11 of the Best Coming of Age Movies of All Time

When you’re feeling nostalgic, there’s nothing better than settling down with one of the best coming of age movies.

From 80s favourites to relatable films of recent years, we’ve put together the perfect list for a film day!

1) Clueless (1995)

This star-studded 90s hit is inspired by Jane Austen classic Emma. Telling the coming of age story of Cher Horowitz, Clueless follows a popular, rich High School student in Beverly Hills. When transfer student Tai joins the school, Cher takes the newcomer under her wing and sets out to give her a makeover. But as time goes on, Cher realizes that she herself may be the one who needs a makeover after all. One that reshapes how she sees the world and treats others.

 

2) Booksmart (2019)

One of the best new coming of age movies, Booksmart has been hailed the long-awaited ‘female version of Superbad’, and it’s easy to see why. This hilarious hit follows bookworm best friends, Amy and Molly. On the eve of their graduation, the girls realize they should have worked less and played more during high school. Aiming to fit four years worth of fun into one eventful night, this coming of age film will make you laugh out loud and shed a few tears.

 

3) Stand By Me (1986)

Without a doubt one of the best coming of age movies ever made, Stand By Me takes us back to the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon. This heartwarming, hilarious and moving tale brings Stephen King’s coming of age story The Body to life. A nostalgic tale of childhood freedom and adventure, the film follows four friends and their loss of their innocence as they embark on a life-changing search for a missing body.

 

4) Grease (1978)

When it comes to coming of age films, all-singing, all-dancing Grease is a hard one to beat. Bringing back the fashion and music of the late 1950s, this timeless musical is one of our all time favourites. The story follows bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko and sweet Australian Sandy Olsson, as they rekindle their summer romance amidst the social hierarchies and cliques of school. From the Pink Ladies to the T-Birds, it’s a tough world in the corridors of an american high school!

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5) Lady Bird (2017)

This Golden Globe-winning film had to be on our list of the best coming of age movies. One of the newer films on our list, Lady Bird is a heartwarming coming of age story with a mother-daughter bond at its heart. Set in 2002 in the scenic suburbs of Sacramento, Lady Bird tells the witty tale of  Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, a Catholic high school senior longing for adventure and escape. This is a fantastic film about growing up and discovering the comforts of home.

 

6) The Breakfast Club (1985)

The 80s was a good time for coming of age movies! And undoubtedly one of the very best is The Breakfast Club. This timeless cult classic tells the story of five high school students who meet in Saturday detention. Though they never normally cross paths, as the hours pass by the group discover that they more in common than they thought. As Andrew puts it, “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”

 

7) An Education (2009)

One of our favourite coming of age stories is An Education, starring the UK’s very own Carey Mulligan. Set in the 1960s in suburban London, this fascinating film is inspired by a true story. Following sixteen year old Jenny, who dreams of being accepted into Oxford on her father’s wishes, Jenny’s life changes when she’s swept off her feet by David, an older man who introduces her to music, culture and a different way of life. However, as time goes on, Jenny learns that David might not be who she thought he was.

 

8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Adapted from the book of the same title, The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, an introverted high school student who is taken under the wings of two carefree seniors. A funny, moving and relatable coming of age film, this memorable story deals with first love, friendship, mental illness and the trials and tribulations of being thrown into the real world. With a fantastic soundtrack featuring David Bowie, this is one we think will stand the test of time!

 

9) The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Bringing Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel of the same title to life, The Virgin Suicides is directed by Sofia Coppola, whose films are known for their dreamlike cinematography. The whimsical feel of this coming of age film fits perfectly with the coming of age story of the mysterious Lisbon sisters. Set in 1970s surburbia, this harrowing story follows a group of male friends who obsess over the girls and watch how their mundane, sheltered lives spiral towards teenage rebellion, romantic fantasies and fatal tragedy.

 

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10) Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon is one of the best coming of age movies to grace cinema screens over the last few years. The film tells the story of Simon Spier as he develops an online connection with a boy known as ‘Blue’. The boys confide in each other by email about their sexuality, which they’ve been keeping secret from their family and friends. Soon, Simon begins to wonder who ‘Blue’ could be, and sets out to uncover his identity, discovering more about himself along the way.

 

11) Superbad (2007)

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It may have been made in the noughties, but Superbad is still one of the most hilarious and best coming of age movies to date. One of our favourite feel-good films, Superbad follows Seth and Evan during the last few weeks of high school. The witty duo are usually mocked by the cool kids, but manage to bag an invite to a party. As the night draws closer, the pair set out to stock up on alcohol and plot to  lose their virginity before college. With McLovin’ and two slow policemen tagging along, it’s safe to say things run less than smoothly along the way!

