Best Family Movies of 1975


Escape to Witch Mountain

6.3/10 IMDB

Tia and Tony are two orphaned youngsters with extraordinary powers. Lucas Deranian poses as their uncle in order to get the kids into the clutches of Deranian's megalomaniacal boss, evil millionaire Aristotle Bolt, who wants to exploit them. Jason, a cynical widower, helps Tia and Tony escape to witch mountain, while at the same time Tia and Tony help Jason escape the pain of the loss of his wife.

Starring: Kim Richards, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Eddie Albert, Ike Eisenmann, Reta Shaw, Denver Pyle, George Chandler, Kyle Richards, Walter Barnes ..
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1975-03-21
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

7.4/10 IMDB

It's Valentine's Day again and Charlie Brown dreams the seemingly hopeless dream to receiving a valentine from anyone. All the while, the rest of the gang have their own trials whether it be Linus' struggle to get the biggest card he can for his beloved teacher, or Lucy trying to get some token from Schroeder while Snoopy and Woodstock are having fun spearing valentines on each other's nose.

Starring: Duncan Watson, Stephen Shea, Melanie Kohn, Greg Felton, Lynn Mortensen, Linda Ercoli, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1975-01-28
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Really Rosie

Really Rosie

8.0/10 IMDB

One summer day, Rosie and her friends, the Nutshell Kids, decide to star in their own movie and each take turns telling each other stories.

Starring: Carole King, Dale Soules, Alice Playten, Baillie Gerstein, Mark Hampton, Louise Goffin, Sherry Goffin, Maurice Sendak, Bingo Wyer, Andrew Riss ..
Directed by: Maurice Sendak
Release date: 1975-02-19
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Rikki-Tikki-Tavi


8.0/10 IMDB

Rikki is a young mongoose who is adopted by a human family after nearly drowning in the river. He returns the favour by protecting them from two murderous cobra.

Starring: Orson Welles, Les Tremayne, June Foray, Michael LeClair, Shepard Menken, Lennie Weinrib ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1975-01-09

The Apple Dumpling Gang

6.4/10 IMDB

A roving bachelor gets saddled with three children and a wealth of trouble when the youngsters stumble upon a huge gold nugget. They join forces with two bumbling outlaws to fend off the greedy townspeople and soon find themselves facing a surly gang of sharpshooters.

Starring: Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Harry Morgan, Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, David Wayne, Slim Pickens, Harry Morgan, John McGiver, Don Knight ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1975-07-01

Rocky Mountain Christmas

7.6/10 IMDB

Watched by over 65 million on its premiere, John Denver hosts a musical Holiday special with guests to coincide with his first holiday album release. The show takes place and is filmed in Aspen, CO inside a clear bio-dome.

Starring: John Denver, Steve Martin, Valerie Harper, Olivia Newton-John ..
Directed by: Bill Davis
Release date: 1975-12-10

Forever Young, Forever Free

6.8/10 IMDB

"e’Lollipop" is the extraordinary story of two inseparable South African children, Tsepo and his orphaned friend Jannie. Jannie is sent to a missionary station in Tsepo’s village where they become best friends as Jannie finds his place in his new home. Life is full of childhood fun and antics until tragedy strikes: Jannie, now 10 years old, is seriously injured. In the face of much adversity, Tsepo and his community pull together so that Jannie can get specialised medical treatment. A daunting challenge lies ahead... At what cost will Jannie survive? Tsepo and Jannie’s inspirational story unfolds against the breathtaking backdrops of a dramatic African landscape and New York City in the mid-1970s. "e’Lollipop" is a life-changing story that reminds us of the true value of friendship, community, sacrifice and family - despite our color or creed.

Starring: Norman Knox, Muntu Ndebele, Bess Finney, Karen Valentine, José Ferrer, Bingo Mbonjeni, Simon Sabela, Ken Gampu, Naomi Van Niekerk, Fanie Bekker ..
Directed by: Ashley Lazarus
Release date: 1975-03-24

The Adventures of the Wilderness Family

6.3/10 IMDB

The story of a modern family bored with the hassles of the city life in Los Angeles. They head for the wilderness never to return.

Starring: Robert Logan, Susan Damante, Hollye Holmes, Ham Larsen, George Buck Flower, William Cornford, John F. Goff, Herbert F. Nelson ..
Directed by: Stewart Raffill
Release date: 1975-12-19

The Strongest Man in the World

5.9/10 IMDB

Medfield College science major Dexter Riley and his classmates have been working on a new vitamin compound when a lab accident creates a supercharged mix that ends up in Dexter's cereal box, giving him superhuman strength. The powerful formula comes to the attention of the college dean and two rival cereal companies, touching off a hilarious chain of events.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Eve Arden, Cesar Romero, Phil Silvers, Dick Van Patten, Harold Gould, Michael McGreevey, Richard Bakalyan, William Schallert ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1975-02-06

The Easter Promise

6.8/10 IMDB

In a small Nebraska town in the late 1940s, Addie Mills and her young friends are excited over the visit of a celebrity, a local woman who became a successful Broadway actress and has returned home for a short time following the death of her mother. Addie brings the woman home for the family Easter celebration, and the little girl's concern and kindness help the woman see the promise of better days ahead.

