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The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s

Updated July 8, 2019 5.2k votes 652 voters 32.4k views50 items

List RulesVote up your favorite children films that were released in the 1960s

In the 1960s, musicals were king. On this list of the greatest 1960s kids movies, you will see a number of enduringly popular musical films, fan-favorite animated movies, as well as the work of legedary directors.


So what are the best 1960s kids movies? You might vote up ‘60s family classic
The Sound of Music. The tale of a singing family on the run from the Germans during WWII, this film features numerous songs that have transcended their place on the soundtrack and become American pop culture mainstays. In The Jungle Book, animation and music collide for an unforgettable coming-of-age tale, featuring eight original songs composed just for the movie. Also in the realm of animation, The Pink Panther starring the legendary Peter Sellers appears on this list, as well.


Although more obscure than some other films on this list of the top 1960s kids movies,
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is worth a watch. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz, who won an Oscar for directing Casablanca. Who knew! Vote up the best '60s kids movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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    Jason and the Argonauts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Jason and the Argonauts

    Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton

    Released1963

    Directed byDon Chaffey

    Jason and the Argonauts is a 1963 British Columbia Pictures fantasy Greek Mythology feature... more on Wikipedia

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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Music Man

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones

    Released1962

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones... more on Wikipedia

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    The Moon-Spinners is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Moon-Spinners

    Eli Wallach, Hayley Mills

    Released1964

    Directed byJames Neilson

    The Moon-Spinners is a 1964 American Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Hayley... more on Wikipedia

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    Those Magnificent Men in their is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s

    Released1965

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25... more on Wikipedia
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    Summer Magic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Summer Magic

    Burl Ives, Hayley Mills

    Released1963

    Directed byJames Neilson

    Summer Magic is a 1963 Walt Disney Productions film starring Hayley Mills, Burl Ives, and... more on Wikipedia
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worl is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Son of Flubber is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Son of Flubber

    Fred MacMurray, Paul Lynde

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    This 1963 theatrical sequel to ""The Absent-Minded Professor"" finds Professor Ned Brainard... more on Wikipedia

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    In Search of the Castaways is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    In Search of the Castaways

    George Sanders, Hayley Mills

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    In Search of the Castaways is a 1962 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Hayley... more on Wikipedia

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    Mysterious Island is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Mysterious Island

    Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood

    Released1961

    Directed byCy Endfield

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    The Adventures of Huckleberry  is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Buster Keaton, Archie Moore

    Released1960

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a 1960 American film directed by Michael Curtiz. Based... more on Wikipedia
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    Cat Ballou is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Cat Ballou

    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole

    Released1965

    Directed byElliot Silverstein

    Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to... more on Wikipedia

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    The Happiest Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Happiest Millionaire

    Greer Garson, Lesley Ann Warren

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    The Happiest Millionaire is a 1967 musical film starring Fred MacMurray and based upon the... more on Wikipedia
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    Pippi Goes on Board is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Pippi Goes on Board

    Öllegård Wellton, Beppe Wolgers

    Released1969

    Directed byOlle Hellbom

    Pippi Goes on Board is a 1969 Swedish movie, based on the eponymous children's books by Astrid... more on Wikipedia
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    The Man Called Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Man Called Flintstone

    Mel Blanc, Harvey Korman

    Released1966

    Directed byWilliam Hanna, Joseph Barbera

    The Man Called Flintstone is a 1966 American animated musical comedy film produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wonderful World of the Bro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

    Barbara Eden, Yvette Mimieux

    Released1962

    Directed byGeorge Pal, Henry Levin

    The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm is a 1962 American film directed by Henry Levin and... more on Wikipedia
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    Thunderbirds Are Go is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Thunderbirds Are Go

    Cliff Richard, Bob Monkhouse

    Released1966

    Directed byDavid Lane

    Thunderbirds Are Go is a 1966 British science-fiction film based on Thunderbirds, a 1960s... more on Wikipedia
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    Jack the Giant Killer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Jack the Giant Killer

    Anna Lee, Kerwin Mathews

    Released1962

    Directed byNathan H. Juran

    Jack the Giant Killer is a 1962 United Artists fantasy film starring Kerwin Mathews in a fairy... more on Wikipedia
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    Dear Brigitte is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Dear Brigitte

    Brigitte Bardot, James Stewart

    Released1965

    Directed byHenry Koster

    Dear Brigitte is a 1965 American DeLuxe Color family-comedy in CinemaScope starring James... more on Wikipedia
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    With Six You Get Eggroll is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    With Six You Get Eggroll

    Doris Day, George Carlin

    Released1968

    Directed byHoward Morris

    With Six You Get Eggroll is a romantic comedy film starring Doris Day and Brian Keith. The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Three Worlds of Gulliver is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Three Worlds of Gulliver

    Joan Hickson, Kerwin Mathews

    Released1960

    Directed byJack Sher

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    Mad Monster Party? is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Mad Monster Party?

    Boris Karloff, Phyllis Diller

    Released1967

    Directed byJules Bass

    Mad Monster Party is a 1967 American animated comedy film produced by Rankin/Bass Productions... more on Wikipedia

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    The Mouse on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Mouse on the Moon

    Frankie Howerd, John Le Mesurier

    Released1963

    Directed byRichard Lester

    The Mouse on the Moon is a 1963 British comedy film, an adaptation of the novel The Mouse on... more on Wikipedia
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    Asterix the Gaul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Asterix the Gaul

    Roger Carel, Pierre Tornade

    Released1967

    Directed byRay Goossens

    Asterix the Gaul is a 1967 Belgian/French animated film, based on the comic book of the same... more on Wikipedia
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    The Christmas That Almost Wasn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

    Rossano Brazzi, Mischa Auer

    Released1966

    Directed byRossano Brazzi

    The Christmas That Almost Wasn't is a 1966 film that stars Rossano Brazzi and Paul Tripp, and... more on Wikipedia
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    More Than a Miracle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    More Than a Miracle

    Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif

    Released1967

    Directed byFrancesco Rosi

    More Than a Miracle is a 1967 film also titled Cinderella Italian Style and Happily Ever... more on Wikipedia
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