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The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s 

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To begin any discussion of the greatest ‘70s kids movies, we have to start with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The imagery, story, and legendary performance of Gene Wilder as Wonka have cemented this film as an all-time classic. Released in 1971, it earned Wilder a Golden Globe nomination as well as a nomination for Best Original Score, however, both awards went to Fiddler on the Roof.

This list of the best ‘70s kids movies contains numerous other classics, as well. You will find The Muppet Movie, the first live-action movie featuring Jim Henson’s Muppets. Noted for its metatheatrical nature, frequent celebrity cameos, and intelligent humor, the film remains popular and helped catapult the Muppets to a decades-long run of cultural significance. Animated movies also featured prominently on this list of the top ‘70s kids movies include The Aristocats and The Rescuers.

Other fixtures in the American pop culture canon can also be found here, including Superman, Charlie Brown, and Robin Hood. Vote up the best '70s kids movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson
Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth
This film is a 1971 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based upon the books ...more

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The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page
The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 23rd film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor
The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more

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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers
The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Bill Melendez
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the tenth prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on November ...more
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Escape to Witch Mountain... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland
Escape to Witch Mountain is a 1975 film based on the novel Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions, released by Buena Vista Distribution Company and ...more

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Snoopy, Come Home is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria, Linda Ercoli
Snoopy, Come Home! is a 1972 animated musical film, released by National General Pictures, produced by Cinema Center Films and Lee Mendelson Films, directed by Bill Meléndez, and based on ...more

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Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons
Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but one of its title characters, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story ...more

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Benji is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck
This tail-wagging tale begins as Benji visits his pals Cindy and Paul, whose father Paul Chapman, won't let them give the mutt a home. But the shaggy stray changes his mind by saving the day ...more

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Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman
Robin Hood is a 1973 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions which was first released in the United States on November 8, 1973. The 21st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more

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Winnie the Pooh and Tigg... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is a 1974 animated feature from Disney released as a double feature with The Island at the Top of the World. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best ...more
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The Year Without a Santa... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn
Mrs. Claus shares the story about the year Santa decided to take a vacation when he becomes convinced that there is no more Christmas spirit and people no longer care. Mrs. Claus sends Jingle ...more

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin, Allan Sherman
The Cat in the Hat is an animated musical television special first aired on CBS on March 10, 1971, based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss children's book of the same name, and produced by DePatie-Freleng ...more

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You're a Good Sport, Cha... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Gail Davis, Liam Martin, Melanie Kohn
You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown is the 14th prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on ...more
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Be My Valentine, Charlie... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Bill Melendez
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown is the 13th prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It originally aired on the CBS network on January 28, ...more
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Rudolph's Shiny New Year... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Red Skelton
In this television special, Rudolph has just come back from delivering Christmas presents with Santa Claus when he is asked by Father Time to find the next Baby New Year before midnight on New ...more

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The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Danny DeVito
The Lorax is a 1972 animated musical television special produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. It first aired on CBS on February 14, 1972 based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It ...more

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Return from Witch Mounta... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Christopher Lee, Bette Davis, Kim Richards
Return from Witch Mountain is the 1978 sequel to Walt Disney Productions' 1975 film, Escape to Witch Mountain. It was written by Malcolm Marmorstein and is based on the novel by Alexander Key. ...more

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The Apple Dumpling Gang ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby
The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1975 Disney film about a slick gambler named Russell Donovan who is duped into taking care of a group of orphans who eventually strike gold during the California ...more

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Race for Your Life, Char... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
Bill Melendez, Gail Davis, Jackson Beck
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Close Encounters of the ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s
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Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers
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