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The Best 1960s Family Movies 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite family films that were released in the 1960s.

The hills are alive with the sound of '60s family movies. Some of the best family films ever made are here on this list of 1960s family movies. It was a great decade for musicals in particular. From The Sound of Music to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, many of the top family films of the '60s belted out big tunes with aplomb.
 

It was also decade for Walt Disney, whether you’re talking animation (The Sword and the Stone, Jungle Book, and 101 Dalmatians) or live action (Mary Poppins and The Swiss Family Robinson). And it wasn’t just Disney hitting their prime with family movies in the 1960s, there was also Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. These '60s family films all continue to entertain children and audiences old enough to have seen them in theaters.
 

So, which of the films on this list of good 1960s family films were your favorites? Vote up the movies that have stood the test of time and vote down the films that are hopelessly dated. Add any family film gems we have missed and if you're seen them all, rerank to create your own 1960s family movies list!

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1960s Family Movies
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester
Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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#1 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing Every Song in The Sound of Music, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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Janis Orenstein
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass Productions and currently distributed by DreamWorks Classics. It first aired ...more

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#8 of 109 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time #146 of 463 The Best Feel-Good Movies

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Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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#26 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #41 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing The Jungle Book Was Originally Written To Prove That White People Are The Superior Race

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Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith
This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away ...more

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Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley
One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same ...more

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#33 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #618 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program ...more

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#547 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #7 of 109 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe
Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman". The program, which first aired on December 7, 1969 on CBS, was ...more

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#141 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #109 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #13 of 109 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1960s Family Movies
Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills
The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by ...more

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#983 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #53 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

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Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a 1966 film combining live-action and animation. It was released by The Walt Disney Company. Based on the first two chapters of the book Winnie-the-Pooh by ...more
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The Swiss Family Robinson
Ron Haddrick, Alastair Duncan, Jeanie Drynan
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Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its ...more

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Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven
The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter ...more

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#41 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #30 of 98 The Greatest Cats in Cartoons & Comics, Ranked by Fans #142 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea, Bill Melendez
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. A Halloween special, it was the third ...more

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Bill Melendez, Pamelyn Ferdin, Christopher DeFaria
A Boy Named Charlie Brown is a 1969 American animated musical film, produced by Cinema Center Films, distributed by National General Pictures, and directed by Bill Meléndez, it is the ...more
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Richard Attenborough, Norm Macdonald, Rex Harrison
Doctor Dolittle is a 1967 American musical film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley and Richard Attenborough. It was adapted by Leslie ...more

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Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills
Pollyanna is a Walt Disney Productions feature film starring child actress Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden and Richard Egan in a story about a cheerful orphan changing the outlook of a ...more

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#771 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #195 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

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Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna
Born Free is a 1966 Technicolor British drama film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Joy and George Adamson, a real-life couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, to ...more
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Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Morgan Brittany
Yours, Mine and Ours is a 1968 film, directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda and Van Johnson. Before its release, it had three other working titles: The Beardsley ...more
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Rex Allen, Jan Rubeš, John Drainie
The Incredible Journey is a 1963 live-action Walt Disney film based on the novel, The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford. Narrated by Rex Allen, the film follows the adventure of three pets, ...more
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Buddy Hackett, Dean Jones, Michele Lee
The Love Bug, sometimes referred to as Herbie the Love Bug, is the first in a series of comedy films made by Walt Disney Productions that starred an anthropomorphic pearl-white, fabric-sunroofed ...more

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Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden
The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on December 25, 1963 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 18th film in ...more

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#108 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #100 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees
The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 American film distributed by Walt Disney Productions based on the short story "A Situation of Gravity" by Samuel W. Taylor. The title character ...more

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#82 of 140 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies #15 of 23 Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1960s Family Movies
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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 ...more

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Flipper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1960s Family Movies
Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin, Joe Higgins
Flipper is an American feature film released on August 14, 1963 written by Arthur Weiss based upon a story by Ricou Browning and Jack Cowden. Produced by Ivan Tors and directed by James B. ...more

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