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The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love

Updated July 12, 2019 49.8k votes 3.7k voters 74.0k views33 items

List RulesVote up your favorite old films that are still beloved by both kids and adults today.

There's nothing like popping up some popcorn, gathering the family on the couch, and enjoying a movie together. The top classic family movies feature uplifting storylines where good triumphs over evil and everyone lives happily ever after. This is a list of the greatest classic family films including everything from The Sound of Music to Bedknobs and Broomsticks to Charlotte's Web.

What films will you find on this list of beloved old children's movies? The Wizard of Oz invites kids of all ages to sing along with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they “follow the yellow brick road” to The Emerald City. The Wicked Witch can be a bit scary for young children, but Glinda the Good Witch represents kindness throughout the film. The Parent Trap is another fun movie to watch with the entire family. The Muppet Movie finds Kermit and his friends traveling to California to find success in show business. Other good classics featured on this list include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Apple Dumpling Gang.

Which movies are your favorites to watch with the whole family? Give the best classic films a thumbs up and please add any great options that are missing.

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    The Wizard Of Oz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    The Wizard Of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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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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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions... more on Wikipedia

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    The Sound Of Music is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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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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    The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

    The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series... more on Wikipedia
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    Alice In Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Alice In Wonderland

    Cary Grant, Gary Cooper

    Released1933

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Alice in Wonderland is a 1933 film version of the famous Alice novels of Lewis Carroll. The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills

    Released1961

    Directed byDavid Swift

    The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian... more on Wikipedia
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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1993

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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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
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    Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

    Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is... more on Wikipedia
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    Bedknobs And Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Bedknobs And Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Annie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Annie

    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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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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    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy... more on Wikipedia

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    Escape To Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Escape To Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

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    Singin' In The Rain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Singin' In The Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly

    Released1952

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley... more on Wikipedia

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    The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    The Absent-Minded Professor

    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    The Adventures Of Milo And Oti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    The Adventures Of Milo And Otis

    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

    Released1986

    Directed byMasanori Hata

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    The Apple Dumpling Gang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    The Apple Dumpling Gang

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway

    Released1975

    Directed byNorman Tokar

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    Pippi Longstocking is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Pippi Longstocking

    Catherine O'Hara, Dave Thomas

    Released1997

    Directed byClive A. Smith, Michael Schaack

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    Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Ella Enchanted

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2004

    Directed byTommy O'Haver

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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    The Music Man

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones

    Released1962

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

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    Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Pollyanna

    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman

    Released1960

    Directed byDavid Swift

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    Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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    Bye Bye Birdie

    Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipedia
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