45 Responses to “Top Ten Coming Of Age Movies”

  1. Jessa says:

    This is such a great list, the only one on here that I haven’t seen is Lucas and I think I will have to go watch it now….I will tell you that I just loove The Goonies… HEYYYYYYY YOUUUUUU GUYYYYYYS!!!!! lol

  2. athena27 says:

    I love Donnie Darko. I would have added that to your Top Ten or maybe the Breakfast Club, but otherwise this is a solid list.

    I haven’t heard of Lucas either?

  3. Jessa says:

    Athena I love donnie darko also….thats one of the reviews I requested to be done. Ps. Breakfast club is a good one too!!!

  4. Heather says:

    Yeah, I still have yet to see Donnie Darko, Jessa and Athena. I think it’s in a Netflix que. If not I’ll be renting it from my Itunes ASAP since my applebox is hooked up and working again. :)

  5. Marc says:

    Good list Heather. I’d swap just about any of your honorable mentions for the Sandlot, the movie just tried SO HARD to ape the ‘Wonder Years’ vibe for my taste, but a sound list none-the-less. Stand By Me has been getting rotation on TNT or FX or something this month and It’s so sad we don’t see films that powerful with just children any longer. We get crap like Shark Boy and Lava Girl, or juiced up Sex Comedies. Nothing just about the wonder, pain, excitement or points of transition of being a 12 year old.

    Still, good list, and nice to see some love thrown to Lucas. Movie did not flinch or pull punches when it come to depicting the real life of the ‘lower’ bunch in school.


  6. Jeff Lloyd says:

    A near perfect list (I’d swap 1 & 2)! Great job Heather!

  7. the bottom three movies should be higher on the list; i.e. Sixteen Candles should be 10, while Goonies should be about 3 =)

  8. Caz says:

    Thats a really good list. I love My Girl a lot !!! Dead Poets Society was so touching as well.

  9. george says:

    I’m surprised no “Breakfast Club” definitely a top tenner

  10. me says:

    I’m glad to see The Sure Thing is an honerable mention. It’s one of my all time favorites. I fell in love with John Cusack in that movie.

  11. george says:

    Porky’s and Meatballs are a couple of other good ones

  12. Marc says:

    me said
    June 11, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    ‘I’m glad to see The Sure Thing is an honorable mention. It’s one of my all time favorites. I fell in love with John Cusack in that movie.’

    ‘Who invented liquid soap and why?’

    I throw that quote out every once and a while – just to see who it clicks with. You are right Me, really cemented Cusack as a lead.


  13. Heather says:

    Thanks for your comments guys. This was one of the hardest to pick and choose what to include and disclude. I literally didn’t have this done till yesterday afternoon and usually I have it done almost a week in advance. I just couldn’t make choices.

    George……….I’d be more likely to add Porky’s on a best ten movie list I think.

    Also, I LIKE the Breakfast Club more than Sixteen Candles, but I felt Sixteen Candles represented “Coming Of Age” better than The Breakfast Club.

    I agree with Marc and Me on The Sure Thing. First movie I ever saw with Cusack. It’s been eons since I’ve watched it. I think it’s time for a revist.

    Thanks everyone!


  14. Heather says:

    *top ten TEEN movies list

  15. brad says:

    i hate sixteen candles. i would replace it with breaking away or some kind of wonderful. it’s cool u put superbad up here though. its a newer movie but i think its going to be a classic.

  16. moviejunkie says:

    Sixteen Candles is a great movie and so is Big. I’m not actually sure I’d change anything about this list, though I’m not familiar with Lucas even though the photo strikes up familiarity.

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  18. The Lizard King says:

    Never seen Donnie Darko!? Basphemy! Although, putting Almost Famous at the top was definitely the best move. Would have liked to have seen Breakfast Club, just like the rest of these jokers. And my roommate will be a bit bummed to see that The Lion King didn’t make the cut. But Big was a brilliant choice that slipped my mind.

  19. Hold on a tick. Where’s Fast Times? Okay, maybe that’s not a coming-of-age film. But River’s Edge definitely get my vote! On the surface, it’s the anti-Stand By Me and yet both films really are quite similar.

