Recommended films about children

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1.
Captains Courageous (1937)
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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. (117 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
2.
A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)
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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. (103 mins.)
 
3.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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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. (92 mins.)
 
4.
Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)
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An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school. (83 mins.)
 
5.
A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963)
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Ten year old Sammy travels 4500 miles on his own from the Suez Canal to Durban, South Africa. (128 mins.)
 
6.
Time Bandits (1981)
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A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
7.
Manolito Four Eyes (1999)
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The usually absent father of a chubby kid shows up to take him on a road trip. (89 mins.)
 
8.
Good Morning (1959)
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Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set. (94 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
9.
Léolo (1992)
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Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his... (107 mins.)
 
10.
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
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Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes and active role to unravel the mysterious secrets. (103 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
11.
Small Change (1976)
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In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention... (104 mins.)
 
12.
Paper Moon (1973)
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During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. (102 mins.)
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
Our Mother's House (1967)
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When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal... (104 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
15.
The White Ribbon (2009)
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Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
16.
The Kid (1921)
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The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (68 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
17.
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
18.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
19.
Germany Year Zero (1948)
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A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin. (78 mins.)
 
20.
Moonfleet (1955)
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Moonfleet is set in Dorset, England. The Fleet refers to the land just west of Portland, Southern England. (84 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
21.
The Tree of Life (2011)
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The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
22.
The Young and the Damned (1950)
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A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City... (85 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
23.
Not One Less (1999)
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In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl... (106 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
24.
The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)
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Men seeking relief from the Black Death, guided by a boy's vision, dig a tunnel from 14th century England to 20th century New Zealand. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
25.
Kes (1969)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach
 
26.
Freeze Die Come to Life (1990)
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Two children living in a remote mining town in the distant wastes of Siberia in 1947, survive poverty... (105 mins.)
Director: Vitali Kanevsky
 
27.
The White Balloon (1995)
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Several people try to help a little girl to find the money her mom gave her to buy a goldfish with. (85 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
28.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
29.
The Bad Seed (1956)
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A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
30.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
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A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
 
31.
The Other (1972)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan