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The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love

Updated July 12, 2019 44.4k votes 3.8k voters 79.4k 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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    JenME3 addedYvonne Craig, Sandra Dee


    Directed byPaul Wendkos

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    Lacey Chabert, Christopher Plummer


    Directed byToby Bluth, Charles Grosvenor, Paul Sabella

    Babes in Toyland is a 1997 American animated musical film based on the original story. The animated feature stars Joseph Ashton, James Belushi, Lacey Chabert, Raphael Sbarge, Cathy Cavadini, Bronson...  more
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    Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter


    Directed byCarol Reed

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney


    Directed byClarence Brown

    National Velvet is a 1944 Technicolor sports film based on the novel by Enid Bagnold, published in 1935. It stars Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp and a young Elizabeth Taylor. In 2003, National Velvet...  more

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    Shirley Stewart addedBenny Hill, Red Skelton


    Directed byKen Annakin

    Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes is a 1965 British comedy film starring Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley,...  more
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    Shirley Temple, Jane Withers


    Directed byDavid Butler

    Bright Eyes is a 1934 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by William Conselman is based on a story by David Butler and Edwin Burke, and focuses on the relationship...  more
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    Julie Newmar, Stella Stevens


    Directed byMelvin Frank

    Li'l Abner is a 1959 musical film based on the comic strip of the same name created by Al Capp and the successful Broadway musical of the same name that opened in 1956. The movie was produced by...  more
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    JenME3 addedJames Stewart, Sandra Dee


    Directed byHenry Koster

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