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

5.1
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: 1959-12-15
3.

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

4.4
7.1/10 IMDB

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.

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: 1959-06-24
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Donald in Mathmagic Land
4.

Donald in Mathmagic Land

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Disney used animation here to explain through this wonderful adventure of Donald how mathmatics can be usuful in our real life. Through this journey Donald shows us how mathmatics are not just numbers and charts, but magical living things.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Les Clark, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman, Joshua Meador
Release date: 1959-06-26
5.

The Shaggy Dog

3.5
6.4/10 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 : Li'l Abner
6.

Li'l Abner

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A comedy musical based on the comic strip charcters created by Al Capp. When residents of Dogpatch, USA are notified by the government that they must evacuate because of atomic bomb testing, they try to persuade the government that their town is worth saving. Meanwhile, Earthquake McGoon wants to marry Daisy Mae; Daisy Mae wants to marry Li'l Abner, and Li'l Abner just wants to go fishing.

Starring: Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stubby Kaye, Julie Newmar, Billie Hayes, Joe E. Marks, Stella Stevens, Bernd Hoffmann, Howard St. John, Al Nesor ..
Directed by: Melvin Frank
Release date: 1959-12-11
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Jungle Cat
7.

Jungle Cat

3.2
7.2/10 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 Alphabet Conspiracy
8.

The Alphabet Conspiracy

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Frank Baxter, with the help of The Mad Hatter and Jabberwock, takes young Judy exploring the world of language, in which she finds out that language is for doing more than just talking.

Starring: Frank Baxter, Daws Butler, Hans Conried, Stanley Adams, Cheryl Callaway, Cactus Mack, Shorty Rogers, Dolores Starr ..
Directed by: Robert B. Sinclair
Release date: 1959-01-26
Best Family Movies of 1959 : The Christmas Visitor
9.

The Christmas Visitor

3.0
6.1/10 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 : A Dog of Flanders
10.

A Dog of Flanders

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

The love and friendship of a boy and his dog as the boy tries to become an artist like his idol, Peter Paul Reubens.

Starring: David Ladd, Donald Crisp, Theodore Bikel, Max Croiset, Monique Ahrens, Siobhan Taylor, Gijsbert Tersteeg, John Soer, Katherine Holland, Lo van Hensbergen ..
Directed by: James B. Clark
Release date: 1959-03-17
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Mysteries of the Deep
11.

Mysteries of the Deep

2.9
8.2/10 IMDB

Mysteries of the Deep is a 1959 Disney nature documentary short film. Though not an official True-Life Adventures film, it did accompany the release of The Vanishing Prairie and was included on the Walt Disney Legacy Collection's True Life Adventures releases as a bonus feature. It is narrated by Winston Hibler. The film is a panorama of animals inhabiting the sea near the coast: dolphins, sharks, whales, crabs, rays and fish of all kinds.

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1959-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Mouse-Placed Kitten
12.

Mouse-Placed Kitten

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A kitten is dropped in a sack out of a car and rolls down a hill, to arrive at the door of Clyde and Matilda Mouse...

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-01-23
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Mexicali Shmoes
13.

Mexicali Shmoes

2.9
6.7/10 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.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-07-04
Best Family Movies of 1959 : A Witch's Tangled Hare
14.

A Witch's Tangled Hare

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Rabbit - in this case Bugs - is an important needed ingredient in Witch Hazel's brew.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1959-10-31
Best Family Movies of 1959 : The Cat Gang
15.

The Cat Gang

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

The Cat Gang is a group of precocious British kids. They have a habit of hanging around a grown-up customs official who wishes that they'd beat it. But the Gang comes in handy when a smuggling gang arrives on the scene.

Starring: Francesca Annis, John Pike, Jeremy Bulloch, John Gabriel, John Stacy, Paddy Joyce, Patrick Crean, Frank Hayden, Joe Gibbons, Ian Gardiner ..
Directed by: Darrell Catling
Release date: 1959-01-04
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Harold and the Purple Crayon
16.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

2.4
7.2/10 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
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Moonbird
17.

Moonbird

2.3
5.2/10 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
Best Family Movies of 1959 : I Captured the King of the Leprechauns
18.

I Captured the King of the Leprechauns

1.8
7.8/10 IMDB

Behind the scenes of Darby O'Gill and the Little People.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pat O’Brien, Albert Sharpe, Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Jimmy O'Dea, Kieron Moore, Denis O'Dea, J.G. Devlin, Jack MacGowran ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson, Harry Keller
Release date: 1959-05-29
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Moochie of the Little League
19.

Moochie of the Little League

1.7
7.6/10 IMDB

A young newspaper boy who is on a Little League team works hard to persuade an elderly Englishman, with whom he had a previous run-in, to donate land for a baseball diamond.

Starring: Kevin Corcoran, Reginald Owen, Alan Hale Jr., Stuart Erwin, Frances Rafferty, Lee Aaker, Annette Gorman ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1959-10-02
20.

Miracle On 34th Street

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

In this charming TV adaptation of the 1947 film classic, a kindly old gentleman (Ed Wynn) working as a Macy's department store Santa causes a commotion when he claims to be the real St. Nick. Forced to prove his sanity, he is taken to court where he must convince the judge and his friends that he actually is Santa Claus. The faith of one skeptical little girl (Susan Gordon) and a Christmas miracle are the keys to his true identity.

Starring: Ed Wynn, Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Orson Bean, Loring Smith, Hiram Sherman, Susan Gordon, Larry Weber, John Gibson, Joseph Walsh ..
Directed by: William Corrigan
Release date: 1959-11-27
21.

Venus and The Master Cyclinder

1.5
6.7/10 IMDB

The Professor sends Poindexter to help the Master Cylinder on Venus. Felix rockets to the planet to save him.

Starring: Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Joseph Oriolo
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1959 : A telhetetlen méhecske
22.

A telhetetlen méhecske

1.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A naughty worker bee goes against the hive's warnings.

Directed by: Gyula Macskássy
Release date: 1959-01-22
23.

Mystery in the Mine

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Jane and Tom set out on an adventure in which they must keep the corrupt Grimblatt from locating the K-13 fuel for his evil space mirror.

Starring: Ingrid Cardon, Stewart Guidotti, Howard Greene, Peter Copley ..
Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1959-09-01
Best Family Movies of 1959 : The Trouble With Women
24.

The Trouble With Women

1.5
4.0/10 IMDB

This short film illustrates some of the perceived problems a supervisor might face working with women, but ultimately demonstrates where the real problem lies.

Starring: Chet Davis, Nora Denney ..
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1959 : The Sad Horse
25.

The Sad Horse

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A lonely boy finds companionship with a horse.

Starring: David Ladd, Chill Wills, Rex Reason, Patrice Wymore, Gregg Palmer, Evelyn Brent, Leslie Bradley, William Yip, Dave DePaul ..
Directed by: James B. Clark
Release date: 1959-03-01
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Sombrero
26.

Sombrero

1.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Shura Tychinking decides to wear sombrero and make everybody to believe he's a different person just arrived from Latin America.

Starring: Viktor Perevalov, Misha Tyagunov, Vadim Grachov, Lyudmila Chernyshyova ..
Directed by: Tamara Lisitsian
Release date: 1959-06-06

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