Top 10 Young Performances 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 Jackie Evancho - The Company You Keep Product Image

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.

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.

She deserves to be top five

2 Dakota Blue Richards - The Golden Compass Dakota Blue Richards - The Golden Compass Product Image

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

3 Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense Product Image

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

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...

4 George Mackay - Sunshine on Leith George Mackay - Sunshine on Leith Product Image
5 Josh Hutcherson - Bridge to Terabithia Josh Hutcherson - Bridge to Terabithia Product Image

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.

6 Keisha Castle-Hughes - Whale Rider
7 Jamie Bell - Billy Elliot
8 Seann William Scott - American Pie Seann William Scott - American Pie Product Image
9 Mary Badham - To Kill a Mockingbird
10 Mia Wasikowska - Defiance Mia Wasikowska - Defiance Product Image

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.

The Contenders
11 Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Product Image
12 Natalie Portman - Leon Natalie Portman - Leon Product Image
13 Dakota Fanning - War of the Worlds Dakota Fanning - War of the Worlds Product Image

Her entire performance consists of screaming endlessly.

14 Will Poulter - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

He was perfectly cast as the stuck-up and skeptical Eustace.

15 Will Poulter - Son of Rambow Will Poulter - Son of Rambow Product Image
16 Henry Thomas - E.T.
17 Shia LaBeouf - Holes Shia LaBeouf - Holes Product Image

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.

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

Shia LaBeouf is really good

Shia LaBeouf is a natural performer

18 Suraj Sharma - Life of Pi Suraj Sharma - Life of Pi Product Image

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

19 Jack O' Connell - Starred Up

A Skins alumni like Dakota Blue Richards, Jack O'Connell is all the rage in Hollywood right now.

20 Margaret O'Brien - Meet Me in St. Louis
21 Kevin Guthrie - Sunshine on Leith Kevin Guthrie - Sunshine on Leith Product Image
22 Christopher Mintz Plasse - Superbad
23 Virginia Weidler - The Philadelphia Story
24 Noah Ringer - Cowboys & Aliens

Noah was also Aang in The Last Airbender, even though that movie is thought of as a bit naff, Noah still has potential.

25 Anna Paquin - The Piano Anna Paquin - The Piano Product Image
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