Best Family Movies of 1959

1.

Sleeping Beauty

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.

Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Taylor Holmes, Bill Thompson, Billy Bletcher, Marvin Miller ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark, Eric Larson
Release date: 1959-02-17
2.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Starring: Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker, Thayer David, Peter Ronson, Robert Adler, Alan Napier, Alex Finlayson ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1959-12-16
3.

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Take a wee bit of ancient folklore, mix in some spectacular special effects and a magical cast (including Sean Connery) -- and you've got one of the most enchanting fantasies of all time! A frisky old storyteller named Darby O'Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There's just one tiny thing standing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian. In order to get the gold, Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster -- which proves no small task, indeed! Fall under the spell of DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE for a fun-filled evening of magic, mirth, and nonstop shenanigans!

Starring: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea, Kieron Moore, Estelle Winwood, Walter Fitzgerald, Denis O'Dea, J.G. Devlin, Jack MacGowran ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1959-06-29
4.

The Shaggy Dog

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Through an ancient spell, a boy changes into a sheepdog and back again. It seems to happen at inopportune times and the spell can only be broken by an act of bravery....

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, Kevin Corcoran, Cecil Kellaway, Alexander Scourby, Roberta Shore, James Westerfield ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1959-03-19
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Jungle Cat
5.

Jungle Cat

3.3
7.4/10 IMDB

This final True-Life Adventure would also appear to be one of the best, as we go into the South American jungle to observe the jaguar. Jungle Cat is more intimate than its kin, allowing individual animal characters to be developed. Central to the cast is a pair of jaguars (one ebony), whose fighting leads to love and, not long after, two babies (one resembling each parent).

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1959-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1959 : The Christmas Visitor
6.

The Christmas Visitor

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Directed by: John Halas
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Mexicali Shmoes
7.

Mexicali Shmoes

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A pair of not-too-bright Mexican cats, one shorter-tempered than the other, decide to chase Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico. And when their schemes - involving use of guitars, a fishing rod, dynamite, and land mines - all backfire, they decide to try catching Slowpoke Rodriguez, Mexico's slowest mouse. But the short-tempered cat learns too late that Slowpoke packs a gun.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-07-04
Best Family Movies of 1959 : A Witch's Tangled Hare
8.

A Witch's Tangled Hare

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Bunny's- or rather Bugs- is an important ingredient in Witch Hazel's brew. All the while, William Shakespeare is watching them, looking for new dialog.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1959-10-31
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Harold and the Purple Crayon
9.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

2.4
7.1/10 IMDB

This is the ingeniously imaginative story of a small boy who, with his magic crayon, draws himself in and out of a series of adventures.

Starring: Bruce Bayley Johnson ..
Directed by: David Piel
Release date: 1959-01-01
10.

Moonbird

2.3
5.1/10 IMDB

Two boys go outside at night to capture a bird.

Starring: Mark Hubley, Ray Hubley ..
Directed by: John Hubley
Release date: 1959-01-01

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