 

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The Latest Kids Party Offers Available at Arthouse Hotel

Being the most fun, exciting and unique hotel in Liverpool, Arthouse is the perfect place to host an unforgettable, one of a kind kids party night.

We’ve gathered all the ingredients, mixed them up in our big old brains and come up with three of the most amazing kid’s party packages.

So, don’t stress about finding the best kids party venues in Liverpool, we’ve got the location, the catering and the entertainment all sorted in one.

Dive In Movie

Even though we don’t live in warmer climates, we’ve thought of an amazing way to celebrate your kid’s party in Liverpool, with an amazing kids pool party package.

Our Dive in Movie offer includes a stay in our amazing penthouse Skyline Suite. Your little ones simply need to bring their swim gear and inflatables and let us take care of the rest.

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We’ll arrange a marvellous mocktail masterclass provided by the genius from behind the bar at Mulholland Singing Diner.

Then when everyone’s all wrinkled up like a prune, it’s time to pop on down to their pizza feast, where they can eat endless amounts of pizza, sing along to all their favourite movie tunes and even sit on the hands of a giant gorilla.

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The Skyline Suites is the perfect kid’s party venue in Liverpool, providing your little people with some privacy during their party and you somewhere adult to sit. Choose from the in-room bar or sun-soaked balconies overlooking the city.

Book the kids a party that’s sure to make a splash, at Arthouse Hotel with our Dive in Movie offer just £59 per person.

Not Another Teen Party

That’s right we’ve even got something for the teens and tweens out there, who are looking for the perfect big kid’s party venue in Liverpool.

Our Not Another Teen Party package lets parents, sit back and let the teens do what they do best, pamper and party!

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We’ve arranged an amazing pamper hamper to give your teens the tools for a private pampering session in their room. Let them get their selfie-ready hair do’s done or perform marvellous makeovers on each other ideal for some superb slumber party style snap shots.

All the best party décor, with big birthday balloons, banners and sweet treats will be set up and waiting on check-in. Ideal for the best Instagram stories.

Let them spend a fun night in one of our movie-themed suites, watching the latest chick flicks, dancing or listening to tunes, or they can explore the nearby shops, restaurants and cinema in Liverpool ONE.

This amazing big kids party venue in Liverpool is perfect for teen pamper parties and is just £55 per person.

A Little Princess Party

We’ve created a party package for the perfect little princess’ in your life, to help her celebrate a special occasion like royalty.

Starting with the ideal party venue, let your princess choose from any of our marvellous musical movie themed suites, from Mary Poppins to The Wizard of Oz.

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We’ll set the scene and make everything magical right down to the last details.

Our Little Princess Party offer includes Princess themed decorations, which we will arrange in the room.

There’ll be a platter of tasty handmade princess themed cupcakes for everyone to tuck into and balloons and banners celebrating her special day.

What’s more, your princess and all her friends will have specially reserved seats in Mulholland Singing Diner where a pizza feast awaits.

The entire pizza party will then be serenaded by our talented Singing Waiter cast, bringing all the best Disney, musical and movie soundtracks songs to life.

Every girl loves a sleepover, and at Arthouse Hotel your little one can enjoy bunking down with all her besties, watching movies and eating popcorn in any of the huge comfy double beds.

It’s everything a little princess could dream of, all rolled into one for just £39 per person.

Call a member of our reservations team today to arrange the perfect kid’s party at Arthouse Hotel or simply book one of our exclusive kid’s party packages online.

The Best Daddy Movie Moments of All Time

As we get closer and closer to father’s day we take a look back at some of the very greatest daddy movie moments of all time.

Our selection features everything from comedy gold to the tear-jerking and terrifying, showing us as many a father will tell you, it’s not easy being a dad.

Darth Vader – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

No daddy movie blog would be complete without including the biggest cinematic reveal of all time.

After battling his way through the galaxy, helping the rebels and training to become the greatest Jedi that ever-lived, Luke Skywalker’s world was torn apart by one timeless and unforgettable line.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: “Luke. . . I am your father!”

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George Banks – Father of the Bride

The ultimate daddy movie moment of all time is basically the entire script of Father of The Bride.

Watching the loveable, yet clueless, George Banks lose his mind slowly throughout the film is daddy movie gold.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The father-daughter game of hoops in the family home, before Annie’s wedding. Sob.

Indiana Jones – The Last Crusade

You wouldn’t think a man like Indy had to worry about proving himself to anyone, but in Indiana Jones The Last Crusade, we watch him squirm trying to impress his dear old dad.

Who could compare to Sean Connery though, right? It’s rumoured that Connery only accepted the role if his character could be bigger and better than Indy’s. He told Spielberg;

“whatever Indy’s done my character has done and my character has done it better”

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Indy realises he and his father slept with the same woman.

