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12 Best Coming-Of-Age Movies

Sixteen Candles (1984)

The fifteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday!

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Directed by James Ponsoldt. With Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh. A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Directed by Gil Junger. With Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik. A new kid must find a guy to date the meanest girl in school, the older sister of the girl he has a crush on, who cannot date until her older sister does.

Pretty in Pink (1986)

A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

Clueless (1995)

Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills, must survive the ups and downs of adolescent life. Her external demeanor at first seems superficial, but rather it hides her wit, charm, and intelligence which help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life.

The Sandlot (1993)

Directed by David M. Evans. With Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi. Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing, and soon he's part of the local baseball buddies.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends.

Stand by Me (1986)

Directed by Rob Reiner. With Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell. After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Boyhood (2014)

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes.