After watching the new film Dope (which I loved and you should watch), I was browsing Netflix for some good coming of age films. Luckily, Netflix has some of the films available right now. The below films are streaming now on Netflix and definitely worth a watch.
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
Plot: Centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle's life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.
Stand By Me (1986)
Plot: Based on the Stephen King short story The Body, Rob Reiner's easygoing nostalgia piece is set in Castle Rock, OR, over Labor Day weekend, 1959. A quartet of boys, inseparable friends all, set out in search of a dead body that one of the boys overhears his brother talking about. The foursome consists of intellectual Gordie (Wil Wheaton), born leader Chris (River Phoenix), emotionally disturbed Teddy (Corey Feldman), and chubby hanger-on Vern (Jerry O'Connell). The boys' adventures en route to the elusive body are colored by the personal pressures brought to bear on all of them by the adult world.
The Virgin Suicides (2000)
Plot: On the surface the Lisbons appear to be a healthy, successful 1970s family living in a middle-class Michigan suburb. Mr. Libson is a math teacher, his wife is a rigid religious mother of five attractive teenage daughters who catch the eyes of the neighborhood boys. However, when 13-year-old Cecilia commits suicide, the family spirals downward into a creepy state of isolation and the remaining girls are quarantined from social interaction (particularly from the opposite sex) by their zealously protective mother. But the strategy backfires, their seclusion makes the girls even more intriguing to the obsessed boys who will go to absurd lengths for a taste of the forbidden fruit.
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Plot: Beautiful story with Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal on a trip that has them learning plenty about life, love, sex and each other. And the lessons they learn actually end up involving all of those things at once when they meet the older Luisa (Maribel Verdú) at a family wedding.
Plot: This coming-of-age film is set in the early ’90s in Harlem and takes us through the lives of four young men, including Roland (Tupac Shakur) and Quincy (Omar Epps). They are eager to grow up fast and have respect (or “the juice”), but end up in situations that are more intense than what they could have possibly imagined.
Fresh, Clueless, Mean Girls, Heathers, and Girlhood are also streaming now. There are probably more but got lazy.
Favorite coming of age films?