teen movies The Best Coming of Age Movies

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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.

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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 Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Dazed and Confused Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

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American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

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American Pie Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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

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Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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

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Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

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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

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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

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

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Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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The Graduate Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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

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Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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

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Napoleon Dynamite Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

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American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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Easy A Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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

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

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The Last Picture Show Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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

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

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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Porky's Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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Varsity Blues Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

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

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

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

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Empire Records Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire

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Breaking Away Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

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