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1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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64 Metascore

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 478,931 | Gross: $317.56M

2. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)

PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Family

5.1
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A giant egg is unearthed at a construction site and soon opened, releasing the terrible Ivan Ooze, who wreaks vengeance on Zordon for imprisoning him millennia ago. With Zordon dying and their powers lost, the Rangers head to a distant planet to find the mystic warrior Dulcea.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank

Votes: 20,500 | Gross: $37.80M

3. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.8
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60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 187,290 | Gross: $61.40M

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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81 Metascore

Harry finds himself mysteriously selected as an under-aged competitor in a dangerous tournament between three schools of magic.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eric Sykes

Votes: 412,759 | Gross: $289.99M

5. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

9.2
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In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena

Votes: 145,198

6. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

7.5
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63 Metascore

An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 337,332 | Gross: $285.76M

7. Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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41 Metascore

Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But the Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything for which he stands.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

Votes: 212,786 | Gross: $28.75M

8. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 104,914

9. Pan (2015)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.8
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36 Metascore

12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara

Votes: 47,011 | Gross: $34.96M

10. The Last Airbender (2010)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Family

4.2
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20 Metascore

Follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must master all four elements and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Votes: 123,924 | Gross: $131.56M

11. Dragonball: Evolution (2009)

PG | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

2.7
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45 Metascore

The young warrior Son Goku sets out on a quest, racing against time and the vengeful King Piccolo, to collect a set of seven magical orbs that will grant their wielder unlimited power.

Director: James Wong | Stars: Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Yun-Fat Chow, Emmy Rossum

Votes: 58,952 | Gross: $9.35M

12. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.7
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30 Metascore

Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

Votes: 375,239 | Gross: $0.02M

13. Peter Pan (2003)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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64 Metascore

The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 56,117 | Gross: $48.42M

14. Spy Kids (2001)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.4
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71 Metascore

The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Votes: 87,974 | Gross: $112.69M

15. Teen Titans (2003–2007)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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A team of five teenaged superheroes save the world from many villains around their city while experiencing things normal teens face today.

Stars: Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes, Khary Payton

Votes: 18,190

16. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003–2004)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.7
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The Elric brothers' deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their dead mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must find the chemical privileges to restore their body back.

Stars: Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak, Rie Kugimiya

Votes: 42,300

17. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)

PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.2
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57 Metascore

Carmen's caught in a virtual reality game designed by the Kids' new nemesis, the Toymaker (Stallone). It's up to Juni to save his sister, and ultimately the world.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Daryl Sabara, Alexa PenaVega, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Votes: 42,341 | Gross: $111.76M

18. Troll 2 (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

2.7
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A family vacationing in a small town discovers the entire town is inhabited by goblins in disguise as humans, who plan to eat them.

Director: Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Michael Paul Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young

Votes: 25,574

19. Recess (1997–2001)

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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Comic tales of a group of good friends, 4 boys and 2 girls, during breaks in primary school, as they grow up, relate to each other, and have brushes with authority.

Stars: Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis, Rickey D'Shon Collins

Votes: 16,677

20. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.6
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Follows the adventures of an extraordinarily strong young boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any one wish he desires. ... See full summary »

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Steve Olson, Stephanie Nadolny, Zoe Slusar

Votes: 38,114

21. Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

PG | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.1
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66 Metascore

The Cortez siblings set out for a mysterious island, where they encounter a genetic scientist and a set of rival spy kids.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Votes: 47,255 | Gross: $85.57M

22. The Good Son (1993)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.4
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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.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, Wendy Crewson, David Morse

Votes: 29,435 | Gross: $44.59M

23. Simon Birch (1998)

PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.9
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39 Metascore

A young boy with stunted growth is convinced that God has a great purpose for him.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt

Votes: 18,765 | Gross: $18.25M

24. American Gothic (1995–1996)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

8.2
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Add a Plot

Stars: Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco, Brenda Bakke

Votes: 3,416

25. Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.0
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39 Metascore

Ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather's house from being demolished, goes looking for some much-fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys, a tiny people living in harmony with nature.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow, Madonna, Ron Crawford

Votes: 26,809 | Gross: $15.13M

26. Dunston Checks In (1996)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Adventure, Family

5.3
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54 Metascore

A young boy befriends a larcenous orangutan in a luxury hotel.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Jason Alexander, Faye Dunaway, Eric Lloyd, Rupert Everett

Votes: 10,135 | Gross: $18.84M

27. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

G | 82 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.0
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65 Metascore

An eight year-old boy genius and his friends must rescue their parents after the adults are abducted by aliens.

Director: John A. Davis | Stars: Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Megan Cavanagh, Mark DeCarlo

Votes: 25,041 | Gross: $80.92M

28. Young Hercules (1998–1999)

Not Rated | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.8
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The adventures of Hercules as a boy, during his time at a training academy for warriors.

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Dean O'Gorman, Chris Conrad, Jodie Rimmer

Votes: 1,184

29. Rock-A-Doodle (1991)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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Edmund is a boy whose favorite story of Chanticleer, a rooster whose singing makes the sun rise every morning until the Grand Duke of Owls, whose kind despises the bright sun, makes him ... See full summary »

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster | Stars: Glen Campbell, Christopher Plummer, Phil Harris, Eddie Deezen

Votes: 6,475 | Gross: $11.66M

30. Tom and Huck (1995)

PG | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.6
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Tom and Huck witness Injun Joe's killing of Doc Robinson one night at the graveyard. When an innocent man is accused of killing the Doc, Tom steps up as a witness, not respecting the promise made to Huck to lay low.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro, Charles Rocket, Eric Schweig

Votes: 7,849 | Gross: $23.74M

31. The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008– )

TV-Y7 | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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The comical seafaring adventures of a young, enthusiastic boy, his pirate captain mentor, and the talking whale that raised him from birth.

