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Let the Right One In

Disguised as a horror film, Tomas Alfredson's chilling vampire tale, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is actually a coming-of-age story, and it makes a strong showing at #2.

Last updated: January 6, 2011
Copyright 2006 Michael R. Colford.
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Chlotrudis Society Picks:
100 Top Coming-of-Age Films!

For its annual year-end Top Film category, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) this year has compiled a list of the top 100 Coming-of-Age films among its 100+ membership. To create this list, members were asked to come up with their personal Top 30 films defined as 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.. Topping the list is Mike Nicholss classic coming of age film, THE GRADUATE. It should come as no surprise that John Hughes, master of the 80's teen movie (which is often a coming-of-age story) has the most entires on the list, numbering three. His top film is THE BREAKFAST CLUB coming in at #4, followed by FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF at #19, and SIXTEEN CANDLES at #21. It is interesting to note that PRETTY IN PINK, which he wrote, but did not direct, is also represented at #86. A whopping 18 of the films on the list were directed by women, lead by Debra Granik's 2010 Chlotrudis smash, WINTER'S BONE, in at #10. But it was Australia's Gillian Armstrong with the notable distinction of being the only woman director to appear on the list twice: she's in at #80 with MY BRILLIANT CAREER, and #97 with HIGH TIDE. What is also notable about Armstrong's films here is that they both star Judy Davis!

We hope you enjoy our list of the 100 Top Coming-of-Age Films.

01 The Graduate`
Mike Nichols
1967
02 Let the Right One In
Tomas Alfredson
2008
03 Y Tu Mamá También
Alfonso Cuarón 2001
04 The Breakfast Club
John Hughes 1985
05 The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
2012
06 Juno Jason Reitman
2007
07 Cinema Paradiso
Giuseppe Tomatore 1998
08 To Kill a Mockingbird
Robert Mulligan 1962
09 Harold and Maude
Hal Ashby
1971
10 Winter's Bone
Debra Granik
2010
11 The 400 Blows
Francois Truffault
1959
12 Stand By Me
Rob Reiner
1986
13 Mysterious Skin
Gregg Araki 2004
14 Welcome to the Dollhouse
Todd Solondz
1995
15 Say Anything
Cameron Crowe
1989
16 Dead Poet's Society
Peter Weir
1989
17 Donnie Darko
Richard Kelly
2001
18 Breaking Away
Peter Yates
1979
19 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Hughes
1986
20 Fish Tank
Andrea Arnold
2009
21 Sixteen Candles
John Hughes
1984
22 An Education
Lone Scherfig
2009
23 Ghost World
Terry Zwigoff
2001
24 Rushmore Wes Anderson
1998
25 My Life as a Dog
Lasse Hallström 1985
26 Persepolis Vincent Paronnaud; Marjane Satrapi 2007
27 Ma Vie en Rose
Alain Berliner 1997
28 The Last Picture Show
Peter Bogdanovich
1971
29 Almost Famous
Cameron Crowe
2000
30 Fat Girl
Catherine Breillat
2001
31 Rebel Without a Cause
Nicholas Ray
1955
32 Duck Season
Fernando Eimbcke 2004
33 Housekeeping Bill Forsyth
1987
34 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Peter Sollett 2008
35 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Amy Heckerling
1982
36 Heathers Michael Lehmann
1998
37 10 Things I Hate About You
Gil Junger
1999
38 Walkabout Nicolas Roeg
1971
39 To Sir With Love
James Clavell 1967
40 Trust Hal Hartley
1990
41 Blue Velvet
David Lynch
1986
42 Shadow of a Doubt
Alfred Hitchcock
1942
43 The Virgin Suicides
Sofia Coppola
1999
44 Dirty Dancing
Emile Ardolino 1987
45 Big Penny Marshall
1988
46 Turtles Can Fly
Bahman Ghobadi 2004
47 This is England
Shane Meadows
2006
48 The Return
Andrey Zvyagintsev
2003
49 Empire of the Sun
Steven Spielberg
1987
50 Breakfast on Pluto
Neil Jordan
2005
51 L.I.E. Michael Cuesta
2001
52 Cherry Jeffrey Fine
2010
53 C.R.A.Z.Y. Jean-Marc Vallée 2005
54 Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson
2012
55 I Killed My Mother
Xavier Dolan
2009
56 Raising Victor Vargas
Peter Sollett 2002
57 All the Real Girls
David Gordon Green
2003
58 The Deep End
Scott McGehee/David Siegel 2001
59 Lilya 4-Ever
Lukas Moodysson
2002
60 Fierce People
Griffin Dunne
2005
61 (500) Days of Summer
Marc Webb
2009
62 Dazed and Confused
Richard Linklater
1993
63 Boyz N the Hood
John Singleton
1991
64 The Outsiders
Francis Ford Coppola
1983
65 American Graffiti
George Lucas
1973
66 Towelhead Alan Ball
2007
67 The Devil's Backbone
Guillermo del Toro 2001
68 Splendor in the Grass
Elia Kazan 1961
69 City of God Fernando Meirelles/Kátia Lund 2002
70 The Tracey Fragments
Bruce McDonald
2007
71 Beautiful Thing
Hettie MacDonald
1996
72 Smoke Signals
Chris Eyre 1998
73 Toto le Héros Jaco Van Dormael
1991
74 Smooth Talk
Joyce Chopra 1985
75 I Wish
Hirokazu Koreeda 2001
76 Lords of Dogtown
Catherine Hardwicke 2005
77 Hedwig & the Angry Inch
John Cameron Mitchell
2001
78 The Runway
Ian Power 2010
79 Rain Christine Jeffs
2001
80 My Brilliant Career
Gillian Armstrong
1971
81 Charlie Bartlett
Jon Poll 2007
82 Central Station
Walter Salles
1998
83 Happiness Todd Solondz
1998
84 Everything is Illuminated
Liev Schreiber
2005
85 Kolya Jan Sverák 1996
86 Pretty in Pink
Howard Deutch 1986
87 Running on Empty
Sidney Lumet
1998
88 Our Song
Jim McKay
2000
89 Tomboy Céline Sciamma 2011
90 Muriel's Wedding
P.J. Hogan
1994
91 If... Lindsay Anderson 1968
92 The Wizard of Oz
Victor Fleming 1939
93 My Summer of Love
Pawel Pawlikowski 2004
94 Pariah Dee Rees
2011
95 Saturday Night Fever
John Badham 1977
96 Garden State
Zach Braff
2004
97 High Tide
Gillian Armstrong
1987
98 But I'm a Cheerleader
Jamie Babbitt
1999
99 Europa Europa
Agnieszka Holland 1999
100 Pather Panchali
JSatyajit Ray 1955