Best Family Movies of 1966


How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

8.3/10 IMDB

Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of a nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. Disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he decides to raid the village to steal all the Christmas things.

Starring: Boris Karloff, June Foray, Thurl Ravenscroft, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Ben Washam, Chuck Jones
Release date: 1966-12-18

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

8.2/10 IMDB

This classic "Peanuts" tale focuses on the thumb-sucking, blanket-holding Linus, and his touching faith in the "Great Pumpkin." When Linus discovers that no one else believes in the creature, he sets out to prove that the Pumpkin's no myth—by spending the night alone in a pumpkin patch.

Starring: Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Cathy Steinberg, Ann Altieri, Gail DeFaria, Lisa DeFaria, Glenn Mendelson, Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1966-10-27


6.5/10 IMDB

The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Repp, Madge Blake ..
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Release date: 1966-07-30

The Bible: In the Beginning...

6.2/10 IMDB

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.

Starring: Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris, Franco Nero, George C. Scott, Peter O'Toole, Anna Orso, Ava Gardner, John Huston, Pupella Maggio ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1966-09-28
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

8.0/10 IMDB

Christopher Robin's bear attempts to raid a beehive in a tall tree.

Starring: Sterling Holloway, Junius Matthews, Sebastian Cabot, Howard Morris, Hal Smith ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1966-02-04

The Ugly Dachshund

6.5/10 IMDB

The Garrisons are the "proud parents" of three adorable dachshund pups - and one overgrown Great Dane named Brutus, who nevertheless thinks of himself as a dainty dachsie. His identity crisis results in an uproarious series of household crises that reduce the Garrisons' house to shambles - and viewers to howls of laughter!

Starring: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles, Kelly Thordsen, Parley Baer, Charles Lane, Robert Kino, Mako, Dick Wessel, Bob Jellison ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1966-02-16

The Trouble with Angels

7.3/10 IMDB

Mary and her friend, Rachel, are new students at St. Francis Academy, a boarding school run by the iron fist of Mother Superior. The immature teens grow bored and begin playing pranks on both the unsuspecting nuns and their unpleasant classmates, becoming a constant thorn in Mother Superior's side. However, as the years pass, Mary and Rachel slowly mature and begin to see the nuns in a different light.

Starring: Hayley Mills, June Harding, Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes, Camilla Sparv, Mary Wickes, Marge Redmond, Dolores Sutton, Margalo Gillmore, Portia Nelson ..
Directed by: Ida Lupino
Release date: 1966-03-29

Born Free

7.2/10 IMDB

At a national park in Kenya, English game warden George Adamson and his wife, Joy, care for three orphaned lion cubs. After the two larger lions are shipped off to a zoo in the Netherlands, the smallest of the three, Elsa, stays with the couple. When Elsa is blamed for causing an elephant stampede in the nearby village, head warden John Kendall demands the young lion either be trained to survive in the wilds of the Serengeti or be sent to a zoo.

Starring: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye, Omar Chambati, Bill Godden, Robert S. Young, Bryan Epsom, Geoffrey Best, Robert Cheetham ..
Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1966-04-20

The Ghost & Mr. Chicken

7.2/10 IMDB

Luther Heggs, a typesetter for the town newspaper, pitches an idea for a story about a local haunted house where a famous murder/suicide occurred 20 years earlier. After the editor assigns Luther to spend one night alone in the mansion, Heggs has a number of supernatural encounters and writes a front page story that makes him a hometown hero...until the nephew of the deceased sues him for libel.

Starring: Don Knotts, Joan Staley, Liam Redmond, Dick Sargent, Skip Homeier, Reta Shaw, Lurene Tuttle, Philip Ober, Harry Hickox, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Alan Rafkin
Release date: 1966-01-20
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Charlie Brown's All-Stars!

Charlie Brown's All-Stars!

