Child Empowerment Stories

by thephantom-3 | created - 30 Nov 2015 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

I have always enjoyed films that depict children as capable persons who can achieve significant things. This is a ranked list of films, TV shows, and episodes thereof that show children in this way. The ranking is based more on the degree to which these films and TV shows depict children in this way than on their overall quality; however both factors are considered.

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1. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 224,088 | Gross: $61.50M

2. The West Wing (1999–2006)
Episode: A Good Day (2005)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

The Speaker of the House deliberately calls a vote on stem cell research when he knows that Democrats will be away from Washington; Donna, Cliff, Matt, and Josh must put aside their ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Schiff | Stars: Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina

Votes: 390

In this episode, a group of teens from a school group called Future Leaders of America go toe-to-toe with the Whitehouse Director of Communications, Toby Ziegler, over the issue of child suffrage. The children are depicted as intelligent, articulate, and able to frame a debate.

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 120,612

4. Person of Interest (2011–2016)
Episode: Razgovor (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Shaw is tasked to stay close to a 10-year-old identified by The Machine, who is wanted by the Russians. Meanwhile, Carter's mission to bring HR to justice risks exposure.

Director: Kenneth Fink | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker

Votes: 2,576

5. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 341,012 | Gross: $52.29M

6. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

75 Metascore

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes

Votes: 346,019 | Gross: $291.71M

7. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Liam Aiken

Votes: 187,243 | Gross: $118.63M

8. Stranger Things (2016– )

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

Votes: 677,385

9. Dawson's Creek (1998–2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Four friends in a small coastal town help each other cope with adolescence.

Stars: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson

Votes: 32,444

10. Granite Flats (2013–2015)

50 min | Drama

When a mysterious object falls from the sky and an Army base explodes, three young amateur sleuths try to unveil the secrets of the small town.

Stars: Jonathan Morgan Heit, Richard Gunn, Charlie Plummer, Malia Tyler

Votes: 936

11. Toy Soldiers (1991)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

46 Metascore

A group of troublemaking boys decide to take a stand when terrorists seize control of their boarding school.

Director: Daniel Petrie Jr. | Stars: Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 18,622 | Gross: $15.07M

12. It (1990)

TV-PG | 192 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.

Stars: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson

Votes: 109,037

13. The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 25,842 | Gross: $3.77M

14. Frailty (2001)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact "demons."

Director: Bill Paxton | Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary

Votes: 72,491 | Gross: $13.10M

15. Poltergeist (2015)

PG-13 | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

47 Metascore

A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive.

Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements, Saxon Sharbino

Votes: 52,532 | Gross: $47.43M

16. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets which he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 58,380 | Gross: $0.75M



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