Stand By Me

Stand By Me

Coming of age movies have always been a huge part of cinema as directors and writers have tried to deliver a look at teen life.

That genre returns this week with the release of The Perks of Being A Wallflower as Stephen Chbosky adapts his own novel as well as directs the film.

To celebrate the release of the movie we take a look at some of the best movies in this genre - starting with Stand By Me.

It was back in 1987 that the Rob Reiner directed movie hit the big screen and was based on The Body by Stephen King.

This is a movie that is stuffed with pain, nostalgia as well as looking at childhood and innocence.

The movie brought together a young cast as Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix and Corey Feldman all delivered devastating performances.

These boys were characters who faced a daily struggle, as they all display depth of emotion way beyond their years.

Gordie's older brother has just died and he is now ignored by his father, Chris and Teddy are both from a very violent home and Vern is taunted because of his weight.

This is a haunting and yet magical movie about childhood and the journey that all the boys are taking into adolescence.

The movie looks at the transition between child and young person in what is an honest film.

Stand By Me remains one of the greatest films in this genre as it is a touching examination of the loss of innocence.

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