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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    Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Nicolas Cage

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    Bert Lahr, Judy Garland, Jack Haley

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    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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    John Cusack, Bebe Neuwirth, Philip Baker Hall

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    Renée Zellweger, Robin Tunney, Liv Tyler

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