Best Family Movies of 1974

1.

The Year Without a Santa Claus

4.7
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 ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1974-12-10
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
2.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

4.1
7.9/10 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
3.

That's Entertainment!

4.0
7.7/10 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
Best Family Movies of 1974 : Benji
4.

Benji

3.9
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
Best Family Movies of 1974 : It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
5.

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

3.8
7.6/10 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
6.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

3.7
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 ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1974-12-08
7.

Herbie Rides Again

3.7
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: 1974-02-14
8.

Where the Red Fern Grows

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.

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 Geese-Swans Fly
9.

The Geese-Swans Fly

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Life in a Ukrainian village after the Soviet revolution. A poetic ballad, which through the lens of a child's observations, dreams and hopes rely on the belief for a new and better future. Living with his grandfather and mother, little Mykhailyk has a great passion for books and hearing about a huge library at a nearby castle, he begins making plans to go there.

Starring: Vladimir Chubarev, Fedir Stryhun, Halyna Demchuk, Vladimir Alekseyenko, Valeriy Sheptekita, Larysa Lukashevych, Lilya Suddya ..
Directed by: Oleksandr Muratov
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1974 : The City That Forgot About Christmas
10.

The City That Forgot About Christmas

3.5
6.6/10 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

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