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The Best Coming of Age Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Coming of Age movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Coming of Age movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Boyhood

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7.9/10
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87/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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2. Y Tu Mamá También

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7.6/10
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86/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Action & Adventure, LGBTQ

What it's about: In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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3. Amarcord

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7.9/10
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80/100
Released: 1973Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In an Italian seaside town, young Titta gets into trouble with his friends and watches various local eccentrics as they engage in often absurd behavior. Frequently clashing with his stern father and defended by his doting mother, Titta witnesses the actions of a wide range of characters, from his extended family to Fascist loyalists to sensual women, with certain moments shifting into fantastical scenarios.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. A Brighter Summer Day

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8.4/10
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79/100
Released: 1991
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Maurice

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7.7/10
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79/100
Released: 1987Rated: R
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Walkabout

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75/100
Released: 1971Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Cult

What it's about: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy who shows them how to survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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7. Water Lilies

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6.7/10
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72/100
Released: 2007
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Set during a sultry summer in a French suburb, Marie is desperate to join the local pool's synchronized swimming team, but is her interest solely for the sake of sport or for a chance to get close to Floriane, the bad girl of the team? Sciamma, and the two leads, capture the uncertainty of teenage sexuality with a sympathetic eye in this delicate drama of the angst of coming-of-age.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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8. Princess Cyd

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6.6/10
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72/100
Released: 2017
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: High school athlete Cyd Loughlin lives alone with her depressive father in South Carolina, perpetually longing to get away from it all. When her aunt, famous novelist Miranda Ruth, agrees to host her for a few weeks during the summer, Cyd jumps at the opportunity. While there, she falls for a girl in the neighborhood, even as she and her aunt gently challenge each other in the realms of sex and spirit.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. A Taste of Honey

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71/100
Released: 1961
Drama

What it's about: Focuses on a working class girl who is struggling to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Fat Girl

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6.5/10
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67/100
Released: 2001
Drama

What it's about: Anaïs is twelve and bears the weight of the world on her shoulders. She watches her older sister, Elena, whom she both loves and hates. Elena is fifteen and devilishly beautiful. Neither more futile, nor more stupid than her younger sister, she cannot understand that she is merely an object of desire. And, as such, she can only be taken. Or had. Indeed, this is the subject: a girl's loss of virginity. And, that summer, it opens a door to tragedy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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11. Attenberg

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6.2/10
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64/100
Released: 2010
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Marina, 23, is growing up with her architect father in a prototype factory town by the sea. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she keeps her distance. Instead she chooses to observe it through the songs of Suicide, the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, and the sexual-education lessons she receives from her only friend, Bella. A stranger comes to town and challenges her to a foosball duel, on her own table. Her father meanwhile ritualistically prepares for his exit from the 20th century, which he considers to be "overrated." Caught between the two men and her collaborator, Bella, Marina investigates the wondrous mystery of the human fauna.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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12. Love You More

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46/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: Two teenagers are drawn together by the Buzzcocks' single 'Love You More' during the summer of 1978.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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13. First Desires

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4.7/10
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43/100
Released: 1983
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Three teenage girls decide to visit a romantic island and find love. They get shipwrecked and end up on different sides of the island. Each girl begins her own romantic adventure either with a man, a boy or even another girl.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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14. Emotion

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42/100
Released: 1966
Fantasy, Drama

What it's about: Experimental short film depicting the life, perhaps real, perhaps a dream, of a young girl named Emi. Emi travels to the city where she encounters her counterpart, Sari, and falls in love with…a vampire?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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15. Fry Day

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6.7/10
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39/100
Released: 2017
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Ted Bundy's execution in 1989.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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16. Five Miles Out

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36/100
Released: 2009
Drama

What it's about: Cass is sent away on holiday with her cousins where she meets a boy on a secret mission. All the while, in the back of her mind, is her sister back home in a hospital bed.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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