Watch These 22 Coming-Of-Age Movies For a Break From Your Monotonous Adult Life

Remember the time you had just reached puberty? Of course, you do. Our adolescence years will forever be etched in our memories for those were the days when we did some such crazy and embarrassing things that we are still ashamed to admit. The hormones raging in our bodies left us with a very little hold on our actions. But now that you are an adult, how about reliving that exciting phase? Don’t get hysterical. We aren’t gonna ask you to make all those mistakes and make them again. We just want to give you a look back on your teenage years. The following list consists of the movies that best describe not only that fun-filled teenage years, but also what coming of age feels like.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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Release year: 2005

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has in its lead Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrara, and Amber Tamblyn. The four play a group of close friends who are no less than sisters to each other. Theirs is just like any other girl gang who have been friends for years. It is disheartening to see them go different ways for a summer break. To keep their bond alive and strong through the summer, they get four exact same pair of jeans for each one of them.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube

Selena

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Release year: 1997

This musical drama movie from director Gregory Navy is sure to melt your heart. The main lead, Selena is portrayed by Jennifer Lopez and she does complete justice to the character.

Selena is a young girl who, after some struggles, manages to taste success as a singer. However, it is short-lived as she is soon shot dead. Selena and Chris’s love is another heart-touching part of the story.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube

Boyz in the Hood

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Release year: 1991

Set in Los Angeles, Boyz in the Hood is about three boys who became good friends soon after being introduced to each other. Through this movie, John Singleton paints us a picture of how difficult and dangerous growing up in a ghetto can be. It is disturbing to see such young minds having to witness murders and getting trashed and jailed.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube

The Virgin Suicides

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Release year: 1999

Sophia Cappola received much acclaim from critics for her debut work as a director in The Virgin Suicides. The movie is centered upon the Lisbon family whose lifestyle we get to learn about through the eyes of young boys residing in their neighborhood. After the suicide of their youngest daughter, the parents keep a close watch on their other four girls and do not let them interact and socialize. The fact that they are unattainable makes the boys even more interested in them.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube

Juno

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Release year: 2007

Juno is a teenage girl who many of us would relate to. Upon discovering her pregnancy, her first thought was to get an abortion. However, when she is finally at the clinic, a number of things cross her mind, which lead her to change her decision and to have the baby instead and then give it up for adoption. The fun begins when she visits the home of the couple she has chosen to give up her baby to.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube

Call Me By Your Name

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Release year: 2017

Call Me By Your Name has got everything one can ask for in a movie. From its gripping storyline to the scenic setting, this movie will keep you immersed till the last minute. Elio and Oliver’s tale of love has to be one of the best you would have seen in a while. Added to that is their passionate and steamy romance which is to die for.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube

Dope

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Release year: 2015

You must have gotten a hint of the movie’s bottom line through its title. Malcolm, a high school student, and three of his friends, Diggy, Nakia, and Jib visit a party hosted by this drug dealer called Dom. When unexpected things happen, Malcolm flees the scene, but he isn’t aware of his backpack’s contents until the next day.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Release year: 2012

Were you, as a child, very reserved and shy? If yes, then this movie is sure to impress you. It is the film adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s novel, which was published in 1991. It revolves around a 15-year-old boy, Charlie, who is demure and introverted. He has to anyhow get over his horrific past and get on with his life as a high school student.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube

The Breakfast Club

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Release year: 1985

Five students, John, Claire, Allison, Brian, and Andrew have been detained in a library and asked to write an essay describing themselves. They, obviously, do opposite of what they have been asked and spend the whole time talking, getting to know each other, and even daring to smoke marijuana. As the time to submit their write-ups nears, they all ask the brainy one amongst them, Brian, to write theirs as well.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube

Mustang

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Release year: 2015

Mustang is just the right movie for you if you were a complaining and whiny child. You would thank your stars after watching this film.

