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    Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    Posted this elsewhere, thought it might generate some interesting discussion here.

    Let's face it, child actors are rarely believable in their roles, because they just don't have the maturity to tackle the job of accurately taking over the persona of being someone else. That said, in the history of film there have been those rare stand out moments where a child actor just absolutely nails a role and you completely forget that they're acting. In many of those cases, those child actors have gone on to become great adult performers as well. This isn't a scientific poll or anything, but solely based on my opinion, I bring you my list of the Top 25 All Time Performances by Child Actors.



    25. Corey Haim in Lucas

    24. Jaden Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness

    23. Anna Chlumsky in My Girl

    22. Chloe Moretz in Kick Ass

    21. Tatum O'Neal in The Bad News Bears

    20. Dakota Fanning in I Am Sam

    19. Elijah Wood in Radio Flyer

    18. Ricky Schroeder in The Champ

    17. Corey Feldman in Stand By Me

    16. Drew Barrymore in E.T.

    15. Wil Wheaton in Stand By Me

    14. Elijah Wood in The War

    13. Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver

    12. Leonardo DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    11. Linda Blair in The Exorcist

    10. Elijah Wood in The Ice Storm

    09. Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun

    08. Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine

    07. Henry Thomas in E.T.

    06. River Phoenix in Stand By Me

    05. Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense

    04. Hailee Steinfield in True Grit

    03. Anna Paquin in The Piano

    02. Kirsten Dunst in Interview with The Vampire

    01. Natalie Portman in The Professional
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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    Where did this list come from?

    If you made it, it seems pretty accurate. Just curious.
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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    Yeah, I made it myself.
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    Not a bad list I might have to think about my own list and see how it rivals
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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    Tatum O'Neal- Paper Moon.
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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    Tatum O'Neal- Paper Moon.
    I haven't seen this movie, so I couldn't put it on my list, but she was nominated for an Oscar for that, right?
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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    Claude Jarman Jr. - The Yearling

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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan View Post
    I haven't seen this movie, so I couldn't put it on my list, but she was nominated for an Oscar for that, right?
    Not just nominated, she won it.
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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    I don't know what age you consider an actor a child but I'd have to say Judy Garland at age 16 in the Wizard of Oz has to make it in there somewhere

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    Abigail Breslin - Signs

    She stole the show in that movie.
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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    That is a good list. I was pleased to see "The Ice Storm" as Elijah Wood's top performance. He was fantastic in that little movie.

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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    What about Culkin in Home Alone?

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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    Quote Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1 View Post
    What about Culkin in Home Alone?
    I'd put Culkin in The Good Son ahead of Culkin in Home Alone.
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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    Natalie Wood - Miracle on 34th street
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    Re: Top 25: Performances by Child Actors

    This is an odd one, but I thought Dakotah Fanning did an exceptional job in Man of Fire. She turned in some great performances early in her career.

    I'd second Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon (though I think her performance is a bit overrated, personally). Alisan Porter did a good job with a pretty poor script in Curly Sue.
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