12 Best Coming-of-Age Movies for Young Women

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Remember seeing a movie at a certain time; after a break-up, after graduating, moving on your own, moving to a new city, starting a new relationship, figuring out your life etc? And for that reason that movie has had a deep impact on you and when you watch it again you remember that time? Same goes with certain songs.

I’ve had those moments and decided to list some of the movies that I associate with change and growing up. And I am not talking about just teenage movies, no, I am talking about movies that I think are perfect for women on their 20s going to 30s that sometimes think “What am I doing and where am I going?”.

Would love to hear what you think and what would you add to the list?


1. Lifeguard
A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager. Ps. The soundtrack is amazing!


2. 500 Days of Summer
A romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. I remember when I watched this movie for the first time, I hated Summer. When I watched the movie again couple years later, I thought she did nothing wrong.


3. Eat, Pray, Love
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself”.


4. How to Be Single
After four years of college, Alice decides she needs a break from her long-term boyfriend Josh. Excited and ready for new challenges, the eager grad moves to New York to navigate love and relationships.


5. The Seccret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty, an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. He gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life’s new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue. His global journey turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.


6. And While We Were Here
While working on a writing project on the island of Ischia, a married woman enters into an affair with a younger man. Absolutely love Kate Bosworth in this movie.


7. The Spectacular Now
A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets an innocent, bookish teenager.


8. Wild
A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.


9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Based on Truman Capote’s novel, this is the story of a young woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her apartment building. He is with an older woman who is very wealthy, but he wants to be a writer. She is working as an expensive escort and searching for a rich, older man to marry.


10. Under The Toscan Sun
When Frances Mayes learns her husband is cheating on her she impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.


11. Almost Famous
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.”Almost Famous” is funny and touching in so many different ways.


12. Lost in Translation
A lonely, aging movie star and a conflicted newlywed meet in Tokyo and they form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.


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