Do you remember your coming of age? Your rite of passage?
The awkwardness and the raging hormones?
Or have you blacked it out… no worries, we shall make you remember!
Ladies and gentlemen, there’s no moving on from our youth and the embarrassing moments that came with it for we are giving you the ultimate list of the best Coming of Age movies and TV shows!
1. Stand By Me
Starring the late River Phoenix, Stand By Me is about four 12-year-old boys who set off on a journey to find the body of a local missing boy. Along the way, they learn much about themselves and their friendship.
The movie had four boys who all went on to be huge stars, River Phoenix (RIP), Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and Wil Wheaten.
Trivia: Kiefer Sutherland claimed in an interview that in one of the locations of the film, a Renaissance Fair was being held and the cast and crew attended and bought some cookies. Unfortunately, the cookies turned out to be pot cookies and two hours later, the crew found Jerry O’Connell crying and high on the cookies somewhere in the park. (Source: IMDB)
Best Quote: ” Gordie: Suck my fat one, you cheap dime store hood.”
2. The Inbetweeners
Anyone who wants to relive the awkwardness of their adolescence needs to watch this movie about 18-year-old kids who are not awkward enough to belong to the outcasts but not cool enough to belong to the cool kids.
The TV Series is fantastic and so cringeworthy. The movie is good too (don’t bother with the sequal though….)
Best Quote: “Morning benders, jump in the minge mobile!”
3. That 70s Show
Set in 1970s Wisconsin, this iconic comedy revolves around a group of teenage friends and chronicles the struggles and excitements of being an adolescent.
Trivia: Mila Kunis was only 14 when she auditioned for the show. When producers asked her ask, she mislet them by saying ‘Well, I’ll be 18 on my birthday’ and neglected to say when.
Eric: That it’s offensive to the Devil?”
4. The Wonder Years
This TV show follows the life of the main character, Kevin Arnold, as he recalls his good and bad experiences from childhood to adolescence and adulthood.
Trivia: In nearly every dinner table scene, one of the Arnold family members (usually Norma) mentions a potato dish. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Kevin Arnold – The Narrator: When you’re a little kid you’re a bit of everything; Scientist, Philosopher, Artist. Sometimes it seems like growing up is giving these things up one at a time.”
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Adapted from a best-selling book by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about 15-year-old freshman Charlie who, while coping with different issues, is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick.
6. The Way Way Back
This 2013 movie features the unexpected friendship that happens between a 14-year-old boy who doesn’t fit in with his new family and the manager of a nearby water park.
Best Quote: “Duncan: Don’t die wondering, man.”
7. The Lost Boys
A mother and her two sons move into a town where a lot of mysterious deaths have been happening. The older boy joins the biker gang after being enamoured by a beautiful girl while the younger boy gets involved with people who claim to be vampire hunters.
Trivia: The movie was filmed in only three weeks. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Grandpa: One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach; all the damn vampires.”
Juno follows the life of its titular character, 16-year-old Juno who accidentally gets pregnant. She then makes a series of decisions that will change her life forever.
Best Quote: “Paulie Bleeker: You seem to be getting pregnanter these days.”
9. Almost Famous
Like what its tagline says, “Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don’t fall for it.” The movie follows the experiences of 15-year-old William Miller who is hired by Rolling Stones to tour with and write about an up-and-coming band, Stillwater.
Trivia: To look like a real rock band, the four actors in Stillwater rehearsed for four hours a night, five nights a week, for six weeks. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Dennis Hope: If you think Mick Jagger will still be out there trying to be a rock star at age fifty, then you are sadly, sadly mistaken.”
10. My Girl
Starring a young Macaulay Culkin, My Girl is about two friends, Vada and Thomas, who stick together despite their differences. Vada has a lot of hang-ups and the only person who can understand her is Thomas.
Trivia: Macaulay Culkin’s first on-screen kiss.(Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Vada Sultenfuss: [to Thomas J., after getting her first period] Get outta here! And don’t come back for five to seven days!”
Veronica tries to survive high school by sticking to a popular but snobby clique of three girls all named Heather. Upon meeting the sociopath JD, she begins to exact revenge on these three girls whom she had grown to resent.
