Best Family Movies of 1976


The Bad News Bears

7.3/10 IMDB

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Ben Piazza, Vic Morrow, Erin Blunt, Jackie Earle Haley, Gary Lee Cavagnaro, Joyce Van Patten, Jaime Escobedo, Scott Firestone ..
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Release date: 1976-01-01

Bugsy Malone

6.8/10 IMDB

New York, 1929, a war rages between two rival gangsters, Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. Dan is in possession of a new and deadly weapon, the dreaded "splurge gun". As the custard pies fly, Bugsy Malone, an all-round nice guy, falls for Blousey Brown, a singer at Fat Sam's speakeasy. His designs on her are disrupted by the seductive songstress Tallulah who wants Bugsy for herself.

Starring: Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, Florrie Dugger, John Cassisi, Martin Lev, Paul Murphy, Sheridan Earl Russell, Albin 'Humpty' Jenkins, Paul Chirelstein, Andrew Paul ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1976-07-22

Freaky Friday

6.3/10 IMDB

School girl Annabel is hassled by her mother, and Mrs. Andrews is annoyed with her daughter, Annabel. They both think that the other has an easy life. On a normal Friday morning, both complain about each other and wish they could have the easy life of their daughter/mother for just one day and their wishes come true as a bit of magic puts Annabel in Mrs. Andrews' body and vice versa. They both have a Freaky Friday.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Barbara Harris, John Astin, Patsy Kelly, Dick Van Patten, Vicki Schreck, Sorrell Booke, Alan Oppenheimer, Ruth Buzzi, Kaye Ballard ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1976-12-17

That's Entertainment, Part II

7.3/10 IMDB

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, Clark Gable, Kathryn Grayson, Leslie Caron ..
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Release date: 1976-05-16
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Slipper and the Rose

The Slipper and the Rose

6.9/10 IMDB

In the tiny kingdom of Euphrania, the King and his court are most anxious to get Prince Edward wed. But Edward wants to marry for love. Meanwhile, young Cinderella finds life drastically altered with her father's death as she's forced to be a servant in her own house. But a cheery fairy godmother helps her with her impossible tasks, and even gets her to take an evening out at the King's bride-fin

Starring: Gemma Craven, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Hordern, Edith Evans, Christopher Gable, Annette Crosbie, Kenneth More, Sherrie Hewson, John Turner, Rosalind Ayres ..
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Release date: 1976-03-24

The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon

7.6/10 IMDB

Tired of being short, a sixth-grader buys a magical book that enables him to "Think Big".

Starring: Ike Eisenmann, Lance Kerwin, Jim Backus, Jerry Van Dyke, Basil Hoffman, Jane Connell, Jack Collins, Merie Earle, Carol Worthington, Sparky Marcus ..
Directed by: Larry Elikann
Release date: 1976-02-04

Rudolph's Shiny New Year

6.6/10 IMDB

Rudolph must find Happy, the baby new year, before the midnight of New Year's Eve.

Starring: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Harold Peary, Paul Frees, Billie Mae Richards, Don Messick, June Foray, Iris Rainer ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1976-12-10
Best Family Movies of 1976 : No Deposit, No Return

No Deposit, No Return

6.4/10 IMDB

Two rich children devise a way to escape their grandfather and visit their mother. Unfortunately for two hapless safe crackers, they become part of the plan.

Starring: Kim Richards, Brad Savage, Barbara Feldon, Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, David Niven, Vic Tayback, Herschel Bernardi, John Williams, Charles Martin Smith ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1976-02-05
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Phantom of the Open Hearth

The Phantom of the Open Hearth

7.2/10 IMDB

This comedy/drama was written by Jean Shepherd, who appears at the beginning and the end and narrates it through voiceover. It tells the story of several events as they occur through the eyes of Ralph, a high-school-aged boy. Ralph is anticipating the upcoming prom and is working up the courage to invite Daphne Bigelow, a beautiful and popular student who does not seem aware of his existence.

Starring: David Elliott, Barbara Bolton, James Broderick, Jean Shepherd, Roberta Wallach, William Lampley, David S. Howard, Michael Stein ..
Directed by: Fred Barzyk, David R. Loxton
Release date: 1976-12-23
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The First Vision

The First Vision

8.0/10 IMDB

Seeking the true Church of Jesus Christ, 14-year-old Joseph Smith prayed in a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York. In answer to his humble prayer, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ visited him and told him that he must not join any of the churches on the earth at that time.

