Films The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys  

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The future is bright for the young leading men of classic coming of age films. The best boys coming of age movies feature boys becoming men as they deal with tough situations and strained friendships. This is a list of the best coming of age movies about boys, including everything from The Lost Boys to Goonies to The Outsiders.

What films will you find on this list of the top boys coming of age movies? You won't be surprised to see Stand by Me here. Based on Stephen King's novella The Body, this timeless tale follows a group of four friends on what will be their last great boyhood adventure. The Sandlot is another great film about friends learning lessons that they will carry throughout their lives. Richard Linklater took coming of age films to the next level with his movie Boyhood, which was filmed from 2002-2013. Other good films featured here include It, Empire of the Sun, and This Boy's Life.

It's up to you to decide which coming of age movie deserves the top spot on this list. Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good films that are missing.

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Stand by Me 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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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen 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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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Outsiders 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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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Lost Boys 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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Holes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Holes Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo ...more

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It is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more

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Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Hook Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. It stars Robin Williams as Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin ...more

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Boyhood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Boyhood Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. ...more

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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Empire of the Sun Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich Empire of the Sun is a 1987 American coming of age war 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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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Lord of the Flies Nicholas Hammond, James Aubrey, Kent Fletcher Lord of the Flies is a 1963 British film adaptation of William Golding's novel of the same name. It was directed by Peter Brook and produced by Lewis M. Allen. The film was in production for ...more

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This Boy's Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
This Boy's Life Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Eliza Dushku This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author Tobias Wolff. It is directed by Michael Caton-Jones and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Tobias Wolff, ...more

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Cure Annabella Sciorra, Brad Renfro, Diana Scarwid The Cure is a 1995 comedy-drama film starring Brad Renfro and Joseph Mazzello about two boys searching for the cure of AIDS, from which one of them is suffering. It was produced by Eric Eisner ...more

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Mud is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Mud Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Reese Witherspoon. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film

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Miss Peregrine's Home for ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson

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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Hugo Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more

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Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Flight of the Navigator Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 comic science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about David Freeman, a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by ...more

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The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Maze Runner Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in ...more

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The Spiderwick Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Spiderwick Chronicles Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's bestselling series of the same name. Set in the Spiderwick ...more

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We the Animals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
We the Animals Evan Rosado, Raúl Castillo, Sheila Vand We the Animals is a 2018 drama film directed by Jeremiah Zagar, based on the novel by Justin Torres. Manny (Isaiah Kristian), Joel (Josiah Gabriel), and Jonah (Evan Rosado) tear their way ...more

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The Chorus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Chorus Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin, Didier Flamand The Chorus is a 2004 French drama film directed by Christophe Barratier. Co-written by Barratier and Philippe Lopes-Curval, it is an adaptation of the 1945 film A Cage of Nightingales, which in ...more

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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman Finding Neverland is a 2004 American semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan, directed by Marc Forster. The ...more

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City of God is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was ...more

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The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Kite Runner Shaun Toub, Saïd Taghmaoui, Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner is a 2007 American drama film directed by Marc Forster based on the novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do boy from the Wazir Akbar ...more

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Son of Rambow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Son of Rambow Ed Westwick, Asa Butterfield, Eric Sykes Son of Rambow is a 2007 British-French-German comedy-drama film written and directed by Garth Jennings. The film premiered on 22 January 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival. It was later shown at ...more

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Jack the Bear is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Jack the Bear Reese Witherspoon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Danny DeVito Jack the Bear is a 1993 American drama film directed by Marshall Herskovitz, written by Steven Zaillian based on the novel by Dan McCall, and starring Danny DeVito, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., ...more

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Zathura is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Zathura Kristen Stewart, Josh Hutchersonm, Tim Robbins Zathura: A Space Adventure is a 2005 American science fiction fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, and is loosely based on the illustrated book Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg, author ...more

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The Dangerous Lives of Altar B... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Jodie Foster, Jena Malone, Vincent D'Onofrio The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is a 2002 independent comedy-drama film directed by Peter Care. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin, Jena Malone, Jodie Foster, and Vincent D'Onofrio. ...more

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Saint Ralph is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Saint Ralph Jennifer Tilly, Campbell Scott, Gordon Pinsent Saint Ralph is a 2004 Canadian drama film written and directed by Michael McGowan. Its central character is a teenage boy who trains for the 1954 Boston Marathon in the hope a victory will be ...more

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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Explorers Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell Explorers is a 1985 family-oriented science-fiction fantasy film written by Eric Luke and directed by Joe Dante. The film stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix as teenage schoolboys who build a ...more

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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Oliver! Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was ...more

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Little Man Tate is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Little Man Tate Jodie Foster, Harry Connick, Jr. Little Man Tate is a 1991 drama film directed by and starring Jodie Foster. The film marked her directorial debut. It tells the story of a seven-year-old child prodigy, Fred Tate, who struggles ...more

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The Mighty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
The Mighty Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, James Gandolfini The Mighty is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Chelsom and based on the book Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.