10 Must-See Movies Like Stand by Me!

If you enjoyed the coming-of-age classic Stand By Me, you should see these comparable films for more of the same passionate experience.

A Short Glimpse of Stand By Me-

In film history, Stand by Me is several things. It proves that anyone who stereotypes Stephen King as a pure horror novelist hasn’t read enough of his work, as this film was based on a narrative adapted from his book, Different Seasons, the same book that gave us Shawshank Redemption.  It is also one of the greatest examples of a coming-of-age narrative for children.

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Stand by Me, released in 1986, stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell as four buddies who decided one day to take a drive along the train lines to investigate a dead corpse they heard about. What ensued was one of the finest coming-of-age films of the 1980s, and one that stands above most that followed. Following are the movies below-

1. The Sandlot (1993)

The Sandlot, released seven years later, was another coming-of-age narrative that has lasted the test of time. The youngsters in this movie were teenagers and pre-teens who liked baseball and played it on the sandlot. They were misfits and losers who grew together to become better than they were apart.

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It was a fantastic motivating narrative that demonstrated how youngsters who worked together could compete with the greatest if they simply trusted one another.

2. Now and Then (1995)

Now and Then, which was released in 1995, is essentially a feminine version of Stand by Me. Using a framing mechanism similar to Stand by Me, the film follows four women as they recall the summer, they spent together in 1970.

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Rosie O’Donnell, Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, and Rita Wilson assemble and share memories of the summer (with Christina Ricci and Thora Birch as the two top names) when they discovered freedom.

3.The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies, directed by Richard Donner and released the year before Stand by Me, featured a similar idea. It gathered a group of outcast children and sent them on a journey in which they gained fortitude and endurance in the face of adversity. There was even one comparable cast member, Corey Feldman.

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In one scenario, the kids were following a pirate map when they came upon a genuine treasure ship, as well as some criminals who tried to steal it from them.

4. The Lost Boys (1987)

While Stand by Me was a non-horror Stephen King novel, another film premiered around the same time that was full horror and even included some of the same performers as Stand by Me. Lost Boys, while not based on a Stephen King story, owes a lot to the horror master.

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Both Corey Feldman and Keifer Sutherland reprise their roles from Stand by Me in Lost Boys, the one as an adolescent vampire hunter and the second as the head of a vampire pack. The film stars Corey Haim as a new boy in town whose brother is seduced by a vampire and transformed, as well as his quest to survive.

5. The Kings of Summer (2013)

The Kings of Summer, a film festival smash in 2013, became the year’s best coming-of-age picture. Joe, a young man who was fed up with his father’s rules, ran away into the woods with his best friend, Patrick.

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The two are joined by a weird child named Biaggio, and the three decide to build a house in the woods to live away from their parents’ regulations. However, the burden of living on their own quickly weighs them down and turns them against one other.

6. The Outsiders (1983)

The Outsiders is a period piece directed by Francis Ford Coppola that is based on the famous S.E. Hinton novel. The film is set in 1960s-era Tulsa, and the youths who live there are divided into two gangs: the rich Socs and the low-income greasers.

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Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and Diane Lane all had early parts.

7. Dead Poets Society (1989)

Dead Poets Society, which was released in 1989, moves the age range up a few years because it is about older kids who attend an exclusive prep school. The majority of the children are dissatisfied with their parents’ expectations as well as the school’s rules and regulations.

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They begin to break out of their shells when a new English teacher, portrayed by Robin Williams in a career-defining dramatic role, shows them the joy of poetry. However, this is a tragedy since this method of teaching is never approved by the school, and the death of one of the students sends the entire system crashing down around them.

8. The Breakfast Club (1985)

Stand by Me is a fantastic pick for coming-of-age films that defined a generation, but The Breakfast Club is the film that sits at the top of practically any list.

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The film starred Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Michael C. Hall, Ally Sheedy, and Emilio Estevez as five teenagers detained in detention after school. They embodied each high school character type and elevated the film to immediate classic status as they united and demonstrated that they were not that unlike after all.

9. It (2017)

While Stephen King’s Stand by Me was a coming-of-age narrative, it wasn’t his only one, and it wasn’t even his greatest. It, one of King’s major horror epics, has been adapted twice. The original film was a cult favorite starring Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown.

A better rendition, however, arrived three decades later with the 2017 film, which focused completely on the children’s quest to stop the monster clown. The sequel focused on them as adults, but it lacked something because the first version with the children was near-perfect.

10. Super 8 (2011)

J.J. Abrams released a surprise film in 2011 with no advertising and no understanding what it was about. This Super 8 film was about a group of youngsters who wanted to make a student film using their Super 8 camera.

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However, when they video a train collision that releases an extraterrestrial creature into the town, these kids are forced to flee for their life while shooting the entire journey. The film stars a young Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney.

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