A CHILD'S WORLD ON CELLULOID

A list of Movies that take you on a journey through the eyes of children and teenagers. I'm sure there are hundreds more out there but these are the films that I have seen and do recommend. Movies are in list order.
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1.
All Things Fair (1995)
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Malmö, Sweden during the Second World War. Stig is a 15 year old pupil on the verge of adulthood. Viola is 37 years old and his teacher... (130 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
“ A teenager's affair with his teacher. ” - mifunesamurai
 
2.
Amy (1997)
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Amy is a story of a young girl who witnesses her dad's death on stage at a rock concert. She becomes mentally mute/deaf after this... (104 mins.)
Director: Nadia Tass
“ Communicating to a child through song. ” - mifunesamurai
 
3.
At Close Range (1986)
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In 1978 rural Pennsylvania an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons and they become intrigued with romanticized life of crime. (111 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ A drifting teenager gets caught up in the badness of life. ” - mifunesamurai
 
4.
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
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A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. (137 mins.)
“ Brutal, unflinching, harrowing, powerful... ” - mifunesamurai
 
5.
Beneath Clouds (2002)
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The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a... (90 mins.)
Director: Ivan Sen
“ Two teenagers hit the road in remote Australia. ” - mifunesamurai
 
6.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
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The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team. (112 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ A little treat. ” - mifunesamurai
 
7.
The Best Things in the World (2010)
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Mano has to deal with adolescence dilemmas and his family destruction, after his father leaves their house. (100 mins.)
Director: Laís Bodanzky
“ Growing up in modern day Brazil... ” - mifunesamurai
 
8.
The Black Stallion (1979)
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While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... (118 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
“ A masterpiece about a boy and a beast. ” - mifunesamurai
 
9.
Bogus (1996)
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Recently orphaned, a young boy is taken in by his godmother who is shocked to realize that she can see the boy's imaginary friend: a flamboyant, French magician named Bogus. (110 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ creating a make-believe world to get through the tough times. ” - mifunesamurai
 
10.
The Book Thief (2013)
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While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. (131 mins.)
Director: Brian Percival
“ Growing up in War time Nazi can be a little problematic... ” - mifunesamurai
 
11.
The Boy from Mercury (1996)
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Harry is an eight-year-old boy growing up in Ireland with his dis-spirited widowed mother and older brother... (87 mins.)
Director: Martin Duffy
“ Irish boy Cronin and his fantasy world. ” - mifunesamurai
 
12.
Boyhood (2014)
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The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college. (165 mins.)
“ Growing up on film the Linklater way... ” - mifunesamurai
 
13.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ John Hughes' teenage masterpiece. ” - mifunesamurai
 
14.
Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)
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Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents... (108 mins.)
Director: Gene Saks
“ Growing up pains can be fun when watching someone else. ” - mifunesamurai
 
15.
A Bronx Tale (1993)
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A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
“ Even de Niro & Palminteri know what it is like to be a child in a rough neighbourhood. ” - mifunesamurai
 
16.
The Butcher Boy (1997)
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Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent... (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ A disturbing look of a child's mental illness. ” - mifunesamurai
 
17.
Le café du pont (2010)
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Ten-year-old Pierrot is just another kid. For the time being, he grows with his younger brother Jeannot in a flat above "Le Café du Pont"... (95 mins.)
Director: Manuel Poirier
“ Growing up in a provisional French town under the Nazi thumb... ” - mifunesamurai
 
18.
The Children of Times Square (1986 TV Movie)
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An alienated teenage boy runs away from home and ventures to New York City where he falls in with a gang of juvenile delinquents working as drug dealers and pickpockets for a shady crime boss. (94 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ Worth a look because of Curtis Hanson at the helm. ” - mifunesamurai
 
19.
China Girl (1987)
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A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers... (90 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ Early Ferrara looks at teenage love with two clashing cultures. ” - mifunesamurai
 
20.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
“ The world of a small Italian town cinema through the eyes of a mischievous child. ” - mifunesamurai
 
21.
Chocolat (1988)
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A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon... (105 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
“ Life of a French child in the West African colony. ” - mifunesamurai
 
22.
The Cider House Rules (1999)
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A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world. (126 mins.)
“ Lasse does it again, this time with Toby. ” - mifunesamurai
 
