Best Family Movies of 1980

1.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

4.5
7.4/10 IMDB

Young Cedric Errol and his widowed mother live in genteel poverty in 1880s Brooklyn after the death of his father. Cedric's grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, has long ago disowned his son for marrying an American. But after the death of the Earl's remaining son, he decides to accept Cedric as his heir.

Starring: Ricky Schroder, Alec Guinness, Connie Booth, Eric Porter, Colin Blakely, Rolf Saxon, Rachel Kempson, Carmel McSharry, Antonia Pemberton, Antonia Pemberton ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1980-11-25
2.

Popeye

3.9
5.3/10 IMDB

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with Olive's fiancé, Bluto.

Starring: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Richard Libertini, Donald Moffat, Donovan Scott, Roberta Maxwell, Bill Irwin, Linda Hunt ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1980-12-12
3.

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!)

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Marcie travel to France as foreign exchange students. Also along is Snoopy and Woodstock. While everyone is excited about the opportunity to travel to a foreign country, Charlie is disturbed by a letter he receives from a mysterious girl from France who invites him as a her guest only to find that he does not seem welcomed to her Chateau.

Starring: Arrin Skelley, Laura Planting, Casey Carlson, Daniel Anderson, Scott Beach, Debbie Muller, Laura Planting, Annalisa Bortolin, Laura Planting, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Release date: 1980-05-30
4.

My Bodyguard

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Clifford Peach, an easygoing teenager, is finding less than easy to fit in at his new high school, where a tough-talking bully terrorizes his classmates and extorts their lunch money. Refusing to pay up, Clifford enlist the aid of an overgrown misfit whose mere presence intimidates students and teachers alike. But their "business relationship" soon turns personal as Clifford and the troubled loner forge a winning alliance against their intimidators - and a very special friendship with each other.

Starring: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Martin Mull, Ruth Gordon, Joan Cusack, John Houseman, Craig Richard Nelson, Tim Kazurinsky, George Wendt ..
Directed by: Tony Bill
Release date: 1980-07-11
Best Family Movies of 1980 : Little Miss Marker
5.

Little Miss Marker

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Sorrowful Jones is a cheap bookie in 1930's. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her arrival and his sudden love for a woman also involved in gambling operations.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart, Lee Grant, Brian Dennehy, Kenneth McMillan, Andrew Rubin, Tom Pedi, Jacquelyn Hyde ..
Directed by: Walter Bernstein
Release date: 1980-03-21
6.

Skyward

3.5
7.9/10 IMDB

An aging Bette Davis is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. Davis teaches her to fly with some special controls compensating for her handicap. Howard Hessman is a aircraft repair service trying desperately to get an old airplane back in the air. The three, together, put the young girl and the old plane up in the air.

Starring: Bette Davis, Howard Hesseman, Marion Ross, Clu Gulager, Ben Marley, Lisa Whelchel ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 1980-11-20
7.

Animalympics

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Animalympics is all about the Animal Olympics Contest where all the animals around the world gather to take part in everything from skiing in North America to the very long marathon race in humid conditions. With lively music provided by Graham Gouldman, the film is very different to other cartoons, being more of a drama-comedy than cartoon.

Starring: Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, Gilda Radner, Michael Fremer ..
Directed by: Steven Lisberger
Release date: 1980-02-01
8.

Easter Fever

3.3
8.4/10 IMDB

A jive-talking Easter Bunny named Jack decides to retire, so his friends throw him a crazy roast before he officially hangs up his basket. A series of kooky flashbacks tells of his life-story and career, but will all this reminiscing only convince him not to quit after all?

Starring: Garrett Morris, Maurice LaMarche, Melleny Melody, Jeri Craden, Don Ferguson, Catherine O'Hara ..
Directed by: Greg Duffell, John Celestri, Ken Stephenson
Release date: 1980-03-29
9.

Midnight Madness

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

A genius grad student organizes an all-night treasure hunt in which five rival teams composed of colorful oddballs furiously match wits with one another while trying to locate and decipher various cryptic clues planted ingeniously around Los Angeles.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, David Naughton, Stephen Furst, Maggie Roswell, Eddie Deezen, Debra Clinger, David Damas, Patricia Alice Albrecht, Andy Tennant, Brian Frishman ..
Directed by: Michael Nankin, David Wechter
Release date: 1980-02-08
Best Family Movies of 1980 : The Last Flight of Noah's Ark
10.

The Last Flight of Noah's Ark

3.2
5.8/10 IMDB

The only chance to escape a desert island is to convert the plane carrying many different animals into a boat.

Starring: Elliott Gould, Geneviève Bujold, Ricky Schroder, Tammy Lauren, John Fujioka, Vincent Gardenia, Yuki Shimoda, John P. Ryan, Dana Elcar, Austin Willis ..
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1980-06-24

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