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The Funniest Coming of Age Movies 

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Updated May 19, 2020 473 votes 72 voters 2.3k views 43 items

The best coming of age comedy movies are extremely relatable. They hilariously capture the awkwardness of adolescence, making us feel like someone else understands the struggles and issues that young people deal with. Funny movies about growing up give us characters who seem like us, dealing with situations we have probably dealt within our own lives. And they do this while making us laugh ourselves silly. The greatest ones, like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Clueless, have become certified classics.

It's time to determine the funniest coming of age comedy so be sure to vote up your top picks. If you notice any awesome bildungsroman comedies that have been left out, add them to the list so that other users can weigh in.

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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

Released: 2007

Directed by: Greg Mottola

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Released: 1995

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more

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Fast Times at Ridgemont ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1982

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone ...more

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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

Released: 2010

Directed by: Will Gluck

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

Released: 1999

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jared Hess

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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 2016

Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

Released: 1993

Directed by: David M. Evans

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Big is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

Released: 1987

Directed by: Steve Rash

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

Released: 1989

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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She's All That is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim

Released: 1999

Directed by: Robert Iscove

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Lucas

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

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10 Things I Hate About Y... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

Released: 1999

Directed by: Gil Junger

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Good Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gene Stupnitsky

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Big Time Adolescence is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Griffin Gluck, Pete Davidson

Released: 2020

Directed by: Jason Orley

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

Released: 2000

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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Moonrise Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ari Sandel

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