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The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s

Updated October 8, 2020 4.6k votes 611 voters 51.9k views106 items

List RulesVote up your favorite children films that were released in the 1970s

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 a popular 1970s family movie and helped catapult the Muppets to a decades-long run of cultural significance. Animated movies are 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 Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Rescuers

    Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

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    The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

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    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi

    Released1970

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s

    Released1973

    Directed byBill Melendez, Phil Roman

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    Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

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    Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

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    Benji is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Benji

    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier

    Released1974

    Directed byJoe Camp

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Snoopy, Come Home is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Snoopy, Come Home

    Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria

    Released1972

    Directed byBill Melendez

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    Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery

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    The Year Without a Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Year Without a Santa Claus

    Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth

    Released1974

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

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    Return from Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Return from Witch Mountain

    Christopher Lee, Bette Davis

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Hough

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    The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Cat in the Hat

    Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin

    Released1971

    Directed byHawley Pratt

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    Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Robin Hood

    Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov

    Released1973

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    The Apple Dumpling Gang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Apple Dumpling Gang

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway

    Released1975

    Directed byNorman Tokar

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    You're a Good Sport, Charlie B is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

    Gail Davis, Liam Martin

    Released1975

    Directed byPhil Roman

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    Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s

    Released1975

    Directed byPhil Roman

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    Rudolph's Shiny New Year is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s

    Released1976

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    Race for Your Life, Charlie Br is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Gail Davis

    Released1977

    Directed byBill Melendez, Phil Roman

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    The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Lorax

    Danny DeVito

    Released1972

    Directed byHawley Pratt

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    The Black Stallion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Black Stallion

    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

    Released1979

    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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