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The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love 

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Updated July 12, 2019 50.8k votes 3.7k voters 72.7k views 33 items

List Rules Vote 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
Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

Released: 1939

Directed by: Mervyn 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 the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Marcos Mamede added Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

Released: 1973

Directed by: Charles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Frawley

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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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, W. C. Fields

Released: 1933

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod

Alice in Wonderland is a 1933 film version of the famous Alice novels of Lewis Carroll. The film was produced by Paramount Pictures, featuring an all-star cast. It is all live-action, except for ...more

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

Released: 1961

Directed by: David Swift

The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by ...more

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Homeward Bound: The Incr... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

Released: 1993

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. Directed ...more

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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
Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ken Hughes

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its ...more

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Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Released: 1977

Directed by: Don Chaffey

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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Bedknobs and Broomsticks... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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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Annie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Huston

Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on Little Orphan ...more

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Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk

Released: 1960

Directed by: Ken Annakin

Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and Tommy Kirk in a tale of a shipwrecked family building an ...more

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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in Texas. It is based upon ...more

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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
Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Hough

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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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

Released: 1952

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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The Absent-Minded Profes... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Released: 1961

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 American film distributed by Walt Disney Productions based on the short story "A Situation of Gravity" by Samuel W. Taylor. The title character ...more

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The Adventures of Milo a... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

Released: 1986

Directed by: Masanori Hata

The Adventures of Milo and Otis is an Japanese adventure comedy-drama film about two animals, the titular characters, Milo and Otis. The original English version was released on June 27, 1986, ...more

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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
Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby

Released: 1975

Directed by: Norman Tokar

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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Pippi Longstocking is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Catherine O'Hara, Dave Thomas, Samuel Fröler

Released: 1997

Directed by: Clive A. Smith, Michael Schaack

Pippi Longstocking is a 1997 animated musical film from AB Svensk Filmindustri and Nelvana, based on the eponymous children's books by Astrid Lindgren. It was distributed theatrically by Legacy ...more

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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett

Released: 1962

Directed by: Morton DaCosta

The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more

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Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Tommy O'Haver

Ella Enchanted is a 2004 British–American–Irish fantasy romantic comedy film loosely based on Gail Carson Levine's 1997 novel of the same name. The film stars Anne Hathaway as Ella and Hugh ...more

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Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden

Released: 1960

Directed by: David Swift

Pollyanna is a 1960 American drama film directed by David Swift, and based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter of the same title. A cheerful orphan (Hayley Mills) learns to adapt to her new ...more

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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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Released: 1963

Directed by: George Sidney

Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. The screenplay was written by Michael Stewart and Irving ...more

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