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, sad, weird, sentimental and dramatic films and TV shows about / with childhood, storytelling, mentor, children, coming of age, youth, family relations, runaway, destiny and boy plots mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as childhood: Stand by Me (1986), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Super 8 (2011), The Secret Garden (1993), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), Peter Pan (2003), Like Stars on Earth (2007), Children of Heaven (1997), Gifted (2017), Pay It Forward (2000).

List of childhood movies

 8.1
 398K
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, emotional, touching, serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: childhood, friendship, coming of age, teenager, boy, adventure, youth, courage, young heroes, children, young kid, friends ...
Time: 50s, year 1959, 20th century, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, UK
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, stylized, colourful, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: childhood, children, fantasy world, chocolate, adventure, social differences, contests and competitions, family, magic, candy, factory, mysterious character ...
Time: 2000s
Place: bavaria, germany, england, switzerland, india ...
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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, touching, tear jerker, sad, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, childhood, imagination, escape from reality, loneliness, magical, classmate, friends, loss of friend, social misfits, teenage boy, school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.0
 353K
Super 8 (2011)
Genre: Action, 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, suspense, exciting, thought provoking, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: childhood, alien, monster, small town, ufo, young heroes, friendship, adventure, youth, creature, coming of age, investigation ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, future, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: ohio, usa
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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, chick flick
Plot: childhood, countryside, orphan, girl, friendship, little girl, garden, old mansion, sick child, family, magic, uncle ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, yorkshire, london, europe ...
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (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, sad, heartbreaking, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, childhood, nazi, war, friendship, nazism, against humanity, gas chamber, boy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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 6.8
 73K
Peter Pan (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Australia
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: fairy tale, feel good, exciting, captivating, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens, teens
Plot: pirate, fairy, childhood, adventure, children, fantasy world, boy, imaginary kingdom, first love, young heroes, magic, captain ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 20th century
Place: london, europe, big ben london, england
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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: motivational, touching, captivating, inspirational, sad ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: dyslexia, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, childhood, dedicated educator, school, teacher, coming of age, young heroes, shyness, teenage life ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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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, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, poverty, school, life, children, siblings relations, family, islam, unemployment, running, financial problem, young heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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 7.6
 115K
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: touching, inspirational, sweet, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: genius, mathematics, child prodigy, childhood, school, family, child custody, girl, uncle niece relationship, foster home, friendship, children ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, california, boston
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 7.2
 119K
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: inspirational, motivational, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, life philosophy, parents and children, single mother, disfigurement, teachers and students, addiction, youth, school, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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 7.7
 90K
Flipped (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Juli meets Bryce in the second grade, she knows it's true love. After spending six years trying to convince Bryce the same, she's ready to give up - until he starts to reconsider.
Style: touching, feel good, sweet, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids, date night ...
Plot: first love, fall in love, childhood, school, childhood sweetheart, teenage love, love and romance, teenage life, adolescence, teen romance, teenage boy, high school life ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 21st century, contemporary, year 1963 ...
Place: usa, michigan
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 8.4
 490K
Coco (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, 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: feel good, touching, sincere, atmospheric, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, chick flick, preschoolers
Plot: disney, day of the dead, afterlife, life & death, life after death, childhood, family, boy, death, memory, musician, child protagonist ...
Time: 2010s, year 2017
Place: mexico
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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, motivational, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, rags to riches, society, true love, love, street kid, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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 8.5
 45K
ERASED (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 264 min.
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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, sentimental, tense, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, childhood, serial killer, child abuse, friendship, murder, dysfunctional family, death, abusive mother, disappearance, kidnapping, mystery killer ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006, year 1988
Place: japan
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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, rough, bleak, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, war, orphan, village, camp, coming of age, blind character, refugee, muslim, children, suicide attempt, survival ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: kurdistan, iran, middle east, iraq, california ...
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 8.1
 44K
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, wolf, single mother, parents and children, family relations, school, supernatural, social relations, female werewolf, breast feeding, children ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.5
 135K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, teens, chick flick
Plot: world war two, holocaust, jewish, nazi, adoption, war, childhood, nazi germany, human spirit, life is a bitch, against humanity, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe
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 7.5
 219K
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, harsh, serious ...
Plot: child abuse, childhood, vengeance, rape, pedophilia, courtroom drama, lawyer, prison rape, pedophile, sexual abuse, homosexual rape, haunted by the past ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees
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 7.8
 62K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Comedy, 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, inspirational ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teacher, boarding school, childhood, music, teachers and students, orphan, boarding school life, musician, friendship, children, boss, school ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
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 7.1
 146K
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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: sad, psychological, melancholic, depressing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: distopia, boarding school, cloning, existentialism, childhood, friendship, love triangle, love and romance, sadness, loneliness, transplant, jealousy ...
Time: year 1994, year 1985, year 1978, 50s, 90s ...
Place: england, europe
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 7.0
 341K
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, light, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, pre-teens, girls' night ...
Plot: adventure, jungle, childhood, board game, fantasy world, family, time travel, parallel world, magic, mischievous children, disappearance, getting home ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1969, year 1995, 19th century ...
Place: new hampshire, usa
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Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 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: touching, exciting, witty, fairy tale, colourful ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing, girls' night
Plot: holiday, dreams, good versus evil, christmas, adventure, childhood, fairy, belief, save the world, santa claus, friendship, legends and myths ...
Place: new york, st. petersburg russia
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 7.6
 32K
Only Yesterday (1991)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 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, atmospheric, sentimental, melancholic, poignant ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: childhood, countryside, friendship, self discovery, adolescence, introspection, coming of age, school, village life, deadend life, twentysomething life, dreams ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 8.2
 699K
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: inspirational, emotional, touching, colourful, motivational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, chick flick ...
Plot: disney, memory, family, joy, childhood, life philosophy, creativity, anger, subconscious, happy ending, imaginary friend, disgust ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, contemporary
Place: san francisco, minnesota, california, usa
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 8.5
 258K
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
Style: sad, touching, uplifting, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: childhood, coming of age, first love, haunted by the past, movie theatre, nostalgia, filmmaking, friendship, village, flashback, blind man, breast feeding ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 80s
Place: italy, sicily, rome italy, europe
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 7.7
 270K
The Goonies (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father's attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the secret stash of ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, intense, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: treasure hunt, childhood, pirate, treasure map, treasure, mischievous children, cave, friendship, teenager, map, group of friends, adventure ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa
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 8.0
 235K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, UK, USA, India
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, motivational, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: adoption, poverty, survival, childhood, loneliness, brother brother relationship, destiny, missing child, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother son reunion, courage, adopted son ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986, year 2012, year 2008 ...
Place: india, australia, tasmania, kolkata, melbourne australia
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 6.6
 76K
Nanny McPhee (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Widower Cedric Brown hires Nanny McPhee to care for his seven rambunctious children, who have chased away all previous nannies. Taunted by Simon and his siblings, Nanny McPhee uses mystical powers to instill discipline. And when the children's ...
Style: fairy tale, touching, sweet, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, preschoolers, teens ...
Plot: witch, magic, nanny, childhood, mischievous children, adventure, family, parents and children, single father, curses spells and rituals, family relations, wizards and magicians ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.1
 122K
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, preschoolers, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: princess, childhood, royal family, adventure, happy ending, family, good versus evil, cinderella story, disney, destiny, memory loss, russian ...
Time: 20th century
Place: paris france, russia, france, europe
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