12 Coming-of-Age Movies That You Probably Haven’t Seen Before

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Coming-of-age stories are all about growing up, life lessons and the trials and tribulations of young adulthood. As someone who loves narratives about teens and twenty-somethings, this genre is my jam, and it’s one that has had some of the most iconic results in the world of film. When we think of classic coming-of-age movies, we might think of Clueless and Mean Girls, The Breakfast Club and Dazed and Confused; we think of clandestine adventures on a school day like in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or straight up teen debauchery in cult classics like Thirteen. There are so many types of coming-of-age movies to explore, but so many of them are way under the radar.

Not every coming of age movie will have the notoriety of Superbad or the longevity of 10 Things I Hate About You, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth watching. Every single movie made can’t be a huge blockbuster hit, or even really popular on Netflix. Some of them are smaller, but they’re still amazing and can make a great impression. On that note, here’s a list of 12 coming-of-age movies you haven’t seen before, but should. Add these to your movie watch list for the summer — you’ll thank me later.

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