Best new Coming-of-age movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)


The Vore's Film staff selects the top best coming-of-age movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Naji Abu Nowar, Marielle Heller & Rick Famuyiwa our new coming-of-age genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

Growing pains, entering adolescence… it is an endless source of inspiration for filmmakers. Check out our favorite coming of age movies of the last couple of years.

New coming-of-age movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

    DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
    CAST: Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Bella Thorne

    A young actor looks back on the written correspondence between him and a (yet) deceased actor ten years ago. Read more

    RATING: 88/100

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  • Lean on Pete

    DIRECTOR: Andrew Haigh
    CAST: Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny


    After a moody film about old age and fading love ('45 Years'), British director Andrew Haigh's next film is something different completely. Charley Thompson moves from town to town quite often, as his dad changes jobs the whole time. When Charley settles down for the summer in Oregon, he takes a summer job at a farm and befriends a racing horse. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

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Best coming-of-age movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 coming-of-age movies

  • 20th Century Women

    DIRECTOR: Mike Mills
    CAST: Annette Bening Elle Fanning Greta Gerwig


    Surrounded by a bunch of eccentric and free-spirited women, 16 year old punk rock kid Jamie grows up in Los Angeles in the 1970's. Another brilliant dramedy from the writer/director of 'Beginners'. Soaked in Californian sunlight and full of wisdom. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 20th, 2017

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  • Ava

    DIRECTOR: Léa Mysius
    CAST: Noée Abita Laure Calamy Juan Cano


    Ava is 13 years old when she finds out she is about to lose her sight. Spending the summer on the Atlantic coast, she is determined to make the most out of her... Read more

    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 20th, 2017

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Best coming-of-age movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated coming-of-age movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Boyhood

    DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater
    CAST: Ellar Coltrane Patricia Arquette Ethan Hawke


    An epic endeavour that defines the passion of movie making; the story highlights the life of a boy as he transforms from a young kid into a college lad; all the years of... Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 15th, 2014

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  • My Life as a Dog

    DIRECTOR: Lasse Hallström
    CAST: Anton Glanzelius Tomas von Brömssen Anki Lidén


    Based on a captivating novel that showcases the story of a boy who doesn't seem to go well with his brother, hence considering the ill health of their mother the two... Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 24th, 1987

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  • Mud

    DIRECTOR: Jeff Nichols
    CAST: Matthew McConaughey Tye Sheridan Jacob Lofland


    The plot follows a fugitive who is in love, and while he is on the run from the law, he comes across two young boys who promise him to help him evade his seekers and... Read more

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 10th, 2013

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  • Fish Tank

    DIRECTOR: Andrea Arnold
    CAST: Katie Jarvis Michael Fassbender Kierston Wareing


    A young teenager lives with her mother at home, but things take an unexpected and abrupt turn for her when her mother makes a decision to bring her boyfriend home. Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 11th, 2009

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  • Respire

    DIRECTOR: Mélanie Laurent
    CAST: Joséphine Japy Lou de Laâge Isabelle Carré


    An ordinary French sub-urban teenager befriends an outrageous, rebellious girl at school and then begins to realize how extra-ordinary and uncommon her feelings really... Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 11th, 2015

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  • Bande de Filles

    DIRECTOR: Céline Sciamma
    CAST: Karidja Touré Assa Sylla Lindsay Karamoh


    A smart girl, with real potential, joins a gang to seek emancipation and subsequently gains confidence but soon she begins to realize that the path was never meant to... Read more

    RATING: 69/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 22nd, 2014

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  • La meraviglie

    DIRECTOR: Alice Rohrwacher
    CAST: Alba Rohrwacher Maria Alexandra Lungu Sam Louwyck


    Rohrwacher’s second feature after her promising debut Corpo Celeste (2011) is a poetic, sundrenched portrait of an Italian family of bee-keepers and a coming-of-age story of a young girl at the same time. Through the eyes of the eldest daughter, we follow the family’s attempts to keep their heads above the water in a society that is undervaluing a traditional rural lifestyle more and more. Cinematographer Helene Louvart camerawork is outstanding in its elegance, use of color and simplicity. Read more

    RATING: 66/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 30th, 2015

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