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 light, humorous, touching, feel good, captivating and melancholic films and TV shows about / with child protagonist, friendship, boy, family relations, adventure, childhood, children, chase, father son relationship and mother son relationship plots mostly in Family, Drama and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, South Korea and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as child protagonist: Capernaum (2018), Home Alone (1990), Summer of '84 (2018), Tomboy (2011), Steven Universe (2013), Coco (2017), Good Boys (2019), Rim of the World (2019), His Dark Materials (2019), The Shamer's Daughter (2015).

List of child protagonist movies

Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, USA, 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: rough, social, cynical, sad, depressing ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, child protagonist, misery, traumatic childhood, neglected child, refugee, low lives, survival, child labor, street life ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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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: humorous, not serious, light, funny, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: christmas, mischievous children, family, holiday, when the parents are away, child protagonist, home invasion, kids and family, youth, neighbor, danger, young heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, america, paris france, illinois ...
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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, ambiguous ending, enigmatic, tense, psychotronic
Audience: teens
Plot: group of friends, murder, murder mystery, child killer, child protagonist, murder suspect, friendship, serial killer, neighbor, basement, surveillance, teenage boy ...
Time: 80s, year 1984
Place: oregon, usa
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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 ...
Plot: transsexual, child protagonist, sexual identity, gender, friendship, gender bending, family relations, youth, self discovery, dishonesty, society, cross dressing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: europe, france, paris france
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Steven Universe (2013)
Genre: Animation, Short, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Korea, Spain, Japan, Mexico
Duration: 11 min.
TV show
Story: A young boy takes his mother's place in a group of gemstone-based beings, and must learn to control his powers.
Style: stylized, touching, captivating, offbeat, witty ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: gem, save the world, goodhearted, adventure, danger, supernatural ability, youth, supernatural, family, escapades, coming of age, child protagonist ...
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Coco (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Music, Mystery
Country: USA, Mexico
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, life after death, boy, childhood, musician, life & death, fantasy world, singer, child protagonist, family, music, skeleton ...
Time: year 2017, 2010s
Place: mexico
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA, Cambodia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A quiet teenage artist Rafe Katchadorian has a wild imagination and is sick of middle school and the rules that have been put before him. Rafe and his best friend Leo have come up with a plan: break every rule in the school hand book and as you ...
Style: funny, light, captivating, humorous, feel good
Audience: teens, teen comedy, family outing
Plot: middle school, child protagonist, teenager, best friends, dream, romance, talent, escapades, children, school principal, painter, mother son relationship ...
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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: light, funny, absurd, not serious, sex comedy
Audience: teen comedy
Plot: best friend, child protagonist, grownups, friendship, mischievous children, school, friend, child, adult humor, youth, sexual humor, absurd humor ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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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: light, humorous, enigmatic, satirical
Plot: summer camp, alien encounter, child protagonist, obsessive quest, alien invasion, alien, teenage life, nasa, social misfits, interracial friendship, netflix, astronaut ...
Time: 21st century
Place: pasadena california, california
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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
Plot: child protagonist, magic, science, parallel universe, arctic, united kingdom, friendship, travel, prophecy, children, orphan, alternate universe ...
Place: norway
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The Shamer's Daughter (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic, Iceland, Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The Shamer's daughter, Dina, has unwillingly inherited her mother's supernatural ability. She can look straight into the soul of other people. When the sole heir to the throne is wrongfully accused of the horrible murders of his family, it ...
Style: exciting, sincere, suspense, atmospheric, stylized
Plot: supernatural ability, child protagonist, psychic, power struggle, murder, truth, mother daughter relationship, political intrigue, good versus evil, saving a life, heir to the throne, conscience ...
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Hilda (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Fearless, free-spirited Hilda finds new friends, adventure and magical creatures when she leaves her enchanted forest home and journeys to the city.
Style: captivating, sweet, fairy tale, light, funny ...
Audience: kids
Plot: mythical creature, magical creature, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, magic, child protagonist, adventure, monster, troll, giant creature, travel, friendship ...
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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, sentimental, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: sick child, miraculous event, illness, accident, child protagonist, parent child relationship, terminal illness, faith, heaven, little girl, mother daughter relationship, family relations ...
Place: boston
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 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: humorous, entertaining, light, funny, surreal ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: middle school, high school life, childhood, cheese, teenager, child protagonist, popularity, diary, brother brother relationship, coming of age, peer pressure, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, guatemala
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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, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, dragon, adventure, mythology, good versus evil, magic, reading, escapades, evil force, gnome, imagination, danger ...
Time: 80s
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Eli (2019)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A boy named Eli with a rare autoimmune disorder is confined to a special experimental clinic for his treatment. He soon begins experiencing supernatural forces, turning the supposedly safe facility into a haunted prison for him and his fellow ...
