Film 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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24 11
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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It is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Holes is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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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Hook is listed (or ranked) 12 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 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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This Boy's Life is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Mud is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Miss Peregrine's Home for ... is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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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We the Animals is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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City of God is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Chorus is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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 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) 24 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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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 25 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