Coming of age: The Ultimate list

by Kodi-Lists | created - 20 Jun 2017 | updated - 21 Dec 2017 | Public

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1. Tom Brown's School Days (1940)

Approved | 86 min | Drama

A young boy starts at Rugby boarding school. He is tormented by Flashman, the school bully.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Freddie Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon, Josephine Hutchinson

Votes: 351

2. This Is England (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim

Votes: 109,968 | Gross: $0.33M

3. The Keys to the House (2004)

PG | 105 min | Drama

74 Metascore

Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Andrea Rossi, Charlotte Rampling, Alla Faerovich

Votes: 2,183

4. The Good Son (1993)

R | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle and befriends his cousin, a boy of the same age who begins showing increasing signs of violent and psychopathic behavior.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, Wendy Crewson, David Morse

Votes: 33,783 | Gross: $44.59M

5. The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

This parable looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Barbara Hale, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 2,310

6. The Thief (1997)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

A woman meets a man who isn't the right man for her - but she hasn't realised it yet...

Director: Pavel Chukhray | Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Yekaterina Rednikova, Mikhail Filipchuk, Dima Chigaryov

Votes: 4,519 | Gross: $1.13M

7. Bad News Bears (2005)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Sport

65 Metascore

A grizzled little league coach tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Sammi Kane Kraft

Votes: 19,298 | Gross: $32.87M

8. Angyali üdvözlet (1984)

100 min | Drama

When Adam and Eve having succumbed to Lucifer's temptation, are cast out of the Garden of Eden, Adam holds Lucifer to his promise, reminding him that "You said I would know everything!". So... See full summary »

Director: András Jeles | Stars: Péter Bocsor, Júlia Mérö, Eszter Gyalog, György Belme

Votes: 380

9. When Andrew Came Home (2000 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

A woman is reunited with her kidnapped son after five years, but sadly she finds out that he has a near-infantile mindset and apparent mental problems. Will she give up on Andrew, or try to help him work through the abuse he suffered?

Director: Artie Mandelberg | Stars: Park Overall, Jason Beghe, Seth Adkins, Lynne Deragon

Votes: 529

10. Duck Season (2004)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

Flama and Moko are fourteen years old; they have been best friends since they were kids. They have everything they need to survive yet another boring Sunday: an apartment without parents, ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Eimbcke | Stars: Diego Cataño, Daniel Miranda, Enrique Arreola, Danny Perea

Votes: 3,598 | Gross: $0.15M

11. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

R | 97 min | Drama

27 Metascore

Seven-year-old Jeremiah is pulled from his foster home and thrown into a troubled life on the road with his teenage mother, Sarah.

Director: Asia Argento | Stars: Asia Argento, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Jimmy Bennett

Votes: 6,056 | Gross: $0.03M

12. The Cure (1995)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

Erik, a loner, finds a friend in Dexter, an eleven-year-old boy with AIDS. They vow to find a cure for AIDS together and save Dexter's life in an eventful summer.

Director: Peter Horton | Stars: Joseph Mazzello, Brad Renfro, Aeryk Egan, Delphine French

Votes: 8,632 | Gross: $2.57M

13. The Abduction of Zack Butterfield (2011)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6 Metascore

A disturbed young woman returns to the US after combat as an American mercenary in Iraq and abducts a 14 year old boy, holding him prisoner in her isolated country home as a bizarre relationship develops.

Director: Rick Lancaster | Stars: Brett Helsham, TJ Plunkett, Lisa Gunn, Aaron Letrick

Votes: 182

14. 12 and Holding (2005)

R | 94 min | Drama

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: 6,489 | Gross: $0.10M

15. Toto the Hero (1991)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer, Thomas Godet

Votes: 4,912 | Gross: $1.23M

16. Close to Leo (2002 TV Movie)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

When 21-year-old Leo, the oldest of four brothers, announces to his rural French family that he's HIV+ family bonds are tested. The family decides that 11-year-old Marcel, the youngest, is ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Yaniss Lespert, Pierre Mignard, Marie Bunel, Rodolphe Pauly

Votes: 972

17. La teta y la luna (1994)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

A child cannot stand the idea of having a new brother and dreams about drinking milk from the breasts of his mother again. The child asks the moon to bring him a teet only for him.

