Best Family Movies of 1973


Robin Hood

7.5/10 IMDB

With King Richard off to the Crusades, Prince John and his slithering minion, Sir Hiss, set about taxing Nottingham's citizens with support from the corrupt sheriff - and staunch opposition by the wily Robin Hood and his band of merry men.

Starring: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Peter Ustinov, Pat Buttram, Ken Curtis, George Lindsey, Barbara Luddy, Monica Evans, Carole Shelley, Andy Devine ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1973-11-08

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

7.7/10 IMDB

Turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie... and the Peanuts gang to share them with. This is going to be the greatest Thanksgiving ever! The fun begins when Peppermint Patty invites herself and her pals to Charlie Brown's house for a REALLY big turkey party. Good grief! All our hero can cook is cold cereal and maybe toast. Is Charlie Brown doomed? Not when Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock chip in to save the (Thanksgiving) Day. With such good friends, Charlie Brown - and all of us - have so many reasons to be thankful.

Starring: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Stephen Shea, Christopher DeFaria, Hilary Momberger-Powers, Jimmy Ahrens, Robin Reed, Vince Guaraldi, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Release date: 1973-11-20

Charlotte's Web

6.9/10 IMDB

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Danny Bonaduce, Agnes Moorehead, Bob Holt, Paul Lynde, Rex Allen, Dave Madden, Pamelyn Ferdin, John Stephenson ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto
Release date: 1973-03-01

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

6.8/10 IMDB

Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map.

Starring: John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw, Grégoire Aslan, Kurt Christian, Takis Emmanuel, David Garfield, Ferdinando Poggi ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1973-12-20
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Thanksgiving Treasure

The Thanksgiving Treasure

7.7/10 IMDB

Addie tries to invite her father's sworn enemy over for Thanksgiving dinner in the hopes of ending their long-standing feud.

Starring: Jason Robards, Mildred Natwick, Barnard Hughes, Lisa Lucas, Kathryn Walker, Frannie Michel, Larry Reynolds, Kay Hawtrey, Cec Linder, David Stambaugh ..
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Release date: 1973-11-18


6.5/10 IMDB

A modern day musical telling of the ministry of Jesus Christ set in New York. The Apostles, portrayed as an acting troupe re-enact the parables and teachings of Jesus.

Starring: Victor Garber, David Haskell, Katie Hanley, Merrell Jackson, Joanne Jonas, Robin Lamont, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett, Jerry Sroka, Lynne Thigpen ..
Directed by: David Greene
Release date: 1973-03-21

Tom Sawyer

6.4/10 IMDB

Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral, and witnessing a murder.

Starring: Johnny Whitaker, Celeste Holm, Warren Oates, Jeff East, Jodie Foster, Lucille Benson, Henry Jones, Noah Keen, Dub Taylor, Richard Eastham ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1973-03-15
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Dr. Seuss on the Loose

Dr. Seuss on the Loose

7.7/10 IMDB

The pressure to conform, the inevitability of change, and the resistance to trying something new form the basis for the usual madcap adventures associated with the creative mind of Dr. Seuss. "Dr. Seuss on the Loose" builds upon three short stories - "The Sneetches," "The Zax" and "Green Eggs and Ham" - to create a thematic trio that explores the often fickle and flexible world of attitudes.

Starring: Allan Sherman, Hans Conried, Paul Winchell, Bob Holt ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1973-10-15
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

7.6/10 IMDB

1973 BBC TV movie adaptation of the book by Lewis Carroll.

Starring: Sarah Sutton, Brenda Bruce, Richard Pearson, Judy Parfitt, Geoffrey Bayldon, Freddie Jones, Nicholas Jones ..
Directed by: James MacTaggart
Release date: 1973-12-25
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

5.9/10 IMDB

Jonathan is sick and tired of the boring life in his seagull clan. He rather experiments with new, always more daring flying techniques. Since he doesn't fit in, the elders expel him from the clan. So he sets out to discover the world beyond the horizon in a quest for wisdom.

