Special Report

50 Best Coming of Age Movies

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5. Pather Panchali (1955)
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10 (30,752 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (6,131 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (72 reviews)
> Directed by: Satyajit Ray

With dreams of a better life, a destitute priest uproots his family from their rural village. So goes the first installment of the heralded “Apu Trilogy,” which depicts a young boy’s journey to adulthood over the course of three Bengali-language movies. “The poetry of the film transcends its locality and speaks to us all,” wrote critic Jonas Mekas for Village Voice.

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4. Coco (2017)
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10 (465,720 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (28,761 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (355 reviews)
> Directed by: Lee Unkrich

One of Pixar’s most vivid films to date takes place in Mexico and centers on an aspiring musician named Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez). Pursuing his passion in spite of a family ban, the young boy enters the Land of the Dead in search of a famous ancestor. While delivered with kid’s gloves, the movie’s examination of fame and deceit has dark implications.

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3. La Haine (1995)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (166,023 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (40,887 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (33 reviews)
> Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz

The title of this French crime drama translates to “Hate” and takes that message to heart. Spend a day in the lives of three angry young men from different ethnic backgrounds, who seek revenge on an oppressive police force. With the introduction of a gun comes a series of intense confrontations and violent misdeeds.

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2. 3 Idiots (2009)
> IMDb user rating: 8.5/10 (380,037 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (22,552 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (13 reviews)
> Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani

Once fellow students at a cutthroat college, two men reunite and go searching for their missing friend in this Bollywood smash. While purposefully silly in execution, the film prompted reevaluations of educational systems around the world.

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1. Spirited Away (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 8.6/10 (721,622 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 96% (337,467 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (194 reviews)
> Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

One of the greatest animated films of all time sends a young girl into a perilous netherworld, where humans become beasts and mystical creatures roam the skies. A perfect summation of Hayao Miyazaki’s talents and obsessions, it uses boundless imagination as a gateway to coming-of-age themes. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and currently ranks at #31 on IMDb’s list of the Top 250 Movies.

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