The Best Coming-of-Age Movies of All Time

17. This Is England (2006)

Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim, Joseph Gilgun, Vicky McClure

The winner of the 2006 British Independent Film Awards, This Is England tackles skinheads and white nationalism in the UK through the eyes of 12-year-old named Shaun (Turgoose).

Shaun is initiated into the skinhead group when the leader, Woody (Gilgun), feels sorry for him after a fight in school. Soon after, another member of the group, Combo (Graham), is released from prison; the ex-con begins rallying the support of his superiors for his nationalist and racist views, leaving Shaun torn. TA

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