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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1. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Romance

When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 27,360 | Gross: $38.90M

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.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Mark Lester, Tracy Hyde, Jack Wild, Colin Barrie

Votes: 2,346

3. Jeremy (1973)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Shy cellist boy meets upperclassman ballet dancing girl at school. They experience first-time love, then happenstance pulls them apart.

Director: Arthur Barron | Stars: Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Len Bari, Leonardo Cimino

Votes: 661

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.

Director: Nicolas Gessner | Stars: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman

Votes: 11,439

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 »

Director: Max Baer Jr. | Stars: Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Joan Hotchkis, Sandy McPeak

Votes: 1,309

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.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Trini Alvarado, Jeremy Levy, Kathryn Walker, John Lithgow

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

31 Metascore

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.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels

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.

Director: Linda Feferman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Byron Thames, Maddie Corman, Alan Boyce

Votes: 1,245 | Gross: $0.03M

9. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

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 »

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Ben Mendelsohn, Graeme Blundell

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.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Noah Taylor, Thandie Newton, Nicole Kidman, Bartholomew Rose

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

56 Metascore

A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis

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 »

Director: Mary Agnes Donoghue | Stars: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood, Thora Birch

Votes: 2,540 | Gross: $18.63M

14. The Man in the Moon (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance

A coming of age story set in the south of the U.S. when Elvis was King.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Sam Waterston, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 14,239 | Gross: $2.85M

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 »

Director: József Gémes | Stars: Claire Bloom, Joss Ackland, Roy Kinnear, Sally Ann Marsh

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.

Director: Roeland Kerbosch | Stars: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbé, Freark Smink

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

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: 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.

18. Little Manhattan (2005)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

52 Metascore

A 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl find love in New York City.

Director: Mark Levin | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Charlotte Ray Rosenberg, Bradley Whitford, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 21,211 | Gross: $0.38M

19. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Gabor Csupo | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Patrick

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.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Annette O'Toole, Julian Coutts, Julie Beaulieu, Gloria Carlin

Votes: 549

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:

21. Kisses (2008)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin.

Director: Lance Daly | Stars: Kelly O'Neill, Shane Curry, Paul Roe, Roy Dempsey

Votes: 1,716 | Gross: $0.08M

22. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

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.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Holliday Grainger, Ruth Wellman, Ewen MacIntosh

Votes: 814

24. Flipped (I) (2010)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

Two eighth-graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 75,076 | Gross: $1.75M

25. Let Me In (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

79 Metascore

A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono

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.

26. North Sea Texas (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on a boy who lives nearby.

Director: Bavo Defurne | Stars: Ben Van den Heuvel, Eva van der Gucht, Thomas Coumans, Katelijne Damen

Votes: 7,502 | Gross: $0.03M

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