Best Family Movies of 1963

1.

Jason and the Argonauts

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Jason, a fearless sailor and explorer, returns to his home land of Thessaly after a long voyage to claim his rightful throne. He learns, however, that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. To do so, he must embark on an epic quest fraught with fantastic monsters and terrible perils.

Starring: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis, Michael Gwynn, Douglas Wilmer, Jack Gwillim, Honor Blackman, John Cairney ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-06-19
2.

The Nutty Professor

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Jerry Lewis directed, co-wrote and starred in this riotously funny movie that set a new standard for screen comedy and inspired the hit remake. Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.

Starring: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson, Richard Kiel, Del Moore, Norman Alden, Howard Morris, Elvia Allman, Milton Frome, Doodles Weaver ..
Directed by: Jerry Lewis
Release date: 1963-06-04
3.

Summer Magic

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Disney musical about Mother Carey, a Bostonian widow and her three children who move to Maine. Postmaster Osh Popham helps them move into a run-down old house and fixes it up for them. It's not entirely uninhabited, though; the owner, a Mr. Hamilton, is a mysterious character away in Europe, but Osh assures them he won't mind their living there, since he won't be coming home for a long time yet. The children and a cousin who comes to live with them have various adventures before an unexpected visitor shows up

Starring: Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Burl Ives, Deborah Walley, Eddie Hodges, Una Merkel, James Mathers, Peter Brown, Wendy Turner, James Stacy ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1963-07-07
4.

The Three Lives of Thomasina

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Thomasina is the pet cat of Mary McDhui, the daughter of Scottish veterinarian Andrew McDhui. When Thomasina falls ill, McDhui declares that the pet should be put down. But when Mary and her father try to bury the cat, Lori MacGregor (Susan Hampshire), who is said to be a witch, shows up and attempts to steal it.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice, Laurence Naismith, Jean Anderson, Matthew Garber, Denis Gilmore, Vincent Winter, Finlay Currie, Elspeth March ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-12-11
5.

The Incredible Journey

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The story of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. Can they find their way home?

Starring: Émile Genest, John Drainie, Sandra Scott, Jan Rubeš ..
Directed by: Fletcher Markle
Release date: 1963-11-20
6.

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

The film that started the classic TV series. Although he's only seven, Eddie's got it all figured out. He wants his father, a widower, to get remarried - to the girl next door. Unfortunately, she's not one of the women that his dad's been dating. Sweet family comedy.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, Ron Howard, Dina Merrill, Roberta Sherwood, Jerry Van Dyke, Lee Meriwether, Vito Scotti, Gene Roth ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1963-03-27
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7.

The Doughnuts

3.4
7.9/10 IMDB

A dramatized episode from Robert McCloskey's book "Homer Price." Shows Homer's resourcefulness in managing the dilemma created by a doughnut machine with a mind of its own.

Starring: Michael Burnham Jr., Robert Landsman, James Warner, Beth Sanford, Eleanor Chapin, Richard Forsyth, William Maeck, Cecilia Cavalier, Owen Jordan ..
Directed by: Edward English
Release date: 1963-01-01
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8.

Early Spring

3.3
7.2/10 IMDB

An idealistic youth moves to the countryside in search of a purer, more honest society, but finds injustice even in his remote village.

Starring: Sun Dao-Lin, Xie Fang, Shangguan Yunzhu ..
Directed by: Tieli Xie
Release date: 1963-01-03
9.

Son of Flubber

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Beleaguered professor Ned Brainard has already run into a pile of misfortunes with his discovery of the super-elastic substance "Flubber." Now he hopes to have better luck with a gravity-busting derivative he's dubbed "Flubbergas." Ned's experiments, constantly hampered by government obstruction, earn the consternation of his wife, Betsy. But a game-winning modification to a football uniform may help Ned make the case for his fantastic new invention.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Lynde, Nancy Olson, Arthur Tovey, Tommy Kirk, Ed Wynn, Charles Ruggles, Leon Ames, Ken Murray ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1963-01-16
10.

Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow

3.2
7.5/10 IMDB

This Disney drama, originally broadcast as a three-part TV episode, tells the story of a vicar's double life. Outwardly, he is the model of upstanding citizenship and loyalty to an oppressive British government. But he is also a notorious smuggler who uses his ill-gotten gains to benefit his impoverished village.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, George Cole, Tony Britton, Michael Hordern, Geoffrey Keen, Kay Walsh, Eric Pohlmann, Patrick Wymark, Alan Dobie, Sean Scully ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1963-12-06

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