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The Best Coming of Age Movies

Updated August 14, 2020 18.7k votes 1.6k voters 147.8k 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.

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  • 1
    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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
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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 4
    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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
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    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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

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    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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
  • 9
    Superbad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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

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    Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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
  • 11
    My Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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

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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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
  • 14
    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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  • 15
    Big is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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
  • 17
    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Rebel Without a Cause is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Rebel Without a Cause

    Natalie Wood, James Dean

    Released1955

    Directed byNicholas Ray

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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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    The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • 22
    Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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
  • 23
    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    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

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    Heathers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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    Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Coming of Age Movies
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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Released2004

    Directed byJared Hess

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