Coming of age is quite a popular film genre in itself — even though, arguably it isn’t classified as a movie genre and is more of a sub-genre of teen films. When you think about it, for whatever reasons, young adult movies have been quite popular this century. But how do you classify a “coming of age” film? Well, it is quite simple actually. Coming-of-age films focus on a central protagonist who undergoes psychological and moral growth or transition — usually, from youth to adulthood. Personal growth and change is an important characteristic of this genre. That’s why many find it one of the most likeable genres. Here is the list of top coming of age movies of the 21st century. You might be able to watch some of these coming of age movies on Netflix.
11. The Spectacular Now (2013)
There’s nothing new in the story of an innocent, good girl falling for an effortless charmer, but it’s the treatment of the story that matters. ‘The Spectacular Now’, with a delightfully tender love story at its center, showcases us the dichotomy of growing up: we long to grow up when are teens, but we actually become adults, we long to be kids again. One of the best young adult films of recent times.
10. Juno (2007)
‘Juno’ is the story of a 15-year old girl faced with an unplanned pregnancy decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. Cleverly written and intelligently directed the film is a benchmark for any filmmaker venturing out to make a teen-based film.