Starring: Stewart Petersen ..
Directed by: David Kent Jacobs
Release date: 1976-06-15
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird

5.4/10 IMDB

A pair of peasant children, Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, are led on a magical quest for the fabulous Blue Bird of Happiness by the Fairy Berylune. On their journey, they are accompanied by the humanized presences of a Dog, a Cat, Light, Fire, Bread, and other entities.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner, Cicely Tyson, Robert Morley, Harry Andrews, Todd Lookinland, Patsy Kensit, Margarita Terekhova, Oleg Popov ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1976-04-05
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

6.2/10 IMDB

A prospector, a trapper and their sled dog battle the Klondike elements on their journey to get to the gold country.

Starring: John Beck, Jim Bohan, Billy Green Bush, René Enríquez, Bernard Fresson, Dennis Burkley ..
Directed by: Jerry Jameson
Release date: 1976-05-22


5.7/10 IMDB

The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up. But by switching the mule from team mascot to team member, (He can kick 100 yard field goals!) they start winning, and move up in the rankings, Hurrah! The competition isn't so happy.

Starring: Ed Asner, Don Knotts, Gary Grimes, Tim Conway, Louise Williams, Dick Van Patten, Ronnie Schell, Bob Crane, Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1976-07-07

The Shaggy D.A.

5.8/10 IMDB

Wilby Daniels, a successful lawyer running for District Attorney, suddenly finds himself being transformed into an English sheepdog. Somehow he has to keep his change a secret and find just what is causing it, all the while eluding the local dog catcher.

Starring: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway, Keenan Wynn, Jo Anne Worley, Dick Van Patten, Shane Sinutko, Vic Tayback, John Myhers, Richard Bakalyan ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1976-12-17
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Littlest Horse Thieves

The Littlest Horse Thieves

6.9/10 IMDB

When the owner of a Yorkshire coal-mine decides to mechanize to increase profits, the mine's pit ponies are scheduled to be destroyed. So, three children plan to steal them to keep them safe. But when they're caught, it's up to the mine owners and the miners themselves to decide what's right

Starring: Alastair Sim, Peter Barkworth, Maurice Colbourne, Susan Tebbs, Andrew Harrison, Chloe Franks, Benjie Bolgar, Prunella Scales, Leslie Sands, Joe Gladwin ..
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1976-05-26


5.9/10 IMDB

Elmer is a huge hound dog with a big problem - he's quite old, but he thinks he's a pup. This gets poor Elmer into plenty of trouble.

Starring: Lynn Perry, Dean Cain, Frank Russell ..
Directed by: Christopher Cain
Release date: 1976-01-02
Best Family Movies of 1976 : It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown

It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown

7.2/10 IMDB

To celebrate Arbor Day, the gang decide to do a great gardening project for Charlie Brown. Unfortunately, Charlie Brown learns that they did it in his baseball diamond, turning it in to a lush garden. With no alternative, he is forced to play against Peppermint Patty's team in that field. However, the bizarre setting seems to be working to his advantage.

Starring: Dylan Beach, Sarah Beach, Greg Felton, Michelle Muller, Gail Davis, Stuart Brotman, Liam Martin, Vinny Dow ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1976-03-16
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Little Drummer Boy Book II

The Little Drummer Boy Book II

6.5/10 IMDB

Aaron, the drummer boy, struggles to protect a bellmaker's great silver bells from seizure by Roman soldiers

Starring: Greer Garson, Zero Mostel, David Jay, Bob McFadden, Ray Owens, Allen Swift ..
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Release date: 1976-12-13
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper

The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper

7.0/10 IMDB

Daffy Fernald loses her brother's toy rocket when it flies into a storm drain. She knows Alvin will be upset if he finds out, so she climbs into the dark tunnel to search for it. She spots a stranger, Ernie Nelson, and sees that he's carying a gun. She races home and tells Alvin, but the would-be inventor refuses to believe her.

Starring: Eric Shea, Clay O'Brien, Kim Richards, Richard Bakalyan, Jaclyn Smith, John Colicos, Milton Frome, Ted Gehring, Jack Kruschen, John Lupton ..
Directed by: Tom Leetch
Release date: 1976-01-11
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

6.9/10 IMDB

A beautiful girl agrees to marry a hideous, deformed beast and live in his castle in order to save her father's life.

