20 Coming of Age Movies From the Past 20 Year Story

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Every generation gets a handful of “coming of age” films to hold on to as they do the same. Kids of the eighties got such classics as Risky Business and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The ’90s gave their teens the likes of American Pie and Election.


Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori), and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) are best friends, ’90s hip hop enthusiasts, and, well, nerds growing up in The Bottoms, a neighborhood in Inglewood. Malcolm has his eyes on Harvard after graduation. 


Another take on the “one crazy night” formula, Booksmart finds best friends Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) on the eve of their graduation. Four years of “perfection” have gotten them into their top choice schools, and their plans for the future—like 20-year plans—seem like smooth sailing.

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Charlie (Logan Lerman), a kid coming back from a stay at a locked mental health facility, is beginning his freshman year. Depressed, already marked as different, and no longer having his best, he is understandably not looking forward to the experience. 

The Diary of A Teenage Girl

Minnie (Bel Powley), like many (most?) 15-year-olds, is increasingly interested in sex and her own desirability. So she begins to chronicle her thoughts and misadventures in an audio diary just about the same time she starts a sexual relationship with her mother Charlotte’s (Kristin Wiig) boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård).