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Top 50 Best Coming Of Age Movies Of All Time

Sri JananiSri-Updated Aug 26, 2021


Coming Of Age Movies

 

Coming of age is an interesting topic don’t you think? It is important too, and let me tell you why.

 

Coming of age is simply the change in ideologies and patterns through time. When we were kids, we would have asked a number of questions to our parents and they would have felt awkward answering those questions.

 

When we pass through a particular age, we get answers to those questions. It may also be put as our reactions to our real environment and how we accept it.

 

The movies are all about people discovering their places and roles in this world. These movies usually fall under a pattern.

 

The main character of the story is very carefree and naive at the beginning of the movie, they tend to face a challenge and are hit by reality pretty soon.

 

Later, they understand that what they have been perceiving as a child is totally different from the adult phase of life.

 

They become mature through this time period. So, let's call this a journey from immaturity to maturity.

 

These movies teach us to welcome change and embrace it. They impose on how important moral growth and mental peace are.

 

These movies are also for parents who want to grab an insight into what kind of attention their children would need as they grow up.

 

 

50. Dope

 

Dope

 

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Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
Written by Rick Famuyiwa
Cinematography Rachel Morrison
Starring ASAP Rocky, Blake Anderson, Bruce Beatty, De’aundre Bonds, Julian Bond, Quincy Brown, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, Rick Fox, Christopher Glenn
Music by Germaine Franco
Year 2015
IMDb 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes 88%
Worldwide box office 18 Million USD

 

Nobody’s life goes on smoothly like a straight line, it takes enough twists and turns.

 

These twists and turns make you strong day by day. And that is what has happened in our main character’s life too.

 

Malcolm dreams of attending Harvard every day. He works hard for his dreams and goals.

 

But it becomes tough for him when there are very big distractions. Malcolm lives in The Bottom, Inglewood.

 

His neighborhood is the most capable place of spoiling a person’s life. There are gangster fights and drug dealing almost all the time.

 

This time, even though Malcolm was very careful not to fall on the wrong path, he ended up making the wrong decisions.

 

But sometimes, wrong decisions help us discover what we are, that is what happens in Malcolm’s life too.

 

This movie is a perfect motivator.

 

 

49. Moonrise Kingdom

 

Moonrise Kingdom

 

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Directed by Wes Anderson
Written by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Cinematography Robert Yeoman
Starring Bruce Wills, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman, Harvey Keitel
Music by Alexandre Desplat 
Year 2012
IMDb 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 93%
Worldwide box office 68.3 Million USD

 

This story starts with Sam, a twelve-year-old, running away from his scout camp.

 

He writes a letter to the Master of the scout, Randy, saying that he has decided to quit the camp and go out.

 

This was the time where he finds out that Sam is an orphan and is under foster care.

 

Randy seeks the help of Captain Sharp. While everybody is in search of Sam, he is not alone.

 

Suzy, the first and only daughter of the lawyers, Walt and Laura, is his company.

 

They both are letter pals and Suzy flees her home for Sam. As the story moves, everybody including the scout troop members starts searching for the two of them.

 

That is when there are a lot of emotional bursts and realizations. There are problems and solutions.

 

This film is packed with surprise, fun, and romance throughout and it’s a great entertainer.

 

 

48. Thirteen

 

Thirteen

 

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Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Written by Catherine Hardwicke, Nikki Reed
Cinematography Elliot Davis
Starring Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet, Deborah Kara Unger, Kip Pardue, Sarah Clarke, D. W. Moffett, Vanessa Hudgens 
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Year 2003
IMDb 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 81%
Worldwide box office 10.1 Million USD

 

Just as teens start at thirteen, Tracy’s life also starts taking twists at thirteen. Tracy is a student who scores A in her subjects.

 

But at home, she is always depressed in the broken family and she hates her mom’s new date.

 

While life is on an indefinite path already, Tracy is accompanied by her new friend and the talk of the whole school, Evie.

 

Evie shows Tracy another world. The world of drugs, sex, and petty crime. Tracy loves this world at the beginning.

 

But everything has a negative side too. As life goes on, it brings out the worst and the best from Tracy.

 

She discovers who she is at the end. Did you know? This movie has a touch of some incidents from co-writer Nikki Reed's life.

 

This movie is a good pick that you could watch with your teen children.

 

 

47. School Ties

 

School Ties

 

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Directed by Robert Mandel 
Written by Dick Wolf
Cinematography Freddie Francis
Starring Brendan FraCatherine Hardwickeser, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery, Cole Hauser, Ben Affleck, Anthony Rapp, Amy Locane, Peter Donat
Music by Maurice Jarre
Year 1992
IMDb 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes 60%
Worldwide box office 14.7 Million Dollars

 

This movie tells us the happenings and the mindset of people in the 1950s. As said, this movie takes place in the 1950s having our main character, David Green.

 

David is a hardworking student, a great athlete, and a fun footballer. He is admitted into a boarding school for his skills in football.

 

He hopes to get into Harvard with the help of his school. The other students are from a well-off background while David is from a Jewish background.

 

He has a hard time hiding his background and one day one of his classmates finds out the truth.

 

His biggest fear becomes reality, he is being rejected by his friends because he is a Jew.

 

Also, David is trapped in trouble and is wrongly accused. Does he come out of it?

 

This movie gives us the confidence to face problems. After watching, we will know how to and how not to treat people.

 

 

46. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

 

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Directed by John Hughes 
Written by John Hughes 
Cinematography Tak Fujimoto
Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jeffrey Grey, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Edie McClurg, Charlie Sheen, Ben Stein 
Music by Ira Newborn 
Year 1986
IMDb 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 80%
Worldwide box office 70.7 Million USD 

 

Well, nobody knew that a day off could be a big deal. Ferris is a high school student who always plays tricks.

 

This time he wants to take a break from school. For that, he fakes that he’s sick and plans the day.

 

Ferris is not alone, he has his girlfriend, Sloane, and his best friend, Cameron with him.

 

The three of them plan to take Ferris’ dad’s car and go to Chicago. Life does not take you as per your plans.

 

It has its own plans. Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron are on their own and get out as they planned.

 

While this happens, on the other side, there is Ferris’s Principal Ed Rooney who doubts that Ferris is faking his illness and is running behind them to prove it.

 

Will Ferris get caught? This movie is fun. Every scene makes you laugh out loud until your stomach hurts.

 

 

45. Easy A

 

Easy A

 

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Directed by Will Gluck
Written by Bert V. Royal
Cinematography Michael Grady
Starring Emma Stone, Penn Badgeley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Juliette Goglia, Braeden Lemasters, Aly Michalka, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, Patricia Clarkson
Music by Brad Segal
Year 2010
IMDb 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes 85%
Worldwide box office 75 Million Dollar 

 

We all would have heard rumors during high school and they are mostly about the popular ones in the school.

 

If you are lucky, you would have lived one rumor during your high school. This story is all about rumors and what are the consequences of one.

 

Olive is a high school student. She lies about her date life on a day out with her friend Rhiannon and her family.

 

She says that she has a date pre-planned. And just as every friend does, Rhiannon follows up about Olive’s date, in the bathroom.

 

Olive, again lies that she lost her virginity on her date. This news somehow reaches the whole school.

 

This rumor initially fetched her unbelievable things like popularity, reputation, and sometimes monetary gifts too.

