The best dramas about the problems of growing up and about a difficult childhood.

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1. The Class (2007)

99 min | Drama

An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.

Director: Ilmar Raag | Stars: Vallo Kirs, Pärt Uusberg, Lauri Pedaja, Paula Solvak

Votes: 14,015

2. Mouchette (1967)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama

A young girl living in the French countryside suffers constant indignities at the hand of alcoholism and her fellow man.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal, Paul Hébert

Votes: 9,617

3. The Little Thief (1988)

R | 109 min | Drama

In a small town in post-World-War-II France, an unhappy sixteen-year-old (Janine Castang) tries to escape her dreary situation by any means at her disposal. Three successive friends (Michel... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bezace, Simon de La Brosse, Clotilde de Bayser

Votes: 1,723 | Gross: $1.06M

4. Kukolka (1988)

135 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

After receiving a serious injury, a young gymnast is forced to stop performing. This serious sport traumatizes her not only physically but also morally.

Director: Isaakas Fridbergas | Stars: Svetlana Zasypkina, Irina Metlitskaya, Vladimir Menshov, Ervand Arzumanyan

Votes: 234

7. All the Invisible Children (2005)

124 min | Drama

Through the plights of seven different children, seven cruel destinies unfold, as the unknown innocents who share the same sensitivities and desires struggle for survival, understanding--and above all--love, in an apathetic grown-up world.

Directors: Mehdi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, Kátia Lund, Jordan Scott, Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso, John Woo | Stars: Adama Bila, Elysée Rouamba, Rodrigue Ouattara, Uros Milovanovic

Votes: 3,810

8. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A Mumbai teenager reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?".

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 779,574 | Gross: $141.32M

9. Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)

94 min | Drama, History

The true story of a single teacher's courage to stand up against an untouchable prefect's sadistic disciplinary regime and other abuse in a Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School in 1939 Ireland.

Director: Aisling Walsh | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton

Votes: 3,731

10. Sanctuary (2015)

104 min | Drama

A young free-minded German 14 year old boy in a northern Lower Saxony province town is in love with his mother. His stepfather identifies him as a competitor, and has him brought to a ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Brummund | Stars: Louis Hofmann, Alexander Held, Stephan Grossmann, Max Riemelt

Votes: 1,378

11. Evil (2003)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A teenage boy expelled from school for fighting arrives at a boarding school where the systematic bullying of younger students is encouraged as a means to maintain discipline, and decides to fight back.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Andreas Wilson, Henrik Lundström, Gustaf Skarsgård, Linda Zilliacus

Votes: 34,806 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Innocent Voices (2004)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller, War

66 Metascore

A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus, Gustavo Muñoz

Votes: 7,095 | Gross: $0.84M

13. Pixote (1981)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino

Votes: 6,373

14. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)

85 min | Drama

A sensitive girl struggles with first love and bullying in a 1980's Soviet orphanage.

Directors: Leida Laius, Arvo Iho | Stars: Monika Järv, Hendrik Toompere Jr., Tauri Tallermaa, Katrin Tamleht

Votes: 200

15. Aclà's Decent Into Floristella (1992)

86 min | Drama

Brutal film about the exploitation of a young Italian boy, who is virtually sold to the operators of a sulphur mine where he is beaten and sexually molested.

Director: Aurelio Grimaldi | Stars: Francesco Cusimano, Tony Sperandeo, Luigi Maria Burruano, Lucia Sardo

Votes: 346

16. Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

PG-13 | 157 min | Drama

When his wife dies, Lassefar (Max von Sydow) takes his 12-year-old son, Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard), from their home in Sweden to Denmark in search of a better life. Signing on as laborers at ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Pelle Hvenegaard, Max von Sydow, Erik Paaske, Björn Granath

Votes: 9,814 | Gross: $2.05M

17. My Life as a Dog (1985)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Comedy

82 Metascore

A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman

Votes: 17,781 | Gross: $8.35M

18. The Young and the Damned (1950)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama

A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán

Votes: 17,419

19. My Brother Tom (2001)

105 min | Drama

A teenage girl, Jessica, befriends a teenage boy called Tom, who is bullied by a local gang. She is abused by Jack, who is both her neighbour and school teacher, and Tom is sexually abused ... See full summary »

Director: Dom Rotheroe | Stars: Jenna Harrison, Ben Whishaw, Honeysuckle Weeks, Michael Erskine

Votes: 873

20. The Stolen Children (1992)

114 min | Drama

Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Valentina Scalici, Giuseppe Ieracitano, Florence Darel

Votes: 2,399 | Gross: $0.93M

21. The Devils (2002)

105 min | Drama

The siblings Joseph and Chloé are 12 and have just been placed on another children's home. For years they were on the same or separate homes or on the run together. Chloé is an autist. She ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Ruggia | Stars: Adèle Haenel, Vincent Rottiers, Rochdy Labidi, Jacques Bonnaffé

Votes: 1,081

22. Ma Vie en Rose (1997)

R | 88 min | Drama

Ludovic is an innocent seven-year-old child who provokes horror in his community when he dresses in girls clothes and insists he's a girl.

