Best Family Movies of 1970


The Aristocats

7.1/10 IMDB

When Madame Adelaide Bonfamille leaves her fortune to Duchess and her children—Bonfamille’s beloved family of cats—the butler plots to steal the money and kidnaps the legatees, leaving them out on a country road. All seems lost until the wily Thomas O’Malley Cat and his jazz-playing alley cats come to the aristocats’ rescue.

Starring: Phil Harris, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, Eva Gabor, Paul Winchell, Lord Tim Hudson, Vito Scotti, Thurl Ravenscroft, Dean Clark, Liz English ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1970-12-24

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

7.7/10 IMDB

A postman, S.D. Kluger, decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a baby named Kris who is raised by a family of elf toymakers named Kringle. When Kris grows up, he wants to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown. But its Mayor is too mean to let that happen. And to make things worse, the Winter Warlock lives between the Kringles and Sombertown.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Robie Lester, Billie Mae Richards, Harvey Korman, Joan Gardner ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1970-12-14


7.5/10 IMDB

A musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic ghost tale starring Albert Finney.

Starring: Albert Finney, Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Laurence Naismith, Alec Guinness, Michael Medwin, David Collings, Anton Rodgers, Suzanne Neve, Frances Cuka ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1970-11-05
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Karlson Returns

Karlson Returns

8.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Vasiliy Livanov, Klara Rumyanova, Faina Ranevskaya ..
Directed by: Boris Stepantsev
Release date: 1970-06-06
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Horton Hears a Who!

Horton Hears a Who!

7.4/10 IMDB

In this story, Horton discovers there is a microscopic community of intelligent beings called the Who's living on a plant that only he can hear. Recognising the dangers they face, he resolves to keep them safe. However, the other animals around him think Horton has gone crazy thinking that there are such beings.

Starring: Hans Conried, June Foray, Chuck Jones, Thurl Ravenscroft ..
Directed by: Ben Washam, Chuck Jones
Release date: 1970-03-18

The Railway Children

7.3/10 IMDB

After the enforced absence of their father, the three Waterbury children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where they find themselves involved in several unexpected dramas along the railway by their new home.

Starring: Dinah Sheridan, Bernard Cribbins, William Mervyn, Iain Cuthbertson, Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett, Gary Warren, Peter Bromilow, Ann Lancaster, Gordon Whiting ..
Directed by: Lionel Jeffries
Release date: 1970-12-21

I Never Sang for My Father

7.4/10 IMDB

Hackman plays a New York professor who wants a change in his life, and plans to get married to his girlfriend and move to California. His mother understands his need to get away, but warns him that moving so far away could be hard on his father. Just before the wedding, the mother dies. Hackman's sister (who has been disowned by their father for marrying a Jewish man) advises him to live his own life, and not let himself be controlled by their father.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Melvyn Douglas, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons, Elizabeth Hubbard, Lovelady Powell, Daniel Keyes, Conrad Bain, Jon Richards, Nikki Counselman ..
Directed by: Gilbert Cates
Release date: 1970-10-18

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

6.3/10 IMDB

Daisy Gamble, an unusual woman who hears phones before they ring, and does wonders with her flowers, wants to quit smoking to please her fiancé, Warren. She goes to a doctor of hypnosis to do it. But once she's under, her doctor finds out that she can regress into past lives and different personalities, and he finds himself falling in love with one of them.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Jack Nicholson, John Richardson, Pamela Brown, Irene Handl, Roy Kinnear ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1970-06-17


6.5/10 IMDB

Jimmy (Jack Wild) ventures to Living Island with his magical, talking flute, Freddy. Once there, he befriends many of the island's inhabitants, but the evil Witchiepoo (Billie Hayes) is determined to steal Freddy the flute away from the boy to impress the visiting Witches' Council and win the Witch of the Year Award.

Starring: Jack Wild, Billie Hayes, Martha Raye, Cass Elliot, Billy Barty, Jane Dulo, Allison McKay, Felix Silla, Johnny Silver, Lou Wagner ..
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Release date: 1970-05-13
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Dad... Can I Borrow the Car?

Dad... Can I Borrow the Car?

