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Won't Someone Please Think of the Children?

A selection of non-kids' films with child protagonists, organised loosely in order of preference. There's an undeniable power to showing the world through a child's eyes in film, a unique sort of contextualisation that filters the complexities of the adult world through the lens of youthful innocence to simplify things down to their basest constituents. Suggestions very welcome, teenagers not included. List limited to films ranked 3.5 stars or more for convenience's sake.

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  • Satantango

    1

  • Times and Winds

    2

  • Germany Year Zero

    3

  • The Night of the Hunter

    4

  • To the Sea

    5

  • The White Ribbon

    6

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    7

  • Let the Right One In

    8

  • The 400 Blows

    9

  • The Shining

    10

  • Mary and Max

    11

  • The Aerial

    12

  • Walkabout

    13

  • Ice Palace

    14

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    15

  • The Tree of Life

    16

  • The Unloved

    17

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    18

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    19

  • Parents

    20

  • Time of the Wolf

    21

  • The Devil's Backbone

    22

  • Forbidden Games

    23

  • Alice

    24

  • Two Birds

    25

  • The Exorcist

    26

  • Confessions

    27

  • Bicycle Thieves

    28

  • Alice in the Cities

    29

  • Rome, Open City

    30

  • Shane

    31

  • The Way Home

    32

  • Jess + Moss

    33

  • Little Red Flowers

    34

  • The Butcher Boy

    35

  • Kes

    36

  • The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

    37

  • The Mudge Boy

    38

  • Mean Creek

    39

  • Kabei: Our Mother

    40

  • Before Your Eyes

    41

  • Miracle Fish

    42

  • A Perfect World

    43

  • Jeremy

    44

  • Life Is Beautiful

    45

  • Sweet Mud

    46

  • The Way I Spent the End of the World

    47

  • My Life as a Dog

    48

  • This Is England

    49

  • Johnny Mad Dog

    50

  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

    51

  • Son of Rambow

    52

  • Butterfly

    53

  • Secrets of the Heart

    54