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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Kiki's Delivery Service Movie Poster Image
A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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The Lion King Movie Poster Image
Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Anne of Green Gables Movie Poster Image
Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1986)
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Akeelah and the Bee Movie Poster Image
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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Labyrinth Movie Poster Image
Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1986)
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The Sandlot Movie Poster Image
Lighthearted, nostalgic tween comedy; some language.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Old Yeller Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1957)
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Where the Wild Things Are Movie Poster Image
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Children of Heaven Movie Poster Image
Excellent subtitled Iranian coming-of-age story.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1999)
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Napoleon Dynamite Movie Poster Image
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Movie Poster Image
Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Poster Image
Masterpiece with crucial lessons about prejudice.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1962)
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Bend It Like Beckham Movie Poster Image
Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Dead Poets Society Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1989)
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Forrest Gump Movie Poster Image
Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Stand by Me Movie Poster Image
Edgy coming-of-age story isn't for young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1986)
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About a Boy Movie Poster Image
Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Clueless Movie Poster Image
Charming take on Jane Austen's Emma has sex, drugs.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1995)
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Good Will Hunting Movie Poster Image
Moving story of brilliant, troubled youth for older teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1999)
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Lady Bird Movie Poster Image
Touching, funny, personal, and mature coming-of-age comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Ghost World Movie Poster Image
Offbeat indie dramedy will resonate with older teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2001)
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