23.
Class Trip (1998)
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A schoolboy Nicholas always worries about something. When he goes on a school skiing trip, all his visions and nightmares take him over. (96 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
“ A sinister twist in this coming-of-age film. ” - mifunesamurai
 
24.
Come and See (1985)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (142 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
“ A child's world can sometimes be ugly. ” - mifunesamurai
 
25.
The Flight of the Innocent (1992)
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The boy Vito is a portrait of beauty and wide-eyed innocence spawned from a violent family of kidnapers and murderers in the South of Italy... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlo Carlei
“ A young boy on the run from the mafia. ” - mifunesamurai
 
26.
The Cowboys (1972)
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When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a... (134 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
“ John Wayne teachers these young boys how to be cowboys. ” - mifunesamurai
 
27.
Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This (1978 TV Movie)
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A father tries to toughen his son by paying the neighborhood bullies to beat him up. The title comes from the lad's cry during one of the staged bouts. (100 mins.)
Director: Adell Aldrich
“ A child's tormented life. ” - mifunesamurai
 
28.
The Runner (1984)
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Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until... (94 mins.)
Director: Amir Naderi
“ The life of an Iranian street kid. ” - mifunesamurai
 
29.
Days of Heaven (1978)
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A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Malick's masterpiece as told by a child. ” - mifunesamurai
 
30.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
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The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
“ The classic of all stoner films. ” - mifunesamurai
 
31.
Deep End (1970)
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15-year-old Mike takes a job at the local swimming baths, where he becomes obsessed with an attractive young woman... (92 mins.)
“ The tragedy of love and obsession by a 15-year-old boy who enters the seedy lie of an Adult's world. ” - mifunesamurai
 
32.
Den store badedag (1991)
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Copenhagen 1930. Through the eyes of a boy, his family and the outside world is depicted. A well knit, working class family. The boy has great expectations on his father. This leads to the involuntary unmasking of the father. (100 mins.)
Director: Stellan Olsson
“ Growing up in early Denmark. ” - mifunesamurai
 
33.
Desert Bloom (1986)
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The story involves Rose Chismore's youth. She flashes back and remembers her coming-of-age. Her recollections are sometimes less than sweet... (105 mins.)
Director: Eugene Corr
“ Growing up in 1951 while the A-bomb is being tested in your backyard. A gem. ” - mifunesamurai
 
34.
The Devil's Playground (1976)
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Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling... (107 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ Australian classic set in a boarding school. ” - mifunesamurai
 
35.
Dichiarazioni d'amore (1994)
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Bologna in Italy, 1948. A period in the life of some 15 year-old youths who attend the same school and live in the same neighbourhood... (91 mins.)
Director: Pupi Avati
“ Pupi Avati's takes us through the eyes of a teenager during post-war italy. ” - mifunesamurai
 
36.
Muddy River (1981)
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In post-War Japan, a boy from a noodle store-owning family befriends a neighboring boy living in poverty. (105 mins.)
Director: Kôhei Oguri
“ A boy's own story, Japanese style. ” - mifunesamurai
 
37.
Earth (1998)
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It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence. (110 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ Lenny takes us through 1947 India. ” - mifunesamurai
 
38.
The Elementary School (1991)
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The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school... (100 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
“ Jan Sverak's delightful view of a small town boy's cheeky life. ” - mifunesamurai
 
39.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
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A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (129 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ A haunting ride in a child's mind after a traumatic experience. ” - mifunesamurai
 
40.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Bergman's contribution to the child's world. ” - mifunesamurai
 
41.
15 Amore (1998)
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Peace within war. An adult voice narrates a story of childhood during World War II when he lived with his mother... (92 mins.)
Director: Maurice Murphy
“ The memoirs of a teenager during wartime in Australia. ” - mifunesamurai
 
42.
The Floating Lives (2010)
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The film portrays the life of a family separated from the mainstream of modern society, yet containing... (105 mins.)
“ Has its moments but still interesting look of growing up the hard way on the rivers of Vietnam... ” - mifunesamurai
 
43.
Forbidden Games (1952)
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A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death. (86 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ Powerful. Worth watching. ” - mifunesamurai
 
44.
Fat Girl (2001)
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Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday. (83 mins.)
“ A child's life can sometimes be ugly. ” - mifunesamurai
 
45.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
“ Truffaut's classic. ” - mifunesamurai
 
