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17 Coming-Of-Age Movies Like Booksmart To Stream Now

Relive adolescence in all of its cringe-filled glory.

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Booksmart presented a beautiful, honest depiction of two young women coming into their own. And that's why finding movies like Booksmart to stream is no easy task: candid stories about teenage girls aren’t too common.

The Olivia Wilde-directed movie managed to break the mold with a tale about two best friends sampling the high school party scene the night before their graduation, after spending most of their teen years hitting the books. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are dynamite as best friends Amy and Molly, and the film has everything you want in a high school comedy — from poignant friendship moments to the messy, hilarious results of the two party novices getting into trouble.

If you're in the mood for more teens behaving badly, there are plenty of movies to choose from (though none of them, of course, is exactly like Dever and Feldstein’s buddy comedy). While Booksmart made headlines for centering two girls in its raunchy high school flick, teen movies as a genre have a long and storied tradition. And Amy and Molly are far from the first Hollywood high school students to partake in one last hurrah before graduation.

Many of these films portray growing pains felt by their protagonists — and some of them even reach a Booksmart-level mixture of high school rebellion and some good old-fashioned hell-raising. Whether they’re portraying hardcore partying, budding sexuality, or just the struggle to “fit in,” these 17 movies are all perfect for fans of Booksmart.

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Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird really struck a chord with audiences when it premiered, earning praise for Saoirse Ronan’s performance and Gerwig’s sharp screenplay. While it strikes a different tone than Booksmart, Lady Bird also explores the various trials and triumphs of high school friendship in their own ways, and ends with its characters entering unexplored territory: moving away to college. (And as a bonus, it also happens to feature Feldstein.)

Stream it on Netflix.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Millennials who grew up with Stephen Chbosky’s novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower were just as pleased with the film adaptation, which Chbosky directed (and wrote for the screen) himself. The story follows Charlie, a wallflower who lurks at the edge of his school's social scene — until two older students invite them into their group. Like Booksmart, this movie is all about finding your people and making the most out of the high school experience. It also happens to include a remarkable performance by Ezra Miller.

Stream it on Hulu.

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Dude

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Awkwafina and Lucy Hale star in this Netflix movie about a group of high school grads who want to live their best lives before they go off to college. Sound familiar? There’s a reason why this trope is so popular — these movies have a way of leaving you laugh-crying and also just crying. Dude is a stoner dramedy with side-splitting jokes that combines some very real (and even tragic) moments.

Stream it on Netflix.

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The Outcasts

Like Booksmart, the 2017 film The Outcasts features two academically-minded high school students longing to shed their outsider status. Jodi (Victoria Justice) and Mindy (Eden Sher) feel unpopular in their high school, since they spend all of their time actually studying. After being on the receiving end of a cruel prank led by other students, the two nerdy friends decide to unite every outcast in their class to upend the established social order.

Stream it on Netflix.

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The Edge Of Seventeen

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Ever feel like no one understands you, even your best friend? That’s how Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) feels in The Edge of Seventeen. Nadine intentionally sets herself on the outskirts of her school’s social hierarchy, but finds herself even more isolated after she and her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) face a rift in their tight friendship when Krista begins dating Nadine’s brother. This acclaimed dramedy even earned Hailee Steinfeld a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical.

Rent it on Amazon Prime

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Someone Great

Although they're not graduating from high school, the three friends in Someone Great have a way of forcing one another out of their comfort zones, and will remind you of Amy and Molly. When Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) lands her dream job as a music journalist for Rolling Stone, she starts to plan her move across the country — but when her boyfriend of nine years breaks up with her upon learning the news, everything changes. Someone Great reinforces the power of friendship, and will make you feel grateful for the ride-or-die pals in your life.

Stream it on Netflix.

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Girls Just Want To Have Fun

This 1985 Sarah Jessica Parker dance movie is a cornerstone of the canon — not least for its great soundtrack and equally killer choreography. It’s a campy film about army brat Janey (Parker), who regularly moves from town to town. At her latest school, Janey meets Lynne (Helen Hunt), who shares her love of dancing. The pair enters a TV dance contest, despite Janey’s father’s objections to her passion. (Fun fact: Girls Just Want to Have Fun is actually based on Cyndi Lauper’s iconic song of the same name.)

