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The Best 1960s Family Movies

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List RulesVote 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 Poppins1
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced...  more

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  • 101 Dalmations2
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    101 Dalmations

    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees

    Released1961

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated...  more

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!3
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is...  more
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  • The Sound of Music4
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise...  more

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  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer5
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    Released1964

    Directed byLarry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion...  more

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas6
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins

    Released1965

    Directed byBill Melendez

    A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip...  more
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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang7
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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1968

    Directed byKen Hughes

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel...  more

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  • The Parent Trap8
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    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills

    Released1961

    Directed byDavid Swift

    The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian...  more

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  • The Jungle Book9
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree10
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    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1966

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a 1966 film combining live-action and animation. It was...  more
  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown11
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    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

    Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea

    Released1966

    Directed byBill Melendez

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television...  more

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  • Frosty the Snowman12
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    Frosty the Snowman

    June Foray, Paul Frees

    Released1969

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the...  more
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  • The Swiss Family Robinson13
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    The Swiss Family Robinson

    Ron Haddrick, Alastair Duncan

    Released1972

    Directed byLeif Graham

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  • The Pink Panther14
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    The Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1963

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama...  more

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  • The Love Bug15
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    The Love Bug

    Buddy Hackett, Dean Jones

    Released1968

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    The Love Bug, sometimes referred to as Herbie the Love Bug, is the first in a series of comedy...  more

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  • Yours, Mine and Ours16
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    Yours, Mine and Ours

    Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda

    Released1968

    Directed byMelville Shavelson

    Yours, Mine and Ours is a 1968 film, directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Lucille Ball,...  more
  • Pollyanna17
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    Pollyanna

    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman

    Released1960

    Directed byDavid Swift

    Pollyanna is a 1960 American drama film directed by David Swift, and based on the novel by...  more

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  • Doctor Dolittle18
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    Doctor Dolittle

    Richard Attenborough, Norm Macdonald

    Released1967

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Doctor Dolittle is a 1967 American musical film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Rex...  more

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  • A Boy Named Charlie Brown19
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    A Boy Named Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Pamelyn Ferdin

    Released1969

    Directed byBill Melendez, Charles M. Schulz

    A Boy Named Charlie Brown is a 1969 American animated musical film, produced by Cinema Center...  more
  • Born Free20
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    Born Free

    Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers

    Released1966

    Directed byTom McGowan, James Hill

    Born Free is a 1966 Technicolor British drama film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers...  more

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  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World21
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by...  more

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  • The Sword in the Stone22
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    The Sword in the Stone

    Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot

    Released1963

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by...  more

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  • The Absent-Minded Professor23
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    The Absent-Minded Professor

    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 American film distributed by Walt Disney Productions...  more

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  • The Incredible Journey24
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    The Incredible Journey

    Rex Allen, Jan Rubeš

    Released1963

    Directed byFletcher Markle

    The Incredible Journey is a 1963 live-action Walt Disney film based on the novel, The...  more
  • Flipper25
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    Flipper

    Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin

    Released1963

    Directed byJames B. Clark

    Flipper is an American feature film released on August 14, 1963 written by Arthur Weiss based...  more

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