‘THE GRADUATE’ at the top of 100 BEST COMING OF AGE FILMS, 2012’s year-end list from CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM

The Graduate

Every year the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film selects a category and asks its membership to submit their favorite top films.  The group’s previous year-end topics have included Best Musicals, Best Sequels and Remakes, and Best Foreign Language.  For 2012, members submitted their personal top 30 Coming of Age films in order for Chlotrudis to create the list of the 100 Best Coming of Age Films!

Members were given a general definition to frame the parameters of their list:  Coming of Age’ is a film genre which focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood. The age at which this transition takes place varies in society, as does the nature of the transition. Personal growth and change is an important characteristic of this genre, which relies on dialogue and emotional responses, rather than action. Themes of developing sexual identity, personal philosophy, and political opinions are often featured.

This year’s category inspired a great deal of conversation and research, more than usual for the year-end lists.   In the course of discussing possible picks, it seemed everyone had at least one example of a ‘people always overlook this one’ beloved gem.  As a consequence, several members were forced to revise their lists after being reminded of old favorites.

In this spirit of uncovering forgotten classics, and in the hopes of encouraging others to consider (and argue about) what would be at the top of their own lists, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film presents:

THE TOP 100 COMING OF AGE FILMS

  1. The Graduate
  2. Let the Right One In
  3. Y Tu Mama Tambien
  4. The Breakfast Club
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  6. Juno
  7. Cinema Paradiso
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird
  9. Harold and Maude
  10. Winter's Bone...

View the complete list of the Top100 Coming of Age Films on Our Favorite Films page.

 

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