Here we present our list of 20 favorite, super cool kid movie breakthrough performances - which actually includes both of our young stars, and 18 more to seek out and adopt!
At Least this site has Tatum O'Neals performance in Papaer Moon here..She simply Dominated that flick, there is Nobody on Any child list better..
Um, how about Saoirse Ronan's part as Briony in Atonement? That would definitely replace some performers this list.
And I would replace the LMI poster with the LTROI poster. That movie needs more exposure than its remake, and rightfully so: the two child leads made that film.
Family-friendly guide? Comments and a disturbing movie poster of a horror film? After a short series of clicks, looking for something fun to do with my child and her grandmother this summer - I am wondering how I even got to this page. Seriously - family-friendly? What, Adams family-friendly? I am so glad my child isn't in the room to see/read what's on this page.
sean astin for goonies should be up there. he has a bunch of good movies
I was a kid when I saw it, but the movie and the child star, Dean Stockwell, in "The Boy with Green Hair" impressed me.
or isabelle furhman from orphan
jodelle ferland !!!!
It has to be "Goonies", I mean it has a lot of kids and it was a great classic and really just a great movie to watch. So my kid character is Chunk. Jeff B. Cohen was a great kid actor. Once in a life time, you will see his kind. Awesome!!!!
Some other notables-
Keke Palmer in 'Akeelah and the Bee'
Elle Fanning in 'Phoebe In Wonderland'
Ivana Baquero in 'Pan's Labyrinth'
Other omissions: Jaden Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness" and Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood in "Peter Pan."
Chloe Moretz? Okay, she was good, but a great performance, no. A few that were better -- Drew Barrymore in Firestarter , Keisha Castle-Hughes in Whale Rider, Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, Butterfly McQueen in Gone With the Wind (in fact I don't think you have one child actor prior to 1970.)
Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire.
You forgot Keisha Castle-Hughes from Whale Rider. She was only 13 when she was nominated for Best Actress for that movie. I believe she is still the youngest to be nominated for that particular award. She was completely endearing and heartbreaking. Those who haven't watched Whale Rider should. She also played Mary in The Nativity Story, and though it did not get great reviews I enjoyed her performance.
What about Saoirse Ronan in Atonement, or in anything she's ever done for that matter?
christina ricci mermaids or brad renfro the client/the cure
Drew Barrymore for ET and Ricky Schroder for The Champ.
How could Ricky Schroder's performance in The Champ not be included?? It was Oscar nominated.
Ricky Shroder was never nominated for an Oscar. He did win a Golden Globe for 'New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture' (a category they no longer have) for "The Champ." However, Jackie Cooper was in the original version and had been nominated for Best Actor Oscar for another movie called "Skippy" at age 10. He remains the youngest Best Actor Oscar nominee ever.
What!!! No Patty Duke in Helen Keller?
Oooh, I definitely missed the boat on that one...I should have maybe said 20 recent performances...because that is a classic, classic performance.
I think there's a mistake, it says "Seeing the 6-year-old being possessed by the devil was enough to disturb moviegoers for decades", but the character in the movie is supposed to be going through adolescence, I think is mentioned she is 12 years old. Linda Blair was actually 14.
Good catch! My brain somehow got caught with the wrong age, but 12 is indeed what it should have said! I get scared just thinking of her performance...scary, scary stuff!
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