Highest-Rated Movies about 'Growing Up', Sort by Popularity

Woman at War (2018), Spirited Away (2001), Big (1988), A One and a Two... (2000), Flirting (1990), Amanda (2018), Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998), My Skinny Sister (2015) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Growing Up movies.

#1. Woman at War (2018)

Storyline: Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminum industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her life changes in the blink of an eye when she's finally granted permission to adopt a girl from the Ukraine.

Plot Keywords: environmentalist, political activist, choir director, adopted daughter, amusing, charming, creative ...

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#2. Spirited Away (2001)

Storyline: 10-year-old Chihiro (Daveigh Chase) moves with her parents to a new home in the Japanese countryside. After taking a wrong turn down a wooded path, Chihiro and her parents discover an amusement park with a stall containing an assortment of food. To her surprise, Chihiro's parents begin eating and then transform into pigs. In this supernatural realm, Chihiro encounters a host of characters and endures labor in a bathhouse for spirits, awaiting a reunion with her parents.

Plot Keywords: daughter, boy, parent, spirit, eerie, fascinating, offbeat ...

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#7. Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)

Storyline: During the Cultural Revolution in China, Mao Zadong's regime sends countless adolescents, including a bright young girl named Xiu Xiu (Lu Lu), to rural lands in order to participate in various kinds of physical labor. Xiu Xiu is torn away from her caring relatives and close friends to live and work with Lao Jin (Lopsang), a rancher. Though he treats Xiu Xiu kindly, she yearns for her old life and eventually turns to a degrading life of prostitution in hopes of earning the means to return home.

Plot Keywords: young girl, rancher, mother, sister, father, friend, moving ...

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#9. Promises (2001)

Storyline: Rather than focusing on political events, the seven children featured in "Promises" offer a compelling human portrait of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. The film draws viewers into the hearts and minds of Jerusalem's children by giving voice to those captured by the region's hatreds as well as those able to transcend them. Audiences will engage with Palestinian and Israeli kids, coming to know them as multi-dimensional people, not as stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media.

Plot Keywords: young boy, young girl, moving, profound, israel, palestine, family home ...

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#10. Sound and Fury (2000)

Storyline: Cousins Heather and Peter Artinian -- ages 6 and almost 2, respectively -- are deaf. Their condition could be changed by a cochlear implant, a device that stimulates hearing. The benefits are obvious, but this documentary focuses on why the children's families face a tough decision. There are concerns about how the device will change the recipient's relationship with deaf culture and whether there can ever be a true connection between those who hear sounds and those who hear only silence.

Plot Keywords: child, doctor, family member, cousin, deaf child, emotional, gripping ...

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#13. Divan (2003)

Storyline: In this film, documentarian Pearl Gluck chronicles her Hasidic Jewish upbringing and her subsequent, more secular life as a Manhattanite. Gluck then documents her return trip to her old neighborhood, where she tries to reconcile with her devout father, who hopes that she will move back to Brooklyn. Gluck strikes an on-camera compromise with her dad, and agrees to trek to Hungary in order to find a long-lost family heirloom -- a couch that many notable rabbis have crashed on.

Plot Keywords: jew, great-grandfather, filmmaker, relative, rabbi, touching, amusing ...

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#15. The Unloved (2009)

Storyline: Lucy is 11-years-old and lives with her father. One day, not for the first time, he beats her. The next time she returns to school, Lucy asks to see her social worker Jackie. Lucy is known to social services and has been in foster care before, but none of her foster parents have any placements available. Jackie takes her to a children's home, Crop Row, where she is left with nothing except the school uniform she is wearing.

Plot Keywords: child, father, social worker, teen girl, dark, sad, raw ...

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