10 Great Performances by children

Natalie Portman

Mathilda – The Professional (1994)

Age: 13

  • Excellent portrayal of a troubled girl whose maturity is well beyond her years.


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Ivana Baquero

Ofelia – Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Age: 11

  • Stunning as a young girl who attempts to escape the horrors and tragedy which surround her life.

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Judith Vittet

Miette – La Cité des Enfants Perdus [The City of Lost Children] (1995)

Age: 10/11

  • Wonderful depiction of an orphan forced to steal to survive while hopeful of a better life.

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Abigail Breslin

Olive Hoover – Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Age: 10

  • Quirky, nerdy, and adorable; Oscar nominated performance.

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Christian Bale

Jim ‘Jamie’ Graham – Empire of the Sun (1987)

Age: 13

  • Even at an early age, his emotional intensity and screen presence are amazing.

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Keisha Castle-Hughes

Paikea – Whale Rider (2002)

Age: 11

  • Powerful, moving performance; her speech (below) is especially riveting.

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Jackie Coogan

The Kid – The Kid (1921)

Age: 6/7

  • The first (& best) true child star. Holds his own while sharing the screen with Charlie Chaplin.

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Jodie Foster

Iris – Taxi Driver (1976)

Age: 14

  • Sad but upbeat portrayal of a teenage prostitute. Her scenes with DeNiro are amazing.

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Lina Leandersson & Kåre Hedebrant

Eli & Oskar – Låt den Rätte Komma in [Let the Right One In] (2008)

Ages: 12

  • Lina is absolutely haunting as a vampire and Kåre is perfect as an awkward, bullied child.

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Gaspard Manesse & Raphael Fejtö

Julien Quentin & Jean Bonnet/Kippelstein – Au Revoir les Enfants [Goodbye, Children] (1987)

Ages: 12/13

Note-perfect, somber performances in a devastatingly sad film.

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