Childhood movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant childhood movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, emotional, dramatic, serious, sentimental and intense films and TV shows about / with childhood, storytelling, mentor, friendship, runaway, children, destiny, death, mother son relationship and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as childhood: Stand by Me (1986), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Pay It Forward (2000), The Tree of Life (2011), ERASED (2016), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Rise of the Guardians (2012), The Wonder Years (1988), Super 8 (2011).

List of childhood movies

 8.1
 338K
Stand by Me (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, friendship, youth, adventure, loyalty, innocence, camp, courage, teenager, death, dream ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa
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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and ...
Style: emotional, captivating, touching, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, loneliness, imaginary, childhood, loss of friend, escape from reality, magical, classmates, social misfits, secret, tragic event, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, concentration camp, against humanity, childhood, jewish, nazi germany, nazism, young heroes, wartime life, atrocity, tragic event ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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 7.2
 108K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, addiction, parents and children, school, death, life philosophy, bully ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, touching, psychological, epic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, dinosaur, child abuse, grief, suffering, parenthood, family relations, family life, family problems, wisdom of life, parents and children, parent child relationship ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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 8.5
 18K
ERASED (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his ...
Style: psychological, captivating, tense, sentimental, uplifting
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, child abuse, time travel, friendship, kidnapping, death, murder, abuse, serial killer, abusive mother, dysfunctional family, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006
Place: japan
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, uplifting, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, destiny, true love, poverty, childhood, life is a bitch, society, street kid, cheating, human spirit, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
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Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
Style: exciting, touching, fairy tale, colourful, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: fairy, good versus evil, adventure, legends and myths, belief, childhood, protector, holiday, dreams, imaginary, heroes, heroic mission ...
Place: saint petersburg
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The Wonder Years (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXII. The show achieved a spot ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, generation gap, friends, childhood sweetheart, americana, high school, teenager, family, love and romance, siblings relations, teenage life, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 70s, 60s
Place: usa
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 7.0
 323K
Super 8 (2011)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no ...
Style: suspenseful, sentimental, exciting, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, childhood, young heroes, adventure, alien, small town, secret, danger, monster, investigation, disappearance, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1963, year 1958 ...
Place: ohio, usa
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 7.1
 104K
Anastasia (1997)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother, Empress Maria, get separated. After growing up in an orphanage, ...
Style: touching, exciting, captivating, factual, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: princess, royal family, adventure, cinderella story, childhood, memory loss, family, destiny, good versus evil, fall in love, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century
Place: russia, france, europe, paris france
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Like Stars on Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and ...
Style: touching, captivating, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teachers and students, self discovery, childhood, dedicated educator, boarding school, teacher, teaching the ways of the world, optimism, boarding school life, teenage life, loneliness, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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 6.8
 62K
Peter Pan (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, Australia, USA, New Zealand
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into ...
Style: feel good, exciting, captivating, fairy tale, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: fairy, pirate, adventure, first love, childhood, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, mermaid, parents and children, fantasy world, island, young heroes ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: london, europe, big ben london
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 7.6
 177K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sadistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, vengeance, courtroom drama, childhood, crime, torture, lawyer, haunted by the past, friendship, court, rape, prison rape ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 8.1
 33K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: atmospheric, heartbreaking, sweet, colourful, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, family relations, childhood, social relations, human becomes animal, single mother, school, wolf, love, supernatural, supernatural romance ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, factual, emotional ...
Plot: childhood, writer's life, hollywood, filmmaking, parents and children, family relations, showbiz, haunted by the past, disney, secretary, rehearsal, show business ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 1900s, year 1964 ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles, australia, england ...
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 7.7
 111K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, gang, vandalism, childhood, juvenile delinquency, youth, coming of age, crimes, violence, ex convict, bully ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
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 7.6
 120K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: nazi germany, holocaust, human spirit, jewish, adoption, family secret, life is a bitch, nazi, book, childhood, world war two, war ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe
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My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The ...
Style: sentimental, sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: child illness, terminal illness, mother daughter relationship, moral dilemma, childhood, lawyer, family drama, parenthood, cancer, hospital, relationships, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana
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 8.0
 186K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: touching, sentimental, motivational, compassionate, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, missing child, childhood, train, courage, destiny, survival, loneliness, mother son relationship, adopted son, little boy ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, melbourne
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 7.1
 131K
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for ...
Style: psychological, heartbreaking, sad, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: cloning, boarding school, friendship, love and romance, childhood, love triangle, life is a bitch, couples, dishonesty, jealousy, true love, loneliness ...
Time: year 1994, 1990s, year 1985, year 1978
Place: europe, england
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 7.9
 53K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school, teachers and students, music, boarding school life, singer, teacher, childhood, musician, friendship, school, boss, abuse ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, england
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Children of Heaven (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Zohre's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zohre until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental, compassionate ...
Plot: school, poverty, childhood, siblings relations, family drama, foot race, family, financial problem, young heroes, unemployment, children, health situation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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The Kite Runner (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: muslim, betrayal, friendship, redemption, childhood, courage, guilt, haunted by the past, secret, rape, young heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, pakistan, california
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 7.0
 275K
Jumanji (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When siblings Judy and Peter discover an enchanted board game that opens the door to a magical world, they unwittingly invite Alan -- an adult who's been trapped inside the game for 26 years -- into their living room. Alan's only hope for ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, humorous, offbeat, light ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, teens, family outing
Plot: jungle, adventure, getting home, parallel world, disappearance, young heroes, mischievous children, danger, time travel, childhood, board game, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 90s, 60s, year 1995 ...
Place: usa, new hampshire
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Turtles Can Fly (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France, Iraq
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Turtles can fly tells the story of a group of young children near the Turkey-Iran border. They clean up mines and wait for the Saddam regime to fall.
Style: sincere, bleak, rough, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: village, rape, suicide, childhood, orphan, refugee, suicide attempt, camp, survival, war, wartime life, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: kurdistan, iraq, middle east, mine, iran ...
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 8.0
 376K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: vengeance, child abuse, sexual abuse, police investigation, loss of daughter, murder, vigilantism, childhood, tragic event, death in the family, loss of child, ex convict ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: touching, fairy tale, emotional, compassionate, cerebral ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, dark fantasy, monster, childhood, imagination, family, nightmare, bullying, part animation, life & death, truth, boy ...
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 7.5
 42K
The Middle (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the city of Orson, Indiana.
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, realistic, offbeat
Plot: siblings relations, parents and children, everyday life, family life, family relations, adolescence, teenage boy, family values, marriage, parenthood, couple relations, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa
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Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: mysterious stranger, friendship, childhood, coming of age, small town, psychic power, single mother, childhood friends, parents and children, family relations, selflessness, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, virginia, connecticut
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