The 100 Best Family Movies to Own

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)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young boy runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. (153 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ Classic mean streets musical thriller for children. A story of survival and of overcoming the odds. A great addition to any family movie collection... ” - AtlBo
 
2.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
3.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (144 mins.)
Director: Ken Hughes
“ Dick Van Dyke is great in this 60s tear jerker about sticking together and following your dream... ” - AtlBo
 
4.
My Fair Lady (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
5.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)
“ The ultimate Disney movie. Superior animation and superb characters and storyline... ” - AtlBo
 
6.
Born Free (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Married couple George Adamson and Joy Adamson have longed lived in northern Kenya for George's work as the senior game warden of the region... (95 mins.)
Director: James Hill
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
7.
The Sound of Music (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
8.
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
9.
Cinderella (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (74 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
10.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
11.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (75 mins.)
Director: Clyde Geronimi
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
12.
Song of the South (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (94 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
13.
Old Yeller (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A boy brings a yellow dog home. The dog loves the family as much as they love him, but can the love last ? (83 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
14.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
15.
Mary Poppins (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family. (139 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
16.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
17.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
18.
The Love Bug (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. (108 mins.)
“ 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! ” - AtlBo
 
19.
The Muppet Movie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit. (95 mins.)
Director: James Frawley
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
20.
Black Beauty (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Widower Squire Weldon (Charles Evans). trying to raise his motherless daughter, Anne (Mona Freeman) presents her with a colt... (74 mins.)
Director: Max Nosseck
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
21.
The Jungle Book (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. (78 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
22.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters by A. A. Milne. (74 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
23.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
24.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
25.
Pinocchio (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)
“ More classic Disney animation and storytelling. Keep this one for variety's sake if nothing else... ” - AtlBo
 
26.
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way. (75 mins.)
“ What a great, magical story. Disney really hits home with Alice... ” - AtlBo
 
27.
101 Dalmatians (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (79 mins.)
“ Could be considered the beginning of the modern era of Disney animated films. This one is especially fun for young children... ” - AtlBo
 
28.
Peter Pan (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan. (77 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
29.
White Fang (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
30.
Benji (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A stray dog saves two kidnapped children. (86 mins.)
Director: Joe Camp
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
31.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ The unforgettable original in the series and so darn funny. Keep this one around for sure... ” - AtlBo
 
32.
Bambi (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (70 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
33.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
34.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
“ Classic tale about Santa and Christmas starring Natalie Wood when she was a young girl. For real a heartwarming keeper... ” - AtlBo
 
35.
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt. (76 mins.)
“ This one was ahead of its time, and it is such a fun movie. At the top of Disney movies to own... ” - AtlBo
 
36.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (89 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
37.
Superman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (143 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
38.
The AristoCats (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (78 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
39.
Robin Hood (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals. (83 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
40.
Pocahontas (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia. (81 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
41.
Grease (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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? (110 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ Great singing and dancing in this modern musical. Buy this one if you have girls... ” - AtlBo
 
42.
The Black Stallion (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... (118 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
“ 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! ” - AtlBo
 
43.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince. (84 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
44.
A Little Princess (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead. (97 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ High grades for this inspiring story of a girl who overcomes a tragic loss... ” - AtlBo
 
45.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ Save some time and just buy the original trilogy. More of the legendary greatness of the Star Wars series... ” - AtlBo
 
46.
Dumbo (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. (64 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
47.
Aladdin (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (90 mins.)
“ Arabian romance in this Disney movie. Another one to put on the list for consideration, for sure... ” - AtlBo
 
48.
Dr. No (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (110 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
49.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law. (85 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
50.
It Happened One Christmas (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary... (109 mins.)
Director: Donald Wrye
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
51.
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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... (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
52.
TRON (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (96 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
53.
The Black Hole (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. (98 mins.)
Director: Gary Nelson
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
54.
The Karate Kid (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
“ Awesome family movie with an important lesson...apply yourself ” - AtlBo
 
55.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
56.
Fly Away Home (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. (107 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
57.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. (127 mins.)
“ Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre...can I say more? Get this one for the boys for sure... ” - AtlBo
 
58.
Doctor Dolittle (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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. (152 mins.)
“ 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. ” - AtlBo
 
59.
The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (85 mins.)
Director: Francis Lyon
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
60.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (93 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
61.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. (126 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
“ 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? ” - AtlBo
 
62.
From Russia with Love (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ More James Bond magic from this classic spy thriller. Another best of Bond movies for the family... ” - AtlBo
 
63.
National Treasure (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. (131 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
64.
Breaking Away (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ A very good story about an aspiring cyclist, his family, his poor friends, and their dreams. Fun to watch movie for everyone... ” - AtlBo
 
