Child actors have an innocence that cannot be manufactured or manipulated. Their innocence is a charm that no one can deny. A child’s point of view conveys a curiosity that understands the truth even when they miss the facts. Children are carriers of pure emotion, capable of knowing that adults are often lost in a cynical world. Kids need to feel like they belong, to understand the world, to be taken seriously, and to have serious fun. When a child actor is given a line, he brings it straight back with insistence, indifference, hesitation, and questioning, in a bittersweet delivery. Steven Spielberg brought together Childhood Cinema to celebrate the child in all of us.
10 Robbie Barnhill as Sophie – The BFG (2016)
Robbie Barnhill You play Sophie, a British orphan who befriends a giant in the… The BFG. The protagonist of the adaptation of the novel Roald Dahl was named by the author after his mother. She and Sophie have both affectionate and assertive personalities. Barnhill’s performance is what you’d expect from a character in storybooks: shy yet adventurous, starry-eyed yet grounded.
9 Ariana Richards as Lex Murphy – Jurassic Park (1993)
Ariana Richards Plays Lex Murphy, the creator’s granddaughter Jurassic Park. What began as an innocent vacation and tourist destination has become a wild launch for evolution and survival. Cloned dinosaurs escape the zoo after a scheme to bypass the security systems and steal their embryos fails. She and her brother are followed into the visitor center kitchen Velociraptorwhere she gives a concentrated army creep and screams in panic before fleeing.
8 Haley Joel Osment as David – The Artificial Intelligence of Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Haley Joel Osment He plays the child android android AI artificial intelligence. He is a mecha programmed with the ability to love and acts as a surrogate for the family. David replaces their human son who has been suspended in animation due to his rare disease. When he is healed, the jealous son teaches David to commit unpleasant deeds. Not knowing right from wrong, David is fired as a menace. Despite this, he seeks to secure the love he has lost. Osment’s unblinking, detached, longing stare makes the performance subtle and somber.
7 Dakota Fanning as Rachel Ferrer – War of the Worlds (2005)
Dakota Fanning She plays Rachel Ferrer in this adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel, war of the worlds. She is the daughter of an estranged man and is not related to her estranged father. Rachel has a critical eye, but her opinion of the world is naive until aliens invade the Tri-State area. Fanning’s anxious cries and anxious bouts of fear are heartbreaking.
6 Dante Pascoe as Rufio – Hook (1991)
Dante Pascoe He plays Rufio, the leader of the Lost Boys in hook. He and the Neverland rebels help Peter Banning (the boy growing up, played by Robin Williams) return to his former glory as Peter Pan. Together they fight Captain Hook and his crew of pirates, with Rufio dueling Hook. The evil Rufio is mortally wounded and before dying utters his last words to Peter, saying that he wishes he had a father like him. Basco puts on a fun and poetic show.
5 Ke Huy Quan as Short Round – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Ke Huy Quan The short chinese sidekick plays the round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Shorty helps Indy escape a Shanghai crime boss by driving a getaway car, a 1936 Auburn boat-tail speedster. He then breaks Indy out of his staggering prison by burning him with a torch. Quan’s role as an orphan adventurer is full of energy, enough to pull off an impromptu card game scene with a world-famous archaeologist.
4 Sean Astin as Mickey Walsh – The Goonies (1985)
Although Steven Spielberg is not credited as the director of foolsHe was so involved, several cast members say, that he may have co-directed it as well. Sean Astin plays Mickey Walsh, the asthmatic chief fools. He and his friends discover a treasure map in his attic that leads to the loss of the fortune of notorious one-eyed pirate Willie. Mikey identifies with the swashbuckler, and calls him the original Goonie. Mickey leads the group on an expedition along the coastal town to find treasure and save their home in Astoria, Oregon from foreclosure. Astin does a real job of being humble and motivated despite the odds.
3 Oliwja Dobruska as Girl in Red – Schindler’s List (1993)
Three years old Oliwia Dąbrowska He plays the girl in red in Schindler’s List. She is seen roaming the streets during the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto. The Girl in Red is distinguished by its color, according to Spielberg, to represent the inaction of the United States government to stop the horrors of the Holocaust, even when they knew it had happened. Dąbrowska hides under her bed from the real Boogeyman, last seen alive. Dąbrowska is remarkable for her fearless, aimless, uninhibited nature in a polluted world.
2 Christian Bale as Jimmy Graham – Empire of the Sun (1987)
young man Christian Bale He plays the wealthy British schoolboy, Jimmy Graham Sun Empire. Jimmy is separated from his family in Shanghai during the city’s evacuation after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Japanese soldiers break into his home and make him a prisoner of war in a concentration camp. As the Americans strike back and bomb the camp, Jimmy is torn between triumph and despair as the memory of his parents begins to fade. Bell’s loss of innocence is unparalleled.
Henry Thomas He plays Elliot Taylor, a 10-year-old boy who discovers an alien alien on the run in any. t. extra terrestrial. No one thought Elliot had ever seen an alien until one day he lured him into his home. He and ET share a metaphysical bond, leading Elliot to discover that his other friend needs to return to his home planet or he will perish beneath Earth’s atmosphere. Pressed for time, Elliot must say goodbye to the only person who ever understood him. Thomas chokes before shedding a tear as he embraces his immortal memory and lifelong friendship.