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'Struggles of Girlhood' Movies

Society tends to focus more on boys' transition into manhood; after all, where's the 90s band 'Girls 2 Women'? This modern collection of movies explores young women maturing under hardship, love, and the hands of caring mentors.

'Movies Like Precious': Black Coming-of-Age Cinema

A list of movies following African-American youths as they come of age in an intolerant world, including such modern classic as 'Pariah' and 'Precious'. Also check out 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete' for a relatively unknown hidden-gem!

'Put Away Childish Things': Indie Comings-of-Age

Modern independent dramas portraying the tumultuous transitions of adolescents into slightly older adolescents. Make sure to check out 'I Believe in Unicorns' for a great new film from director Leah Meyerhoff, depicting an imaginative teenage girl's attempt to grapple with the premature onset of adulthood's responsibilities.

A Tale of Two Americas

See how the other half (actually way more than half) in this hodge-podge of social realism, depicting the parts of America progress left behind: the inner-cities, rust-belt towns, and rural south.

'Movies Like Carol': Great Lesbian Love Stories

This collection comprises the best romantic dramas following Lesbian couples as they battle bigotry, restrictive upbringings, and, of course, the natural travails of love. Go classic with 'I've Heard the Mermaids Singing' or modern with 'Blue is the Warmest Color'.

'Not Ones to Noogie': The Skinhead Experience

A collection of gritty dramas focused on the 'skinhead' phenomenon: some decry racism, other explore the musical context, and some are simply gritty coming-of-age flicks. But all delve inside the heads of those who decide to step up and shave off!

'Movies Like ATL': Modern African-American Indie Films

There are guaranteed to be at least a couple of superb flicks you've never heard of on this list of the very best independent African-American films from recent years, including everything from heart-wrenching coming-of-age drama 'Pariah' to classroom heartwarmer 'Akeelah and the Bee'.

Great Modern African-American Drama

We've seen a slew of fantastic African-American dramas in recent years, including '12 Years a Slave', 'Selma', and 'The Butler'. Enjoy this list of the greatest black masterpieces from 2000 onwards.

Best Movies Directed by Women

While Hitchcock and co. may have established the director archetype as a cigar smoking, control-freak alpha, the fact remains female directors have consistently contributed masterpieces to the canon throughout the 20th and 21st century. Enjoy the best of the saner sex's contributions to filmic history.

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