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The Funniest Coming of Age Movies 

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Updated March 17, 2020 369 votes 52 voters 1.4k views 41 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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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

Released: 2007

Directed by: Greg Mottola

Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who began working on the ...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

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Big is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 8 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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She's All That is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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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Saved! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brian Dannelly

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Good Boys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gene Stupnitsky

Good Boys is a 2019 American comedy film co-written and directed by Gene Stupnitsky. After being invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max (Jacob Tremblay) is panicking because he does ...more

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Submarine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Ben Stiller, Paddy Constantine, Sally Hawkins

Released: 2010

Directed by: Richard Ayoade

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Booksmart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams

Released: 2019

Directed by: Olivia Wilde

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10 Things I Hate About Y... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Released: 2017

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

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Eighth Grade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Coming of Age Movies
Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bo Burnham

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