Top 10 Coming Of Age Movies You Need To Watch This Weekend

Updated On 17th September 2020

A well made coming of age movie can take the viewer on a journey of a lifetime. There are three main things which make a good coming of age film – the internal monologues of the characters, the journey, and growth of a character, and lastly, a strong climax that changes the life of the said character(s). These are the 10 coming of age movies which are worth a watch and definitely deserve a spot on your watchlist!

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The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

The Edge of Seventeen

Teenage is difficult, and it becomes especially difficult when your best friend starts dating your popular brother. The Edge of Seventeen is a coming of age movie directed by Kelly Fremon Craig starring Hailee Steinfield as Nadine, the awkward seventeen-year-old who uses sarcasm as her second language. When her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating her brother Darian (Blake Jenner), all hell breaks loose and she feels more alone than ever.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower will make you fall in love with every single character and their perks. Logan Lerman plays Charlie, a 15-year-old struggling with finding friends after his best friend’s suicide. In a series of events, he quickly becomes friends with his seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), and starts to look at life from a different perspective. One of the best coming of age movies ever!

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Lady Bird (2017)

Lady Bird

Lady Bird is a 2017 coming of age comedy directed by Greta Gerwig with a star-studded cast including Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein and many more. This Oscar-nominated film centres around the life of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) and her journey through adolescence and teenage intricately woven with a turbulent love/hate relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and the different forms of love she finds along the way. Saoirse Ronan is exceptional in her portrayal and makes you want to know more even after the movie ends.

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Little Women (2019)

Little Women (2019)

If you are a fan of coming of age dramas and period dramas, Little Women is the film for you. This Oscar-nominated film is based on the novel of the same name written by Louisa May Alcott and revolves around the lives of four sisters namely Jo March (Saoirse Ronan), Amy March (Florence Pugh), Meg March (Emma Watson) and Beth March (Eliza Scanlen). Jo is a writer and also the main protagonist but that never takes away the limelight from the other three sisters who have different outlooks on their lives and their love for each other remains the same throughout. Don’t miss out on Jo’s monologue on the societal expectations of women, it is sure to make you love this movie even more!

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Moonlight (2016)

moonlight coming of age movie

Moonlight is an Oscar-winning film directed by Barry Jenkins about a young African- American boy Chiron (Ashton Sanders) who befriends a drug dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali). It is the unforgettable story and stunning cinematic experience of one of the best coming of age movies which is bound to make you go back to this movie again and again.

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Dead Poets Society (1989)

Dead Poets Society (1989)

The magic of Robin Williams and the charming storyline is what makes Dead Poet’s Society a must-watch. John Keating (Robin Williams) is the most encouraging teacher one can ask for who tries his best to make his students stand out and stop following the norms and rules set down by society. Set in 1959, Dead Poet’s Society will take you on a journey through the conservative rule-bound boarding school as the students get inspired through the poems of their English teacher.

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Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater breaks the boundaries in many ways. In 2002, Linklater started filming this movie and over a span of 12 years of filming, this movie came to life. It is exceptional in the portrayal of growing up because we literally see the life of the protagonist Mason (Ellar Coltrane) through his own eyes. It is nostalgic and fresh at the same time, paired with a stellar cast and outstanding performances Boyhood is simply relatable to every single person irrespective of their backgrounds.

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Eighth Grade (2018)

eighth gradecoming of age movie

Bo Burnham directed Eighth Grade with the purpose of bringing limelight on his own struggles with anxiety. Although it is a story about a 13-year-old, Eighth Grade doesn’t shy away from the very realistic portrayal of what it is like to grow up while struggling with anxiety and the need to put on a confident face. Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) might be the girl posting videos about self-confidence but underneath she is an anxiety-ridden teenager trying her best. Soon, the realization dawns upon her she had to stop pretending to be self-confident and put her own words to good use. You cannot miss this if you’re searching coming of age movies.

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Boy Erased (2018)

boy erased coming of age movie

This 2018 coming of age drama is based on the 2016 memoir of Garrad Conley of the same name. When Jared (Lucas Hedges) comes out as homosexual, his baptist father (Russell Crowe) sends him to a gay conversion therapy camp where he is met with several questionable means used in the camp.

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Think teenage drama and the first name which comes to your mind is that of John Hughes. In many ways, The Breakfast Club has remained a classic among teenage movies and was a gamechanger in terms of both storyline and direction. The movie surrounds the lives of five high school students on a Saturday morning enduring detention. All five of the students belonged to very different high school cliques and yet they all find common grounds among themselves. The ending paired with “ Don’t You Forget About Me” makes the scene iconic and one to remember.