Special Report

The 25 Best Coming-of-Age Films

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15. The Moon-Spinners (1964)
> Starring: Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, Pola Negri, Peter McEnery
> Director: James Neilson

This Disney mystery concerns a teenage girl and her aunt on a trip to the island of Crete. On the island, the girl searches for stolen jewels and encounters some romance and adventure along the way.

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14. Summer Magic (1963)
> Starring: Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Burl Ives, Deborah Walley
> Director: James Neilson

A Disney musical romantic comedy, “Summer Magic” tells the story of a single mother and her children as they move from Boston to a small town in Maine in the early 1900s. This was one of a string of half a dozen Disney films starring Mills — who received a Golden Globe nomination for her role.

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13. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
> Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin, An Nguyen
> Director: Adam Brooks

In this romantic comedy, Reynolds plays a father as he figures out how to tell his 10-year-old daughter about his impending divorce from her mother. The filmwas well-received due to its unique storytelling style and its avoidance of the usual rom-com formula.

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12. Where the Day Takes You (1992)
> Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Robert Knepper, Laura San Giacomo, Sean Astin
> Director: Marc Rocco

This crime thriller follows a group of teen runaways as they attempt to survive L.A. surrounded by drugs, violence, and prostituion. The film screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Space Needle Award. Despite a lack of success in the box office, it was well-received overall by critics.

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11. White Oleander (2003)
> Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright, Alison Lohman
> Director: Peter Kosminsky

Based on the novel of the same name, this drama tells the story of a teenager’s journey through foster homes after her mother (played by Pfeiffer) is sentenced to prison for murdering her boyfriend. Pfeiffer received acclaim for her portrayal, with the New York Times calling it “irresistible and diabolical.”