Best Family Movies of 1971


Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

7.8/10 IMDB

When eccentric candy man Willy Wonka promises a lifetime supply of sweets and a tour of his chocolate factory to five lucky kids, penniless Charlie Bucket seeks the golden ticket that will make him a winner.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Denise Nickerson, Leonard Stone, Julie Dawn Cole, Nora Denney, Peter Capell, Tim Brooke-Taylor ..
Directed by: Mel Stuart
Release date: 1971-06-29

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

7.0/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster. The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, Ian Weighill, Tessie O'Shea ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

8.3/10 IMDB

The Walton family is preparing for Christmas in the early 1930s. It's Christmas Eve, and they are waiting for Daddy Walton to come home from his job in the city some 50 miles away. Since he is late, everyone is worried and over the radio the mother and grandparents hear about an overturned bus and hurt travelers but keep this news from the rest of the family. The story is really a coming of age story about the oldest son John-Boy who must cut down the tree with his grandfather since his father isn't home and is eventually told about his missing father and sets out to find him. An all round heartwarming story, especially if you are a fan of The Waltons. A simple story about a simple family in simple times. Great family entertainment!

Starring: Patricia Neal, Richard Thomas, Edgar Bergen, Ellen Corby, Dorothy Stickney, Josephine Hutchinson, William Windom, Cleavon Little, Andrew Duggan, David Huddleston ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1971-12-19
Best Family Movies of 1971 : A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

7.6/10 IMDB

Ebenezer Scrooge, a skinflint visited by the spirits of Christmas past, present and future one fateful Christmas Eve. It's up to them to help the old crab see the error of his ways. And they do, to the delight of Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.

Starring: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, Diana Quick, Joan Sims, Michael Hordern, Paul Whitsun-Jones, David Tate, Felix Felton, Annie West, Melvyn Hayes ..
Directed by: Richard Williams
Release date: 1971-12-21

The Point

7.5/10 IMDB

Years ago, there was a place called The Land of Point, because everything in The Land of Point had one: the barns, the houses, the cars, everything, even the people. Everyone in The Land of Point had a point at the top of its head. Everyone, that is, except Oblio, who was born round-headed. Since he had no point, Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, was banished to the Pointless Forest. Join them to see what wonders await these two intrepid travelers as they make their way on their amazing, song-filled journey of discovery!

Starring: Ringo Starr, Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib, Buddy Foster, Joan Gerber, Mike Lookinland, Bill Martin, Alan Barzman, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Thicke ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf
Release date: 1971-02-02
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

7.4/10 IMDB

Peter Cottontail wants to be the #1 chief Easter Bunny, and everyone in April Valley agrees...except for Evil Irontail. Peter must deliver more eggs than this archrival to earn the top spot...and save Easter for children everywhere!

Starring: Danny Kaye, Vincent Price, Casey Kasem, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, Iris Rainer, Greg Thomas ..
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Release date: 1971-04-04
Best Family Movies of 1971 : The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

7.3/10 IMDB

In a marvelously animated version of one of the most beloved of all Dr. Seuss tales, two youngsters find themselves at home with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon. But when the magical, mischievous Cat in the Hat arrives on the scene, they're all cat-apulted into a day of rousing, romping, outlandish antics they - and you - will never forget!

Starring: Allan Sherman, Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin, Tony Frazier, Gloria Camacho, Thurl Ravenscroft, Gene Morford ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1971-07-04
Best Family Movies of 1971 : The Snow Goose

The Snow Goose

8.1/10 IMDB

Based upon Paul Gallico's delicate novel, Patrick Garland's Golden Globe winning The Snow Goose is a stark and hauntingly beautiful drama set amongst the striking scenery of the Essex salt marshes during the early years of WWII. A bearded Richard Harris leads the modest cast with his sensitive portrayal of tormented soul Philip Rhayader, a lonely misshapen man shunned by society but with a great love of life; Harris isnt overly bitter of his treatment and expresses his compassion through his paintings and love of the waterfowl that surround him. Harris is ably supported by the waiflike Jenny Agutter as Frith, who radiates the requisite amount of youthful innocence and naivety, and won a best supporting actress Emmy Award for her performance.

