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What are the best coming-of-age movies?

Well, there's no shortcut to adulthood. And if you're a big movie fan, you should already have seen that by way of those coming-of-age movies that Hollywood favors so much. Well, all those first kisses, first heartbreaks, and a newfound responsibility are zeroed in pretty well in these films. If you're one of those who can't get enough of picking up great life lessons by way of some binge-worthy movies, we're here to help you find more titles. Check out this list and find some of the best coming-of-age movies that will take you back to some of your sweetest days. Enjoy!

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  1. 1Lady Bird

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    Lady Bird is a great coming-of-age drama comedy crossover that has a simple plot but great acting. In the film, the brilliant Saoirse Ronan is Christine McPherson, a high-school teen  from Sacramento whom you'd start falling in love with as she starts to uncover truths about friendship, love, and being true to oneself. 

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  1. 2The Breakfast Club

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    The Breakfast Club is one of the most iconic old-school coming-of-age movies for a reason. Well, it portrays almost all kinds of young people you'd meet in high school, reminding you that you can't escape adolescence unscathed. The movie shows what happens when a snob, a rebel, a nerd, a jock, and a misfit, bond together in one crazy night of detention.



  2. 3Boyhood

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    Boyhood is your best shot to see an actor transition from childhood to his teenage years right before your very eyes. Actually, the film was shot for a long 12-year period.  All thanks to the vision of director Richard Linklater, we'll get to witness young actor Ellar Coltrane's growth inside this coming-of-age drama gem. 

  1. 4Juno

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    Juno is just one of those many films that dives into the intricacies of teenage pregnancy. But arguably, it's also one of the best to do it! Actress Ellen Page gives just the right amount of lighthearted acting needed for you to understand the movie's message. Well, if you're looking for a compelling coming-of-age story, you'll love this tale about a girl trying to join the ranks of responsible adults.

  2. 5Moonlight

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    Of course, you're going to pick up something good from an Academy Award Best Picture winner. But more than that, Moonlight zeroes in on how different factors can potentially affect a person's attitude while growing up. This coming-of-age film also tackles issues regarding race and gender, making it twice as interesting!

  3. 6Superbad

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    If you think you've experienced a lot during your teens, you better see this film. As hilarious and crazy it is as a movie, Superbad actually gives a great take on what it is to be a young adult. This coming-of-age comedy flick will treat you to a night to remember filled with booze, fake IDs, party crashing, and tons of adolescent fun which you'd totally enjoy. 

  4. 7The Graduate

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    Meet Benjamin Braddock, one of cinema's most iconic coming-of-age heroes. And in The Graduate, you'll see this 20-something handsome man deal with some serious decision-making which involves love and life. Well, even if this flick is from the 60's, you'll still surely find it relatable and entertaining.



  5. 8Almost Famous

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    If you're a young music fan, or just some older guy who wishes that you grew up with a band, Almost Famous would surely be a great watch! Catch the tale of a 15-year old teen who thinks that making music is the best way to come of age. But of course, once he is offered a rare gig to cover a rising band for Rolling Stone, things take a different turn.



  6. 9Mean Girls

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    We've all been through high school. And whether you're just like the gals in Mean Girls or not, you'd surely pick up a thing or two about this mid-2000's teen classic. Watch this film and you'll understand why it has been called one of the most entertaining coming-of-age films out there. 

  7. 10Girlhood (2015)

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    Girlhood was originally part of the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It's a French coming-of-age, drama film about a girl who joins a gang. After joining her affiliation, she gains new-found self-confidence but she realizes that it doesn't make her happier.

  8. 11The Man in the Moon

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    When a 14-year-old girl Dani starts becoming flirtatious with Court, her crush, her expectations that she would be loved back also becomes high. But things start to become complicated when Court falls in love with Dani's older sister, Maureen. Maureen and Court start dating secretly until Dani finds out. Will their strong connection as sisters change? This coming-of-age film will teach you how love can be difficult at times. 

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    August 15, 2019
    "A situation of getting pregnant at a young age is not really uncommon in our time but it is no less relatable and true for any of us of have gone through it. Add to it, Juno's quirky and naive predisposition and you get a touching story of a girl plunged into the world of adulthood sooner than she anticipated and how she deals with it all in her own way."
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    August 15, 2019
    "This is one of the best coming-of-age movies of all time that everyone should see. It a story of a group of teenagers from different backgrounds and social standing just trying to get away from the world of adult all the while discovering that they have more in common than they think that results in a strong bond growing among them."
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    The Breakfast Club
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    Anonymous
    August 15, 2019
    "Music and bands are quintessential aspects of growing up amid the 90s and you know what's even better? Getting to see and tour with an actual band. See this young guy get plunged into the glamorous world of sex, drugs, and alcohol as well every dark side that comes with it."
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    Almost Famous
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    Anonymous
    August 15, 2019
    "This movie may be an oldie but boy is it a goodie. Who hasn't felt lost and without direction after graduating from college? This as getting into a messy and complicated love triangle with a girl and her mother makes for a very plausible and realistic take on growing up."
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    The Graduate
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    Anonymous
    August 15, 2019
    "The world has become much more understanding and accepting of the LGBTQ community today than it was decades ago. That doesn't make the hardships and struggles growing up as part of this demographic any less difficult. This movie is a testament to that and then some."
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    Moonlight
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    Anonymous
    August 15, 2019
    "This coming-of-age movie is a lot more grounded and more realistic than what you're are usually used to seeing in Hollywood movies. It's real, it's raw, and it's a completely relatable story of growing up as a teenage girl."
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    Lady Bird
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    Anonymous
    August 15, 2019
    "I can't think of a better coming-of-age movie than this one. You literally get to see the cast age and grow throughout the years making you feel more invested in their story as you watch along."
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    Boyhood
This list is about What are the best coming-of-age movies
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Lady BirdMovies 18 Paid
2The Breakfast ClubMovies 13 Paid
3BoyhoodMovies 9 Paid
4JunoMovies 5 Paid
5MoonlightMovies 4 Paid
6SuperbadMovies 3 Paid
7The Graduate Movies 2 Paid
8Almost FamousMovies 2 Paid
9Mean GirlsMovies 2 Paid
10Girlhood (2015)Movies 0 Paid
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