Dakota Fanning Was THE Child Actor Of The 2000s, So Let's Talk About Some Of Her Roles

    Uptown Girls was a cultural shift.

    If you grew up in the early 2000s (or just consumed media during that time), you know no child dominated the movie industry quite like Dakota Fanning.

    If there was a movie that required a kid, she was in it. If there was a heart-wrenching drama, she was the lead. Early on in her career, she starred alongside Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah — some of the Hollywood greats — and she always held her own.

    Let's take a look back at some of Dakota's most notable childhood roles.

    I Am Sam (2001)

    Dakota Fanning sitting next to her onscreen dad at school

    Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

    Dakota Fanning in "Sweet Home Alabama."

    Uptown Girls (2003)

    Dakota looking shocked and heartbroken at Brittany Murphy's character

    The Cat in the Hat (2003)

    Two kids hiding under the bed from the cat in the hat

    Man on Fire (2004)

    young dakota teasing Denzel in a scene

    Dreamer (2005)

    Cale crying in the barn over her horse getting sold

    War of the Worlds (2005)

    Dakota Fanning in the backseat of a car, looking frightened, in "War of the Worlds."

    Charlotte's Web (2006)

    Fern hugging baby Wilbur

    The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

    Dakota looking alarmed and serious as her father sits in the front seat of their car

    Push (2009)

    Cassie crying about her art

    Coraline (2009)

    Coraline looking startled

    What are your favorite Dakota Fanning roles? Let us know in the comments below!