Starring: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Virginia McKenna, Bernard Lee, Patricia Quinn, Michael Harbour, William Relton ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1976-12-03
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Peter Pan

Peter Pan

6.7/10 IMDB

Peter Pan is a 1976 musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, produced for television as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, starring Mia Farrow as Peter Pan and Danny Kaye as Captain Hook, and with Sir John Gielgud narrating. Julie Andrews sang one of the songs, "Once Upon a Bedtime", off-camera over the opening credits. It aired on NBC at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 12, 1976, capping off the program's 25th year on the air. The program did not use the score written for the highly successful Mary Martin version which had previously been televised many times on NBC. Instead, it featured 14 new and now forgotten songs, written for the production by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse.

Starring: Mia Farrow, Danny Kaye, Paula Kelly, Virginia McKenna, Julie Andrews, John Gielgud, Briony McRoberts, Tony Sympson, Joe Melia, Ian Sharrock ..
Directed by: Dwight Hemion
Release date: 1976-12-12
Best Family Movies of 1976 : One Hour to Zero

One Hour to Zero

6.0/10 IMDB

Steve runs away from home, having argued with his father, and hides in a slate mine where his friend Paul finds him and brings him back. However, on returning to their village the two boys find the place completely deserted. Or so they think.

Starring: Jayne Collins, Andrew Ashby, Toby Bridge, Dudley Sutton, Frederick Treves, Hazel McBride, John Forgeham, John Barcroft, Ann Windsor, Mike Lewin ..
Directed by: Jeremy Summers
Release date: 1976-01-01

Treasure of Matecumbe

6.1/10 IMDB

In post-Civil War Kentucky, young David Burnic becomes the unexpected heir to the family secret, a map leading to buried treasure on the Florida isle of Matecumbe.

Starring: Robert Foxworth, Joan Hackett, Peter Ustinov, Vic Morrow, Johnny Doran, Billy 'Pop' Atmore, Jane Wyatt, Virginia Vincent, Robert DoQui, Don Knight ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1976-07-01
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The First Easter Rabbit

The First Easter Rabbit

6.7/10 IMDB

A beloved toy stuffed rabbit is rescued by a fairy to be the first Easter Rabbit.

Starring: Burl Ives, Robert Morse, Stan Freberg, Paul Frees, Don Messick, Joan Gardner, Dina Lynn, Christine Winter ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1976-04-09
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Across the Great Divide

Across the Great Divide

6.4/10 IMDB

Two orphans set out to claim their inheritance - a 400 acre plot of land in Salem Oregon. To Do so they must cross the rugged snow covered Rocky Mountains in the year 1876.

Starring: Robert Logan, Heather Rattray, Mark Edward Hall, George Buck Flower, Hal Bokar, Frank Salsedo, Loren Ewing ..
Directed by: Stewart Raffill
Release date: 1976-12-20
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Sherlock Pink

Sherlock Pink

6.0/10 IMDB

Private Detective Pink tries to identify who stole his breakfast cake (which he ate himself in his sleep), instead finding another crook and chasing him through a surreal house.

Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1976-06-29
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Battle of Billy's Pond

The Battle of Billy's Pond

6.7/10 IMDB

A huge chemical company pays illegal dumpers for disposal of chemical waste dangerous to the environment.

Starring: Ben Buckton, Andrew Ashby, Talfryn Thomas, Geoffrey Palmer, Miriam Margolyes, Linda Robson ..
Directed by: Harley Cokeliss
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Baker's Hawk

Baker's Hawk

5.8/10 IMDB

When a young boy nurses an injured hawk back to health, he gains newfound courage and confidence on his own.

Starring: Clint Walker, Diane Baker, Lee Montgomery, Burl Ives, Alan Young, Barry Hostetler, John Parish ..
Directed by: Lyman Dayton
Release date: 1976-12-12
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Transmagnifican Dambamuality

Transmagnifican Dambamuality

6.4/10 IMDB

The struggle of a teenage boy to assert himself amid the frenetic activity of a large family.

Starring: Cheryl Francis, Genie Massey, Darryl Alladice, Llewellyn Jones ..
Directed by: Ronald K. Gray
Release date: 1976-06-10
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Circasia


5.9/10 IMDB

Happenings in a small Irish traveling circus.

