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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
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    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

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    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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
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    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    Mid90s is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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
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    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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
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    Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    Holes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    Boyhood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    Hugo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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
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    The Cure is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    The Kings of Summer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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
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    It is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    Hook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    The Maze Runner

    Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien

    Released2014

    Directed byWes Ball

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    This Boy's Life is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    North Sea Texas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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
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    Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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    Mud is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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
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    The Spiderwick Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Beautiful Thing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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
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    Miss Peregrine's Home for  is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Eva Green, Asa Butterfield
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    The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    The Kite Runner

    Shaun Toub, Saïd Taghmaoui

    Released2007

    Directed byMarc Forster

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    Zathura is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies About Boys
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    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

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