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The Best Coming of Age Drama Films 

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Updated August 1, 2019 526 votes 77 voters 2k views 47 items

The best coming of age drama movies are capable of truly touching your heart. These films capture the complicated, emotional moments that define growing up. Some of the top examples, like Almost Famous and The Last Picture Show, have earned widespread acclaim for their insight on the subject. Serious coming of age movies have the power to stay with audience members for years, as well as to inspire repeat viewings. Fans form an intense personal connection to them.

Here's your chance to vote for the greatest coming of age drama movies, or to find some good examples that you might have missed. If you don't see a personal favorite on this list of coming of age drama films, please add it so that other users can weigh in. 

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack
Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom
To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim
The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow
Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more

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Rebel Without a Cause is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper
Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. The film stars James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Directed by Nicholas Ray, ...more

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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd
My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice Elehwany. The film, starring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in her feature film debut, depicts the ...more

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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 Italian-American romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino, based on Andre Aciman's novel of the same name. In 1980s Italy, a romantic ...more

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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss
The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin
Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more

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Now and Then is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell
Now and Then is a 1995 American coming-of-age film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffmann, Demi Moore, ...more

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The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show is a 1971 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted from a semi-autobiographical 1966 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. Set in a small town in ...more

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The Perks of Being a Wal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more

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A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri
A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American drama film set in the Bronx during the turbulent era of the 1960s. It was the directorial debut of Robert De Niro that follows a young Italian-American teenager ...more

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St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson
St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare ...more

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Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane
Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on the novel Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film centers on the ...more

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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats
Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno, is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and ...more

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Y Tu Mamá Tambi&e... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú
Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos. The film tells a coming-of-age story about ...more

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Scent of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar
Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, ...more

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The Man in the Moon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston, Jason London
The Man in the Moon is a 1991 American coming of age drama film and was the final film of director, Robert Mulligan and is also Reese Witherspoon's debut role.

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The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
The film is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, and A. ...more

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Coming of Age Drama Films
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe
Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more

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