Starring: Sean Connery, Shirley MacLaine, Eric Clapton, Danny Cummins, Judy Geeson, Siobhán McKenna, Burgess Meredith, Milo O’Shea, John Huston ..
Directed by: John McColgan, Brian MacLochlainn
Release date: 1976-04-08
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Night Ferry

Night Ferry

6.2/10 IMDB

Night Ferry stars Bernard Cribbins as Pyramid, a dastardly master-of-disguise who plans to smuggle an ancient Egyptian mummy out of the country. When young Jeff discovers the plan, a dangerous chase via London's Victoria and Clapham stations ensues.

Starring: Graham Fletcher-Cook, Engin Ashref, Jayne Tottman, Bernard Cribbins, Aubrey Morris, Carolle Rousseau, Lloyd Anderson ..
Directed by: David Eady
Release date: 1976-07-22
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Amazing Dobermans

The Amazing Dobermans

5.1/10 IMDB

An ex-con man and his five trained Dobermans help a Treasury Dept. agent stop a racketeer and his gang.

Starring: Fred Astaire, James Franciscus, Barbara Eden, Jack Carter, Billy Barty, Roger Pancake, Charlie Brill, Parley Baer, James Almanzar, Montana Smoyer ..
Directed by: Byron Chudnow
Release date: 1976-11-24
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Addie and the King of Hearts

Addie and the King of Hearts

7.1/10 IMDB

Addie becomes jealous when her widowed father starts to woo a beautician.

Starring: Jason Robards, Mildred Natwick, Lisa Lucas, Diane Ladd, Richard Hatch, Hope Alexander-Willis, Christina Hart, Michael Morgan, Vicki Schreck, Todd Miller ..
Directed by: Joseph Hardy
Release date: 1976-02-25


5.3/10 IMDB

In old-west Texas, the cavalry's horses can't take the heat. So the military sends them camels instead, and assigns one man to convince the unit that the camels are a good idea.

Starring: James Hampton, Christopher Connelly, Slim Pickens, Denver Pyle, Gino Conforti, Jack Elam, Mimi Maynard ..
Directed by: Joe Camp
Release date: 1976-05-20
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Self Image Film (If Mirrors Could Speak)

The Self Image Film (If Mirrors Could Speak)

4.5/10 IMDB

A group of misbehaving children come across a magic mirror that, when they look into it, shows them as clowns and tries to convince them to change their disruptive behavior.

Directed by: Ted Zarpas
Release date: 1976-01-01

Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

4.8/10 IMDB

A would-be filmmaker and actress shake up the industry with a trick dog who gets discovered by a studio bus driver in the 1920s.

Starring: Bruce Dern, Madeline Kahn, Art Carney, Phil Silvers, Teri Garr, Ron Leibman, Sterling Holloway, Virginia Mayo, Henny Youngman, Ethel Merman ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1976-07-26
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Flight of the Grey Wolf

The Flight of the Grey Wolf

7.4/10 IMDB

A youth (Russ Hanson) attempts to re-introduce a domesticated wolf to the wild.

Release date: 1976-03-14
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

7.3/10 IMDB

A Western-genre narrative, loosely woven from old clips from B-Western features.

Starring: Pat Buttram, Ralph James, Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Don Barry, Robert Blake, William Boyd, Johnny Mack Brown, Smiley Burnette, Buster Crabbe ..
Directed by: Richard Patterson
Release date: 1976-05-01
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Case of the Cosmic Comic

The Case of the Cosmic Comic

7.1/10 IMDB

Young Homer and his best friend Freddie are fans of "The Super-Duper", a superhero in comics and movies. They learn that sometimes The Super-Duper needs help too. Based on a short story from the book, "Homer Price".

Starring: Zack Colburn, Jack McDonald, Tyler Morrow, Ralph Ruta Jr., Barbara Lewis, William Mayr II, Martin Harrison, Hannah Bantry, Morton Schindel ..
Directed by: Gary Templeton
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1976 : The Fourth Wish

The Fourth Wish

6.9/10 IMDB

The poignant struggle of a man to grant his terminally ill son three wishes - and the obstacles cast in his way of achieving this goal.