7.5/10 IMDB

After their humiliating 999th defeat, Charlie Brown's whole baseball team quits on him. All seems lost...until Charlie Brown learns that his team can join the Little League and become an official team with real uniforms! But as the team's enthusiasm sparks, Charlie Brown learns that neither girls nor Snoopy would be allowed to play. Charlie Brown faces the difficult decision of breaking this horrible news to his excited team.

Starring: Peter Robbins, Sally Dryer, Christopher Shea, Cathy Steinberg, Bill Melendez, Ann Altieri, Glenn Mendelson, Lynn Vanderlip, Gail DeFaria, Geoffrey Ornstein ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1966-06-08

Follow Me, Boys!

7.1/10 IMDB

Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop 1. Becoming more and more involved with the scout troop, he finds his plans to become a lawyer being put on the back burner, until he realizes that his life has been fulfilled helping the youth of the small town.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish, Charles Ruggles, Elliott Reid, Kurt Russell, Luana Patten, Ken Murray, Donald May, Sean McClory ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1966-12-01

The Man Called Flintstone

6.5/10 IMDB

In this feature-length film based on the "Flintstones" TV show, secret agent Rock Slag is injured during a chase in Bedrock. Slag's chief decides to replace the injured Slag with Fred Flintstone, who just happens to look like him. The trip takes Fred to Paris and Rome, which is good for Wilma, Barney, and Betty, but can Fred foil the mysterious Green Goose's evil plan for a destructive missile without letting his wife and friends in on his secret?

Starring: Paul Frees, Harvey Korman, Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Gerry Johnson, June Foray, Gerry Johnson, Don Messick, Janet Waldo ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1966-08-03

Munster, Go Home!

6.3/10 IMDB

Herman discovers he's the new lord of Munster Hall in England. The family sails to Britain, where they receive a tepid welcome from Lady Effigy and Freddie Munster, who throws tantrums because he wasn't named Lord Munster. An on-board romance had blossomed between Marilyn and Roger, but on land Marilyn discovers Roger's family holds a longstanding grudge against the Munsters.

Starring: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Hermione Gingold, Terry-Thomas, John Carradine, Butch Patrick, Debbie Watson, Robert Pine, Bernard Fox ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1966-06-15

Thunderbirds are GO

6.4/10 IMDB

When the launch of a mission to Mars goes awry due to sabotage, International Rescue is requested to assist in the mission's second attempt.

Starring: Peter Dyneley, Sylvia Anderson, Shane Rimmer, Jeremy Wilkin, Matt Zimmerman, David Graham, Ray Barrett, Alexander Davion, Christine Finn, Paul Maxwell ..
Directed by: David Lane
Release date: 1966-12-15

Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.

5.9/10 IMDB

Doctor Who and his companions are hurled into the future and make a horrifying discovery: the Daleks have conquered Earth! The metal fiends have devastated entire continents and turned the survivors into Robomen.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Ray Brooks, Andrew Keir, Roberta Tovey, Jill Curzon, Roger Avon, Geoffrey Cheshire, Keith Marsh, Philip Madoc ..
Directed by: Gordon Flemyng
Release date: 1966-08-05

The Singing Nun

6.0/10 IMDB

Belgian nun Sister Ann is sent to another order where she's at first committed to helping troubled souls, like Nichole and little Dominic. When Father Clementi hears Sister Ann's uplifting singing style, he takes her to a talent contest. Sister Ann is signed to a record deal and everyone is listening to her lighthearted songs. She is unprepared for her newfound fame (like appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show) and unwanted side effects, including a wrongful attraction to an old friend.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Ricardo Montalban, Greer Garson, Agnes Moorehead, Chad Everett, Katharine Ross, Ed Sullivan, Joyce van der Veen, Ricky Cordell, Michael Pate ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1966-03-17
Best Family Movies of 1966 : The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery

The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery

5.8/10 IMDB

The all-girl school foil an attempt by train robbers to recover two and a half million pounds hidden in their school.

