1. Macaulay Culkin – The Good Son (1993), 13 years
  2. Dafne Keen – Logan (2017), 12
  3. All the actors – Kids (1995)
  4. Natalie Portman – Leon: The Professional (1994), 12
  5. Dakota Fanning – Hounddog (2007), 12
  6. Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine (2006), 10
  7. Drew Barrymore – Poison Ivy (1992), 17
  8. Tatum O’Neal – Paper Moon (1973), 10
  9. Brooke Shields – Pretty Baby (1978), 12
  10. Thora Birch – American Beauty (1999), 17
  11. Linda Blair – The Exorcist (1973), 13
  12. Kirsten Dunst – Interview With a Vampire (1994), 10
  13. Evan Rachel Wood – Thirteen (2003), 14
  14. Alicia Silverstone – The Crush (1993), 18
  15. Mariel Hemingway – Manhattan (1979), 16
  16. Dominique Swain – Lolita (1997), 14
  17. Jodie Foster – Taxi Driver (1976), 12
  18. Jacob Reynolds – Gummo (1997), 14
  19. Julia Stiles – Wicked (1998), 16
  20. Elle Fanning – The Beguiled (2017), 19
  21. Ryan Simpkins – Gardens of the Night (2008), 8
  22. Kikki Reed – Thirteen (2003), 14
  23. Dakota Fanning – The Runaways (2010), 15
  24. Claire Danes – Romeo + Juliet (1996), 17
  25. Sue Lyon – Lolita (1962), 14
  26. Christian Bale – Empire of the Sun (1987), 13
  27. Chloe Grace Moretz – Kick-Ass (2010), 12
  28. Nicholas Hoult – A Single Man (2009), 18
  29. Olivia Hussey – Romeo and Juliet (1968), 15
  30. Leonard Whiting – Romeo and Juliet (1968), 17
  31. Brooke Shields – The Blue Lagoon (1980), 14
  32. Leonardo Dicaprio – This Boy’s Life (1993), 19
  33. Anna Paquin – The Piano (1993), 12
  34. Balthazar Getty – Lord of the Flies (1990), 13
  35. Oliwia Dabrowska – Schindler’s List (1993), 11
  36. Danny Lloyd – The Shining (1980), 6
  37. The Girls – Cuties (2020)
  38. Harvey Spencer Stephens – The Omen (1976), 12
  39. David Bennett – The Tin Drum (1979), 11
  40. Jena Malone – Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), 11
  41. Haley Joel Osment – The Sixth Sense (1999), 11
  42. Kristen Stewart – Wlecome to the Riley’s (2010), 17
  43. Niyar Saikia – Sold (2014), 15
  44. David Kross – The Reader (2008), 18
  45. Carol Baker – Baby Doll (1956), 19
  46. Sue Lyon – The Night of the Iguana (1964), 16
  47. Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank (2009), 18
  48. Elliot page – Hard Candy (2005), 17
  49. Leelee Sobieski – My First Mister (2001), 19
  50. Paula Haun – Too Young to Love (1950), 15

5 thoughts on “50 Movie Roles Too Mature for Child Actors

    1. Agreed. Awesome list. A future list: Movies starring 30-year old teenagers.

      One of my personal favorites from the ’70s that failed in drive-ins but was oft-run on U.S. UHF-TV was Almost Summer. Set in a high school, all of the “teens” were over the age of 25 and pushing closer to 30.

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  1. Oops! Lightblub moment: You mention Grease. Olivia Newton John’s boyfriend (husband?) at the time, Matt Lattanz, had one, as well: Catch Me If You Can. Another goofy high school filled with too-old teens and the most inept school administrators ever committed to film.

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