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The Best PG Coming Of Age Movies 

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List of PG coming of age movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best PG coming of age movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG coming of age movie of all time is. This list of popular PG coming of age movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top PG coming of age movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG coming of age films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG coming of age film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

Dead Poets Society and The Karate Kid are included in this list.

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Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg are among the directors that have worked on a Coming of age PG film.

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Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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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Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adam Shankman

A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam Shankman, based on the 1999 novel by Nicholas Sparks. Popular rebel Landon Carter (Shane West) is ...more

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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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Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

Released: 1989

Directed by: Peter Weir

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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Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Lucas

American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PG Coming Of Age Movies
John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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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James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

Released: 1993

Directed by: David M. Evans

The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more

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Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ramón Menéndez

Stand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante. Edward James Olmos portrayed Escalante in the film and received a nomination ...more

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Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

Released: 1987

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Empire of the Sun is a 1987 American coming of age film based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Steven Spielberg directed the film, which stars Christian Bale, ...more

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Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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Diane Lane, Laurence Olivier, Sally Kellerman

Released: 1979

Directed by: George Roy Hill

A Little Romance is a 1979 American romantic comedy film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Laurence Olivier, Thelonious Bernard, and Diane Lane in her film debut. The screenplay was ...more

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Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Redford

A River Runs Through It is a 1992 American film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd. It is a period drama based on the ...more

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Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, Barbara Hale

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Milius

Big Wednesday is a 1978 American coming of age film directed by John Milius. Co-written by Milius and Dennis Aaberg, it is loosely based on their own experiences at Malibu and a short story ...more

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looksharp added 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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Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Frankie Muniz

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jay Russell

My Dog Skip is a 2000 film, directed by Jay Russell. It is based on the autobiographical book My Dog Skip by Willie Morris. The movie was released March 3, 2000. The movie recounts a few ...more

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joe Johnston

October Sky is a 1999 American biographical film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. It is based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Anna Chlumsky

Released: 1994

Directed by: Howard Zieff

My Girl 2 is a 1994 comedy-drama film starring Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Christine Ebersole, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Masur, Austin O'Brien, and Roland Thomson. It's a sequel to 1991's My ...more

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Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann, John Houseman

Released: 1973

Directed by: James Bridges

The Paper Chase is a 1973 film starring Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman, directed by James Bridges. Based on John Jay Osborn, Jr.'s 1970 novel, The Paper Chase, it tells the ...more

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Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rod Daniel

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Rachael Leigh Cook, Ellen Burstyn, Marla Sokoloff

Released: 1995

Directed by: Melanie Mayron

The Baby-Sitters Club is a 1995 family comedy drama film directed by Melanie Mayron, in her feature film directorial debut. It is based on The Baby-Sitters Club series of novels and is about one ...more
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Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman

Released: 1985

Directed by: Martha Coolidge

Real Genius is a 1985 satirical comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge. It stars Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarret. The film is set on the campus of Pacific Tech, a technical university similar to ...more

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Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ken Kwapis

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed ...more

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