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

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    The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    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

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    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

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    Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Sixteen Candles 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


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Dazed and Confused Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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


    The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

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


    My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

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

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    American Pie Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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


    American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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


    Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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


    The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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


    Pretty in Pink 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


    Superbad Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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


    Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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


    The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Rebel Without a Cause is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Rebel Without a Cause Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

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


    Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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


    Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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


    Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    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

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    Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Napoleon Dynamite Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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


    Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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


    The Graduate Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Porky's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Porky's Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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    Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies

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    Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Can't Buy Me Love Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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    The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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    St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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


    Easy A Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    Some Kind of Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Some Kind of Wonderful Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

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

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    Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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    Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Varsity Blues Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

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    A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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


    Breaking Away Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

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

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    Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Empire Records is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Empire Records Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire

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


    Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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


    Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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


    Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Billy Madison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies


    Billy Madison Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

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