Every generation, it seems, has its own favorite coming-of-age movies. And though tastes change, as does the definition of "coming of age" — including everyone from preteens to young adults in their 20s — these five films are among the ones that have stood the test of time and inspired generations of filmgoers.
"American Graffiti." George Lucas' 1973 ode to cars and cruising set in a small California town in the 1960s. Its cinematic style defined a new kind of American naturalism, and its celebration of youthful aspirations — and dashed dreams — made a lasting impact.
"Dazed and Confused." Richard Linklater's 1993 cult favorite is a loose yet insightful portrait of Texas teens finding their way in the 1970s, in a world of football, recreational drugs, mean girls and class differences. It's a good-natured salute to aimless youth.