10 Coming-Of-Age Hollywood Movies That You Must Watch At Least Once In Your Lifetime

Away from the glamour and glitz that we generally associate movies with, there are some movies that are so meaningful they are life-changing. These are movies based on self-discovery, movies that show the life journey of clueless individuals, of how they find a motive in life, and find their place in the world. These movies are touching, inspiring and motivating. Here are 20 coming-of-age movies that you just cannot miss.

1. Forest Gump 

IMDb rating: 8.8/10

Forest Gump

Forrest Gump, an average simpleton, is looked down upon by those around him for his below-average intelligence. Despite being rejected and excluded, he manages to inspire people with his childlike optimism. This feel-good movie is especially meant to be watched in times when you feel things aren’t going well for you.

2. Whiplash

IMDb rating: 8.5/10


The movie revolves around an aspiring drummer and his teacher who refuses to settle for anything less than excellence. The movie conveys a message of perseverance and dedication and inspires one to follow their dreams, because at the end of the day, that is what actually matters.

3. Blue Is The Warmest Color

IMDb rating: 7.9/10

Blue Is The Warmest Color

This movie is about a lesbian introvert troubled about her sexual identity. Initially confused about her orientation, she realizes she is attracted to a blue-haired woman. The story is about their relationship, about how society reacts to it and how they love each other even when they are not together. It is a poignant take on homosexuality that one definitely must see.  

4. Dead Poet’s Society

IMDb rating:  8/10

Dead Poet’s Society

This is an inspiring story of an English teacher who motivates his students to go against the status quo. Extremely encouraging and supportive, he teaches them to fight for the things they believe in. Make sure to watch this one, for it has Robin Williams at his brilliant best.

5. Perks Of Being A Wallflower

IMDb rating: 8/10

Perks Of Being A Wallflower

It is the story of how the life of a socially awkward teenager changes after he meets two students who end up becoming his mentors. He develops a soft corner for one of them, and every now and then, gets flashbacks of his dead aunt. If you’re still not intrigued, go watch it for Emma Watson!

6. The American Pie 

IMDb rating: 6.8/10

The American Pie

The story is about four adolescent guys on the quest to lose their virginities. It is a hopelessly funny sex-comedy that depicts a teenager’s curiosity about sex and women. Also, there is a father who will give you serious fatherhood goals. It is not advisable to watch it with your parents, though.

7. House Of Boys

IMDb rating: 6.4/10

House Of Boys

The story is about a homosexual boy’s life after he runs away from home with his best friend and she leaves him for her boyfriend. He lands up in a gay brothel, where he falls for one of the ‘performers’. Despite its honest and sad ending, the movie will leave a smile on your face.

8. Submarine

IMDb rating: 7.3/10


The story is about a 15-year-old boy who struggles to help his father out of depression and his mother out of a seemingly fatal illness. A broken family is hard to deal to with, especially when one is a teenager. It can damage people in ways they don’t even know, especially when they have a relationship to take care of. This movie depicts exactly that.


9. The Inbetweeners Movie

IMDb rating: 8.5/10

The Inbetweeners Movie

A sequel to the TV series, the movie begins with the protagonists about to pass out of school. In the last week of school, each of them encounters a problem in their personal lives. Nevertheless, they decide to go together on a holiday, where new adventures await them.

10. Boyhood 

IMDb rating: 8/10


The movie covers a boy’s life over 12 years, from the age of six to eighteen. It shows how he handles various adolescence problems like divorced parents, an abusive stepfather, and teenage relationships. An emotional powerhouse, the movie will stay with you long after you’ve watched it.