Child soldier movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant child soldier movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, rough and captivating films and TV shows about / with child soldier, violence, murder, soldier, friendship, danger, death, survival, boy and war plots mostly in Drama, War and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as child soldier: Beasts of No Nation (2015), Jormungand (2012), War Witch (2012), Johnny Mad Dog (2008), Tears of the Sun (2003), Hanna (2019), Monos (2019), Innocent Voices (2004), Now and Then, Here and There (1999), Assassination Classroom (2015).

List of child soldier movies

Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, harsh ...
Plot: life is a bitch, war, child soldier, anti war, power relations, civil war, against humanity, violence, father son relationship, rape, brother brother relationship, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
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 7.5
 1K
Jormungand (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Jonah is a child soldier and the newest bodyguard for Koko, an international arms dealer with an entourage of hired guns. The cold-blooded kid hates Koko’s line of work, but following her into the darkest corners of the black market might be the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: arms dealing, crimes, soldier, murder, danger, child soldier, war, military, terrorism, gunfight, violence, mafia ...
Place: japan, united kingdom
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 7.1
 7K
War Witch (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Style: serious, disturbing, touching, bleak, realistic
Plot: civil war, child soldier, slavery, battles, murder, battle, soldier, survival, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium, Liberia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an unnamed African country.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: civil war, child soldier, orphan, children in wartime, survival, life is a bitch, cross dressing, genocide, society, crimes, youth, soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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Tears of the Sun (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their ...
Style: serious, touching, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, war, soldier, war crime, jungle, army, rescue mission, navy seal, brutality, child soldier, genocide, civil war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria, africa, iraq, hawaii
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 7.5
 29K
Hanna (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: This thriller and coming-of-age drama follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is. Based on the 2011 Joe Wright film.
Style: exciting, intense, captivating, disturbing, suspense
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: female assassin, female fighter, child soldier, vengeance, young girl, murderer, danger, mystery, teenage girl, villainess, soldier, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 6.9
 16K
Monos (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Uruguay, USA, Switzerland, Denmark, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.
Style: ambiguous ending, avant garde, suspense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: child soldier, teenage boy, teenage girl, firearm, nudity (full frontal - brief), escape, rescue, chase, violence, surrealism, hostage, mountain ...
Place: latin america
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Innocent Voices (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him
Style: emotional, uplifting, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: civil war, child soldier, childhood, freedom, politics, human spirit, against the odds, life is a bitch, political unrest, wartime life, parents and children, absent father ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, africa, middle east, latin america, iraq ...
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Now and Then, Here and There (1999)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Shu is a typical Japanese boy, but has an unbeatable, optimistic and determined attitude. However, when he sees a mysterious girl with strange eyes named Lala-Ru up on a smokestack, he is soon pulled into a strange desert world. Shu soon discovers ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: danger, sexual abuse, distopia, child abuse, slavery, child soldier, kids in trouble, daring rescue, life is a bitch, society, against humanity, kidnapping ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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Assassination Classroom (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A mysterious creature destroys 70% of the moon. The creature then warns that if he is not destroyed by March of next year, Earth will be next. The creature also demands that he becomes the homeroom teacher for 3rd grade E class at Kunugigaoka Junior ...
Style: captivating, exciting, humorous, light, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, monster, child soldier, alien, education, moon, assassination, friendship, school, superhuman, murder, government agent ...
Place: japan
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 6.0
 222
Sixteen (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Jumah is about to turn 16 and is already in need of a fresh start. Burdened with the shameful legacy of a past as a child soldier in the Congo, he lives with his adoptive mother in west London, where he struggles to keep a lid on his history of ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, touching
Plot: immigrants, high school, witnessing a crime, youth, society, crimes, teenage life, graphic violence, child soldier, death threat, teen romance, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
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 7.9
 342K
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: New Zealand, Czech Republic, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing
Plot: nazi germany, nazism, nazi, boy, hitler, hitler youth, world war two, first love, german, rabbit, imaginary friend, satire ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, year 1944
Place: germany, central europe
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 6.4
 252
Ezra (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Nigeria, USA, UK, Austria
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Ezra, jeune ex-soldat Sierra-Léonais, essaie tant bien que mal de retrouver des repères pour revenir à une vie normale après la guerre civile qui a ravagé son pays. Son quotidien est partagé entre un centre de réhabilitation psychologique et ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, serious ...
Plot: military, kidnapping, starting over, haunted by the past, kids in trouble, legal action, life is a bitch, against humanity, youth, wartime life, danger, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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 7.8
 39K
Land of Mine (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the days following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, a group of young German prisoners of war were handed over to the Danish authorities and subsequently sent out to the West Coast, where they were ordered to remove the more than two million ...
Style: suspense, emotional, brutal, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: german soldier, minefield, soldier, world war two, war crime, pow, nazi, child soldier, teenager, moral dilemma, military officer, abuse of power ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, future
Place: denmark, germany
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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who finds God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers.
