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The Greatest Kid Characters in Film 

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Updated February 11, 2020 160.6k votes 8.1k voters 233.4k views 246 items

List Rules Children characters (under 18) in movies; only human, no animals

List of the greatest kid characters in film. These onscreen children were the best movie personalities in the history of cinema. Here we have ranked those film characters that we would rather hide from our own children (for the most part) but watch onscreen any day of the week. Of course, if Harry Potter came over for a playdate, a child might want to hang out.

Movie children are the ones that say what we are really thinking, or sometimes things that no adult would ever be weird enough to think let alone say out loud. Someone like Huck Finn comes to mind, as he ranks up here against (or perhaps with) Simba from "The Lion King." both of the "Spy Kids" themselves had to be included, of course, as did tough girls like Hit-Girl and Veruca Salt. Speaking of Miss Salt, Roald Dahl brought us more of the great kid characters in movies thanks to Matilda Wormood and Charlie Buckett.

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Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Emma Watson in Harry Potter Universe
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Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Christina Ricci in Addams Family Values
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Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
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Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future Part III
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Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
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Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Evanna Lynch in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
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Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Mathilda Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional
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Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
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Katniss Everdeen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
LiliaLoewenberg added Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games
Hunger Games
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Ronald Weasley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
pmmom38 added Rupert Grint in Harry Potter Universe
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Neville Longbottom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Matthew David Lewis in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Lydia Deetz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice
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Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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Russell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Jordan Nagai in Up
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Rue is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
LiliaLoewenberg added Amandla Stenberg in The Hunger Games
Hunger Games
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Short Round is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Short Round Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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Charlie Bucket is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
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Draco Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Tom Felton in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Violet Parr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Violet Parr Sarah Vowell in The Incredibles
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Gertie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Drew Barrymore in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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Chunk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Chunk Jeff Cohen in The Goonies
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Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Mark Hamill in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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Cole Sear is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense
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Hit-Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kid Characters in Film
Chloë Grace Moretz in Kick-Ass 2