The 10 best coming of age movie scenes involve parents, children and kids with other kids. One strange scene involves space-age technology that hides a coming of age secret. Even though some of the scenes are from older films, the message is timeless.
- Garage scene—"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" Ferris and Cameron get to the point of life's eccentricities as they look at a classic car that never leaves the garage. The message for the two boys on the verge of leaving for college is clear: Get out and enjoy life. So, they do so for the rest of the film.
- Dance movie scene—"Pretty in Pink" The main characters in this film figure out life in their clothing finery. They are who they want to be and everyone else be damned. Nice sentiment. One that applies to more than just kids coming of age.
- Kitchen scene—"The Last Picture Show" This 1971 film staring Timothy Bottoms and Cloris Leachman, as well a lot of other folks who went on to big screen fame. This scene brings home the fact that what might appear to be a good idea at the time may look like a mistake after you step back and think about it. Just because someone is there and available does not mean that a relationship should be pursued.
- Italian cyclist meeting—"Breaking Away" A fan of Italian cycling, the main character of "Breaking Away," played by Dennis Christopher, finally meets professional Italian cyclists and they turn out to be asses. He realizes that the heroes he never met are actually big jerks in real life. It's not just one of the ten best coming of age movie scenes, it's an important life lesson.
- Cruising the boulevard scene—"American Graffiti" This scene from the 1973 film has Paul Le Mat treating Mackenzie Phillips like a child. She is a child, but somehow she thought cruising in a hot car with a popular guy would transform her into a mature woman. If only that worked. We could take a host of immature chicks for ride for a transformation.
- Porch scene—"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" Johnny Depp, playing Gilbert, comes to the realization that he is the only thing that keeps the family together and realizes he may not be up for the job.
- I am your father scene—"Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader battle it out with Luke losing a hand in this classic scene that jerks Luke into adulthood when [spoiler alert] Vader reveals that he is Luke's father.
- Life is rough all over scene—"The Outsiders" Life is tough all over for Pony Boy and the book written by S.E. Hinton explores coming of age from a number of vantage points. The realization of the main character in this film is that he loves his brothers ,but the actions they take may not be the best thing for the family.
- Into the closet scene—"Real Genius" While the scope of this film takes it out of a tribute to coming of age, Chris Knight, a character played by Val Kilmer, comes to the realization that genius is something that you can't get from college. He discovers the resident school genius actually is more than a bit unusual and if that's what it takes to devote yourself to science, he's probably not prepared for the sacrifice. The college nerd likes closets.
- Final dance scene—"Dirty Dancing" This coming of age movie scene shows bungalow vacationer Baby and her dance teacher and flame finally dancing in a production that brings the house down at the end of the season talent show.
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