The Best Coming of Age Movies

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List Criteria: Vote for the greatest coming of age films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

For this list, we're ranking the best coming of age movies of all time, with the help of your votes. The coming of age films list is special in the sense that everyone on the planet can relate to these movies. They tell stories of awkward teenagers transitioning from children into adults, and the journey is almost always familiar to grown men and women who have already been through it themselves. Many of the top coming of age movies were released in the 80's and 90's, including Dazed and Confused, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. A good example of a newer coming of age film is Superbad, the movie that launched the careers of Michael Cena and Jonah Hill.

Don't be afraid to add one of your favorites to this coming of age movies list if it's missing. Try not to downvote the films you haven't seen, as we want this list to be as accurate as possible.



 

Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas are among the directors who have worked on Coming of age movies in the past.

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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    My Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

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    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

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    American Pie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Big is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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    The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    Superbad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

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    Rebel Without a Cause is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Heathers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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    Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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    Some Kind of Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

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    St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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    Easy A is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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    Porky's is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

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    Friday is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Empire Records is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire

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    A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Breaking Away is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

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    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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