46.
Foxes (1980)
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A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex. (106 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ A hidden gem. ” - mifunesamurai
 
47.
Show Me Love (1998)
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Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin. (89 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ Bored teenagers in downtown Amal. ” - mifunesamurai
 
48.
The Gift to Stalin (2008)
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A Jewish child deported to Kazakhstan is saved and adopted by Kasym, an old Kazakh railway-man. Kasym gives him a Kazakh name... (97 mins.)
“ Very touching... ” - mifunesamurai
 
49.
The Go-Between (1971)
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A tale of torrid and forbidden love between a couple in the English countryside. (116 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
“ The lovers messenger. ” - mifunesamurai
 
50.
The Grand Highway (1987)
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Louis, a nine-year-old boy from Paris, spends his summer vacation in a small town in Brittany. His mother... (104 mins.)
“ Growing up French style. ” - mifunesamurai
 
51.
Gregory's Girl (1980)
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Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection. (91 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
“ Early Forsyth gem. ” - mifunesamurai
 
52.
Gummo (1997)
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Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. (89 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ Boredom of teenage life in a wasted landscape. ” - mifunesamurai
 
53.
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
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The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette. (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ Bressen's masterpiece about a gil and a donkey (and don't get any funny ideas). ” - mifunesamurai
 
54.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Two wicked school girls and the world they create. ” - mifunesamurai
 
55.
Holidays on the River Yarra (1991)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Leo Berkeley
“ Teenagers led astray. ” - mifunesamurai
 
56.
Hope and Glory (1987)
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A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2... (113 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Childhood memories of a war... ” - mifunesamurai
 
57.
The Ice Storm (1997)
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1973, suburban New Canaan, Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control. (112 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Living in the Seventies. ” - mifunesamurai
 
58.
The Innocents (1961)
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ Strange children in a strange house. ” - mifunesamurai
 
59.
Im Innern des Wals (1985)
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(97 mins.)
Director: Doris Dörrie
“ Juvenile crises handled with maturity. ” - mifunesamurai
 
60.
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
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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. (95 mins.)
“ Tarkovsky shows the scars of war through the life of a 12 year-old Russian boy. ” - mifunesamurai
 
61.
I Was Born, But... (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Yoshi family - husband and wife Kennesuke and Haha, a middle manager at an office and a housewife respectively... (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ Early classic light-weight Ozu... ” - mifunesamurai
 
62.
Jack (1996)
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Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man. (113 mins.)
“ I know he's big, but inside he is just a small child. ” - mifunesamurai
 
63.
Kamchatka (2002)
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The film is seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, Harry (Matías del Pozo), who does not know... (106 mins.)
“ The young ones caught up in their parents political turmoil during the dark military rein over Argentina is intriguing... ” - mifunesamurai
 
64.
Kes (1969)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. (110 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach
“ Loach's early classic. ” - mifunesamurai
 
65.
Kids (1995)
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A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
“ Larry Clark, the most controversial figure to tackle teenage angst. ” - mifunesamurai
 
66.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends. (84 mins.)
“ How to tame a wild one. ” - mifunesamurai
 
67.
King of the Hill (1993)
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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. (103 mins.)
“ Soderbergh's underrated gem. ” - mifunesamurai
 
68.
Kolya (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man... (105 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
“ An adorable young boy is dumped on a mischievous old man. ” - mifunesamurai
 
69.
Little Man Tate (1991)
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Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius,... (99 mins.)
Director: Jodie Foster
“ The journey of a bright child. ” - mifunesamurai
 
70.
Little Nikita (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An FBI agent works to uncover an All-American family as Soviet sleeper agents and gets caught up in friendship with their unaware son. (98 mins.)
“ Kids getting caught up in the political turmoil. ” - mifunesamurai
 
71.
Little Odessa (1994)
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Early 1990s drama about a family of Soviet Jews living in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach ocean-side neighborhood nicknamed Little Odessa. (98 mins.)
Director: James Gray
“ Violent life of a child teenager. ” - mifunesamurai
 
72.
The Long Day Closes (1992)
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The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old "Bud." A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days... (85 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
“ Terence Davis brilliantly captures the life of a young boy in depressing England circa 1950s. ” - mifunesamurai
 
73.
Looking for Alibrandi (2000)
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A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother... (103 mins.)
Director: Kate Woods
“ Growing up Italian in Australia! ” - mifunesamurai
 
