Our Creative Team’s Favorite Coming-of-Age Flicks

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Looking for a few new (and old) movies to add to your must-watch list? In the spirit of back-to-school season, we asked our Creative Team to share a few of their favorite films featuring those ever-charming growing pains we remember from our days of youth.

“My favorite movie is Stand By Me. I love so much of it. Teddy’s glasses, the music, the pie eating contest and especially one of the last lines of the movie: ‘I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?’ In college, I made a series of posters based off my favorite Stand By Me quotes. I’ve taken most of them off my portfolio for some maintenence (aka, spellcheck) but there are a few still on my Pinterest.” - Erynn, Graphic Designer

“Definitely 10 Things I Hate About You! I thought Julia Stiles’ character was a total babe — she was so smart, sassy, and most importantly, effortlessly cool, which is basically everything I wanted to be at age thirteen!” - Annie, Creative Stylist

“I would have to say Welcome to the Dollhouse. When browsing the video store with my junior high friends on Friday nights, we would always land on this movie. The painfully awkward portrayal of Dawn Weiner’s character dealing with a dysfunctional family and high school life is entertaining and definitely relatable to everyone in some way.” - Amy, ModStylist Brand Lead

Romeo + Juliet. I loved Claire Danes, the soundtrack was awesome, and of course Leonardo was hot!” - Ashley, Visual Merchandise Stylist

“I loved watching Trainspotting again and again because it’s packed with great sense of style. But then, it also inspired me to grow good. I remember that after watching this movie, I alway felt strongly about wanting to do good at school, stay away from drugs, and get a good job.” - Aya, Graphic Design Manager

Footloose! I love this story of teenagers rising up against unnecessarily uptight, conservative townsfolk for the cause of simply being allowed to dance. It makes me want to dance! ” - Katerina Adamos, Graphic Design Intern

“The super geek to the super chic (Molly Ringwald) coming together for an afternoon of detention and life learnings in The Breakfast Club — what could be better than that?! Oh ya… a killer sound track, including “Don’t You (Forget About Me).’ Classic!” – Eric, Creative Director

“I was pretty into sci-fi as a kid (still am!) and Flight of the Navigator is a true ’80s classic. Aliens, potty humor, The Beach Boys? Sign me up! The premise– a young boy stuck eight years in the future, searching for his family– is actually pretty intense for a kids’ movie. The goofy humor definitely kept me entertained, but even at a young age, I responded to the protagonist’s lonely quest, and how friends can find you even in the strangest places. ” - Canon, Graphic Designer

What are your favorite coming of age films?

About Erin

Erin is our resident California girl with a love for everything vintage. She’s the creative force behind Calivintage.com and she’s joined the ModCloth blog team to share her passion for vintage-inspired style, cycling adventures, and silly hats!

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5 Responses to Our Creative Team’s Favorite Coming-of-Age Flicks

  1. Victoria / Justice Pirate 08/15/2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Flight of the Navigator Is one of my FAVORITES from my childhood! I think I’ll watch it this week. So great! Not many people know of that one. Apparently whenever I try to bring it up to people they are clueless even if I say “Sarah Jessica Parker was in a couple scenes when she was younger,” and they are still clueless. Thank you for putting it on this list!!!

  2. Monica P 08/15/2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I love “10 things..” I’ll watch that movie every time it’s on ;-)

  3. mary | millay vintage 08/15/2013 at 5:19 pm #

    i won’t lie, i loved adventureland — and while its not that old, it is set in the 80s…

  4. Kees 08/16/2013 at 2:22 am #

    Was surprised to see ‘The Breakfast Club’ as that is my fav movie of all time

  5. Rory 08/18/2013 at 9:47 am #

    I love so many of the movies on this list, but specifically 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7.

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