Children in the 90s: Best moviesby Julian Morris | created - 10 Apr 2011 | updated - 24 Dec 2015 | Public
Here is my list of top movies of the 90s with kids in the lead roles. Most of them are drama and adventure and some good foreign stuff. If you think only comedy and american movies are good, sorry this list is not for you! :)
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1. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.
Votes: 28,316 | Gross: $4.77M
2. The War (1994)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama
Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,816 | Gross: $16.55M
3. The Secret Garden (1993)
G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's ... See full summary »
Votes: 31,278 | Gross: $31.18M
5. The Cure (1995)
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama
Erik, a loner, finds a friend in Dexter, an eleven-year-old boy with AIDS. They vow to find a cure for AIDS together and save Dexter's life in an eventful summer.
Votes: 8,120 | Gross: $2.57M
6. A Little Princess (1995)
G | 97 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.
Votes: 27,182 | Gross: $10.02M
7. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 775,309 | Gross: $293.51M
9. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 357,291 | Gross: $285.76M
10. My Girl (1991)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.
Votes: 61,030 | Gross: $59.85M
11. Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995)
PG | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A city girl teams up with a tomboy to solve the mystery of Bear Mountain, Molly Morgan, and the buried treasure as well as learn about true friendships.
Votes: 3,586 | Gross: $6.03M
12. Casper (1995)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.
Votes: 96,327 | Gross: $100.33M
14. Addams Family Values (1993)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy
The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.
Votes: 63,574 | Gross: $48.92M
15. Jumanji (1995)
PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
Votes: 236,081 | Gross: $100.48M
16. Hocus Pocus (1993)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.
Votes: 70,557 | Gross: $39.51M
17. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.
Votes: 201,064 | Gross: $219.20M
21. It (1990)
TV-14 | 192 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.
22. The People Under the Stairs (1991)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Two adults and a juvenile break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children. There, they must fight for their lives.
Votes: 26,094 | Gross: $24.20M
24. The Good Son (1993)
R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
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 violent behavior.
Votes: 30,952 | Gross: $44.59M
25. The Client (1994)
PG-13 | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the District Attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family.
Votes: 50,148 | Gross: $92.12M
26. This Boy's Life (1993)
R | 115 min | Biography, Drama
The story about the relationship between a rebellious 1950s teenager and his abusive stepfather, based on the memoirs of writer and literature Professor Tobias Wolff.
Votes: 38,972 | Gross: $4.10M
27. The Man Without a Face (1993)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama
Chuck wants to leave home, but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby, is an ex-teacher.
Votes: 24,504 | Gross: $24.76M
28. Forever Young (1992)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
During a cryogenics test, a pilot frozen in 1939 awakes in 1992 but time is running out, as his body starts to age rapidly.
Votes: 39,169 | Gross: $55.96M
29. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 818,666 | Gross: $19.50M
30. Ma Vie en Rose (1997)
R | 88 min | Drama
Ludovic is a transgender girl who is coming out. She talks of marrying her neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it. Her family and neighbors struggle ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,843 | Gross: $2.28M
31. Central Station (1998)
R | 113 min | Drama
An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Votes: 30,703 | Gross: $5.60M
32. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 484,100 | Gross: $57.60M
33. Kolya (1996)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,922 | Gross: $5.73M
34. The Piano (1993)
R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
Votes: 68,586 | Gross: $40.16M
35. A Perfect World (1993)
PG-13 | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
Votes: 62,389 | Gross: $31.16M
36. King of the Hill (1993)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, History
A young boy struggles on his own in a run-down motel after his parents and younger brother are separated from him in 1930s Depression-era Midwest.
Votes: 6,352 | Gross: $1.30M
37. Matilda (1996)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.
Votes: 99,845 | Gross: $33.08M
38. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
PG | 99 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
In 1917, two children take a photograph, which is soon believed by some to be the first scientific evidence of the existence of fairies.
Votes: 4,968 | Gross: $14.04M
39. Little Man Tate (1991)
PG | 99 min | Drama
Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,284 | Gross: $25.01M
40. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama
A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Votes: 25,478 | Gross: $7.27M
42. The Virgin Suicides (1999)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s.
Votes: 126,274 | Gross: $4.86M
43. The Butcher Boy (1997)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,283 | Gross: $1.82M
44. Into the West (1992)
PG | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Grandpa Ward gives a horse he found to his grandchildren, who keep it in their tower-block flat in Dublin. The horse is stolen from them, and the two young boys set out to find it and flee on it.
Votes: 2,343 | Gross: $4.79M
45. Olivier, Olivier (1992)
R | 110 min | Drama
A nine-year-old boy disappears without a trace. Six years later, he reappears in Paris but there are doubts about his real identity.
Votes: 1,471 | Gross: $1.26M
46. Léolo (1992)
Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,988 | Gross: $0.61M
48. Yi ge dou bu neng shao (1999)
G | 106 min | Drama
In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl, Wei Minzhi, to substitute. The teacher leaves one stick of chalk for each ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,208 | Gross: $0.59M
49. Lan feng zheng (1993)
140 min | Drama
The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
Votes: 2,209 | Gross: $0.36M