Being in the stage of life that us millennials and especially the 90s kids are, coming-of-age films is probably the one sub-genre in cinema that is the most alluring, simply by virtue of it being relatable. The genre’s universal appeal stems, despite the cultural and geographical differences, from stories of children evolving into teenagers or teenagers evolving into adults essentially embodying the same essence everywhere.
As humans, as we grow up, everything seems new and it is a time of discovery, and the transition is essentially what it’s all about: the first relationship, the first kiss, the first heartbreak, the first sexual contact or discovery, the first feeling of responsibility, the first feeling of leaving something behind: it’s an age of firsts. Luckily for us, Netflix really has a long line-up of such films, which is also testament to the genre’s popularity. The films range from cult classics to dramas with depth to simple natured teen comedies, all in the same vein of growing up. So, here’s the list of really good coming-of-age movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
15. Dude (2018)
Another typical high school Netflix original rom com, ‘Dude’ too joins the ranks of ‘To All the Boys I Have Loved Before’ and ‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’, but provides nothing new. The film is about a series of firsts faced by a group of four high school girls and how they come to terms with it, growing up in the process. Usually in a list of finer films, it would have either not made it or my advice would have been to skip it, but as I said before, Netflix is able to dominate the landscape when it comes to coming-of-age high school romcoms.
14. The Kissing Booth (2018)
The second one in the series of run of the mill Netflix romantic comedies, ‘The Kissing Booth’ is about a teenage girl and how she must choose between her crush who she shares a kiss with at a kissing booth she sets up during the school carnival, or her friend and their pact that forbids her from having a crush on each other’s siblings. The outcome is inevitable and predictable, as are the proceedings as young Elle navigates her way through high school love. A very passable film at best if you have the taste for the kind. Read along. The better ones are right around the corner.
13. Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018)