Style: twist ending, macabre, suspense, bleak, rough ...
Plot: evil child, antichrist, disease, allergy, child protagonist, treatment, telekinesis, little boy, demon, danger, house, family ...
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A Warrior's Tail (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Russia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A fairytale about a grand life journey of a 10-year old boy Savva devoted to help his Mom and fellow village people to break free from the vicious hyenas.
Style: captivating, exciting, semi serious, light, humorous
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: hyena, creature, village, child protagonist, little boy, human animal relationship, battle, monkey, battles, adventure, heroic mission, friendship ...
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Pan (2015)
Genre: 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: visually appealing, fairy tale, exciting, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fantasy world, orphan, magic, pirate, heroes, journey, adventure, flying, mischievous children, young heroes, danger, escapades ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 18th century, future
Place: london
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Craig of the Creek (2018)
Genre: Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Craig and his friends, Kelsey and JP, venture out into a kid-controlled wilderness in the creek.
Style: feel good, light, captivating, visually appealing
Audience: kids
Plot: suburbs, child protagonist, friendship, boy, children, creek, trio, staff, map, variety, hoodie, wallet ...
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OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes (2017)
Genre: Animation, Short, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 11 min.
TV show
Story: Animated comedy set in the futuristic year of 201X, where the world is populated by video game and manga-esque characters.
Style: light, feel good, entertaining, humorous
Plot: friendship, teenager, alien, training, adventurer, superhero, child protagonist, magic, evil scientist, van, heroes, fighting style ...
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Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives ...
Style: feel good, exciting, touching, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, loneliness, family, follow your dream, journey, friendship, unlikely friendships, obsessive quest, friends, dog, talking animals, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, south america, mount everest, venezuela
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Queen of Katwe (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.
Style: inspirational, thought provoking, captivating, sincere, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chess, poverty, rise to the top, mother daughter relationship, child protagonist, widow, sport, contests and competitions, small town, team, mentor, female director ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s, 1950s
Place: uganda, africa
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The Painted Bird (2019)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine
Duration: 169 min.
Story: A young Jewish boy in Poland seeks refuge in the forest during World War II where he encounters many different characters.
Style: psychological, disturbing, exciting, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: man boy relationship, holocaust, sexual abuse, older man younger woman relationship, terrorism, child protagonist, humiliation, domestic violence, zoophilia, husband wife relationship, employer employee relationship, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: eastern europe, europe
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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, suspenseful, serious, tense
Plot: family relations, child protagonist, curses spells and rituals, siblings relations, supernatural, single parent, imaginary, supernatural ability, elderly, grandmother grandson relationship, boy in peril, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Steven Universe: The Movie (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Two years after the events of "Change Your Mind", Steven (now 16 years old) and his friends are ready to enjoy the rest of their lives peacefully. However, all of that changes when a new sinister Gem arrives, armed with a giant drill that ...
Style: light, entertaining, humorous, sweet
Plot: gem, child protagonist, adventure, childhood, boy, heroes, trial, friendship, diamond, alien
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Honey Boy (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.
Style: captivating, touching, sincere, psychological
Plot: abusive father, rehabilitation, absent mother, father son relationship, child protagonist, alcoholic father, forgiveness, alcoholics anonymous, group therapy, motel, autobiography, alcoholic ...
Time: year 1995, 1990s, year 2005, 2000s, 90s ...
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Matilda (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 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: humorous, feel good, fairy tale, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: school, telekinesis, eccentric family, young heroes, little girl, adventure, teachers and students, parents and children, supernatural ability, child prodigy, child abuse, mischievous children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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How to Win at Checkers (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Thailand, USA, Indonesia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The poor outlying districts of Bangkok are a world where you grow up very quickly. After both their parents die, 11-year-old Oat, his little sister and his older brother Ek move in with their aunt. Ek works in a bar for male prostitutes and ...
Style: touching, psychological, melancholic, contemplative, sentimental ...
Plot: brother brother relationship, coming of age, betrayal, sibling relationship, older brother, child protagonist, lottery, gay, siblings, escapades, orphan, romance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand
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The Water Horse (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, UK, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.
Style: emotional, entertaining, twists and turns, scenic, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: sea monster, adventure, world war two, young heroes, friendship, underwater, child protagonist, mythology, egg, rescue from drowning, boat, underwater scene ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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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: humorous, feel good, entertaining, melancholic, offbeat ...
Audience: horror for children, kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: vampire, imaginary, family, friendship, vampire hunter, escapades, supernatural, siblings relations, heroes, small town life, child protagonist, school ...
Time: 80s
Place: scotland, europe
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