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, rough, disturbing and psychological films and TV shows about / with child soldier, soldier, murder, military, violence, war, survival, suspense, death and gun plots mostly in Drama, War and Action genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as child soldier: Beasts of No Nation (2015), Alias Maria (2015), Johnny Mad Dog (2008), Innocent Voices (2004), War Witch (2012), Land of Mine (2015), The Silent Army (2008), Monos (2019), Sixteen (2013), Hanna (2019).

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: disturbing, political, intense, bleak, harsh ...
Plot: war, child soldier, life is a bitch, children in wartime, violence, survival, adaptation, civil war, anti war, justice, military, suspense ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa
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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, rough, unusual plot structure, psychological
Plot: female protagonist, massacre, teenage girl, child murder, child soldier, motherhood, child with gun, female soldier, mother child separation, childbirth, pregnancy, jungle ...
Time: 2010s
Place: colombia
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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: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, sad ...
Plot: children in wartime, child soldier, civil war, orphan, survival, life is a bitch, society, soldier, youth, against humanity, atrocity, escape ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, france
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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: sincere, emotional, political, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: childhood, coming of age, civil war, absent father, freedom, politics, children, war, child soldier, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, japan, israel, africa, latin america ...
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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: disturbing, touching, serious, bleak, sad ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: civil war, innocence lost, slavery, murder, battles, child soldier, teenager, survival, life is a bitch, wartime life, haunted by the past, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, canada
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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: harsh, emotional, sentimental, brutal, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, german soldier, minefield, nazi, teenager, suspense, prisoners of war, child soldier, beach, survival, war, childhood ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s, future, 20th century, year 1945
Place: denmark, germany
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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, serious, suspenseful, rough, sincere ...
Plot: kidnapping, military, village, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, escapades, obsessive quest, interracial friendship, child soldier, children in wartime, dutch history ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, south africa
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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, suspenseful, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suspense, child soldier, chase, violence, teenage boy, nude, surrealism, escape, rescue, teenage girl, hostage, gangsters ...
Place: latin america
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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, touching, suspenseful
Plot: immigrants, high school, witnessing a crime, teenage life, youth, society, graphic violence, child soldier, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, single mother, teen romance, death threat ...
Time: 21st century
Place: england, london
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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, captivating, intense, disturbing, anime ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night, teen drama
Plot: young girl, murderer, female assassin, vengeance, child soldier, female fighter, violence, suspense, daughter, spy, soldier, revenge ...
Time: 21st century
Place: europe, england
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Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: New Zealand, USA, Czech Republic
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: sad, funny, psychological, touching, controversial ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: world war two, boy, nazi, nazi germany, satire, nazism, hitler youth, hitler, jew persecution, jewish girl, violence, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, year 1944
Place: germany, los angeles, central europe
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White Material (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Cameroon
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Maria is a White farmer who runs a failing coffee plantation in an unnamed African country in the present day. Civil war has broken out and rebel soldiers, many of them child soldiers, are advancing on the area. Rebels on the radio advocate attacks ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, emotional, rough ...
Plot: civil war, family relations, chaos, coffee, state affairs, single parent, political unrest, family business, family in danger, father son relationship, military, imperialism ...
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: intense, touching, serious, factual, compassionate ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, war, jungle, civil war, soldier, rescue mission, gunfight, navy seal, genocide, violence, u.s. navy, brutality ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, iraq, nigeria, hawaii
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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: anime, psychological, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: love, female protagonist, letter, war, loss of loved one, child soldier, travel, new life, self discovery, relationships, war veteran, weapons ...
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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: anime, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: arms dealing, murder, child soldier, military, terrorism, gunfight, soldier, war, friendship, mafia, violence, weapons ...
Place: japan, united kingdom
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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, rough, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: military, kidnapping, legal, haunted by the past, legal action, life is a bitch, starting over, kids in trouble, against humanity, life turned upside down, youth, wartime life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa
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Downfall (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still ...