 

Now she has become the talk of the school. But that is all temporary. She is caught in an incident in which she is not involved in.

 

She makes perfect decisions and faces every problem that arrives. This movie works well for teens and adults.

 

 

44. The Breakfast Club

 

The Breakfast Club

 

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Directed by John Hughes 
Written by John Hughes 
Cinematography Thomas Del Ruth
Starring Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Emillio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason, John Kapelos, Ron Dean
Music by Keith Forsey, Gary Chang
Year 1985
IMDb 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 89%
Worldwide box office 51.5 Million USD

 

Every human has a belief that they are something, but what if that is not true and they are a totally different person?

 

Identifying oneself is the most essential part of life and an important event through the coming of age.

 

Except for being classmates, the five of them, Claire Standish (the princess), Andrew Clark (the athlete), John Bender (Criminal), Brian Johnson (big brains), and Allison Reynolds (the basket case) have nothing mutual and they don’t belong together.

 

They are asked to write a thousand-word essay as a part of detention in the library on a Saturday.

 

They are likely to be detained for almost nine hours as a result of their activities.

 

In the beginning, they wrote everything that they believed they were. But as time went by, they discovered their real selves.

 

This movie is one of those which connects to every person somewhere at some scene.

 

 

43. Bend It Like Beckham

 

Bend It Like Beckham

 

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Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Written by Paul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra, Gurinder Chadha
Cinematography Jong Lin
Starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Archie Panjabi, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Shaznay Lewis, Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson, Ameet Chana
Music by Craig Pruess
Year 2002
IMDb 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes 85% 
Worldwide box office 104.6 Million USD

 

To an extent, our family decides everything for us, be it picking a dress or the right school or sometimes even more big decisions involving turning points in life like marriage.

 

Sometimes they are satisfying decisions and sometimes they are not. Jess is born and brought up in an Indian family.

 

She loves football. Unlike her sister Pinky who is learning cooking lessons and preparing herself for an arranged marriage, Jess wants to play for the Soccer team.

 

Also, she is inspired by her hero, the great player, David Beckham and dreams to play like him.

 

Her family does not like and support this idea. That is when she meets Jules, a soccer player and is a part of the local women’s league.

 

These two connect in the point where their family is not supporting them. Will they playmaking decisions against their family?

 

This gripping movie is a perfect watch to understand how a parent-child relationship should be or should not be.

 

 

42. Blockers

 

Blockers

 

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Directed by Kay Cannon
Written by Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe
Cinematography Russ Alsobrook
Starring Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Ramona Young, Graham Phillips, Colton Dunn
Music by Mateo Messina 
Year 2018
IMDb 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes 84%
Worldwide box office 94 Million USD

 

Every prom has a special place in everybody’s lives. Our main characters want it to be more special so they make a pact.

 

Julie, Kayla, and Sam are best friends right from the day they met, so are their parents, Lisa, Mitchell, and Hunter.

 

The three of them, thinking that they have made the right decisions, sign a pact between themselves which says that they have to lose their virginity on the Prom night.

 

They are all set and planned. They prepare themselves and their prom dates for the special night.

 

The three parents come to know about this through the pact. They do not want their children to do this.

 

Julie’s mom doesn’t want her to make the same mistake that she did, which resulted in her father leaving them.

 

Mitchell doesn’t want his girl to think of anything but sports and Hunter wants Sam to have meaningful sex with a meaningful person.

 

So, the three of them join together to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.

 

This movie is so funny and it is a must-watch if you have teens at home.

 

 

41. Clueless

 

Clueless

 

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Directed by Amy Heckerling
Written by Amy Heckerling
Cinematography Bill Pope
Starring Alice Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya, Elisa Donovan, Justin Walker, Wallace Shawn, Twink Caplan, Julie Brown
Music by David Kitay
Year 1995
IMDb 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 81%
Worldwide box office 56.6 Million USD 

 

True to the name, the movie is all about being clueless. Through your high schooling, you might have surely come across a rich, popular kid.

 

Have you ever thought about what would go on in her mind? This movie is all about one such kid.

 

Cher is rich, blonde, and popular. She has a best friend Dion. Cher is a great influencer, she can talk and make people do things for her.

 

She even tries to find a match for her teacher who doesn’t offer her the required grades, so that the teacher will be in a good mood and do what she wants.

 

Then, Tai, a new girl, transfers to her school. Cher and her best friend Dion tries to find her a boyfriend.

 

That is when Cher realizes that she needs one for herself and starts searching for a perfect boyfriend.

 

This movie is so funny and cute that you might not want to miss watching it.

 

 

40. The Diary of a Teenage Girl

 

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

 

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Directed by Marielle Heller
Written by Marielle Heller
Cinematography Brandon Trost
Starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni, Austin Lyon, Madeleine Waters, Margarita Levieva, Quinn Nagle, Abigail Wait, John Parsons
Music by Nate Heller
Year 2015
IMDb 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes 95%
Worldwide box office 2.3 Million USD 

 

Our teenage is filled with so many adventures because that is psychologically and physically the age where we lose our ability to think straight and gain the guts to do everything that is on our mind.

 

The main character of our story, Minnie, is a 16-year-old cartoonist. She has just moved to New York City and is practicing cartooning.

 

She has this rage to have sex and asks for it from her mother’s boyfriend when he takes her out to a bar.

 

He agrees and they have sex. She shares this with her best friend Kimmie. Following all this, Minnie sleeps with other people and even fools around with guys after she and Kimmie posed as prostitutes.

 

Minnie has a habit of maintaining an audio diary. Charlotte, Minnie’s mom loses her job and relies upon Minnie’s stepfather.

 

In this chaos, soon she finds Minnie’s audio diary. The story continues as there are more problems and ruckus caused.

 

Finally, Minnie finds her passion way more interesting and reaches her path to heights.

 

This movie has strong sexual content, otherwise, it is a must-watch movie.

 

 

39. Mean Girls

 

Mean Girls

 

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Directed by Mark Waters
Written by Tina Fey
Cinematography Daryn Okada 
Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett, Rajiv Surendra, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows
Music by Rolfe Kent
Year 2004
IMDb 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes 84%
Worldwide box office 130.1 Million USD

 

New and uncertain friendships are always the best and long-lasting. If you agree with that sentence, then you’ll surely like this movie.

 

The main character Cady Heron is shifted to a new city. She going to high school is a big deal because she has never been to one.

 

Cady’s father is a zoologist and his family have spent most of their lives in the jungles and forests.

 

So, it’s high time Cady prepares herself for this new world that she’s going to see.

 

At her new school, she makes good friends for life, Janis and Damian. They are the sweetest and they guide her through her new experiences.

 

They also warn her to keep away from the plastics, and the most popular, Regina, Gretchen, and Karen.

 

But things don't always go smoothly right? Cady falls for Regina’s ex-boyfriend, Aaron. Things take twists and turns, Cady, Janis, and Damian plan a play to help Cady get into a relationship with Aaron.

 

This movie keeps you pinned to the screen, it involves every possible emotion of teen life.

 

It is a perfect watch with your girls at home.

 

 

38. Pariah

 

Pariah

 

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Directed by Dee Rees
Written by Dee Rees
Cinematography Bradford Young
Starring Adepero Oduye, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans, Pernell Walker, Sahra Mellesse 
Music by Not Available
Year 2011
IMDb 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes 95%
Worldwide box office 7.69 Million USD

 

This movie won a lot of hearts through its storyline. Today, people are starting to embrace the LGBTQ+ community people these days.

