::COMING-OF-AGE ADVENTURES::

by Schwenkstar | created - 16 Sep 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

GIST OF THE LIST: A list of films where children go on a thrilling adventure - usually fun, sometimes suspenseful, occasionally scary, and every now and then a little disturbing.

CAUTION - though these films all feature children, many of them shouldn't be considered "children's films". Use discretion if you intend to view these films with children.

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1. Emil and the Detectives (1931)

75 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

Director: Gerhard Lamprecht | Stars: Rolf Wenkhaus, Käthe Haack, Fritz Rasp, Rudolf Biebrach

Votes: 547

NOTE: One of several adaptations.

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

2. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Passed | 102 min | Drama, Family

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 1,736

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

3. Captains Courageous (1937)

G | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas

Votes: 8,498

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral and witnessing a murder.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis, May Robson

Votes: 1,701

NOTE: One of several adaptations.

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

5. Boys' School (1938)

98 min | Drama, Mystery

In a college, three friends form a secret society. Their objective - going to America. A night, after one of their secret meetings, one of them see a man coming out from a wall. Then the ... See full summary »

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Michel Simon, Armand Bernard, Aimé Clariond

Votes: 740

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

6. The Jungle Book (1942)

Approved | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A boy raised by wild animals tries to adapt to human village life.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia

Votes: 3,685 | Gross: $2.83M

NOTE: One of several adaptations.

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

7. Shoeshine (1946)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortensi

Votes: 6,330

MY RATING: 9

8. Hue and Cry (1947)

82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alastair Sim, Frederick Piper, Harry Fowler, Vida Hope

Votes: 1,327

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

9. The Master Detective Bill Bergson (1947)

91 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery

It's summer. Kalle, Eva-Lotta and Anders have formed a gang, the White Rose. They are in playful battle with Red Rose gang. A relative of Eva-Lotta's mother, Uncle Einar, come to visit and ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Husberg | Stars: Olle Johansson, Ann-Marie Skoglund, Sven-Axel Carlsson, Bernt Callenbo

Votes: 117

NOTE: Followed by several sequels.

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

10. The Fallen Idol (1948)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

88 Metascore

A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia Dresdel, Bobby Henrey

Votes: 7,540 | Gross: $0.34M

MY RATING: 8.5

11. Oliver Twist (1948)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

84 Metascore

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan

Votes: 10,958

NOTE: One of several adaptations.

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

12. The Window (1949)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

To avoid the heat of a sweltering summer night a 9-year-old Manhattan boy decides to sleep on the fire escape and witnesses a murder, but no one will believe him.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart

Votes: 3,352

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

13. Treasure Island (1950)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family

89 Metascore

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 6,866

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

14. The Magnet (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

A boy steals a powerful magnet from a younger boy and gets him into all sorts of trouble.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Stephen Murray, Kay Walsh, James Fox, Meredith Edwards

Votes: 411

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

15. Los Olvidados (1950)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama

A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán

Votes: 17,797

MY RATING: 9

16. The Stranger in Between (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama

A violent fugitive and a mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars, Kay Walsh

Votes: 879

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

17. Talk About a Stranger (1952)

Passed | 65 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

In an idyllic setting, a likable but dangerously volatile twelve-year-old boy tries to settle a score with his disagreeable, mysterious neighbor.

Director: David Bradley | Stars: George Murphy, Nancy Reagan, Billy Gray, Lewis Stone

Votes: 603

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

18. Little Fugitive (1953)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Family

91 Metascore

A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.

Directors: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin | Stars: Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Jay Williams, Will Lee

Votes: 2,404 | Gross: $0.03M

MY RATING: 8

19. The Little Kidnappers (1953)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A Scotsman, Jim MacKenzie, living on a primitive homestead in Nova Scotia, is raising his two grandsons, Harry and Davy, following the death of their father in the Boer War. His son's death... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Jon Whiteley, Vincent Winter, Adrienne Corri, Duncan Macrae

Votes: 433

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

20. Moonfleet (1955)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Drama

A young orphan is sent to the village of Moonfleet, in Dorset, England to stay with his mother's former lover, who has the facade of a gentleman but is a leader of a gang of swashbuckling bootleggers. The duo went on a treasure hunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 3,139

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

21. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 79,965 | Gross: $0.65M

MY RATING: 8.5

22. The Weapon (1956)

77 min | Thriller

A boy accidentally shoots a friend with a gun he found in the rubble of a destroyed building. The gun turns out to be a clue in a ten-year-old murder case.

