5 coming-of-age films that will inspire you

Remember Kidulthood, everyone’s favourite swear-filled, junior-gangster flick from 2006?

If you do, you’ll probably recall its less than acclaimed sequel Adulthood, released two years later.

Well, you’re in luck, because Noel Clarke – the series director and writer – has just announced he’s finished the script for film number threeBrotherhood.


Hailed as one of the year’s best coming-of-age movies, Kidulthood wowed critics and cinema-goers like. It’s an inspiring tale of trying to make it from the bottom and fighting for those we love.

Here are six other great coming-of-age films that will inspire you like never before.

1. The Breakfast Club (1985)

John Hughes other cult classic (after Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is a sassy high school fable about learning to get along with those who are different from us. It’ll leave you thinking about your place in the world, as well as with a lovely warm feeling in your stomach. Oh, and the dance scene to Karla DeVito’s ‘We Are Not Alone’ is a cracker.

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2. American Beauty (1999)

Sam Mendes (Skyfall) was rolling out blockbusters long before he took the reins of the James Bond series, and boy is this a good example. Starring none other than POTUS Kevin Spacey, AB  is at its core a glorious coming of age tale about the beauty of everyday things. That’s right, including plastic carrier bags.

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3. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

One of only three films James Dean ever made, is perhaps his greatest ever performance as emotionally distressed teenager Jim Stark. RWAC cemented his legacy as a defining icon of the rock ‘n’ roll era. It’s also got a happy ending with Jim reconciling with his parents and nabbing the love of his life. Things aren’t so good for sidekick Plato though…

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4. Stand By Me (1986)

The late great River Phoenix’s finest hour was this Rob Reiner adaptation of a Stephen King novel. But don’t worry, there’s less creepy ghosts in this 88-minute drama adventure. Ben E. King’s classic title track is an absolute stunner too, so there’s room for a dance or two at the end.

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5. Boyhood (2014)

Shot over a period of 12 years by quirky filmmaker Richard Linklater, Boyhood was nominated three times at the 2014 Oscars, and deserved more than its sole win for Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). A truly stunning piece of art, there is something for everyone to relate to in the unfolding stories of its youngest characters.

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