 

Children are being taught what gender actually is. But a decade ago, revealing your gender was a big thing.

 

Our main character Alike lives nearby in Brooklyn with her mom, dad, and a little sister.

 

She finds out that she is sexually attracted to girls and she is a lesbian.

 

She wants to tell this to her family but she doubts the idea as they are already on a ruckus.

 

When she is not able to predict what their reaction would be, she keeps the matter to herself.

 

Meanwhile, she tries to find herself a perfect pair. She searches for a perfect person everywhere but she does not find one until her mom compels her to meet a colleague’s daughter.

 

The depth of the movie puts this under the must-watch list. It is a lovable and gripping story.

 

 

37. Skate Kitchen

 

Skate Kitchen

 

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Directed by Crystal Moselle
Written by Crystal Moselle
Cinematography Shabier Kirchner
Starring Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Kabrina Adams, Ajani Russell, Jules Lorenzo, Brenn Lorenzo, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Jaden Smith 
Music by Aska Matsumiya
Year 2018
IMDb 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes 89% 
Worldwide box office 2.68 Million USD

 

Sometimes, an introverted person asks for nothing else other than an understanding group of people around them.

 

Skate Kitchen introduces us to the main character, Camille. She is introverted and loves skateboarding so much.

 

One day, she comes across a group of skateboarders and wishes to be friends with them.

 

She enjoys her life with these people and loves them around her. She couldn’t ask more.

 

While all this is going on, she falls in love with one of the boys in the skateboard group.

 

She expresses it and things change. Nobody is able to understand who is thinking what or anything going on within themselves.

 

Through Camille's experiences, this movie reveals to us what friendship really is in everybody’s life.

 

Having all the dramas, emotions, and stuff, this movie is one of the must-watch in the list of coming of age movies.

 

 

36. Remember the Titans

 

Remember the Titans

 

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Directed by Boaz Yakin
Written by Gregory Allen Howard
Cinematography Phillipe Rousselot
Starring Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, Craig Kirkwood, Ethan Suplee, Kip Pardue, Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling  
Music by Trevor Rabin
Year 2000
IMDb 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 73%
Worldwide box office 136.8 Million USD

 

Racism is one of the worst social issues that still have no solutions. This movie clearly shows everybody’s perspective.

 

The movie happens in the 1970s, it starts with two schools integrating into Virginia. Just as every school does, this school also has a football team and a new coach to train them.

 

The problem is, one, the coach is an African-American. Two, there are people from different races joining the team.

 

The team finds it difficult to cope up with one another. They have issues, fights, and eventually solutions too.

 

The two-week training in Pennsylvania becomes the turning point in each and everybody’s life.

 

The tensions are reduced and people actually get to know each other. This movie is a perfect example of why it is important to co-exist.

 

And also it embosses the beauty of coexistence. It is one of those movies based on social issues that you can add to your list of to be watching movies.

 

 

35. Love & Basketball

 

Love & Basketball

 

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Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Written by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Starring Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Kyla Pratt, Glenndon Chatman, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert, Debbi Morgan, Harry J. Lennix, Boris Kodjoe, Gabrielle Union
Music by Terence Blanchard
Year 2000
IMDb 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes 83%
Worldwide box office 27.7 Million USD

 

This movie happens in the 1980s in Los Angeles. It revolves around the two characters Monica and Quincy.

 

The movie starts with Monica moving in as Quincy’s neighbor. Quincy’s dad is a basketball player.

 

Monica and Quincy also want to play for the National Basketball Association just like Quincy’s dad.

 

They grow together with a love-hate relationship, they fight, they compete but they always have their backs.

 

Also, they never leave the game. One day Quincy has an encounter with his dad and seeks the comfort of Monica.

 

They both eventually fall for each other. But nothing goes smoothly as expected, Quincy has a terrible fight with his dad and as a consequence, he also fights with Monica and breaks up with her.

 

Will their paths ever meet? Will they come together and live together again? This movie grips you with the chair from the start to the end.

 

Also, if you are a game lover, then you’ll love this movie.

 

 

34. Boys Don’t Cry

 

Boys Don’t Cry

 

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Directed by Kimberly Peirce
Written by Kimberly Peirce, Andy Bienen
Cinematography Jim Denault
Starring Hilary Swank, Chloe Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III, Alicia Goranson, Alison Folland, Jeannetta Arnette, Rob Campbell, Matt McGrath, Cheyenne Rushing
Music by Nathan Larson
Year 2000
IMDb 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes 89%
Worldwide box office 20.7 Million USD

 

Many would wonder what gender identity would be, and really less would realize that gender identity is not something that is known by birth but by the mental state of a being.

 

The main character of our story is Brandon Teena. He is one of the popular boys in his town.

 

He has a gang, he spends most of his time doing petty crimes, drinking, talking bad words, and more.

 

On the other side, he’s also a young handsome man and has ladies running behind him.

 

Sooner, he gets a girlfriend and starts dating her, leaving behind all other women. While all this is running smoothly, his friends get to know that he’s a girl by birth.

 

His actual name is Teena Brandon. That is the start of his shattering life. The story is about his life and how he overcomes these obstacles.

 

Will you help a person who’s facing such issues is the question of the day.

 

This movie is very thoughtful. It shows the importance of gender and how to treat someone who identifies themselves as a different one.

 

 

33. Little Women

 

Little Women

 

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Directed by Greta Gerwig 
Written by Greta Gerwig
Cinematography Yorick Le Saux
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton 
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Year 2019
IMDb 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 91%
Worldwide box office 218.9 Million USD

 

The relationship one has with his/her siblings is limitless and cannot be drawn inside an outline.

 

This movie exposes that well. Ultimately, family is always there for you, no matter what.

 

They are the ones that do not hate you, whatever happens. This movie is the story of the March sisters and is beautifully narrated by Jo March.

 

Being the family of a civil servant, a mother with four daughters, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth is left behind to live in the city.

 

Jo is a writer, struggling to shine in the galaxy of male dominance. Meg is married and Amy is an artist in Paris.

 

The sisters have parted long ago but now, they are in a situation where they have to meet and live under the same roof.

 

Beth is sick and that’s the news. The movie takes all the twists and revelations from that point.

 

All this has to end and a wedding is the only solution. This simple story with emotions and dramatic twists is a great pick for the movie time.

 

 

32. Now and Then

 

Now and Then

 

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Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
Written by I. Marlene King 
Cinematography Ueli Steiger 
Starring Samantha Albertson, Roberta Martin, Chrissy DeWitt, Tina Tercell, Devon Sawa, Lolita Davidovich, Rumer Willis, Cloris Leachman, Hank Azaria, Bonnie Hunt 
Music by Cliff Eidelman
Year 1995
IMDb 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 32%
Worldwide box office 37.6 Million USD

 

The movie name sounds definitely like a Facebook challenge. Am I right? Everybody wishes to keep in touch with their childhood friends for a lifetime.

 

But only some have that blessing. But have you ever wondered what you’d do if you met your childhood friends?

 

I’m sure that you’ve started picturing it already. Roberta, Teeny, Samantha, and Chrissy are childhood friends who lost touch through time.

 

One day, they connect and find themselves in different pathways and different setups. This makes them feel alien to each other and they decide to reunite.