Best Quote: “Heather Chandler: Well, fuck me gently with a chainsaw. Do I look like Mother Teresa?”
12. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
A young (and more fun) Sean Penn stars in this 1982 movie about high school students whose lives revolve around these three very important things: sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
Best Quote: “Desmond: That kid’s been stoned since the third grade”
13. The Spectacular Now
Sutter Keely is the life of the party, an attractive confident guy, and a budding alcoholic who totally lives in the now. Everything changes when he meets good girl, Aimee Finecky.
Best Quote: “Cassidy: You’ll always be my favorite ex-boyfriend.”
Set in 1987, James Brennan, a college graduate, takes on a summer job in a local amusement park. While it initially felt like a setback to him, he discovers not only love but also life in the seemingly sad workplace.
Trivia: The film takes place in 1987. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Joel: [looking at fish bowls] A little more than 40% of these fish are dead.”
Two inseparable high school friends, Seth and Evan, who didn’t really belong with the cool kids crowd, lucked out and got invited to a party. But just as they were planning on cementing their cool status and kick-starting their sex lives, the party goes downhill.
Best Quote: ” Officer Michaels: How old are you McLovin?
Fogell: Old enough.
Officer: Old enough for what?
Fogell: To party.”
16. How I Met Your Mother
Set in 2030, Ted Mosby, in this immensely popular sitcom, relays to his children a very longwinded story about how he met their mother. Starting in 2005, his story includes the ups and downs of his life and his four best friends’.
Trivia: The clock in Marshall and Teds apartment is always set at 4:20. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote:” Barney: Challenge accepted!”
17. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
This incredibly classic movie revolves around witty high school student Ferris Bueller and the sophisticated plan he has come up with in order to take a day off from school — much to their principal’s chagrin.
Best Quote: “Ferris: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
18. Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink revolves around a classic love triangle: an unpopular girl torn between the affections of the best friend she has always known and a rich and popular but sensitive playboy.
Best Quote: “Duckie: It’s called a sense of humor – you should get one – they’re nice.”
19. Freaks & Geeks
Two different groups of students thrive in McKinley High: the Freaks and the Geeks. After the death of their grandmother, math geek Lindsay Weir begins hanging out with the Freeks while her younger brother gravitates toward the Geeks.
Best Quote: “Neal Schweiber: Friday night, always a good night for some Sabbath.
[Lindsay looks at him]
Neal Schweiber: … ’cause, you know, Friday? is the the Sabbath… for the Jews.”
20. Degrassi High
Following the children’s TV show, The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi High revolves around the lives of these kids, all grown up, as they tackle the struggles and challenges of being a teenager.
Trivia: In the first episode as Ms. Avery is taking attendance, one of the twins, later known as Heather and Erica, is referred to as “Stacy”. (Source: IMBD)
Featuring a young Mayim Bialik, Blossom is a teenage girl who lives in a rather unconventional household who dreams of what her life would be like if she lived with a different family.
Trivia: Mayim Bialik now calls Blossom one big unending embarrassment. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote:” Joey Russo: Whoa!”
22. Saved By The Bell
The ultimate teenage TV show of the early 90s, Saved By The Bell revolves around the lives of six high school friends who couldn’t be more different from each other but get along quite well.
Trivia: In every show the same classroom was used just rearranged for the subject being taught. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Zack: You know, I’ve finally found out the best thing about high school, once you graduate you don’t have to come back.”
23. The Breakfast Club
Who doesn’t know The Breakfast Club? This classic movie from 1985 follows the lives of five different students who symbolise five different teenage stereotypes. The one thing they have in common is a nine-hour detention.
Trivia: The scene in which all characters sit in a circle on the floor in the library and tell stories about why they were in detention was not scripted. John Hughes told them all to ad-lib. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Andrew: We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”
24. The 100
The 100 gives a new twist to the usual post-apocalyptic movies and TV shows. In this TV series, after a nuclear war almost completely wiped out Earth, the survivors, now living in The Ark, send back 100 juvenile delinquents to repopulate the planet.
