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The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies

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List of R-Rated coming of age movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated coming of age movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated coming of age movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated 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 R-Rated 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 R-Rated coming of age films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated coming of age film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and... more

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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob... more

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by... more
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    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Kaye

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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt... more
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    Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993... more

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    Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Thirteen

    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men... more

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    A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    A Bronx Tale

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert De Niro

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    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer... more
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    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    The Virgin Suicides

    Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner

    Released1999

    Directed bySofia Coppola

    The film is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her... more
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    Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Y Tu Mamá También

    Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna

    Released2001

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Sleepers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Sleepers

    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro

    Released1996

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Ghost World

    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi

    Released2001

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

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    The Basketball Diaries is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    The Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1995

    Directed byScott Kalvert

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    8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    8 Mile

    Eminem, Kim Basinger

    Released2002

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    The Blue Lagoon

    Brooke Shields, William Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    Adventureland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Adventureland

    Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2009

    Directed byGreg Mottola

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    Porky's is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Porky's

    Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras

    Released1982

    Directed byBob Clark

    Porky's is a 1981 Canadian-American comedy film about the escapades of teenagers at the... more
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    Diner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Diner

    Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon

    Released1982

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    Mean Streets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    Mean Streets

    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese

    Released1973

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    The World According to Garp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    The World According to Garp

    Robin Williams, Glenn Close

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies
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    The Last Picture Show

    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd

    Released1971

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

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