 

They are all set to witness and relive the greatest, sweetest, and most important moments of their lives.

 

They talk about the past, present, and future too. They think of how and where they were.

 

But in the end, here they are, as promised, to be there for each other. If you love feel-good movies, this movie is a great choice for you because it’ll make you happy and have tears at the same time.

 

 

31. My Own Private Idaho

 

My Own Private Idaho

 

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Directed by Gus Van Sant
Written by Gus Van Sant
Cinematography John J. Campbell, Eric Alan Edwards
Starring River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Chiara Caselli, Udo Kier, Rodney Harvey, Michael Parker, Jessie Thomas, Grace Zabriskie
Music by Bill Stafford
Year 1991
IMDb 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes 79%
Worldwide box office 6.4 Million USD

 

This is also a friendship movie that makes us laugh, cry and feel good. The main character of the movie is Mike Waters.

 

He lives on the streets and is really poor. But he finds good friendship in Scott Favor.

 

Favor is very rich also, he seems to like the company of Waters too. Waters has a problem, he suffers from Narcolepsy.

 

Narcolepsy is a disorder where somebody falls asleep at the extreme of emotion. It might be happiness, sadness, anger, or even anxiety.

 

Favor, knowing all this, takes Waters on trips. They both travel to places and enjoy as much as possible.

 

Suddenly, Waters feels that he has to find whom he was born to. He wants to look for his biological mother and decides to search for her.

 

He takes a break and goes on a trip to Italy in search of his mother.

 

Maybe he finds her or maybe he doesn't. In the end, he comes back to his home, Favor.

 

This realistic movie is inspiring and makes us feel better, wherever we’re in, in our lives.

 

 

30. Leave no trace

 

Leave no trace

 

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Directed by Debra Granik
Written by Debra Granik
Cinematography Michael McDonough
Starring Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey, Dana Millican, Michael Prosser, Derek John Drescher, Isaiah Stone
Music by Dickon Hinchliffe
Year 2018
IMDb 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes 100%
Worldwide box office 7.7 Million USD

 

There are many movies that express the relationship between a father and his daughter, but this movie is iconic.

 

This movie is about Will and Tom, the father and the daughter. Will is a veteran who suffers from PTSD.

 

He has a teenage daughter and they both have been living in the woods for a long time.

 

One day, a passerby finds these two and calls the people in charge. They are asked to move to the rural area and live in the city.

 

Also, they are provided with a job, basic needs, and a roof to live under.

 

Things start to get settled down. Will tries to focus on his job and on the other hand, Tom goes to school and finds new friends of her age.

 

But there’s something itching. Will finds that people are dominating and oppressing him in some way or the other.

 

He decides to return to where they came from and his daughter stands by him.

 

This movie with power and compassion in every frame will definitely interest you.

 

 

29. Heathers

 

Heathers

 

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Directed by Michael Lehman
Written by Daniel Waters
Cinematography Francis Kenny
Starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford, Genn Shadix, Lance Fenton, Patrick Labyorteaux, Jeremy Applegate
Music by David Newman
Year 1989
IMDb 7.2/10 
Rotten Tomatoes 93%
Worldwide box office 1.1 Million USD

 

There are movies that we saw and learned what high school would be like. Some of them are too smooth and catch our imaginations.

 

But this movie, at that time, hit the reality of the struggles that a normal teenager faces in her high school.

 

Heathers is a popular group of girls in Westerburg High School. They are very rude to people and consider themselves to be superior to others.

 

The main character of our story, Veronica joins the heathers not to be one of them but to disprove them.

 

She takes the help of Jason Dean, her boyfriend. J. D and Veronica have a perfect plan and they start to go by it.

 

But as the plan moves, there are a lot of unexpected things happening. The story takes off to the next level, there are mistakes made and a murder involved.

 

But in the end, everything has to settle down. But how? That is the question. This movie is a must-watch if you want to know what’s really going on in schools.

 

It just slaps reality into your face in a way that you’d accept.

 

 

28. Mud

 

Mud

 

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Directed by Jeff Nicholas
Written by Jeff Nicholas
Cinematography Adam Stone 
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Joe Don Baker, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Paul Sparks, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon
Music by David Wingo
Year 2013
IMDb 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes 97%
Worldwide box office 32.6 Million USD

 

The early teens are always the best part of our lives. That is the time where we are full of energy and enthusiasm to do things and not regret them later.

 

Ellis and Neckbone are two friends living in the same neighborhood. One day, the two friends prepare themselves and go to an island located on the Mississippi River.

 

They find a boat that is stuck on a tree and think that it must be due to the floods.

 

They find fresh food in the boat, at the same time Mud appears. They slowly get to know Mud and his past.

 

Neckbone doesn’t trust Mud but Ellis finds him not dangerous, decides to help him, and convinces Neckbone to join him.

 

The combo of the three sees a lot in life. This movie is a brilliant thrilling experience that everybody from teens to adults would love to watch.

 

It keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

 

 

27. Real Women Have Curves

 

Real Women Have Curves

 

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Directed by Patricia Cardoso
Written by George LaVoo, Josefina Lopez
Cinematography Jim Denault 
Starring America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Jorge Crvera, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez, Brian Sites, Soledad St. Hilaire, Lourdes Perez, Josefina Lopez, Jose Gerardo Zamora
Music by Heitor Pereira
Year 2002
IMDb 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes 84%
Worldwide box office 7.7 Million USD

 

Marking your identity is a tough task in this competitive world. This movie tells us how to deal with it.

 

If you’re a woman, then this movie is exclusively for you to connect with and relate to.

 

Ana, a girl from a Mexican-American family, is also a fresh graduate of high school.

 

She is ambitious and dreams of living her life in a certain way. She wants to attend college and mark her identity among people.

 

Being an extraordinary student, Ana receives a full scholarship for her college. But Ana’s mother thinks that it is the right time to get Ana married.

 

Now Ana has to decide what she has to step into, a college or an accustomed family life.

 

In a confused state, Ana goes to work with her mother in her sister’s sewing factory.

 

His experience in that factory changes her life and helps her decide. The life of Ana can be anybody’s life.

 

This movie has the right amount of clarity that a teenager should attain, regardless of their gender.

 

Also, it is a perfect watch for family movie time.

 

 

26. Dazed and Confused

 

Dazed and Confused

 

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Directed by Richard Linklater
Written by Richard Linklater
Cinematography Lee Daniel
Starring Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Michelle Burke, Christine Harnos, Rory Cochrane, Ben Affleck, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Marissa Ribisi
Music by Not Available
Year 1993
IMDb 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes 92%
Worldwide box office 8 Million USD 

 

People of Lee High School have been waiting for this big day. It was May 28, 1976, and the last day for the seniors.

 

Nobody is in a mood to attend classes, everybody is doing drugs, drinking, and are in a total party mood.

 

The seniors are involved in ragging the juniors terribly and traumatizing them. The school football coach, knowing all this would happen, makes everybody take a vow that they would not do drugs this summer.

 

He takes this decision for the well-being of the upcoming championship. But one person refuses to sign it.

 

He’s Randall “Pink” Floyd. Also, Mitch Kramer becomes the center of attraction of the event, not in a good way.

 

He is being bullied by everybody. As the party takes off, things start going unplanned.

 

It might end up right or wrong. This movie might look like one of those usual teenage dramas, but it is not.