Stars: Thurop Van Orman, Brian Doyle-Murray, Jeff Bennett, Roz Ryan

Votes: 6,727

32. Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.1
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A young boy becomes a man as he embarks on a quest to become a knight.

Director: Manuel Sicilia | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Antonio Banderas, James Cosmo, Charles Dance

Votes: 4,653

33. Treasure Island (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.4
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The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Fraser C. Heston | Stars: Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee

Votes: 3,711

34. Chowder (2007–2010)

TV-Y7 | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.4
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In Marzipan City, the young, excitable food-loving Chowder is the apprentice of Mung Daal, a very old chef who runs a catering company with his wife, Truffles and assistant, Shnitzel.

Stars: Nicky Jones, Dwight Schultz, John DiMaggio, Tara Strong

Votes: 7,676

35. Dungeons & Dragons (1983–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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A group of kids are thrown into a fantasy world where they must search for a way home, armed with magic weapons that an evil tyrant wants.

Stars: Willie Aames, Don Most, Katie Leigh, Adam Rich

Votes: 3,173

36. Peter Pan (1960 TV Special)

100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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In this magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling. With a sprinkling ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent J. Donehue | Stars: Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Lynn Fontanne, Maureen Bailey

Votes: 1,645

37. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.7
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A young Kokiri boy discovers that his destiny is to free the Seven Sages and save the land of Hyrule from the treacherous sorcerer Ganondorf.

Director: Shigeru Miyamoto | Stars: Nobuyuki Hiyama, Fujiko Takimoto, Jun Mizusawa, Takashi Nagasako

Votes: 5,796

38. Double, Double Toil and Trouble (1993 TV Movie)

96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.8
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The Farmer family is in big debts; they might lose their house soon. The seven year old Farmer twins, Kelly and Lynn, decide not to let this happen. They discover that somebody really mean ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Margolin | Stars: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Cloris Leachman, Phil Fondacaro

Votes: 2,441

39. Home Makeover (2010)

5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.1
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A social worker is coming to Gru's house to check if it's suitable for children. Margo, Edith, Agnes and the Minions must take care of the situation.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Samuel Tourneux | Stars: Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Pierre Coffin

Votes: 1,026

40. The Silver Chair (1990– )

Unrated | 30 min | Fantasy, Family, Adventure

7.2
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Eustace, along with a new companion named Jill Pole, is brought back to Narnia. The pair are told by Aslan they must search for King Caspian's missing son, Prince Rilian.

Stars: David Thwaites, Camilla Power, Tom Baker, Richard Henders

Votes: 1,542

41. Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006 TV Movie)

TV-Y7 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.2
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After a battle with a high-tech villain named, Saiko-Tek, the Teen Titans travel to the city of Tokyo where they find themselves embroiled in a conflict with an ancient enemy.

Directors: Michael Chang, Ben Jones, Matt Youngberg | Stars: Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong

Votes: 2,264

42. All Monsters Attack (1969)

G | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Family

3.9
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A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla's son, who is also having bully troubles.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Kenji Sahara, Machiko Naka, Tomonori Yazaki, Hideyo Amamoto

Votes: 2,587

43. Tales from the Neverending Story (2001– )

375 min | Drama, Family, Adventure

5.1
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Twelve-year-old Bastian Balthazar Bux had lost the wonderful imagination he had as a child somewhere between growing older, watching TV, going to school and playing with his Gameboy. But ... See full summary »

Stars: Johnny Griffin, Brittany Drisdelle, Valérie Chiniara, Stefano Faustini

Votes: 643

44. The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (1997)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

4.5
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Pre-teen jungle boy Mowgli gets to human world and is pursued by P.T.Barnum circus scout Harrison who wants to take him to circus as curiosity. Harrison hires local grandee Buldeo for help ... See full summary »

Director: Dee McLachlan | Stars: Jamie Williams, Billy Campbell, Roddy McDowall, David Paul Francis

Votes: 783 | Gross: $0.48M

45. Stone Fox (1987 TV Movie)

100 min | Western, Drama, Family

6.5
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Little Willy must win a dog sled race in order to save his grandfather's cattle ranch.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Joey Cramer, Belinda Montgomery, Gordon Tootoosis

Votes: 128

46. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

113 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 6,961 | Gross: $2.08M

47. Tom Sawyer (2011)

109 min | Adventure, Family

6.3
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The latest adaptation of the Mark Twain classic version, about the naive and romantic life of Tom Sawyer, led by a group of children.

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth | Stars: Louis Hofmann, Leon Seidel, Heike Makatsch, Benno Fürmann

Votes: 593

48. Treasure Island (II) (1999)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Family

5.5
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An adaptation of the Robert Lewis Stevenson adventure classic, in which a young boy sets off on a voyage armed with a map to buried treasure.

Director: Peter Rowe | Stars: Sarah Holland, Pax Lohan, Anthony Booth, Christopher Benjamin

Votes: 375

49. Hornets' Nest (1970)

R | 110 min | Drama, Action, War

5.7
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In 1944, during a sabotage mission, the sole surviving U.S. paratrooper is saved by a group of Italian orphans who later aid him in blowing-up a vital enemy dam.

Directors: Phil Karlson, Franco Cirino | Stars: Rock Hudson, Sylva Koscina, Sergio Fantoni, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 604

50. James Bond Jr. (1991–1992)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Action, Family

6.3
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The adventures of the nephew of the greatest of the spies.

Stars: Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Jan Rabson, Mari Devon

Votes: 472