Starring: James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, Philip Ahn, David Ladd, Dorothy McGuire, Richard Crenna, Kelly Harmon, Hal Holbrook ..
Directed by: Hall Bartlett
Release date: 1973-10-23
Best Family Movies of 1973 : From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

6.2/10 IMDB

Precocious Claudia and her brother run away from home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Madeline Kahn, Richard Mulligan, Georgann Johnson, George Rose, Sally Prager, Johnny Doran ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1973-06-06
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The World's Greatest Athlete

The World's Greatest Athlete

5.6/10 IMDB

Stuck with a feeble sports department, college coach Sam Archer (John Amos) faces the ax unless he can reverse the school's athletic fortunes. An African vacation with his assistant (Tim Conway) answers Archer's prayers when he spots the athletically gifted Nanu (Jan-Michael Vincent). Sam counts on Nanu's remarkable abilities to put the team back on the winning track. This upbeat farce boasts an impressive cast of comedians.

Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, Tim Conway, John Amos, Roscoe Lee Browne, Dayle Haddon, Billy De Wolfe, Nancy Walker, Vito Scotti, Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford ..
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Release date: 1973-02-14
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

7.9/10 IMDB

A boy and a tree grow old together.

Starring: Shel Silverstein ..
Directed by: Charlie Hayward
Release date: 1973-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas

The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas

6.7/10 IMDB

While the rest of the world is getting ready for Christmas, all the bears in Bearbank are getting ready to sleep… except for Ted E. Bear. Ted gets curious about the holiday, and sets out to learn the meaning of it from Santa Claus himself.

Starring: Tom Smothers, Arte Johnson, Barbara Feldon, Casey Kasem, Bob Holt, Michael Bell, Kelly Lange, Caryn Paperny ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt, Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1973-12-17
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

5.8/10 IMDB

A department store Santa tries to convince a little girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus that he is Santa Claus, and winds up going on trial to prove who he is.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Jane Alexander, David Hartman, Suzanne Davidson, Jim Backus, Roddy McDowall, Tom Bosley, David Doyle, Ellen Weston, Roland Winters ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1973-12-14


6.9/10 IMDB

Jeremy is learning cello at an arts school in New York. At school he spots Susan, who practices for a ballet audition, and he falls in love.

Starring: Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Leonardo Cimino, Ned Wilson, Len Bari, Chris Bohn, Patricia Wheel, Ted Sorel, Bruce Friedman, Eunice Anderson ..
Directed by: Arthur Barron
Release date: 1973-08-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Incredible, Indelible, Magical, Physical, Mystery Tour

The Incredible, Indelible, Magical, Physical, Mystery Tour

7.7/10 IMDB

A partially-animated ABC Afterschool Special about two youngsters who are miniaturized, then travel through their Uncle's body to understand more about his health.

Starring: Hal Smith, Kim Richards, Michael Link, Peter Broderick, Kathy Buch, Len Maxwell ..
Directed by: Jim Gates, Herbert Klynn
Release date: 1973-02-07
Best Family Movies of 1973 : One Little Indian

One Little Indian

6.0/10 IMDB

An Army deserter (James Garner) flees by camel across the desert with a white boy (Clay O'Brien) raised by Indians.

Starring: James Garner, Vera Miles, Pat Hingle, Morgan Woodward, John Doucette, Robert Pine, Clay O'Brien, Bruce Glover, Ken Swofford, Jay Silverheels ..
Directed by: Bernard McEveety
Release date: 1973-06-20
Best Family Movies of 1973 : You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

7.3/10 IMDB

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts.

Starring: Wendell Burton, William Hinnant, Barry Livingston, Noelle Matlovsky, Mark Montgomery, Ruby Persson ..
Directed by: Walter C. Miller
Release date: 1973-02-09
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Mystery in Dracula's Castle

The Mystery in Dracula's Castle

6.2/10 IMDB

Two brothers and a stray dog stumble upon some jewel thieves in a lighthouse.

Starring: Clu Gulager, Mariette Hartley, Johnny Whitaker, Mills Watson, John Fiedler, James T. Callahan, Scott C. Kolden, Maggie Wellman, Jean-Michel Michenaud, Link Wyler ..
Directed by: Robert Totten
Release date: 1973-01-07
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Borrowers

The Borrowers

5.4/10 IMDB

An eight-year-old boy discovers a family of tiny people, only a few inches tall, living beneath the floorboards of a Victorian country home.

Starring: Eddie Albert, Judith Anderson, Tammy Grimes, Beatrice Straight, Barnard Hughes, Dennis Larson, Karen Pearson ..
Directed by: Walter C. Miller
Release date: 1973-12-14
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Charley and the Angel

Charley and the Angel

6.1/10 IMDB

Charley is a workaholic family man that finds out from an angel that his "number's up" and he will be dying soon so he tries to change his ways and be a better husband and father with the time he has left.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Harry Morgan, Kurt Russell, Cloris Leachman, Kathleen Cody, Vincent Van Patten, Scott C. Kolden, George Lindsey, Edward Andrews, Richard Bakalyan ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1973-03-23
Best Family Movies of 1973 : A Very Merry Cricket

A Very Merry Cricket

6.2/10 IMDB

A sequel to "A Cricket in Times Square," in this feature a musical cricket returns to his New York City home and his friends, a cat and a mouse, to discover the meaning of Christmas.

Starring: Les Tremayne, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1973-12-14
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

5.4/10 IMDB

"The Three Musketeers" is 1973 animated TV movie from Hanna Barbera that is a remake of their own 1968 cartoon of the same name. In this film, the queen consort of France is falsely accused by Cardinal Richelieu of being involved in a plot to overthrow her husband, the king of France. The king's musketeers, Athos, Porthos, Aramis and a new recruit named D'Artagnan, attempt to solve the situation.

Starring: James Condon, Neil Fitzpatrick, Barbara Frawley, Ron Haddrick, Jane Harders, Richard Meikle ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1973-11-23
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer

6.0/10 IMDB

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, two friends in a Mississippi River town, have one adventure after another - including attending their own funeral and being pursued by a murderer.

Starring: Buddy Ebsen, Jane Wyatt, Josh Albee, Vic Morrow, John McGiver, Jeff Tyler, Karen Pearson, Scott Fisher, Chris Wiggins, Murray Westgate ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1973-03-23
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Lost in the Bush

Lost in the Bush

5.9/10 IMDB

The film re-enacts the true story of three children, Jane Duff, aged seven, her brothers Isaac (9) and Frank (4), who in 1864 went missing from their bark-roofed log hut west of Natimuk in the Wimmera region, 25 kilometres west of Horsham in Victoria.

Starring: Gabrielle Bulle, Colin Freckleton, Richard McLelland, Adrian Crick ..
Directed by: Peter Dodds
Release date: 1973-06-13
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Call it Courage

Call it Courage

8.6/10 IMDB

Call It Courage is a story set in the Pacific Islands. It chronicles the journey of Mafatu, the son of the chief of Hikueru Island, Tavana Nui. Mafatu is afraid of the sea due to witnessing his mother die as a young child, which makes him a shame to his father, and referred to as a coward among his tribe. One night Mafatu takes a dugout canoe and sets sail into the ocean without knowing where he will end up. He is caught in a storm and the canoe is lost. He lands on a deserted island and learns to hunt and fish for himself, along with his companions Uri, a yellow dog, and Kivi, an albatross.

Starring: Don Ho, Evan Tamarii ..
Directed by: Roy Edward Disney
Release date: 1973-04-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Lex, the Wonder Dog

Lex, the Wonder Dog

8.8/10 IMDB

Lex is a wonderful dog.

