Coming-of-Age Movies

The coming-of-age story is a timeless genre -- often poignant, usually powerful, and sometimes funny -- and movies with this theme can be a great way to expose kids to important life lessons. These movies are some of our favorites. They span decades, but each leaves an impact that feels very fresh. Use these films as jumping-off points for talking to kids about the issues explored in the movies.

Browse Coming-of-Age Movies

A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.
On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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Field of Dreams for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
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Excellent subtitled Iranian coming-of-age story.
On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
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One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
Masterpiece with crucial lessons about prejudice.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Edgy coming-of-age story isn't for young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Charming, funny take on Jane Austen's Emma.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Moving story of brilliant, troubled youth for older teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(1998)
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Offbeat indie dramedy will resonate with older teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)