The 100 Best Family Movies to Own

by AtlBo | created - 03 Jul 2011 | updated - 20 Aug 2012 | Public

This is my list of the most important movies to own for family viewing. These are not necessarily the most important family movies in my opinion. If that were the case, epics like "Ben Hur", "Quo Vadis", and "Spartacus" and high dramas like "Airport", "Airport 75", "The Towering Inferno", and "The Poseiden Adventure" would have made the list. The list would also have included some of the older epics, such as "Gone With the Wind", some John Wayne, such as "The Green Berets", and older Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. The idea of the list was to put together a collection of movies that would be useful to keep around for those times when it is suitable to watch a movie with the whole family. I was thinking mostly of movies to have fun with and of movies that children might choose themselves to watch, at least sometimes, but I also wanted the movies to carry some weight for a positive lesson from the parents' viewpoint as a parents' choice movie.

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1. Oliver! (1968)

G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.5
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Young Oliver Twist runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

Votes: 28,580 | Gross: $16.80M

Classic mean streets musical thriller for children. A story of survival and of overcoming the odds. A great addition to any family movie collection...

2. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

7.8
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Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 146,048 | Gross: $4.00M

Hard to beat the wily Wonka helping a young person understand the importance of doing the right thing. Such a great story and an excellent movie on every level...

3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 34,245

Dick Van Dyke is great in this 60s tear jerker about sticking together and following your dream...

4. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.9
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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 73,889 | Gross: $72.00M

Higgins and Pickering argue the fate of the young street urchin Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who overcomes the odds to prove that anyone can become successful. Great humor and a great story to this outstanding musical...

5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.

Directors: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell

Votes: 150,192 | Gross: $184.93M

The ultimate Disney movie. Superior animation and superb characters and storyline...

6. Born Free (1966)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.3
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Married couple George Adamson and Joy Adamson have long lived in northern Kenya for George's work as the senior game warden of the region. One of George's primary responsibilities is to ... See full summary »

Directors: James Hill, Tom McGowan | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye

Votes: 5,027

Cant' say enough about the African scenery in this one. There is so much in this movie for children that it is truly one of the most important movies ever...

7. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 174 min | Biography, Drama, Family

8.0
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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 165,793 | Gross: $163.21M

Julie Andrews is astonishing in this World War 2 set story of survival and courage. A truly beautiful movie with such great music and a must watch movie for all children of any age...

8. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 701,384 | Gross: $402.45M

This one started a landslide of fascination with dinosaurs and became the beginning of one of the movies' great success stories for a movie franchise. The story and characters are very good and very well developed and watching the movie is truly a thrill, especially in surround sound. This one is at the top of my list to keep around for the family...

9. Cinderella (1950)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 119,576 | Gross: $85.00M

Epic Disney animation and a real story of triumphing over the odds. If you have girls, can't make it without this one. Really a great movie...

10. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.6
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89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 317,936 | Gross: $7.27M

Family classic at Christmas time. Hope lost and regained...and Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Family is all about sticking together, right? This is the one to remind us all about doing just that, no matter the odds...

11. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 112,248 | Gross: $51.60M

Perhaps Disney's best animation in this one. Another to have for the girls, but it's nice to know the boys are learning to behave like a gentleman, too. Can't beat this one for a fun night with the children...

12. Song of the South (1946)

Approved | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Harve Foster | Stars: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett, Luana Patten

Votes: 9,402 | Gross: $63.72M

This movie is just so good, that it must be owned. Uncle Remus (James Baskett) recounts his tales for children spectacularly...and the music is great. The best of Disney...

13. Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | 83 min | Family, Drama, Adventure

7.3
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A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York

Votes: 9,690 | Gross: $21.91M

A real tear jerker and one of the defining tales of friendship there will ever be in the movies. This one has to go straight to the top of the list...

14. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.7
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90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,028,388 | Gross: $322.74M

Can't say enough about how much this movie means to children, but it's also a cinematographic masterpiece and the first part of the Star Wars legacy to the movies. There may be more important movies, but this one will bring the children running to watch...and it is a great story, too...

15. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 121,815 | Gross: $102.27M

Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and "a spoon full of sugar" and such great music and songs. Keep this one around for sure...what a great story...

16. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 323,223 | Gross: $22.20M

The original classic with Judy Garland is one of the most important movies in the history of Hollywood. There were so many breakthroughs in the movie, and the characters and story are so magical. The future will prove this to be a masterpiece well worthy of owning for the family...

17. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.4
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 36,970

This is the original television version of the Dr. Seuss classic Christmas tale of the whos in whoville. Dr. Seuss is all about children, so this one is most important to have, especially around Christmas time...

18. The Love Bug (1968)

G | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

6.5
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A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett

Votes: 11,677

A really great story and "The Love Bug" started another important franchise in the movies for families. Buddy Hackett is unforgettable in this movie, as is Michele Lee, but the star of the show is Herbie, the crazy one of a kind VW with an attitude. This one will be a favorite of any family oriented collection. Let's not forget about Benson Fong!

19. The Muppet Movie (1979)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.6
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74 Metascore

Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 27,562 | Gross: $76.66M

The Muppets go to Hollywood. That's enough, right there, to cue up your internet browser and place the order. Miss Piggy in Hollywood..."you're kidding, right?" The Muppets never get old, making this one near the top...

20. Black Beauty (1946)

Approved | 74 min | Drama, Family, Romance

5.7
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Widower Squire Weldon (Charles Evans). trying to raise his motherless daughter, Anne (Mona Freeman) presents her with a colt, Black Beauty (Highland Dale), in the hope that by disciplining ... See full summary »

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Mona Freeman, Richard Denning, Evelyn Ankers, Charles Evans

Votes: 158

This one stars "Fury" of 1950s television fame and makes the list based on the importance of the horse. There is a colorized version of the movie available, and the movie is a good balance for the book by the same name. Children love horses, so this one gets the nod to own...

21. The Jungle Book (I) (1967)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman

Votes: 137,984 | Gross: $141.84M

Top modern animation from Disney and a whole lot of fun with lots of great music. A really good one to have around and keep us focused on "the bear necessities of life"... "The Lion King" before "The Lion King" and a great story of friendship, cooperation, and togetherness...

22. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

G | 74 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.6
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A collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters by A. A. Milne.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy, Howard Morris

Votes: 27,228

Gotta have Christopher Robbin and Pooh around, somewhere. And let's not forget about Tigger and Piglet. These are great stories and so much fun to watch...not to mention very funny...

23. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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69 Metascore

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 427,576 | Gross: $117.24M

The original Rocky is the defining modern story of survival and of overcoming the odds. Rocky is way to much of a cultural legend to be forgotten when it comes to family movies. A very inspirational movie and one to keep around for sure...

24. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 785,219 | Gross: $309.13M

The finale of the original Star Wars trilogy is just as good as the original. There are some unforgettable moments in all the Star Wars movies, but this one is very important and stands alone as a great movie. Epic confrontations and superior cinematography and sound add to the experience with this one...

25. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie

Votes: 104,019 | Gross: $84.25M

More classic Disney animation and storytelling. Keep this one for variety's sake if nothing else...

26. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.4
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Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 106,712

What a great, magical story. Disney really hits home with Alice...

27. 101 Dalmatians (1961)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley, Martha Wentworth

Votes: 125,761 | Gross: $144.88M

Could be considered the beginning of the modern era of Disney animated films. This one is especially fun for young children...

28. Peter Pan (1953)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.3
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Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson

Votes: 100,730 | Gross: $87.40M

Put this one higher if you dare...it could easily be thought of as Disney's best movie. And let's not forget Tinkerbell in this one. Such a legendary character and all about the magic kingdom. Really a great family movie...

29. White Fang (I) (1991)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Seymour Cassel, Susan Hogan

Votes: 16,986 | Gross: $34.79M

One of the best Disney straight to reel movies. The same lessons as some of the other Disney movies with a real Alaskan twist. Such great scenery and great acting and a great storyline make this one one to remember when putting together a collection...

30. Benji (1974)

G | 86 min | Adventure, Family, Romance

6.1
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A stray dog saves two kidnapped children.

