Movie Roles That Were Too Mature For Child Actors

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    Making a movie isn't child's play - even for a child actor. Throughout Hollywood history, kids in the industry have been called upon to act in harrowing roles that push the limits of their abilities, and according to some critics, the boundaries of good taste. Here are some of the most famous examples of underage actors in mature roles…
    Dakota Fanning, Hounddog | 0:19
    Natalie Portman, The Professional | 1:07
    Kirsten Dunst, Interview with the Vampire | 1:45
    Christian Bale, Empire of the Sun | 2:23
    Macaulay Culkin, The Good Son | 3:03
    Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver | 4:09
    Olivia Hussey and Claire Danes, Romeo & Juliet | 4:43
    Jacob Reynolds, Gummo | 5:26
    Sue Lyon and Dominique Swain, Lolita | 6:14
    The entire cast of Kids | 7:09
    Brooke Shields, Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon | 7:39
    Linda Blair, The Exorcist | 8:31
    Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon | 9:31
    Chloe Moretz: Kick-Ass | 10:20
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  • Looper
    Looper  Year ago +907

    What other movie roles do you think should've made this list?

    • camcat26
      camcat26 25 days ago

      Thirteen with Evan Rachael Wood and Nikki Reed

    • Megha Dixit
      Megha Dixit Month ago


    • Yaoilover Studio
      Yaoilover Studio Month ago

      The heart is deceitful above all.

    • Line Junge Pedersen
      Line Junge Pedersen Month ago

      The young kids (and especially the lead role holly hunter) from the movie "THIRTEEN"
      There's drug abuse, sex scenes, violence and stealing 👌🏼

    • Maxwell Howig
      Maxwell Howig Month ago

      Child Bride (1938). A 12 year old Shirley Mills has a topless nude swim scene.

  • Liam Alistarr
    Liam Alistarr 11 days ago

    8:20 he looks like that boy that played in the Peter Pan movie.

  • RussellblazeR
    RussellblazeR 22 days ago

    The Outsiders

  • Theron Wagner
    Theron Wagner 23 days ago

    Disturb behaviors ie what really happens irl that people don’t like hearing about xD

  • seinfeldlover1
    seinfeldlover1 23 days ago


  • Jasmine Singh
    Jasmine Singh 27 days ago

    Paper moon is one of my favorite movies 😂👌🏾✨

  • Guided Hand
    Guided Hand 28 days ago

    Empire of the sun was an amazing movie!

  • Lee Monahan
    Lee Monahan Month ago

    these captions are consistently wrong in commonly pretentious ways.

    • Lee Monahan
      Lee Monahan Month ago

      people who use captions are NOT too childish to understand/absorb the use of certain words. avoiding displaying them doesn’t help anyone. It just exemplifies an infantilization of Deaf and HoH folks.

  • Lapin Féerique
    Lapin Féerique Month ago

    Kristen Dunst should have won an oscar for that performance. I'vet to see most adult actors come close to her skill at 11 years.

  • ShadoeFax
    ShadoeFax Month ago

    Harmony korine is on this list more than once, kids is a really fucked up film.

  • Steph
    Steph Month ago +1

    If Shirley Temple isn’t on this list

  • MediaSubliminal
    MediaSubliminal Month ago

    2 Harmony Korine films on one list.

  • Spacial
    Spacial Month ago

    The premise might make more sense if any example of actual problems experienced by any of these very talented actors, could be given.

  • Yvonne
    Yvonne Month ago

    I was a kid once. Art imitates life. End.

  • ani
    ani Month ago

    5:03 it's me or it's Marie? xD

  • Rachel_victoria
    Rachel_victoria Month ago

    Kids is one of the best movies

  • BenC
    BenC Month ago

    come on people
    16/ 17 is close enough
    i do see how people might still be shocked but just putting it out there
    ok second thoughts
    that "kids movie" is fair enough to get picky about

  • Maxwell Howig
    Maxwell Howig Month ago

    Child Bride (1938). A 12 year old Shirley Mills has a lengthy nude swim scene. No body double, no nothing! The only reason the film got away with it was it was independent and "educational".

