Best Family Movies of 1979


The Muppet Movie

7.6/10 IMDB

A Hollywood agent persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. On his way there he meets his future muppet crew while being chased by the desperate owner of a frog-leg restaurant!

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Charles Durning, Austin Pendleton, Edgar Bergen, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks ..
Directed by: James Frawley
Release date: 1979-06-22

The Black Stallion

7.4/10 IMDB

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once successful trainer. Together they begin training the horse to race against the fastest ones in the world.

Starring: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Michael Higgins, Ed McNamara, Doghmi Larbi, Cass-Olé, John Burton ..
Directed by: Carroll Ballard
Release date: 1979-10-13

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

7.2/10 IMDB

A collection of Warner Brothers short cartoon features, "starring" the likes of Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Wile.E.Coyote. These animations are interspersed by Bugs Bunny reminiscing on past events and providing links between the individual animations which are otherwise unconnected. This 1979 feature-length compilation includes several of his best cartoons. Among the 11 shorts shown in their entirety are the classics "Robin Hood Daffy," "What's Opera, Doc?," "Bully for Bugs," and "Duck Amuck". The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie provides a showcase not only for Jones's razor-sharp timing, but for the work of his exceptional crew, which included designer Maurice Noble, writer Mike Maltese, composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, and voice actor Mel Blanc.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Paul Julian, Nicolai Shutorev ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe
Release date: 1979-09-30

The Champ

6.8/10 IMDB

Billy used to be a great boxer, but he's settled into a hardscrabble life that revolves around drinking, training horses, and the one bright spot in his existence — his young son, T.J. Although Billy has had custody of T.J. since his wife, Annie, left the family years ago, her return prompts a new struggle for the former fighter. Determined to hold on to his son, Billy gets back into the ring to try and recapture his past success.

Starring: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden, Arthur Hill, Strother Martin, Joan Blondell, Mary Jo Catlett, Elisha Cook Jr., Stefan Gierasch ..
Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli
Release date: 1979-07-10

The Black Hole

5.9/10 IMDB

The explorer craft USS Palomino is returning to Earth after a fruitless 18-month search for extra-terrestrial life when the crew comes upon a supposedly lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering near a black hole. The ship is controlled by Dr. Hans Reinhardt and his monstrous robot companion, but the initial wonderment and awe the Palomino crew feel for the ship and its resistance to the power of the black hole turn to horror as they uncover Reinhardt's plans.

Starring: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Ernest Borgnine, Yvette Mimieux, Joseph Bottoms, Roddy McDowall, Slim Pickens, Tom McLoughlin, Gary Nelson ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1979-12-18

A Little Romance

7.4/10 IMDB

A young American girl and a young French boy meet in Paris and fall in love, with the assistance of an old man and his stories.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Thelonious Bernard, Diane Lane, Sally Kellerman, Arthur Hill, Broderick Crawford, David Dukes, Lucienne Legrand, Andrew Duncan, Claudette Sutherland ..
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1979-04-27
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

7.0/10 IMDB

This Emmy Award winner for Best Animated Special is based on the first book of C.S. Lewis' acclaimed series, "The Chronicles of Narnia." Four children pass through a mystic portal in a wardrobe and discover the magical kingdom of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. There, an evil witch's spell has cast the land into eternal winter. Fearing that an ancient prophecy is coming to fruition, and that the children are Narnia's rightful rulers, the White Witch tricks their youngest brother into betraying his family, enacting an ancient magic that she can use to halt the fulfillment of the prophecy. Now, only Aslan, noble lion and High King above all kings in Narnia, can help them defeat the witch, restore springtime to Narnia, and claim their rightful places on the throne.

Starring: Simon Adams, Sheila Hancock, Arthur Lowe, Leo McKern, Victor Spinetti, Susan Sokol, Reg Williams, Simon Adams, Victor Spinetti, Dick Vosburgh ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1979-04-01

Jack Frost

6.9/10 IMDB

Pardon-me Pete, the official groundhog of Groundhog Day, tells the story of Jack Frost, who falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begs Father Winter to make him human so that she can see him. His request is granted, but only on the condition that by the Spring he has a house, a bag of gold, a horse and a wife. But Jack finds that life as a human is more complicated than he thought.

