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.

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A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Lighthearted, nostalgic tween comedy; some language.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Excellent subtitled Iranian coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Masterpiece with crucial lessons about prejudice.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Edgy coming-of-age story isn't for young kids.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Charming, funny take on Jane Austen's Emma.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Moving story of brilliant, troubled youth for older teens.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Offbeat indie dramedy will resonate with older teens.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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