  • COLD WB Tang
    COLD WB Tang Month ago

    This only confirmed the child stars who's parents were comfortable with pimping their children out to Hollywood pedophiles!

  • Lady Stardust
    Lady Stardust Month ago

    Autant dire film et scènes pédophile ! C'est ça qu'ils aiment à hollywood le satanisme la pédophilie et j'en passe!

  • Mody
    Mody Month ago

    How about Kristen Stewart in Speak ?

  • Mandi Tierney
    Mandi Tierney Month ago

    The fact that Dakota Fanning actually thought that a rape survivor would even watch much less be inspired by some tasteless child rape scene just shows how ignorant she is. Talk about self importance

  • Jaymee Renee
    Jaymee Renee Month ago

    I don’t understand what’s wrong with kids playing in mature rolls??? It’s acting and they’re acting on a movie set like tf idk what’s the big deal

  • Conman 200605
    Conman 200605 Month ago +2

    Even more proof the Kevin became saw theory is true

  • natt noot
    natt noot Month ago

    *I was named after natalie Portman no joke why dad*

  • Jime Diez
    Jime Diez Month ago

    You should have put the girl from orphan

  • Nikola Khmara
    Nikola Khmara Month ago

    Хорошая подборка, но не ленитесь добавлять название фильма и год, к примеру, в левом нижнем углу, чтобы потом можно было купить этот фильм и посмотреть.

  • stef
    stef Month ago

    I am always wary of child actors. It's so easy for them to be exploited. Take Brooke Shields for example. 😥

  • ChibiStraws
    ChibiStraws Month ago

    Blue Lagoon was an amazing movie!

  • Zachary Siple
    Zachary Siple Month ago

    Jodie Foster was 12 in Taxi Driver? Dang! What's her secret?

  • мαкι ηιsнιкιησ

    I feel bad for the NPAA for going through these films just to rate them...

  • K P
    K P Month ago

    I hate when people get pissy about controversial movies. Your neighbor’s little girl is probably be assaulted by her uncle, but that’s not too close to home. This movie is.. ok

  • Lovely Girl
    Lovely Girl Month ago


  • Shipwrecksos
    Shipwrecksos Month ago +2

    Lord of the Flies and City of God deserved some honorable mentions.

  • Alice Stockli Stockli
    Alice Stockli Stockli Month ago +1

    Also to be fair kevan in home alone is also kind of a phycopath

  • Alice Stockli Stockli
    Alice Stockli Stockli Month ago +1

    I absolutely love the empire of the sun

  • Ninjamohawk
    Ninjamohawk Month ago

    Two Harmony Korine movies on this list.
    Either he's like writing controversial films or he's got a hangup about children.
    Or both.

  • solidfoamsoul
    solidfoamsoul Month ago

    You mention Olivia Hussey and say that Claire Daines covered in blood is "too much" not even mentioning that Olivia was 15 and had a topless scene? C'mon.

  • Raquel Leon
    Raquel Leon Month ago

    Born Innocent and Lord of the Fly's.

  • Evie Ashton
    Evie Ashton Month ago


  • Destiney Brooke
    Destiney Brooke Month ago +1

    Hound dog was such an intense, touching movie. It’s sad and hard to watch, but i think Dakota fanning was perfect for the role. She did such a good job

  • Rose Tyler
    Rose Tyler Month ago

    RoMeo WaS noT A cHilD!!

  • Elliott Platt
    Elliott Platt Month ago


  • Addison The Gemini
    Addison The Gemini Month ago

    Kids was so uncomfortable to watch which is why I watched like 5 mins lol

  • Amadeus Monroe
    Amadeus Monroe Month ago

    The exorcist..the most hilarious movie around..they mean.

  • oikawa tooru
    oikawa tooru Month ago

    I was like 9 when I watched The Good Son and I was very disturbed 😂

  • Kiyah Pritty
    Kiyah Pritty Month ago +2

    Lolita might be controversial... but it was such a great film. One of my favourites. The actors did such an amazing job playing the characters and bringing the book to life💕

  • Shane
    Shane Month ago

    Lolita should be the number one

  • Grimble Grumble
    Grimble Grumble Month ago

    Kids? Alright. But what about Ken Park then?