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Peter Breck, Deborah Walley, Patsy Garrett, Allen Fiuzat

Votes: 3,676 | Gross: $39.55M

Benji was a hero in real life, having made it from the pound to the big screen...with a stop in Petticoat Junction. Seriously, this dog is such a great actor that his performace alone is enough for the movie to be important, but the story is outstanding, too, and the children love this hero dog...

31. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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86 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 836,420 | Gross: $210.61M

The unforgettable original in the series and so darn funny. Keep this one around for sure...

32. Bambi (1942)

G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.3
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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Votes: 106,699 | Gross: $102.80M

Bambi is a hugely important character to Disney, so this one is great, especially for the girls. Thumper the Bunny is great in this one, too...

33. The Little Mermaid (1989)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 192,432 | Gross: $111.54M

A very important movie culturally and one of (if not the) most popular Disney films ever with girls. There are plenty of boy characters in the movie, too, so make this one an add for everyone in the family...

34. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 34,242 | Gross: $2.65M

Classic tale about Santa and Christmas starring Natalie Wood when she was a young girl. For real a heartwarming keeper...

35. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

Votes: 97,675 | Gross: $93.60M

This one was ahead of its time, and it is such a fun movie. At the top of Disney movies to own...

36. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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83 Metascore

Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 741,531 | Gross: $312.90M

An important movie for its popularity. "The Lion King" is a huge series and the children will always come back for more, so it's an excellent choice for owning...

37. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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86 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 138,188 | Gross: $134.22M

Christopher Reeve is great in all the Superman movies, but the first one is the most important one to own. This one set the bar for superhero movies to come and it doesn't disappoint, especially with young children...

38. The AristoCats (1970)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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65 Metascore

With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 74,310 | Gross: $55.68M

More modern Disney finery. This one is so similar to the musical "Cats" that it is alot of fun to watch. It will make the collection a deeper one for sure...

39. Robin Hood (1973)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 94,454 | Gross: $32.06M

Robin Hood is such an important legend, and this Disney movie does a good job with the story. Another great one to have for small children...

40. Pocahontas (I) (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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58 Metascore

An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia.

Directors: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg | Stars: Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Christian Bale, Joe Baker

Votes: 137,007 | Gross: $141.60M

Because this is such a modern rendition of the legendary story of the native princess, it is a really meaningful movie. Maybe Disney waited too long for this one, but, when it finally did come along, it was a smash with children. It's hard to argue with the importance of the movie, but it's up there with "The Little Mermaid" in popularity with girls and it's another great story from Disney...

41. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 189,202 | Gross: $188.76M

Great singing and dancing in this modern musical. Buy this one if you have girls...

42. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

7.4
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84 Metascore

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Votes: 9,733

Francis Ford Coppola produced with outstanding cinematograpy, this one gets high grades from those who buy the movie. Another great horse movie, but this one has Mickey Rooney!

43. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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95 Metascore

A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart

Votes: 353,908 | Gross: $218.97M

Another great Disney story. This one has had alot of cultural impact on young people everywhere and is so popular. A really good movie for all children...

44. A Little Princess (1995)

G | 97 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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83 Metascore

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Rusty Schwimmer

Votes: 27,324 | Gross: $10.02M

High grades for this inspiring story of a girl who overcomes a tragic loss...

45. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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82 Metascore

After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 955,980 | Gross: $290.48M

Save some time and just buy the original trilogy. More of the legendary greatness of the Star Wars series...

46. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.3
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Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett, Herman Bing

Votes: 97,057 | Gross: $1.60M

Classic old school Disney. It can be tough to choose, when it comes to these movies, but this one has an especially uplifting message for children...

47. Aladdin (1992)

G | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman

Votes: 292,782 | Gross: $217.35M

Arabian romance in this Disney movie. Another one to put on the list for consideration, for sure...

48. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.3
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78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 126,051 | Gross: $16.07M

Perhaps the most watchable and enjoyable of the Bond films. Dr. No is a terrible villain, but he is also somehow lovable. It makes for a very fun experience...

49. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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73 Metascore

A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 134,372 | Gross: $145.79M

This one deserves a higher spot as Lilo and Stitch really brought the hoards back to Disney on television and in the movies. This is such a change of pace from the others that it should be an almost universal addition to a family collection...

50. It Happened One Christmas (1977 TV Movie)

109 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.2
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It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own... See full summary »

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Marlo Thomas, Orson Welles, Wayne Rogers, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 522

Marlo Thomas is so good in this made for television adaptation of "Miracle on 34th Street". If you are a Marlo Thomas fan, this is a great one to keep...

51. The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

Approved | 99 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.5
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Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Don Knotts, Carole Cook, Jack Weston, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 4,105

Another great twist on the traditional family movie. Who can explain a man that wants to be a fish? Don Knotts is one of a kind in this movie set around the second world war. For sure another great change of pace...

52. TRON (1982)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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58 Metascore

A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan

Votes: 100,672 | Gross: $33.00M

If there is a perfect family movie, this might be it. Such great cinematography and such great sound effects to this science fiction for all ages...

53. The Black Hole (1979)

PG | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.9
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A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.

Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms

Votes: 19,714

Another science fiction classic for the family. This one stars Maximillian Schell as the notorious Dr. Hans Reinhardt and features a leading role from Earnest Borgnine. The cinematography and sound are great, and this is one of the best stories of them all. It's a really gripping movie for sure. This one will really spice up your family collection...

54. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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59 Metascore

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 144,059 | Gross: $90.82M

Awesome family movie with an important lesson...apply yourself

55. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.5
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85 Metascore

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 738,090 | Gross: $248.16M

The best of multi-dimensional movie experiences, this Indiana Jones movie is as unforgettable as they get. This is an absolute must own if you have boys...

56. Fly Away Home (1996)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.8
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A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney

Votes: 21,027 | Gross: $24.51M

Talk about inspirational...this girl does not quit for her goose friends. If at all possible put this one on the list. It really is a great movie...

57. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 24,221 | Gross: $28.20M

Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre...can I say more? Get this one for the boys for sure...

58. Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Approved | 152 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.2
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After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientèle, he and his friends escape their hometown to sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 6,932 | Gross: $9.00M

Rex Harrison is great in this one. A great chance to connect with the wild kingdom in this one that the little children will really love.

59. The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.1
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During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way.

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York, John Lupton

Votes: 826

Unheralded great movie that will make your children popular with their friends who haven't seen the movie, especially your boys. Fess Parker is always great, and this movie is really top notch...

60. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea

Votes: 5,707

Wow...can it be more fun than this one. Classic old Irish tale told the Disney way with Sean Connery (Michael McBride) and Janet Munro (Katie O'Gill). This one's a little old school, but it's crazy enough that the children love it, so put it on the list for serious consideration as part of your straight to reel Disney movies collection...

61. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Approved | 126 min | Adventure, Family

7.2
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A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro

Votes: 11,312 | Gross: $40.36M

John Mills...Father Robinson Dorothy McGuire...Mother Robinson James MacArthur...Fritz Robinson Janet Munro...Roberta 'Bertie'...Another one to put on the Disney collection of straight to reel movies, for sure. We are talking family movies, here, and what can be better than the Robinsons for a family night of movie watching?

62. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.5
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85 Metascore

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 98,169 | Gross: $24.80M

More James Bond magic from this classic spy thriller. Another best of Bond movies for the family...

63. National Treasure (2004)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.9
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39 Metascore

A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean

Votes: 271,656 | Gross: $173.01M

Moves fast, but children love this modern adventure. This is such a fun, crazy movie, and it really adds a modern touch to the collection...

64. Breaking Away (1979)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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91 Metascore

A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 18,808 | Gross: $16.42M

A very good story about an aspiring cyclist, his family, his poor friends, and their dreams. Fun to watch movie for everyone...

65. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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79 Metascore

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 148,389 | Gross: $33.40M

Classic gorilla thrilla, and Charleton Heston is so great in this movie. Might be a little bit of a tough sell on young children, but it's well worth the investment, even if it's a little hard to get the little ones to watch...

66. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 38,088 | Gross: $3.00M

Leslie Neilsen, Walter Pidgeon, and Anne Francis star in this thrilling 50s science fiction movie for the ages. This movie is alot of fun and a great one to have...

67. Logan's Run (1976)

PG | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.8
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An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of 30.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 43,926 | Gross: $25.00M

A little more modern twist on science fiction than earlier science fiction movies. This one stars Michael York, Peter Ustinov, Richard Jordan, and Jenny Agutter and is a little serious for children, but the art is in the watching when it comes to the serious movies, so get out your sense of humor for the young ones, and they will love it...

68. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre

Votes: 4,733

Another good science fiction movie starring Walter Pidgeon. Also in the movie are Joan Fontaine and Barbara Eden. The trick with movies like this one is to get your children hooked on the popcorn and candy, so they will watch. The experience will stay with them...

69. Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.2
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An ice-skating Snow White finds refuge from the Wicked Queen with the Three Stooges.

Directors: Walter Lang, Frank Tashlin | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Carol Heiss, Edson Stroll

Votes: 790

Funny modern Stoogery...

70. The Little Rascals (1955– )

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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Television syndication package of the classic 1929-1938 shorts from the "Our Gang Comedies" movie series.

Stars: Wally Albright, Sherwood Bailey, Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard

Votes: 861

This is as close as I could get to the original Little Rascals shorts, but any collection of Little Rascals will do for a family night of viewing. Can't beat the Rascals...

71. The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant, and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas

Votes: 2,501

Bob Hope at his best. The funniest of all his movies. This is really a hilarious movie. If nothing else the young ones will be laughing at mommy and daddy while they laugh at the movie. Really very funny movie...

72. The In-Laws (1979)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.4
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On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault

Votes: 6,305 | Gross: $38.20M

Peter Falk and Alan Arkin star in this comedy about a spy and a dentist who get in a mess together. This is a really good funny movie for the family...

73. Treasure Island (2012 TV Movie)

87 min | Adventure

6.3
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Young Jim Hawkins is the only one who can sucessfully get a schooner to a legendary Island known for buried Treasure. But aboard the ship is a mysterious cook named John Silver, whose true ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Eddie Izzard, Toby Regbo, Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Mays

Votes: 5,307

This is the best version of Treasure Island I have seen. A gripping tale for youngsters of all ages, this movie must be seen, and I highly recommend making it a part of your collection. Treasure Island is the Pirate's dream we don't mind our children learning. For the record, this movie is filled with stunning scenery and cinematography. The film's creators did a marvelous job of capturing the period...

74. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Western

6.4
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52 Metascore

Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 58,310 | Gross: $39.25M

Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin Short...this one is silly and crazy, but it's entertaining and fun for the family. Little children love the Amigos...

75. Son of Flubber (1963)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Family

6.1
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When Professor Brainard experiments further on Flubber derivatives, he gets in trouble and only his students can help.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk

Votes: 2,148 | Gross: $22.13M

Disney craziness with Fred MacMurray as a troubled professor. Alot of fun to be able to break out a movie like this one, sometimes...

76. The Man from Snowy River (1982)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.3
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In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig's father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Tommy Dysart

Votes: 6,652 | Gross: $20.66M

Good romance from the land down under. Another one distributed by Disney, so it must be good. Seriously, this is a very good movie and a very good movie to own...

77. Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar (1967)

Approved | 75 min | Adventure, Family

6.8
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When a cougar raised by a group of loggers in the Pacific Northwest reverts to its natural instincts, the consequence could threaten its life.

Director: Winston Hibler | Stars: Ron Brown, Brian Russell, Linda Wallace, Jim Wilson

Votes: 616

Cougar antics that will delight the children. This is one funny cat...

78. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Some college students manage to persuade the town's big businessman, A. J. Arno, to donate a computer to their college. When the problem- student, Dexter Riley, tries to fix the computer, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, William Schallert

Votes: 3,446

Get ready for some Kurt Russell. Got to have some of these, and this one is one of the best, so...

