20 Coming-of-Age Movies to Watch Before You Turn 20

Being a teenager is tough—there are a handful rules to follow, life to plan ahead, and most of all, growing up to do. It gets crazy hard most of the time. Fear not for there is help. No, it’s not in the form of your parents or guidance counselor, but in a medium, we all enjoy: movies.

Here are 20 movies that will help you get through the “coming of age” troubles and blues:

Mean Girls

“You got your freshmen, ROTC guys, preps, J.V. jocks, Asian nerds, Cool Asians, Varsity jocks, […] the greatest people you will ever meet and the worst: Beware of plastics.”

Lady Bird

“Just because something looks ugly doesn’t mean that it’s morally wrong.”

The Breakfast Club

“I hate it. I hate having to go along with everything my friends say.”


“So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don’t get how guys dress today.”

10 Things I Hate About You

[Heath Ledger Singing] “You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you…”

The Duff

“How could you guys not tell me all this whole time that I was your DUFF. Your Designated Ugly Fat Friend.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we’re nothing?”

Easy A

“I told everyone! Well, actually I told one person, but you know how these things work. It’s like wildfire.”

The Spectacular Now

“You think this beauty’s in some classroom or some textbook, and it’s not. That’s not what it’s about. This right here. This is beautiful. All of this. That’s all you need.”


“I need to know that it’s possible that two people can stay happy together forever.”


“Welcome to the Loser’s Club, *sshole!”

A Walk to Remember

“You have to promise you won’t fall in love with me.”

Rebel Without A Cause



“Whether to kill yourself or not is one of the most important decisions a teenager can make.”

Bring It On

“Let’s not put the “duh” in dumb!”

A Silent Voice

“It’s like you’re screaming but no one can hear.”

My Neighbor Totoro

“Everybody, try laughing. Then whatever scares you will go away.”

Sing Street

“Your problem is that you’re not happy being sad, but that’s what love is, Cosmo: happy-sad.”

Call Me By Your Name

“Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.”

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

“You think a pair of pants that fits all three of you is going to fit… [slaps hips] all of this?”