  • David Davis
    David Davis Month ago

    Its acting means nothing, nothing is real.

  • Lyrissawesome sauce
    Lyrissawesome sauce Month ago +1

    Sasha Pieterse!

  • Blenderdick Snickersbar

    Wait... Chloë Moretz was 11 in kickass? Omg I've been compared to an 11 year old. And we don't even look alike, the guy who compared me to her is an idiot, and also apparently a pedophile, since he repeatedly told me how hot she is and how he only goes for girls that look like her character from the movie.

  • myah melis
    myah melis Month ago

    In the second one she had to kiss Brad Pitt (the one with the long hair) at her age and she said in a interview that She didn’t want to kiss him😂😂 she didn’t kiss another guy until she was 16

  • Bhavesh Marathe
    Bhavesh Marathe Month ago

    2:18 tom Cruze?

  • ram2791
    ram2791 Month ago

    Its pronounced zeen-yaa ohio

  • Belinda Garza
    Belinda Garza Month ago +7

    Rape scenes never help people who have been raped. That is an absolutely preposterous idea. How can that possibly help?

  • Shayla Marie
    Shayla Marie Month ago

    Who also likes kick ass

  • Jada loves Mammoths XD

    Did they really make a movie with a cousin romance?

  • A V E I L Y Y
    A V E I L Y Y Month ago

    Paper moon is forever a favorite

  • Lunsla
    Lunsla 2 months ago

    They are acting. What they do they do in het character. What happens in character you dont take with you in real life. If they cant do something that they shouldnt have taken the role.

  • Julia Brummell
    Julia Brummell 2 months ago

    after seeing this in my recommended for 2 years i finally watched it.

  • Maddy The Bumble Bee
    Maddy The Bumble Bee 2 months ago

    Lmao I’m named after Madeline Cohn, but my mom spelled my name as “Madalynn” not the original spelling.

  • casey b
    casey b 2 months ago

    all of these disgust me

  • Maureen Seel
    Maureen Seel 2 months ago

    Empire of the Sun is one of the most touching and gut-wrenching performances from Christian Bale EVER...I love that movie...brings me to tears every time.

  • Michael Phillips
    Michael Phillips 2 months ago

    And I was thinking I had rough moments in childhood.

  • D C
    D C 2 months ago +2

    Let's not forget that many child actors are exposed to REAL abuse.Hollywood is a very dark place, and I'm not some religious nut, this is just a sad reality.

  • TheNoodlyAppendage
    TheNoodlyAppendage 2 months ago

    Yes, we must have 18 year olds playing 12 year old rape victims, because reasons....

  • Apple Shrubs
    Apple Shrubs 2 months ago

    As long as those kids aren’t making out with adults or smoking (for-real) I don’t really think it matters what role they play

  • Caprice Portia
    Caprice Portia 2 months ago


  • JW41926
    JW41926 2 months ago

    I would not call it protecting a child's innocence. Explain to me how child actors are allowed to be in dark R rated films, but if a parent plays pranks on their kid on RU-clip, there is public outcry they loose custody.

  • cecilia
    cecilia 2 months ago

    omg Brooke Shields was gorgeous

  • Hunter Weeks
    Hunter Weeks 2 months ago +2

    The Good Son is great! And I actually bought him as a psychopath

  • cryinqsippy
    cryinqsippy 2 months ago

    my granddad and my family thinks i look like brooke sheilds but shes so much prettier than me lmao

  • Jackie Aikin
    Jackie Aikin 2 months ago

    Today children are being exposed again like in the past because some most countries are very disturbing and teenagers are legal for an adult to be with. It's real life and it's creepy. Pedophile nation

  • Ricardeaux
    Ricardeaux 2 months ago

    Foster is definitely a witch. Didn't she also orchestrate someone to assassinate RR back in the day?? Why isn't that more well known lol

  • Ima Go Apesht
    Ima Go Apesht 2 months ago +228

    “Too young” but yet all of these kids completely knocked these rolls out of the park.

