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The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love

Updated July 12, 2019 44.4k votes 3.8k voters 77.3k 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

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton
    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and...  more

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and...  more

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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce
    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions...  more

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    The Sound Of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
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    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks
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    Alice In Wonderland

    Cary Grant, Gary Cooper
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    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills
    The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian...  more

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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox
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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke
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    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters
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    Bedknobs And Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall
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    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters
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    Swiss Family Robinson

    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker
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    Escape To Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards
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    Singin' In The Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly
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    The Absent-Minded Professor

    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn
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    The Adventures Of Milo And Otis

    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi
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    The Apple Dumpling Gang

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway
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    Pippi Longstocking

    Catherine O'Hara, Dave Thomas
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    Ella Enchanted

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum
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    The Music Man

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones
    The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones...  more
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    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman
    Pollyanna is a 1960 American drama film directed by David Swift, and based on the novel by...  more

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    Bye Bye Birdie

    Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke
    Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation...  more