teen movies The Best Coming of Age Movies

9.9k votes 113k views 158 items Embed

List Rules 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.

1
+ - 236 43
Ranker Video v
The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald Anthony Michael Hall

The Best Stand-Up Comedy Movies on Netflix Instant The Sexiest Vampire Movies Ever Made

2
+ - 202 41
Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman John Cusack

3
+ - 179 40
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick Jeffrey Jones

4
+ - 132 42
Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald Joan Cusack

5
+ - 117 33
Ranker Video v
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn Jennifer Jason Leigh

6
+ - 106 42
Ranker Video v
My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin Dan Aykroyd

7
+ - 108 46
Ranker Video v
Dazed and Confused Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich Matthew McConaughey

8
+ - 99 38
Ranker Video v
American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard Suzanne Somers

9
+ - 139 46
Ranker Video v
The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary Karen Allen

10
+ - 104 58
Ranker Video v
American Pie Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid Shannon Elizabeth

11
+ - 116 40
Ranker Video v
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke Lara Flynn Boyle

12
+ - 106 38
Ranker Video v
Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz Elizabeth Perkins

13
+ - 119 47
Ranker Video v
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio Pat Morita

14
+ - 94 46
Ranker Video v
Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon Molly Ringwald

15
+ - 119 40
Ranker Video v
The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage Diane Lane

The Sexiest Characters in Comedies The Most Rewatchable Movies

16
+ - 89 52
Ranker Video v
Superbad Emma Stone, Seth Rogen Jonah Hill

17
+ - 64 36
Ranker Video v
Rebel Without a Cause Natalie Wood, James Dean Dennis Hopper

18
+ - 89 46
Ranker Video v
Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams Amanda Seyfried

19
+ - 105 47
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons Matthew Broderick

20
+ - 90 38
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams Matt Damon

21
+ - 93 57
Ranker Video v
The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton Frank Morgan

22
+ - 78 45
Ranker Video v
Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page Jason Bateman

23
+ - 117 40
Ranker Video v
Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy Paul Rudd

24
+ - 88 47
Ranker Video v
Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon John Lithgow

25
+ - 43 20
Ranker Video v
The Graduate Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft Richard Dreyfuss

26
+ - 74 36
The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman Corey Haim

27
+ - 94 43
Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey Jerry Orbach

28
+ - 41 30
Ranker Video v
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty Christian Slater

29
+ - 43 23
Ranker Video v
Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett Cuba Gooding Jr.

The Smartest Celebrities The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season

30
+ - 73 52
Ranker Video v
Napoleon Dynamite Haylie Duff, Jon Heder Diedrich Bader

31
+ - 72 39
Ranker Video v
Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson Anna Paquin

32
+ - 65 39
Ranker Video v
American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong Beverly DAngelo

33
+ - 43 22
Ranker Video v
Easy A Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes Aly Michalka

34
+ - 56 44
Ranker Video v
St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe Judd Nelson

35
+ - 40 39
Ranker Video v
Some Kind of Wonderful Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure Mary Stuart Masterson

36
+ - 38 29
Ranker Video v
The Last Picture Show Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd Cloris Leachman

37
+ - 39 22
Ranker Video v
Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin Jon Favreau filmography

38
+ - 54 39
Ranker Video v
Can't Buy Me Love Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey Seth Green

39
+ - 61 35
Ranker Video v
Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven Joan Cusack

40
+ - 72 44
Ranker Video v
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

41
+ - 53 18
Ranker Video v
To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck William Windom

42
+ - 59 45
Ranker Video v
Porky's Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras Art Hindle

43
+ - 39 31
Ranker Video v
Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good Nia Long

The Best Movie Villains of All Time The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

44
+ - 39 33
Ranker Video v
Varsity Blues Ali Larter, Paul Walker Amy Smart

45
+ - 46 40
Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor Irrfan Khan

46
+ - 45 29
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker Dorothy McGuire

47
+ - 41 36
Ranker Video v
Empire Records Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger Tobey Maguire

48
+ - 41 27
Ranker Video v
A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci Chazz Palminteri

49
+ - 40 37
Ranker Video v
Breaking Away Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley Daniel Stern

50
+ - 51 40
Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie Frank Oz