Starring: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch, Don Messick, Dave Garroway, Debra Clinger, Dee Stratton, Sonny Melendrez, Dina Lynn ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr., Masaki Izuka, Masaki Îzuka
Release date: 1979-12-13

The North Avenue Irregulars

6.7/10 IMDB

When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything, no matter how wacky, to get them out.

Starring: Barbara Harris, Susan Clark, Karen Valentine, Michael Constantine, Cloris Leachman, Patsy Kelly, Douglas Fowley, Edward Herrmann, Marjorie Bennett, Bobby Rolofson ..
Directed by: Bruce Bilson
Release date: 1979-02-09
Best Family Movies of 1979 : An American Christmas Carol

An American Christmas Carol

6.8/10 IMDB

In Depression-era New England, a miserly businessman named Benedict Slade receives a long-overdue attitude adjustment one Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghostly figures who resemble three of the people whose possessions Slade had seized to collect on unpaid loans. Assuming the roles of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future from Charles Dickens' classic story, the three apparitions force Slade to face the consequences of his skinflint ways, and he becomes a caring, generous, amiable man.

Starring: Henry Winkler, Dorian Harewood, Susan Hogan, Cec Linder, David Wayne, Chris Wiggins, R. H. Thomson, Ken Pogue, Gerard Parkes, Will Bermender ..
Directed by: Eric Till
Release date: 1979-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

6.3/10 IMDB

Winterbolt is trying to make the North Pole his evil wonderland, and it is up to Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and others to stop him.

Starring: Red Buttons, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Alan Sues, Jackie Vernon, Shelley Winters, Paul Frees, Billie Mae Richards, Harold Peary, Shelby Flint ..
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Release date: 1979-07-01

Aunt Mary

7.2/10 IMDB

The true-life drama about a handicapped Baltimore woman living on welfare who organized a sandlot baseball team and ended up coaching more than 50,000 boys and girls over nearly 40 years.

Starring: Jean Stapleton, Martin Balsam, Dolph Sweet, Harold Gould, Robert Emhardt, Robert Emhardt, Robbie Rist, De'voreaux White, K. C. Martel, Hap Lawrence ..
Directed by: Peter Werner
Release date: 1979-12-05

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

6.0/10 IMDB

Amos and Theodore, the two bumbling outlaw wannabes from The Apple Dumpling Gang, are back and trying to make it on their own. This time, the crazy duo gets involved in an army supply theft case -- and, of course, gets in lots of comic trouble along the way!

Starring: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson, Kenneth Mars, Elyssa Davalos, Jack Elam, Robert Pine, Harry Morgan, Ruth Buzzi, Audrey Totter ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1979-06-27
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane

The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane

7.7/10 IMDB

Sleepy Hollow, a town plagued by the Headless Horseman, hires the most educated person they can find to fight him - Ichabod Crane. He, talking horse and dog, and Rip van Winkle go on the quest. But the Horseman has a secret.

Starring: Kreskin, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey, Larry D. Mann, Hazel Shermet, Monty Morgan ..
Directed by: Vic Atkinson
Release date: 1979-01-01

Arabian Adventure

5.6/10 IMDB

An evil caliph (Christopher Lee) offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to a prince if he can complete a perilous quest for a magical rose. Helped by a young boy and a magic carpet, Prince Hasan (Oliver Tobias), has to overcome genies, fire breathing monsters and treacherous swamps to reach his prize and claim the hand of the Princess Zuleira (Emma Samms).

Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mickey Rooney, Oliver Tobias, John Ratzenberger, Milo O’Shea, Emma Samms, Puneet Sira, Capucine, John Wyman ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1979-07-08
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The London Connection

The London Connection

6.6/10 IMDB

A missing formula, a defecting Eastern European scientist kidnapped, car chases, foot chases, air chases, the British secret service, and a couple of American tourists caught right in the middle.