 

The amount of depth and the message conveyed is the essence of the movie.

 

 

25. Crooklyn

 

Crooklyn

 

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Directed by Spike Lee
Written by Joie Susannah Lee, Cinque Lee, Spike Lee
Cinematography Arthur Jafa 
Starring Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, Zelda Harris, Carlton Williams, Sharif Rashed, Chris Knowings, Tse-Mach Washington, Jesse Astro, Jose Camel, David Patrick Kelly
Music by Terence Blanchard 
Year 1994
IMDb 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes 77%
Worldwide box office 136 Million USD

 

Life is definitely a strange thing. It is uncertain and nobody can predict it that easily.

 

We end up realizing certain things very late or too early. This is the life of Troy and her family.

 

Troy Carmichael is the main character of our story. She has a Jazz musician father and a mom who is a teacher.

 

They are poor and don’t have money to raise their kids. They keep worrying about the debt that is piling up.

 

They are much more worried that their actions will have consequences on their children. Just when Troy’s bond with her brothers starts to get strong, she is sent to her aunt's place forcefully.

 

Troy has no other go too. After she moves away, there are a lot of things happening around in her family.

 

She returns back someday to find things being shattered. That is the point when she gets what life could be.

 

This movie is so touching and heart-felt. It is so gripping and is also said to be the best work of Spike Lee.

 

 

24. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

 

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Directed by Amy Heckerling
Written by Not Available
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston, Scott Thomson, Vincent Schiavelli, Amanda Wyss
Music by Various Artists
Year 1982
IMDb 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes 77%
Worldwide box office 27.1 Million USD

 

This movie balances the limits of usual coming-of-age movies. It is semi-realistic and super fun at the same time.

 

It is one of the best and top coming-of-age movies. This story starts with our main character, Stacy Hamilton who badly wants to date somebody.

 

But she has no prior experience. Her friend, Linda Barret tries to figure out and help her with all this.

 

Now, this is when the story takes its pace. There are these two guys Mark and Mike, with whom Stacy gets caught into a love triangle.

 

Mark and Mike are best friends and nice guys too. While all this is happening, Stacy’s classmate gets into trouble by facing off a strict teacher at school and Stacy helps him.

 

This movie is considered to be so authentic because the writer did a lot of research and investigations before taking the script in hand.

 

Also, this classic movie from the 80s is a must-watch coming-of-age movie.

 

Hope it goes into your list too.

 

 

23. Superbad

 

Superbad

 

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Directed by Greg Mottola  
Written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Cinematography Russ Alsobrook
Starring Jonah Hill, Casey Margolis, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Martha MacIssac, Laura Marano, Aviva Baumann, Joe Lo Truglio
Music by Lyle Workman
Year 2007
IMDb 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes 88%
Worldwide box office 170.8 Million USD

 

Seth and Evan do not have many friends at school except for they have each other always.

 

They are two best friends who are inseparable by any means. Now, they are counting their last days in high school.

 

While they desperately want to drink and have sex with somebody, an opportunity knocks on the door.

 

The girl Seth likes comes to him and asks if he could buy alcohol for their party night.

 

Seth and Evan find this as a perfect opportunity to attend a party as well as fulfill their dreams.

 

They take Fogell with them to buy alcohol. But it’s not that easy, there are hurdles to cross and barricades to dodge.

 

Will the alcohol reach the party any sooner? A fun fact about this movie is that the writers of the movie, Seth and Evan started writing this script when they were in their early teens.

 

They started it for fun and wanted to see if they are able to write for a movie.

 

This movie is super fun and crazy. If you love the comedy genre, then this is surely your pick.

 

 

22. The Kings of Summer

 

The Kings of Summer

 

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Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Written by Chris Galletta 
Cinematography Ross Riege
Starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, Marc Evan Jackson, Eugene Cordero, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Thomas Middleditch
Music by Ryan Miller 
Year 2013
IMDb 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes 76%
Worldwide box office 1.4 Million USD

 

Sometimes, you might be tired of the usual boring routine life or you might be sick of the person you are with and you might want a break from everything.

 

If you were given the opportunity to have a break, what would you do? Joe is just fifteen, ever since he lost his mom, he has been putting up with his father Frank and his life issues.

 

Nothing’s that perfect in Joe’s life. He likes a girl, Kelly. But Kelly’s dating some other guy.

 

Joe is tired of everything and wants a break. One day, he fights with his dad and goes away from his house.

 

He ends up in the woods with Patrick and Biaggio. The three of them try to find where they are and go back home.

 

But they end up finding a comfortable hideout in the woods. They are so comfortable there while the whole city is thinking that these kids are kidnapped.

 

Things take turns between Patrick and Joe involving Kelly. Right now, everything is more than ruined for Joe.

 

This movie is a must-watch for teens and parents too. It has a lot of information on parenting and stuff.

 

 

21. American Honey

 

American Honey

 

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Directed by Andrea Arnold
Written by Andrea Arnold
Cinematography Robbie Ryan
Starring Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, Arielle Holmes, McCaul Lombardi, Crystal B. Ice, Chad McKenzie, Garry Howell, Kenneth Kory Tucker, Raymond Coalson
Music by Not Available 
Year 2016
IMDb 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes 79%
Worldwide box office 1.8 Million USD

 

Star is the main character of this movie. She is eighteen and hates her life.

 

She has an alcoholic father and she has to take care of two kids which are not hers.

 

Being bored and irritated with her life, she feels that she has to get out of it.

 

That is exactly when she sees a crew selling magazines. Jake from the crew offers her a job in their team when she returns Jake’s phone that has fallen out from his pocket.

 

She initially declines but somehow she is convinced to join the team. So she leaves the house the next day.

 

She tries to sell the magazines, initially, she is not able to be good at it.

 

But later, she does anything to perform well as her performance affected Jake’s job too.

 

While all this is going on, she starts dating Jake. Also, she gets into trouble trying to sell magazines.

 

Star now slowly starts to know what the outside world is. She tries and gets out of every problem she has put herself into.

 

This movie is gritty and bold. It just reveals what it is, however it is.

 

 

20. Sing Street

 

Sing Street

 

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Directed by John Carney
Written by John Carney
Cinematography Yaron Orbach
Starring Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kelly Thornton, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton
Music by Various Artists 
Year 2016
IMDb 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes 95%
Worldwide box office 13.6 Million USD

 

This movie happens in Dublin in the mid-1980s. Our main character Conor is just fifteen and is put into a new school.

 

With all the ruckus his life is, he finds it tough to cope up with his new school and new life.

 

His family is insane and also he has just been bullied all his life. He meets a girl in his new school and falls for her at the first sight.

 

Her name is Raphia. He daringly goes and asks if she would be the model for his band and she says yes.

 

The problem is, he doesn’t have a band yet. Now, he gathers people, forms a band, and makes hit songs with super cool lyrics.

 

But is that all that easy? There’s a lot more coming up for Conor. They are true incidents that teach him what life is.

 

This movie proves to be so powerful and great. The feel-good essence in the movie makes it a must-watch on the list.

 

 

19. King of Staten Island

 

King of Staten Island

 

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Directed by Judd Apatow
Written by Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson, Dave Sirus
Cinematography Robert Elswit
Starring Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, Steve Buscemi, Ricky Velez, Pamela Adlon, Jimmy Tatro, Kevin Corrigan 
Music by Patrick Cannell, Stefan Swanson
Year 2020
IMDb 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes 75%
Worldwide box office 2.2 Million USD

 

Coming of age need not always be about teens and pre-teens. This time it is about a twenty-four-year-old.

 

Scott Carlin lost his father when he was young and he is not able to move on from that incident.

 

His dad was a firefighter and he died on duty. Scott is so depressed and has a lot of traumatic memories from that incident choking him every day.

 

He is so lazy, he smokes weed and is always high. His goal is to become a tattoo artist.

 

But on the other side, his sister studies well and goes to college. There’s no progress in our hero’s life until the day comes when his mother starts dating a guy unexpectedly after seventeen years.

 

This person is a single parent, just like Scott’s mom. Also, he’s a firefighter just like Scott's dad.

 

That’s the first time that there's progress in Scott’s life. This movie leaves you in surprise.

 

It makes you feel good and motivated in the end. If you want to refresh your mind, then this movie is the right pick.

 

 

18. The Florida Project

 

The Florida Project

 

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Directed by Sean Baker
Written by Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematography Alexis Zabe
Starring Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera, Mela Murder, Valeria Cotto, Josie Olivo, Aiden Malik, Edward Pagan, Caleb Landry Jones
Music by Not Available
Year 2017
IMDb 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes 96%
Worldwide box office 11.3 Million USD

 

This movie is humane and realistic. It is about kids who are homeless and live in motels.

 

People get stuck with this movie and they take time to move on. Moonee, the six-year-old’s mother Halley survives on welfare and lives in a motel at the watch of Bobby, the motel manager.

 

With Moonee, there are her friends also who accompany her playing pranks with people in and around the Walt Disney motel.

 

Bobby finds that there are parenting issues and especially with Moonee. Also, he has a soft corner for her.

 

Halley is in charge of her best friend Ashley’s son Scooty but she does not take care of her daughter or Scooty.

 

She is so lethargic and careless. She smokes in her room and watches television all the time while Ashley works away to feed them.

 

Will she ever turn responsible? This movie is highly suggested to be watched for the acting and for the wonderful story.

 

Parenting is one of the huge things that impact people’s lives and this movie deliberately hit that into your head.

 

 

17. Stand By Me

 

Stand By Me

 

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Directed by Rob Reiner
Written by Stephen King
Cinematography Thomas Del Ruth
Starring Wil Wheaton, Richard Dreyfuss, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, John Cusack, Marshall Bell, Frances Lee McCain
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Year 1986
IMDb 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes 91%
Worldwide box office 52.3 Million USD

 

Stand by me is based on the novella written by Stephen King. So, basically, the movie takes place in 1959 where four young boys travel to find a boy who is missing.

 

They walk through the woods in Oregano. They do this so that they can become heroes in society and also, they will be rewarded for their brave acts and stuff.

 

But becoming a hero is not that easy. They face a lot of issues and obstacles on their way.

 

The adventure continues as the four of them continue on their quest while vibing with each other at different times, growing up with each other, bonding with each other, and being there for each other.

 

It beautifully is true to the title. People who have already watched this movie would never agree less that it is one of the best coming-of-age movies ever.

 

If you haven’t watched it yet, put it down into your list of to be watching.

 

 

16. Mid 90s

 

Mid 90s

 

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Directed by Jonah Hill 
Written by Jonah Hill
Cinematography Christopher Blauvelt 
Starring Sunny Suljic, Na-Kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Lucas Hedges, Katherine Waterson, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin, Alexa Demie, Jerrod Carmichael, Harmony Korine
Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Year 2018
IMDb 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes 80%
Worldwide box office 93 Million USD

 

Mid 90s because it happens in the mid-90s. The movie revolves around Stevie, a thirteen-year-old.

 

Stevie has a brother who is a fitness freak and a single mother. And Stevie is not so close with them.

 

Stevie is all lonely until one day he sees a group of skateboarders while cycling through the streets.

 

He instantly finds them to be cool and starts liking them and wants to be one among them.

 

He takes the skateboard from his brother to find the cool gang. He befriends Ruben who is the youngest in the group.

 

As time goes by the gang starts liking the presence of Stevie. While this is going on, Stevie’s brother notices that Stevie has this kinda company and advises him not to.

 

Also, Ruben starts hating Stevie because he thinks that Stevie is taking his place. Will all this settle down?

 

This movie represented the 90s so accurately that many people mistook that this movie was released in the 90s.

 

If you are choosing a movie for the movie night, I think this one would perfectly do the role because it keeps you awake.

 

 

15. Almost Famous

 

Almost Famous

 

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Directed by Cameron Crowe
Written by Cameron Crowe
Cinematography John Toll 
Starring Patrick Fugit, Michael Angarano, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Bijou Phillips
Music by Nancy Wilson
Year 2000
IMDb 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes 89%
Worldwide box office 47.4 Million USD

 

William, a fifteen-year-old is the main character of this movie. He loves listening to music and has a huge obsession with it.

 

One day, he is hired by Rolling Stone Magazine. To his shock and surprise, he’s given the assignment of working with a band.

 

His role is to interview and be with the band named Stillwater and write about his experience.

 

With all his love for the music, he takes up the assignment and starts working on it.

 

Through his journey, he goes through how the band works and stuff. Later, he starts growing an attachment towards the band as he is there with them all the time, he gets to know them through their ups and downs.

 

William encounters what life is and never regrets that he took the assignment. This movie also gives an insight into the 70s music tastes and bands.

 

It is very real and heart-wrenching. Also, it is always on the top list of the coming-of-age movies.

 

 

14. Eighth Grade

 

Eighth Grade

 

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Directed by Bo Burnham
Written by Bo Burnham
Cinematography Andrew Wehde
Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Catherine Oliviere, Jake Ryan, Luke Prael, Daniel Zolghadri, Fred Hechinger, Imani Lewis
Music by Anna Meredith
Year 2018
IMDb 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes 99%
Worldwide box office 14.3 Million USD

 

Kayla is the main character of this story, she is an eighth-grader who has just a week more left in eighth grade.

 

Kayla is known to everyone as a silent and introverted girl. But Kayla feels that she can be fun and cool if people interact with her too.

 

Even though she tries to interact with other people and express herself, she doesn’t get a proper response.

 

There’s one person who interacts with her and she doesn’t respond properly. And that person is her single father.

 

Kayla, as a step to express herself, starts YouTube. She expresses herself as the girl whom she wants to be rather than the girl who she is.

 

It is really tough to let people know the actual you, right? At least for some of us, it is.

 

After being all stressed, Kayla finally finds her way. And that is going to be the last and adventurous week of her eighth grade.

 

Will she overcome her fear? This movie perfectly draws an outline of what could possibly be the backstory of an introverted teen.

 

It is so perfect and also is one of the best coming-of-age movies.

 

 

13. Love, Simon

 

Love, Simon

 

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Directed by Greg Berlanti 
Written by Issac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
Cinematography John Gulerserian
Starring Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg, Keiynan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Logan Miller, Tony Hale
Music by Rob Simonsen
Year 2018
IMDb 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes 92%
Worldwide box office 66.3 Million USD

 

In everybody’s life, there’s a great and beautiful love story. But this one wins everybody’s hearts.

 

Simon, the main character of our movie has perfect parents, great friends, and the usual school life.