Stream it on Hulu.

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Dazed And Confused

Another stoner movie from the past — which arguably hasn't aged as well as Girls Just Wanna Have Fun — is Dazed and Confused. The 1993 cult classic features the character David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey), who says perhaps one of the creepiest lines in movie history: “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” Yikes. Fortunately, he's framed as a burnout, not a hero. Still, there are some nuggets of greatness throughout the film that make it worth watching.

Rent or buy it on Amazon Prime.

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The Last Summer

KJ Apa (Riverdale), Maia Mitchell (Mortified), and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) star in this melancholy ode to the last summer before college. Full of interconnected stories, this sweeping Netflix movie beautifully captures the varied reactions the teens have to leaving high school behind. The Last Summer has been compared to other ensemble films like Love, Actually, except with way more teenage angst.

Stream it on Netflix.

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Orange County

Another throwback, Orange County is a riotous comedy starring Colin Hanks, Catherine O'Hara, Jack Black, and more. Hanks’ character Shaun is an aspiring writer who desperately wants to get into Stanford University, after being rejected. This leads to a wild night filled with misadventures, which concludes with an unexpected self-realization from Shaun. Up-and-coming novelists: This film is for you.

Stream it on Hulu.

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Eighth Grade

More serious in tone (albeit with comedic moments), Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade follows 13-year-old Kayla as she tries to make it through the year and ready herself for high school. If you want to watch a movie about a young girl learning how to gain self-confidence, this is a wonderfully poignant option. Oh, and if you loved the cringe and awkward moments in Booksmart, there are plenty in Eighth Grade.

Stream it on Hulu.

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Flower

Flower is best described as Booksmart meets Promising Young Woman, if that makes sense. This 2017 film is about a high school student (Zoey Deutch, as the vigilante Erica) who extorts sex offenders, seeking both monetary gain and justice. Her latest target is a middle school teacher who sexually assaulted her friend, and she’s determined to bring him down.

Stream it on Hulu.

13

Plan B

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Plan B, Natalie Morales’ recently released comedy, has been praised for the way it handles femme friendships and reproductive rights. It centers on high school students and best friends Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) and Lupe (Victoria Moroles). When Sunny’s first sexual experience goes awry, she seeks a plan B — literally. The duo essentially goes on a wild goose chase to track down a Plan B pill, and hijinks inevitably ensue.

Stream it on Hulu.

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Can't Hardly Wait

Like many coming-of-age movies, Can't Hardly Wait revolves around teenagers trying to have sex for the first time. This cult classic follows the graduating class of 1998 as they try to make all of their high school fantasies come true in one last, wild night. Can't Hardly Wait also holds the special distinction of featuring a truly eclectic collection of '90s stars, from Jennifer Love Hewitt and Seth Green to Clea Duvall and Ethan Embry.

Stream it on Showtime.

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Ghost World

Before Booksmart, there was Ghost World, a movie based on the iconic graphic novel about two recent graduates and best friends navigating adulthood for the very first time. When one of them begins seeing an older man, the two disaffected teens have to deal with a rift in their friendship. Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson star as the two friends, Enid and Rebecca.

Stream it on Starz.

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Superbad

If there is any film that best mirrors Booksmart, it’s Superbadand that’s not just because star Jonah Hill is Beanie Feldstein’s older brother. The film features Hill and Michael Cera as two graduating, unpopular seniors who want to change their narrative before going to college. This means (you guessed it) having sex for the first time with their respective crushes. Superbad boasts a stacked cast of comedians, like Seth Rogan and Bill Hader, and also stars Emma Stone in one of her earliest roles.

Stream it on Netflix.

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Easy A

This other early Emma Stone feature is (very loosely) based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter (like if the events of The Scarlet Letter took place in a 21st century California high school). Easy A follows Olive (Stone), a student who pretends to sleep with her male classmates to boost their self-esteem — and finds herself ostracized by her her peers. This teen comedy tackles the gender-based double-standard so cleverly that it deserves its ‘A’ grade.

Rent or buy it on Amazon Prime.

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