Directors: Val Guest, Hal E. Chester | Stars: Steve Cochran, Lizabeth Scott, George Cole, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 176

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

23. Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

84 Metascore

A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York

Votes: 11,511 | Gross: $21.91M

MY RATING: 8

24. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 101,418

MY RATING: 8.5

25. Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A twelve-year-old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend, but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell

Votes: 2,341

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

26. Kidnapped (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In Scotland in 1751, young David Balfour is shanghaied aboard a ship where he meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck Stewart with whom he escapes to the Scottish Highlands, dodging the redcoats.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Peter Finch, James MacArthur, Bernard Lee, John Laurie

Votes: 1,260

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

27. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

G | 126 min | Adventure, Family

61 Metascore

A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro

Votes: 13,707 | Gross: $40.36M

MY RATING: 8

28. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare

Votes: 2,942

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

29. In Search of the Castaways (1962)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

In 19th century England, young Mary Grant and her brother, Robert, embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father, a sea captain who vanished somewhere along the Chilean coast.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 2,734 | Gross: $21.75M

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

30. Ivan's Childhood (1962)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, War

In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers.

Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky, Eduard Abalov | Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov, Stepan Krylov

Votes: 30,034

MY RATING: 9

31. Reach for Glory (1962)

86 min | Drama, War

During World War II, in a small English coastal town, teenage boys eager to join the army but unable to do so participate in their own homemade private brutal war games with tragic results.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Michael Anderson Jr., Oliver Grimm, Martin Tomlinson, Alexis Kanner

Votes: 143

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

32. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Approved | 129 min | Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 288,102

MY RATING: 9.5

33. War of the Buttons (1962)

90 min | Comedy, Family

The school boys of two villages in France are fighting. Their trophy are the buttons they will snatch from the enemy. This fight will bring those kids to everlasting friendship...eventually.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Jacques Dufilho, Yvette Etiévant, Michel Galabru, Michèle Méritz

Votes: 2,333

NOTE: First of several adaptations.

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

34. A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963)

G | 118 min | Adventure

Ten year old Sammy travels 4500 miles on his own from the Suez Canal to Durban, South Africa.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Fergus McClelland, Constance Cummings, Harry H. Corbett

Votes: 468

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

35. Lord of the Flies (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin

Votes: 17,049

NOTE: First of several adaptations.

MY RATING: 8

36. Opasni put (1963)

96 min | War

In the last days of WW2 two children from former Yugoslavia manage to escape a Nazi concentration camp. They begin a long and dangerous journey home.

Director: Mate Relja | Stars: Marinko Cosic, Zlatko Kovacic, Zoran Relja, Vanja Drach

Votes: 31

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

37. Savage Sam (1963)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Travis, Arliss, and Lisbeth are captured by Apaches while Old Yeller's son, Sam, tracks their trail.

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Dewey Martin

Votes: 928 | Gross: $6.54M

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

38. Diamonds of the Night (1964)

Not Rated | 67 min | Drama, War

Two Jewish boys escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism and concerns itself with man's struggle to preserve human dignity.

Director: Jan Nemec | Stars: Ladislav Jánsky, Antonín Kumbera, Ilse Bischofova, Ivan Asic

Votes: 1,895

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

39. The Moon-Spinners (1964)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery

A teenager encounters romance, intrigue and a search for stolen jewels during her visit to the island of Crete.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, Pola Negri, Peter McEnery

Votes: 2,120

MY RATING: 5.5

40. A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1870, a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling but their ship is taken over by pirates who become fond of the kids.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Dennis Price, Lila Kedrova

Votes: 1,834

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

41. Operation Third Form (1966)

56 min | Family

School children save an old junk collector from being accused of a theft and try to prevent his partner from stealing a valuable painting.

Director: David Eady | Stars: Kevin Bennett, Sydney Bromley, Ronnie Caryl, Michael Crockett

Votes: 29

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

42. The Boys of Paul Street (1968)

G | 110 min | Drama

In Budapest, two rival gangs of young boys lay claim to a vacant lot. The hostilities escalate yet never quite boil over into actual violence. Just when things do get out of hand, however, ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Sándor Pécsi, László Kozák, Anthony Kemp

Votes: 2,468

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

43. Lost in the Desert (1969)

G | 81 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

After a plane crash a young boy and his dog wander through the Kalahari desert.

Director: Jamie Uys | Stars: Wynand Uys, Jamie Uys, Lady Frolic of Belvedale, Wilhelm Esterhuizen

Votes: 379

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

44. The Owl Service (1969– )

30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Three teenagers discover a mysterious set of owl and flower-patterned dinner plates in the attic and the magical ancient legend of the "Mabinogion" comes to life once again in their Welsh valley.

Stars: Dorothy Edwards, Gillian Hills, Michael Holden, Francis Wallis

Votes: 132

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

45. Pippi Longstocking (1969)

G | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama