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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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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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
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
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
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
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
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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Mid90s is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Katherine Waterston
Mid90s is a 2018 American comedy drama film directed by Jonah Hill. A thirteen-year-old (Sunny Suljic) in 90s-era LA spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of ...more
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It is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Boyhood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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This Boy's Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich
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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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Hook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams
Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan ...more
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Miss Peregrine's Home for ... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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 Kings of Summer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
daltonthescott added Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman
The Kings of Summer is a 2013 comedy film written by Chris Galletta and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
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Mud is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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 taken by an ...more
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The Spiderwick Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
Shaun Toub, Saïd Taghmaoui, Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner is a 2007 American drama film directed by Marc Forster, based on the 2003 novel by Khaled Hosseini. After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in ...more
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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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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Zathura is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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