Great Films with Child Stars

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Films with great child stars that played their roles very well.

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1. For the Love of Willadean (1964 TV Movie)

92 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Nostalgic tale of two brothers and their new neighbor, who all fight over the attention of Willadean, the pretty girl from the farmhouse down the road.

Director: Byron Paul | Stars: John Anderson, Terry Burnham, Walt Disney, Barbara Eiler

Votes: 5

3. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Episode: For the Love of Willadean: A Taste of Melon (1964)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Nostalgic tale of two brothers and their new neighbor, who all fight over the attentions of the pretty girl in the farmhouse down the road; the girl's name is Willadean. Prize winning ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Paul | Stars: Terry Burnham, Roger Mobley, Michael McGreevey, Bill Mumy

Votes: 60

4. Oliver Twist (2007–2008)

TV-PG | 176 min | Drama

The adventures of the orphaned Oliver Twist in Victorian London.

Stars: William Miller, Adam Arnold, Ryan Barr, Connor Catchpole

Votes: 2,436

5. Oliver Twist (1948)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

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: 10,586

6. Oliver Twist (I) (1982 TV Movie)

103 min | Crime, Drama

The classic Charles Dickens tale of an orphan boy who escapes the horrors of the orphanage only to be taken in by a band of thieves and pickpockets.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Tim Curry, Michael Hordern, Timothy West

Votes: 443

7. The Yearling (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Family, Western

89 Metascore

A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills

Votes: 5,058 | Gross: $5.20M

8. The Other (1972)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Down in the farm country of the US twins are born. One of them turns out to be good, while the other becomes rather evil.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky, Martin Udvarnoky

Votes: 5,293

9. 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 $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

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

Votes: 77,276 | Gross: $0.65M

10. Crossed Swords (1977)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Poor boy Tom Canty (Mark Lester) and Edward, Prince of Wales (Mark Lester) exchange identities, but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Mark Lester, Ernest Borgnine

Votes: 1,495

11. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price

Votes: 10,022

12. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: The Door Without a Key (1962)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A man goes to a police station claiming memory loss , followed by a boy who says he was accidentally left behind by his father, but the desk Sgt. is suspicious of both their stories.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Claude Rains, John Larch, Connie Gilchrist

Votes: 156

13. The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

62 Metascore

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 84,081 | Gross: $71.20M

14. 13 Ghosts (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

56 Metascore

A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 4,895 | Gross: $3.27M

15. Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy

Mr. Dithers has a house he can't unload because it is rumored to be haunted. When he lets the Bumsteads move into it, they discover sliding panels and secret passages. The haunting is the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 236

16. Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Comedy

Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 287

17. Blondie Goes Latin (1941)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Music

Dagwood disguises himself as a drummer in the ship's conga band to sneak aboard a South American cruise ship. Blondie performs several song-and-dance routines.

Directors: Frank R. Strayer, Robert Sparks | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 199

18. Blondie in Society (1941)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy

Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show. A highlight of this film is the canine burping display.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 196

19. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best

Votes: 14,648

20. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 133,402 | Gross: $0.03M

21. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes an active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Pat Slowey

Votes: 6,669 | Gross: $6.10M

22. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Returns to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power, and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Stars: Neil Sterenberg, Beccy Henderson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Taron Egerton

Votes: 16,943

23. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

PG | 112 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson

Votes: 110,819 | Gross: $201.09M

24. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: It's a Good Life (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: John Larch, Cloris Leachman, Don Keefer, Bill Mumy

Votes: 2,661

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Fugitive (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Jenny and the other kids don't realize that the kindly yet magical old duffer they play with in the park is really an intergalactic fugitive hiding out till two serious men come looking for him, asking questions that test their friendship.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Susan Gordon, J. Pat O'Malley, Nancy Kulp, Wesley Lau

Votes: 1,366

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: I Sing the Body Electric (1962)

TV-G | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A recent widower, needing loving care for his three young children, orders a cybernetic "grandmother". While two of the children accept her, one of his daughters fiercely rejects her, with near tragic consequences.

Directors: William F. Claxton, James Sheldon | Stars: Josephine Hutchinson, David White, Vaughn Taylor, Doris Packer

Votes: 1,439

27. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Mr. George (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Priscilla, a young girl, lives with her scheming relatives who are trying to get hold of her inheritance... and a ghostly protector, Mr. George.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Boris Karloff, Virginia Gregg, Howard Freeman, Lillian Bronson

Votes: 161

28. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
Episode: Goodbye Grandpa (1960)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A brother and sister are devastated by the death of their grandfather, to whom they were inordinately close. However, they soon begin to suspect that he may be trying to contact them from beyond the grave.

Director: John Newland | Stars: Edgar Stehli, Candy Moore, Anna Karen, Donald Losby

Votes: 55

29. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
Episode: The Tiger (1961)

Approved | 30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Miss Cartwright is hired to be the new governess to young Pamela. Cartwright immediately dismisses Pamela's beloved nanny, Mrs. Murphy, and finds a punishment room for the child in the ... See full summary »

Director: John Newland | Stars: Pamela Brown, Elspeth March, Pauline Challoner, Edward Underdown

Votes: 31

30. Fido (2006)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

70 Metascore

Space radiation turns the dead into Zombies. Zomcon fights zombies and finds ways to pacify and use them. On pre-teen Timmy's (Kesun Loder's) 1950s suburban street, they all have a zombie doing menial chores. Timmy's zombie becomes his pet and friend, and is named Fido (Sir Billy Connolly).

Director: Andrew Currie | Stars: Kesun Loder, Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Kaye

Votes: 27,481 | Gross: $0.30M

31. Parents (1989)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky

Votes: 5,953 | Gross: $0.87M

32. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 121,003 | Gross: $32.02M

33. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 81,608 | Gross: $60.33M

34. Shoot Out (1971)

GP | 95 min | Western

A former bank robber searches for his double crossing partner who left him for dead, while having to look after a 6 year old girl.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gregory Peck, Patricia Quinn, Robert F. Lyons, Susan Tyrrell

Votes: 1,404

35. Journey for Margaret (1942)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, War

1940. For the better part of the war thus far, New York news correspondent John Davis and his wife Nora Davis have been in the hot spots of western Europe, including Rotterdam and much of ... See full summary »

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Herbert Kline | Stars: Robert Young, Laraine Day, Fay Bainter, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 717

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