Best Family Movies of 1974


The Year Without a Santa Claus

7.7/10 IMDB

Feeling forgotten by the children of the world, old St. Nick decides to skip his gift-giving journey and take a vacation. Mrs. Claus and two spunky little elves, Jingle and Jangle, set out to see to where all the season's cheer has disappeared. Aided by a magical snowfall, they reawaken the spirit of Christmas in children's hearts and put Santa back in action.

Starring: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden, Rhoda Mann, Bradley Bolke, Ron Marshall, Colin Duffy, Christine Winter ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1974-12-10

Animals Are Beautiful People

8.2/10 IMDB

Animals Are Beautiful People (aka Beautiful People) is a 1974 nature documentary about the wildlife in Southern Africa. It was filmed in the Namib Desert, the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango River and Okavango Delta. It was produced for cinema and has a length of slightly more than 90 minutes.

Starring: Paddy O'Byrne ..
Directed by: Jamie Uys
Release date: 1974-11-14
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

7.8/10 IMDB

Rabbit is tired of Tigger always bouncing him, so he gets Pooh and Piglet together to come up with an idea to get the bounce out of Tigger. Then, Tigger and little Roo go out for a bounce and get caught in a tree.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Clint Howard, Dori Whitaker, Paul Winchell, Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy, Timothy Turner ..
Directed by: John Lounsbery
Release date: 1974-09-20

That's Entertainment!

7.8/10 IMDB

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart ..
Directed by: Jack Haley Jr.
Release date: 1974-06-21


6.1/10 IMDB

Benji is a stray who has nonetheless worked his way into the hearts of a number of the townspeople, who give him food and attention whenever he stops by. His particular favorites are a pair of children who feed and play with him against the wishes of their parents. When the children are kidnapped, however, the parents and the police are at a loss to find them. Only Benji can track them down, but will he be in time? If he can save the day, he may just find the permanent home he's been longing for.

Starring: Patsy Garrett, Allen Fiuzat, Cynthia Smith, Peter Breck, Frances Bavier, Terry Carter, Edgar Buchanan, Tom Lester, Christopher Connelly, Deborah Walley ..
Directed by: Joe Camp
Release date: 1974-10-17

Herbie Rides Again

5.7/10 IMDB

The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old lady protect her home from a corrupt developer.

Starring: Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers, John McIntire, Keenan Wynn, Chuck McCann, Huntz Hall, Ivor Barry, Dan Tobin, Vito Scotti ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1974-02-12
Best Family Movies of 1974 : It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

7.5/10 IMDB

Charlie Brown, Linus and the entire Peanuts gang are off on a lively Easter egg hunt. They suspect they've spotted the Easter Bunny … but the trouble is, he looks a lot like a certain beagle who's near and dear to Charlie Brown's heart. Is it truly the Easter Bunny, or is it just the irrepressible Snoopy playing a trick on the kids?

Starring: Todd Barbee, Melanie Kohn, Stephen Shea, Linda Ercoli, Lynn Mortensen, Bill Melendez, Jimmy Ahrens ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1974-04-09
Best Family Movies of 1974 : 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

7.3/10 IMDB

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Starring: Joel Grey, George Gobel, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver, Patricia Bright, Scott Firestone, Christine Winter, Allen Swift, Bob McFadden ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1974-12-08

The Beast of Monsieur Racine

7.4/10 IMDB

A suspicious pear-thieving beast becomes fast friends with a lonely man who proudly presents him to the prestigious Academy of Sciences.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

6.4/10 IMDB

On holiday with their mother in the Lake District in 1929 four children are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days. They soon realise this has been the territory of two other girls who sail the Amazon, and the scene is set for serious rivalry.

Starring: Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser, Suzanna Hamilton, Simon West, Sophie Neville, Stephen Grendon, Kit Seymour, Lesley Bennett, Brenda Bruce, Mike Pratt ..
Directed by: Claude Whatham
Release date: 1974-06-01

Where the Red Fern Grows

6.8/10 IMDB

Billy Coleman works hard and saves his earnings for two years to achieve his dream of buying two red-bone coonhound pups. He develops a new trust in life as he faces overwhelming challenges in adventure and tragedy roaming the river bottoms of Cherokee country with his dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann.

Starring: James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Jack Ging, Lonny Chapman, Stewart Petersen, Jill Clark, Jeanna Wilson, Bill Thurman, Bill Dunbar, Rex Corley ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1974-06-21
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The City That Forgot About Christmas

The City That Forgot About Christmas

6.5/10 IMDB

A young boy's grandfather tells him the story of a city that forgot about Christmas until a carpenter named Matthew comes to town and teaches the children about Christmas, much to the chagrin of the Mayor and his cronies.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Charles Nelson Reilly, Louis Nye, Casey Kasem ..
Release date: 1974-12-01

The Little Prince

6.5/10 IMDB

Based on the story by Antoine deSaint-Exupery, this magical musical fable begins as a pilot (Richard Kiley) makes a forced landing on the barren Sahara Desert. He is befriended by a "little" prince from the planet Asteroid B-612. In the days that follow, the pilot learns of the small boy's history and planet-hopping journeys in which he met a King, a businessman, an historian, and a general. It isn't until he comes to Earth that the Little Prince learns the secrets of the importance of life from a Fox (Gene Wilder), a Snake (Bob Fosse), and the pilot.

Starring: Richard Kiley, Steven Warner, Bob Fosse, Gene Wilder, Donna McKechnie, Joss Ackland, Clive Revill, Victor Spinetti, Graham Crowden ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1974-11-06

The Island at the Top of the World

6.2/10 IMDB

A Victorian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret.

Starring: Donald Sinden, David Hartman, Jacques Marin, Mako, David Gwillim, Agneta Eckemyr, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Gunnar Öhlund, Lasse Kolstad, Erik Silju ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1974-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Cay

The Cay

6.9/10 IMDB

When Young Phillip is separated form his mother and found by a black man named Timothy and his cat Stewcat, Phillip becomes blind and they all end up on an island. Will they survive or will they die?

Starring: James Earl Jones, Alfred Lutter, Gretchen Corbett ..
Directed by: Patrick Garland
Release date: 1974-10-24
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Free to Be… You and Me

Free to Be… You and Me

7.8/10 IMDB

Free to Be…You and Me, a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women, is a record album, and illustrated book first released in November 1972, featuring songs and stories from many current celebrities of the day (credited as "Marlo Thomas and Friends") such as Alan Alda, Rosey Grier, Cicely Tyson, Carol Channing, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross, among others. An ABC Afterschool Special using poetry, songs, and sketches, followed two years later in March 1974. The basic concept is to encourage a post-60's gender neutrality, while saluting values such as individuality, tolerance, and happiness with one's identity. A major thematic message is that anyone, whether a boy or a girl, can achieve anything.

Starring: Mel Brooks, Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Billy De Wolfe, Rosey Grier, Roberta Flack, Michael Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Morse ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf, Len Steckler, Bill Davis
Release date: 1974-03-11
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

7.2/10 IMDB

Partly based on a true story, a little girl writes to the editor of a newspaper concerning the existence of Santa Claus. Source : IMDB

Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1974-12-06
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

6.7/10 IMDB

After fleeing into the mountains after he is wrongly accused of murder, woodsman "Grizzly Adams" discovers an uncanny bond to the indigenous wildlife of the region after rescuing an orphaned grizzly bear cub whom he adopts and calls "Ben".

Starring: Dan Haggerty, Don Shanks, Marjorie Harper, Lisa Jones, William Woodson ..
Directed by: Richard Friedenberg
Release date: 1974-11-13

The Bears and I

6.2/10 IMDB

When a man adopts three black bear cubs, he faces one of the hardest decisions of his life. Set in the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada, Robert Leslie struggles to keep his bears safe and maintain relations with native Americans and park rangers.

Starring: Patrick Wayne, Chief Dan George, Andrew Duggan, Michael Ansara, Robert Pine, Valentin de Vargas, Hal Baylor ..
Directed by: Bernard McEveety
Release date: 1974-07-31
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Gift of Winter

The Gift of Winter

6.9/10 IMDB

Long, long ago the world didn't have any snow and winter was a time of wind, darkness and cold. One day a group of kids with a heartfelt cause to transform the season marched to the Ministry of Winter to persuade the all-powerful, icy-hearted Mr.Winter to use his magic and bestow the great gift of snowfall upon the world. It's a gift that makes the season full of wonder and joy, it is The Gift of Winter.

Starring: Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Valri Bromfield, Gerry Salsberg ..
Directed by: John Leach, Isobel Jean Rankin
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Long-Haired Wonder

Long-Haired Wonder

5.9/10 IMDB

A story based on life events of famous gymnast Olga Korbut.

Starring: Irina Mazurkevich, Igor Yasulovich, Aleksandr Kalyagin, Valentin Gaft ..
Directed by: Viktor Titov
Release date: 1974-06-06
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Castaway Cowboy

The Castaway Cowboy

5.8/10 IMDB

A Wayward Texas cowboy washes up on the beaches of Hawaii and is taken home by an fatherless boy. He saves the family's business while romancing the single mom.

Starring: James Garner, Vera Miles, Eric Shea, Robert Culp, Manu Tupou, Gregory Sierra, Shug Fisher, Kim Kahana, Buddy Joe Hooker, Elizabeth Smith ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1974-08-01

Seven Alone

5.5/10 IMDB

A fictionalized account of the real-life adventure of the Sager family. Travelling with a wagon train from Missouri to Oregon, things are going well for the Sagers, until father Sager dies from blood poisoning following an Indian attack, and mother Sager dies soon afterward from pneumonia. The leaders of the wagon train decide to send the children back, but the oldest, John (who had been described by all the adults as lazy and worthless), decides to lead his siblings through the wilderness to complete the journey their parents started.

Starring: Dewey Martin, Aldo Ray, Anne Collings, Dean Smith, James Griffith, Stewart Petersen, Dehl Berti, Bea Morris, Scott Petersen, Debbie van Orden ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1974-12-20
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Mixed Company

Mixed Company

5.7/10 IMDB

Kathy Morrison (Harris), mother of three, who helps run a "color-blind" adoption program, wants to have another biological child. Her husband, Pete (Bologna), the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, finds out he can't produce another child. Kathy thinks about adopting a boy, Frederic "Freddie" Wilcox, and Pete does not want to adopt a boy who happens to be black. When he relents, Freddie's arrival causes an upheaval in the Morrison's neighborhood, their school, and family. Kathy's answer is to adopt another child, in this case two, a war-traumatized half-Vietnamese girl, Quan Tran, and a Hopi boy, Joe. The new extended family must now learn to live together.

Starring: Barbara Harris, Joseph Bologna, Lisa Gerritsen, Tom Bosley, Ruth McDevitt, Ariane Heller, Stephen Honanie, Haywood Nelson, Eric Olson, Jina Tan ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1974-10-18

Huckleberry Finn

5.6/10 IMDB

Huckleberry Finn is a 15-year-old boy who has had a difficult relationship with his often violent father for a long time. When Dad tried to kidnap him, Huck decides to run away from home, and heads out of town on a raft. Huck is soon joined by Jim, a runaway slave who is no more eager to see his master than Huck is to see his father. As the two friends make their way down the Mississippi, they're faced with a variety of challenges and adventures.

Starring: Jeff East, Paul Winfield, Harvey Korman, David Wayne, Arthur O'Connell, Gary Merrill, Natalie Trundy, Lucille Benson, Kim O’Brien, Jean Fay ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1974-05-24

Journey Back to Oz

5.7/10 IMDB

Revisit the enchanting Land of Oz as Dorothy and Toto return to find the Scarecrow as ruler of the Emerald City. Unfortunately for the new mayor, the wicked Mombi is conspiring to take over the city for herself. With the help of the Tin Woodsman, the Cowardly Lion and other familiar friends, the brave lass from Kansas sets out to save Oz. This animated musical film features an impressive voice cast, including Liza Minnelli and Ethel Merman.

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Paul Lynde, Margaret Hamilton, Mickey Rooney, Herschel Bernardi, Paul Ford, Margaret Hamilton, Jack E. Leonard ..
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1974-12-05
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

6.1/10 IMDB

In this animated version of Charles Dickens' classic novel, we see the story of young Oliver Twist, a boy orphaned at birth and left to grow up under the cruel tutelage of Mr. Bumble, the local parish beadle.

Starring: Josh Albee, Phil Clark, Cathleen Cordell, Michael Evans, Lola Fisher, Robert Holt, Davy Jones, Larry D. Mann, Dal McKennon, Billy Simpson ..
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1974-07-10
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Haunted Mouth

The Haunted Mouth

6.2/10 IMDB

In a haunted house, the invisible spirit of plaque - which evidently has the ability to possess rocking chairs - warns children against the dangers of not brushing and flossing.

Starring: Cesar Romero ..
Release date: 1974-01-15

Vanishing Wilderness

5.9/10 IMDB

Documentary - Painstakingly filmed over a five-year period, this intimate view of our country's magnificent landscape will take you on the getaway you can only imagine. Witness the splendor of nature as you've never before seen it. - Arthur Dubs, Rex Allen

Directed by: Arthur R. Dubs, Heinz Sielmann
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Safety: Harm Hides at Home

Safety: Harm Hides at Home

4.8/10 IMDB

A story about children who are rescued from accidents at home to create an awareness of home safety and provides examples for accident prevention.

Starring: Susan Valdes ..
Directed by: S. Marc Tapper, Karl H Dempwolf
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Professor Popper's Problems

Professor Popper's Problems

7.7/10 IMDB

Professor Popper develops a shrinking formula which he and a group of school kids take by accident, ending up trapped in his laboratory. But that's not the only problem that faces the professor and his friends.

Starring: Charlie Drake, Milo O'Shea, Todd Carty, Adam Richens ..
Directed by: Gerry O'Hara
Release date: 1974-01-01

The Boy with Two Heads

7.0/10 IMDB

Chris and Jill discover a South American shrunken head with magical powers.

Starring: Spencer Plumridge, Leslie Ash, Hilda Fenemore, Peter Halliday, Clive Revill, Stanley Meadows, Lance Percival, Bill Maynard, Norman Mitchell ..
Directed by: Jonathan Ingrams
Release date: 1974-01-01


6.7/10 IMDB

Long-nosed Cyrano de Begerac helps an army officer woo Roxanne, the woman he loves in this animated version of Edmond Rostand's play.

Starring: José Ferrer, Joan Van Ark, Victor Garber, Jane Connell, Martyn Green, Kurt Kasznar, Alan Oppenheimer, John Stephenson ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1974-03-06


6.2/10 IMDB

Four children want to invite their friends to a picnic, but they don't know how to use the telephone. Suddenly, the room goes dark and the phone becomes large enough for them to climb into. They walk through a tunnel and meet a man named Telly, who takes them into the world of Telezonia, where they are shown various kinds of telephones. They meet several costumed characters, such as Question Mark, who teaches them how to answer the phone; Q and Z, who show them how to use the phone book; and Exclamation Point, who teaches them how to place a call. By the time they leave Telezonia, they are full-fledged telephone users.

Starring: Robert Towers, Robert Ellenstein, Robert Hoffman, Robin Muir, Tony Dickson, Allan Reyes, Dale Morse, Roy Stuart, Sharon Berryhill, Elizabeth Berger ..
Directed by: Eric Karson
Release date: 1974-11-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Spots on My Leopard

The Spots on My Leopard

5.2/10 IMDB

This children’s adventure is set in South Africa and chronicles the bond between a boy and his cheetah. The two have been pals for a long time, so when the cat is taken and placed in a traveling circus, the boy does all he can to free it.

Starring: Mark Hopley, Karen de Kock, Dale Cutts, Erica Rogers, Bess Finney, Denis Smith, Valerie Dunlop, Delia Sheppard, Johan Swanepoel, Theo Theron ..
Directed by: Tim Spring
Release date: 1974-05-08
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Pinocchio’s Birthday Party

Pinocchio’s Birthday Party

4.0/10 IMDB

Will the wicked witch spoil Pinocchio's adventure?

Directed by: Ron Merk
Release date: 1974-10-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Plaint of Steve Kreines as Recorded by His Younger Brother Jeff

The Plaint of Steve Kreines as Recorded by His Younger Brother Jeff

0.0/10 IMDB

Jeff Kreines shot the compassionately humorous The Plaint of Steve Kreines while still living at home with his parents and older brother, Steve, during the summer Steve got a job, bought himself a car, and moved into his first apartment.

Starring: Steve Kreines ..
Directed by: Jeff Kreines
Release date: 1974-08-22

Blue Peter 1974

0.0/10 IMDB

It is the twelfth birthday of Petra the dog, and John, Peter and Lesley (and Petra) are surrounded by the cards and presents that viewers have sent in.

Starring: Lesley Judd, John Noakes, Peter Purves ..
Directed by: Biddy Baxter
Release date: 1974-11-04
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Perry Como Christmas Show

The Perry Como Christmas Show

8.2/10 IMDB

The first of Perry Como's Christmas specials includes appearances by Rich Little and figure skater Peggy Fleming as well as performances by the Carpenters and by Perry Como himself. Also featured a reenactment of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

Starring: Perry Como, Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter, Peggy Fleming, Rich Little, Jack Benny ..
Directed by: Nick Vanoff
Release date: 1974-12-17
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Boy and the Cat

The Boy and the Cat

0.0/10 IMDB

The first complete animation produced by Sheila Graber and set in her native South Shields. The film follows the adventures of a small boy and his cat as they walk through the snowy landscape, chase a Robin down onto the River Tyne and meet Father Christmas. The character of the boy is based upon Sheila’s nephew Nigel and the cat is based upon her own cat Whitey.

Directed by: Sheila Graber
Release date: 1974-12-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The Case of the Elevator Duck

The Case of the Elevator Duck

6.9/10 IMDB

Young Gilbert lives in an urban apartment building. One day he discovers a duck in the building's elevator. Gilbert decides to keep the duck, but to keep his new friend secret from his mother. But his mother suspects something is up. In the meantime, Gilbert uses his detective skills to find the owner of the duck in his no-pets-allowed apartment building.

Starring: Robert Lee Grant, Bee Jay, Jackie Torres, Jackie Torres ..
Directed by: Joan Micklin Silver
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Goggles!


0.0/10 IMDB

Two boys discover a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles, and have to outsmart some older boys before they can have fun with their new treasure.

Starring: Geoffrey Holder ..
Directed by: Isa Wickenhagen
Release date: 1974-06-21
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Christmas with the Desert Children

Christmas with the Desert Children

0.0/10 IMDB

A short documentary about Father Christmas' annual six-day trek through the Australian desert aboard the Tea and Sugar Train.

Starring: Alf Harris, Jack McAdam ..
Directed by: Bob Hargreaves
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Harold's Fairy Tale

Harold's Fairy Tale

7.2/10 IMDB

Harold draws himself a castle in an enchanted garden and fills it with a king, a giant, a fairy - and himself!

Starring: Karel Velebný ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Christmas at Plum Creek

Christmas at Plum Creek

0.0/10 IMDB

Base on Little House in the Prairies a TV miniseries seen by many. This movie recall a heavy snow in Christmas that they had to spend at home with their friends. a very well done story of the old days.

Starring: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert ..
Release date: 1974-12-02
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Bim, Bam, Bom And The Wolf

Bim, Bam, Bom And The Wolf

0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Mariya Vinogradova, Galina Ivanova, Klara Rumyanova ..
Directed by: Lidiya Surikova
Release date: 1974-01-01

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