Family-Themed Films Over 40 Years Old-Good Then,Good Now

Films about families.

Theatrical-release movie only. No televison series.


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1.
Spencer's Mountain (1963)
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Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand... (118 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
2.
Since You Went Away (1944)
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With her husband away to fight in World War II, a housewife struggles to care for their two daughters - and a pair of lodgers who have moved in - alone. (177 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
3.
The Yearling (1946)
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A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves? (128 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
4.
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
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Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart. (117 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
5.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
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Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. (172 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
6.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
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Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s. (129 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
7.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
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The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan. (126 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
8.
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
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A Norwegian farmer lovingly raises his daughter in rural World War II-era Benson Junction, Wisconsin. (105 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
 
9.
State Fair (1945)
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Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day... (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
10.
Penny Serenade (1941)
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A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy. (119 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
11.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
12.
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
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A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II. (134 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
13.
Journey for Margaret (1942)
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An American newspaperman and his wife, caught in the London blitz, lose their unborn child in an air raid... (81 mins.)
 
14.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
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A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
15.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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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. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
16.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
17.
Shenandoah (1965)
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In Shenandoah, Virginia, widower farmer Charlie Anderson lives a peaceful life with his six sons - Jacob... (105 mins.)
 
18.
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War. (137 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
19.
Little Women (1933)
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Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War... (115 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
20.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
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In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. (113 mins.)
 
21.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
22.
The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
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Katie Holstrom leaves the farm to become a nurse, but is sidetracked into domestic service, romance, and politics. (97 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
23.
I Remember Mama (1948)
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The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910. (134 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
24.
The Seven Little Foys (1955)
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After the young wife of vaudevillian Eddie Foy passes away, he incorporates their seven children into the act and takes it on the road. (93 mins.)
 
25.
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
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Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them... (118 mins.)
 
26.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve... (86 mins.)
 
27.
On Borrowed Time (1939)
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Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his cantankerous old grandfather become inseparable friends... (99 mins.)
 
28.
You're Only Young Once (1937)
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On vacation with his family on California's Catalina Island, Andy Hardy falls head over swim fins for a sophisticated young beauty. Judge Hardy warns his son that she is too fast for him. (78 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
 
29.
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
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Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning. (109 mins.)
Director: Sidney Franklin
 
30.
Devotion (1946)
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Genius authors Emily and Charlotte Bronte fall in love with their curate as they seek to get their work published. (107 mins.)
 
31.
Alice Adams (1935)
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The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America. (99 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
32.
My Man Godfrey (1936)
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A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. (94 mins.)
Director: Gregory La Cava
 
33.
Life with Father (1947)
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A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
34.
The Parent Trap (1961)
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Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents. (129 mins.)
Director: David Swift
 
35.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
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In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. (102 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen