Coming-of-Age films focusing on Grief

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1. Drengen der gik baglæns (1995)

36 min | Drama, Short

Nine-year old Andreas carries the heaviest burden. At his mothers birthday party he and his beloved brother Mikkel performed and Andreas got drunk on Martini. The following morning their ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Holger Thaarup, Rune Veber, Michelle Bjørn-Andersen, Christian Hjejle

Votes: 277

2. Kauwboy (2012)

81 min | Drama

A young boy and his father have a difficult relationship, but are trying to reach each other. They need a catalyst to make that happen.

Director: Boudewijn Koole | Stars: Rick Lens, Loek Peters, Cahit Ölmez, Susan Radder

Votes: 2,013

3. The Stone Boy (1984)

PG | 91 min | Drama

A Midwestern farm family faces major emotional adjustment after a tragedy results in the death of an older brother.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Robert Duvall, Jason Presson, Glenn Close, Susan Rinell

Votes: 647

4. Billy's Angel (2011)

13 min | Short, Drama

10 year old Billy Spencer is a witness to the miracle of life and the promise of everlasting love. He uses wisdom passed on to him by his beloved grandpa to see beyond the pain he feels ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Metz | Stars: J.R. Fondessy, Jerry Russo, Doug Gaston, Sandy Gaston

Votes: 10

5. Misunderstood (1967)

104 min | Drama

Andrew's brave front convinces his father that he is unaffected by his mother's death. Playmate and protector of his little brother Miles, he is often blamed when mischief goes wrong. Only ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Anthony Quayle, Stefano Colagrande, Simone Giannozzi, John Sharp

Votes: 834

6. Hesher (2010)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.

Director: Spencer Susser | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 48,512 | Gross: $0.38M

7. Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale (2011)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Family, Romance

A young boy struggling with the death of his mother finds solace with a ferret named Jasper.

Director: Alison Parker | Stars: Connor Stanhope, Falcor the Ferret, Andrew Jackson, Nina Hagerty

Votes: 107

8. Frisson des collines (2011)

103 min | Drama, Romance

In order to to see his idol, Jimi Hendrix, a twelve year old boy attempts a journey from his Quebec village to Woodstock.

Director: Richard Roy | Stars: Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Antoine Bertrand, Evelyne Brochu, Anick Lemay

Votes: 367

9. Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York

Votes: 10,534 | Gross: $21.91M

10. Kid (2012)

90 min | Drama

A seven-year-old child, his brother Billy and their depressed mother live on a farm. Then something painful happens to the family and the kids are left to live by themselves.

Director: Fien Troch | Stars: Bent Simons, Gabriela Carrizo, Maarten Meeusen, Rit Ghoos

Votes: 422

11. Hold Fast (2013)

94 min | Drama

Two teenage boys escape an unhappy home, embarking on a perilous journey of self-discovery that takes them deep into the Newfoundland wilderness.

Director: Justin Simms | Stars: Avery Ash, Mike Daly, Liam Dawson, Jane Dingle

Votes: 91

12. Hard Goodbyes: My Father (2002)

113 min | Drama, Family

66 Metascore

In 1969 Athens, a 10 year old boy struggles to come to terms with the sudden death of his father.

Director: Penny Panagiotopoulou | Stars: Yorgos Karayannis, Stelios Mainas, Ioanna Tsirigouli, Christos Stergioglou

Votes: 412

13. Paper Planes (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Family

An imaginative children's film about a young Australian boy's passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman, Ena Imai

Votes: 3,610

14. Wide Awake (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A 10-year-old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Joseph Cross, Timothy Reifsnyder, Dana Delany, Denis Leary

Votes: 3,649 | Gross: $0.26M

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