Best Family Movies of 1981


The Fox and the Hound

7.2/10 IMDB

When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and the object of his search is his best friend!

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson, Sandy Duncan, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, John Fiedler, John McIntire, Richard Bakalyan ..
Directed by: Richard Rich, Ted Berman, Art Stevens
Release date: 1981-07-10

The Great Muppet Caper

7.1/10 IMDB

Kermit and Fozzie are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday, a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace is stolen. Kermit meets and falls in love with her secretary, Miss Piggy. The jewel thieves strike again, and this time frame Miss Piggy. It's up to Kermit and Muppets to bring the real culprits to justice.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1981-06-26

Clash of the Titans

6.9/10 IMDB

To win the right to marry his love, the beautiful princess Andromeda, and fulfil his destiny, Perseus must complete various tasks including taming Pegasus, capturing Medusa's head, and battling the Kraken monster.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Jack Gwillim, Harry Hamlin, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith, Susan Fleetwood, Pat Roach, Judi Bowker ..
Directed by: Desmond Davis
Release date: 1981-06-12

Time Bandits

6.9/10 IMDB

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon before the Supreme Being catches up with them.

Starring: Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Mike Edmonds, Malcolm Dixon, Tiny Ross, Jack Purvis, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Sean Connery ..
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1981-07-13

The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

7.1/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny hosts an award show featuring several classic Looney Tunes shorts and characters. This movie was released in 1981 by Warner Bros. and was produced by Friz Freleng. New footage was one of the final productions done by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (also known as Marvel Productions beginning in the 1980s) and the film was re-released in the USA on April 28, 2009 from Warner Home Video.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Bea Benaderet, Stan Freberg, Ralph James, Frank Nelson, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Phil Monroe, Gerry Chiniquy, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1981-11-20
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Wave

The Wave

7.1/10 IMDB

A teacher plays a mental game with some of his students. Based on a true story.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Lori Lethin, John Putch, Johnny Doran ..
Directed by: Alexander Grasshoff
Release date: 1981-10-04

It's Magic, Charlie Brown

7.2/10 IMDB

When Snoopy turns Charlie Brown invisible in a magic act, he has trouble changing him back.

Starring: Michael Mandy, Brent Hauer, Cindi Reilly, Rocky Reilly, Sydney Penny, Christopher Donahue, Shannon Cohn, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1981-04-28


6.1/10 IMDB

Roar follows a family who are attacked by various African animals at the secluded home of their keeper.

Starring: Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, Jerry Marshall, Kyalo Mativo, Rick Glassey, Steve Miller, Noel Marshall, John Marshall, Zakes Mokae, Will Hutchins ..
Directed by: Noel Marshall
Release date: 1981-11-12
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Trolls and the Christmas Express

The Trolls and the Christmas Express

7.1/10 IMDB

The Trolls and the Christmas Express is an animated classic about six roguish trolls who are determined to sabotage Christmas by infiltrating Santa's village disguised as elves. After a week of wreaking havoc but still not completely ruining Christmas, they are about to give up when they get a devilishly clever idea. On the day before Christmas Eve they get the reindeer dancing and singing songs all night long. The poor reindeer are so tired the next day that they cannot find the energy to pull Santa's sleigh. Christmas looks like it has finally been ruined - but everyone knows you can't stop Christmas! The elves quickly devise a plan to link the train from Santa's village with tracks that travel all over the world. Santa can deliver the toys using the Christmas Express.

Starring: Roger Miller, Hans Conried, Len Carlson, Billie Mae Richards, Carl Banas, Paul Soles ..
Directed by: John R. Gaug
Release date: 1981-11-26
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Of Muppets & Men: The Making of the Muppet Show

Of Muppets & Men: The Making of the Muppet Show

8.1/10 IMDB

Documentary about the work of puppeteer Jim Henson and his team in creating The Muppet Show.

Starring: Dave Goelz, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Jerry Juhl, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz ..
Directed by: Harley Cokeliss, Peter Berry
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Munsters' Revenge

The Munsters' Revenge

5.9/10 IMDB

The film begins with the Munster family making a visit to the wax museum. They take a picture of themselves standing next to their wax replicas. When the family leaves, the statues in the museum mysteriously come to life and begin wreaking havoc across the city. Herman and Grandpa are then arrested for various crimes they did not commit and try to clear their names in time for the Halloween celebration at the Munster home.