Starring: Jeffrey Byron, Roy Kinnear, Mona Washbourne, David Kossoff, Nigel Davenport, David Battley, Larry Cedar, Lee Montague, Frank Windsor, Walter Gotell ..
Directed by: Robert Clouse
Release date: 1979-12-21
Best Family Movies of 1979 : John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together

John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together

7.8/10 IMDB

In this beloved holiday classic, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all the Muppets join the singer for a heart-warming Christmas celebration, with traditional carols as well as lesser-known holiday songs.

Starring: John Denver, Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Brian Muehl, Cheryl Henson ..
Directed by: Tony Charmoli
Release date: 1979-12-05

The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone

6.6/10 IMDB

The Flintstones and the Rubbles win a trip on "Make a Deal or Don't" to Count Rockula's castle in Rocksylvania, where they have an unpleasant meeting with the Count and his servant, Frankenstone.

Starring: Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Gay Autterson, Casey Kasem, Ted Cassidy, John Stephenson, Don Messick, Lennie Weinrib ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1979-10-30
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Little Prince

The Little Prince

7.1/10 IMDB

The Little Prince questions the universe in this story of innocence and wonder.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Michele Mariana, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Will Vinton
Release date: 1979-05-07
Best Family Movies of 1979 : You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown

You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown

7.5/10 IMDB

Charlie Brown enters the Junior Olympics decathlon - and one of his rivals is a certain masked beagle!

Starring: Arrin Skelley, Patricia Patts, Casey Carlson, Michelle Muller, Daniel Anderson, Bill Melendez, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1979-03-19
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Casper's First Christmas

Casper's First Christmas

6.7/10 IMDB

Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound and more Hanna-Barbera characters get lost and decide to spend Christmas by vising Casper, the friendly ghost. But soon they encounter a not-so-friendly ghost.

Starring: Daws Butler, Ida Sue McCune, Paul DeKorte, Julie McWhirter, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Hal Smith, Michael Redman ..
Directed by: Carl Urbano
Release date: 1979-12-18
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Sooner or Later

Sooner or Later

7.7/10 IMDB

Thirteen-year-old Jessie is in love with Michael, a 17-year-old guitar instructor and aspiring musician. When she finally captures his interest, she lies and tells him she's 16. But what will Michael do when he discovers the truth?

Starring: Denise Miller, Rex Smith, Judd Hirsch, Barbara Feldon, Lilia Skala, Vivian Blaine, Lynn Redgrave, Morey Amsterdam, Mary-Beth Manning, Mary-Beth Manning ..
Directed by: Bruce Hart
Release date: 1979-03-25
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Secret Life of Plants

The Secret Life of Plants

7.2/10 IMDB

A documentary about the study of plant sentience with original music by Stevie Wonder. Utilizing time-lapse photography, the film proposes that plants are able to experience emotions and communicate with the world around them.

Starring: Ruby Crystal, John Ashley Hamilton, Eartha Robinson, Peter Tompkins, Elizabeth Vreeland ..
Directed by: Walon Green
Release date: 1979-12-09

Tarka the Otter

6.7/10 IMDB

Set in the English countryside of the 1920s - when otter hunting was still legal - this film follows the life of Tarka the Otter from his birth into adulthood. We witness his close shaves, and his struggle with a man who tries to keep our furry hero as a pet.

Starring: Peter Ustinov, Peter Bennett, Edward Underdown, Brenda Cavendish, John Leeson, Reg Lye, George Waring, Stanley Lebor, Max Faulkner ..
Directed by: David Cobham
Release date: 1979-11-01
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Muppets Go Hollywood

The Muppets Go Hollywood

7.0/10 IMDB

Kermit the Frog throws a glamorous party at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub to celebrate the premiere of the Muppets' first feature film, The Muppet Movie. Hosts Dick van Dyke and Rita Moreno interview the wide array of celebrities and Muppets who attend the event. Gary Owens serves as off-camera announcer, and appears on-screen to introduce Miss Piggy.

