Films for older children

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Primarily non-Anglophone, for ages 8-12

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1. Very Happy Alexander (1968)

G | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Françoise Brion, Marlène Jobert, Paul Le Person

Votes: 1,674

2. Small Change (1976)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Georges Desmouceaux, Philippe Goldmann, Nicole Félix, Chantal Mercier

Votes: 4,792 | Gross: $0.04M

3. Asterix and Cleopatra (1968)

72 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Popular animated hero Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar have made a bet, with Caesar ... See full summary »

Directors: René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo | Stars: Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, Micheline Dax, Jacques Balutin

Votes: 10,330

4. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

PG | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve

Votes: 18,456

5. Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest (2006)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Raised by the same woman, the dark-complexioned, Asmar, and the flaxen-haired, Azur, set out on a quest to a strange and magical land to liberate the enchanting Djinn-fairy; but, only one can save her. Will the brothers be triumphant?

Director: Michel Ocelot | Stars: Cyril Mourali, Karim M'Riba, Hiam Abbass, Patrick Timsit

Votes: 2,492

6. Ernest & Celestine (2012)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 15,940 | Gross: $0.29M

7. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

56 Metascore

A 19th-century drama about a man whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born. The situation dictates that he should avoid feeling strong emotions -- love, most of all -- but he just can't keep his feelings under wraps.

Directors: Stéphane Berla, Mathias Malzieu | Stars: Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort

Votes: 5,469

8. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 53,324 | Gross: $77.44M

9. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 10,208 | Gross: $1.57M

10. A Monster in Paris (2011)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A 3D-animated movie set in Paris in the year 1910 and centered on a monster who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful, young singer.

Director: Bibo Bergeron | Stars: Matthieu Chedid, Vanessa Paradis, Gad Elmaleh, François Cluzet

Votes: 18,209

11. Latcho Drom (1993)

103 min | Documentary, Music

The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.

Director: Tony Gatlif | Star: La Caita

Votes: 1,719 | Gross: $1.03M

12. Le Havre (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen

Votes: 18,459 | Gross: $0.61M

13. Mozart's Sister (2010)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A reimagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang, and a musical prodigy in her own right.

Director: René Féret | Stars: Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau

Votes: 1,390 | Gross: $0.71M

14. The Bear (1988)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Jack Wallace

Votes: 15,170 | Gross: $31.75M

15. A Town Called Panic (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

Cowboy and Indian's only wish was to come up with a brilliant idea for Mr Horse's birthday, but when their plan ends up in utter disaster, they'll need to travel the world and back to make things right again.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar | Stars: Stéphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse, François De Brigode

Votes: 6,947 | Gross: $0.17M

16. Donkey Skin (1970)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

70 Metascore

A fairy godmother helps a princess disguise herself so she won't have to marry a man she doesn't love.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Micheline Presle

Votes: 3,558

17. Winged Migration (2001)

G | 89 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

Votes: 11,121 | Gross: $10.76M

18. Phantom Boy (2015)

PG | 84 min | Animation, Fantasy

66 Metascore

A super-powered boy helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his attempt to bring down a mob kingpin.

Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol | Stars: Edouard Baer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Audrey Tautou, Jackie Berroyer

Votes: 1,145 | Gross: $0.03M

19. Fantastic Planet (1973)

PG | 72 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Topart

Votes: 20,256

20. Ponette (1996)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A four-year-old girl tries to come to terms with the sudden death of her mother.

Director: Jacques Doillon | Stars: Victoire Thivisol, Delphine Schiltz, Matiaz Bureau Caton, Léopoldine Serre

Votes: 3,756 | Gross: $1.40M

21. The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

87 Metascore

A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

Director: Paul Grimault | Stars: Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala

Votes: 3,917 | Gross: $0.03M

22. The Story of the Fox (1937)

63 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When Renard the Fox's mischievous pranks go too far, King Lion is forced to attempt to bring the trickster to justice.

Directors: Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Romain Bouquet, Sylvain Itkine, Léon Larive

Votes: 988

23. Long Way North (2015)

PG | 81 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

70 Metascore

In 1882, a young Russian aristocrat goes on an epic adventure to find out what happened to her grandfather and save her family's reputation.

Director: Rémi Chayé | Stars: Christa Théret, Féodor Atkine, Peter Hudson, Antony Hickling

Votes: 2,019

24. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

PG-13 | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Viegas

Votes: 47,700 | Gross: $7.00M

25. Mother (1925)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A man whose wife has died remarries, and his new wife has a daughter of her own from a previous marriage. The man's young son, however, who loved his mother deeply and misses her terribly, ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Jean Forest, Victor Vina, Pierrette Houyez, Jeanne Marie-Laurent

Votes: 628

26. The Two of Us (1967)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

In Nazi-occupied France, a Jewish child is sent away from his family and conceals his religious affiliation from the anti-Semitic elderly man that takes care of him.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Préboist, Luce Fabiole

Votes: 1,737 | Gross: $0.05M

27. Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Family

86 Metascore

A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Hippolyte Girardot, Simon Iteanu, Fang Song

Votes: 3,662 | Gross: $0.46M

28. Miracle in Milan (1951)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the streets of Milan.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò

Votes: 5,383

29. Mr Rossi's Vacation (1976)

84 min | Animation, Adventure

Mr. Rossi is a cartoon character of the Italian cartoonist Bruno Bozzetto.