Style: psychological, intense, bleak, disturbing, harsh ...
Plot: world war two, war, suicide, hitler, nazi, nazism, holocaust, fascism, national socialism, third reich, betrayal, courage ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, post world war two, 20th century, year 1942
Place: germany, berlin germany, poland, prague, europe ...
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Fury (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man ...
Style: serious, exciting, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: world war two, war, tank, soldier, military, battles, heroism, american soldier, nazi germany, nazi, ambush, battlefield ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: europe, germany
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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, captivating, psychological, rough ...
Plot: genocide, forced labor, war, communism, little girl, mass murder, ideology, crime against humanity, khmer rouge, wartime, imperialism, murder ...
Time: year 1970, 70s
Place: cambodia
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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, inspirational, realistic, touching, harsh ...
Plot: gunfight, christian, atrocity, christianity, religion, civil war, orphan, child in peril, children, lone hero, army, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2003, 21st century
Place: uganda, africa, sudan, pennsylvania, california
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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, emotional, harsh ...
Plot: greed, mercenary, gem, treasure hunt, escapades, civil war, smuggling, journalism, mining, rebel, brutality, fisherman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s, year 2003, year 1999
Place: africa, south africa, angola, zimbabwe, belgium ...
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Operation Mekong (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Chinese narco-cops take their mission to the Golden Triangle following the Mekong River massacre of innocent fishermen by the region's drug lord.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, psychological, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: boat, illegal drugs, river, swat team, ship, crew, soldier, fight, suspense, murder, resistance, martial arts ...
Place: china, thailand
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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: anime, captivating, exciting, tense, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, monster, child soldier, education, alien, friendship, school, murder, superhuman, government agent, underdog, assassination ...
Place: japan
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Extraction (2020)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Tyler Rake, a fearless mercenary who offers his services on the black market, embarks on a dangerous mission when he is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a Mumbai crime lord…
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, ambiguous ending, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick, manly
Plot: mercenary, kidnapping, rescue mission, tough guy, one against many, ex special forces, machismo, swat team, death threat, stranded, jungle, one man army ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: india, bangladesh, australia, mumbai india
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The 5th Wave (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, futuristic, absurd, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: apocalypse, alien invasion, alien, post apocalypse, end of the world, invasion, survival, virus, distopia, twists and turns, obsessive quest, youth ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: ohio, usa, new york, tower bridge london, london ...
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Lord of War (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world's most ...
Style: clever, thought provoking, realistic, harsh, political ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: business, greed, corruption, arms dealer, arms dealing, cold war, suspense, ukrainian, millionaire, rags to riches, organized crime, smuggling ...
Time: 80s, year 2001, 2000s, 20th century, year 1983 ...
Place: africa, bolivia, new york, latin america, beirut lebanon ...
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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: anime, serious, rough, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: female killer, young heroes, undercover, government agency, mind control, martial arts, haunted by the past, teaching the ways of the world, exploitation, dishonesty, orphan, graphic violence ...
Time: future
Place: italy, europe
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Revolt (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The story of humankind's last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion. Set in the war-ravaged African countryside, a U.S. soldier and a French foreign aid worker team up to survive the alien onslaught. Their bond will be tested as they ...
Style: absurd, apocalyptic, suspenseful, perverse, road movie ...
Plot: alien invasion, alien, murder, desert, terminator, survival, resistance, amnesia, chaos, distopia, apocalypse, military ...
Time: future, 2010s, 21st century
Place: africa, kenya
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The Monuments Men (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of ...
Style: exciting, intense, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: world war two, war, art, art theft, nazi germany, nazism, military, painting, stolen gold, redemption, architect, suspense ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, year 1945, year 1977, year 1943 ...
Place: poland, paris france, france, europe, germany ...
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The Bunker (1981)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: world war two, hitler, nazi germany, against humanity, nazi, suicide, confined, state affairs, downfall, life is a bitch, confinement indoors, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1945
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
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