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Greatest child actor performances in movies?

Posted By: PanzerMeyer

Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/11/19 06:39 PM

What are some of the most compelling performances you've seen on film by a child actor? For simplicity, let's only mention child actors who were 10 or younger when they made the film.

Here are my top 5


1. "Danny" from The Shining.
2. "Cole" from The Sixth Sense.
3. "Elliot" from E.T.
4. "Newt" from Aliens
5. "Lupita" from Man on Fire
Posted By: Mr_Blastman

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/11/19 07:09 PM

You forgot Tatum O'Neil in "Paper Moon."


And don't forget Shirley Temple. Timeless.

I wish we could include Bud Cort from "Harold and Maude," but he was too old when the film was released. Probably way too old. Yeesh, 23. Nevermind.
Posted By: PanzerMeyer

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/11/19 07:12 PM

Originally Posted by Mr_Blastman
You forgot Tatum O'Neil in "Paper Moon."


And don't forget Shirley Temple. Timeless.

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I've not seen either of those films so hence why they were not on my list.
Posted By: LB4LB

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/11/19 07:15 PM

Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun.
Posted By: Mr_Blastman

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/11/19 07:18 PM

I don't think there's any one Shirley Temple movie to see--they're all classics. She was amazing, and if I had to pick the greatest child performer, she'd likely be the one, even though her heyday was over 80 years ago in the 1930s.
Posted By: Raw Kryptonite

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/11/19 08:03 PM

Originally Posted by LB4LB
Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun.


Good call.

Gotta say, as enjoyable as The Shining can be, there weren't really any good performances in it until Nicholson loses it.
Posted By: Chucky

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/11/19 11:16 PM

Natalie Portman in 'Leon' springs to mind.
Posted By: DM

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/12/19 08:15 AM

Ricky Schroder in The Champ. Heartbreaking performance.
Posted By: PanzerMeyer

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/12/19 10:24 AM

Originally Posted by Chucky
Natalie Portman in 'Leon' springs to mind.



Absolutely! She was fantastic.
Posted By: BlueHeron

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/12/19 05:23 PM

All the kids in Mean Creek.
Posted By: Arthonon

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/12/19 05:49 PM

I agree with a lot of them already listed, especially Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun.

It was a different role, but I think Gabriel Damon did pretty good in RoboCop 2.
Posted By: F4UDash4

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/12/19 06:39 PM

Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace




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Posted By: PanzerMeyer

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/12/19 06:41 PM

LOL Nice try F4U but I know you are WAY smarter than that. smile
Posted By: 462cid

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/12/19 07:57 PM

Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver
Posted By: coasty

Re: Greatest child actor performances in movies? - 07/13/19 02:32 AM

Micky Rooney in National Velvet
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