21 Child Actors Who Were Incredible In Their Breakthrough Roles

    They may be eight-years-old, but they're acting circles around the adults.

    A collage of images from Minari, Boyhood, Harry Potter, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Parent Trap, and ET

    1. Akeelah and the Bee (2006) — Keke Palmer

    Keke Palmer leans up against a wall

    2. Angels in the Outfield (1994) — Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Danny GLover holds Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Milton Davis, Jr.

    3. Atonement (2007) — Saoirse Ronan

    Saoirse Ronan reads a note

    4. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) — Quvenzhané Wallis

    Quvenzhane Wallis holds a bird in her hand

    5. Belfast (2021) — Jude Hill

    Jude Hill holds a trash can lid shield an sword

    6. Boyhood (2014) — Ellar Coltrane

    Ellar Coltrane lies in the grass

    7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) — Henry Thomas

    Henry Thomas rides a bike with ET in the basket

    8. The Fabelmans (2022) — Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord

    Paul Dano, Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord, and Michelle Williams sit in movie theater chairs

    9. The Florida Project (2017) — Brooklynn Prince

    Christopher RIvera, Brooklynn Prince, and Valeria Cotto sit together with ice cream in a parking lot

    10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) — Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint

    Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint all scream in Hogwarts robes

    11. IT (2017) — Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Martell, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Finn Wolfhard

    Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Martell, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Finn Wolfhard all look up in horror

    12. Jojo Rabbit (2019) — Roman Griffin Davis

    Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis stand up against a wall together

    13. Kick-Ass (2010) — Chloe Grace Moretz

    Chloe Grace Moretz dressed as a tiny superhero

    14. Lion (2016) — Sunny Pawar

    Sunny Pawar rides on a train

    15. Minari (2020) — Alan Kim

    Alan Kim wears a striped shirt outdoors

    16. Moonlight (2016) — Alex R. Hibbert

    Mahershala Ali holds Alex R. Hibbert in the water

    17. The Parent Trap (1998) — Lindsay Lohan

    Two Lindsay Lohans sit on a hay bale together

    18. The Piano (1993) — Anna Paquin

    Anna Paquin in a bonnet

    19. Room (2015) — Jacob Tremblay

    Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson make art out of eggs

    20. The Sixth Sense (1999) — Haley Joel Osment

    Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment stand in the bedroom

    21. True Grit (2010) — Hailee Steinfeld

    Hailee Steinfeld aims a gun

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