Starring: Jenny Agutter, Richard Harris, Graham Crowden, Freda Bamford, Noel Johnson, William Marlowe, Ludmilla Nova, Declan Mulholland, Keith Smith, Julian Somers ..
Directed by: Patrick Garland
Release date: 1971-11-15
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

7.9/10 IMDB

A retelling of the classic fairy tale of The Frog Prince featuring Kermit the Frog, Kermit's nephew Robin, Sweetums, and a princess cursed to say everything wackbards...I mean backwards.

Starring: Gordon Thomson, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Carl Banas, Jerry Juhl, Trudy Young, Heather Henson ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1971-05-12

The Barefoot Executive

5.9/10 IMDB

In the great Disney tradition of wild family fun, a young Kurt Russell stars as Steven Post - an ambitious mailroom clerk at a second-rate TV network. With his eye on the boardroom, and getting nowhere with the studio's top dog, he makes a career-changing discovery. His girlfriend's lovable pet chimp can pick a hit show every time! His secret for success turns into a madcap monkey business when he makes vice president and jealous rivals want in on the act. Ride along with narrow escapes and a classic cast featuring Joe Flynn and Harry Morgan in a comedic climb up the corporate ladder that will leave you howling for more!

Starring: Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Harry Morgan, Wally Cox, Heather North, Alan Hewitt, Hayden Rorke, John Ritter, Jack Bender, Tom Anfinsen ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1971-03-17

Black Beauty

5.4/10 IMDB

Anna Sewell's classic 1877 novel beautifully comes to life in this family drama set in England. Told from the point of view of Black Beauty himself, the story sheds light on the details surrounding the colt's birth and his perception of humans (he has various owners throughout his life). While some owners are compassionate -- none more than Joe Evans (Mark Lester), the boy who first owns the colt.

Starring: Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Peter Lee Lawrence, Uschi Glas, Patrick Mower, Maria Rohm, Eddie Golden, Clive Geraghty, John Hoey, Patrick Gardiner ..
Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1971-01-01

The Million Dollar Duck

5.7/10 IMDB

Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a toy for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.

Starring: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn, Tony Roberts, Lee Montgomery, Jack Kruschen, Virginia Vincent, Jack Bender, Billy Bowles, Sammy Jackson ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1971-06-30
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Play It Again, Charlie Brown

Play It Again, Charlie Brown

7.2/10 IMDB

Play It Again, Charlie Brown is the seventh prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. This non-holiday Peanuts special centers on Lucy, her infatuation with Schroeder, and her willingness to do anything to win his affections.

Starring: Danny Hjeim, Pamelyn Ferdin, Stephen Shea, Lynda Mendelson, Hilary Momberger-Powers, Chris Inglis, Christopher DeFaria, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1971-03-28
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Mr. Horatio Knibbles

Mr. Horatio Knibbles

6.3/10 IMDB

Mary Bunting is sitting alone when to her surprise and delight a rabbit six foot tall - elegantly dressed in frock coat and fancy waistcoat - appears. As he is a magic rabbit, he can be seen only by Mary, which naturally creates great confusion and misunderstanding.

Starring: Lesley Roach, Gary Smith, Rachel Brennock, David Lodge, John Ash, Nigel Chivers, David Richards, Bernard Horsfall, Jane Jordan Rogers, Fred Evans ..
Directed by: Robert Hird
Release date: 1971-09-01
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Christmas at Moose Factory

Christmas at Moose Factory

6.8/10 IMDB

A study of life at Christmas time in Moose Factory, an old settlement mainly composed of Cree families on the shore of James Bay, composed entirely of children's crayon drawings and narrated by children.

Starring: Alanis Obomsawin ..
Directed by: Alanis Obomsawin
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1971 : The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove

The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove

6.7/10 IMDB

Three kids think they see a sea monster in the calm waters of Strawberry Cove, and set out to find what's behind the mystery.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Agnes Moorehead, Larry D. Mann, Bill Zuckert, Parley Baer, Skip Homeier, Kelly Thordsen, Annie McEveety, Jimmy Bracken, Patrick Creamer ..
Directed by: Jack Shea
Release date: 1971-10-30
Best Family Movies of 1971 : How to Frame a Figg

How to Frame a Figg

6.4/10 IMDB

Don Knotts is Hollis Figg, the dumbest bookkeeper in town. When the city fathers buy a second-hand computer to cover up their financial shenanigans, they promote Figg to look after things, knowing he'll never catch on. Their plan backfires when Figg becomes self-important and accidentally discovers their plot.