Ew! That’s a father-son rivalry if ever we’ve seen one.

Chris Gardener – The Pursuit of Happyness

From funny daddy movies to the most heart-wrenching one you’ll ever see. This epic biographical film shows us what one man can, and will do for his child.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: when Chris realises, he is crushing the dreams of his son

“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it.”

Very inspiring stuff.

Bryan Mills – Taken

Now every father knows he would go the ends of the earth and back for his children so, when Bryan Mills’ daughter is taken, he literally traverses the globe to find her.

Leaving a path of bloody destruction in his wake.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: when Mills talks to his daughters’ kidnappers.

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Chilling.

Noah Levenstein – the American Pie’s

Jim’s dad, what a guy. Always ready to take on every parenting situation with gusto and a sage bit of advice.

In the first American Pie, Jim listens to his dad’s life experiences cringing but, by the end of the franchise he realises his dad’s wise words have helped shape who he is, and it’s all “perfectly normal”.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: Jim’s dad explaining all the different types of lad mags there are in the world, in great detail.

Rick O’Connell – The Mummy Returns

When your mum is a reincarnated Egyptian princess and your dads a warrior for god, things are bound to get a bit hairy from time to time.

However, facing life-threatening situations on the regular is a walk in the park for Rick O’Connell, action dad extraordinaire.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: O’Connell sprinting across a lost oasis, son in tow, to save him from being sucked to death by a cursed bracelet.

Peter, Jack and Steve – Three Men and a Baby

Perhaps the most classic daddy movie ever made, Three Men and a Baby lets us see how three very different guys would go about handling fatherhood.

Regardless of their own life-skills, each guy struggles in different ways, highlighting just how challenging one little baby girl can be.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When the guys all sing the baby’s goodnight song in perfect harmony.

Harry, Sam and Bill – Mamma Mia

Another threesome of father figures in this next amazing daddy movie.

Technically Mamma Mia showcases some of the best mom movie moments, but we have to give props to the father figures that are really the focus of the film.

Each one of the dads in Mamma Mia makes up a part of Sophie’s character, making it impossible to know which her biological father is.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When they all stand up in church to give Sophie away, each one accepting a portion of their potential daughter.

Michael Newman – Click

Not many Adam Sandler movies can make us laugh as hard as we cry but, Click is one of those rare films that does both.

We laughed hard when Sandler mounted his bosses’ desk to break wind his face, but we teared up when he runs into the road in the rain after his kids and collapses.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The ending. We can’t tell you though, because it’s a spoiler!

Mufasa – The Lion King

The ultimate must-see daddy movie, The Lion King, showcases a father-son relationship cut short.

In one of the most saddening Disney movie scenes ever, Simba finds his dad, at the bottom of the ravine after being trampled by a wildebeest stampede.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Mufasa gives Simba a noogie and they play in the grass, before having the talk about the kings of the past.

That’s heartwarming stuff right there.

Dr Evil – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

After freezing his “little soldiers” before his last trip into space, Dr Evil’s team of loyal henchman created an heir to his empire, in case he should not return.

Of course, that heir turned out to be a petulant teenager with some serious daddy abandonment issues.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Dr Evil tries to relate to his son doing what we can only assume is the Macarena?

Dr Harvey – Casper

Not one you’d think of right away, but the dad in Casper is a pretty good example of a fabulous father . . . eventually.

Let’s be fair, a skint single dad, raising his daughter whilst searching for the lost soul of his deceased wife. That’s a tough job if you ask us.

Throw in a couple of mischievous spectres and you some of the biggest fatherhood challenges known to man.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cat’s dad suggests making her Halloween costume! Aw cute and clueless at the same time.

Daniel Hillard – Mrs Doubtfire

And the best dad from any daddy movie ever made goes to, Daniel Hillard (aka Robin Williams) in Mrs Doubtfire.

We don’t know any man who would dress up in drag daily, heels and all, just to spend more time with his kids.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: Dancing on the table at the house party that breaks the marriage.

Jack Byrnes – Meet the Parents

There’s always been a sense of dread when it comes to meeting your other halves parents, none more deserved than when Greg Focker meet the parents of Pam.

Robert De Niro’s character, Jack Byrnes, is by far the most intimidating father figures in all movie history. Giving Don Corleone a run for his money.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: The lie detector. Who doesn’t see their own dad doing this if they could?

Papa – A Little Princess

Another weepy one now, but perhaps the greatest daughter and daddy movie ever made.

When little Sarah has to enrol in Ms Minchin’s boarding school for girls, she struggles to let her papa go to war, as would any young girl.

The real pain and anguish come through when her father goes MIA and Sarah is forced into servitude.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sarah’s father returns to the school to adopt Sarah’s friend, the other servant girl, Becky. Gush.

