Favorite Young Perfomance in a Movie

Best acting performance in a movie by an actor 19 years old or younger.

The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho - The Company You Keep

Robert Redford saw Jackie's PBS Great Performances "Dream With Me - In Concert" on television in his Vancouver hotel room while on location for "The Company You Keep". He had auditioned many others to play his daughter, but hadn't found the right one. He made inquiries, had Jackie submit an audition tape, then flew her out to Vancouver. He cast her when he met her. - Trancas

Really just a supporting role as Robert Redford's 11-year old daughter, but her character is Redford's main motivation throughout the entire movie, so it was vital that she was sympathetic and totally believable.

Jackie Evancho was in Canada 4 days after Robert Redford 1st saw her on his hotel room T.V.. He described her as a "golden haired angel" who suddenly appeared on the screen. This is her 1st major acting role that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. She became her character, "Izzy", on screen.

One of a kind singer and person

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2 Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense Haley Joel Osment is an American actor. After a series of roles in television and film during the 1990s, including a small part in Forrest Gump playing the title character’s son, Osment rose to fame for his performance as a young unwilling medium in The Sixth Sense..

How did he not win an oscar for his performance is beyond me. His performance made that movie the the hit it was.

I beleive he was the main attraction for this movie. After all, he sees dead people... - funkymonkey

Jackie Evancho number 1 on a movie list? We have reached a whole new level of stupid! - 445956

3 Natalie Portman - Leon Natalie Portman - Leon Natalie Portman is an actress, film producer and film director with dual American and Israeli citizenship.
4 Henry Thomas - E.T.
5 Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to prominence as the title character in the Harry Potter film series.
6 Jamie Bell - Billy Elliot
7 Will Poulter - Son of Rambow
8 Leonardo DiCaprio - What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Amazing performance. You must see this movie.

He deserved to win oscar for this!

9 Mia Wasikowska - Defiance

This Australian starlet is definitely on the rise for the last few years now. To many people it started with Tim Burton's Alice, but what really kicked off her Hollywood career was this Daniel Craig fronted war film set in occupied Poland. - jezza0

10 Suraj Sharma - Life of Pi

He has got an Awe.. HE LIVED AS PI! Not everyone proves to be an actor, well a so good actor in their debut performance. This movie changed his life, I guess. Expecting many more good movies from him. Salutes for SURAJ

The Contenders

11 Seann William Scott - American Pie Seann William Scott - American Pie Seann William Scott is an American actor, comedian and producer. His most recognized roles are Steve Stifler in the American Pie film series and Doug Glatt in both Goon and Goon: Last of the Enforcers.
12 Christopher Mintz Plasse - Superbad
13 Emma Watson - The Harry Potter series Emma Watson - The Harry Potter series Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School as a child and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
14 Judy Garland - The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland - The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. The American Film Institute named her 8th greatest female star of classic American cinema. She's also the mother of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.

How is this not number one? This is easily the most iconic eligible performance. The "Over The Rainbow" performance should be enough on its own to make the top spot.

15 Shia LaBeouf - Holes

The acting was very impressive especially for his first movie. They say Transformers was Shia's best movie, but really, I thought this was his best. - vmacmil-1

I'm surpirised he barely got any recognition for this movie. His performance as Stanley Yelnats was awesome! - nallimcamybloc

Shia LaBeouf is really good - whatsitsname

Shia LaBeouf is a natural performer - docghost

16 River Phoenix - Stand by Me River Phoenix - Stand by Me River Jude Phoenix, born River Jude Bottom (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.

All the boys in it are great but Phoenix was just so talented. I still can't believe he was only 14/15 at the time.

unbeatable.
the best actor of all time. Even when he was just 14.

17 Anna Paquin - The Piano Anna Paquin - The Piano Anna Helene Paquin is a Canadian-born New Zealand actress. Born in Manitoba and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, Paquin studied at Hutt Intermediate School and the Wellington Girls' College in New Zealand before moving to Los Angeles during her youth where she studied at Windward School and went ...read more.
18 Dakota Blue Richards - The Golden Compass

A bright up & coming actress who, later in her career, appeared in 2 series of the British teen drama Skins.

19 Josh Hutcherson - Bridge to Terebithia Josh Hutcherson - Bridge to Terebithia Joshua Ryan "Josh" Hutcherson is an American actor. A native of Kentucky, Hutcherson began his acting career in the early 2000s and appeared in several commercials and minor film and television roles before landing his first major role in 2002 in the pilot episode of House Blend.

Josh Hustcherson is a flawless actor. He did a wonderful job in this movie. he was eleven or tewlve years old in this movie! That is amazing.

He did great here but I still don't like him as Peeta in The Hunger Games...
BTT was a great movie and book I almost cried in the book, too.

20 Dakota Fanning - I Am Sam Dakota Fanning - I Am Sam Hannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history.
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Seann William Scott - American Pie
2. Jamie Bell - Billy Elliot
3. Will Poulter - Son of Rambow
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1. George MacKay - Sunshine on Leith
2. Dakota Blue Richards - The Golden Compass
3. Jack O' Connell - Starred Up
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1. Henry Thomas - E.T.
2. Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
3. Emma Watson - The Harry Potter series
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