Director: Alain Berliner | Stars: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Hélène Vincent

Votes: 8,245 | Gross: $2.28M

23. The Chorus (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Music

56 Metascore

The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.

Director: Christophe Barratier | Stars: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Kad Merad

Votes: 55,476 | Gross: $3.64M

24. Chuchelo (1984)

127 min | Drama

Unpopular girl being bullied in her class.

Director: Rolan Bykov | Stars: Christina Orbakaite, Yuriy Nikulin, Elena Sanaeva, Dmitri Yegorov

Votes: 1,405

25. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

An awkward seventh-grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish class-mates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Heather Matarazzo, Christina Brucato, Victoria Davis, Christina Vidal

Votes: 31,015 | Gross: $4.77M

26. The Yearling (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Family, Western

89 Metascore

A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills

Votes: 5,143 | Gross: $5.20M

27. Children of Heaven (1997)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family, Sport

After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi

Votes: 60,505 | Gross: $0.93M

28. Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan

Votes: 33,869 | Gross: $0.85M

29. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

R | 95 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

47 Metascore

A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David

Votes: 73,777 | Gross: $22.24M

30. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Young Iranian Kurdish siblings try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini, Madi Ekhtiar-dini

Votes: 7,206 | Gross: $0.70M

31. Two-Legged Horse (2008)

101 min | Drama

A wealthy boy hires a poor child to carry him around like a horse.

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Ziya Mirza Mohamad, Haron Ahad, Gol-Ghotai, Khojeh Nader

Votes: 480

32. Osama (2003)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama

83 Metascore

After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the restriction of women in public life, a pre-teen girl is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother.

Director: Siddiq Barmak | Stars: Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Khwaja Nader, Mohammad Arif Herati

Votes: 8,466 | Gross: $1.13M

33. Stray Dogs (2004)

93 min | Drama

The story of survival of 2 children in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Their mother has been imprisoned for "adultery" and their father is in Guantanamo Bay.

Director: Marzieh Makhmalbaf | Stars: Gol-Ghotai, Zahed, Agheleh Rezaie, Sohrab Akbari

Votes: 545

34. Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (2007)

81 min | Drama, War

A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is ... See full summary »

Director: Hana Makhmalbaf | Stars: Abbas Alijome, Abdolali Hoseinali, Nikbakht Noruz

Votes: 1,994

35. The Father (1996)

91 min | Drama

Mehrollah is a 14-year-old boy who is forced to find a job to support his family after his father dies. He travels to the southern parts of Iran, looking for work. Upon his return to his hometown, he notices certain changes in his family.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Hossein Abedini, Mohammad Kasebi, Parivash Nazarieh, Hassan Sadeghi

Votes: 1,296

36. Wadjda (2012)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd

Votes: 17,709 | Gross: $1.35M

37. Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Crime

55 Metascore

A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Mounïm Kbab, Mustapha Hansali, Hicham Moussoune, Abdelhak Zhayra

Votes: 2,519

38. Capernaum (2018)

R | 126 min | Drama

75 Metascore

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad

Votes: 47,387 | Gross: $1.66M

39. The Clay Bird (2002)

95 min | Drama, History

75 Metascore

A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.

Director: Tareque Masud | Stars: Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Rokeya Prachy

Votes: 3,662

40. El Bola (2000)

88 min | Drama

70 Metascore

El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The ... See full summary »

Director: Achero Mañas | Stars: Juan José Ballesta, Pablo Galán, Alberto Jiménez, Manuel Morón

Votes: 5,796

41. The Welts (2004)

91 min | Drama

Wiktor, who was mistreated by his father as a child, is now a tormented grown-up. He meets beautiful Tania and wants to settle down but it's not easy to get rid of childhood traumas.

Director: Magdalena Piekorz | Stars: Michal Zebrowski, Jan Frycz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Waclaw Adamczyk

Votes: 1,150

42. The Boys of Paul Street (1968)

G | 110 min | Drama

In Budapest, two rival gangs of young boys lay claim to a vacant lot. The hostilities escalate yet never quite boil over into actual violence. Just when things do get out of hand, however, ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Sándor Pécsi, László Kozák, Anthony Kemp

Votes: 2,422

43. White Palms (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Sport

72 Metascore

Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly ... See full summary »

Director: Szabolcs Hajdu | Stars: Zoltán Miklós Hajdu, Kyle Shewfelt, Gheorghe Dinica, Andor Lukáts

Votes: 1,593

44. Misunderstood (1966)

104 min | Drama

Andrew's brave front convinces his father that he is unaffected by his mother's death. Playmate and protector of his little brother Miles, he is often blamed when mischief goes wrong. Only ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Anthony Quayle, Stefano Colagrande, Simone Giannozzi, John Sharp

Votes: 903