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Top 10 Adult and Kid Friendships in Movies

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Script written by Niki Neptune. The ravages of old age and the innocence of youth make for great companions. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 adult and kid friendships in movies. For this list, we’re looking at those movies that feature unlikely-but-memorable friendships between adults and their wise-beyond-their-years young buddies. We’re excluding friendships that include older teens, like between Marty and Doc Brown in “Back To The Future,” or teacher/coach and student/athlete relationships, because those are lists for another day. Special thanks to our users jkellis and timtamzosh for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Niki Neptune.

Top 10 Adult and Kid Relationships in Movies


The ravages of old age and the innocence of youth make for great companions. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 adult and kid friendships in movies.

For this list, we’re looking at those movies that feature unlikely-but-memorable friendships between adults and their wise-beyond-their-years young buddies. We’re excluding friendships that include older teens, like between Marty and Doc Brown in “Back to the Future,” or teacher/coach and student/athlete relationships, because those are lists for another day.

#10: Indiana Jones & Short Round
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984)

He may be an archeologist but Indy’s life sure seems like one life-or-death adventure after another. So, it’s not out of place to include a young child in on that action. In the second installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, Indy winds up with an 11 year-old sidekick named Short Round who also knows how to drive. Shorty may have not hit puberty yet, but he certainly knows how to throw a punch or two - especially if it’s to help out our hero.

#9: Bill Dancer & Curly Sue
“Curly Sue” (1991)

Being homeless can be tough, but being a homeless nine-year-old is even worse. Thankfully for Curly Sue, she has a partner in crime: a grown man and fellow con artist who poses as her father for their scams. It’s a scenario that seems uncomfortable on paper and wholly unbelievable in practice, but in the movies, it’s all cutesiness and good fortune. Which is good, since “Curly Sue” is actually based around a pretty depressing premise – but these two make it work.

#8: Sonny Koufax & Julian McGrath
“Big Daddy” (1999)

When you’re a man-child living off the earnings of an insurance settlement, the last thing you want is to be saddled with a kid. How are you supposed to get your bachelor on when you have to worry about meeting with schoolteachers and potty training? When Adam Sandler’s character winds up being the unwitting guardian to an adorable 5 year-old, he winds up trying out the whole responsible adult thing and likes it.

#7: Oliver Warbucks & Annie
“Annie” (1982)

It’s a hard-knock life for orphans, but being adopted by a mega-rich billionaire can probably help ease some of the pain. As a precocious pre-teen, Annie has a lot going for her, other than the whole “orphan” thing. She can hold a note, she’s a real people person, and she’s a whiz with animals. She also has a knack for turning dour old rich guys into kind-hearted father figures. Just ask Daddy Warbucks.

#6: Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn & Mattie Ross
“True Grit” (2010)

Even during the Wild West days, most 14 year-old girls probably weren’t seeking aid in avenging murders. But in Mattie Ross’ case, she had a singular goal, and that was to bring the man who killed her father to justice. She commissions the help of an old, weather-beaten and gruff U.S. Marshal in tracking and capturing the killer. Over the course of “True Grit”, we follow their journey and the development of a lifelong bond that develops between the two.

#5: Carl Fredricksen & Russell
“Up” (2009)

Surprisingly poignant for an animated feature, “Up”’s relationship between an elderly man seeking to fulfill his lifelong wish and a persistent Wilderness Explorer looking to earn a badge is adorable. The two end up far from home and on the adventure of a lifetime. And although their friendship may have started out a little rocky, it turns out to be a lasting and genuine partnership between a young boy and a lonely old man who’s really a softie at heart.

#4: Dr. Malcolm Crowe & Cole Sear
“The Sixth Sense” (1999)

The friendship between Hayley Joel Osment’s and Bruce Willis’s characters starts out on what appears to be a fairly normal professional arrangement. Willis plays a child psychologist whose latest charge claims to have the ability to see and speak with dead people. After some understandable disbelief, the two decide to work together to help the ghosts resolve their issues on Earth before transitioning to the other side. Being an M. Night Shyamalan flick though, there’s, of course, a twist, but that doesn’t take away from their relationship.

#3: Leone ‘Léon’ Montana & Mathilda Lando
“Léon: The Professional” (1994)

Sometimes, being a highly skilled assassin means forgoing family and close interpersonal relationships. So when a hired gun suddenly becomes the caregiver to a very recently orphaned 12 year-old girl, he realizes he may not be as tough as he once thought. In “The Professional,” the young Matilda comes with her own host of issues, but she manages to break through to Leon’s caring side – well, as caring as a man who kills people for a living can be.

#2: The Tramp & the Kid
“The Kid” (1921)

Charlie Chaplin’s “The Tramp” got into a whole host of antics and shenanigans back in the day. It was kind of his thing. So when he stumbles upon an abandoned infant, he takes it upon himself to raise the child, naturally. In true Tramp form, however, the kid winds up being his wingman in his schemes. The two have a good run until the boy gets sick, which puts him on the radar of his biological mother – but despite complications, their relationship remains real and loving throughout.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- Alfredo & Salvatore Di Vita
“Cinema Paradiso” (1988)
- Dick Tracy & The Kid
“Dick Tracy” (1990)
- Phil Winter & Alice
“Alice in the Cities” (1974)
- Moses “Moze” Pray & Addie Loggins
“Paper Moon” (1973)

#1: Will Freeman & Marcus Brewer
“About a Boy” (2002)

Ever the loveable English gentleman, Hugh Grant doesn’t deviate that much from his normal typecasting as a roguish bachelor who forms an unlikely bond with a 12 year-old in “About a Boy.” As Will, Grant conceives of a scheme that sees him posing as a single father to meet women. However, this backfires slightly when he ends up befriending Marcus. Their friendship is unconventional, but it’s genuine and it provides each of them with the stability they’ve been missing in their lives.

Do you agree with our list? What do you think is the best kid and grown-up friendship? For more entertaining Top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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