Watchworthy
241 voters

The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys

Updated August 14, 2020 1.6k votes 241 voters 19.2k views53 items

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.

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Stand by Me
    108
    20

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Stand by Me 

    Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Stand By Me' That Prove The Film Shaped The Child Actors#13 of 149 Movies That Should Never Be Remade

  • 2
    The Goonies
    65
    16

    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The... more on Wikipedia

    More The Goonies 

    Things You Have To Ignore In Order To Enjoy Watching 'The Goonies'20 Goonies Trivia Facts Everyone Should Know

  • 3
    The Outsiders
    57
    17

    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Sandlot
    55
    18

    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy... more on Wikipedia

    More The Sandlot 

    What Ever Happened To All The Kids From The Sandlot?#14 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies

  • 5
    Mid90s
    49
    18

    Mid90s

    Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges

    Released2018

    Directed byJonah Hill

    Mid90s is a 2018 American comedy drama film directed by Jonah Hill. A thirteen-year-old (Sunny... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Lost Boys
    44
    16

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Lord of the Flies
    37
    12

    Lord of the Flies

    Nicholas Hammond, James Aubrey

    Released1963

    Directed byPeter Brook

    Lord of the Flies is a 1963 British film adaptation of William Golding's novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

    More Lord of the Flies 

    #180 of 364 The Best Movies Based On Books#15 of 22 The Best Classic Kids Movies That Are Kind of Dark

  • 8
    Holes
    45
    22

    Holes

    Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title... more on Wikipedia

    More Holes 

    What Happened To Everyone In The ‘Holes’ Cast?The Desert Hellscape Of 'Holes' Really Represents Purgatory

  • 9
    Empire of the Sun
    37
    15

    Empire of the Sun

    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller

    Released1987

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Empire of the Sun is a 1987 American coming of age film based on J. G. Ballard's... more on Wikipedia

    More Empire of the Sun 

    The Best Empire of the Sun Albums, Ranked#69 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked

  • 10
    Hugo
    33
    14

    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Boyhood
    40
    22

    Boyhood

    Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette

    Released2014

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by... more on Wikipedia

    More Boyhood 

    #1157 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#57 of 69 The Best Movies That Are Super Long

  • 12
    The Cure
    27
    11

    The Cure

    Annabella Sciorra, Brad Renfro

    Released1995

    Directed byPeter Horton

    The Cure is a 1995 comedy-drama film starring Brad Renfro and Joseph Mazzello about two boys... more on Wikipedia

    More The Cure 

    #349 of 366 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#229 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

  • 13
    It
    33
    22

    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

    It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

    More It 

    Horrifying Things That Happened In The Book 'IT' Way Too Awful for the MoviesWhat The Characters From 'It' Looked Like In The Miniseries Vs. The Movies

  • 14
    The Kings of Summer
    18
    5

    The Kings of Summer

    Alison Brie, Megan Mullally

    Released2013

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

    The Kings of Summer is a 2013 comedy film written by Chris Galletta and directed by Jordan... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Hook
    26
    16

    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter... more on Wikipedia

    More Hook 

    What Happened To All The Kids From 'Hook'?#12 of 33 The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

  • 16
    The Maze Runner
    24
    14

    The Maze Runner

    Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien

    Released2014

    Directed byWes Ball

    The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action thriller film directed by... more on Wikipedia

    More The Maze Runner 

    #17 of 76 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels#55 of 94 The 35+ Greatest Dystopian Action Movies

  • 17
    North Sea Texas
    14
    2

    North Sea Texas

    Eva van der Gucht, Thomas Coumans

    Released2011

    Directed byBavo Defurne

    North Sea Texas is a 2011 drama film written by André Sollie, Bavo Defurne and Yves Verbraeken... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Billy Elliot
    12
    1

    Billy Elliot

    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Daldry

    Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen... more on Wikipedia

    More Billy Elliot 

    #21 of 94 The Best Dance Movies Ever Made#133 of 299 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

  • 19
    This Boy's Life
    27
    19

    This Boy's Life

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

    Released1993

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author... more on Wikipedia

    More This Boy's Life 

    #52 of 82 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books#466 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys

  • 20
    Mud
    20
    14

    Mud

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2012

    Directed byJeff Nichols

    Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey,... more on Wikipedia

    More Mud 

    #496 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#41 of 44 The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup

  • 21
    The Spiderwick Chronicles
    17
    10

    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Waters

    The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation... more on Wikipedia

    More The Spiderwick Chronicles 

    All the Spiderwick Chronicles Books, Ranked Best to Worst#228 of 317 The Best Movies For Kids

  • 22
    Beautiful Thing
    9
    1

    Beautiful Thing

    Meera Syal, Ben Daniels

    Released1995

    Directed byHettie MacDonald

    Beautiful Thing is a 1996 British film directed by Hettie MacDonald and released by Channel 4... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    The Kite Runner
    16
    11

    The Kite Runner

    Shaun Toub, Saïd Taghmaoui

    Released2007

    Directed byMarc Forster

    The Kite Runner is a 2007 American drama film directed by Marc Forster, based on the 2003... more on Wikipedia

    More The Kite Runner 

    #491 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#7 of 9 Every Movie & TV Show Written By David Benioff, Ranked

  • 24
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    23
    20

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Eva Green, Asa Butterfield
  • 25
    Zathura
    12
    12

    Zathura

    Kristen Stewart, Josh Hutchersonm

    Released2005

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Zathura: A Space Adventure is a 2005 American science fiction fantasy adventure film directed... more on Wikipedia

    More Zathura 

    #117 of 181 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made#41 of 70 The Greatest Supernatural & Paranormal Teen Films