Starring: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, K.C. Martel, Jo McDonnell, Bob Hastings, Herb Voland, Charles Macaulay, Colby Chester, Joseph Ruskin ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Snow White Live

Snow White Live

8.6/10 IMDB

The classic Disney animated feature is performed as a live stage show at the Radio City Music Hall.

Starring: Mary Jo Salerno, Richard Bowne, Thomas Ruisinger, Bruce Sherman, Yolande Bavan, David Pursley, Don Potter ..
Directed by: Kirk Browning
Release date: 1981-06-26
Best Family Movies of 1981 : From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China

From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China

7.5/10 IMDB

A beautiful expression of two differing cultures brought together by the warmth and dedication of a great musician and humanitarian. In 1979, as China re-opened its doors to the West, virtuoso Isaac Stern received an unprecedented government invitation to tour the country.

Starring: Isaac Stern ..
Directed by: Murray Lerner
Release date: 1981-02-23

The Fantastic Adventures of Unico

7.3/10 IMDB

Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it's because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only they should be able to decide or allow people to be happy. Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can't stand giving this fate to Unico, so Unico's adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a neverending journey to escape the wrath of the gods.

Starring: Katsue Miwa, Kazuko Sugiyama, Junko Hori, Chieko Baisho, Makio Inoue, Ryouko Kitamiya, Ichir? Nagai, Jôji Yanami, Isamu Tanonaka, K?ji Yada ..
Directed by: Osamu Tezuka, Toshio Hirata
Release date: 1981-03-14
Best Family Movies of 1981 : B.C. A Special Christmas

B.C. A Special Christmas

6.3/10 IMDB

Peter enlists his sarcastic one-legged friend Wiley to help conjure a myth based around the idea of giving. Seeing the chance to make a profit off the selflessness of others, the two caveman create a figure that develops into the first Santa Claus but are then baffled when the "myth" they've created apparently becomes real. Substituting gain for fulfillment, Peter and Wiley experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Starring: Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding, Barbara Hamilton, Henry Ramer ..
Directed by: Vlad Goetzelman
Release date: 1981-01-01

A Chipmunk Christmas

7.1/10 IMDB

Alvin learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Starring: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker, Charles Berendt, R.J. Williams, June Foray ..
Directed by: Phil Monroe
Release date: 1981-12-14
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Muppets Go to the Movies

The Muppets Go to the Movies

7.2/10 IMDB

The Muppets Go to the Movies aired on ABC on May 20, 1981 to help promote The Great Muppet Caper. The special was taped between March 9 and 17, 1981. In this one-hour special, Lily Tomlin and Dudley Moore join the Muppets in a tribute to film classics. Kermit the Frog hosts the program, which begins with an all-cast rendition of "Hey a Movie!" from The Great Muppet Caper.

Starring: Dudley Moore, Lily Tomlin, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson ..
Directed by: Peter Harris
Release date: 1981-05-20
Best Family Movies of 1981 : 4D Special Agents

4D Special Agents

7.0/10 IMDB

A group of children in the East End of London belong to a police sponsored scheme called '4D Special Agents'.

Starring: Lisa Eastman, Dexter Fletcher, Sarah Jerkins, Paul J. Medford, Philip Cook ..
Directed by: Harold Orton
Release date: 1981-01-01


6.5/10 IMDB

A woman leaves her husband after the death of her child to teach deaf children how to speak. Her own child was deaf and although she has no formal training she successfully teaches one boy.

Starring: Jenny Agutter, Barry Newman, Kathleen Nolan, Lou Fant, Margaret O'Brien, Nanette Fabray, Frances Bay, Lance LeGault, Lucille Benson, Jonathan Daly ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1981-03-20
Best Family Movies of 1981 : A Whale for the Killing

A Whale for the Killing

6.6/10 IMDB

A conservationst tries to rescue a whale trapped in a lagoon in Newfoundland. Based on the book by Canadian author Farley Mowat.

Starring: Peter Strauss, Dee Wallace, Bruce McGill, Richard Widmark, Kathryn Walker, Bill Calvert ..
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Release date: 1981-02-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City

Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City

7.4/10 IMDB

Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City chronicles Strawberry Shortcake's trip to Big Apple City, so she can compete in a baking contest at "the little theater off Times Pear". Strawberry's journey, however, is in jeopardy due to the constant interference of the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak, who is her only competition in the bake-off. The Pieman counts on his kohlrabi cookies and a little trickery to beat Strawberry and her famous shortcake.

