Underrated Coming-of-Age Movies With Strong Female Leads Post!
Here are a few movies I’ve watched in the last year or so that seem to fly under the radar. If you like female coming-of-age stories, you’ll probably like these.
1. Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
Winona Ryder plays Dinky, a bullied fifteen year old who believes her mother is a famous ex-resident of her small town. Super cute and a must see for anyone who loves Winona Ryder half as much as I do. I downloaded it earlier, but there might be a stream available somewhere.
2. Smooth Talk (1985)
Probably the most under-seen on my list. This is a strange little movie starring Laura Dern about a young girl trying to come to terms with her burgeoning sexuality. The whole film takes on a very Sofia Coppola feel up until the last half hour, which is probably one of my favorite film segments ever. I won’t spoil it, but shit gets crazy. This one was hard for me to find, but you can watch it here.
3. Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
Natasha Lyonne plays a girl in the 70s with an irresponsible father (Alan Arkin) who can’t keep their family in the same place for long. This movie will probably ring true for any girl who “developed” early, or had to deal with family disfunction. Solid dark comedy, available on Netflix.
4. Guinevere (1999)
A small film starring Sarah Polley that looks at the relationship between an older photographer and his younger muse. A really fascinating and honest portrayal of the type of relationship that can really shape a person. Also available on Netflix.