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The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s

Updated July 8, 2019 5.4k votes 674 voters 34.3k 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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  • 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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  • The Sound of Music2
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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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  • 101 Dalmations3
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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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  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer4
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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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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!5
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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 Jungle Book6
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired...  more

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  • Peter Pan7
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    Peter Pan

    Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard

    Released1960

    Directed byVincent J. Donehue

    Peter Pan is a 1960 TV film directed by Vincent J. Donehue....  more
  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown8
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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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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas9
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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 Bang10
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    47

    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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  • Frosty the Snowman11
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    41

    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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  • Swiss Family Robinson12
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    Swiss Family Robinson

    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire

    Released1960

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy...  more

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  • The Sword in the Stone13
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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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  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree14
    83
    32

    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
  • The Pink Panther15
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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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  • Doctor Dolittle16
    83
    40

    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 Brown17
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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
  • Pollyanna18
    77
    40

    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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  • The Love Bug19
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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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  • The Incredible Journey20
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    29

    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
  • Yours, Mine and Ours21
    63
    37

    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
  • Born Free22
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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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  • The Little Drummer Boy23
    64
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    The Little Drummer Boy

    Greer Garson, Zero Mostel

    Released1968

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas stop-motion television special produced by...  more
  • The Ugly Dachshund24
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    The Ugly Dachshund

    Suzanne Pleshette, Dean Jones

    Released1966

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    The Ugly Dachshund is a 1966 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Dean Jones and...  more
  • The Absent-Minded Professor25
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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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