Starring: Russi Taylor, Robert Ridgely, Diana McCannon, Bob Holt, Romeo Muller, Julie McWhirter, Joan Gerber ..
Directed by: Hal Silvermintz
Release date: 1981-04-10

The Incredible Shrinking Woman

5.4/10 IMDB

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This evil group plots to kidnap Pat and perform experiments on her so that they can eventually shrink everyone.

Starring: Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, Henry Gibson, Elizabeth Wilson, Mark Blankfield, Maria Smith, Pamela Bellwood, John Glover, Nicholas Hormann ..
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 1981-01-30


7.3/10 IMDB

The king of the faeries sends for a young hunter after his shadow escapes and threatens his kingdom.

Starring: Hans Conried, Craig Schaefer, Morgan Brittany, June Foray ..
Directed by: Lee Mishkin
Release date: 1981-02-25

Freddie the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner

8.2/10 IMDB

Freddie the Freeloader sets out to have Xmas dinner in a very expensive New York restaurant with his good friend, the Professor. Along the way he stops in a hospital to entertain some children on Xmas. Red Skelton does a couple of songs on his own & a duet with Vincent Price.

Starring: Red Skelton, Vincent Price, Imogene Coca ..
Directed by: John Trent
Release date: 1981-11-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Devil and Max Devlin

The Devil and Max Devlin

5.0/10 IMDB

When Max dies in an accident, he goes straight to hell. But the devil Barney makes him an offer: if he manages to get three innocent youths to sell him their souls in the next two months, he may stay on earth. Max accepts, and returns to earth, equipped with special powers. However, his task is harder than expected, especially when 7 years old Tobi demands that he marry his mother.

Starring: Elliott Gould, Bill Cosby, Susan Anspach, Adam Rich, Julie Budd, Sonny Shroyer, David Knell, Chuck Shamata, Sally Marr, Reggie Nalder ..
Directed by: Steven Hilliard Stern
Release date: 1981-03-06
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown

Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown

7.4/10 IMDB

After Charlie Brown spots a girl briefly shown in a sports event broadcasting, he is smitten enough to go in search of her with the help of Linus. Unfortunately in his search, he has his usual amount of luck. As Charlie Brown is watching a football game, he spots a girl in the stands that he immediately attaches himself to. When the game ends, he is desperate to find her, so he enlists Linus to help him and, because of his absolute nervousness, to do the talking for him. However, that move could wind up spelling doom for the love-starved Charlie Brown once they finally find her.

Starring: Grant Wehr, Jennifer Gaffin, Rocky Reilly, Melissa Strawmyer, Nicole Eggert, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1981-10-30

Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons

5.9/10 IMDB

Christopher Robin gives Winnie the Pooh a calendar, and Pooh uses it to learn about the seasons.

Starring: Kim Christiansen, Hal Smith, John Fiedler, Ray Erlenborn, Ron Feinberg, Laurie Main ..
Directed by: Rick Reinert
Release date: 1981-09-05
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Miracle on Ice

Miracle on Ice

6.8/10 IMDB

US Hockey coach Herb Brooks leads an underdog team of amateurs to the gold medal game in the 1980 Olympics.

Starring: Karl Malden, Andrew Stevens, Steve Guttenberg, Jerry Houser, Allan Miller, Robert F. Lyons, Robert Pierce, Michael Cavanaugh, Lucinda Dooling, Jessica Walter ..
Directed by: Steven Hilliard Stern
Release date: 1981-03-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold

The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold

6.3/10 IMDB

Sent in search of a Christmas tree, cabin boy Dinty Doyle lands on a mysterious, uncharted Irish island where he accidentally releases a bad-tempered banshee from her pine tree prison. Leprechaun Blarney Kilakilarney knows that in order to survive, the banshee will try to swipe his clan's pot of Christmas gold. With some magical assistance from Lord Patrick, the king of the wee folk, Dinty and Blarney make a plan to outwit the gold-hungry hag before Christmas morning dawns.

Starring: Art Carney, Peggy Cass, Frankie Moronski, Bob McFadden, Ken Jennings, Gerry Matthews, Christine Mitchell, Glynis Bieg, Aidan Nicolle ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1981-12-23
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Pride of Jesse Hallam

The Pride of Jesse Hallam

6.4/10 IMDB

Jesse Hallum sells the family farm to see that his daughter receives the medical care she needs at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The big city challenges him, though, especially when his illiteracy is exposed.

