The best child actor performances of all time

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Christian Bale in 'Empire Of The Sun' (1987) - Set during WWII, a young Christian Bale plays an English kid who is captured by the Japanese.

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Natalie Portman in 'Leon: The Professional' (1994) - In her debut movie, Portman plays a 12-year-old who develops an unusual relationship with a hitman.

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Isabelle Fuhrman in 'Orphan' (2009) - Isabelle Fuhrman performance as a dwarf pretending to be a child is truly intense and indeed chilling.

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Abigail Breslin in 'Little Miss Sunshine' (2006) - Breslin received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for this role. 

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Jamie Bell in 'Billy Elliot' (2000) - Bell plays an English working class kid who discovers his talent for dancing. 

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Enzo Staiola in 'Bicycle Thieves' (1948) - Enzo Staiola's performance as little Bruno in this Italian neorealism classic is a must-watch. 

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Macaulay Culkin in 'Home Alone' (1990) - Macaulay Culkin's performance was so iconic that, to this day, he is still known as the 'Home Alone' kid.

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Keisha Castle-Hughes in 'Whale Rider' (2002) - Oscar-nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes plays a young Maori girl in this truly fantastic performance.

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Elle Fanning in 'Somewhere' (2010) - A young Elle Fanning has an outstanding performance in this Sofia Coppola movie.

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Alex Hibbert in 'Moonlight' (2016) - The actor co-stars with Mahershala Ali in Barry Jenkins’ touching coming-of-age movie.

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Hailee Steinfeld in 'True Grit' (2010) - For this role, Steinfield was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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