of this fascinating documentary series, we learn about revenge porn, internet cults, “cybersleuthing,” social media trolling, and the alt-right movement.
8. Audrie & Daisy
Documentary filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk have crafted a heartbreaking and anger-provoking look at the destructive repercussions of social media shaming.
The Audrie & Daisy in question are two teenage girls who, after being sexually attacked by classmates in separate incidents, had to deal with the consequences of their ordeals after they went public.
Even while this adorable culinary road trip isn’t particularly about social media, the events that take place are actually sparked by one massive Twitter meltdown.
Chef Carl Casper, played by Jon Favreau, takes to Twitter after a devastating review from a restaurant critic. He uses the site to express his grievances and establish a dedicated following.
Later, a video of a commotion causes him to become an unwitting internet sensation.
Described as “Mean Girls” for the Instagram generation, #realityhigh is a Netflix original series.
Nesta Cooper, well known for her role on Travelers, plays a geeky college student in this new comedy. Her high school crush (Keith Powers) and his social media influencer ex-girlfriend (Julianne Moore) become entangled in a messy love triangle after she gets a makeover (Alicia Sanz).