 

But also, he has a big secret that he’s hiding from his people. One day, Simon’s girlfriend calls him and tells him that there’s somebody at school who has come out to be gay.

 

Simon feels connected and wants to talk to the other person, Blue. Simon and Blue mail each other and start having conversations.

 

One day, the emails are leaked and the whole school finds out that Simon is a gay person and looks at him weirdly.

 

The rest of the film goes about how Simon overcomes all these teasing and bullying and makes people accept that he’s gay and there’s no problem with it.

 

This refreshing, feel-good movie is definitely a good pick for you to watch. It perfectly puts a thought about gender into you in a way that you do not feel weird about it.

 

 

12. The Way Way Back

 

The Way Way Back

 

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Directed by Jim Rash, Nat Faxon
Written by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash 
Cinematography John Bailey 
Starring Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, Jim Rash
Music by Rob Simonsen
Year 2013 
IMDb 7.4/10 
Rotten Tomatoes 83%
Worldwide box office 26.9 Million USD

 

Duncan doesn’t feel good about himself much. He’s not popular and also, he does not mingle much with anybody.

 

This summer, he is invited to a vacation with his mother, his boyfriend, and his daughter.

 

Duncan finds it very tough to fit in with them but at the same time, he never fails to try to fit in.

 

But it looks like his step-sister doesn’t want to vibe with him or do any cool stuff with him because she thinks he is not so cool.

 

This is exactly when Duncan finds a new company. His life has changed from then, little by little.

 

He befriends a person from the local water park, who lets him work in the park slowly helping him with his insecurities.

 

The director of this movie has agreed that the opening scene in this movie was an inspiration from his own life, a conversation he had with his stepfather when he was in his early teens.

 

This movie is a great coming-of-age movie, it is also a great watch for adults and a great opportunity for them to understand their shy kids.

 

 

11. Call me by your name

 

Call me by your name

 

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Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Written by James Ivory
Cinematography Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Starring Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois, Vanda Capriolo, Elena Bucci, Marco Sgrosso, Peter Spears 
Music by Not Available
Year 2017 
IMDb 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes 94%
Worldwide box office 41.9 Million USD

 

Call me by your name is also a movie about a gay couple who weren’t meant to be.

 

It is based on a novel that was written by Andre Aciman. This movie is about Elio, born in an Italian family, lives in Italy, and Oliver who is a research assistant of Elio’s professor father.

 

Elio is rich and sophisticated. He is so close with his parents and has everything he wants.

 

Also, there’s a girl who is interested in Elio. But, Elio likes Oliver so much.

 

They spend a good time and togetherness when Oliver visits Elio’s in Italy. They both discover that they are attracted to each other.

 

The day comes when Oliver has to go away. Elio sends him off after a good trip.

 

But he breaks down. There are Elio’s parents who talk him out of it and console him.

 

Three years later, there’s a call from Oliver with shocking news. This film, in my perspective, is more about parenting than about coming out.

 

The relationship Elio has with his parents, especially his bond with his father is so beautiful.

 

It is a great movie except for the explicit sexual content and is a must-watch in the list of coming of age movies.

 

 

10. The Edge of Seventeen

 

The Edge of Seventeen

 

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Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig
Written by Kelly Fremon Craig
Cinematography Doug Emmett
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto, Kyra Sedgwick, Eric Keenleyside, Alexander Calvert, Nesta Cooper, Meredith Monroe
Music by Atli Örvarsson
Year 2016
IMDb 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes 94%
Worldwide box office 18.8 Million USD

 

Seventeen is the age where everybody enjoys life but seventeen need not be the most perfect for everybody.

 

At least, it is not that good for Nadine. Nadine is a seventeen-year-old girl and the main character of our story.

 

She has a brother who is the show-stealer. He dates Nadine’s best friend and everybody in their family and friends circle loves him.

 

Nadine is silent and not very popular among people. Precisely, she's the opposite of her brother.

 

Things have never been okay for her since her dad, the closest member of her family, passed away.

 

And things got worse after her brother started dating her best friend. With no good company, Nadine’s life goes on, until that one person enters her life.

 

This movie meets every agenda of a coming-of-age movie. It is great and a must-watch.

 

It shows you how to treat people in your family and how not to.

 

 

9. Juno

 

Juno

 

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Directed by Jason Reitman
Written by Diablo Cody
Cinematography Eric Steelberg 
Starring Elliot Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J. K. Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Rainn Wilson, Valerie Tian, Emily Perkins
Music by Mateo Messina 
Year 2007
IMDb 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes 94%
Worldwide box office 231.4 Million USD

 

Teen pregnancy is one tough thing that both teens and parents deal with. This movie is all about how Juno, the main character of our movie pulls it off.

 

Juno is just sixteen and finds that she is pregnant because of her best friend, Bleeker.

 

She talks with him and they decide to abort the baby considering their situation. While they are waiting at the clinic for the abortion procedures, Juno’s mind changes and she decides to give birth to the baby.

 

She comes up with a plan that she’ll let a couple adopt her baby so that she can continue her life.

 

She informs her parents about this and searches for a donor. When she finds a couple, she tries to find out if they are perfect for her kid.

 

Juno actually makes you feel good and better. And the kind of decisions that Juno makes is so brave, independent, and quick.

 

Also, you’ll surely love the movie.

 

 

8. The Graduate

 

The Graduate

 

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Directed by Mike Nicholas
Written by Buck Henry, Calder Willingham
Cinematography Robert Surtees
Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Walter Brooke, Norman Fell
Music by Paul Simon, Dave Grusin
Year 1967
IMDb 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 87%
Worldwide box office 104.9 Million USD

 

The Graduate is all about the graduate from California, Benjamin Braddock. Benjamin comes after studying in California.

 

He is welcomed with so much celebration and people are proud of him. But Benjamin is not happy.

 

There’s a question that people keep asking him. And all of us would have faced this question, “What’s next?”.

 

So he is haunted by that question because he is clueless about what he is going to become.

 

In the meanwhile, he is seduced by his father’s partner’s wife and is in a relationship with her.

 

But when time passes by, he falls for her daughter and tries to get out of that relationship while her husband finds all this out.

 

Now, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are against him being in love with their daughter. They decide to marry her off to somebody else without Benjamin knowing about it.

 

But he finds out and tries to prove that he loves her more than anything.

 

This movie plays with time and people never grow tired of it. It is just the perfect dialogs and timings that complete this movie.

 

 

7. Booksmart

 

Booksmart

 

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Directed by Olivia Wilde
Written by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman
Cinematography Jason McCormick
Starring Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, Billie Lourd, Diana Silvers, Skyler Gisondo, Molly Gordon 
Music by Dan the Automator
Year 2019
IMDb 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes 96%
Worldwide box office 25 Million USD

 

This movie is about two best friends Amy and Molly. They are the A-grade scorers and nerds of the class.

 

They have been teased and bullied for being nerds but never ever they’ve given up.

 

They continue to be the same. Until one day, they haven’t realized that they should have concentrated on having fun rather than studying all the time.

 

When reality hits them, they have almost finished high school. But they decide to have all the fun they missed all these years in a single day.

 

Amy likes Ryan, a girl from her school, and wants to hook up with her.

 

Molly helps her to figure out if this would work. With that being on one side, the two of them are desperate to attend a party.

 

And that leads to fun, adventure, and a lot more realizations. This movie is funny, commercial, and fast-moving too.

