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50 iconic coming-of-age movies to spark parent-teen conversations (pg. 5)

41. School Ties (1992)

  • Rating: PG-13 (Mild sexuality, mild violence, mild profanity/racial slurs. Details)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Ben Affleck
  • What it’s about: A Jewish boy goes to an elite prep school in the 1950's and hides his religion until a jealous bigot forces it out in the open (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: bullying, cheating, family, family conflict, friendship, high school, morality, parent pressure, prejudice, religion, respect, social class differences, team sports, teen angst, trust
  • Watch School Ties

42. She’s All That (1999)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual content, no violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Paul Walker, Matthew Lillard
  • What it’s about: A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, bullying, cliques, dating, death of a parent, first love, high school, peer pressure, popularity, prom, respect, self identity, sexuality, single parenting, teen angst, trust, underage drinking, underdog
  • Watch She’s All That

43. She’s the Man (2006)

  • Rating: PG-13 (moderate sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum
  • What it’s about: When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, deception, family, family conflict, first love, gender differences, respect, self esteem, self identity, sexism, sexuality, teen angst, teen sports, trust
  • Watch She’s the Man

44. Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants (2005)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Comedy, drama
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera
  • What it’s about: Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, death, family, family conflict, first love, friendship, respect, self esteem, self identity, sexuality, teen angst, trust
  • Watch Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants

45. Sixteen Candles (1984)

  • Rating: R (moderate sexual content, no violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack
  • What it’s about: A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, cliques, family, family conflict, first love, peer pressure, popularity, puberty, self esteem, self identity, sexuality, sibling rivalry, social class differences, teen angst, underage drinking, unrequited love
  • Watch Sixteen Candles

46. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual content, no violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, romance
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson
  • What it’s about: A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately, the girl's old boyfriend, who is from the rich section of town, is unable to let go of her, and plans to get back at Keith (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, cliques, courage, dating, family, family conflict, first kiss, first love, friendship, high school, popularity, self esteem, self identity, teen angst, trust, underdog, unrequited love
  • Watch Some Kind of Wonderful

47. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

  • Rating: UR (mild sexuality, mild violence, no profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, romance
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty
  • What it’s about: A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: family, family conflict, first love, friendship, high school, mental illness, parent pressure, peer pressure, sexuality, social class differences, suicide, teen angst, trust, unrequited love
  • Watch Splendor in the Grass

48. Stand and Deliver (1988)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, mild violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips
  • What it’s about: The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: high school, juvenile delinquency, mentorship, overcoming the odds, racial discrimination, respect, self identity, social class differences, stereotypes, teen angst, teen rebellion, truancy, trust, underdog
  • Watch Stand and Deliver

49. Teen Wolf (1985)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Michael J. Fox,
  • What it’s about: A struggling high school student with problems discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, dating, drug use, family, family conflict, first love, friendship, high school, peer pressure, popularity, self esteem, self identity, team sports, teen angst, trust, underage drinking, underdog
  • Watch Teen Wolf

50. To Sir With Love (1967)

  • Rating: UR
  • Genre: Drama
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Sidney Poitier
  • What it’s about: Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: high school, mentorship, morality, overcoming the odds, racial discrimination, respect, self identity, sexuality, social class differences, teen rebellion, trust
  • Watch To Sir With Love

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