#Throwback To The Best Coming-Of-Age Films of Yesteryears
Seriously, these films shaped our young adult years
Some films will just never get old and that’s because they were such a big part of our lives. Coming-of-age movies particularly hit close to home since we could relate to them most when we were shaping our lives. And who doesn’t love a little nostalgia, even when it is to those dreaded teenage years?
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall
A sister that steals the spotlight because of her upcoming wedding, a hot senior, a lovable best friend and a girl whose 16th birthday is forgotten by her family—what more could you ask for? Let’s not pretend we didn’t swoon when Jake Ryan struck a deal to keep Sam Baker’s panties or when she opened the church doors and found him outside waiting for her, with a cake decorated with sixteen candles no less.
“That’s why they call the crushes. If they were easy, they’d call ‘em something else.”
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Starring Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Esteves, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy
It may have supported the idea of stereotypes at the beginning, but arguably no movie after The Breakfast Club has effectively crushed that same belief by the time the credits rolled. Who knew that putting five individuals together during a Saturday detention would reap such rewarding results? The film spoke to anyone that felt suffocated by what they thought they had to be and proved there was always a way out.
“You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions.”
Pretty In Pink (1986)
Starring Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer and James Spader
#SorryNotSorry, but you just couldn’t go wrong with Molly Ringwald then.
Bullying doesn’t always happen between cliques, it can happen within, too. And when Blane had to stop seeing Andie because of his friends’ pressures, it didn’t sit right with any of us viewers. But we all struck a fist in the air when Andie defended herself, made a gorgeous pink dress and walked into the prom with her best friend, Duckie. Then when Blane mustered up the courage to finally stick up for what he wanted, our hearts fluttered when he told Andie that he’d always love her.
“You couldn’t buy her, though. That’s what’s killing you, isn’t it?”
Cruel Intentions (1999)
Starring Sarah Michelle Geller, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair
This film was a lot more adult, but it proved to us that love changes a person. More importantly, it taught us that love comes with its fair share of difficulty. We loved seeing the schemes of Kathryn play out and we held our breaths as Sebastian fell in love with Annette. We cheered when justice was served and our hearts were damaged by what could have been.
“You spend all your time preaching about waiting for love. Well, here it is. Right in front of you, and you’re going to turn your back on it.”
Save The Last Dance (2001)
Starring Julia Styles and Terry Kinney
No matter what happens, there will always be someone out there that disproves of whatever you’re doing, no matter how innocent and how pure it might be. Save The Last Dance was about how love can move you to do what’s right for you and those around you. And no, we aren’t just talking about the love between Sarah and Derek, but that of Sarah and her dad, as well as Derek and his sister.
“You can’t help who you love, Derek. You’re not supposed to.”
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