6.8/10 IMDB

A live-action short, using many avant-garde film techniques, that looks at American car culture in the late 1960s. The main section deals with the many trials and obstacles a teenager must face on the path to being able to drive. Surviving the driver's education class is only the first step, as the teenager must then pass his driving test, and then finally get permission to borrow the family car.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Spencer Quinn, Jesse White, Peter Renaday, June Foray, Larry Gloege ..
Directed by: Ward Kimball
Release date: 1970-09-30
Best Family Movies of 1970 : The Great Santa Claus Switch

The Great Santa Claus Switch

7.8/10 IMDB

Santa Claus and his elves are ready to deliver presents to children everywhere but Cosmo Scam has hatched a plan to kidnap Santa and take his place! One by one, Cosmo abducts Santa's elves and replaces them with his evil henchmen. Can Fred the Elf save Christmas before Cosmo burglarizes the world?

Starring: Jim Henson, Art Carney, Ed Sullivan, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Fran Brill, John Lovelady, Richard Hunt, Marilyn Sokol ..
Directed by: John Moffitt
Release date: 1970-12-05


4.9/10 IMDB

Anjuman is a tragic character, based on the courtesan lives of women in South Asia. Its about a "Tawaiif" or a courtesan falling in love and her tragic ending.

Starring: Deeba Begum, Sabiha Khanum, Santosh Kumar, Lehri, Waheed Murad, Rani ..
Directed by: Hasan Tariq
Release date: 1970-07-31
Best Family Movies of 1970 : The Wild Country

The Wild Country

6.2/10 IMDB

Uprooted from their comfortable home in Pennsylvania, James and Kate Tanner, along with their sons, Virgil and Andy, journey to the wild country of 1890s Wyoming to become farmers. Soon, they come face-to-face with tornadoes, bears and wolves. But through the hardships their love for each other endures, even when a local rancher sees the newcomers as "squatters" on his land, and will stop at nothing – including murder – to drive them out.

Starring: Steve Forrest, Vera Miles, Ron Howard, Clint Howard, Jack Elam, Frank De Kova, Morgan Woodward, Dub Taylor, Woody Chambliss, Karl Swenson ..
Directed by: Robert Totten
Release date: 1970-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Shinbone Alley

Shinbone Alley

5.5/10 IMDB

Suicidal poet Archy tries to end his life by jumping off a bridge, but awakens to find he has assumed the life of a cockroach and has become a part of a community of creatures living in a newspaper office. He also discovers that he can still write poetry, using a typewriter, and begins to enjoy his new life. Archy develops deep feelings for the lovely but self-destructive cat Mehitabel, but will have to fight to win her from bad-boy tomcat Bill.

Starring: Carol Channing, Eddie Bracken, Alan Reed, John Carradine, Hal Smith, Joan Gerber, Sal Delano, Ken Sansom, Byron Kane ..
Directed by: John Wilson
Release date: 1970-06-26
Best Family Movies of 1970 : King of the Grizzlies

King of the Grizzlies

5.6/10 IMDB

Moki, a Cree Indian, is made foreman of a sprawling cattle ranch owned by his former army commander. But he carries with him through life the lore of his own people. When he rescues a bear cub, Wahb, he feels a mystical connection between himself and the magnificent creature. Later, Wahb, now a 1,300-pound bear, returns from the wild to wreak havoc on the cattle ranch, and Moki must face this fearsome grizzly. This spectacular film depicts a territorial battle over a country of breathtaking beauty.

Starring: John Yesno, Chris Wiggins, Hugh Webster, Jack Van Evera, Wahb, Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: Ron Kelly
Release date: 1970-02-11

Santa and the Three Bears

6.7/10 IMDB

Two bear cubs want to meet Santa despite their mother telling them that Santa does not exist. With the help of the park ranger, their wish might come true!

Starring: Hal Smith, Jean Vander Pyl, Christina Ferra-Gilmore, Bobby Riha ..
Directed by: Tony Benedict, Barry Mahon
Release date: 1970-11-07
Best Family Movies of 1970 : The Boatniks

The Boatniks

5.5/10 IMDB

Young and awkward, The Coast-Guard's ensign Thomas Garland suffers from the comparison with his late father, a war hero. Which does not prevent him from falling for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a sailing school. Of course the way he expresses his deep sympathy for the lady leaves to be desired. And the situation does not improve when a trio of bumbling jewel thieves interferes.

Starring: Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers, Phil Silvers, Norman Fell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Wally Cox, Don Ameche, Joey Forman, Vito Scotti, Tom Lowell ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1970-07-01
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Strange Holiday

Strange Holiday

4.4/10 IMDB

Ten boys and a dog are shipwrecked on an island in the Pacific. After a storm they discover another boat has been shipwrecked on the island. They make friends with two of the survivors, a nurse and ship's carpenter, but discover there are three other survivors who are ruthless mutineers.

Starring: Mark Lee, Carmen Duncan, Jaeme Hamilton, Mark Healey, Jaime Massang, Van Alexander, Ross Williams, Simon Asprey, Peter Alexander, Michael Barry ..
Directed by: Mende Brown
Release date: 1970-08-28
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

3.6/10 IMDB

Retelling of the classic fairy tale, but from a decidedly 1960s point of view, complete with "groovy" dialogue.

Starring: Christopher Brooks, Mitch Poulos, Dorothy Stokes, Renato Boracherro, Sami Sims, George Wadsworth, John Loomis ..
Directed by: Barry Mahon
Release date: 1970-12-25
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Cristobalito, the Calypso Colt

Cristobalito, the Calypso Colt

8.7/10 IMDB

Filmed entirely on location in the Caribbean, this touching family drama tells the adventurous tale of a Puerto Rican boy who befriends a Paso Fino palomino, a descendant of the horses of the Spanish Conquistadors. The young man kidnaps the colt in order to ride in the island horse championships and ends up learning a lesson in responsibility and honor.

Starring: Roberto Vigoreaux, Walter Busó, José de San Antón, Delia Esther Quiñones, Charlie Gibbs ..
Release date: 1970-09-15
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Smoke


8.1/10 IMDB

A boy finds an injured German Shepherd Dog whom he names Smoke.

Starring: Ron Howard, Earl Holliman, Jacqueline Scott, Shug Fisher, Andy Devine, Pamelyn Ferdin, Kelly Thordsen ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1970-02-01
Best Family Movies of 1970 : The Boy Who Stole the Elephant

The Boy Who Stole the Elephant

7.2/10 IMDB

A frontier huckster, Colonel Ryder, and a young orphan, Davey, operate a travelling tent show. They are loaned an elephant by an old friend, Molly, who is also a rival circus owner. Davey trains the elephant and the two soon become inseparable. When the Colonel loses the elephant in gambling, Davey steals the elephant and begins a 20-mile search for Molly, the rightful owner.

Starring: Parley Baer, Whitney Blake, Walter Burke, Ernestine Clark, Tom Drake, Robert Emhardt, William Fawcett, Dabbs Greer, June Havoc, Richard Kiel ..
Directed by: Michael Caffey
Release date: 1970-09-20
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Egghead's Robot

Egghead's Robot

5.1/10 IMDB

'Egghead' Wentworth adapts his father's robot paratrooper to perform his chores, but forgets to programme it to keep him out of trouble.

Starring: Keith Chegwin, Roy Kinnear, Richard Wattis, Patricia Routledge ..
Directed by: Milo Lewis
Release date: 1970-01-01

The Night the Animals Talked

7.4/10 IMDB

Common farm animals in the stable of Christ's birth begin to talk and communicate for the first time upon Mary and Joseph's arrival. They realize a miracle is about to take place, but lose their ability to speak following the birth of Christ as they rush to tell all about the Savior's birth.

Starring: Frank Porretta ..
Directed by: Shamus Culhane
Release date: 1970-12-09
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Menace on the Mountain

Menace on the Mountain

7.0/10 IMDB

A period piece about the McIver family trying to protect there home from Civil War deserters. Actor Jodie Foster, then approximately 8, plays Suellen McIver. Actor Mitch Vogel, Jamie, is their protector.

Starring: Pat Crowley, Albert Salmi, Charles Aidman, Mitch Vogel, Richard Anderson, Dub Taylor, Eric Shea, Jodie Foster, Dan Ferrone, James Nusser ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1970-03-01
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Rosie's Walk

Rosie's Walk

6.2/10 IMDB

Rosie's walk around the farmyard, pursued by the hungry but clumsy fox, has become a beacon in the world of children's picture books, an ever-popular classic which generations have enjoyed. Children love the humor of this near-wordless story. One disaster after another befalls the poor fox while Rosie goes on her way, supremely unaware of the danger behind her.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Little Jungle Boy

Little Jungle Boy

5.5/10 IMDB

He was born with the animals. He was taught by the animals. He lives with the animals. He talks to the animals. A living Nature Child. Touched by the Hand of God.

