Coming of age movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant coming of age movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, touching, melancholic, feel good, semi serious and interesting films and TV shows about / with coming of age, youth, friendship, adolescence, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, teenage girl, runaway and teenager plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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coming of age movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as coming of age: The Breakfast Club (1985), Stand by Me (1986), The Kings of Summer (2013), Almost Famous (2000), Easy A (2010), Billy Elliot (2000), The Spectacular Now (2013), Now and Then (1995), Dead Poets Society (1989), Submarine (2010).

List of coming of age movies

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, first love, teenage love, friendship, high school life, teenage life, adolescence, teenager, suicide, shyness, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 1991
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
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The Breakfast Club (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, friendship, introspection, teenage angst, popular girl, rebelliousness, youth, teachers and students ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
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 8.1
 393K
Stand by Me (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, friendship, adventure, teenager, youth, boy, young heroes, young kid, friends, courage, loyalty ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy
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The Kings of Summer (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: coming of age, runaway, friendship, forest, teenage life, lifestyle change, choice, rebelliousness, self discovery, overbearing parent, parents and children, frustration ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, california, tokyo
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 7.9
 272K
Almost Famous (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater – fronted by lead guitar ...
Style: feel good, realistic, sentimental, captivating, road movie ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, on the road, musician's life, rock band, fame, rock, music, journalism, musician, family relations, singer, music band ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, new york, boston, phoenix arizona ...
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 7.0
 384K
Easy A (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Olive, an average high school student, sees her below-the-radar existence turn around overnight once she decides to use the school's gossip grapevine to advance her social standing. Now her classmates are turning against her and the school ...
Style: feel good, teen sex comedy, witty, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: high school, coming of age, teenager, teenage life, loss of virginity, popularity, teenage girl, teenage boy, youth, high school life, teenage love, student ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 80s
Place: california, usa, xian, florida
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 7.7
 134K
Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, feel good, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, date night, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, ballet, follow your dream, gay, father son relationship, dancer's life, audition, hopes, working class, family relations, gay slur, prejudice ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1984
Place: england, london, northern england, europe
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The Spectacular Now (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."
Style: sincere, touching, semi serious, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenager, youth, first love, teenage life, first sex, couples, family relations, drinking problem, classmate, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, philadelphia, california, new jersey
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 6.7
 29K
Now and Then (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, female friendship, friendship, best friends, small town, teenage life, friends, youth, adulthood, women, self discovery ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1991 ...
Place: indiana, usa
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teachers and students, literature, boarding school life, teacher, poetry, coming of age, poet, suicide, philosophy, dedicated educator, student, boarding school ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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 7.3
 90K
Submarine (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 15-year-old deep-thinking Welsh schoolboy, Oliver Tate struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana, his devilish, dark-haired classmate at their Swansea high school. As his parents' marriage begins to fall apart, similar ...
Style: witty, surreal, semi serious, talky, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, virginity, love and romance, loss of virginity, teenage love, social relations, adolescence, bullying, first love, high school life, first sex, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: wales, england, britain
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It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, mental illness, coming of age, psychiatric ward, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, mental institution, friends, anxiety, teenage boy, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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 7.9
 350K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: 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.
Style: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, stepsister stepsister relationship, childhood, bully, divorced parents, boy, marital problem, brother sister relationship, abusive husband, parents and children, teenage life, divorce ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, year 2009, year 2008 ...
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, houston texas
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 7.5
 514K
Juno (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own, but soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.
Style: sentimental, feel good, humorous, sweet, touching ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, teenage life, teenage pregnancy, love and romance, adoption, teenager, social relations, youth, parents and children, eccentric family, change of heart ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: minnesota, usa, california
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The Way He Looks (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend, Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a new student in town, ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, gay teenager, coming of age, homosexuality, blindness, teenage love, gay couple, lgbt, first gay sexual experience, coming out, gays and lesbians, gay love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
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 7.8
 142K
Teen Wolf (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 41 min.
TV show
Story: Scott McCall, a high school student living in the town of Beacon Hills has his life drastically changed when he's bitten by a werewolf, becoming one himself. He must henceforth learn to balance his problematic new identity with his day-to-day ...
Style: suspenseful, touching, serious, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: werewolf, supernatural ability, supernatural, high school, supernatural power, teenage love, teenage life, friends, transformation, teen romance, life turned upside down, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, mexico, japan, france
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 8.4
 1.1M
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, sexual, cynical, dramatic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, existentialism, loneliness, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, age difference, virgin, dysfunctional family, older man younger woman relationship, character study, closeted homosexual, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 6.9
 67K
Whip It (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In Bodeen, Texas, Land Of The Dragon, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.
Style: uplifting, exciting, feel good, light, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, contests and competitions, small town, adolescence, skating, sport, teenage life, rebel, ambition, anti conformity, unsupportive parent, coach ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, california
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Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Georgia Nicolson is fourteen, lives with nosey parents who don't understand her, an annoying three year old sister and has to wear a beret to school. She would, however, rather be blonde, have a smaller nose and a boyfriend. Revolving around ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage life, school, teenage love, coming of age, love and romance, youth, high school, parents and children, best friends, couples, friends, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: england, europe, new zealand, london, san francisco
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, captivating, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: coming of age, high school, loss of virginity, first sex, friendship, high school life, abortion, teenage love, unwanted pregnancy, youth, teacher, vandalism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, southern california, los angeles
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Edge of Seventeen (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A gay teenager finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle U.S. in the 1980s. Growing up, learning about life, love, sex, friends, and lovers.
Style: realistic, sexy, sexual, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: gay teenager, homosexuality, coming of age, lgbt teen, gay, first gay sexual experience, gays and lesbians, lgbt, high school, gay sex, coming out, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, year 1984
Place: ohio, usa, midwest, new jersey, new york
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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.
Style: sexual, realistic, touching, erotic, atmospheric ...
Plot: lesbian, strong sexual content, lesbian relationship, lovers, lesbian love, explicit sex, lesbianism, lgbt, gender, coming of age, lesbian teen, sexuality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe, california
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 78K
Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underage sex, puberty, strong sexual content, virginity, coming of age, innocence lost, first sex, street kid, urban ghetto life, youth, nihilism, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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 7.3
 120K
Ghost World (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, stylized, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, older man younger woman relationship, age difference, friendship, graduation, teenage life, adolescence, best friends, blues, youth, suburbs, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, los angeles
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North Sea Texas (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Pim lives in a run-down house in a dead-end street somewhere on the Flanders coast, together with his mother Yvette Bulteel. Life here smells of cold French fries, cheap cigarettes, vermouth and stale beer. Mother Yvette uses her friend Etienne, ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, sentimental, suspenseful ...
Plot: gay teenager, gay, coming of age, first gay sexual experience, lgbt, lgbt teen, gay lead character, lgbt child, teenage love, first love, gays and lesbians, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: belgium, flanders, europe, france
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 8.6
 740K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, gang war, urban ghetto life, drug dealing, street gang, society, crimes, life is a bitch, social decay, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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 6.8
 86K
Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: peer pressure, underage drinking, dysfunctional family, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, addiction, friends, friendship, marijuana, theft, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
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Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, suicide, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, borderline personality disorder, psychiatric ward, coming of age, friendship, mental institution, mentally unstable, self harm, patient ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Four best friends (Tibby, Lena, Carmen & Bridget) who buy a mysterious pair of pants that fits each of them, despite their differing sizes, and makes whoever wears them feel fabulous. When faced with the prospect of spending their first ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, touching, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, teen drama
Plot: first love, coming of age, teenage girl, teenage love, friendship, self discovery, female friendship, group of friends, letter, summer, best friends, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: south carolina, greece, mexico, california
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Boy Meets World (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cory Matthews, a Philadelphian who grows up from a young boy to a married man. The show aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 ...
Style: sitcom, realistic, humorous, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, family relations, school, college, friendship, teenage life, high school life, teenage love, power relations, supportive parent, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa
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