Starring: Sidney Ling ..
Directed by: Sidney Ling
Release date: 1973-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Gentlemen of Titipu

The Gentlemen of Titipu

3.4/10 IMDB

The Emperor of Japan is scheduled to visit the small fishing village of Titipu for the annual cherry blossom festival. Unfortunately, during the ceremony the town tailor, Koko, winks at the pretty Kataisha, who is to be the wife of the Emperor's son Nanki Poo. Koko is promptly arrested and thrown in a dark, dank dungeon and sentenced to death for disrespecting the Emperor. Things look bleak for Koko until Nanki Poo falls in love with the lovely Yum Yum, and Koko gets caught up in a scheme to deceive the Emperor.

Starring: Anna Russell, Ron Haddrick, Ross Higgins, Bunney Brooke, Alistair Duncan, Owen Weingott, Olivia Hamnett, Michael Long ..
Directed by: Leif Gram
Release date: 1973-06-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Superzan and the Space Boy

Superzan and the Space Boy

2.6/10 IMDB

A youn alien comes to earth to teach humans how to live in peace.

Starring: Superzan, Caro Laniesti, Claudio Lanuza, Freddy Pecherelly, Antonio Almorza, Enrique Bremermann, Rolando Clausmann, Edgar Echevarria, Augusto Monterroso ..
Directed by: Rafael Lanuza
Release date: 1973-12-20

Paganini Strikes Again

6.5/10 IMDB

Two schoolboy musicians help to catch a jewel thief

Starring: Julie Dawn Cole, Dudley Sutton, Philip Bliss, Andrew Bowen, Simon Thompson, Patrick Jordan, James Beckett, Alfred Maron, John Arnatt, Damaris Hayman ..
Directed by: Gerry O'Hara
Release date: 1973-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Keep It in the Family

Keep It in the Family

4.7/10 IMDB

Two bratty lovers decide to pull the old screw-and-switch on their difficult parents.

Starring: John Gavin, Patricia Gage, Alan McRae, Adrienne La Russa, Kenneth Dight, Monica Parker ..
Directed by: Larry Kent
Release date: 1973-04-12
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Sea Children

The Sea Children

6.2/10 IMDB

Skindivers on holiday in Malta discover strange world beneath the sea.

Starring: Simon Fisher-Turner, Perry Balfour, Lesley Dunlop, Stephen Garlick ..
Directed by: David Andrews
Release date: 1973-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Avengers of the Reef

Avengers of the Reef

6.5/10 IMDB

This Australian children's film is about scientist Bill Stewart goes to Fiji with his son Tim to investigate the appearance of the Crown of Thorns starfish in the reefs off the island.

Starring: Tim Elliott, Noel Ferrier, Judy Morris, Blu Rawara, Dibbs Mather, Garry McDonald, Richard Lupino ..
Directed by: Chris McCullough
Release date: 1973-10-20
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Fur Coat Club

The Fur Coat Club

6.2/10 IMDB

Two young girls with a passion for touching fur coats become locked inside a furrier's shop after hours when two burglars break in.

Starring: Emily Chase, Claudia Silver ..
Directed by: Joan Micklin Silver
Release date: 1973-06-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Time to Run

Time to Run

6.2/10 IMDB

A conflicted teen lashes out by vandalizing equipment at the nuclear plant where his father works, then hits the road and finds a spiritual path.

Starring: Ed Nelson, Randall Carver, Barbara Sigel, Joan Winmill Brown, Gordon Rigsby, Alvy Moore, Randy Bullock, David Hayward, Florence Lake, Rickey Kelman ..
Directed by: James F. Collier
Release date: 1973-01-24
Best Family Movies of 1973 : The Zoo Robbery

The Zoo Robbery

6.1/10 IMDB

When the world's only Yeti in captivity is kidnapped from London Zoo, a group of children succeed in rescuing it.

Starring: Paul Gyngell, Denise Gyngell, Karen Lucas, Luke Batchelor, Walter McKone ..
Directed by: John Black, Matt McCarthy
Release date: 1973-04-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : That Girl in Wonderland

That Girl in Wonderland

5.7/10 IMDB

Annie Marie imagines herself in the stories "Alice in Wonderland", "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", "The Wizard of Oz" and "Cinderella".

Starring: Marlo Thomas, Patricia Bright, Dick Heymeyer, Rhoda Mann, Ted Schwartz ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1973-01-13
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Marco


4.7/10 IMDB

A combination of live action and animation chronicinge the great journey of Marco Polo to the mysterious Orient. Much of the story centers on Polo's relationship with the powerful Kublai Khan.

Starring: Desi Arnaz Jr., Jack Weston, Zero Mostel, Cie Cie Win, Aimée Eccles, Fred Sadoff, Mafumi Sakamoto, Tetsu Nakamura, Van Christie, Osamu Ôkawa ..
Directed by: Seymour Robbie
Release date: 1973-12-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Zlateh the Goat

Zlateh the Goat

3.8/10 IMDB

With the holiday season approaching, poor Reuven, the furrier, has no recourse but to sell the family's beloved goat for supplies. But Aaron has other ideas!

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1973-01-01

Parents -- Who Needs Them?

2.8/10 IMDB

Jimmy learns to appreciate his parents when a hand puppet dressed as a jester visits him up in the middle of the night and renders him invisible.

Directed by: Dan McConnell
Release date: 1973-01-01

Hazel's People

0.0/10 IMDB

An NYU student visits a Mennonite friend in Lancaster, Pennsylvania after a fellow Mennonite is killed while protesting the Vietnam War.

Starring: Graham Beckel, Rachel Thomas, Stephen G. Weaver, Luke Sickle, John Miller, Elvin Byler, Geraldine Page, Pat Hingle, Noreen Huber ..
Directed by: Charles Davis
Release date: 1973-01-21
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Country Town

Country Town

5.4/10 IMDB

In this movie version of "Bellbird" (1967) a reporter, Philip Henderson stirs up the town further when they are already suffering with a drought.

Starring: Lynette Curran, Gerard Maguire, Maurie Fields, Kirsty Child ..
Directed by: Peter Maxwell
Release date: 1973-04-01
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham

0.0/10 IMDB

Dr. Seuss is serving up laughs and lessons in the newly remastered TV classic, Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories! Join Sam-Am-I and his persistent attempts at introducing a reluctant fellow to a most delectable dish. Their escapades take them across a zany landscape while assembling a cast of characters that only the imagination of Dr. Seuss can bring to life. Will Sam-I-Am convince his new friend to take a chance and finally try something new? Find out in this timeless tale the whole family will enjoy. Then, meet The Sneetches, who teach us that being yourself is the best way to fit in while the story of The Zax reminds us that there is nothing to gain from being stubborn. So bring an appetite for a full course meal of fun that will fill your heart and mind!

Release date: 1973-01-13
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Julie on Sesame Street

Julie on Sesame Street

7.5/10 IMDB

Julie on Sesame Street was one of a series of Julie Andrews TV specials, produced by ATV and distributed by ITC. It was broadcast on ABC on November 23, 1973 and later in the UK on ITV on July 10, 1974. Using the alleys and stoops of the Sesame Street neighborhood as the venue for this television special, Julie Andrews and Perry Como join forces with the Sesame Street Muppets for an hour of music and antics.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Perry Como, Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Caroly Wilcox, Kermit Love, Jane Henson ..
Directed by: Dwight Hemion
Release date: 1973-11-23
Best Family Movies of 1973 : Bing Crosby's Sun Valley Christmas Show

Bing Crosby's Sun Valley Christmas Show

0.0/10 IMDB

Bing's 1973 primetime Christmas special from NBC, with his family and guest stars.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Kathryn Grant, Harry Crosby, Mary Crosby, Nathaniel Crosby, Michael Landon, Connie Stevens, John Byner, John Mischa Petkevitch ..
Directed by: Art Fisher
Release date: 1973-12-09

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