In which children and young teens experience love (or something akin to it)by pinkbunnay | created - 20 Jun 2012 | updated - 10 Oct 2012 | Public
A list of films with a plot featuring children, or young teens falling in love, being in a relationship with each other, or where there is obvious romantic feeling between two characters. Most of these are emotional, heart stirring films.
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2. Melody (1971)
G | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible. The story is told from the children's point of view.
4. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
PG | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.
Interesting soft horror with young romance as a large plot.
5. Ode to Billy Joe (1976)
PG | 106 min | Drama
At last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but ... See full summary »
Based on the song of this same name, this film will hit you in the heart. Childhood friends Bobbi Lee and Billy Joe become romantically entangled. However, Billy Joe is struggling with his feelings, and has to come to terms with a secret that may break them apart.
6. Rich Kids (1979)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
Two 12-year-olds, the products of Upper West Side broken homes, struggle to make sense of their parents lives and their own adolescent feelings.
Votes: 467 | Gross: $0.50M
Twelve year old Franny meets Jamie, the new boy in town, and they instantly become best friends. At the same time, Franny's parents decide to divorce, and Franny becomes interested in sex. Her interest leads her to seek out romance with Jamie, in a way that was very much taboo fora twelve year old in the 70's. While Jamie helps Franny traverse the world of parental divorce, he also helps her explore small bits and pieces of the romantic world her parents left behind.
7. The Blue Lagoon (1980)
R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.
Votes: 58,353 | Gross: $58.85M
8. Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When her father goes out of town, beautiful A-student Natalie lets best friends Jeff and Polly move in. Separately and together, the trio of young teens learn much about life, love, and growing up.
Votes: 1,245 | Gross: $0.03M
9. Stand by Me (1986)
R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama
After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.
Votes: 334,351 | Gross: $52.29M
While arguable, the relationship between main characters Gordy and Chris, definitely borders on romantic. After seeing this film, one of the impressions left is that there is much more than Bromance going on here. A great emotional summer film, which will stick with you for years to come.
10. The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance
In 1962, a prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off... See full summary »
Votes: 1,834 | Gross: $0.21M
Danny Falls in love with his best friend, and deals with his feelings about her and her new relationship with a local boy.
11. Flirting (1991)
R | 99 min | Drama, Romance
Two freethinking teenagers - a boy and a girl - confront with authoritarian teachers in their boarding schools. The other students treat this differently.
Votes: 5,414 | Gross: $2.42M
The sequel to "The Year my voice broke". Danny goes to boarding school and traverses the world of racism, when he falls in love with a beautiful black girl from a new by school.
12. My Girl (1991)
PG | 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: 66,091 | Gross: $59.85M
Vada and Thomas J are 10 year old best friends. They spend their days bicycling around and promise to marry each other one day, if they don't find someone else. Vada Is also in "love" with her poetry teacher. Tragedy strikes, and things are changed forever. Very emotional, poignant. Anna Chlumsky is wonderful.
13. Paradise (I) (1991)
PG-13 | 111 min | Drama
Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,540 | Gross: $18.63M
15. The Princess and the Goblin (1991)
G | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The story is about the adventurous Princess Irene. The princess is off playing in the woods when she is attacked by goblins pets. She is saved by a mining young warrior boy named Curty. ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,204 | Gross: $2.14M
A surprising Gem of a cartoon, this film kept me busy for hours when I was small. I was always disappointed when it ended, wanting to relive the interaction between Princess Irenie and Curdie. There is also a lot of good action scenes, and a very memorable song. The sound of Curdie singing it has always stuck with me.
16. For a Lost Soldier (1992)
Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War
Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.
Votes: 4,055 | Gross: $0.39M
I felt a little iffy on adding this one. However, it does feature a strong amount of emotion. It is about a small boy, who during World War 2 meets a young Canadian Soldier and enters a romantic relationship with him. While the subject is controversial, I was surprised to see that this film was done very tastefully, and poignantly. Based on an Autobiography, this tale hits very hard. The boy is beginning to feel the stirrings of romantic love, and the soldier, broken from the war falls for him too.
17. 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: 61,713 | Gross: $48.46M
Very well done version of Peter Pan, with a larger romantic slant than the Disney version. This version, while it does not stick to the book entirely, is fantastic. The acting is superb, and Jeremy Sumpter plays out his emotion and confusion at first love with perfect intensity.
19. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
PG | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality.
Votes: 131,976 | Gross: $82.27M
Fantastic tale of Jess and Leslie. 12 year old Jess meets the new girl, Leslie. She shows him a world of magic and friendship. As with so many of these tales, tragedy strikes, and life lessons are learned. A great coming of age tale with bits of romance and fantasy. The book is also a great read.
20. Bridge to Terabithia (1985 TV Movie)
60 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
Jess Aarons and new girl Leslie Burke create a world of their own and call it Terabithia and pretend to be the king and queen. They return to their magical kingdom every day after school.
An earlier, made for TV version of Bridge to Terabithia. While not as strong or magical as the 2007 version, it sticks close to the book, and there are still hints of the flame between Jess(Jessie as he's known here) and Leslie.
Very 80's, with sweat suits and cork bottle glasses.
Part one on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZLV6qwMwIM
22. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Votes: 195,327 | Gross: $2.12M
A Powerful Vampire tale. Two 12 year olds, Oskar, and Eli, meet in a small Swedish town. It soon becomes clear that Eli is a vampire....and what she does to get her blood is not at all pleasant. A very dark, intense film, with much emotion and feeling between the two characters.
23. The Scouting Book for Boys (2009)
93 min | Drama, Thriller
When David discovers that his best friend Emily is being forced to leave their caravan park home, he agrees to help her to run away. But after their plan starts to unravel, secrets come to light that transform his life in ways he never imagined.
25. 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: 107,170 | Gross: $12.13M
The American Remake of "Let the Right one in" (Låt den rätte komma in). Nearly entirely a scene for scene remake, this film holds much of the intensity and emotion of the original. This film is still wonderful, but not as good as the original. This may be due to the slight attempts to Americanize the tale. Oskar and Eli become Owen and Abby, from a small town in New Mexico. The language changes slightly from the wonderful original captioned version. I would highly recommend seeing this one *after* you watch the original in it's native language.