Child Empowerment Storiesby 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
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.
Votes: 224,088 | Gross: $61.50M
The West Wing (1999–2006)
A Good Day
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 »
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.
Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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.
PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 346,019 | Gross: $291.71M
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 187,243 | Gross: $118.63M
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.
14. Frailty (2001)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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."
Votes: 72,491 | Gross: $13.10M
15. Poltergeist (2015)
PG-13 | 93 min | Horror, Thriller
A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive.
Votes: 52,532 | Gross: $47.43M
16. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
R | 106 min | Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 58,380 | Gross: $0.75M