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The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s 

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Updated July 8, 2019 4.2k votes 611 voters 29.1k views 50 items

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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 Kids Movies of the 1960s
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

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 Kids Movies of the 1960s
Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

Released: 1961

Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

Released: 1967

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Re... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Janis Orenstein

Released: 1964

Directed by: Larry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

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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It's the Great Pumpkin, ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea, Bill Melendez

Released: 1966

Directed by: 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 Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

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A Charlie Brown Christma... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein

Released: 1965

Directed by: Bill Melendez

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ken Hughes

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Lynn Fontanne

Released: 1960

Directed by: Vincent J. Donehue

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Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe

Released: 1969

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

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Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk

Released: 1960

Directed by: Ken Annakin

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Winnie the Pooh and the ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1966

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

Released: 1963

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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The Sword in the Stone ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

Released: 1963

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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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Doctor Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Richard Attenborough, Norm Macdonald, Rex Harrison

Released: 1967

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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A Boy Named Charlie Brow... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Bill Melendez, Pamelyn Ferdin, Christopher DeFaria

Released: 1969

Directed by: Bill Melendez, Charles M. Schulz

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 Kids Movies of the 1960s
Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills

Released: 1960

Directed by: David Swift

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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The Incredible Journey ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Rex Allen, Jan Rubeš, John Drainie

Released: 1963

Directed by: Fletcher Markle

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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Born Free is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna

Released: 1966

Directed by: Tom McGowan, James Hill

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The Little Drummer Boy ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Zero Mostel

Released: 1968

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

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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Yours, Mine and Ours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Morgan Brittany

Released: 1968

Directed by: Melville Shavelson

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The Love Bug is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Buddy Hackett, Dean Jones, Michele Lee

Released: 1968

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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The Ugly Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Suzanne Pleshette, Dean Jones, Paul Frees

Released: 1966

Directed by: Norman Tokar

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 Absent-Minded Profes... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Released: 1961

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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