Childhood is a one-time affair but thanks to the movies we can revisit them anytime we want. Cinema depicts childhood – the most glorious time of our lives – in different shades and lights. It offers us an insight into the psyche of raw, uninfluenced minds from all over the world with each experience enriching and thought-provoking. If we are to make a list of all the children’s films ever made it will take years of study, watching films and observation. The list below features some of the most influential films depicting the joy, innocence and in some cases the horrors of childhood. Here is the list of top movies about childhood ever. You can watch some of these best childhood movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Forbidden Games (1952)
They say childhood is the most joyous episode in a person’s life but anyone who has survived the two World Wars might have more than one or two things to add to that saying. The French human drama ‘Forbidden Games’ aptly showcases how a child’s imagination can numb the greatest of pains. Two innocent souls – Paulette and Michel – gets caught in the misery of the Second World War in their own fateful ways, become close friends and finds joy in the simplest of things like burying dead animals. It is shown as if they are oblivious to the death around them but in reality, they are unable to come to terms with the death, decay, and destruction around them. So they create a world of their own where they a send off a dead being with a proper burial. Brigitte Fossey (Paulette) and Goerges Poujouly (Michel) were complete naturals in their respective roles and despite their young age, they displayed a deep understanding of the parts they were playing.
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9. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Filmmaker Wes Anderson is known for creating Utopian worlds inhabited by childlike characters. Except in this one, the children are not only the protagonists but they also call the shots. Two young lovers (12-year-olds) flee their homes and so their friends accompanied by a few responsible adults forms a search party to find them and to prevent a probable Shakespearean tragedy. Picture perfect landscapes brought alive by excellent cinematography and a feel good background score keeps you entertained throughout. There is everything you expect from a Wes Anderson film – eccentric characters, rose-tinted point of views and an overwhelming sense of assurance. ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ stays with you long after you have finished watching it, somewhere in the sweet corner of your hearts.