The Best Coming of Age Movies Films
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The Best Coming of Age Movies

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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    Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald

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    Charlie Sheen, Jeffrey Jones, Matthew Broderick

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker

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    John Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald

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    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald, James Spader

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    Macaulay Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Eric Stoltz

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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    Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

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    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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    Edward Furlong, Edward Norton, Beverly D'Angelo

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    Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Rob Lowe

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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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    Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Will Wright

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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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