Best Family Movies of 1980

1.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Young Cedric (Ceddie) Errol and his widowed mother (known only as "Dearest") 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 the little Cedric as Lord Fauntleroy, 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.

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

3.9
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
3.

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
4.

Popeye

3.7
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
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.

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
7.

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
8.

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
Best Family Movies of 1980 : Pinocchio's Christmas
9.

Pinocchio's Christmas

3.2
6.5/10 IMDB

Geppetto prepare for Christmas, Pinocchio joins a puppet show to earn money for a present. There he meets and elopes with the beautiful girl puppet Julietta, leaving Geppetto alone and worried.

Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1980-12-03
Best Family Movies of 1980 : Mr. Krueger's Christmas
10.

Mr. Krueger's Christmas

3.2
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

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