Set in a conservative village in Turkey, the movie has certain incidents that are inspired by the director’s personal life. It is focused on five orphaned girls who are living with their strict and narrow-minded relatives. Their lives get even worse and confined to their home when the news of them playing with boys reaches their relative’s ears.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video

Pariah

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Release year: 2011

If there is anything about yourself that you dislike and wish to change, then Pariah is the movie you should watch. It is about Alike, a young African-American girl who is afraid of accepting her sexuality and tries to keep it a secret. However, as the movie progresses, we see her not just embracing her sexual orientation, but also taking a stand for herself and eventually leaving everything and everyone she knows behind to live her life freely and on her own terms.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube

The Graduate

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Release year: 1967

Upon completing his graduation, Benjamin goes to Los Angeles for a small celebration at his parent’s house. After a one-night stand with his father’s law partner’s wife, Mrs. Robinson, it is their daughter Elaine that he falls in love with. The movie gets as dramatic and funny as it can when Elaine learns of Benjamin’s fling with her mother.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube

My Girl

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Release year: 1991

My Girl is the story of an 11-year-old Vada who lives with her father, a funeral director, and her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. She herself is hypochondriac and isn’t ready to believe the doctor who tells her she has no sickness. She goes through every such emotion, which all of us did when we had hit puberty. From developing a crush on her school teacher to panicking about her period to contemplating eloping with her male friend, Vada is the perfect representation of the coming-of-age of a girl.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube

Almost Famous

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Release year: 2000

Cameron Crowe’s comedy-drama flick Almost Famous would make for a great movie for a lazy Sunday afternoon. William Miller is a 15-year-old boy who is desirous of becoming a rock journalist against his mother’s wishes who strongly despises rock culture. He is hired by Ben Fong-Torres, the editor at Rolling Stones, who believes him to be older and experienced. William is sent on a trip with a rock band, Stillwater, to interview every member and write an article.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube

American Beauty

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Release year: 1999

At first glance, Lester Burnham (played by Keven Spacey) would seem to be having a perfect life with his decent job at an advertising firm, and his family of wife and a daughter. However, the truth is it is anything but that. His wife, Carolyn is having an affair with his business rival, he himself is charmed by a girl who is his daughter’s age, and his daughter, Jane is contemplating eloping with her boyfriend.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube

Thirteen

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Release year: 2003

Thirteen is about Tracy, a 13-year old middle school student. Tracy’s transition from a smart and well-mannered girl to one who unhesitatingly steals, smokes, and seduces boys, forms the main plot of the film. Her self-destruction begins with her friendship with Evie whom we see, later on, turning all her friends against her.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube

Tangerine

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Release year: 2015

This movie, which was shot using three iPhone 5Ss, was praised as much for its thought-provoking storyline as for the wonderful performance by its cast. Sin-Dee Rella is a transgender hooker who is out of prison after completing her 28-day sentence. When she learns that her pimp boyfriend had been cheating on her behind her back, she resolves to confront him and teach him a lesson.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube

Y Tu Mamá También

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Release year: 2001

Two boys and a middle-aged woman embark on a road trip to a beach in Mexico. The woman, Luisa, had, initially, declined their invitation, but decides to go with them when she gets to know of her husband’s infidelity. What all would the three of them do on this trip and most importantly, would it be the same when they return?

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix

Kids

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Release year: 1995

If you have been postponing giving your teenage child a safe sex talk, then Kids will compel you to do it at the earliest. Telly, a young boy who is HIV positive, has made up his mind to sleep with every virgin girl he meets.

Telly and his best friend, Casper do everything to wreck themselves and everyone around them. They steal, smoke marijuana, and engage in unprotected sex. And there is one Jennie who has been Telly’s victim and is now on the lookout for him to prevent him from spreading his disease.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video

Blue is the Warmest Color

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Release year: 2013

Based on Julie Maroh’s 2010 novel, Blue is the Warmest Color is a movie that will leave a lasting impression on you. In it, we get to see the crazy and passionate love between Adele, a high school student, and Emma, an art graduate. As they part ways and move ahead in their respective lives and careers, your heart aches for them to get together and have their happily ever after.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix

Rushmore

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Release year: 1998

If you are having some friends over for a movie, then Rushmore is the one you must consider watching with them.

Max studies at Rushmore Academy and is as good in extracurricular activities as he is bad in academics. He meets Herman Blume, an industrialist, at his school assembly and the two become good friends in no time only to fall in love with the same woman.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube

Moonlight

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Release year: 2016

Moonlight is one of those films, which every person must see at least once in their lifetime. This Oscar-winning movie was also the first one to have an all-black cast. It traces the life of Chiron, a young boy living in Miami with his drug-addicted mother. Neglected by his mother, Chiron finds his guide in Juan who teaches him many life lessons and does his best to make him a stronger and confident person.

Can be watched on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube

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