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, feel good, emotional, sentimental, visually appealing and dramatic films and TV shows about / with childhood, storytelling, mentor, friendship, family relations, destiny, children, runaway, catastrophe and coming of age plots mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as childhood: Stand by Me (1986), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Like Stars on Earth (2007), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Gifted (2017), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Secret Garden (1993), Pay It Forward (2000), ERASED (2016), Inside Out (2015).

List of childhood movies

 8.1
 358K
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, adventure, coming-of-age, youth, loyalty, innocence, young kid, camp, courage, teenager ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy
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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, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, childhood, loss of friend, imaginary, escape from reality, magical, teenage boy, social misfits, loneliness, classmate, fantasy world, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, motivational, captivating, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: teachers and students, childhood, dedicated educator, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, dyslexia, young heroes, boarding school, optimism, fish out of water, friendship, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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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: emotional, touching, heartbreaking, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, jewish, world war two, concentration camp, childhood, friendship, against humanity, nazi, wartime life, gas chamber, nazi germany, nazism ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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 7.6
 97K
Gifted (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Style: inspirational, sweet, touching, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: child prodigy, school, childhood, genius, mathematics, uncle niece relationship, cat, friendship, family, child custody, teacher, custody battle ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, boston, california
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, 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: touching, realistic, uplifting, motivational, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: against the odds, orphan, childhood, destiny, life is a bitch, tv show, poverty, society, true love, journey, street kid, street life ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, taj mahal, asia
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The Secret Garden (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: childhood, orphan, countryside, little girl, old mansion, friendship, secret, family, girl, garden, sick child, paralysis ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, europe, yorkshire, liverpool ...
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 7.2
 112K
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: motivational, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: childhood, teacher, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, society, school, life philosophy, teachers and students, addiction, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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 8.5
 26K
ERASED (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
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: captivating, psychological, tense, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, time travel, serial killer, child abuse, friendship, murder, abuse, death, kidnapping, dysfunctional family, supernatural, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, year 1988, year 2006
Place: japan
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 8.1
 599K
Inside Out (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. ...
Style: emotional, motivational, touching, inspirational, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, life philosophy, childhood, disney, happy ending, family relations, coming of age, memory, imaginary, joy, creativity, dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, minnesota
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 7.9
 57K
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, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school, childhood, boarding school life, teacher, musician, orphan, music, boss, friendship, singer, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
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 7.0
 336K
Super 8 (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: childhood, alien, young heroes, friendship, adventure, small town, youth, monster, danger, chaos, secret, disappearance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1979, 1960s ...
Place: ohio, usa
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 6.8
 66K
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: captivating, exciting, feel good, fairy tale, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: fairy, adventure, fantasy world, childhood, imaginary, pirate, children, magic, mermaid, first love, imaginary kingdom, island ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: london, europe, big ben london
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 7.1
 136K
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, sad, melancholic, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: distopia, childhood, cloning, existentialism, boarding school, love and romance, friendship, loneliness, love triangle, life is a bitch, alternate reality, dishonesty ...
Time: year 1978, 1990s, 70s, 90s, 80s ...
Place: england, europe
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 8.4
 360K
Coco (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Music, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, colourful, feel good, captivating ...
Plot: disney, boy, life after death, childhood, musician, life & death, child protagonist, fantasy world, singer, music, family, ghost ...
Time: year 2017
Place: mexico
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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
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 ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: childhood, writers, disney, writer's life, hollywood, showbiz, filmmaking, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, secretary, rehearsal ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1961 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, australia, london ...
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 7.0
 302K
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, family outing, teens, horror for children
Plot: adventure, jungle, fantasy world, mischievous children, childhood, board game, getting home, disappearance, parallel world, young heroes, danger, magic ...
Time: 90s, 19th century, 20th century, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new hampshire
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 7.6
 185K
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, sadistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: child abuse, pedophilia, childhood, prison rape, vengeance, courtroom drama, haunted by the past, rape, pedophile, crime, torture, lawyer ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 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
 38K
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: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, family relations, parents and children, wolf, human becomes animal, school, single mother, social relations, supernatural, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.
Style: feel good, fairy tale, colourful, surreal, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: children, imaginary, fantasy world, candy, childhood, social differences, chocolate, family, contests and competitions, adventure, family relations, society ...
Place: atlanta georgia, new york, tokyo, germany, england ...
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The Wonder Years (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
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, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: childhood, generation gap, childhood sweetheart, friends, suburbs, coming of age, family relations, americana, teenager, high school, family, family life ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa
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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, touching, contemplative, captivating, psychological ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, philosophy, dinosaur, outer space, family relations, suffering, child abuse, grief, hopes, spirituality, parenthood, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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 7.6
 126K
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, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, jewish, world war two, human spirit, nazi germany, childhood, nazi, against humanity, adoption, life is a bitch, youth, family secret ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
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 7.6
 26K
Only Yesterday (1991)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: countryside, childhood, twentysomething life, introspection, friendship, village life, folk music, deadend life, adolescence, childhood memory, self discovery, marriage ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 8.0
 209K
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: motivational, sentimental, emotional, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, childhood, poverty, missing child, survival, loneliness, courage, destiny, long lost relative, lost child, adopted son, orphanage ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, kolkata, melbourne australia, melbourne
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Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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, witty ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing, girls' night
Plot: fairy, good versus evil, adventure, legends and myths, imaginary, friendship, childhood, belief, holiday, santa claus, christmas, dreams ...
Place: st. petersburg russia, new york, saint petersburg
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Children of Heaven (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
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, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, childhood, family, school, siblings relations, unemployment, health situation, foot race, young heroes, financial problem, children, life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 45 min.
Story: One hot summer day a little girl gets lost in an enchanted forest of the mountain god where spirits reside. A young boy appears before her, but she cannot touch him for fear of making him disappear. And so a wondrous adventure awaits...
Style: touching, exciting, captivating
Plot: spirit, supernatural, friendship, childhood, folklore, slice of life, coming of age, forest, little girl, japanese mythology, alcohol, mask
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 7.2
 110K
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, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: princess, royal family, happy ending, adventure, cinderella story, childhood, good versus evil, family, memory loss, hopes, fall in love, destiny ...
Time: 20th century
Place: russia, paris france, france, europe
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 7.7
 115K
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, emotional, stylized, harsh ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, social problems, gang, crimes, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, xenophobia, adolescence, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, woodstock, northern england
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