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Biel Duran, Mathilda May, Gérard Darmon, Miguel Poveda

Votes: 2,728

18. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 92,429

19. The Spanish Gardener (1956)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

Rather undiplomatic British diplomat Harrington Brande (Sir Michael Hordern) takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas (Jon Whiteley). The posting is something of a ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Michael Hordern, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 665

20. The Champ (1979)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Sport

A former boxer discovers that his biggest battle of all is going to be with his ex-wife, Annie, who returns after abandoning their young son seven years prior.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden

Votes: 7,235 | Gross: $30.44M

21. The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

The lives of Escondido, California residents Cheryl and Stephen Crowe change one morning when they find their twelve year old daughter Stephanie Crowe stabbed to death in her bedroom. As ... See full summary »

Director: Don McBrearty | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Mark Rendall, John Bourgeois, Hannah Lochner

Votes: 845

22. The Browning Version (1994)

R | 97 min | Drama

Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Modine, Julian Sands

Votes: 2,835 | Gross: $0.46M

23. The Mighty (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Two young boys, both social outcasts in their small town, form an unlikely friendship.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Sharon Stone, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 11,691 | Gross: $2.64M

24. The Chorus (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Music

56 Metascore

The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.

Director: Christophe Barratier | Stars: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Kad Merad

Votes: 52,630 | Gross: $3.64M

25. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 12,708 | Gross: $1.78M

26. The Wild Child (1970)

G | 83 min | Drama

94 Metascore

In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: François Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Cargol, Françoise Seigner, Jean Dasté

Votes: 6,852 | Gross: $0.06M

27. The Eighth Color of the Rainbow (2004)

80 min | Drama

A valiant attempt to save his ailing grandmother, Joaozinho will go all out in doing so even if it means leaving the comfort of his home and community.

Director: Amauri Tangará | Stars: Diego Borges, Izabel Serra, Renan Dimuriez, Waldir Bertúlio

Votes: 33

28. Teenage Paparazzo (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

A documentary that examines the relationship between celebrity and society.

Director: Adrian Grenier | Stars: Med Abrous, Alec Baldwin, Nicholas Barber, Blair Berk

Votes: 2,012

29. The Maldonado Miracle (2003 TV Movie)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Family

In a small, dying town, the residents' faith is tested when a statue of Jesus seems to be shedding real tears of blood.

Director: Salma Hayek | Stars: Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham, Rubén Blades, Eddy Martin

Votes: 403

30. The Gate (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror

55 Metascore

Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleash a horde of malevolent demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan

Votes: 12,999 | Gross: $13.54M

31. The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

61 Metascore

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni, Shaun Toub

Votes: 74,487 | Gross: $15.80M

32. That's What I Am (2011)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pavone | Stars: Ed Harris, Chase Ellison, Molly Parker, Daniel Roebuck

Votes: 9,983

33. The Story of Net (2010 Video)

85 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Orphaned by the death of his mother, 12-year-old Net searches for a father he never knew. Based on real events and developed in a community workshop, 'The Story of Net' is directed by ... See full summary »

Director: Lasse Nielsen | Stars: Thanet Putthasorn, Suthat Soisumalee, Bancha Khemngeun, Jaral Khuninnthong

Votes: 25

34. The Man Without a Face (1993)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

62 Metascore

Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton, Fay Masterson

Votes: 26,037 | Gross: $24.76M

35. The Art of Getting By (2011)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama, Romance

36 Metascore

George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

Director: Gavin Wiesen | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Sasha Spielberg

Votes: 53,722 | Gross: $1.43M

36. Toast (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain.

Director: S.J. Clarkson | Stars: Oscar Kennedy, Victoria Hamilton, Colin Prockter, Ken Stott

Votes: 8,526

Set in the 1960’s, Toast is the Coming-of-Age memoir of Nigel Slater, an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. Did I like the film? No. I LOVED it and and so will you!

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37. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 15,492 | Gross: $0.13M

38. The Fire That Burns (1997 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama

Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.

Director: Christophe Malavoy | Stars: Christophe Malavoy, Michel Aumont, Naël Marandin, Clément van den Bergh

Votes: 340

39. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 118,847 | Gross: $20.16M

40. The Number 23 (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston

Votes: 184,584 | Gross: $35.19M

41. The Return (2003)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

82 Metascore

In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Nataliya Vdovina

Votes: 38,339 | Gross: $0.50M

42. Trevor (1994)

Not Rated | 23 min | Comedy, Short, Drama

Upon hitting puberty, a high-school boy realizes he is homosexual and faces prejudice from his parents and friends.

Director: Peggy Rajski | Stars: Brett Barsky, Judy Kain, John Lizzi, Jonah Rooney

Votes: 1,405