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Top 25 Child Performances

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Enzo Staiola as Bruno Ricci



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Giuseppe Cristiano as Michele Amitrano



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Magnolia (1999)
Jeremy Blackman as Stanley Spector

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Justin Henry as Billy Kramer

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Thomas Turgoose as Shaun Field

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Funny Games (1997)
Stefan Clapczynski as Georgie



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Ivana Baquero as Ofelia



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Mary Badham as Jean Louise Scout Finch

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The Exorcist (1973)
Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil

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Henry Thomas as Elliot

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Billy Chaplin as John Harper

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Haley Joel Osment as Cole Sear

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The Shining (1980)
Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance

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Andrew Shim as Romeo Brass (Left)

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Taxi Driver (1976)
Jodie Foster as Iris Steensman

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Sal Mineo as John 'Plato' Crawford (Right)

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Ayush Mahesh Khedekar as the youngest Jamal Malik

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The Orphanage (2007)
Roger Príncep as Simón

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Kick-Ass (2010)
Chloe Moretz as Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl

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Home Alone (1990)
Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister

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Shane (1953)
Brandon De Wilde as Joey Starrett (Background, best image I could find)

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Poltergeist (1982)
Heather O'Rourke as Carol Anne Freeling

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Aliens (1986)
Carrie Henn as Rebecca 'Newt' Jorden

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A list of admirable performances from young actors (all aged 16 or below).

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Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Sep 2 8:40
Ahhh I forgot about Thomas Turgoose!
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Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Sep 2 16:07
I agree with you but, what about Kirsten Dunst as Claudia at Interview with the Vampire? She was awesome on that movie
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Sep 2 16:54
I haven't seen it but I expect she will make the list when I do :)
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Sep 3 15:49
Those are two films I haven't seen. I want to see The Professional more so than Finding Neverland and when I do, I'm sure she will make the list. Eventually, I may update this to top 40 child performances, so I have more room for other great roles. Thanks for the comment and vote :)
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Sep 14 17:52
consider orphan movie
Isabelle Fuhrman
Aryana Engineer and
Jimmy Bennett

Belive me these three guys were brilliant in the cinema orphan
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Sep 14 19:45
Ah yes, Oprhan. My sister has that on DVD so I shall give it a go some time. Thanks for the suggestion and the vote :)
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Sep 15 5:09
Thanx 4 consideration
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 10 16:05
I haven't seen that film yet but I have heard great things about her performance. Once I see it I'm sure she will make the list. Thanks for the vote :)
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Nov 5 23:51
Another recommendation for future inclusion: Jodelle Ferland in Terry Gilliam's Tideland.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Nov 6 1:23
I would suggest seeing Jackie Coogan in "The Kid", it's an amazing performance.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Nov 6 8:55
Suggestion: Ana Torrent in "Cría cuervos", Carlos Saura :)
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Nov 6 13:43
I disagree with some choices, but it deserves the vote 'cause it includes some ramarkables child performances.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Nov 6 14:55
Jean-Pierre Léaud in The 400 Blows ?
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Nov 6 15:30
I haven't seen The 400 Blows although I really want to. Unfortunately, there seems to be no decent DVD version of it out in my Region Code.
Posted: 7 years ago at Dec 8 0:19
I was just going to suggest Jean-Pierre. He was hilarious and heartbreaking in that movie.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Feb 24 21:28
Haven't seen those films yet, relax a little.
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Apr 20 5:53
Spirit of the Beehive for christsake! Best child performance of all time!
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at May 6 21:36
great list, i would have put haley from sixth sense in top 3 though! but very nice list! :)
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Aug 5 17:24
wht about Baby's Day Out :)
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Sep 15 11:30
Nice list!

As a suggestion, Kodi Smit-McPhee gives a powerful performance in The Road. In fact I just started crying thinking about it. *sniff*
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Sep 29 3:17
dude... what about Jackie Coogan in The Kid and Jean Pierre Leaud in The 400 Blows? should be numba fuckin 1!
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Sep 29 16:48
Refer to my above replies, I haven't seen them yet. I'm sure that once I have, they will be featured on the list.
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Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Sep 29 17:23
Nice list, Rossjm! I'd also add Hailee Steinfeld for her performance in the remake of "True Grit." She was amazing (and nominated for an Oscar)!
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Feb 16 7:47
I think you must also include darsheel safary for his special performance in taare zameen par
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Feb 16 7:47
I just loved it. thank you for this wonderful list

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Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Mar 23 21:42
I loved Enzo Staiola's performance in Bicycle Thieves! You could add Mickey Rooney's performance in Boys Town, he was 17. He was one of the youngest to be nominated for Best Actor in A Leading Role, twice, though I don't know why he wasn't nominated for his role in this film. Great list!
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Mar 27 19:39
It's good that you liked Sal Mineo's performance better than James Deans. IMO, it certainly was great.

Overall the list is great...
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 27 16:52
Just came out (some cities it has yet to) but the young girl in Beasts of the Southern Wild definitely deserves to be on this list.
Her name? Quvenzhane Wallis
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 27 17:57
Best pic of Brandon De Wilde in Shane (1953)
http://www.listal.com/viewimage/4014764
Nice list
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 29 19:28
Sorry to suggest more :)
But what about the first few Harry Potter films when they were like 12?
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Jul 30 8:09
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Aug 2 13:53
nice list,but the best child performance
Jean-Pierre Léaud in The 400 Blows
anyway excellent work!!!
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Aug 31 15:13
Natalie Portman in Leon; Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot; Leonardo DiCaprio in What's Eating Gibert Grape; Mara Wilson in Matilda. That's if you've seen them of course, if not then take no notice of the recommendation until you do.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Sep 1 5:05
Only seen Billy Elliot out of those you've mentioned and come to think of it, I don't know why I haven't included him thus far. I will get round to adding him later today. Thanks for the recommendations.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Jan 10 19:40
Good list. William Eadie in "Ratcatcher" would be a good choice, he was incredible in that movie. Also, Hugh O'Conor as the young Christy Brown in "My Left Foot."
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Jan 13 22:57
Oh yeah, Ratcatcher. I forgot about that one. Saw it a few years ago on TV. A great underrated film. I haven't seen My Left Foot so I can't add it but I will definitely find room for William Eadie. Thanks for the suggestions.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Jul 21 2:22
What about Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon?
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Mar 2 20:20
You seriously must watch Ana Torrent in both "The Spirit of the Beehive" and "Cria Cuervos",along with the two boys in "Au Revoir Les Enfants".Some of the kids in the list are nowhere near to the ones I mentioned.
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Oct 21 10:07
How about: Ana Torrent in Spirit of the Beehive (the best), Aida Mohammadkhani in The White Balloon, Victoire Thivisol in Ponette (aged 4), Yella Rottlander in Alice in the Cities, Stephen Archibald in My Childhood, Jean Pierre Leaud in The 400 Blows

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