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Top Coming-of-Age Films

The Internet Movie Database has "coming of age" as one of the keywords describing the films below.

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick 23
2 The 400 Blows 1959 François Truffaut 48
3 American Beauty 1999 Sam Mendes 113
4 City of God 2002 Fernando Meirelles 119
5 Titanic 1997 James Cameron 126
6 Rebel without a Cause 1955 Nicholas Ray 134
7 Donnie Darko 2001 Richard Kelly 146
8 Pather Panchali 1955 Satyajit Ray 155
9 The Lion King 1994 Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff 194
10 Edward Scissorhands 1990 Tim Burton 196
11 Harold and Maude 1971 Hal Ashby 201
12 Cinema Paradiso 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore 208
13 The Last Picture Show 1971 Peter Bogdanovich 257
14 Carrie 1976 Brian De Palma 269
15 My Fair Lady 1964 George Cukor 277
16 American Graffiti 1973 George Lucas 283
17 Boogie Nights 1997 Paul Thomas Anderson 284
18 Rushmore 1998 Wes Anderson 287
19 Grease 1978 Randal Kleiser 298
20 Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 John Hughes 301
21 Suspiria 1977 Dario Argento 310
22 Superman 1978 Richard Donner 339
23 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971 Mel Stuart 348
24 Stand by Me 1986 Rob Reiner 352
25 Y tu mamá también 2001 Alfonso Cuarón 373
26 Dazed and Confused 1993 Richard Linklater 377
27 Dirty Dancing 1987 Emile Ardolino 393
28 Kes 1969 Ken Loach 403
29 Clueless 1995 Amy Heckerling 416
30 Election 1999 Alexander Payne 421
31 Almost Famous 2000 Cameron Crowe 427
32 The Breakfast Club 1985 John Hughes 437
33 If.... 1968 Lindsay Anderson 465
34 Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982 Amy Heckerling 467
35 Batman Begins 2005 Christopher Nolan 481
36 Shadow of a Doubt 1943 Alfred Hitchcock 492
37 Good Will Hunting 1997 Gus Van Sant 517
38 Scream 1996 Wes Craven 527
39 Big 1988 Penny Marshall 528
40 Boyz N the Hood 1991 John Singleton 542
41 Dead Poets Society 1989 Peter Weir 546
42 Breaking Away 1979 Peter Yates 553
43 Slumdog Millionaire 2008 Danny Boyle 559
44 Picnic at Hanging Rock 1975 Peter Weir 562
45 Closely Watched Trains 1966 Jirí Menzel 570
46 Late Spring 1949 Yasujirô Ozu 572
47 Let the Right One in 2008 Tomas Alfredson 589
48 The Mirror 1975 Andrei Tarkovsky 598
49 Gregory's Girl 1981 Bill Forsyth 601
50 Walkabout 1971 Nicolas Roeg 621
51 The Jerk 1979 Carl Reiner 659
52 The Karate Kid 1984 John G. Avildsen 686
53 Heathers 1988 Michael Lehmann 696
54 Empire of the Sun 1987 Steven Spielberg 730
55 Heavenly Creatures 1994 Peter Jackson 737
56 Ghost World 2001 Terry Zwigoff 775
57 Ordinary People 1980 Robert Redford 781
58 Persepolis 2007 Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi 820
59 American Pie 1999 Paul Weitz 833
60 Gigi 1958 Vincente Minnelli 836
61 My Own Private Idaho 1991 Gus Van Sant 838
62 Billy Elliot 2000 Stephen Daldry 847
63 Bend It Like Beckham 2002 Gurinder Chadha 853
64 Sixteen Candles 1984 John Hughes 862
65 Splendor in the Grass 1961 Elia Kazan 866
66 Ride the High Country 1962 Sam Peckinpah 881
67 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 David Yates 906
68 Gran Torino 2008 Clint Eastwood 915
69 My Life as a Dog 1985 Lasse Hallström 927
70 The Devil's Backbone 2001 Guillermo del Toro 942
71 How to Train Your Dragon 2010 Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders 953
72 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Mike Newell 979
73 Garden State 2004 Zach Braff 987
74 The River 1951 Jean Renoir 989
75 Near Dark 1987 Kathryn Bigelow 1042
76 Labyrinth 1986 Jim Henson 1050
77 I Vitelloni 1953 Federico Fellini 1055
78 A Separation 2011 Asghar Farhadi 1069
79 Kids 1995 Larry Clark 1074
80 La Femme Nikita 1990 Luc Besson 1090
81 Superbad 2007 Greg Mottola 1091
82 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 2003 Ki-duk Kim 1115
83 Alfie 1966 Lewis Gilbert 1141
84 Cape Fear 1991 Martin Scorsese 1187
85 A Prophet 2009 Jacques Audiard 1194
86 À nos amours 1983 Maurice Pialat 1206
87 Kiki’s Delivery Service 1989 Hayao Miyazaki 1213
88 George Washington 2000 David Gordon Green 1231
89 The Ice Storm 1997 Ang Lee 1244
90 The Virgin Suicides 1999 Sofia Coppola 1261
91 War and Peace 1966 Sergey Bondarchuk 1298
92 Pretty in Pink 1986 Howard Deutch 1323
93 Scrooge 1951 Brian Desmond Hurst 1343
94 This Is England 2006 Shane Meadows 1351
95 Peter Pan 1953 Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske 1364
96 Little Women 1994 Gillian Armstrong 1371
97 Jezebel 1938 William Wyler 1375
98 Hairspray 1988 John Waters 1415
99 The Sandlot 1993 David M. Evans 1435
100 Good Bye Lenin! 2003 Wolfgang Becker 1473
101 Bad Education 2004 Pedro Almodóvar 1478
102 The Return 2003 Andrey Zvyagintsev 1479
103 Welcome to the Dollhouse 1995 Todd Solondz 1487
104 The Long Day Closes 1992 Terence Davies 1507
105 What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 Lasse Hallström 1518
106 True Grit 2010 Ethan and Joel Coen 1519
107 Menace II Society 1993 Albert and Allen Hughes 1558
108 Sounder 1972 Martin Ritt 1565
109 A Bronx Tale 1993 Robert De Niro 1568
110 21 Up 1977 Michael Apted 1569
111 Moonrise Kingdom 2012 Wes Anderson 1618
112 Into the Wild 2007 Sean Penn 1628
113 Little Women 1933 George Cukor 1672
114 The Outsiders 1983 Francis Ford Coppola 1691
115 The Tree of Life 2011 Terrence Malick 1695
116 Together 2000 Lukas Moodysson 1699
117 Captains Courageous 1937 Victor Fleming 1700
118 Fame 1980 Alan Parker 1756
119 About a Boy 2002 Chris and Paul Weitz 1763
120 Old Yeller 1957 Robert Stevenson 1799
121 Fat Girl 2001 Catherine Breillat 1805
122 Fish Tank 2009 Andrea Arnold 1808
123 Mysterious Skin 2004 Gregg Araki 1836
124 Tarzan 1999 Kevin Lima and Chris Buck 1842
125 Inside Out 2015 Pete Docter 1869
126 Il Posto 1961 Ermanno Olmi 1874
127 Mulan 1998 Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook 1882
128 The Time to Live and the Time to Die 1985 Hsiao-hsien Hou 1883
129 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945 Elia Kazan 1899
130 David Copperfield 1935 George Cukor 1907
131 Boyhood 2014 Richard Linklater 1928
132 Girl, Interrupted 1999 James Mangold 1952
133 Léolo 1992 Jean-Claude Lauzon 1956
134 Love & Basketball 2000 Gina Prince-Bythewood 1972
135 Salaam Bombay! 1988 Mira Nair 1979
136 The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 Stephen Chbosky 1982
137 Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013 Abdellatif Kechiche 2030
138 Big Wednesday 1978 John Milius 2056
139 Radio Days 1987 Woody Allen 2066
140 Stand and Deliver 1988 Ramón Menéndez 2079
141 Wonder Boys 2000 Curtis Hanson 2081
142 Carnal Knowledge 1971 Mike Nichols 2193
143 C.R.A.Z.Y. 2005 Jean-Marc Vallée 2240
144 Fly Away Home 1996 Carroll Ballard 2250
145 An Education 2009 Lone Scherfig 2272
146 Sweet Sixteen 2002 Ken Loach 2300
147 The World According to Garp 1982 George Roy Hill 2311
148 Beautiful Thing 1996 Hettie MacDonald 2330
149 Nowhere in Africa 2001 Caroline Link 2373
150 The Lovers of the Arctic Circle 1998 Julio Medem 2415
151 Osama 2003 Siddiq Barmak 2425
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