Charlie Swan – Twilight Franchise

As far as understanding fathers go, Charlie Swan is the winner in our eyes.

Who else would put up with Bella’s sad face for the first three movies for one.

And two, how cool do you have to be to see a werewolf materialise before you and not run screaming for the hills?

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The wedding speech when Charlie warns Edward subtly that because he’s a cop he knows how to hunt someone to the ends of the earth.

Forest – Forest Gump

An obvious epic, and one with so many amazing relationships throughout. But none are more touching than that of big and little Forest.

It’s hard to see when watching Forest Gump, a happy ending to such an emotional rollercoaster of a film, but when Forest finds out he’s a daddy, it’s the cherry on the cake.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When big Forest learns little Forest is his son and the first thing he asks is “Is he smart?”. Pass us the tissues.

Sonny – Big Daddy

Another Sandler special now, this time with fewer tears and more laughs. A real feel-good film, Big Daddy watches one man become a responsible father against all the odds.

Raising 5-year-old orphan, Julian, as his own, Sandler imparts all his wisdom and some of his worst habits onto the child. Along the way turning his, and Julian’s lives around.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sandler teaches the kid how to apply a sleeper hold.

Essential parenting 101 if you ask us

Marlin – Finding Nemo

It’s not every father that would take on three sharks, ride sea turtles, swim through an army of jellyfish and get swallowed by a whale to find their son, but it didn’t stop Marlin.

This Pixar sensation showcases the struggles every parent faces when it comes to safeguarding their kids.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Marlin’s desperation to tell Nemo how old sea turtles are whilst stuck inside a whale.

George Banks – Mary Poppins

Now we know George Banks in Mary Poppins isn’t the most popular father figure, but he’s got a few things going for him.

He obviously provides well for his family, I mean check out that swanky London manor house on Cherry Tree Lane, and of course he loves to fly a kite, what more could you need from your dad?

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Convincing himself, and his wife, that he successfully hired the greatest a nanny of all time when in actual fact Mary Poppins simply hired herself.

Brad – Daddy’s Home

Stepparents usually get a bad rep in movies, but Daddy’s Home turns all that around, making Brad (Will Ferrell) the responsible, “boring” stepdad the hero in the end.

Trying to live up to his wife’s ex, played by Mark Walberg to win the kids approval, Brad falls hard and often with some hilarious consequences.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The motorcycle scene where Ferrell almost runs over the kids, ends up lodged in a wall and Wahlberg uses it the whole thing as a teachable moment.

Bernie Focker – Meet the Fockers

The sequel to Meet the Parents introduces us to Greg’s parents and we simply adore Bernie Focker as a father.

Believing in showering his son with as much love as possible, Bernie is the total opposite to Pam’s father Jack and we couldn’t love him more for it.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Trying to up his macho, for Greg’s sake, Bernie tackles Jack in a family football game almost breaking his back. The victory dance is what really makes this scene pop.

Nigel  Powers – Austin Powers: Gold Member

Michael Cane really is the daddy of all British actors and, when he made an appearance as Powers’ dad, Nigel in Gold Member, we were ready for some cinematic gold.

Throughout the film, the daddy movie moments come in thick and fast, from Austin’s obvious rivalry with his dashing dad to the cockney rhyming convo the pair have during Nigel’s rescue.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Nigel reveals he is also Dr Evil’s father and that his real name is Douggie.

Georg von Trapp – Sound Of Music

Another pretty poor example of a father figure makes an appearance in Sound of Music, and if we’re honest we feel for the Von Trapp children and their sad excuse for childhoods.

The turnaround Georg Von Trapp makes from being, Cpt to father is astonishing, and all of it done with the help of a song and a wonderful woman.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cpt von Trapp picks up his guitar and belts out a heartfelt rendition of Edelweiss.

Don Corleone – The Godfather

The head of the family, the daddy of all daddy’s, Don Corleone has the final spot on our best daddy movie moments.

And why not he certainly earned it, building himself a criminal empire and inspiring fear in those he commanded he’s also responsible for some of the greatest daddy movie lines of all time.

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All these amazing daddy movie moments are our tribute to fathers everywhere, just in time for fathers day.

Why not treat your dad to a city break in Liverpool?

You could book a delicious daddy’s day meal in Alma de Cuba where he can enjoy a tasty Sunday roast dinner and live entertainment provided by a gifted gospel choir.

Arthouse Hotel is the best place to stay at the heart of the city, ideal for taking your dad out for a night on the town.

Check out some of the best real ale bars in Liverpool on a real ale trail or simply let him relax in peace this father’s day at Arthouse Hotel.

Call now to book your stay this fathers day on 0151 236 0166 or have a look at some of the amazing Liverpool accommodation offers we have at Arthouse Hotel.