Child protagonist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant child protagonist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out weird, touching, humorous, melancholic, entertaining and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with child protagonist, youth, coming of age, childhood, children, boy, child, teenager, friendship and family relations plots mostly in Drama, Family and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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child protagonist movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as child protagonist: Tomboy (2011), Capernaum (2018), August Rush (2007), Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), Piggies (2009), Home Alone (1990), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Good Son (1993), Rim of the World (2019).

List of child protagonist movies

 7.4
 21K
Tomboy (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Mickaël.
Style: serious, captivating, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: transsexual, gender, friendship, youth, childhood, child protagonist, tomboy, family relations, society, self discovery, sexual identity, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe
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 8.4
 90K
Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, Cyprus, Qatar, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
Style: social, sad, thought provoking, rough, cynical ...
Plot: poverty, traumatic childhood, slum, misery, child abuse, neglected child, refugee, child labor, child protagonist, life is a bitch, low lives, starving child ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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 7.4
 108K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Style: inspirational, touching, feel good, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, girls' night, family outing ...
Plot: music, musician, adoption, prodigy, child prodigy, orphan, child protagonist, youth, dancing, childhood, chance meeting, family reunited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1995
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, xian ...
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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink in 'the Bathtub', a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe – for a time when he’s no ...
Style: surreal, emotional, touching, sad, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: poverty, child protagonist, magic realism, global warming, climate change, father daughter relationship, community, childhood, children, coming of age, flood, single father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, tokyo
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 6.4
 598
Piggies (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tomek is 14 and a good student. He's interested in astronomy and plays football to please his father. The only thing is, he lives in a poor little border town plagued by unemployment, whereas across the river lies Germany with all its relative ...
Style: suspense, captivating
Plot: teenage prostitution, abused child, rent boy, male prostitution, gay, teenage protagonist, child protagonist, friendship between boys, best friend, teenage boy, boy in peril, coming of age ...
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 7.7
 568K
Home Alone (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on Christmas vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ...
Style: funny, humorous, light, not serious, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, preschoolers ...
Plot: christmas, holiday, mischievous children, home alone, family, children, youth, when the parents are away, child protagonist, home invasion, precocious child, prank ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york, illinois, france ...
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Greg Heffley is headed for big things, but first he has to survive the scariest, most humiliating experience of any kid’s life – middle school! That won’t be easy, considering he’s surrounded by hairy-freckled morons, wedgie-loving bullies ...
Style: funny, humorous, light, talky, surreal ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: middle school, teenager, childhood, child protagonist, bully, fat boy, high school life, coming of age, high school, bullying, family, peer pressure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: guatemala, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, sad, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens, preschoolers ...
Plot: friendship, alien, childhood, extraterrestrial, children, halloween, stranded, boy, empathy, healing power, benign alien, ufo ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century
Place: california, usa, sesame street, los angeles
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 6.4
 42K
The Good Son (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle, and befriends his cousin who's the same age. But his cousin begins showing increasing signs of psychotic behavior.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, scary, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: children, manipulation, problem child, crimes, killer child, murder, evil child, parents and children, brutality, death, boy, disbelieving adult ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, japan, asia, usa, new england
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Rim of the World (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Stranded at a summer camp when aliens attack the planet, four teens with nothing in common embark on a perilous mission to save the world.
Style: humorous, light, satirical, enigmatic
Audience: family outing
Plot: obsessive quest, child protagonist, summer camp, alien encounter, alien, interracial friendship, social misfits, interracial couple, dark humor, apocalypse, female protagonist, teenager ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, pasadena california
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Miracles from Heaven (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: \When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle ...
Style: christian film, inspirational, thought provoking, sentimental, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: christian, illness, christianity, faith, sick child, child protagonist, miraculous event, parent child relationship, little girl, hospital, mother daughter relationship, child cancer ...
Place: boston
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 6.7
 42K
Summer of 84 (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Summer is usually a time for fun and games, but some teens get much more danger than they bargained for after beginning to suspect their neighbor is a serial murderer.
Style: suspense, slasher, ambiguous ending, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, group of friends, friendship, murder suspect, murder, basement, murder mystery, surveillance, child killer, teenage boy, psycho killer, private investigation ...
Time: year 1984, 80s, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa
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 7.6
 61K
Young Sheldon (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: The early life of child genius Sheldon Cooper, later seen in The Big Bang Theory.
Style: humorous, witty, clever, sitcom, philosophical
Audience: kids
Plot: child prodigy, genius, prodigy, childhood, school, adolescence, child protagonist, parents and children, family, boy, scientist, kids and family ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, year 1989
Place: texas, usa
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The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: While hiding from bullies in his school's attic, a young boy discovers the extraordinary land of Fantasia, through a magical book called The Neverending Story. The book tells the tale of Atreyu, a young warrior who, with the help of a luck ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, light, surreal, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, chick flick, pre-teens
Plot: dragon, adventure, imaginary kingdom, imagination, good versus evil, child protagonist, magic, oracle, fantasy world, heroic mission, evil force, horse ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, future
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 4.9
 6K
Mercy (2014)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A single mom and her two boys help take care of their grandmother with mystical powers
Style: scary, tense, serious, suspenseful, demonic
Plot: child protagonist, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, family relations, boy in peril, siblings relations, single parent, elderly, supernatural ability, grandmother grandson relationship, mental illness, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Little Vampire (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, Netherlands, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Based on the popular books, the story tells of Tony who wants a friend to add some adventure to his life. What he gets is Rudolph, a vampire kid with a good appetite. The two end up inseparable, but their fun is cut short when all the hopes of the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, melancholic, sexy ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: vampire, supernatural, friendship, child protagonist, vampire hunter, adventure, siblings relations, family, boy, school, friends, transformation ...
