The Best Coming-of-Age Movies of All Time

25. Ratcatcher (1999)

Director: Lynne Ramsay
Stars: Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie, Michelle Stewart

Scottish-born director Lynne Ramsey's debut Ratcatcher is set in Glasgow during the infamous national garbage strike of 1973. The film's quiet and intense protagonist, James, runs around his grimy neighborhood, haunted by the memory of his dead friend. He gets into trouble trying to play with the older boys, has his first taste of sex getting to know the mousy Margaret Anne, and dreams of escaping his increasingly dirty neighborhood. As funny as it is dreamy and poetic, Ratcatcher opens a windown on a particular time and place you haven't seen before. —RS

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