Trivia: The series started filming before the first book was released. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Clarke: [v.o] I was born in space. I’ve never felt the sun on my face or breathed real air or floated in the water. None of us have.”
25. Beverly Hills 90210
This long-running television show revolves around the lives of a group of friends living in the wealthy neighbourhood of Beverly Hills and follows their experiences from high school to adulthood.
Best Quote: “Steve Sanders: Girls mature faster than guys.
Brandon Walsh: Not in my house they don’t.”
Glee is about high school students who want to escape from the harshness of high school by joining the glee club. Unexpectedly, they find love, acceptance and their dreams in the club.
Best Quote: “Sue Sylvester: Hey buddy.”
27. Gilmore Girls
This drama highlights the close relationship between a single mother, Lorelai, and her teenage daughter, Rory, Lorelai’s troubles with her parents, Rory’s new school, and their romantic entanglements.
Best Quote: ” Rory: Why me?
Paris: Because people like you. You’re quiet. You say “excuse me”. You look like little birds help you get dressed in the morning.”
Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, and her friends are sheltered high school students living in Beverly Hills. Cher and her life look superficial at first, but her wit, charm, and compassion are revealed as the story unfolds.
Trivia: The film’s writers sat in classes at Beverly Hills High to get the flavor of the students.(Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Cher: Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good.”
29. Dawson’s Creek
The immensely popular Dawson’s Creek follows the lives of best friends Dawson and Joey who begin to experiences new changes and challenges as they enter adolescence and adulthood.
Trivia: Every episode from season 1 starts in Dawson’s room. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Dawson: I’m mad at the world, Joey, I’m a teenager.”
30. Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion
Romy and Michele have been inseparable since high school, made miserable by the popular crowd. When they learn about their high school reunion, they begin spinning a bogus success story to impress their classmates.
Trivia: When Sandy and Toby are naming the capitals of all the 50 states at the Prom, Sandy says Albuquerque which is not a capital of any of the 50 states. (Source: IMBD)
31. Dazed & Confused
Set in May 1976 in Texas, everyone is making the most of their last day of school. Incoming freshmen are hazed, everyone wants to get drunk and stoned, and everyone is looking to get laid.
Trivia: In the scene where the kids are building the paddles the teacher in the shop (sleeping) is actually a real teacher at that school and still works there. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Wooderson: That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”
32. Party of Five
This TV series revolves around the lives of five siblings whose parents were killed in an accident. Left to cope with the world’s challenges on their own, they struggle to raise each other.
The OC is an American teen drama that follows the lives of a group of teenagers and their wealthy families but focuses on the life of a troubled teen, Ryan Atwood, who gets thrust into the wealthy community and is forced to cope.
Trivia: When Ben McKenzie was cast, he was working as a telemarketer. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Jimmy: Your mother has to wake up every morning and be Julie Cooper. That’s punishment enough.”
34. St Elmo’s Fire
This 1985 movie is about seven friends trying to cope with the “real world,” which is life after graduation. The friends take on different paths and encounter different journeys but a local hangout, called St. Elmo’s Bar, keeps them together.
Trivia: Demi Moore had a drug problem, much like her character when she was cast in the film. One day, director Joel Schumacher actually demanded that she leave the set because she was really high. (Source: IMBD)
35. Malcolm in the Middle
Following the life of gifted teen, Malcolm, who needs to survive and thrive with his bizarrely dysfunctional family, Malcolm in the Middle is about a genius coping with challenges at home and in school.
Trivia: The show featured no laugh track, which was unusual for a live-action sitcom.(Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, can you repeat the question?”
Insurgent is part of the Divergent trilogy, based on books written by Veronica Roth. Second in the series, it follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior as she faces the consequences of her decisions and as she chooses to embrace her Divergence.
Trivia: According to Miles Teller, 90% of his scenes he is bleeding from Tris (Shanilene Woodley ) beating him up. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quotes: “Peter: Hey, Tris, I really like your hair, by the way. Did you try to cut it all short and weird like that?”
37. Into the Wild
After his graduation, top student Christopher McCandless leaves his possessions, gives his life savings to charity, and goes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Based on a true story, McCandless discovers a lot about life and himself.
