Watchworthy
1.7k voters

The Best Coming of Age Movies

Updated August 14, 2020 19.1k votes 1.7k voters 148.7k views181 items

List RulesVote for the greatest coming of age films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

For this list, we're ranking the best coming of age movies of all time, with the help of your votes. The coming of age films list is special in the sense that everyone on the planet can relate to these movies. They tell stories of awkward teenagers transitioning from children into adults, and the journey is almost always familiar to grown men and women who have already been through it themselves. Many of the top coming of age movies were released in the '80s and '90s, including Dazed and Confused, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. A good example of a newer coming of age film is Superbad, the movie that launched the careers of Michael Cena and Jonah Hill.

Don't be afraid to add one of your favorites to this coming of age movies list if it's missing. Try not to downvote the films you haven't seen, as we want this list to be as accurate as possible.

list.itemsDescription

...more
  • The Breakfast Club1
    506
    165

    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Stand by Me2
    515
    93

    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 WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off3
    366
    131

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Ferris Bueller's Day Off 

    Behind The Scenes Of The Famous Parade Scene In 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'Interesting Details From 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' That Made Us Stop And Look Around

  • Dazed and Confused4
    255
    87

    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Sandlot5
    282
    99

    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 WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More The Sandlot 

    What Ever Happened To All The Kids From The Sandlot?#13 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies

  • Good Will Hunting6
    229
    77

    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Dead Poets Society7
    288
    85

    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High8
    206
    71

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Superbad9
    234
    101

    Superbad

    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen

    Released2007

    Directed byGreg Mottola

    Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Superbad 

    #7 of 38 Every Movie Coming to Netflix in January 2021#21 of 142 The Most Rewatchable Comedy Movies

  • Sixteen Candles10
    242
    101

    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • My Girl11
    205
    95

    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

    My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More My Girl 

    #7 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry#94 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

  • Juno12
    222
    98

    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Juno 

    #328 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#405 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • American Graffiti13
    166
    69

    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More American Graffiti 

    #137 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#178 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

  • Almost Famous14
    173
    56

    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Almost Famous 

    #121 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies#42 of 204 The Best Drug Movies of All Time

  • The Karate Kid15
    214
    114

    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More The Karate Kid 

    #7 of 14 '80s Movie Fan Theories#15 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

  • Big16
    187
    89

    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Big 

    Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Big,' Tom Hanks's First Blockbuster Hit'Big' Is Actually An Existential Nightmare

  • The Goonies17
    161
    20

    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 WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More The Goonies 

    Interesting Details From 'The Goonies' That Make Us Want To Rewatch20 Goonies Trivia Facts Everyone Should Know

  • Mean Girls18
    221
    106

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

    Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Mean Girls 

    24 'Mean Girls' Memes That Are So FetchBehind-The-Scenes Secrets Of 'Mean Girls'

  • Rebel Without a Cause19
    119
    65

    Rebel Without a Cause

    Natalie Wood, James Dean

    Released1955

    Directed byNicholas Ray

    Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Rebel Without a Cause 

    #141 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time#4 of 36 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents

  • Clueless20
    260
    65

    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Clueless 

    The Best Outfits from CluelessThe Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented

  • The Outsiders21
    217
    72

    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 WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Easy A22
    152
    55

    Easy A

    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes

    Released2010

    Directed byWill Gluck

    Easy A is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck. A clean-cut high school... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Boyz n the Hood23
    109
    45

    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Boyz n the Hood 

    #8 of 629 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#9 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

  • Heathers24
    123
    62

    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pretty in Pink25
    163
    84

    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button