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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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Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
T Russell Morris added Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell
Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry. Set in north-eastern England during the 1984-85 coal miners' strike, it stars Jamie Bell as ...more
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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss
Light of My Life is a 2019 American drama film directed by Casey Affleck. A father (Casey Affleck) and his young daughter (Anna Pniowsky) find themselves trapped in the woods.
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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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The Chorus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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City of God is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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We the Animals is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Beautiful Thing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
T Russell Morris added Meera Syal, Ben Daniels, Linda Henry
Beautiful Thing is a 1996 British film directed by Hettie MacDonald and released by Channel 4 Films. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Harvey based on his own original play of the same ...more
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The Dangerous Lives of Altar B... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About 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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North Sea Texas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
T Russell Morris added Eva van der Gucht, Thomas Coumans, Jelle Floorizoone
North Sea Texas is a 2011 drama film written by André Sollie, Bavo Defurne and Yves Verbraeken and directed by Bavo Defurne.
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Luce is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Luce is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Julius Onah. A married couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), ...more
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Beats is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Anthony Anderson, Khalil Everage, Uzo Aduba
Beats is a 2019 American coming-of-age-drama directed by Chris Robinson. A musical prodigy with borderline agoraphobia (Khalil Everage) and a former music manager who has fallen from grace ...more
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Jack the Bear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Son of Rambow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Photograph is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar
Photograph is a 2019 Indian-American coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Ritesh. A struggling street photographer Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), based in Mumbai, convinces a stranger, ...more
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Little Man Tate is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Saint Ralph is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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The Mighty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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.