Starring: Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Jim Henson, Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher, Johnny Mathis ..
Directed by: Stan Harris
Release date: 1979-05-16
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile

6.9/10 IMDB

Aunt Agatha threatens to call the police on innocent trick-or-treaters. Her nephew, Ralph, would love to be out with them. But what he wants most of all is a pumpkin. From across the street, Raggedy Ann and Andy watch the drama unfold. Andy is furious at Agatha for preventing the boy from enjoying the wonderful, horrible holiday. Ann, with her irritating insistence on fairness, decides that Agatha has merely forgotten what it's like to be young. The pressing matter ahead is getting Ralph a pumpkin. Andy scoffs at the idea of finding one at this late date. Ann reasons that if there's a little boy who needs a pumpkin, there must be a pumpkin who needs a little boy. She's right. Not far away, a miserable pumpkin is blubbering out pumpkin seed-tears because no one wants him for Halloween.

Starring: June Foray, Daws Butler, Stephen Rosenberg, Les Tremayne ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1979-10-31
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Hanna-Barbera Hall of Fame: Yabba Dabba Doo II

The Hanna-Barbera Hall of Fame: Yabba Dabba Doo II

7.2/10 IMDB

In this retrospective on creators Hanna and Barbera, Bill Bixby hosts a behind-the-scenes look at technical and sound artistry. Segments spotlight families and famous women in cartoons as well as romance.

Starring: Bill Bixby, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Robert Guenette
Release date: 1979-10-12
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Bugs Bunny's Valentine

Bugs Bunny's Valentine

6.6/10 IMDB

Watch out as Elmer Fudd lays down his rifle in favor of a bow and "love arrows". None of the Loony Tunes favorites are safe from klutzy Elmer "Cupid" Fudd: Forhorn Leghorn and Daffy Duck are chased by love-crazed females and Bugs Bunny winds up getting hitched to Yosemite Sam!

Release date: 1979-02-14
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Grandmother's Grandson

Grandmother's Grandson

5.5/10 IMDB

A story of a young boy David who recently moved from Erevan to Leningrad.

Starring: Grachya Mkhitaryan, Nadya Shulzhenko, Nina Ter-Osipyan, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Marina Bugakova, Nikolai Volkov St., Marina Yurasova, Violetta Gevorkyan, Goar Khachikyan, Boris Birman ..
Directed by: Adolf Bergunker
Release date: 1979-06-14
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Quincy's Quest

Quincy's Quest

7.4/10 IMDB

It's the night before Christmas, and all the toy store rejects are due to be tossed into the furnace. This includes Quincy, a most lifelike doll. In a last ditch effort to save himself and his "unwanted" chums from incineration, he goes on a long and perilous journey in search of the only one who can save them: Santa Claus.

Starring: Tommy Steele, Mel Martin, Roy Kinnear, Patsy Kensit, Aubrey Woods, Lila Kaye, Charles Morgan, Fred Schiller, Tony Aitken, Gary Fetterplace ..
Directed by: Robert Reed
Release date: 1979-12-24
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Fright Before Christmas

Fright Before Christmas

6.3/10 IMDB

The Tasmanian Devil escapes from a plane and lands in Santa's suit. After taking off in Santa's sleigh he lands on Bugs' roof where he tries to eat everything in sight including the present Bugs got for him.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1979-11-27
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

6.2/10 IMDB

Upset by rumors that Halloween may end, Dracula calls his mild-mannered monsters together and delivers an ultimatum - either regain their frightening image, or leave his Transylvania castle forever.

Starring: Judd Hirsch, Mariette Hartley, Henry Gibson, Jack Riley, Josip Elic, John Schuck ..
Directed by: Bruce Bilson
Release date: 1979-10-28
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Kid from Left Field

The Kid from Left Field

5.8/10 IMDB

A bat boy guides the San Diego Padres to the World Series with the secret help of his dad, a baseball has-been who now sells refreshments in the stands.

Starring: Gary Coleman, Gary Collins, Ed McMahon, Robert Guillaume, Tricia O'Neil, Tab Hunter, Rick Podell, Alberto Vazquez, Steve Tannen, Ken Medlock ..
Directed by: Adell Aldrich
Release date: 1979-09-30

Mountain Family Robinson

6.3/10 IMDB

A family goes "back to nature" by homesteading in the Colorado Rockies.

