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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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Kids 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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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charli... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 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 ...more

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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The Sword in the Stone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Lynn Fontanne Peter Pan is a 1960 TV film directed by Vincent J. Donehue.

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Doctor Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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Winnie the Pooh and the Honey ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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 Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and Tommy Kirk in a tale of a shipwrecked family building an ...more

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A Boy Named Charlie Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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Yours, Mine and Ours is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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The Little Drummer Boy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Zero Mostel The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas stop-motion television special produced by Rankin/Bass, based on the song of the same name. It was followed by a sequel in 1976.

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Born Free is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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The Incredible Journey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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The Ugly Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Suzanne Pleshette, Dean Jones, Paul Frees The Ugly Dachshund is a 1966 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette in a story about a Great Dane who believes he's a dachshund. Based on a 1938 novel by ...more

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The Love Bug is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
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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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more

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Jason and the Argonauts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack Jason and the Argonauts is a 1963 British Columbia Pictures fantasy Greek Mythology feature film starring Todd Armstrong as the titular mythical Greek hero in a story about his quest for the ...more

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The Moon-Spinners is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Eli Wallach, Hayley Mills, John Le Mesurier The Moon-Spinners is a 1964 American Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach and Peter McEnery in a story about a jewel thief hiding on the island of Crete. The ...more

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The Adventures of Huckleberry ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Buster Keaton, Archie Moore, Tony Randall The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a 1960 American film directed by Michael Curtiz. Based on the famous Mark Twain novel of the same name, it was the third sound film version of the story and ...more

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Summer Magic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Burl Ives, Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire Summer Magic is a 1963 Walt Disney Productions film starring Hayley Mills, Burl Ives, and Dorothy McGuire in a story about a Boston widow and her children taking up residence in a small town in ...more

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Those Magnificent Men in their... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Vigantas Vebra added Benny Hill, Red Skelton, Sarah Miles Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes is a 1965 British comedy film starring Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley, ...more

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worl... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
RobLein added 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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The Happiest Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Greer Garson, Lesley Ann Warren, Fred MacMurray The Happiest Millionaire is a 1967 musical film starring Fred MacMurray and based upon the true story of Philadelphia Main Line millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. The film received an Academy ...more

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Cat Ballou is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
RobLein added Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father's ranch, and later to avenge his murder, but finds that the gunman is not what ...more

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The Man Called Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Mel Blanc, Harvey Korman, June Foray The Man Called Flintstone is a 1966 American animated musical comedy film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and released by Columbia Pictures. It was the second Hanna-Barbera feature, after ...more

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With Six You Get Eggroll is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
RobLein added Doris Day, George Carlin, Barbara Hershey With Six You Get Eggroll is a romantic comedy film starring Doris Day and Brian Keith. The cast includes Barbara Hershey, George Carlin, and Pat Carroll. This was Day's final acting appearance ...more

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Mysterious Island is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood, Nigel Green Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Mysterious Island is a 1961 science fiction adventure film. Based very loosely upon the novel The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, the film was produced by Charles H. Schneer and directed by Cy ...more

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Son of Flubber is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
RobLein added Fred MacMurray, Paul Lynde, Keenan Wynn This 1963 theatrical sequel to ""The Absent-Minded Professor"" finds Professor Ned Brainard inventing ""flubber gas,"" a gaseous form of his original

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Jack the Giant Killer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Anna Lee, Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher Jack the Giant Killer is a 1962 United Artists fantasy film starring Kerwin Mathews in a fairy tale story about a young man who defends a princess against a sorcerer's giants and demons. The ...more

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The Wonderful World of the Bro... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Barbara Eden, Yvette Mimieux, Buddy Hackett The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm is a 1962 American film directed by Henry Levin and George Pal. The latter was the producer and also in charge of the stop motion animation. The film ...more

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Pippi Goes on Board is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Öllegård Wellton, Beppe Wolgers, Hans Clarin Pippi Goes on Board is a 1969 Swedish movie, based on the eponymous children's books by Astrid Lindgren with the cast of the 1969 TV series Pippi Longstocking. The movie consisted of re-edited ...more

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In Search of the Castaways is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
George Sanders, Hayley Mills, Wilfrid Brambell In Search of the Castaways is a 1962 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevalier in a tale about a worldwide search for a shipwrecked sea captain. The film ...more

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Asterix the Gaul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Roger Carel, Pierre Tornade, Maurice Chevit Asterix the Gaul is a 1967 Belgian/French animated film, based on the comic book of the same name, which was the first book in the highly popular comic series Asterix by Goscinny and Uderzo. The ...more

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The Three Worlds of Gulliver is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Joan Hickson, Kerwin Mathews, Grégoire Aslan The 3 Worlds of Gulliver is a 1960 film directed by Jack Sher.

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Mad Monster Party? is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Boris Karloff, Phyllis Diller, Ethel Ennis Mad Monster Party is a 1967 American animated comedy film produced by Rankin/Bass Productions for Embassy Pictures. Although less well-known than Rankin/Bass' holiday specials, it has become a ...more

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The Christmas That Almost Wasn... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Rossano Brazzi, Mischa Auer, Valentino Macchi The Christmas That Almost Wasn't is a 1966 film that stars Rossano Brazzi and Paul Tripp, and was originally released by Childhood Productions Inc. On television, the movie had traditional ...more

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The Mouse on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Frankie Howerd, John Le Mesurier, Bernard Cribbins The Mouse on the Moon is a 1963 British comedy film, an adaptation of the novel The Mouse on the Moon by Irish author Leonard Wibberley. It was directed by Richard Lester and served as the ...more

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Dear Brigitte is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Brigitte Bardot, James Stewart, Fabian Dear Brigitte is a 1965 American DeLuxe Color family-comedy in CinemaScope starring James Stewart and directed by Henry Koster.

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Thunderbirds Are Go is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Cliff Richard, Bob Monkhouse, Bud Tingwell Thunderbirds Are Go is a 1966 British science-fiction film based on Thunderbirds, a 1960s television series starring marionette puppets and featuring scale model effects in a filming process ...more

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More Than a Miracle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '60s Kids Movies
Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Dolores del Río More Than a Miracle is a 1967 film also titled Cinderella Italian Style and Happily Ever After. It stars Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif and Dolores del Río. The movie has a fairy tale ...more