Special Report

50 Best Coming of Age Movies

Source: Courtesy of Focus Features

45. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (341,128 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (139,918 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (266 reviews)
> Directed by: Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson wrangled old collaborators and new ones alike for this coming-of-age dramedy. It springs to life in signature color and explores a variety of themes, including biblical floods and youthful romance. At the heart of the story are a pair of young lovers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), who decide to flee from their New England island community in 1964.

Source: Courtesy of Embassy Pictures

44. The Graduate (1967)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (267,545 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (183,710 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 87% (83 reviews)
> Directed by: Mike Nichols

This game-changing classic tells the story of college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman). Unsure of his future, the disaffected young man gets romantically involved with an older woman (Anne Bancroft). More than a critical and commercial smash, the film helped usher in a new Hollywood era.

Source: Courtesy of Gramercy Pictures

43. Dazed and Confused (1993)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (178,098 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (236,503 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (61 reviews)
> Directed by: Richard Linklater

Linklater’s legendary cult film takes place on the last day of school in Austin, Texas, circa 1976. As the camera weaves between various characters and storylines, broader themes of freedom and adulthood play out against a soundtrack of rock classics.

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

42. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (88,695 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (58,647 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (54 reviews)
> Directed by: Nicholas Ray

This timeless drama was among the first to examine teenage angst and generational differences in middle-class America. James Dean delivers a career-defining performance as Jim Stark, the young man who rolls into town and brings a troubled past along with him.

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

41. Dead Poets Society (1989)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (465,537 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (307,400 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 85% (59 reviews)
> Directed by: Peter Weir

Screenwriter Tom Schulman drew from personal experience when crafting the Oscar-winning script for this blockbuster drama. It takes place in 1959 at a private boarding school, where teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) invokes radical thought through the power of poetry.

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