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The Best Coming of Age Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Coming of Age movie 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 of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Y Tu Mamá También

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7.6/10
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74/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Romance, 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 subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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2. Boyhood

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7.9/10
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79/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Thriller, 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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3. Persepolis

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8.0/10
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74/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG-13
Animation, Drama

What it's about: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. A Brighter Summer Day

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8.4/10
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68/100
Released: 1991
Romance, 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 $2.70 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Amarcord

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7.9/10
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72/100
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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6. First Desires

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4.7/10
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44/100
Released: 1983
Romance, Drama

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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7. A Taste of Honey

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7.5/10
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62/100
Released: 1961
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A working class girl struggles 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 $2.70 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Smooth Talk

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6.5/10
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55/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG-13
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Based on the short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been", by Joyce Carol Oates, this film chronicles 15-year-old Connie's sexual awakening in the Northern California suburbs. Her experimentation gets out of hand when the mysterious Arnold Friend takes an interest in her.

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

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9. Love You More

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7.1/10
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49/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Animation, 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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10. Emotion

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6.7/10
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47/100
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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11. Five Miles Out

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6.1/10
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38/100
Released: 2009
Animation, 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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12. Fry Day

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6.7/10
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43/100
Released: 2017
Crime, Comedy

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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