Director: Bruno Bozzetto | Stars: Gianfranco Mauri, Giuseppe Rinaldi

Votes: 108

30. The SuperVips (1968)

79 min | Animation, Comedy

A satire of modern society recounting the adventures of the last in a line of Supermen, the film pokes fun at the processes that lie behind advertising, politics and our consumer society.

Director: Bruno Bozzetto | Stars: Roberto Bertea, Fiorella Betti, Vittorio Cramer, Carlo D'Angelo

Votes: 401

31. El bosque animado (1987)

107 min | Comedy, Fantasy

In the fantastic world of the "bosque animado" meet some people who have been transported to this place by a magic force. Now their histories cross one another.

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Alejandra Grepi, Tito Valverde, Paco Cambres

Votes: 1,073

32. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 14,979

33. Donkey Xote (2007)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A story of don Quijote told by a donkey of Sancho Panza...

Director: Jose Pozo | Stars: José Luis Gil, Andreu Buenafuente, Luis Posada, David Fernández

Votes: 1,928

34. Anina (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A fantastical journey into the world of a ten-year-old girl who, following a playground skirmish, is given the weirdest punishment in the history of weird punishments.

Director: Alfredo Soderguit | Stars: Federica Lacaño, María Mendive, César Troncoso, Cristina Morán

Votes: 696

35. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)

PG | 110 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

Director: Cao Hamburger | Stars: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk, Paulo Autran

Votes: 5,626 | Gross: $0.76M

36. La Antena (2007)

99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

This near-silent black and white film from Argentina tells the story of a city that has lost its voice, stolen by Mr. TV, and the attempts of a small family to win the voice back. Similar in design to early German expressionist films.

Director: Esteban Sapir | Stars: Alejandro Urdapilleta, Valeria Bertuccelli, Julieta Cardinali, Rafael Ferro

Votes: 3,472

37. A Place in the World (1992)

PG | 120 min | Drama

Mario and Ana, in voluntary exile from Buenos Aires, live in a remote Argentine valley with their 12-year-old son Ernesto. Mario runs a school and a wool cooperative; Ana, a doctor, heads a... See full summary »

Director: Adolfo Aristarain | Stars: José Sacristán, Federico Luppi, Leonor Benedetto, Cecilia Roth

Votes: 2,103 | Gross: $0.10M

38. Boy and the World (2013)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

Director: Alê Abreu | Stars: Vinicius Garcia, Marco Aurélio Campos, Lu Horta, Felipe Zilse

Votes: 5,529 | Gross: $0.13M

39. Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 10,193

40. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Not Rated | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A handsome prince rides a flying horse to faraway lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess.

Directors: Lotte Reiniger, Carl Koch

Votes: 4,691

41. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 8,595

42. Emil und die Detektive (1954)

90 min | Adventure, Family

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

Director: Robert A. Stemmle | Stars: Peter Finkbeiner, Heli Finkenzeller, Wolfgang Lukschy, Kurt Meisel

Votes: 236

43. The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

81 Metascore

When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

Directors: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni | Stars: Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam

Votes: 5,782 | Gross: $1.74M

44. The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005)

G | 93 min | Drama, Family

73 Metascore

The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the Mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. A story about a Mongolian family of nomads - their ... See full summary »

Director: Byambasuren Davaa | Stars: Batchuluun Urjindorj, Buyandulam Daramdadi, Nansal Batchuluun, Nansalmaa Batchuluun

Votes: 2,700 | Gross: $0.14M

45. Romeo and Juliet in the Snow (1920)

45 min | Comedy

Comical variation on the Shakespeare play, featuring two feuding farmers families.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Lotte Neumann, Julius Falkenstein, Gustav von Wangenheim, Jakob Tiedtke

Votes: 136

46. The Singing Ringing Tree (1957)

74 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A brave prince wants to win the heart of a stubborn princess by finding the singing, ringing tree for her. He finally locates it in the magical realm of an evil dwarf who offers him a deal:... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Stefani | Stars: Christel Bodenstein, Charles Hans Vogt, Eckart Dux, Richard Krüger

Votes: 650

47. Vitus (2006)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Music

63 Metascore

A twelve-year-old piano prodigy who suffocates from his parent's big dreams for him decides to make his escape--and with the aid of his grandfather--chase his own dreams instead.

Director: Fredi M. Murer | Stars: Fabrizio Borsani, Bruno Ganz, Teo Gheorghiu, Julika Jenkins

Votes: 4,504 | Gross: $0.19M

48. Fanfare (1958)

86 min | Comedy, Music

After a fight the brass band in a small village splits up into two separate bands. They both want to win a contest and will do anything to prevent the other band from winning it.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Hans Kaart, Bernard Droog, Ineke Brinkman, Wim Van den Heuvel

Votes: 698

49. Skyggen af Emma (1988)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama