Best Family Movies of 1978

1.

The Wiz

4.1
5.4/10 IMDB

Dorothy Gale, a shy kindergarten teacher is swept away to the magic land of Oz where she embarks on a quest to return home

Starring: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Theresa Merritt, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Mabel King, Thelma Carpenter, Stanley Greene ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1978-10-24
Best Family Movies of 1978 : The Small One
2.

The Small One

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

A young boy must part with his beloved donkey, named "Small One". When he takes him into town to sell him, the only people who want to buy him are cruel. All hope seems lost when a kindly man offers to buy Small One to carry his pregnant wife to Bethlehem.

Starring: Sean Marshall, William Woodson, Olan Soule, Joe Higgins, Gordon Jump, Hal Smith ..
Directed by: Don Bluth
Release date: 1978-12-16
3.

International Velvet

3.3
5.9/10 IMDB

A charming sequel to the hit National Velvet follows our young heroine and her trusty steed overseas.

Starring: Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins, Nanette Newman, Peter Barkworth, Dinsdale Landen, Sarah Bullen, Jeffrey Byron ..
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Release date: 1978-07-19
Best Family Movies of 1978 : Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang
4.

Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Nobody ever listens to Jacob, so he always has to repeat himself. A trip to the grocery store leads to a misunderstanding and Jacob falls asleep hiding in a park. When he wakes up, he discovers that he is in trouble for insulting the store clerk. He is sent to a prison for children that is located on Slimer's Island and is run by the Hooded Fang, an ex-wrestler who outwardly hates children. Meanwhile, Child Power representatives the Intrepid Shapiro and Fearless O'Toole try to find the prison's hidden location to help free the children.

Starring: Stephen Rosenberg, Alex Karras, Guy L'Ecuyer, Joy Coghill, Earl Pennington, Claude Gai, Thor Bishopric, Victor D├ęsy, Walter Massey, John Wildman ..
Directed by: Theodore J. Flicker
Release date: 1978-12-01
5.

Hot Lead & Cold Feet

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Twin brothers -- one rough and tough, the other a city-bred milquetoast -- compete for their father's fortune.

Starring: Jim Dale, Karen Valentine, Don Knotts, Jack Elam, Darren McGavin, John Williams, Warren Vanders, Debbie Lytton, Michael Sharrett, David S. Cass Sr. ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1978-07-05
6.

Return from Witch Mountain

3.2
5.8/10 IMDB

Tony (Ike Eisenmann) and Tia (Kim Richards) are other-worldly twins endowed with telekinesis. When their Uncle Bene drops them off in Los Angeles for an earthbound vacation, a display of their supernatural skill catches the eye of the nefarious Dr. Gannon (Christopher Lee) and his partner in crime, Letha (Bette Davis), who see rich possibilities in harnessing the children's gifts. They kidnap Tony, and Tia gives chase only to find Gannon is using her brother's powers against her.

Starring: Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, Jack Soo, Anthony James, Richard Bakalyan, Ward Costello, Christian Juttner, Brad Savage ..
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1978-03-10
Best Family Movies of 1978 : Uncle Ben
7.

Uncle Ben

3.2
7.8/10 IMDB

Nancy is about to receive her college degree and she has a special request for Dr. McFarland about the commencement proceedings, where parents are always given special honor. She starts to reminisce about what has led to her successful graduation, and that of her two brothers Jim and Tommy before her, despite having lost both parents long ago. After being widowed when Nancy is only two years old, her mother Laura works hard night and day to support her young family. Their only relative is Laura's brother, and Uncle Ben is a favorite of the children with his story-telling ability and easy charm. However, his own life is dominated by alcoholism, and he finds it difficult to hold a job and be a responsible member of the community. When Laura suddenly passes away, the children beg Uncle Ben to take care of them. He wishes to do so, and fights to gain custody of his young niece and nephews, but his addiction is standing in the way of his fulfilling the role of a parent.

Starring: Keith M. Ungar, Sharon W. Allred, Rachel Jacobs, Jeanette Mortensen ..
Directed by: David Kent Jacobs
Release date: 1978-01-01
8.

The Cat from Outer Space

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that gives it special powers, including the ability to communicate with humans, has eluded the authorities and seeks the help of a scientist in order to reclaim and repair his ship and get back home.

Starring: Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall, McLean Stevenson, Jesse White, Alan Young, Hans Conried, Roger Price, Gil Stratton ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1978-06-09
9.

The Water Babies

3.1
6.2/10 IMDB

This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel.

Starring: James Mason, Bernard Cribbins, Billie Whitelaw, Tommy Pender, Samantha Gates, Joan Greenwood, David Tomlinson, Jon Pertwee, David Jason, Una Stubbs ..
Directed by: Lionel Jeffries
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1978 : The Flintstones Little Big League
10.

The Flintstones Little Big League

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Fred manages a little league baseball team that seems absolutely hopeless, except for a player that he blindly refuses to recognize.

Starring: Henry Corden, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Gay Autterson, Frank Welker, John Stephenson, Ted Cassidy, Herb Vigran, Lucille Bliss, Randy Gray ..
Release date: 1978-04-06

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