01.b Coming of Age / Gender

by kakatara | created - 30 Apr 2011 | updated - 18 Oct 2015 | Public

This is list is mostly about young people trying to grow up, the pressure they fight against, and what they seek to become or die for loss of. And/or metaphors for the same.

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1. Flickan (2009)

100 min | Drama, Family

6.7
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69 Metascore

Story of a nine-and-a-half year old girl left alone in Sweden while her family is in Africa during the summer of 1981.

Director: Fredrik Edfeldt | Stars: Blanca Engström, Shanti Roney, Annika Hallin, Calle Lindqvist

Votes: 1,383

2. Lawn Dogs (1997)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.6
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When Devon, a 10-year-old girl, forges a friendship with Trent, a 21-year-old outsider who mows the neighborhood lawns, things suddenly get very complicated and private.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kathleen Quinlan, Mischa Barton, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 6,715 | Gross: $0.11M

3. 12 and Holding (2005)

R | 94 min | Drama

7.6
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65 Metascore

After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Conor Donovan, Jesse Camacho, Zoe Weizenbaum, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 6,354 | Gross: $0.10M

4. Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

7.5
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76 Metascore

An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie, Michelle Stewart

Votes: 6,933 | Gross: $0.22M

5. The Motel (2005)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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70 Metascore

Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kang | Stars: Jeffrey Chyau, Sung Kang, Jade Wu, Samantha Futerman

Votes: 1,252 | Gross: $0.05M

6. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

R | 108 min | Drama

7.5
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61 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about two inner city boys who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 4,535 | Gross: $0.49M

7. Ping-pongkingen (2008)

107 min | Drama

6.4
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Rille, an ostracized and bullied teenager, who only excels in the ping pong room, descends into a life-and-death struggle with his younger, more popular brother when the truth about their father surfaces during their spring break.

Director: Jens Jonsson | Stars: Jerry Johansson, Hampus Johansson, Georgi Staykov, Ann-Sofie Nurmi

Votes: 1,133

8. Spellbound (2002)

G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller

7.6
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80 Metascore

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar, Scott McGarraugh

Votes: 11,376 | Gross: $5.73M

9. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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69 Metascore

A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.

Director: Peter Care | Stars: Kieran Culkin, Jena Malone, Emile Hirsch, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 12,426 | Gross: $1.78M

10. The Dynamiter (2011)

73 min | Drama

6.9
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All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he's left to burn the ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Gordon | Stars: William Ruffin, John Alex Nunnery, Patrick Rutherford, Ciara McMillian

Votes: 516

11. A Little Closer (2011)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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Three family members each learn the cruelties of love and sexuality.

Director: Matthew Petock | Stars: Sayra Player, Parker Lutz, Eric Baskerville, Chris Kies

Votes: 265

12. Jess + Moss (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

6.3
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71 Metascore

A series of vignettes involving memories of companionship and sexual awakening shared by two second cousins.

Director: Clay Jeter | Stars: Sarah Hagan, Austin Vickers, Haley Strode, Haley Parker

Votes: 612

13. La famille Bélier (2014)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.3
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A girl, who lives with her deaf parents, discovers that she has the gift of singing.

Director: Eric Lartigau | Stars: Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino, Louane Emera

Votes: 19,778

14. Love Like Poison (2010)

92 min | Drama

6.4
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Anna a young teenager comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is devastated and confined in the company of the local ... See full summary »

Director: Katell Quillévéré | Stars: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru, Stefano Cassetti

Votes: 653

"Laisse tes yeux"

15. Hadewijch (2009)

105 min | Drama

6.7
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83 Metascore

The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris. Céline meets her outcast Muslim teenage friend ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Julie Sokolowski, Karl Sarafidis, Yassine Salime, David Dewaele

Votes: 1,508 | Gross: $0.00M

16. Angela (1995)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

6.4
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The ten year-old Angela and her little sister Ellie move to an old house in the countryside with her parents Mae and Andrew. Their mother has mental illness and has just left an institution... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Miller | Stars: Miranda Rhyne, Charlotte Eve Blythe, Anna Levine, John Ventimiglia

Votes: 691

17. Olivier, Olivier (1992)

R | 110 min | Drama

7.6
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A nine-year-old boy disappears without a trace. Six years later, he reappears in Paris but there are doubts about his real identity.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Brigitte Roüan, François Cluzet, Jean-François Stévenin, Frédéric Quiring

Votes: 1,487 | Gross: $1.26M

18. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 651,817 | Gross: $0.19M

19. Elephant (2003)

R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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70 Metascore

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson

Votes: 76,387 | Gross: $1.23M

20. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 446,626 | Gross: $143.50M

21. Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

7.3
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81 Metascore

Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths

Votes: 52,402 | Gross: $0.37M

22. Farväl Falkenberg (2006)

91 min | Drama

6.6
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The last summer the five boys are together in Falkenberg. They are now grown up to be young men, on their way out into the world. At least most of them.

Director: Jesper Ganslandt | Stars: John Axel Eriksson, Holger Eriksson, David Johnson, Jesper Ganslandt

Votes: 2,533

23. Gespenster (2005)

85 min | Drama

6.9
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Nina, an end-of-teenage orphan with mental problems, starts a new job as a garden cleaner when she meets Toni. They fell in love with each other, but soon Toni starts betraying Nina. In the... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Julia Hummer, Sabine Timoteo, Marianne Basler, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 1,179

24. Naissance des pieuvres (2007)

85 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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65 Metascore

After meeting at a local pool over their summer break, a love triangle forms between three adolescent girls, which proves difficult to sustain as they each desire the love of another.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel, Warren Jacquin

Votes: 7,562 | Gross: $0.08M

25. Show Me Love (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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73 Metascore

Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust

Votes: 45,285 | Gross: $0.17M

26. Ci qing (2007)

94 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko's tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, ... See full summary »

Director: Zero Chou | Stars: Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong, Kris Shen, Jay Shih

Votes: 1,745

27. Lan se da men (2002)

85 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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61 Metascore

An is-she-or-isn't-she gay comedy focused on a Taiwanese teen, the boy she might like, and the girl she may love.