Time: 80s
Place: scotland, europe
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 6.9
 154K
Matilda (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.
Style: fairy tale, feel good, humorous, touching, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: mischievous children, school, supernatural ability, children, adoption, adventure, teachers and students, family, young heroes, dysfunctional family, parents and children, telekinesis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
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 5.5
 5K
The Boy (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An intimate portrait of a 9 year old sociopath as he discovers his taste for killing.
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: date night
Plot: killer child, child protagonist, murder, father son relationship, drifter, boy in peril, boy, motel, crimes, hotel, farm, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.1
 421K
Room (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Jack is a young boy of 5 years old who has lived all his life in one room. He believes everything within it are the only real things in the world. But what will happen when his Ma suddenly tells him that there are other things outside of Room?
Style: sentimental, suspense, sad, heartbreaking, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, mother son relationship, isolation, rape, escape, kidnapped, captive, room, child born of rape, imprisonment, kidnapped woman, rescue ...
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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, sad, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: world war two, coming of age, child protagonist, war, captivity, childhood, japanese army, pow, young heroes, children in wartime, boy, prison ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: shanghai, china, japan, tokyo, asia ...
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 6.7
 60K
Good Boys (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A group of young boys on the cusp of becoming teenagers embark on an epic quest to fix their broken drone before their parents get home.
Style: absurd, funny, light, sex comedy, not serious ...
Plot: grownups, best friend, first kiss, child, school, sexual humor, adult humor, child protagonist, mischievous children, youth, absurd humor, friend ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.4
 278K
The Jungle Book (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man-cub named Mowgli fostered by wolves. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan, Mowgli is forced to flee the jungle, by which he embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of the panther, Bagheera and the free-spirited bear, Baloo.
Style: serious, entertaining, scenic, semi serious, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: jungle, animals, disney, friendship, talking animals, human animal relationship, boy, orphan, courage, wolf, adventure, journey ...
Place: india, asia
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 7.9
 21K
Kes (1969)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
Style: bleak, realistic, depressing, emotional, sad ...
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: childhood, coming of age, school, boy, neglected child, bird, friendship, working class, teacher, child protagonist, small town, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom, london, scotland, britain ...
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Let the Right One In (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in 1982 in the suburb of Blackeberg, Stockholm, twelve-year-old Oskar is a lonely outsider, bullied at school by his classmates; at home, Oskar dreams of revenge against a trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old, next-door neighbor ...
Style: gothic, captivating, atmospheric, dark, suspense ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: vampire, supernatural, bullying, loneliness, coming of age, deadly creature, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, snow, friendship, child vampire, bully, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982, 18th century
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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 8.1
 199K
The Iron Giant (1999)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the small town of Rockwell, Maine in October 1957, a giant metal machine befriends a nine-year-old boy and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.
Style: touching, exciting, emotional, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens
Plot: friendship, small town, robot, prejudice, self sacrifice, benign alien, androids and robots, childhood, boy, cold war, space and aliens, paranoia ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, future, year 1957
Place: maine, usa, iceland
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The Loud House (2014)
Genre: Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Lincoln Loud is an eleven-year-old boy who lives with ten sisters. With the help of his right-hand man Clyde, Lincoln finds new ways to survive in such a large family every day.
Style: light, sincere, feel good, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: girl, child protagonist, childhood, family relations, friendship, baby, boy, siblings relations, family, 17 year old, cliche, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, 2020s
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 5.7
 65K
Pan (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook and the warrior Tiger Lily. They must band together to save ...
Style: fairy tale, exciting, stylized, serious, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing
Plot: pirate, magic, childhood, fantasy world, adventure, orphan, mischievous children, heroes, child in peril, treasure hunt, flying, young heroes ...
Time: future, 1940s, 18th century, 1930s
Place: london, vietnam
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 6.2
 135K
The Visit (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances ...
Style: suspense, twist ending, disturbing, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, kids in trouble, siblings relations, elderly, family relations, found footage, farm, disturbed individual, sibling relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, parents and children, basement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 4.5
 14K
North (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to ...
Style: humorous, light, stylized, melancholic, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: wish come true, child protagonist, family, parent child relationship, child as adult, child prodigy, travel, young heroes, rebelliousness, self discovery, parents and children, mischievous children ...
Place: hawaii, new jersey, usa, china, africa ...
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His Dark Materials (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious ...
Style: atmospheric, suspense, enigmatic, dark, dark fantasy
Audience: teen drama
Plot: friendship, magic, prophecy, travel, child protagonist, conspiracy, children, church, journey, grownups, talking animals, supernatural ...
Time: future, 2010s, 2020s
Place: london, united kingdom, norway
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