Parenting The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love  

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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 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 Chocolate Fa... 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 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 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 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 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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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, W. C. Fields 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 Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor 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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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 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 Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker 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 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 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 Bedknobs and Broomsticks 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 ...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 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 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 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 post-Civil War Texas. ...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 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 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 Professor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees 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 and Oti... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi 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 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 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 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
JenME3 added Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Vivica A. Fox 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
Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills Pollyanna is a Walt Disney Productions feature film starring child actress Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden and Richard Egan in a story about a cheerful orphan changing the outlook of a ...more

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Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Lacey Chabert, Christopher Plummer, Charles Nelson Reilly 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, ...more

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Gidget is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
JenME3 added Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson Gidget is a 1959 Columbia Pictures CinemaScope feature film. It stars Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, and James Darren in a story about a teenager's initiation into the California surf culture and ...more

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Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
JenME3 added Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh 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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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was ...more

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National Velvet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury 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 ...more

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Those Magnificent Men in their... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Shirley Stewart added Benny Hill, Red Skelton, Sarah Miles 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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Take Her, She's Mine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
JenME3 added James Stewart, Sandra Dee, John McGiver Take Her, She's Mine is a 1961 Broadway comedy written by Henry Ephron and Phoebe Ephron which was adapted into a 1963 comedy film starring James Stewart and Sandra Dee with a screenplay by ...more

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Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Shirley Temple, Jane Withers, James Dunn 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 ...more

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Li'l Abner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love
Julie Newmar, Stella Stevens, Valerie Harper 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