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 favorite stories about growing up. 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. For more great characters, try our list of coming-of-age books.

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Kiki's Delivery Service Movie Poster Image
A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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The Lion King (1994) Movie Poster Image
Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Anne of Green Gables Movie Poster Image
Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Akeelah and the Bee Movie Poster Image
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Labyrinth Movie Poster Image
Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Rip Girls Movie Poster Image
Coming-of-age surf movie has good vibes, strong role models.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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The Sandlot Movie Poster Image
Lighthearted, nostalgic tween comedy; some language.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Old Yeller Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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Spirited Away Movie Poster Image
Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Where the Wild Things Are Movie Poster Image
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Children of Heaven Movie Poster Image
Excellent subtitled Iranian coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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My Girl Movie Poster Image
Coming of age tale tackles death; for older kids.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Napoleon Dynamite Movie Poster Image
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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13 Going on 30 Movie Poster Image
Touching, hilarious Jennifer Garner romcom.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster Image
Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Grease Movie Poster Image
Musical phenomenon is still great fun but quite racy.
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(Release Year: 1978)
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Movie Poster Image
Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Poster Image
Masterpiece with crucial lessons about prejudice.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Bend It Like Beckham Movie Poster Image
Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Clueless Movie Poster Image
Charming take on Jane Austen's Emma has sex, drugs.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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CODA Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming, salty story about hearing teen in deaf family.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Dead Poets Society Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Dirty Dancing Movie Poster Image
Hip-shaking guilty pleasure has mature themes, dancing.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Forrest Gump Movie Poster Image
Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Instant Family Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming family dramedy has some mature moments.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Lucas Movie Poster Image
A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Rocks Movie Poster Image
Coming-of-age teen drama has diverse, positive female leads.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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The True Adventures of Wolfboy Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, uplifting coming-of-age story has iffy behavior.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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10 Things I Hate About You Movie Poster Image
Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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About a Boy Movie Poster Image
Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Boy Movie Poster Image
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Coming-of-age comedy has language, underage drinking, pot.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Eighth Grade Movie Poster Image
Painfully realistic, tenderly acted coming-of-age dramedy.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Everybody's Talking About Jamie Movie Poster Image
British feel-good teen drag musical; some strong language.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Juno Movie Poster Image
Brilliant teen-pregnancy comedy, but iffy for kids.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Mean Girls Movie Poster Image
Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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The Outsiders Movie Poster Image
Coppola's take on classic book has strong violence.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Princess of the Row Movie Poster Image
Heartfelt coming-of-age drama has heavy themes.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Real Women Have Curves Movie Poster Image
Smart coming-of-age drama addresses body image.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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School Ties Movie Poster Image
Stirring movie may be too heavy for some tweens.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Stand by Me Movie Poster Image
Edgy coming-of-age story isn't for young kids.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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The Tree of Life Movie Poster Image
Unique, difficult, poetic masterpiece about life and death.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Alone with Her Dreams Movie Poster Image
Italian coming-of-age drama has death and sexual violence.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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An Education Movie Poster Image
Intelligent period drama tackles mature teen topics.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Boyhood Movie Poster Image
Unique, affecting, mature drama about life and growing up.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Breakfast Club Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Concrete Cowboy Movie Poster Image
Language, violence in beautifully acted coming-of-age drama.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Funny Boy Movie Poster Image
Queer coming-of-age story has violence and racism.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Good Will Hunting Movie Poster Image
Moving story of brilliant, troubled youth for older teens.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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If Beale Street Could Talk Movie Poster Image
Mature, beautifully acted drama from "Moonlight" director.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Last Tree Movie Poster Image
Coming-of-age drama explores identity; violence, language.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Make Up Movie Poster Image
Genre-bending coming-of-age story has strong language, sex.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Once Upon a River Movie Poster Image
Book-based coming-of-age drama has mature material.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Poster Image
Book-based drama for mature teens tackles tough subjects.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Sophie Jones Movie Poster Image
Poignant character study deals with grief, sex, substances.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Summer of 85 Movie Poster Image
French teen drama has strong language, suicide references.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Almost Famous Movie Poster Image
Great, but lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Dazed and Confused Movie Poster Image
Edgy coming-of-age tale has underage drinking and drug use.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Edge of Seventeen Movie Poster Image
Excellent acting in poignant, mature coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Lady Bird Movie Poster Image
Touching, funny, personal, and mature coming-of-age comedy.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Mid90s Movie Poster Image
Edgy coming-of-age comedy has language, drinking, violence.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Minding the Gap Movie Poster Image
Skateboarders try to overcome childhood abuse; language.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Our Ladies Movie Poster Image
Teen comedy has underage drinking, sex, and strong language.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Summer '03 Movie Poster Image
Sexual themes, teen partying in coming-of-age comedy.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Rushmore Movie Poster Image
Quirky '90s comedy has profanity, sex, underage drinking.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Boyz n the Hood Movie Poster Image
Powerful, old-school look at life surrounded by violence.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Ghost World Movie Poster Image
Offbeat indie dramedy will resonate with older teens.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Moonlight Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking, mature, unforgettable coming-of-age drama.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Thirteen Movie Poster Image
Explicit peer pressure story for older teens.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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