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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.

The Best Coming of Age Movies Films
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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

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    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

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    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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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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    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

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    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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    Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

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    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

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    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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    Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire

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    Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

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    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

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