Starring: John Meillon, Robert Bettles, Michael Craig, Anne Haddy, Ron Haddrick, Robyn Nevin ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1976-07-16
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Christmas in Disneyland

Christmas in Disneyland

6.3/10 IMDB

It stars Art Carney, Sandy Duncan and Glen Campbell, each playing a dual role. Art Carney plays both a miserly grandfather referred to as "Gramps" and a jolly magician named Dr. Wunderbar. Sandy Duncan plays a Disneyland tour guide and Snow White. Glen Campbell plays a Disneyland cast member and Santa Claus.

Starring: Art Carney, Glen Campbell, Brad Savage, Terri Lynn Wood, Sandy Duncan ..
Directed by: Marty Pasetta
Release date: 1976-12-08
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Lupo Goes to New York

Lupo Goes to New York

6.3/10 IMDB

Lupo is leaving Israel moving to New York and misses his family.

Starring: Yehuda Barkan, Gabi Amrani, Yehuda Efroni, Moti Gilad ..
Directed by: Boaz Davidson
Release date: 1976-06-06
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Upside Down

Upside Down

5.9/10 IMDB

Adults are so fed up with disobedient children, they left them and went off camping. All of them. First, the children were happy - now you can do anything, no washing, dance all night and no school! But then they run out of food, nothing to eat, cook for the children themselves can not and do not know how, and there's no one to treat them when the stomach aches or headache, or when you fall off your bike. At the end the kids decide to send a kite to the parents, with a request to forgive them.

Starring: Alekszandr Szorokoletov, Péter Szokol, Bea Palásthy, Tamás Sonkoly ..
Directed by: György Palásthy
Release date: 1976-12-23
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Legend of Cougar Canyon

Legend of Cougar Canyon

5.3/10 IMDB

There are many wonderful and dangerous legends about Cougar Canyon, a sacred Navajo terrain. Two young boys must face the legends and dangers when they go to rescue a lost goat.

Starring: Holger Kasper, Steven Benally Jr., Johnny Guerro, Rex Allen ..
Directed by: James T. Flocker
Release date: 1976-04-19
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Alpamys Goes to School

Alpamys Goes to School

5.4/10 IMDB

A funny story of a six year old Kazakh boy who really wants to start going to school in order to join his seven year old friend.

Starring: Yermek Tolepbayev, Uran Sarbasso, Baken Kydykeyeva, Makil Kulanbayev ..
Directed by: Abdulla Karsakbayev
Release date: 1976-06-02

A Stranger in My Forest

5.4/10 IMDB

Orphaned by a tragic car crash, young Robbie and his older sister Susie come to live with their grandmother. A full-grown bear named Luke (after St. Luke), who steals hearts (and food) all over town, soon befriends the lonely boy. As a bitter old man plots Luke’s death, a mysterious stranger appears thrusting all into a hair-raising adventure

Starring: Eddie Moran, Trent Dolan, Susan Backlinie, George Jones, Trent Dolan ..
Directed by: Donald W. Thompson
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Paco


5.0/10 IMDB

Paco is an orphaned Colombian boy who leaves the family farm to search for his uncle in the big big city. When he gets to the city, he discovers his uncle is running a gang of young jewel thieves.

Starring: José Ferrer, Allen Garfield, Pernell Roberts, Panchito Gómez ..
Directed by: Robert Vincent O'Neill
Release date: 1976-06-04
Best Family Movies of 1976 : Territorial Men

Territorial Men

0.0/10 IMDB

The story of Sara Yarnell, a schoolteacher who moves from Philadelphia to the Western frontier to start a new life. She becomes the only teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Independence, Colorado.

Starring: Brenda Vaccaro, Bert Kramer, Mariclare Costello, Louise Latham, Sam Groom, Albert Stratton, Ron Soble, Robert Donner, Kim Richards, Molly Dodd ..
Directed by: Lawrence Dobkin, William F. Claxton
Release date: 1976-07-30
Best Family Movies of 1976 : A Small Miracle

A Small Miracle

0.0/10 IMDB

On Christmas Eve, a poor old woman plays her accordion in the street. Apart from two children, the passers-by ignore her and by the end of the day she has to sell her accordion to buy some food. Worse is to come. (1976)

Starring: Richard Briers, Neal Arden ..
Release date: 1976-01-01

The Vandalism Film (Only You Can Stop It)

0.0/10 IMDB

A kid named Sneaky influences his fellow schoolmates to commit acts of vandalism in this anti-vandalism educational film starring marionettes.

Release date: 1976-01-23

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