65.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
66.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
67.
Logan's Run (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of 30. (119 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
68.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, US Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview. (105 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
69.
Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An ice-skating Snow White finds refuge from the Wicked Queen with the Three Stooges. (107 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
“ Funny modern Stoogery... ” - AtlBo
 
70.
The Little Rascals (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Television syndication package of the classic 1929-1938 shorts from the "Our Gang Comedies" movie series. (30 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
71.
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant, and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba. (85 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
72.
The In-Laws (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father... (103 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
73.
Treasure Island (2012 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Young Jim Hawkins is the only one who can sucessfully get a schooner to a legendary Island known for buried Treasure... (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Barron
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
74.
¡Three Amigos! (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing. (104 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
75.
Son of Flubber (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When Professor Brainard experiments further on Flubber derivatives, he gets in trouble and only his students can help. (100 mins.)
“ Disney craziness with Fred MacMurray as a troubled professor. Alot of fun to be able to break out a movie like this one, sometimes... ” - AtlBo
 
76.
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1880s Australia when young Jim Craig's father dies Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch and he is forced to become a man. (102 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
77.
Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a cougar raised by a group of loggers in the Pacific Northwest reverts to its natural instincts, the consequence could threaten its life. (75 mins.)
Director: Winston Hibler
“ Cougar antics that will delight the children. This is one funny cat... ” - AtlBo
 
78.
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Some college students manage to persuade the town's big businessman, A. J. Arno, to donate a computer to their college... (91 mins.)
Director: Robert Butler
“ Get ready for some Kurt Russell. Got to have some of these, and this one is one of the best, so... ” - AtlBo
 
79.
The Barefoot Executive (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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... (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Butler
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
80.
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home? (97 mins.)
Director: John Hough
“ This was a very popular movie in its day, and it's still a very relevant movie when it comes to families... ” - AtlBo
 
81.
No Deposit, No Return (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two would-be safe-crackers 'sort of' kidnap the two grandchildren of millionaire J. W. Osborne. In a story somewhat reminiscent of O... (112 mins.)
Director: Norman Tokar
“ David Niven, Darren McGavin, Don Knotts, Barbara Feldon, Kim Richards in this Disney classic comedy. Knotts is so funny in this movie... ” - AtlBo
 
82.
The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A lawyer makes an interesting discovery that could affect his chances of getting elected to office. (91 mins.)
“ It's hard to beat this sheepdog crime solver. For the children's sakes, definitely give this one some thought... ” - AtlBo
 
83.
The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers... (104 mins.)
Director: Norman Tokar
“ Movies don't get much funnier than this one... ” - AtlBo
 
84.
The Rocketeer (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero. (108 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
85.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer. (91 mins.)
“ A serious movie from Disney that will be a total favorite of some children... ” - AtlBo
 
86.
That Darn Cat! (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A woman is kidnapped. While in captivity, she manages to send a message out with a wandering cat. The cat's owner calls the FBI... (116 mins.)
“ Another cat movie for the list... ” - AtlBo
 
87.
Finding Nemo (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
“ 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... ” - AtlBo
 
88.
Batman: The Movie (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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. (105 mins.)
“ A phony old movie, but it has all the elements for a fun family night...and Adam West is a cool Batman... ” - AtlBo
 
89.
Munster, Go Home! (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The Munsters travel to England after Herman discovers he's the new Lord of the Munster Hall. (96 mins.)
Director: Earl Bellamy
“ Why not keep a Munsters movie around? The Munsters are TV icons and this one will be just the right medicine, sometimes... ” - AtlBo
 
90.
Buck Privates (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in basic training... (84 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
“ Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C... ” - AtlBo
 
91.
Hold That Ghost (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two bumbling service station attendants are left as the sole beneficiaries in a gangster's will. Their... (86 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
“ Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C... ” - AtlBo
 
92.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. (83 mins.)
“ Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C... ” - AtlBo
 
93.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name. (82 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
“ Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C... ” - AtlBo
 
94.
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England. (76 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
“ Abbott and Costello madness...Must have some A&C... ” - AtlBo
 
95.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. (75 mins.)
Director: William Castle
“ For some really scary stuff...how about a night with Vincent Price? ” - AtlBo
 
96.
The Raven (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help. (86 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Jack Nicholson, in this horror comedy. A very good movie... ” - AtlBo
 
97.
The Black Cat (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (65 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
“ Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff...a real shaker ” - AtlBo
 
98.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Boris Karloff classic ” - AtlBo
 
99.
Son of Dracula (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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. (80 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ Lon Chaney, Jr. ” - AtlBo
 
100.
The Wolf Man (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
“ Lon Chaney, Jr. classic ” - AtlBo