Starring: Johnny Cash, Brenda Vaccaro, Ben Marley, Eli Wallach, Guy Boyd, Earl Poole Ball, Chrystal Smith, Linda Bennett, Viola Borden, Michael Burnham ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1981-03-03
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

6.8/10 IMDB

An animated special that presents highlights of the life of Daniel Boone, the famous American trailblazer -- from his early childhood years in North Carolina, his love affair with Rebecca Bryan, their courtship, marriage and family life, his work in settling the Kentucky region, and his exploits.

Starring: Richard Crenna, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo, Michael Bell, Joan Gerber, William Callaway, Vic Perrin, Michael Rye, Barney Phillips ..
Directed by: Geoff Collins
Release date: 1981-11-27


4.2/10 IMDB

Two domestic robots fall in love and run off together.

Starring: Andy Kaufman, Bernadette Peters, Randy Quaid, Kenneth McMillan, Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, Richard B. Shull, Dick Miller, Kathleen Freeman, Mary Woronov ..
Directed by: Allan Arkush
Release date: 1981-12-18

California Gold Rush

6.1/10 IMDB

Author Bret Harte relates the story of the discovery of gold in California at Sutter's Mill, and how that discovery changed the history of the west forever.

Starring: John Dehner, Henry Jones, Robert Hays, Gene Evans, Ken Curtis, Victor Mohica, Cliff Osmond, Don Haggerty, Coleman Creel, Henry Kendrick ..
Directed by: Jack B. Hively, Jack Hively
Release date: 1981-07-30
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Brady Girls Get Married

The Brady Girls Get Married

5.3/10 IMDB

Made-for-tv movie, the pilot for a "Brady Bunch" revival series, "The Brady Brides." Jan and Marcia have met the men of their dreams and decide to tie the knot. They agree to hold the weddings together in the family's back yard, but fight over whether to have a modern ceremony or a traditional one. Can the marriages be saved? All of the original cast members (except cousin Oliver) put in a return appearance.

Starring: Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis, Jerry Houser, Ron Kuhlman, Barry Williams, Susan Olsen, Christopher Knight ..
Directed by: Peter Baldwin
Release date: 1981-02-06
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island

The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island

4.1/10 IMDB

The staff of the island resort need the aid of the Harlem Globetrotters to keep their island from a greedy millionaire.

Starring: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Constance Forslund, Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells, David Ruprecht, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain ..
Directed by: Peter Baldwin
Release date: 1981-05-15
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Marvelous Land of Oz

The Marvelous Land of Oz

8.1/10 IMDB

The Marvelous Land of Oz is a 1981 musical play by Thomas W. Olson, Gary Briggle, and Richard Dworsky, based on the 1904 novel by L. Frank Baum. Not long after the events in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a young boy named Tip is the unhappy servant of Old Mombi, a wicked Sorceress in the Land of the Gillikans (in the north of Oz). One day Tip escapes, after creating a walking stick figure with a jack-o-lantern head named Jack Pumpkinhead with a magic Powder of Life stolen from the witch. He goes to the Emerald City, now ruled by the Scarecrow, but unfortunately, a female Army of Revolt, 400 strong and led by General Jinjur, captures the city. The Scarecrow, Tip, Jack, and some other oddball characters flee the city and head west to the land of the Winkies, now ruled by the Scarecrow's old friend the Tin Woodman. They must recapture the Emerald City, defeat Old Mombi (who allies herself with Jinjur), and most of all, discover the true secret of unassuming young Tip.

Starring: Wendy Lehr, Christopher Passi, Carl Beck, Gary Briggle, Stephen Boe, Rana Haugen, Julee Cruise, Steve Huke, Kathleen Wegner, Tom Dunn ..
Directed by: John Driver, John Clark Donahue
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Under the Mountain

Under the Mountain

8.1/10 IMDB

Teenage twin siblings, Rachel and Theo, on a summer vacation in Auckland visiting their aunt and uncle, meet a certain Mr. Jones, a mysterious man who helped find them when they got lost in the woods eight years earlier. Mr. Jones turns out to be an alien fighter from a distant planet who wants their help in fighting an alien giant slug family of eight members led by a certain Mr. Wilberforce who have arrived on Earth with plans for world domination.

