A good coming-of-age story is one that everyone enjoys. So many movies like The Sandlot evoke fond memories of simpler times when we were kids.
New kid in town falls in with local baseball prodigy and his friends in David Mickey Evans’ classic sports comedy. After that, there are many more adventures, like attempting to rescue a priceless baseball from a junkyard dog…
If you’re a fan of films like The Sandlot, let’s set out on a quest to find even better ones…
1. The Goonies (1985)
Some kids discover an ancient map in their attic and set out to find the pirate One-Eyed Willy’s treasure, who is being hunted by the hapless Fratelli crime family…
This wild adventure from director Richard Donner is like an Indiana Jones movie for kids, complete with plenty of action and crude humor. Sean Astin and Josh Brolin star as the film’s effervescent young leads, while Anne Ramsey’s menacing Mama Fratelli steals the show.
Films like The Sandlot will appeal to fans of adventure stories and coming-of-age stories with a sense of adventure.
2. The Bad News Bears (1976)
As an unlikely team of misfits, a Little League team is given a new coach in the form of an alcoholic ex-player…
In addition to Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal plays the team’s tomboy star player, and both are excellent in their roles.
If you’re looking for more films like The Sandlot, Michael Ritchie’s roughneck family comedy has some out-of-date language and behavior.
3. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Now we’re watching ice hockey instead of baseball, as a self-centered lawyer doing community service takes charge of a struggling peewee hockey team and turns them into title contenders…
Emilio Estevez has a good leading role in Stephen Herek’s popular family comedy as the egocentric new coach. The children come in all shapes and sizes as expected.
While there aren’t many surprises in The Mighty Ducks, the acting and direction are strong enough to make you root for the team in the end.
4. Super 8 (2011)
An amateur film crew witnesses a tragic train crash, and they begin to suspect that the train’s cargo is to blame for a string of strange occurrences in their small town…
This homage to Steven Spielberg films from the 1970s and 1980s is expertly directed by J. J. Abrams, right down to the overuse of lens flare. There are some fantastic young actors in this film, including Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning.
Movies like Super 8 have a knack for evoking childhood nostalgia while also offering plenty of action and scares.
5. My Girl (1991)
Vada, the 11-year-old widower’s daughter, and the misfit boy who has severe allergies are the focus of the touching story My Girl. When her father starts seeing someone else, everything changes…
Macaulay Culkin, fresh off his success in Home Alone, scored another hit in Howard Zieff’s lighthearted comedy-drama, and Anna Chlumsky made her acting debut. When it comes to the more serious characters, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis do a great job.
The album My Girl was a huge success, bringing the title song back to the top of the charts after a hiatus of more than two decades. You should watch it if you want to see more films like The Sandlot, but beware of the sad ending…
6. Son of Rambow (2007)
While in high school, he makes friends with a tough-guy kid and the two decide to make their own Rambo sequel: The Expendables 2. The Battle Begins…
In this wonderful British comedy, directed by Garth Jennings, a young Will Poulter makes his acting debut as a star.
In Son of Rambow, the 80s nostalgia abounds, and youth imagination is celebrated at its finest, resulting in genuinely charming and funny results.
7. Almost Famous (2000)
A gifted high school writer who also happens to be a rock fan gets the opportunity to tour with the band Stillwater while working on a piece for Rolling Stone. Along the way, he picks up a lot of life lessons…
The soundtrack for Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical comedy drama is chock-full of rock classics, and the cast features Billy Crudup as the lead singer and Kate Hudson as the lead groupie.
Despite the fact that it was a critical and commercial failure upon its initial release, Almost Famous has developed a devoted following as a warm-hearted coming-of-age story, ideal for fans of The Sandlot.
8. The Way, Way Back (2013)
During the summer, a high school loner joins his mother, sister, and his mother’s obnoxious new boyfriend for a vacation in the mountains. When he becomes friends with the slacker water park manager, he begins to enjoy himself and learn about the ways of the world…
The film is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash and stars Sam Rockwell as a laid-back water park manager and Steve Carell as the annoying boyfriend.
Summer blockbuster The Way, Way Back is sweet and funny, and it makes the most of its nostalgic feel and stellar cast.
9. Kings of Summer (2013)
Frustrated by their overbearing parents, two friends flee and construct a makeshift home in the woods. They can be themselves there, but tensions rise when one of them brings a girl along with him…
This quirky indie gem is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and stars Nick Robinson and Gabriel Basso as two friends, with Moisés Arias providing comic relief as the strange kid who tags along.
Coming-of-age films did well in 2013, and Kings of Summer pairs well with our previous pick.
10. Stand by Me (1986)
Another great coming-of-age film from the last four decades is Rob Reiner’s classic Stand by Me, which completes our list of films like The Sandlot.
There are four friends who embark on a journey to discover what happened to a missing local kid and learn a lot about themselves in the process, based on Stephen King’s novella.
With sensitive direction from Rob Reiner and sincere performances from a stellar cast that includes Will Wheaton, Corey Feldman, and the late River Phoenix, few films manage to capture what it feels like to be a kid on an adventure like Stand by Me.