Starring: Robert Logan, Susan Damante, Heather Rattray, Ham Larsen, George Buck Flower, Cal Bartlett, Jim Davidson, William Bryant ..
Directed by: Jack Couffer
Release date: 1979-11-21
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Prize Fighter

The Prize Fighter

5.6/10 IMDB

"Bags" the boxer (funnyman Tim Conway) and his manager, Shake (Don Knotts), are quite a pair: One is a dim bulb, and the other has a mean streak. Times are tough and they must save their gym, so they line up some moneymaking fights. But when Bags and Shake discover that the bouts have been rigged, they end up with their backs to the wall and must fight back -- literally.

Starring: Don Knotts, Tim Conway, David Wayne, Cisse Cameron, Robin Clarke, Holly Conover, William Rosenfeld, Alfred E. Covington, Bill Crabb, Kenneth Daniel ..
Directed by: Michael Preece
Release date: 1979-11-02
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Legend of Black Thunder Mountain

The Legend of Black Thunder Mountain

5.6/10 IMDB

Separated from a wagon train, Mr. Parish and the children are attaced by armed men, forcing young Anna and Jamie to flee into the wilderness with their father's fate unknown. They don't realize they carry a secret treasure map, but with gold-hunting George and Buzz in pursuit and wild-eyed mountain man McTavish on the loose, there's plenty to fear. Yet help comes from the unlikeliest of places, including a ferocious wolf pack, the majestic wild eagle, Balderdash, and even a maternal grizzly, which they name after their friend Mrs. Mullen.

Release date: 1979-01-08


4.8/10 IMDB

A young man invents a robot dog that has super strength, x-ray vision and can detect crimes being committed. A greedy businessman tries to steal the boy's invention from him.

Starring: Wesley Eure, Valerie Bertinelli, Conrad Bain, Red Buttons, Jim Backus, Chuck McCann, Larry Bishop, Hermione Baddeley, Robert Q. Lewis, Austin Willis ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1979-12-21

A Rainy Day

9.4/10 IMDB

A television star goes home to Texas for her father's funeral and spends time with her mother for the first time in five years. Reminiscing about her childhood allows the daughter to work through lifelong resentments and to forgive her mother.

Starring: Mariette Hartley, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Eric Holland, Robert Walden, Roberta Newman, Don Keefer, Peggy Rea ..
Directed by: Beth Brickell
Release date: 1979-04-06
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Little House Years

The Little House Years

8.1/10 IMDB

Laura Ingalls reminisces about the Ingalls' journeys and struggles during a family Thanksgiving gathering.

Starring: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson ..
Directed by: Michael Landon
Release date: 1979-11-15
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Moments in a Matchbox

Moments in a Matchbox

7.9/10 IMDB

The 12-year-old Aneta and Boy feel that there is something like a first love between them. The kids are traveling to the countryside together. They get to two of Aneta's grandparents - one of her grandmothers was married three times. Aneta's favorite grandfather is her grandmother's third husband. He is not her real grandfather, but she loves him because he likes to fantasize. He taught Aneta a magic game - to light a match and imagine anything in flame. Her favorite grandfather dies. Aneta mourns him for a long time, lights matches but no use.

Starring: Violeta Doneva, Dossio Dossev, Leda Taseva, Stefan Danailov ..
Directed by: Mariana Evstatieva-Biolcheva
Release date: 1979-02-05

Smile for Auntie

7.7/10 IMDB

Auntie tries to make her Nephew smile by doing goofy stuff. Tee nephew does not smile until Auntie gives up goes away and NEVER come baque.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Custard Boys

The Custard Boys

6.9/10 IMDB

An Indian summer, 1942: "When I was thirteen, all I wanted to be was a hero." A young evacuee's response to the surrounding war-obsessed adult world seems the only one available to him, until he forms 'a particular friendship' with another boy, a Jewish refugee. This threatens the stability of his gang (who also mirror the racist/jingoist attitudes of adulthood), and he is caught in Forster's great liberal crux: your country or your friend?