Style: heroic, realistic, emotional, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: christianity, atrocity, child in peril, gunfight, orphan, civil war, lone hero, rebel, character change, danger, wartime life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, year 2003
Place: uganda, africa, sudan, pennsylvania, california
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 6.8
 195K
Hanna (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A 16-year-old girl raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe. Tracked by a ruthless operatives, she faces startling revelations about her existence and questions about her humanity.
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, secret agents, female assassin, cia, teenage girl, hitman, female killer, female warrior, undercover, vengeance, spy, super soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: finland, berlin germany, morocco, europe, africa ...
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The Silent Army (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Eduard Zuiderwijk (Marco Borsato) runs a restaurant in Africa. When his wife (Ricky Koole) suddenly dies, he is left to take care of his son Thomas (Siebe Schoneveld) on his own. When his son's best friend Abu (Andrew Kintu) is abducted by a ...
Style: emotional, sincere, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, military, heroes, village, danger, rebellion, escapades, political unrest, obsessive quest, interracial friendship, child soldier, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa
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Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.
Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: chosen one, supernatural ability, magical, imaginary kingdom, young heroes, friendship, good versus evil, warrior, heroes, peril, teenage boy, heroic mission ...
Time: 2000s
Place: asia
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 6.2
 374
Alias Maria (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Colombia, Argentina, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A vision of Colombia's inhuman armed conflict, seen through the eyes of a young - and pregnant - girl soldier.
Style: tense, unusual plot structure, psychological, rough
Plot: female protagonist, female soldier, child with gun, motherhood, child soldier, paramilitary, child murder, teenage girl, mother child separation, massacre, forest, forced abortion ...
Time: 2010s
Place: colombia
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Violet Evergarden (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The war is over, and Violet Evergarden needs a job. Scarred and emotionless, she takes a job as a letter writer to understand herself and her past.
Style: touching, melancholic, serious, harsh, captivating ...
Plot: love, female protagonist, loss of loved one, typewriter, war, letter, romance, slice of life, travel, weapons, orphan, self fulfillment ...
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 8.0
 521K
Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: mercenary, gem, adventure, greed, treasure hunt, smuggling, brutality, civil war, rebel, escapades, black market, journalism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 2000s, year 2003 ...
Place: africa, south africa, belgium, angola, cape town south africa ...
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Assassination Classroom: Graduation (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Story continues with the students' own conflicts, Koro Sensei’s identity and the fate of the world. The time limit for assassination is approaching.
Style: exciting, light, humorous, captivating, tense ...
Plot: teacher, graduate, friendship, murder, child soldier, education, problem child, attempted murder, school, superhuman, assassin, monster ...
Place: japan
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Gunslinger Girl (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The Social Welfare Agency saves the lives of terminal patients using cybernetic implants. Then it teaches them to kill. After surviving the slaughter of her family, young Henrietta awakens to her new life at the Agency with a rebuilt body and no ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: female killer, haunted by the past, undercover, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world, government agency, exploit, deadly, manipulation, exploitation, youth, dishonesty ...
Time: future
Place: italy, europe
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 7.4
 32K
Dark Angel (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Super soldier Max Guevera tries to live a normal life in post-apocalyptic Seattle while eluding capture by government agents from the covert biotech facility she escaped from as a child and searching for her genetically-enhanced brothers and sisters ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, stylized, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: female protagonist, super soldier, secret government organization, double life, genetic engineering, hidden identity, future dystopia, cloning, superhuman powers, righting the wronged, secret movement, experiment gone awry ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington d.c.
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young boy and his dog, who happens to have a genius-level IQ, spring into action when their time-travel machine is stolen and moments in history begin to be changed.
Style: humorous, entertaining, witty, feel good, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: time travel, adventure, young heroes, time machine, talking dog, prodigy, sent to the past, family, adoption, computer animation, dog, time paradox ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2014, 1500s, 16th century ...
Place: egypt, usa, versailles, new york, italy ...
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ...
Style: exciting, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: ship, sea battle, napoleonic wars, navy, battles, ocean or sea, naval battle, adventure, heroic mission, leadership, escapades, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1800s
Place: brazil, europe, england, pacific ocean, france
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 26K
Cross of Iron (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: It is 1943, and the German army, ravaged and demoralised, are hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of all this madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, soldier, eastern front, german, anti war, wehrmacht, survival, battles, chaos, military hospital, hate, military ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1943
Place: russia, france, siberia, germany, crimea ...
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First They Killed My Father (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Cambodia, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A 5-year-old girl embarks on a harrowing quest for survival amid the sudden rise and terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Style: factual, thought provoking, suspense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: genocide, imperialism, forced labor, mass murder, communism, ideology, little girl, murder, anti war, drastic change of life, wartime, family problems ...
Time: 70s
Place: cambodia
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 6.0
 10K
Man Down (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A haunted Afghanistan war veteran attempts to come to terms with his past while searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: delusion, post war, post apocalypse, mental illness, danger, military, friendship, mission, paranoia, tragic event, husband wife relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century
Place: afghanistan
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 6.9
 3K
The Ogre (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war.
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, contemplative, touching ...
Plot: world war two, hitler youth, youth, castle, friendship, redemption, friends, sexual abuse, wartime life, kidnapping, introspection, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: year 1939, 1930s, 1940s
Place: france, germany, berlin germany, japan
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