Best Family Movies of 1971

1.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

6.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka prompts a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary. But does Wonka have an agenda hidden amid a world of Oompa Loompas and chocolate rivers?

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
2.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). 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
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Here Comes Peter Cottontail
3.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

3.9
7.5/10 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 : A Christmas Carol
4.

A Christmas Carol

3.8
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 ..
Directed by: Richard Williams
Release date: 1971-12-21
Best Family Movies of 1971 : The Cat in the Hat
5.

The Cat in the Hat

3.7
7.4/10 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 : Play It Again, Charlie Brown
6.

Play It Again, Charlie Brown

2.9
7.4/10 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
7.

Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

2.9
8.0/10 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 ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1971-05-12
Best Family Movies of 1971 : How to Frame a Figg
8.

How to Frame a Figg

2.8
6.6/10 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 : Scandalous John
9.

Scandalous John

2.7
6.2/10 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 ArĂ¡u, Michele Carey, Rick Lenz, Harry Morgan, Simon Oakland, Bruce Glover ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1971-06-22
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Flight of the Doves
10.

Flight of the Doves

2.7
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

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