 

If you are a fan of fast-moving movies, then you should definitely give this a try.

 

 

6. Ladybird

 

Ladybird

 

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Directed by Greta Gerwig
Written by Greta Gerwig
Cinematography Sam Levy
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith, Stephen Mckinley Henderson, Odeya Rush, Jordan Rodrigues
Music by John Brion
Year 2017
IMDb 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes 99%
Worldwide box office 79 Million USD

 

This movie takes place in California in the year 2002. Going by the name of the movie, the main character Christine is trapped for years in a Catholic school.

 

She finds it to be boring and super strict. She yearns to have a sophisticated life with love, adventure, and more.

 

But she is upset that she cannot live a life like that until her schooling is done.

 

She dreams of college and wants to go away from her family to study further.

 

But her family is poor and they think it would be less costly if she is going to take her college nearby from where they live.

 

And also, they are one of the families that are scared about safety after the 9/11 attacks.

 

But she is not ready to be with her family. Her last year of schooling teaches her what life is.

 

It is also going to be the first place where she encounters romance and more.

 

Will she be able to make proper decisions after this? This movie is a perfect watch for young teens as it shows everything about the bridge between childhood and adulthood.

 

 

5. Boyhood

 

Boyhood

 

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Directed by Richard Linklater
Written by Richard Linklater
Cinematography Lee Daniel, Shane Kelly
Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, Libby Villari, Marco Perella, Brad Hawkins, Jamie Howard, Andrew Villarreal, Jenni Tooley 
Music by Not Available
Year 2014
IMDb 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes 97%
Worldwide box office 57.3 Million USD

 

The family of four consists of Olivia (Mother), Mason (Father), Samantha (Elder kid), and Mason Jr. also known as MJ (Younger Kid) lives in Texas.

 

Being the happily married couple earlier, Mason and Olivia are divorced at the moment. Olivia has the whole access to the children and Mason can visit them during the weekends.

 

But recently, Mason hasn’t come to see the kids yet. He is busy building up his career.

 

Fed up with each other, the couple kickstarts their sexual life not thinking about the kids even a bit.

 

Samantha is a grown-up and she knows what is going on. But her brother MJ is too young for this.

 

He is frustrated by his family and all these incidents. This movie beautifully speaks about how a situation and happening in the family affects the children, their growth, and their perspective.

 

Another slapping of realizations into people fills this movie. It tops the list of coming-of-age movies even after ages of release.

 

 

4. We the animals

 

We the animals

 

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Directed by Jeremiah Zagar  
Written by Jeremiah Zagar, Dan Kitrosser 
Cinematography Zak Mulligan, Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Gabriel, Giovanni Pacciarelli, Moe Isaac, Michael Pemberton, Mickey Anthony, Amelia Campbell
Starring Evan Rosado, Raul
Music by Nick Zammuto 
Year 2018
IMDb 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes 92%
Worldwide box office 4 Million USD

 

Manny, Joel, and Jonnah are three siblings born into a mixed-race family. They live with their parents but their parents do not have a good relationship with themselves.

 

This affects every kid in a different way. Seeing their father and mother always in a love-hate relationship, the elder siblings Manny and Joel pick the traits of their father and start behaving like him.

 

Not understanding what is going on in his family, Joannah, the youngest, becomes different from the other two.

 

Being in an urge to find an escape from the chaotic family situation he has been trapped in, Jonnah survives.

 

He has an imaginary world for himself and embraces it. The most difficult art and the subject of parenting and its role in a child’s life are neatly explained in this film.

 

This movie is really a great pick to watch with your kids and in some cases, it is helpful to understand them.

 

 

3. Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

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Directed by Stephen Chbosky
Written by Stephen Chbosky
Cinematography Andrew Dunn
Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev, Johnny Simmons, Erin Wilhelmi, Adam Hagenbuch, Kate Walsh
Music by Michael Brook 
Year 2012
IMDb 7.9/10 
Rotten Tomatoes 85%
Worldwide box office 33.4 Million USD

 

This is yet another beautiful movie based on a book written by Stephen Chbosky. The main character of this movie is Charlie.

 

He’s a fifteen-year-old introverted guy entering a new high school. Charlie recently lost his best friend as he suicided.

 

Charlie is not out of it yet, also, he’s dating his first love and wants to spend time with her too.

 

But his depression is toiling him and coping up seems to be tough and tricky.

 

While all this is going on, he also needs to find what kind of people he would fit in and feel comfortable with.

 

That is right when he is accompanied by his seniors Sam and Patrick. Sam and Patrick help him explore the real world and face his troubles.

 

This film is so personal and intimate. It is really one of the best coming-of-age movies that you could ever watch.

 

It is proven that the director has been so observant about the teens to bring out such perfect emotions.

 

 

2. Moonlight

 

Moonlight

 

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Directed by Barry Jenkins
Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Cinematography James Laxton
Starring Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Jaden Piner, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Patrick Decile 
Music by Nicholas Britell
Year 2017
IMDb 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes 98%
Worldwide box office 65.3 Million USD

 

Winning three Oscars and being nominated for many other awards, this movie also won hearts.

 

Chiron, the Black-American doesn’t have a proper family background. He lives with his toxic mother Paula.

 

Paula doesn't care about Chiron even a bit, she is always busy thinking about her life and dealing with it.

 

Chiron is ignored and that affects him firstly. Furthermore, he’s bullied and he doesn’t get why he is bullied.

 

As he grows, he finds a friend, who’s a drug dealer, Juan, and stays most of the time with him and his girlfriend Teresa.

 

Their place is his escape from the bullies. Slowly, Juan helps Chiron take care of himself by giving some advice.

 

Chiron takes his advice and at a point starts making his own decisions. This beautiful movie is featured in three parts.

 

One is where Chiron is a kid, the other is where he is a bit grown up from being a kid, and the next is where he’s an adult.

 

Every phase has something to take home and I think that is the beauty of this film.

 

 

1. Dead Poets Society

 

Dead Poets Society

 

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Directed by Peter Weir 
Written by Tom Schulman 
Cinematography John Seale 
Starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, Dylan Kussman, Allelon Ruggiero, James Waterston, Norman Lloyd, Kurtwood Smith 
Music by Maurice Jarre
Year 1989
IMDb 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes 84%
Worldwide box office 235.9 Million USD

 

If you asked me to give a plot to this movie, I think it is better you watch it yourself and find out, because everybody would crave to have a professor like John Keating in their lives.

 

John Keating is a newly joined English professor in a boy's school. Knowing that his students are stressed in one or another way, he decides to be less tough on them and teaches them lessons in a way that they start feeling more comfortable with him.

 

Todd Anderson and Neil Perry are roommates who are having a tough time in their life.

 

They are enlightened by Keating after he explains about the Dead Poets Society. They decide to reform society again and bring life to it.

 

Through this, they also face all their problems and overcome their insecurities with life. The relationship between the boys and John Keating is very much beautiful.

 

The movie makes us cry at the end. This movie is highly suggested and deserves to be on the must-watch movies list of anybody and everybody.

 

Woohoo, we’ve reached the end!! The impact of these movies is complex. There is a chance that you may think that these movies somehow idealize being youth or just constantly keep showing the youth in a particular way.

 

They are filled with cliches, but your teenage years need not be the same as the movie.

 

They are just timeless relatable stories that help you to connect. Just enjoy them and educate yourself from their experiences.