Best Family Movies of 1976

1.

The Bad News Bears

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

A major surprise as one of 1976's top grossing films. THE BAD NEWS BEARS is a movie about children that is refreshing, utterly believable, and quite cleverly funny. Walter Matthau is at his absolute best as the grumbling beer-guzzling former minor-league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits somewhat loosely called a team. With this bunch in uniform, it's impossible to get caught up in the suburban competitive spirit that drives other adults to extremes of parental discipline. So, instead, the Bears have a good time.

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: 1976-04-07
2.

Bugsy Malone

4.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster dances and sings her way into our hearts.

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
3.

Freaky Friday

4.5
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
4.

That's Entertainment, Part II

3.8
7.4/10 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
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5.

The Slipper and the Rose

3.6
7.0/10 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
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6.

The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon

3.5
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
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7.

No Deposit, No Return

3.4
6.5/10 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
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8.

The First Vision

3.2
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
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9.

The Call of the Wild

3.1
6.6/10 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
10.

Gus

3.1
5.9/10 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: Edward 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

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