74.
Lord of the Flies (1963)
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Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
“ When little boys are left to their own device. ” - mifunesamurai
 
75.
Lore (2012)
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As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate. (109 mins.)
Director: Cate Shortland
“ Innocence caught up in the madness of war... ” - mifunesamurai
 
76.
Lover Boy (1989)
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Explores the conflicting worlds of a teenager and a mature woman as they discover the full force of their sexuality. (58 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Wright
“ Tragic suburban love tale between a 16 year-old and a bored woman. ” - mifunesamurai
 
77.
The Matchmaker (2010)
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During the summer of 1968 a teenage boy goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust - both their lives are forever altered. (112 mins.)
Director: Avi Nesher
“ An enjoyable coming of age in the Summer of '68... ” - mifunesamurai
 
78.
Matilda (1996)
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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. (98 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
“ A Danny De Vito classic. ” - mifunesamurai
 
79.
The Mighty (1998)
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Two young boys, both social outcasts in their small town, form an unlikely friendship. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
“ Heartfelt tale about boys and their dreams to conquer reality! ” - mifunesamurai
 
80.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
“ Insightful observation on the effects of suicide on children... ” - mifunesamurai
 
81.
“ Icelandic version of Cinema Paradiso. ” - mifunesamurai
 
82.
Mustang (2015)
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When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged. (97 mins.)
“ Repression of their freedom will never break their love for each other. A stunning movie with stella performances from a young cast... ” - mifunesamurai
 
83.
Mr. Pip (2012)
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As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village. (116 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
“ A bit farfetched with the Great Expectations thing, but it still hits home... ” - mifunesamurai
 
84.
Mud (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. (130 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ A harsh world of grown-up lies & love. ” - mifunesamurai
 
85.
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself between the urge to discover love and the ever-present, dominating affection of his mother. (118 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Malle's little masterpiece. ” - mifunesamurai
 
86.
My Brother Is an Only Child (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two brothers come of age in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s. (100 mins.)
“ The mad politics of an Italian family done with humility... ” - mifunesamurai
 
87.
My Life as a Dog (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives. (101 mins.)
“ The movie that brought Lasse Hallstrom to our attention. ” - mifunesamurai
 
88.
No Worries (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A family is forced off their farm due to drought, and move to Sydney. (92 mins.)
Director: David Elfick
“ The hardship of the Aussie country life. ” - mifunesamurai
 
89.
October Sky (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes. (108 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ Jake Gyllenhaal is great in this gem. ” - mifunesamurai
 
90.
Ohikkoshi (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Renko, a girl in the sixth grade, is at first unperturbed by her parents' decision to separate. With the companionship of her boyfriend... (125 mins.)
Director: Shinji Sômai
“ A child's life caught up in the break-up of her parents marriage. ” - mifunesamurai
 
91.
Oliver Twist (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (116 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ The dark David Lean version is brilliant. ” - mifunesamurai
 
92.
Only the Brave (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Alex is in love with her best friend, Vicki, her mother has disappeared and she sets fire to things in her spare time... (59 mins.)
Director: Ana Kokkinos
“ Greek girls in Australia have it tough. ” - mifunesamurai
 
93.
Out of the Blue (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene. (94 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
“ Hopper's harsh reality of a teenager. ” - mifunesamurai
 
94.
The Outsiders (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. (91 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ Teenage gangsters get a visit from Coppola. ” - mifunesamurai
 
95.
Padre Padrone (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh... (114 mins.)
“ Taviani brothers show the harsh life of an Italian peasant boy. ” - mifunesamurai
 
96.
Pather Panchali (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ A treasure. ” - mifunesamurai
 
97.
The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A girl sells copies of Soleil, the government paper. (45 mins.)
“ Street kids on Senegal selling newspapers. Cute short film (45 minutes). ” - mifunesamurai
 
98.
Pixote (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc (128 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
“ The brutal life of a child. ” - mifunesamurai
 
99.
Powder (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An off the charts genius who is home schooled and shunned after his last relative dies shows the unconscious residents of his town about connection awareness and the generosity of the spirit. (111 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ A teenage albino boy with a few growing up issues. ” - mifunesamurai
 
100.
Pretty Baby (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917. (110 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Malle's controversial piece. ” - mifunesamurai