Starring: Michael Pate, Rahman Rahmin, Mike Dorsey, niki huen, Noel Ferrier, Willie Fennell, Les Berryman ..
Directed by: Mende Brown
Release date: 1970-08-28
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Christmas Is

Christmas Is

4.7/10 IMDB

Benji is upset that he is playing the second shepherd in his school Christmas play for the second year in a row.

Starring: Hans Conried, Don Messick, Richard Sacino ..
Release date: 1970-12-01
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Let's Measure: Using Standard Units

Let's Measure: Using Standard Units

3.4/10 IMDB

A young boy is taught the wonder of standard unit of measurement by the world's greatest superhero: Measuring Man!

Release date: 1970-02-02


1.4/10 IMDB

Retelling of the classic children's tale from a 1960s psychedelic viewpoint.

Starring: Shay Garner, Heather Hughes, Pat Morrell, Ruth McMahon ..
Directed by: Barry Mahon
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1970 : A Letter to Amy

A Letter to Amy

0.0/10 IMDB

"Peter [from Keats' The Snowy Day] is having a birthday party, and he's asked all of his friends to come. But Amy is a special friend because she's a girl, so Peter decides to send her a special invitation. When he rushes out in a thunderstorm to mail it, he bumps smack into Amy herself and knocks her to the ground. Will she come to his party now?"

Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space

Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space

0.0/10 IMDB

The New Doctor arrives on Earth in the middle of a freak meteor shower. Faceless killer shop window dummies are coming to life and killing anything that comes into their path while Facsimiles are replacing top Military, Political and Civil leaders. The Nestene has come to invade the Earth. The convalescent Doctor teams up with Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw of UNIT to thwart the Nestine's plans even as the invasion begins.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Hugh Burden, Hamilton Dyce, Antony Webb ..
Directed by: Derek Martinus
Release date: 1970-01-24
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Doctor Who and the Silurians

Doctor Who and the Silurians

0.0/10 IMDB

Investigating mysterious power failures and a death at an underground research centre, The Doctor discovers a colony of Silurians - prehistoric, intelligent reptiles who went into hibernation before man evolved. But now they have woken up, and they are prepared to wipe out mankind with a killer plague to get their planet back.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Fulton Mackay, Norman Jones, Peter Miles, Thomasine Heiner, John Newman, Nicholas Courtney, Peter Miles ..
Directed by: Timothy Combe
Release date: 1970-03-14

Scratch a Tiger

6.0/10 IMDB

The Aardvark is hungry. He spots an anthill. Inside is the Ant. It seems that dinner is for sure. One problem: the Ant has a friend who owes him a favor... a tiger. Returning the favor, the tiger guards the Ant and his pals from the Aardvark.

Starring: John Byner, Marvin Miller ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1970-01-28

Odd Ant Out

6.3/10 IMDB

A grocery truck loses a shipment of chocolate-covered ants. The Aardvark and another green aardvark fight over a can of ants, which they can't seem to open.

Starring: John Byner ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1970-04-19

Ants in the Pantry

5.9/10 IMDB

The Bongo Pest Control Agency gets a call for an ant problem, so the Aardvark intercedes to take care of the call himself.

Starring: John Byner ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1970-06-10

Science Friction

5.0/10 IMDB

The Ant is captured by a scientist and placed in an insect specimen container within the scientist's mobile laboratory, and fortunately for the Ant, his host does not approve of the Aardvark's Ant-snatching attempts.

Starring: John Byner ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1970-06-28

Mumbo Jumbo

6.1/10 IMDB

The Ant's "lodge brothers" come to his rescue and thwart the Aardvark's nefarious plans.

Starring: John Byner ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1970-09-27

The Froze Nose Knows

6.7/10 IMDB

The Aardvark shiveringly pursues the Ant after a snowfall has covered their habitat.

Starring: John Byner ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1970-11-18
Best Family Movies of 1970 : Mother Goose's Birthday Party

Mother Goose's Birthday Party

3.0/10 IMDB

Ronald McDonald, Merlin the Magician and Stinky the Skunk host a birthday party for Mother Goose. Ronald shows the party guests how to make a party hat. They sing Happy Birthday and blow out the candles on the cake, then Santa's Enchanted Village (1964) begins.

Release date: 1970-01-01

Don't Hustle an Ant with Muscle

6.2/10 IMDB

Whilst hiding out in a house after escaping from being chased by the Aardvark, the Ant discovers a bottle of "Vitamins for Strength"; and after eating a couple of them, becomes ten times stronger than he used to be- much to the Aardvark's displeasure!

Starring: John Byner ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1970-12-27

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