  20. Owl says:

    You have to check out the movie 45 RPM. It’s really good, I really did love all those movies. Good choices!

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  22. skykid says:

    Interesting selection. It differs substantially from my what my pick of top 10 coming of age movies would be , but nevertheless it was interesting to see your choices. Stand by me is considered as an absolute classic for anyone who is familiar to the genre which which is why I am not surprised to fine it listed. Same observation is valid for The Goonies ( even if I am yet to see that one). Typically the best coming of age films were produced either in France, Netherlands , Spain and Russia – but of course there are always exceptions.

  23. Lauren says:

    Great picks, though no one has yet mentioned it I would definitely include The Man in the Moon.

  24. Heather is a coming-of-age? The list is definitely diverse, but I’d add A Room With A View, Sense & Sensibility, Babe (sure it’s a big, but he does “come of age”), Billy Elliot and perhaps Rebel Without A Cause – maybe even An Education.

  25. Dan says:

    Great list Heather. Leaving Lucas off my 80s list (http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/208) was tough! I like Almost Famous a lot but I’d switch it with Stand By Me for top spot.
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  26. Pauline says:

    I agree with “Stand By Me” as one of the greatest Coming of Age movies to top ever. I only wonder how come “Son of Rambow” is not in the list. It is definitely one of the silliest movies about two young boys facing the turbulence of boyhood during their boyish days. This list needs and edit. :S

  27. steve's movie blog says:

    The only movie missing from your list is Mel Gibson’s 1993 Man Without A Face. A must see for any coming of age films

    • Heather says:

      It is a quite good film, and unfortunately I haven’t watched it since near it’s release. Perhaps it’s time to give it a revisit, but excellent movie. Thanks for pointing it out Steve.

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  29. Geeeeez… Stand By Me… number one… hands down. I’d also throw out Fight Club oddly. Even though they’re supposed to be around 30, that is very much a story of Jack growing up.
    I like Dazed and Confused because it really is a right of passage film.
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  30. Hannah says:

    where the red fern grows!! and the Sandlot is probably my favorite. this is a good list, i’ll have to check out Lucas.

  31. kendall says:

    what about thirteen? drugs and being a teenager is so coming of age

    • Roger says:

      Oh, the movie you didn’t list is “Red Sky at
      Morning” (about 1970). You can find it on
      DVD, and it’s an CLASSIC. Don’t miss it! It’s
      right up there were Stand by Me, but about an
      older teenager moving from Alabama to New Mexico during World War II and falling in love.

  32. Roger says:

    I lived Stand By Me. It almost perfectly
    matched my live in the 1950′s: walking down
    the railroad tracks singing, teenagers in
    hot cars, and me attempting to be a writer.
    One night we sneeked away from a sleep over
    stole two five-gallon buckets of range balls
    off a driving range. Another night we floated
    down the local river. If our parents had only
    know, we would have gotten our butts kicked.

    Oh, read “Summer of Night” if you like
    coming of age stories.

  33. Tom says:

    I would add honorable mentions of: Risky Business, Valley Girl, Can’t Buy Me Love, Adventures in Babysitting, Weird Science, Back to the Future August Rush, Footloose, Summer of 42, Mystic Pizza, Fresh Horses, Saturday Night Fever….

  34. Van says:

    And what about : Barnens O, You are not alone, An unimportant story, Eu me lembro, In your absence, The boys from Saint Vincent, Bless the beast and children, Criss Cross, Misterious skin, Jet boy ???

  35. teenMuscular says:

    Hey, put FLIPPED there it’s a great film.

  36. Ankit says:

    You should add “Igby goes down” in the mentions. I love it.

  37. beannazi says:

    Adventureland deserves some mention here.

  38. Ethan says:

    One of my new favorite movies is a French film called Water Lillies. You should all check it out.

  39. Eric says:

    Am I going crazy? Good Will Hunting isn’t on the list, and not even an honorable mention? For that matter, in over 2 years of comments, not one person has mentioned it? Maybe I’m still asleep. This must just be a bad dream.

  40. Merlin R says:

    What about “Love & Basketball” ?

  41. Movie Go'er says:

    Great list Fast Times at Ridgemount High also should be mentioned

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