Starring: Frankie Howerd, Dora Bryan, George Cole, Reg Varney, Raymond Huntley, Richard Wattis, Portland Mason, Terry Scott, Eric Barker, Godfrey Winn ..
Directed by: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat
Release date: 1966-03-11

Lt. Robin Crusoe U.S.N.

5.8/10 IMDB

Lt. Robin Crusoe is a navy pilot who bails out of his plane after engine trouble. He reaches a deserted island paradise where he builds a house and begins to adjust to life. He is in for trouble however when a local girl is banished to the island by her father, who then comes after Crusoe.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan, Akim Tamiroff, Arthur Malet, Tyler McVey, Peter Renaday, Peter Duryea, John Dennis, Nancy Hsueh, Richard Deacon ..
Directed by: Byron Paul
Release date: 1966-07-29
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

6.9/10 IMDB

Alice in Wonderland (1966) is a BBC television play based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It was directed by Jonathan Miller, then most widely known for his appearance in the long-running satirical revue Beyond the Fringe.

Starring: Anne-Marie Mallik, Freda Dowie, Jo Maxwell Muller, Wilfrid Brambell, Peter Sellers, Alan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, Alison Leggatt, Peter Eyre, John Gielgud ..
Directed by: Jonathan Miller
Release date: 1966-12-26
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Maya


6.3/10 IMDB

An American boy runs away in the Indian jungle after a fight with his father.

Starring: Clint Walker, Jay North, I.S. Johar, Sajid Khan, P. Jairaj, Sonia Sahni, Ulhas, Nana Palsikar, Uma Rao, Madhusdan Pathak ..
Directed by: John Berry
Release date: 1966-05-26
Best Family Movies of 1966 : The Ghost of Monk's Island

The Ghost of Monk's Island

6.1/10 IMDB

Sailing too far from shore, the Robinson children are marooned on a deserted Island. Their fight for survival is hampered by mysterious events, and the even more mysterious 'Ghost of Monk's Island'.

Starring: Pierre Bedenes, Lucinda Jackson, Peter Bartlett, Robert Bartlett, Beryl Cooke, Conrad Phillips, Ivor Salter, Jerold Wells, Doel Luscombe ..
Directed by: Jeremy Summers, Jan Darnley-Smith
Release date: 1966-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Vitamin Pink

Vitamin Pink

6.3/10 IMDB

On the Western frontier, the Pink Panther is a traveling vendor of pep pills. He unwittingly sells some pills to a frail criminal, who gains the strength to rob every bank in a nearby town! Thus, the panther is in as much trouble with the law as the robber and must act to apprehend the scoundrel.

Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1966-04-05
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Duel Personality

Duel Personality

6.3/10 IMDB

Each having submitted his challenge card to the other, Tom and Jerry meet in a field to duel, using as weapons swords, pistols, bows and arrows, cannons and slingshots.

Starring: June Foray, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1966-01-20
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Love Me, Love My Mouse

Love Me, Love My Mouse

6.3/10 IMDB

Tom is wooing Toots; he presents her with a present - Jerry. But Toots would rather play mother to Jerry than eat him, much to Tom's annoyance.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
Release date: 1966-04-28
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

6.0/10 IMDB

Alice returns to Wonderland through the looking glass in this TV musical.

Starring: Judi Rolin, Roy Castle, Robert Coote, Richard Denning, Jimmy Durante, Nanette Fabray, Ricardo Montalban, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Palance, Tom Smothers ..
Directed by: Alan Handley
Release date: 1966-11-06
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Catty-Cornered


6.3/10 IMDB

Jerry's mouse hole connects two homes, with Tom living in one residence, a neighboring cat in the other. Jerry decides the best survival plan is pitting the cats against each other, without their knowledge.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1966-09-08
Best Family Movies of 1966 : The Daydreamer

The Daydreamer

6.1/10 IMDB

In this hybrid of live-action and stop-motion animation, a young Hans Christian Andersen goes in search of knowledge in the Garden of Paradise in order to make his studies easier. Each time he falls asleep, he experiences in his dreams the different characters he would later write about in fairy tales including The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Emperor's New Clothes.

Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, Victor Borge, Patty Duke, Jack Gilford, Sessue Hayakawa, Margaret Hamilton, Burl Ives, Boris Karloff, Hayley Mills, Paul O'Keefe ..
Directed by: Jules Bass
Release date: 1966-06-01
Best Family Movies of 1966 : A-Haunting We Will Go

A-Haunting We Will Go

6.2/10 IMDB

Daffy convinces his son that old Witch Hazel isn't what he thinks she is.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1966-04-16

The Ballad of Smokey the Bear

7.0/10 IMDB

The Ballad of Smokey the Bear tells the story, or a story of Smokey the Bear. The premise has Smokey’s big brother, voiced by James Cagney, telling the story of how his brother got his name. It’s a long winded and rambling tale that has very little Smokey and a great deal of a cranky Jimmy. The story has the animals trying to find out who set a forest fire and is poisoning the water. Its not giving anything away to say it’s an escaped circus gorilla that smokes cigars.

Starring: James Cagney, Herbert Duncan, Rose Marie Jun, William Marine, Barry Pearl, George Petrie, Bryna Raeburn ..
Directed by: Larry Roemer
Release date: 1966-11-24
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Alice of Wonderland in Paris

Alice of Wonderland in Paris

5.0/10 IMDB

Alice travels to Paris and hears five stories adapted from children's picture books in this anthology film. The books adapted include: "Anatole," "Madeline and the Bad Hat," "The Frowning Prince," "Many Moons," and "Madeline and the Gypsies."

Starring: Luce Ennis, Norma MacMillan, Howard Morris, Carl Reiner, Trinka Snyder, Allen Swift, Lionel G. Wilson ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1966-02-05

Namu, the Killer Whale

5.7/10 IMDB

Based on the amazing true story of a marine biologist (Robert Lansing) who befriends a six-ton Orcawhale, this "honest, fascinating and vigorously wholesome film" (Citizen-News) is heartwarming fun for the whole family. Like all close pals, Hank (Lansing) and Namu love spending time together. Whether sharing a morning swim or soaking up the afternoon sun, these two are virtually inseparable. Trouble is, the local fishermen mistakenly think that Namu is a threat. Racing against time, Hank must enlist the help of a young widow and her daughter to save Namu and prove that he's a gentle giant!

Starring: Robert Lansing, John Anderson, Robin Mattson, Richard Erdman, Lee Meriwether, Joe Higgins, Michael Shea, Clara Tarte, Edwin Rochelle ..
Directed by: László Benedek
Release date: 1966-08-01
Best Family Movies of 1966 : The Yule Log

The Yule Log

8.7/10 IMDB

The Yule Log is a television program originating in the United States, which is broadcast traditionally on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. It originally aired from 1966 to 1989 on New York City television station WPIX, which revived the broadcast in 2001; the program has since spread to other television properties owned by WPIX parent Tribune Media. The program, which has run between two and four hours in duration, is a film loop of a yule log burning in a fireplace, with a traditional soundtrack of classic Christmas music playing in the background; it is broadcast without commercial interruption.

Release date: 1966-12-24
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Jimmy, the Boy Wonder

Jimmy, the Boy Wonder

6.3/10 IMDB

A boy makes a reckless wish, and everybody in the world stops moving. A wizard's daughter tries to help him get the world restarted again.

Starring: Nancy Jo Berg, Dennis Jones, David Blight Jr. ..
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Release date: 1966-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Run, Appaloosa, Run!

Run, Appaloosa, Run!

6.7/10 IMDB

In the Nez Perce nation, usually girls may not ride in a certain dangerous "suicide" cross-country and downhill horse race, but trick rider Mary and her exceptional horse Holly Smoke get the chief's permission to do so.