79. The Barefoot Executive (1971)

G | 96 min | Family, Comedy

5.9
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A young man who works in the mailroom at a TV network wants to move up the corporate ladder but finds himself stymied by his selfish boss. By chance he discovers that his neighbor's ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Harry Morgan, Wally Cox

Votes: 1,401

Who says monkeys can't run major corporations? This one is only one step toward the ultimate goal of all monkeys, but it is really funny. It's not yet the "Planet of the Apes", but it's definitely worth owning and watching from time to time...

80. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?

Director: John Hough | Stars: Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Kim Richards

Votes: 7,742 | Gross: $20.00M

This was a very popular movie in its day, and it's still a very relevant movie when it comes to families...

81. No Deposit, No Return (1976)

G | 112 min | Family, Comedy

6.5
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After finding out that their mother is going to be working through another school holiday, two children are shipped to spend the holiday with their Grandfather. On their way to their ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: David Niven, Darren McGavin, Don Knotts, Herschel Bernardi

Votes: 1,133

David Niven, Darren McGavin, Don Knotts, Barbara Feldon, Kim Richards in this Disney classic comedy. Knotts is so funny in this movie...

82. The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.8
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A lawyer makes an interesting discovery that could affect his chances of getting elected to office.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 2,092

It's hard to beat this sheepdog crime solver. For the children's sakes, definitely give this one some thought...

83. The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

6.0
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A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers, including the ability to allow the cat to communicate with humans, has... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 3,390

Movies don't get much funnier than this one...

84. The Rocketeer (1991)

PG | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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62 Metascore

A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 46,098 | Gross: $46.70M

A little more of a modern touch to this movie from Disney. Well worth the investment, and the youthful will appreciate a little progressiveness from mom and dad...

85. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

G | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

6.9
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A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Corey Burton

Votes: 116,109 | Gross: $100.14M

A serious movie from Disney that will be a total favorite of some children...

86. That Darn Cat! (1965)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

6.7
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After a kidnapped bank teller uses a neighbor's wandering cat to send an SOS, the FBI assigns a cat-allergic agent to the case.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 4,569 | Gross: $28.06M

Another cat movie for the list...

87. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 788,247 | Gross: $380.84M

This one should be ranked higher, but it doesn't quite have the following of some of the other Disney animated movies. It's a very moving experience watching this children's movie...

88. Batman: The Movie (1966)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero

Votes: 25,795

A phony old movie, but it has all the elements for a fun family night...and Adam West is a cool Batman...

89. Munster, Go Home! (1966)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

6.4
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The Munsters travel to England after Herman discovers he's the new Lord of the Munster Hall.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick

Votes: 1,399

Why not keep a Munsters movie around? The Munsters are TV icons and this one will be just the right medicine, sometimes...

90. Buck Privates (1941)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, War

7.3
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Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in basic training. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lee Bowman, Jane Frazee

Votes: 3,491 | Gross: $4.00M

Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C...

91. Hold That Ghost (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

7.6
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After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Richard Carlson, Joan Davis

Votes: 2,812

Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C...

92. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.6
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Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi

Votes: 12,087

Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C...

93. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nancy Guild, Arthur Franz

Votes: 3,913

Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C...

94. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Craig Stevens

Votes: 3,498

Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C...

95. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery

6.9
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A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

Directors: William Castle, Rosemary Horvath | Stars: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal

Votes: 18,164

For some really scary stuff...how about a night with Vincent Price?

96. The Raven (1963)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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A magician, who has been turned into a raven, turns to a former sorcerer for help.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court

Votes: 8,542

Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Jack Nicholson, in this horror comedy. A very good movie...

97. The Black Cat (1934)

65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror

7.1
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American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop

Votes: 7,338 | Gross: $0.24M

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff...a real shaker

98. Frankenstein (1931)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.9
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 54,073 | Gross: $12.00M

Boris Karloff classic

99. Son of Dracula (1943)

Approved | 80 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Paige, Louise Allbritton, Evelyn Ankers

Votes: 3,582

Lon Chaney, Jr.

100. The Wolf Man (1941)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror

7.4
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A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Claude Rains, Warren William, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 18,915

Lon Chaney, Jr. classic