Starring: Don Knotts, Elaine Joyce, Joe Flynn, Edward Andrews, Frank Welker, Yvonne Craig, Parker Fennelly, Bill Zuckert, Pitt Herbert, Robert P. Lieb ..
Directed by: Alan Rafkin
Release date: 1971-02-01
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Flight of the Doves

Flight of the Doves

6.3/10 IMDB

While fleeing across the Irish countryside, two orphans are pursued by their villainous uncle, a master of disguises.

Starring: Ron Moody, Jack Wild, Dorothy McGuire, Stanley Holloway, Helen Raye, William Rushton, Dana, John Molloy, Barry Keegan, Brendan O'Reilly ..
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1971-04-02
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Curious Alice

Curious Alice

6.2/10 IMDB

The story “Alice in Wonderland” is used as a metaphor about the dangers of accidental drug use among children. Curious Alice's trip to Wonderland is not through the rabbit hole, but rather through her home, where the medicine and kitchen cabinets hold substances of lure but danger. After ingesting one of these substances, Alice, now in the Wonderland of her mind, has an altered sense of reality. In her new psychedelic world, she is exposed to more and more drugs, which she may take based on her impaired judgment from the initial drug use.

Starring: Elizabeth Jones ..
Directed by: Dave Dixon
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Tales of Beatrix Potter

Tales of Beatrix Potter

6.8/10 IMDB

The Royal Ballet Company brings Squirrel Nutkin, Tom Thumb, Hunca Munca, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Pigling Bland, and Pigwig to the screen doing pirouettes and pas de deux in this filmed ballet production directed by Reginald Mills. The film more properly belongs, however, to choreographer Frederick Ashmore, composer John Lanchbery, and costume designer Rostislav Douboujinsky. This literal adaptation concerns the shy Beatrix Potter and how, when all of the toy animals in her room come to life, she emerges from her shell and begins to enjoy life. Sequences include a rowdy dance with Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca destroying a collection of plaster food, a midnight pas de deux between Pigling Bland and Pigwig, and a corps de ballet of dancing mice.

Starring: Frederick Ashton, Alexander Grant, Julie Wood, Ann Howard, Bob Mead, Garry Grant, Sally Ashby ..
Directed by: Reginald Mills
Release date: 1971-03-01

Scandalous John

5.7/10 IMDB

A crotchety old ranch owner fights to be able to live his life the way he wants to, and not the way other people--and the law--tell him he has to.

Starring: Brian Keith, Alfonso Arau, Michele Carey, Rick Lenz, Harry Morgan, Simon Oakland, Bruce Glover, Bill Williams, Christopher Dark, Fran Ryan ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1971-06-22
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Hacksaw


5.4/10 IMDB

A girl goes on vacation to the mountains where she finds a wild horse named Hacksaw. With a little help, she captures the stud and it doesn't take long until the man who helped her starts wagon racing, since Hacksaw refuses to have any man or woman on his back.

Starring: Tab Hunter, Ray Teal, Victor Millan, Russ McCubbin, George Barrows, Christine Austin, John Prendergast ..
Directed by: Larry Lansburgh
Release date: 1971-09-26

Believe in Me

5.7/10 IMDB

Remy is a medical student who has a flair for making his patients comfortable. His genuine concern for the patients in his charge marks him as a hot prospect in his internship program. Pamela works at a children's book publishing company. The two meet via Pamela's brother, who is also Remy's good friend. They fall in love and get an apartment in the East Village of New York. Soon after, the couple begins to indulge in speed and barbiturates. They become heavily addicted. Remy is thrown out of medical school and Pamela quits her job. Remy soon finds himself in debt with the local dealer, Stutter, who introduces his customer to heroin as a revenge for his late bill. Pamela faces the prospect of getting sober at her brother's clinic, but must leave behind a destitute Remy in order to do it.

Starring: Michael Sarrazin, Jacqueline Bisset, Jon Cypher, Allen Garfield, Kurt Dodenhoff, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Kevin Conway, Roger Robinson, Antonio Fargas, Susan Doukas ..
Directed by: Stuart Hagmann
Release date: 1971-12-08
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Mooch Goes to Hollywood

Mooch Goes to Hollywood

4.7/10 IMDB

A dog tries to become a canine star with the help of Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Starring: Vincent Price, James Darren, Jill St. John, Jim Backus, John Harding, Kim Hamilton, Gino Conforti, Jerry Hausner, Bert Holland, Grace Albertson ..
Directed by: Richard Erdman
Release date: 1971-12-31
Best Family Movies of 1971 : The Boy from Dead Man's Bayou

The Boy from Dead Man's Bayou

7.8/10 IMDB

Starring: Mitch Vogel, John McIntire, Frank Silvera, Jeanette Nolan, Paul Fix, Marcel Hillaire, Mike Lookinland, Michael Ontkean, Percy Rodriguez, Vito Scotti ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1971-02-09
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Treasure Island

Treasure Island

7.3/10 IMDB

This 1971 animated movie tells the well-known story of Jim Hawkins and his adventures in search of treasure of Treasure Island.

Starring: Ron Haddrick, John Kingley, John Llewellyn, Bruce Montague, Brenda Senders ..
Directed by: Zoran Janjic
Release date: 1971-11-28

Aesop's Fables

6.0/10 IMDB

A collection of the classic morality tales narrated by Bill Cosby as "Aesop" that have been passed down from family to family for thousands of years. Every story has a lesson.

Starring: Bill Cosby, Keith Hamilton, Jere Fields, John Byner, John Erwin, Dal McKennon, Larry Storch, Jane Webb ..
Directed by: Robert Chenault, Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1971-10-31
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow!

Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow!

5.8/10 IMDB

Barney owns the last working farm in Manhattan. For various reasons, city officials have decided to close it down. A special event is planned to raise awareness and money to keep it running.

Starring: Jack Klugman, Norma French, Reuben Figueroa, David Mann, Kevin Riou, Val Avery, Morgan Freeman, Skitch Henderson, Heather MacRae, Oatis Stephens ..
Directed by: Edward Mann
Release date: 1971-11-18
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Health: The Dirt-Witch Cleans Up!

Health: The Dirt-Witch Cleans Up!

3.9/10 IMDB

Casting her devious filth hex on pig farmers, house painters, and football-playing children, The Dirt Witch delights in making everyone as unclean as herself, until one day a young girl takes pity on her and instructs the soiled sorceress in the ways of hygiene. Produced by the Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation as part of their “Joy of Growing” series of educational shorts for elementary grade children.

Starring: Kelly Jean McIntire ..
Directed by: Paul Ferrara
Release date: 1971-11-10

Santa's Christmas Elf (Named Calvin)

2.3/10 IMDB

Calvin the elf can't stay out of trouble. He bungles the job of making toys for Santa to deliver because he can't pay attention to his work.

Directed by: Barry Mahon
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

0.0/10 IMDB

The Master, an old adversary of the Doctor, has arrived on Earth to destroy humanity with the aid of the Nestene Consciousness and their army of Autons and killer plastic daffodils - unless the Doctor, joined by new assistant Jo Grant, can stop them.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Michael Wisher, Harry Towb, Nicholas Courtney, David Garth ..
Directed by: Barry Letts
Release date: 1971-01-23

Rough Brunch

5.9/10 IMDB

The Aardvark chases The Ant, but this time The Ant has found a new pal in a termite.

Starring: John Byner ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1971-01-03

From Bed to Worse

6.1/10 IMDB

After being run over by a truck, both the ant and the aardvark wind up in the hospital with broken legs. However that, along with sharing the room with an aggressive bulldog, doesn't stop the aardvark from continuing to pursue the ant as his dinner. NOTE: Last "Ant and the Aardvark" cartoon.

Starring: John Byner, Athena Lorde ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1971-05-16

Danger Point

7.0/10 IMDB

Three irresponsible teenagers borrow a yacht belonging to the local Sea Scouts and run out of fuel. They hoist the sail in an endeavour to stop the boat drifting on to the notoriously dangerous Bradda Head, but find themselves in even greater trouble in the shape of a sea-mine.

Starring: Ian Gibson, Veronica Purcell, Bernard Lee, Sydney Tafler, Nicholas Parsons, Hattie Jacques ..
Directed by: John Davis
Release date: 1971-01-02

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