Starring: Adele Palacios, Walter Cloud ..
Release date: 1966-07-13

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

3.5/10 IMDB

Sam Whipple, an attorney in once-upon-a-time-land, is startled to receive a visit from Santa Claus shortly before Christmas. It seems that when he was a child, Sam wrote a letter thanking Santa for the presents he'd received, and offering to return the favor someday. That day is now - a mean old soul named Phineas Prune, who holds the deed to the North Pole, is demanding back rent. Otherwise, he's going to evict Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves and take all the Christmas toys. It's up to Sam and Santa to find a way to pay off Prune and prevent Christmas from being canceled.

Starring: Paul Tripp, Lydia Brazzi, Alberto Rabagliati, Rossano Brazzi, Sonny Fox, Mischa Auer, John Karlsen, Salvatore Furnari, Antonio De Martino, Adriano Cornelli ..
Directed by: Rossano Brazzi
Release date: 1966-11-23
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Danny the Dragon

Danny the Dragon

6.8/10 IMDB

Gavin, Jean and Peter meet Danny the Dragon, an unintentional visitor from outer space. Danny and the children encounter many adventures before Danny finally manages to return to his own planet.

Starring: Sally Thomsett, Christopher Cooper, Jack Wild, Peter Butterworth, Kenneth Connor, Frank Thornton ..
Directed by: C.M. Pennington-Richards
Release date: 1966-01-01

Santa's Magic Kingdom

3.8/10 IMDB

Directed by: Manuel San Fernando
Release date: 1966-01-01

Santa's Christmas Circus

2.0/10 IMDB

TV's Whizzo the Clown entertains a group of kids by hosting a pretend circus show, and takes them out on a trip to see Santa Claus at the North Pole.

Starring: Frank Wiziarde, John Bilyeu ..
Directed by: Frank Wiziarde
Release date: 1966-09-24
Best Family Movies of 1966 : Christmas with Lorne Greene

Christmas with Lorne Greene

0.0/10 IMDB

The Bonanza star hosts this yuletide half-hour with the UNICEF Children's Choir on their imaginary trip to the Charles Dickens-era of England.

Starring: Lorne Greene, UNICEF Children's Choir ..
Directed by: Dwight Hemion
Release date: 1966-12-01

The Year Of The Horse

0.0/10 IMDB

A young boy from Chinatown befriends an elderly Central Park carriage driver in this children's drama. Their relationship takes a sad turn when the driver's horse dies, and the young boy bands together with his friends to try and cheer up the deeply depressed old man.

Starring: Gabriel Mason, Bradley Joe, Alvin Lum, Mary Mon Toy, Mark Hubley, Burt Harris, Dick Hanover, Peter Wong, Mary Hui, Lorraine Wong ..
Directed by: Irving Sunasky
Release date: 1966-03-01
Best Family Movies of 1966 : God Cannot Lie

God Cannot Lie

0.0/10 IMDB

"[This film] helped audiences to visualize principal Bible events and to understand their significance for our day." - Officially published description

Release date: 1966-01-01

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Documentary

0.0/10 IMDB

The making of the story of how a grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year.

Starring: J.Foray, P.Ronan, Boris Karloff, June Foray, Dal McKennon, Thurl Ravenscroft ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1966-01-01

Circus Day

0.0/10 IMDB

A clown recalls the days when he first joined the Cole Brothers circus and discusses how the Greatest Show on Earth has changed. He reminisces about the circus train, pre-show preparations, the performers and the big show.

Release date: 1966-01-01

Ambush at Devil's Gap

0.0/10 IMDB

Whilst on a winter sports holiday in the Highlands, five children encounter an eccentric Professor, and find themselves involved in a web of industrial espionage.

Starring: Chris Barrington, Sue Sylvaine, Jacqueline Mitchell, Stephen Brown, Deane Gardiner ..
Directed by: David Eastman
Release date: 1966-01-01

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