The Best Coming of Age Movies Films

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

    the people's #1 & most listed
    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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    The Sandlot


    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

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    Dazed and Confused


    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High


    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    My Girl


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

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  9. 9
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    American Pie

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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  10. 10
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    Big


    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    American Graffiti


    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    The Karate Kid


    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Dead Poets Society


    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Pretty in Pink


    James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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    The Outsiders


    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    Superbad


    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

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    Mean Girls


    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    Footloose


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    The Wizard of Oz


    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Clueless

    ranked low on reranks
    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    Rebel Without a Cause


    Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

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    Juno


    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Napoleon Dynamite


    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    American History X


    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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    Almost Famous


    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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    Say Anything...


    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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    Boyz n the Hood

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    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Can't Buy Me Love


    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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    Some Kind of Wonderful


    Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

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    The Graduate


    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Easy A


    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    Porky's


    Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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    St. Elmo's Fire


    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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    The Last Picture Show


    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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    - 21
    Heathers

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    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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    Star Wars


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Rudy

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Empire Records


    Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire

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    - 21


    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Varsity Blues


    Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

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    A Bronx Tale


    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    Friday


    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    Breaking Away


    Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

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    Billy Madison


    Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

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    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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