Best Family Movies of 1980

1.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

4.6
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
Best Family Movies of 1980 : Little Miss Marker
3.

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

Midnight Madness

3.3
6.4/10 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
7.

Herbie Goes Bananas

3.2
5.0/10 IMDB

The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.

Starring: Cloris Leachman, Charles Martin Smith, Stephen W. Burns, Elyssa Davalos, Joaquin Garay, III, Harvey Korman, Richard Jaeckel, Alex Rocco, John Vernon, Fritz Feld ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1980-06-25
Best Family Movies of 1980 : Mr. Krueger's Christmas
8.

Mr. Krueger's Christmas

3.1
8.0/10 IMDB

Willy Krueger, a lonely and aging widower, lives in a basement apartment with only his cat George for company. Finishing his work for the day as the custodian for the building, he ventures out on Christmas Eve to buy a tree and on the way, he imagines he is a well-dressed gentleman while peering at some fine tailoring in a shop window along the snowy street. Returning home, he falls asleep listening to an LP by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dreaming that he is conducting them in carols of the season. Awakening to find some carollers outside his window, he beckons them to visit him offering hot chocolate, but they leave after only one song. In trimming the tree, he places upon it the mittens left behind by Clarissa, the youngest of the carolling group. Handling figures of the small nativity beneath his tree, Willy finds himself in the manger for the very first Christmas.

Starring: James Stewart, Beverly Rowland, Kamee Aliessa, Tamara Fowler, Mormon Tabernacle Choir ..
Directed by: Kieth Merrill
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1980 : Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?
9.

Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?

3.1
7.0/10 IMDB

A young man wishes he could get away and his wish is granted in a globetrotting, song singing way.

Starring: Wayne Morton, Hal Smith, Don Messick, Joe Raposo, Ken Lundie, Sue Allen ..
Directed by: Gerard Baldwin
Release date: 1980-05-02
Best Family Movies of 1980 : The Return of the King
10.

The Return of the King

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

Starring: Orson Bean, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad, John Huston, Roddy McDowall, Brother Theodore, Paul Frees, Casey Kasem, Sonny Melendrez, Nellie Bellflower ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1980-05-11

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