Undefended: Top Five Coming Of Age Films

Undefended is posted every Friday. All FilmFisher writers are given a prompt and respond with a list of five items, none of which are explained or rationalized. This week… the top five coming-of-age films.



Kanaan Trotter

1. Life of Pi

2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

3. The Goonies

4. Good Will Hunting

5. A River Runs Through It


Timothy Lawrence

1. Night of the Hunter

2. Bicycle Thieves

3. A.I. Artificial Intelligence

4. The 400 Blows

5. Pan’s Labyrinth


James Banks

1. The Sword in the Stone

2. Rushmore

3. The Last Picture Show

4. The Wizard of Oz

5. The Black Stallion


Sean Johnson

1. To Kill A Mockingbird

2. Rushmore

3. Star Wars: A New Hope

4. Stand By Me

5. Let the Right One In


Jon Paul

1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

2. Ponette

3. Great Expectations (1998)

4. Dead Poet’s Society

5. The Sandlot


Christian Leithart

1. Mud

2. Spirited Away

3. Bambi

4. Bridge to Terabithia

5. Iron Man 3


Thomas Banks

1.Stand by Me

2.Cinema Paradiso

3.To Kill a Mockingbird

4.The Yearling

5.Finding Forester


Joshua Gibbs

1. Metropolitan

2. Shadow of a Doubt

3. Empire of the Sun

4. The Squid and the Whale

5. Kes


Brian Murnion

1. Forbidden Games

2. Good Morning (1959)

3. The 400 Blows

4. La promesse

5. Ivan’s Childhood


Justin Spencer

1. Cold Mountain

2. Man From Snowy River

3. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

4. The Sandlot

5. American Graffiti

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs teaches great books, collects records and jogs to work. He and his wife have two children, both of whom have seven names. He tweets at @joshgibbs and blogs for the CiRCE Institute.

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