Most Popular "Child Protagonist" Titles
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2. Miracles from Heaven (2016)
PG | 109 min | Drama
A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.
Votes: 5,405 | Gross: $61.69M
3. The Visit (I) (2015)
PG-13 | 94 min | Horror, Thriller
Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.
Votes: 63,597 | Gross: $65.07M
4. Pan (2015)
PG | 111 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 39,284 | Gross: $34.96M
5. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.
6. Stand by Me (1986)
R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Votes: 270,174 | Gross: $52.29M
7. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.
Votes: 280,636 | Gross: $434.95M
8. 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: 87,294 | Gross: $33.08M
9. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 309,584 | Gross: $285.76M
10. Let Me In (I) (2010)
R | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.
Votes: 91,865 | Gross: $12.13M
11. Coraline (2009)
PG | 100 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.
Votes: 142,347 | Gross: $75.28M
13. Ender's Game (2013)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.
Votes: 183,837 | Gross: $61.66M
14. The Fall (2006)
R | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.
Votes: 88,441 | Gross: $2.28M
15. Peter Pan (2003)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 54,069 | Gross: $48.42M
16. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family
The adventures of a teenager who is fresh out and in elementary, where he has to learn the consequences and responsibility to survive the year.
Votes: 31,868 | Gross: $64.00M
17. The Secret Circle (2011–2012)
TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
16 year old Cassie Blake moves to chance harbor, Washington to live with her grandmother after her mother mysteriously dies. She discovers she's a witch along with 5 other teens.
18. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 135,905 | Gross: $13.30M
19. The Golden Compass (2007)
PG-13 | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.
Votes: 148,643 | Gross: $70.08M
20. Hanna (2011)
PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
Votes: 158,860 | Gross: $40.25M
21. Empire of the Sun (1987)
PG | 153 min | Drama, History, War
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.
Votes: 89,495 | Gross: $22.24M
22. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Votes: 172,677 | Gross: $2.12M
23. August Rush (2007)
PG | 114 min | Drama, Music
A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Votes: 87,107 | Gross: $31.66M
24. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.
Votes: 198,912 | Gross: $173.59M
25. Home Alone 3 (1997)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fend off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.
Votes: 75,013 | Gross: $30.67M
26. How I Live Now (2013)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.
Votes: 21,315 | Gross: $0.06M
27. What Maisie Knew (2012)
R | 99 min | Drama
In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.
Votes: 21,469 | Gross: $1.07M
28. 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: 25,126 | Gross: $10.02M
29. Mercury Rising (1998)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code.
Votes: 54,154 | Gross: $32.94M
30. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999 TV Movie)
TV-G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
An inquisitive teenager pries into suspected dodgy dealings on her space station home - and ends up being sent down to Earth.
31. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family
Third grader Judy Moody sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life.
Votes: 2,343 | Gross: $15.00M
32. The Boy (I) (2015)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
An intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death.
33. The Borrowers (1997)
PG | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A secret family of four-inch people living inside the walls of a house must save their home from an evil real estate developer.
Votes: 16,168 | Gross: $22.36M
34. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 70,168 | Gross: $12.78M
35. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
R | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home.
Votes: 40,676 | Gross: $24.04M
36. Firestarter (1984)
R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.
Votes: 22,700 | Gross: $15.10M
37. Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.
Votes: 8,370 | Gross: $16.65M
38. Punky Brewster (1984–1988)
TV-G | 30 min | Family, Comedy
Punky Brewster is a show about a girl named Penelope "Punky" Brewster. She is abandoned with her dog, Brandon, in a supermarket by her mother. She doesn't want to stay in an orphanage, and ... See full summary »
39. The People Under the Stairs (1991)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and can't escape.
Votes: 23,766 | Gross: $24.20M
40. The Little Vampire (2000)
PG | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A lonely boy becomes best friends with a vampire.
Votes: 7,219 | Gross: $13.56M
41. Madeline (1998)
PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family
The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,122 | Gross: $29.77M
42. Solarbabies (1986)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a bleak post-apocalyptic future ruled by the militaristic Protectorate, a group of renegade teenage orphan friends finds a legendary miraculous orb, Bohdai, that can supposedly bring the rain back to dried up Earth.
Votes: 3,081 | Gross: $1.58M
45. The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988)
G | 100 min | Family, Adventure, Fantasy
After her father's ship is carried off by a sudden storm, the spunky Pippi Longstocking is stranded with her horse, Alfonso, and monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and takes up residence in the old ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,251 | Gross: $3.57M
47. Snow Day (2000)
PG | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed.
Votes: 9,264 | Gross: $60.01M
48. Rocket Power (1999–2004)
TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Family, Sport
Four friends and their daily lives of playing extreme sports, surfing, and getting into some crazy situations.
50. The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A boy's life is turned upside down when he learns that he is the last of a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark.
Votes: 13,110 | Gross: $8.79M