The other day when we are talking about movies, I was kind of struggling to find the proper word to describe a movie that is not very old, but also not quite new.

For example, movies from around 2000, like The Last Samurai (2003) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994). (I don't think they're old, but some people in the group do.)

What word shall I use to relate to this age group?
And how about movies from the forties, the sixties, and the eighties?

Thanks in advance :)

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    Movies from the early 2000s... – Jim Feb 9 at 17:30
  • @Jim Errr... thanks. Didn't think about that, that could be used. However I'm trying to find a more generalized adjective (which can also be used to describe movies from nineties like The Shawshank Redemption.) – Tiw Feb 9 at 17:49
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    I doubt you’ll find a good word for this. I would call them recent movies, but the problem is that if you ask 100 people how they’d describe the age of movies like The Last Samurai and The Shawshank Redemption, I suspect you’ll get 50 people calling them ‘new’ and 50 people calling them ‘old’. Most teenagers I know would consider them positively ancient, while most pensioners I know would think of them as having just come out. How do you describe the age of something relatively when people disagree on how relatively old it is? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 9 at 19:11
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Well, I'm just asking words, I'm well aware that people may have different opinions, but that doesn't bother me. As long as I can get some other words other than the new and old in the case you described, it's enough for me. Thanks for mention it. :-) – Tiw Feb 11 at 2:22

One might describe a movie from the last few decades as "modern" or "contemporary".

A movie from the last few years might simply be described as "recent", although that's probably more restrictive than you want.

A particularly old movie might be described by the technical aspects by which it differs from a modern one -- for instance, a "silent film".

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    Ah! So a newer movie is a "talkie"! – Hot Licks Feb 10 at 0:43

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