Coming of Age Films

by jeffcarmichael | created - 12 Jul 2015 | updated - 06 Apr 2018 | Public

Some of my favorite 'Coming of Age' films.

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1. The Kings of Summer (2013)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Stars: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman

Votes: 75,151 | Gross: $1.29M

2. The Wise Kids (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Cone | Stars: Molly Kunz, Eric Hulsebos, Tyler Ross, Frank Stennett

Votes: 880

3. Max (I) (2015)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

A military dog that helped American Marines in Afghanistan returns to the United States and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, Lauren Graham

Votes: 24,824 | Gross: $42.65M

4. Youth in Revolt (2009)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis

Votes: 71,242 | Gross: $15.28M

5. Skateland (2010)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

51 Metascore

In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.

Director: Anthony Burns | Stars: Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen

Votes: 2,080 | Gross: $0.01M

6. What Richard Did (2012)

TV-MA | 88 min | Drama

80 Metascore

What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Jack Reynor, Fionn Walton, Gavin Drea, Patrick Gibson

Votes: 4,430

7. The A-List (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

Eric Schultz, the most popular student at Lake O'Dell High School, is coerced by his guidance counselor, Sylvia Martin, into fulfilling a list of her high school fantasies in order for him to graduate.

Director: Will Bigham | Stars: Alyson Stoner, Hal Sparks, Skyler Vallo, Elizabeth Bond

Votes: 486

8. Young Ones (2014)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

Set in the future when water is hard to find, a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.

Director: Jake Paltrow | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning

Votes: 8,960

9. Bully (2001)

R | 108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner

Votes: 33,529 | Gross: $1.54M

10. The Bling Ring (2013)

R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien

Votes: 80,163 | Gross: $5.84M

11. Ender's Game (2013)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 216,916 | Gross: $61.74M

12. Mean Creek (2004)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge.

Director: Jacob Estes | Stars: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan

Votes: 29,860 | Gross: $0.60M

13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 437,108 | Gross: $17.74M

14. Run (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

RUN is a fast-paced, action/thriller, which centers on a street smart, 17-year-old named Daniel who practices Parkour and is both hero and thief.

Director: Simone Bartesaghi | Stars: William Moseley, Kelsey Asbille, Edoardo Ballerini, Craig Henningsen

Votes: 1,755

15. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 138,442 | Gross: $4.86M

16. Sins of Our Youth (2014)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

Sins of Our Youth is the story of four teenagers who accidentally murder a younger boy while shooting off assault weapons recreationally and the perilous decisions they make in the wake of the murder.

Director: Gary Entin | Stars: Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Mitchel Musso, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 292

17. Being Charlie (2015)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A would-be governor's addicted son goes down the long, rough road of rehab, fighting against recovery every inch of the way.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Nick Robinson, Common, Cary Elwes, Devon Bostick

Votes: 3,763 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Closet Monster (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

81 Metascore

A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood.

Director: Stephen Dunn | Stars: Aaron Abrams, Jack Fulton, Joanne Kelly, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 7,044 | Gross: $0.04M

19. King Jack (2015)

Not Rated | 81 min | Adventure, Drama

72 Metascore

An underprivileged teenager bonds with his young cousin while facing off against a vicious bully.

Director: Felix Thompson | Stars: Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen, Danny Flaherty

Votes: 2,736

20. Hellion (2014)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

When motocross and heavy metal obsessed thirteen-year-old Jacob's increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent... See full summary »

Director: Kat Candler | Stars: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner

Votes: 5,172 | Gross: $0.04M

21. Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama

69 Metascore

After a neighborhood tragedy, two adolescent brothers confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality.

Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone | Stars: Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson, Colm O'Leary, Thomas Cruz

Votes: 1,560

22. Go North (2017)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A few years from now, something will happen that will change our world. A global event that causes pandemonium, chaos, and death. Life as we know it will never be the same. Left behind are ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Ogens | Stars: Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jacob Lofland, Joshua Close

Votes: 470

23. Departure (III) (2015)

Unrated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A nuclear family unravels in the South of France.

Director: Andrew Steggall | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Alex Lawther, Phénix Brossard, Finbar Lynch

Votes: 1,856

24. Lost & Found (III) (2016)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery

Sent to spend the summer on a remote and mysterious island, brothers embark on a thrilling treasure hunt to restore their family's lost fortune.

Director: Joseph Itaya | Stars: Justin Kelly, Benjamin Stockham, Celeste Desjardins, Jason Patric

Votes: 807

25. The Hole (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Fantasy, Thriller

57 Metascore

A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble, Teri Polo

Votes: 21,867

26. Wolves (I) (2016)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sport

46 Metascore

An 18-year-old basketball star who is being recruited by Cornell University seems to have it all figured out: captain of his team, a good student, has a longtime girlfriend and some good ... See full summary »

Director: Bart Freundlich | Stars: Taylor John Smith, Michael Shannon, Carla Gugino, Zazie Beetz

Votes: 1,002

27. Little Men (2016)

PG | 85 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Theo Taplitz

Votes: 6,503 | Gross: $0.70M

28. Love, Simon (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Director: Greg Berlanti | Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford

Votes: 89,818 | Gross: $40.83M

29. White Frog (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Twilight's Booboo Stewart plays a neglected teen trying to make it through each day after tragedy strikes.

Director: Quentin Lee | Stars: Booboo Stewart, Harry Shum Jr., Joan Chen, BD Wong

Votes: 1,844

30. Affluenza (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

30 Metascore

An aspiring young photographer finds himself caught up in a heady world of money, sex, and privilege when he moves to wealthy Long Island in the summer of 2008.

Director: Kevin Asch | Stars: Ben Rosenfield, Gregg Sulkin, Nicola Peltz, Grant Gustin

Votes: 684

31. Walking Out (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

An urban teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.

Directors: Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith | Stars: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter

Votes: 5,308 | Gross: $0.10M

32. Lady Bird (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

94 Metascore

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 208,680 | Gross: $48.96M

33. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 181,976 | Gross: $18.10M

34. Jasper Jones (2017)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

JASPER JONES is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Perkins | Stars: Levi Miller, Kevin Long, Toni Collette, Aaron L. McGrath

Votes: 2,753

35. Newcastle (2008)

Unrated | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Tragedy befalls one of three brothers while on an outback surfing outing with friends.

Director: Dan Castle | Stars: Lachlan Buchanan, Xavier Samuel, Reshad Strik, Kirk Jenkins

Votes: 1,512



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