    • Zay Taboada
      Zay Taboada 29 days ago

      +Jae Lo how are you gonna correct him for saying rolls, yet you said "pedifiles"... moron it's pedophiles

    • nonya business
      nonya business 29 days ago

      Jae Lo *pedophile

    • Zion Grant
      Zion Grant Month ago +5

      +Jae Lo just bc a kid is a good actor in these doesnt make u a pedofile

    • Jada loves Mammoths XD
      Jada loves Mammoths XD Month ago +3

      Yes, they killed it but some of them were inappropriate.

    • Jae Lo
      Jae Lo 2 months ago +1


  • Tinni The Tinfoil Hatter

    You should take a look at children-toys ; the world is ruled by men !

  • Victoria Clarke
    Victoria Clarke 2 months ago

    I was going to suggest Winona Ryder in the movie Mermaids but I just did some research and it turns out she was 19. I could’ve sworn she was younger.

  • Daniel Vidal
    Daniel Vidal 2 months ago +1

    It's called Léon: The Professional (1994) not just 'The Professional'

  • misha
    misha 2 months ago

    as a 17 year old this is ridiculous. you do realise doing drugs and having sex (and also being raped) are things that happen in every day life for some teenagers???? they’re trying to reach an audience that can relate to something like that. but yeah, we get it steve. you stayed in ur mums basement until you were 30 🙄

  • kiffclout
    kiffclout 2 months ago +12

    kids play kids
    adults play adults
    And adults play teenagers

  • Z
    Z 2 months ago

    It's acting and all fake lol!!!!

  • Genavieve C
    Genavieve C 2 months ago +2

    Yup I hate rape movies or when they like kinda show it. They can just say it if they want to add that to a movie.

  • Julia K
    Julia K 2 months ago

    what about Chloe graze moretz in runaway girl? she got raped, sexually assaulted and ran around with a gun and killed someone

  • Luke Bridger
    Luke Bridger 2 months ago

    What about Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan?

  • Hannah Laurenzano
    Hannah Laurenzano 2 months ago +1

    I love Empire of the Sun!

  • Lateralus 7007
    Lateralus 7007 2 months ago

    Yea well keep the tribe away from child actors and maybe Id be more supportive. Since the Tribe controls the industry they will always be at risk. Gotta love the chosen people.

  • Jamie Smith
    Jamie Smith 2 months ago

    Hit girl is my favorite!!!

  • Aria Clements
    Aria Clements 2 months ago

    Juliet was 13, not 14. "She hath not seen the change of fourteen years." So she's not yet 14.

  • Britt Anne
    Britt Anne 2 months ago

    5:30 Louise.....Bob's burgers haha...

  • Julie Laugen
    Julie Laugen 2 months ago

    Why isn’t the crush in this?

  • Philthy Tanks
    Philthy Tanks 2 months ago

    Lol Kids got skipped over quick! I assume it’s Bc mentioning rape and AIDS would get this demonetized?

  • Alana Valadez
    Alana Valadez 2 months ago

    Hold up, we just gonna forget about Jena Malone in Bastard Out of Carolina?

  • HeyKirsty
    HeyKirsty 2 months ago +1

    did no one watch Hick? I'd hardly call Kickass Chloe's most controversial role in comparison.

    • Pauline Marie
      Pauline Marie 2 months ago

      Hick definitely deserves a place on this list more than kickass, for sure

  • TheHero1945
    TheHero1945 2 months ago

    I know she was 17 but I can’t believe they didn’t mention Ellen Page in Hard Candy..

  • H3DDIE
    H3DDIE 2 months ago

    I can’t believe they didn’t add KEN PARK or BULLY!

  • Bro
    Bro 2 months ago

    When Natalie Portman said "One shot, not bad huh?" I saw only Hit Girl right there. Seriously. They even have similar faces, smiles, short hair and everything.

  • rageforthemachine
    rageforthemachine 2 months ago

    Pretty much anything Lara Wendel or Eva Ionesco was in.

  • Lux Meow
    Lux Meow 2 months ago

    I don't agree because when the kids are acting, they're not watching the movie as a whole. They don't see what we do on screen. Most likely when working with kids the directors make it more fun. Look at how well adjusted Natalie Portman turned out, Kirsten Dunst is also doing well still. I didn't watch this vid to know who else. So can't blame their downfall on a movie roll alone if that were to happen, something more is going on.