Best Quote: “Christopher McCandless: When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.”
Set in the 1950s, the ever iconic Grease is about a good girl, Sandy, and a greaser, Danny, who fell in love over summer. But when they go back to school, what they don’t know now is they are now attending the same school.
Trivia:The film takes place in 1958. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Danny: [singing] I got chills / They’re multiplyin’ / And I’m losing control / Cause the power you’re supplying / It’s electrifyin’.”
39. Dirty Dancing
Yet another iconic movie from the 80s, Dirty Dancing follows the life of privileged Baby who spends her summer in an upscale resort but unexpectedly falls in love with a dancing instructor.
Best Quote: “Johnny: Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
40. Good Will Hunting
The award-winning movie, Good Will Hunting, revolves around the life of Will Hunting, a janitor at the MIT who is gifted in mathematics, and Sean Maguire, a therapist who successfully challenges Will’s defence mechanisms.
Best Quote: “Sean: [to Will] You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”
41. Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko, the titular character of this suspense film, is an outsider who doesn’t get along well with other people. Then he is haunted by a rabbit-like creature, Frank, who manipulates him into committing a series of crimes.
Best Quotes: “Elizabeth: I’m voting for Dukakis.”
Ren McCormack just moves into a Midwestern town where rock music and dancing have been made illegal. Senior prom is coming and only Ren has the courage to question the absurd ban.
Best Quote: “Ren: Hey, hey! What’s this I see? I thought this was a party. LET’S DANCE!”
43. Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl is a popular TV series that revolves around a group of privileged teenagers living in the Upper East Side of New York. Gossip Girl is a ruthless anonymous blogger who exposes the lives of the young elite.
Trivia: In the show, Chuck gets a dog and names him “Monkey.” In the “Gossip Girl” books, Chuck actually has a pet monkey. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote: “Chuck Bass: I’m Chuck Bass.”
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44. Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars is a popular girl, but when another high school student gets murdered and her dad gets removed as county sheriff, she and her father decide to work together as private investigators.
Best Quote: “Veronica: Look at you, all helpful.”
45. Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society is about an English teacher, John Keating, and his students who are facing different struggles. Professor Keating teaches his students to love poetry and go against the status quo.
Best Quote: “Neil Perry: But, that’s ten more years! Father, that’s a *lifetime*!”
Boyhood is a groundbreaking movie, filmed over 12 years with the same cast, and shows us the actual life of a growing boy. The movie features the primary character’s entire life from childhood to entering college.
Best Quote: “Mom: [Mason is leaving for college] This is the worst day of my life.”
47. Silicon Valley
This ongoing TV series, inspired by creator Mike Judge’s experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer, is a comedy about programmers and engineers coping with challenges inside and outside Silicon Valley.
Trivia: During the first and second season opening credits, a hot air balloon with the Napster logo inflates, rises, then deflates. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quotes: “Gavin Belson: I don’t want to live in a world where someone else is making the world a better place better than we are.”
48. Empire of the Sun
Set during the First World War, this award-winning film follows the life of its protagonist, James Graham, struggling with life under the Japanese occupation. Taken away from his parents and captured, he attempts to reclaim his old life.
Best Quote: “Jim: I can’t remember what my parents look like.”
49. Girl, Interrupted
Based on an autobiography by Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted is about Susanna who is taken to a private mental hospital after confessing to several issues. In the hospital, she makes friends with the institutionalised.
Trivia: Angelina Jolie avoided any communication with Winona Ryder when making this movie claiming that if she saw anything human about Winona Ryder, she wouldn’t have been able to act out the sociopath character of Lisa Rowe as effectively. (Source: IMBD)
Best Quote:” Susanna: [narrating] Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy.”
50. Married with Children
This long-running sitcom revolves around the lives of the dysfunctional Bundy family: Al thinks he’s miserable, Peggy, his wife, is lazy and a spender, their daughter Kelly is superficial while their son Bud is self-absorbed.
Best Quote: “Al: Women should have three breasts – two in front and one in the back for dancing.”