Starring: Chris Chescoe, Eric Milliet, Ben Clennell, Andrew Atkinson, Matthew Cormack, Paul Bolton, Glen Dunderdale, Les Scott, Doug Dawes, Roger Cleave ..
Directed by: Colin Finbow
Release date: 1979-11-24

Follow That Rainbow

6.6/10 IMDB

Believing that her long-lost father is a popular touring singer, a young woman named Carrie pursues him from Switzerland to South Africa.

Starring: Joe Stewardson, Joan Brickhill, Memory Jane, Norman Coombes, Victor Melleney ..
Directed by: louis burke
Release date: 1979-11-25
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The First Christmas

The First Christmas

7.1/10 IMDB

A wonderful animated version of the First Christmas. Filled with prophets, wise men, warriors, kings and messengers.

Directed by: Richard Slapczynski
Release date: 1979-12-02

Growing Pains

5.7/10 IMDB

A coming-of-age story combined with a love interest between a boy and girl from different social stratum told during the years of teenage turmoil after high school the barriers of upbringing and taboos disintegrate. Each finds true love just before the party breaks up and will eventually learn to resolve the inner conflicts of values, proportion, and priorities.

Starring: Doron Tzioni, Sharon Alexander, Dalia Shimko, Yossi Graber ..
Directed by: Ze'ev Revach
Release date: 1979-12-20
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Big Wheels and Sailor

Big Wheels and Sailor

5.2/10 IMDB

Children of long distance lorry drivers, travelling with their fathers, become involved in attempted hijacking.

Starring: Nigel Humphreys, Matthew Wright, Victoria Gibson, Julian Curry, Sheila Reid, Glen Cunningham, David Gillies, Dominic Letts, Terry Medlicott, Francis Sargent ..
Directed by: Doug Aitken
Release date: 1979-10-05
Best Family Movies of 1979 : Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol

Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol

4.2/10 IMDB

Charled Dicken's tale A Christmas Carol takes a contemporary jolt in this original musical set in modern-day Tennessee. Cyrus Flint is a mean old banker whose one and only concern is the welfare of Flint City Bank. Dennis and Laura Pritchett are two parents struggling to make enough money to pay for an operation their son needs. Flint is organizing a songwriting and singing contest with a $2000 first prize to promote his bank.

Starring: Hoyt Axton, Lynn Anderson, Mel Tillis, Larry Gatlin, Julie Gregg, Tom T. Hall, Barbara Mandrell, Martha Raye, Dottie West, Steven Lutz ..
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Release date: 1979-12-18
Best Family Movies of 1979 : La aventura de los paraguas asesinos

La aventura de los paraguas asesinos

3.8/10 IMDB

The super agents in this mission must act in the middle of the fight of two enemy gangs to capture a scientist and produce changes in the weather.

Starring: Ricardo Bauleo, Víctor Bó, Julio De Grazia, Graciela Alfano, Gianni Lunadei, Hugo Caprera, Juan Manuel Tenuta, Osvaldo Tesser, Juan Carlos Puppo, Adriana Salgueiro ..
Directed by: Carlos Galettini
Release date: 1979-07-05

A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre

3.1/10 IMDB

On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife. Scrooge is visited by three spirits, representing his past, present and future, and, after seeing what they have to show him, must make a determination of how he will continue to live his life.

Starring: Jennifer Borge, Thomas Dillon, Geoff Garland, David Long, Ronald Bishop, Mary Irey, Judy Jurgaitis, Josie Lawrence, Paul Milikin, John Morgal ..
Directed by: Ronald Bishop
Release date: 1979-12-22
Best Family Movies of 1979 : The Trophy Case

The Trophy Case

0.0/10 IMDB

A father encourages a son to do things he couldn't when he was young, then he realizes his son has his own ambitions.

Starring: Shawn Stevens, Robert Clarke, Harry Caesar, George Barrows, Boyd Silversmith, Derek Spriggs ..
Directed by: Peter N. Johnson
Release date: 1979-02-01

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