Starring: Jason Robards, Mildred Natwick, Lisa Lucas, Jean Simmons, Elizabeth Wilson, Frannie Michel, Lori Rutherford, Vicki Schreck ..
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Release date: 1975-03-26
Best Family Movies of 1975 : One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing

One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing

5.9/10 IMDB

Escaping from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious "Lotus X", Lord Southmere, a Queen's Messenger, is chased by a group of Chinese spies.

Starring: Derek Nimmo, Hugh Burden, Bernard Bresslaw, Helen Hayes, Joan Sims, Deryck Guyler, Clive Revill, Molly Weir, Andrew Dove, Max Harris ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1975-07-09
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Challenge to be Free

Challenge to be Free

6.3/10 IMDB

A friendly trapper tries to escape civilization.

Starring: Mike Mazurki, Vic Christy, Jimmy Kane, Alex Van Bibber, Alex Van Bibber, Bob McKinnon, Roger Reitano, Ted Yardley, Brian Russell, Connie Yardley ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett, Ford Beebe Jr.
Release date: 1975-11-05
Best Family Movies of 1975 : The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

6.6/10 IMDB

An animated adaptation of the classic story. A young scout is befriended by a tribe of Mohawks.

Starring: Kristina Holland ..
Release date: 1975-11-27
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

7.0/10 IMDB

A young boy named Max who, after dressing in his wolf costume, wreaks such havoc through his household that he is sent to bed without his supper. Max's bedroom undergoes a mysterious transformation into a jungle environment, and he winds up sailing to an island inhabited by malicious beasts known as the "Wild Things." After successfully intimidating the creatures, Max is hailed as the king of the Wild Things and enjoys a playful romp with his subjects. However, he starts to feel lonely and decides to return home, to the Wild Things' dismay. Upon returning to his bedroom, Max discovers a hot supper waiting for him.

Starring: Allen Swift, Peter Schickele ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1975-10-01
Best Family Movies of 1975 : You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

7.4/10 IMDB

A motorcross, a race of motorbikes through a series of obstacles, provides the occasion for Charlie Brown's latest attempt to win at something. He selects Linus as his pit crew and goes to a store to select a bike, and due to insufficient funds, he must settle for a tiny, run-down putt-putt. The majority of Charlie's opponents are eliminated in the race, and Charlie, wearing a makeshift helmet carved from a pumpkin, finds himself in close competition with his friend, tomboy Peppermint Patty, and the Masked Marvel (a.k.a. Snoopy, Charlie's dog).

Starring: Duncan Watson, Melanie Kohn, Stuart Brotman, Jimmy Ahrens, Liam Martin, Bill Melendez, Gail Davis ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1975-10-28
Best Family Movies of 1975 : The Hoober-Bloob Highway

The Hoober-Bloob Highway

6.8/10 IMDB

The Hoober-Bloob Highway is an animated musical special written by Dr. Seuss. Visit the magical island where Mr. Hoober-Bloob sends babies to Earth in his own musical way.

Starring: Hal Smith, Mel Blanc, Bob Holt, June Foray, Lennie Weinrib ..
Directed by: Alan Zaslove
Release date: 1975-02-19
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Pink Plasma

Pink Plasma

6.6/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther accidentally stumbles into Transylvania, and eventually encounters Dracula.

Starring: Art Leonardi ..
Directed by: Art Leonardi
Release date: 1975-08-08
Best Family Movies of 1975 : The Boy Who Talked to Badgers

The Boy Who Talked to Badgers

5.5/10 IMDB

A young boy gets along better with the animals he befriends around his family's Canadian farm than with the people he lives with.

Starring: Christian Juttner, Carl Betz, Salome Jens, Denver Pyle, Georgie Collins, Chief Rufus Goodstriker, Joyce Doolittle ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1975-09-14
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Stowaway to the Moon

Stowaway to the Moon

5.9/10 IMDB

E.J. Mackernutt, Jr., an 11-year-old boy who has always been fascinated by space and astronauts, sneaks into Cape Kennedy and becomes a stowaway on a spaceship scheduled for a lunar landing. After he is discovered, NASA at first cancels the landing, but E.J. and the astronauts convince them to go forward with it. Problems arise when one of the astronauts is incapacitated by illness and the other two are stranded on the moon's surface, but E.J. is able to command the space capsule and save the day.

Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Jeremy Slate, Jim McMullan, Morgan Paull, Michael Link, John Carradine, Jack Callahan, Charles Conrad, Walter Brooke, Keene Curtis ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1975-01-10
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Against a Crooked Sky

Against a Crooked Sky

5.4/10 IMDB

The eldest daughter of a pioneer family is kidnapped by a mysterious Indian tribe and the eldest son pursues. In order to win back his sister's freedom, he must sacrifice his own life by passing the test of "Crooked Sky" and shield his sister from an executioner's arrow. Along the way, he recruits a broken down, drunk prospector to help him track down the unknown tribe and rescue his sister

Starring: Richard Boone, Stewart Petersen, Henry Wilcoxon, Clint Ritchie, Shannon Farnon, Jewel Blanch, Brenda Venus, Geoffrey Land, Gordon Hanson, Vince St. Cyr ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1975-12-01
Best Family Movies of 1975 : The Runaways

The Runaways

7.5/10 IMDB

A story about a teenage boy who runs away from his foster home after wrongly being accused of theft and soon crosses paths with a young leopard which has escaped from a wild-animal compound during a lightning storm.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, Van Williams, John Randolph, Neva Patterson, Josh Albee, Lenka Peterson, Steve Ferguson ..
Directed by: Harry Harris
Release date: 1975-04-01
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Last Desk

Last Desk

6.7/10 IMDB

A story about a gipsy girl Kati who moves from Hungarian province to Budapest and starts going to school.

Starring: Etelka Imre, Ferenc Zenthe, Irén Varga, Molnár Piroska, Ernõ Mitzi ..
Directed by: Márta Kende
Release date: 1975-05-27
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Long Way Home

Long Way Home

6.3/10 IMDB

The Holvak family house the escaped convict named Craw that the son befriends. Reverend Holvak's faith is tested and young Ramey faces a choice between a friendship and his family.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Julie Harris, Elizabeth Cheshire, Lance Kerwin, David Carradine, Bill McKinney, Michael Conrad, Charles Lane, Diane Shalet, Cynthia Howard ..
Directed by: Alf Kjellin
Release date: 1975-09-07
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Tubby the Tuba

Tubby the Tuba

6.3/10 IMDB

When Tubby the Tuba sets out to find a melody all of his own, his journey results in this enchanting and exciting musical tale. Tubby joins the circus and striving to be part of an orchestra, he travels to the Singing City where along the way he encounters many wonderful characters.

Starring: Paul Tripp, Dick Van Dyke, Pearl Bailey, Jack Gilford, Jane Powell, Cyril Ritchard, Ruth Enders, David Wayne, Ray Middleton, Hermione Gingold ..
Directed by: Alexander Schure
Release date: 1975-04-30
Best Family Movies of 1975 : The Swiss Family Robinson

The Swiss Family Robinson

6.2/10 IMDB

A family shipwrecked on a deserted island tries to survive the best way they can. All is going well until a gang of pirates arrives on the island looking for a hidden treasure.

Starring: Martin Milner, Pat Delaney, Helen Hunt, Michael-James Wixted, Eric Olson, Cameron Mitchell, John Vernon, John Crawford, George DiCenzo, Cindy Fisher ..
Directed by: Harry Harris
Release date: 1975-04-15
Best Family Movies of 1975 : The Grizzly and the Treasure

The Grizzly and the Treasure

4.9/10 IMDB

Set in 1898, the movie follows Ezra Lambert and his family as they travel from Sacramento to the Yukon gold country in search of riches. Problems arise when Ezra is injured by a grizzly bear, forcing his young son to set out in search of help.

Starring: Andrew Gordon, Robert Sheble, Susan Backlinie, Terry Bouch, Mark Ostrander, Scott Beach ..
Directed by: James T. Flocker
Release date: 1975-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1975 : Shane


0.0/10 IMDB

Experimental short, a looping 16mm color film portrait of a German Shepherd dog, with sound.

Directed by: Jack Goldstein
Release date: 1975-06-01
Best Family Movies of 1975 : The Mysterious Island

The Mysterious Island

4.9/10 IMDB

March 23rd, 1885. Fighting rages in the city and the southerners gain ground. Meanwhile, five northern prisoners, accompanied by their dog Tob, manage to escape. In their escape from the enemy, they had no choice but to board a hot air balloon to survive the chaos of the terrain. It is then that the flying machine will take them to a mysterious place, perhaps even more dangerous than the war itself...

Starring: John Llewellyn, Ron Haddrick, Alistair Duncan, Mark Kelly, Tim Elliott ..
Directed by: Leif Gram
Release date: 1975-11-15
Best Family Movies of 1975 : The Footloose Goose

The Footloose Goose

7.3/10 IMDB

A pinioned trout-farm goose takes a wild gander for her mate. But when he's blown off course in a storm, and then winged, he's going to have to make his way back to her on foot, past predators and customs officers. Meanwhile, the trout farmers worry about their goose raising a brood on her own and a pretty young woman who's come to fly fish.

Starring: Andrew Duggan, Brett Hadley, Paul Preston, Judy Bement ..
Release date: 1975-03-09

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