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25 Must-See Coming of Age Films

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The beauty of #comingofage films is their well-rounded characters, intriguing plots, and complex themes about life, love, loss, adventure, and self-discovery. Relive those angsty teenage years and watch these characters come into their own!

Boyhood

Boyhood

Movies

The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Movies

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year — before she begins high school.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Movies

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1991. High school freshman Charlie is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two senior students, Sam and her stepbrother Patrick, become his mentors, helping him discover the joys of friendship, music and love.

Moonlight

Moonlight

Movies

The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

Movies

In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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