Director: Chih-yen Yee | Stars: Lun-Mei Kwei, Bo-lin Chen, Yolin Liang, Joanna Chou

Votes: 2,901

28. My Summer of Love (2004)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.8
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82 Metascore

In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine, Dean Andrews

Votes: 17,467 | Gross: $0.99M

29. Apflickorna (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Sport

5.5
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Two adolescent girls on an equine acrobatics team form an intimate friendship that becomes threatened by their competitive nature.

Director: Lisa Aschan | Stars: Mathilda Paradeiser, Linda Molin, Isabella Lindquist, Sergej Merkusjev

Votes: 2,176

30. Pariah (I) (2011)

R | 86 min | Drama

7.2
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79 Metascore

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis, Pernell Walker

Votes: 4,913 | Gross: $0.76M

31. XXY (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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67 Metascore

The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.

Director: Lucía Puenzo | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios, Carolina Pelleritti

Votes: 11,500 | Gross: $0.05M

32. Spork (2010)

TV-14 | 86 min | Comedy

6.9
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54 Metascore

A colorful and foul-mouthed feature musical comedy. A film about a frizzy-haired, pink-cheeked outcast named Spork who is trying to navigate her way through the annals of junior high. When ... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Ghuman Jr. | Stars: Savannah Stehlin, Rodney Eastman, Robert Bradvica, Kevin Chung

Votes: 918

33. Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

6.3
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52 Metascore

A lyrical telling of the coming of age of a 13-year-old boy who learns to cope with his newfound sexuality and his unrequited love for the cool kid in school.

Director: Cam Archer | Stars: Malcolm Stumpf, Patrick White, Max Paradise, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 1,907 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Eat Sleep Die (2012)

104 min | Drama

6.5
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A young Eastern European immigrant, working in Sweden, is faced with a painful choice when she's laid off from her factory in the name of efficiencies.

Director: Gabriela Pichler | Stars: Nermina Lukac, Milan Dragisic, Jonathan Lampinen, Peter Fält

Votes: 1,808

35. Lore (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.1
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76 Metascore

As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi

Votes: 12,623 | Gross: $0.97M

36. Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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70 Metascore

In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.

Director: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen | Stars: Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjørhovde, Henriette Steenstrup, Beate Støfring

Votes: 8,363 | Gross: $0.12M

37. Pretty Persuasion (2005)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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45 Metascore

A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.

Director: Marcos Siega | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Ron Livingston, James Woods, David Wagner

Votes: 9,150 | Gross: $0.31M

38. The Spectacular Now (2013)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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82 Metascore

A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Votes: 123,020 | Gross: $6.85M

39. The Selfish Giant (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

7.3
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83 Metascore

Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal.

Director: Clio Barnard | Stars: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Lorraine Ashbourne

Votes: 9,937 | Gross: $0.01M

40. Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama

6.1
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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: 1,472

41. Adult World (2013)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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61 Metascore

A naive college graduate, Amy, who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job in a shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings.

Director: Scott Coffey | Stars: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 15,053 | Gross: $0.02M

42. Mall (2014)

R | 88 min | Drama

5.0
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The lives of five disaffected suburbanites come together at a shopping mall in the wake of one man's shooting spree.

Director: Joseph Hahn | Stars: James Frecheville, Cameron Monaghan, Ron Yuan, India Menuez

Votes: 1,166

43. A Real Young Girl (1976)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama

5.4
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55 Metascore

Reluctantly, a sulky adolescent returns to her parents' house for yet another boring summer vacation, dabbling in desire and the art of desirability, eventually mixing reality with vision, caged fantasies with the fierce female sexuality.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Charlotte Alexandra, Hiram Keller, Rita Maiden, Bruno Balp

Votes: 2,973 | Gross: $0.00M

44. My Mad Fat Diary (2013– )

TV-MA | 47 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.4
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Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the show tells the tragic and humorous story of a very troubled young girl, Rae, who spent four months in a psychiatric hospital for attempted suicide. After ... See full summary »

Stars: Jodie Comer, Ciara Baxendale, Dan Cohen, Sharon Rooney

Votes: 12,652

45. Lena (2011)

119 min | Drama

6.4
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Lena is a lonely, plump adolescent girl. Much to her surprise she gets a relationship with the popular but unreliable Daan. Lena moves in with Daan and his strange father Tom and is willing to do a lot for his love. More than a lot.

Director: Christophe Van Rompaey | Stars: Emma Levie, Niels Gomperts, Jeroen Willems, Agata Buzek

Votes: 462

46. Sugar Rush (I) (2005– )

24 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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15-year-old Kim has just moved to Brighton and developed an earth-shattering, hormone-surging crush on her new best friend, Sugar.

Stars: Olivia Hallinan, Lenora Crichlow, Richard Lumsden, Sara Stewart

Votes: 3,576

47. All the Wilderness (2014)

85 min | Drama

5.8
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54 Metascore

A restless teenager explores the wilderness of his city while struggling with the absence of his father.

Director: Michael Johnson | Stars: Danny DeVito, Virginia Madsen, Isabelle Fuhrman, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Votes: 1,186