Movies with Best Child Performancesby d_smojver | created - 20 Oct 2013 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
All around the world, there are A LOT of movies with great and exceptional performances by children!
I put all genres here and most of the titles are movies with best child actresses and actors EVER: Shirley Temple, Dakota Fanning, Abigail Breslin, Pamela Franklin, Jodelle Ferland, AnnaSophia Robb, River Phoenix, Haley Joel Osment, Freddie Highmore, Brad Renfro, Lukas Haas, Macaulay Culkin etc.
My basic criteria for the list, except for the great acting, was that NOBODY hadn't more than 16 YEARS OLD when these movies were finished! I probably forgot several excellent performances by some young actors/actresses, so please give me your suggestions to make this list better.
I put the names of the child actors and/or actresses who were amazing in their roles, below every movie on the list. Girls are marked with RED color, and boys with BLUE.
P.S. Thanks to my friends Boris Tomić and Ivan Pavlović, who helped me with some movies listed here.
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1. The 400 Blows (1959)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama
A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
2. 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Sequel to 3 Men and a Baby (1987), Mary starts school. Actress mom is now living in the apartment in NYC with the biological dad and 2 honorary dads, who are still actor, architect and cartoonist. Mom's English boyfriend proposes.
Votes: 20,646 | Gross: $71.61M
3. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.
Votes: 269,540 | Gross: $53.61M
4. The 5th Quarter (2010)
PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen year old brother Luke, and wearing Luke's number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history.
Votes: 1,377 | Gross: $0.40M
5. 10½ (2010)
108 min | Drama
Tommy, 10 years old, is well known by Social Services. He is considered a danger to society. Gilles, his guardian at this halfway house, sees potential for redemption in this kid driven by violence.
6. 12 and Holding (2005)
R | 94 min | Drama
After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.
Votes: 6,483 | Gross: $0.10M
7. The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005)
G | 102 min | Family
A girl who uses dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas during the Depression.
8. 25 Hill (2011)
108 min | Drama
The story of an 11-year-old boy whose derby dreams are left in pieces when his soldier father is killed in Afghanistan. The boy teams up with a father figure whose own son, a firefighter, ... See full summary »
9. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
Votes: 439,851 | Gross: $32.39M
10. 1408 (2007)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Votes: 241,083 | Gross: $71.99M
11. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 273,815 | Gross: $78.62M
12. About a Boy (2002)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.
Votes: 160,623 | Gross: $41.39M
13. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
R | 105 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
Votes: 142,644 | Gross: $37.52M
14. Accepted (2006)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy
A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.
Votes: 116,551 | Gross: $36.32M
15. The Addams Family (1991)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.
Votes: 115,191 | Gross: $113.50M
16. Addams Family Values (1993)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy
The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.
Votes: 69,361 | Gross: $48.92M
17. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
PG | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.
Votes: 47,248 | Gross: $8.08M
PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Adventurer, brain surgeon, rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth.
Votes: 21,934 | Gross: $6.25M
19. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Mark Twain's 1851 story about two runaway friends, a fostered white boy and an escaped black slave, who sailed on a raft down the Mississippi River in search of freedom and adventure.
20. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
PG-13 | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.
Votes: 33,746 | Gross: $34.37M
21. Affliction (1997)
R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintegrate.
Votes: 13,783 | Gross: $6.30M
22. After.Life (2009)
R | 104 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a car accident, a young woman caught between life and death meets a funeral director who claims to have the gift of transitioning the dead into the afterlife.
Votes: 34,519 | Gross: $0.11M
23. Aftershock (2010)
Not Rated | 135 min | Drama
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.
Votes: 8,190 | Gross: $0.06M
24. Air Bud (1997)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his ... See full summary »
Votes: 15,144 | Gross: $24.63M
25. Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998)
G | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Sport
Story of a golden retriever who can play football.
Votes: 4,963 | Gross: $10.22M
26. Airplane! (1980)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.
Votes: 189,687 | Gross: $83.40M
27. Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
PG | 112 min | Drama, Family
A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.
Votes: 17,149 | Gross: $18.81M
28. Alabama Moon (2009)
PG | 99 min | Drama, Family
After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, an eleven-year-old boy raised in the Alabama wilderness must learn how to make a home in the modern world.
29. Alan & Naomi (1992)
PG | 96 min | Drama, Family
Set in the forties. A young Jewish boy is called on by his parents to help a young girl come out of her shell, imposed after she watched her father die at the hands of the Nazis.
Votes: 365 | Gross: $0.26M
30. Ajami (2009)
Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama
Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.
Votes: 5,673 | Gross: $0.62M
31. Alas de mariposa (1991)
108 min | Drama
Ami is a 6 year old girl, extremely sensitive. Her mother, Carmen, lives with the obsession of giving a son to her husband, Gabriel. When finally she gets pregnant, the relation between ... See full summary »
a.k.a. Butterfly Wings
32. Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006)
PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Family
After the death of his uncle, the 14-year-old schoolboy Alex Rider is forced by the Special Operations Division of the UK's secret intelligence service, MI6, into a mission which will save millions of lives.
Votes: 22,244 | Gross: $0.65M
33. Alaska (1996)
PG | 109 min | Adventure, Family
While searching for their missing father in the mountains of Alaska, two siblings come across a baby polar bear on the run from a pair of poachers.
Votes: 4,825 | Gross: $11.57M
34. Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Crime
A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial.
35. Alice (1988)
Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.
36. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance
A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.
Votes: 18,519 | Gross: $17.60M
37. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 598,646 | Gross: $85.16M
38. All I Want for Christmas (1991)
G | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
A brother and sister attempt to bring their divorced parents back together for Christmas.
Votes: 4,009 | Gross: $14.81M
39. All Mine to Give (1957)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Family, Romance
An immigrant family in 1850's Wisconsin prospers until tragedy strikes.
a.k.a. The Day They Gave Babies Away
40. Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport
A little league player named Chuck refuses to ever pitch again until nuclear weapons are disarmed. Basketball star "Amazing Grace" Smith follows the boy's example, and starts a trend.
41. The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)
PG | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A young American boy visiting in China helps his zoologist father rescue a panda cub from unscrupulous poachers while his panda reserve is threatened with closure from officious bureaucrats.
Votes: 3,599 | Gross: $7.51M
42. Amelia (2009)
PG | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.
Votes: 11,347 | Gross: $14.24M
43. American Heart (1992)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance