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The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s

Updated July 8, 2019 5.1k votes 651 voters 32.3k 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 Poppins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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.
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Sword in the Stone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey  is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Doctor Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    A Boy Named Charlie Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Love Bug is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Incredible Journey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Born Free is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Little Drummer Boy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Released1968

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas stop-motion television special produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Yours, Mine and Ours is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    Yours, Mine and Ours

    Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda

    Released1968

    Directed byMelville Shavelson

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    The Ugly Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Ugly Dachshund

    Suzanne Pleshette, Dean Jones

    Released1966

    Directed byNorman Tokar

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    The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1960s
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    The Absent-Minded Professor

    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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