Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name was definitely a cultural event back in 2017. Not only did it propel Timothee Chalamet to worldwide fame, but it also proved, yet again, that LGBTQ+ stories can appeal to a wider audience.
But because Call Me By Your Name was so special – with its carefree atmosphere and charming soundtrack, finding a similar movie to watch can be quite difficult. Some coming-of-age romantic dramas do feature LGBTQ+ themes, while others reimagine classic love stories, but in both cases, the best can make for an excellent watch.
10 Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet is a romantic crime tragedy starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in its titular roles. In the 1990s, reimagining William Shakespeare’s works became quite popular, with some movies becoming successful while others forgotten. Romeo + Juliet turned out to be one of the rare ones that is still remembered today.
DiCaprio and Danes play two teenagers falling in love while their feuding families try to keep them away, with disastrous consequences.
9 The Dreamers (2003)
Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers was a definitive breakout role for Eva Green, with Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel also known particularly for starring in this movie. Though being quite controversial, The Dreamers is still remembered regularly.
The story follows an American exchange student in Paris who meets a brother and a sister who are just as passionate about cinema as he is, while also being very unusual people.
8 Lady Bird (2017)
Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed Lady Bird would inevitably end up on this list, as it is also a coming-of-age story with Timothee Chalamet also having a part in it. Starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role, it was a critical and commercial success, with five Oscar nominations and five Golden Globe nominations (winning two – Best Musical or Comedy and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy).
Based on Gerwig’s own experiences as a teenager, it takes place in Sacramento, California, between the fall of 2002 and the summer of 2003, following a high school senior who desperately wants to get out of the town she lives in.
7 Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
Blue Is The Warmest Color is probably one of the most acclaimed and well-known LGBTQ+ movies of all time, despite all of the controversy surrounding it. At the Cannes Film Festival, it won the Palme d’Or. It also got nominated for Best Foreign Film, both at the Golden Globes and at the BAFTAs.
The story follows a French teenage girl named Adele who meets an aspiring young painter Emma and they begin exploring their freedom and sexuality.
6 The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Based on John Green’s novel of the same name, The Fault In Our Stars was one of the most popular teen romance movies of the early 2010s and it was copied numerous times afterwards. Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, and Willem Dafoe, among others, it was a massive commercial success and was well-received by critics.
The 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster is a cancer patient forced by her parents to attend a support group. There, she meets another cancer patient named Augustus Waters, and they fall in love.
5 Rushmore (1998)
Rushmore is one of Wes Anderson’s earliest and most acclaimed works and helped launch his career while also launching Jason Schwartzman’s and bringing Bill Murray back into the spotlight. Though a modest commercial success, it was very well-received by critics and even earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Golden Globes for Murray.
The movie follows an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer as he becomes friends with a rich industrialist and they both fall in love with the same elementary school teacher.
4 The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Breakfast Club is probably John Hughes‘s most well-known work, along with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It is often considered to be the defining film of the 1980s, as well as one of the greatest coming-of-age movies of all time.
The story follows five teenagers from the different cliques of their high school as they all get detention on Saturday and find a way to bond to pass the time.
3 Little Women (2019)
The second and latest film of Greta Gerwig, Little Women is an adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. Like Lady Bird, Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan in the title role and Timothee Chalamet in a supporting role. The cast also includes Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, and Louis Garrel, among others.
Set in the 19th century in Concord, Massachusetts, it follows the lives of six sisters who approach growing up, marry, chasing their dreams, earning a living to support their family, and realizing what love truly means to them.
2 Titanic (1997)
Probably one of the greatest love stories ever put on screen, Titanic is James Cameron’s most well-known and successful work, along with 2009’s Avatar. Earning over $2 billion, it became the highest-grossing film of all time until Avatar surpassed it.
Based on the true story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it follows two young people from different classes as they fall in love aboard the ship and try to survive against all odds.
1 The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is probably one of the most well-known modern coming-of-age dramas. Based on Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 novel of the same name, it was written directed by Chbosky himself and starred Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller.
The main character, Charlie, writes to an unnamed friend about his experiences in his first year of high school, while he struggles with (unknown to him) post-traumatic stress disorder.
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