Starring: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Ron Leywood, William Johnson, William Ewens, Glynis McNicoll, Noel Trevarthen, Roy Billing, John Atha, Laurie Dee ..
Directed by: Chris Bailey
Release date: 1981-06-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Crown of Bogg

The Crown of Bogg

7.8/10 IMDB

It is time to crown a new king of the kingdom of Bogg, and King Mildew's son, Milo, seems like the best creature for the job. However, Vandred, the king's brother, has other plans, and intends to put his son, Vandal, on the thrown. He challenges Milo, who must prove his worthiness by retrieving the Crown of Bogg and returning it to the kingdom. The crown has been banned from the kingdom for years because it is cursed, but Mildew and Milo are willing to face the risks of the quest in order to keep Vandred and Vandal from assuming control of the kingdom

Starring: Tony Basilicato, Lisa Buckley, Bob Fappiano, Paul Fusco, Al Magliochetti ..
Directed by: Bruce Murray
Release date: 1981-10-01

Legend of the Wild

7.8/10 IMDB

Patchwork movie edited from episodes from the TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1977).

Starring: Dan Haggerty, Kristen Curry, Ken Curtis, Lucky Hayes, Jack Kruschen, Diane McBain, Denver Pyle, Don Shanks, Don Shanks ..
Directed by: James L. Conway
Release date: 1981-11-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Going Ape!

Going Ape!

3.9/10 IMDB

When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Oscar inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orang outangs. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the apes or just one gets sick or dies during the next 3 years, the zoologic society will get all the money. So he not only has to deal with 3 apes and an annoyed girlfriend, but also with a greedy zoologic society's president.

Starring: Tony Danza, Jessica Walter, Stacey Nelkin, Danny DeVito, Merie Earle, Art Metrano, Frank Sivero, Rick Hurst, Howard Mann, Joseph Maher ..
Directed by: Jeremy Joe Kronsberg
Release date: 1981-04-10
Best Family Movies of 1981 : No Man's Valley

No Man's Valley

7.1/10 IMDB

Elliot, a rare California condor, must find a hideaway for endangered animals before man drives them over the brink into extinction.

Starring: Henry Corden, Frank Buxton, Art Metrano, Hal Smith, Chanin Hale, Arnold Stang, Barney Phillips, Joe E. Ross, Desiree Goyette, Richard Deacon ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1981-11-23
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Doctors & Nurses

Doctors & Nurses

6.7/10 IMDB

Doctors and Nurses is a gimmick film, a down under age reversal trick in the style of Alan Parker's 'Bugsy Malone'. A bunch of kids play the game of Doctors and Nurses - of the inoffensive dress-up kind - tending a bunch of adults suffering from a variety of ailments.

Starring: Pamela Stephenson, Bert Newton, Richard Meikle, Drew Forsythe, Andrew McFarlane, Graeme Blundell, June Salter, Terry Bader, Sarah Lambert, Julith Steer ..
Directed by: Maurice Murphy
Release date: 1981-12-26
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Moon Man

Moon Man

6.9/10 IMDB

In this classic story by one of the world's best-loved and acclaimed storytellers for children, the man in the moon looks down on the happy, dancing people on Earth every night, wishing he could join them. He hitches a ride on a passing comet, but quickly finds himself thrown into jail by people who see him as an invader, rather than a friendly visitor. The Moon Man, however, has a most unusual - but perfectly logical - means of escape, and sets out to make his way back home.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1981-03-27
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Stig of the Dump

Stig of the Dump

7.0/10 IMDB

Young boy discovers a teenaged caveman living in the local rubbish dump.

Directed by: Richard Handford
Release date: 1981-09-28

Rodzina Le?niewskich

6.9/10 IMDB

The adventures of a nice Le?niewski family. The family consists of parents and four nice children: 15-year-old Agnieszka, 14-year-old Leszek and 7-year-old twins called B?blas, who have to deal with somehow when their mother decides to graduate.

Release date: 1981-02-01


6.3/10 IMDB

Thirteen-year-old Kelly travels from Los Angeles to Alaska to visit her father after her parents divorce.

Starring: Robert Logan, Twyla-Dawn Vokins, Elaine Nalee ..
Directed by: Christopher Chapman
Release date: 1981-03-20
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Clown White

Clown White

6.4/10 IMDB

The story of a rebellious deaf child who goes on a class outing to the city, where he runs away.

Starring: Saul Rubinek, Lorene Yarnell Jansson, Michael Ironside, Henry Ramer, Bruce Cockburn, Michael Wincott, Mark Christopher Dillon, Shel Goldstein, George Touliatos, John Humphreys ..
Directed by: Paul Shapiro
Release date: 1981-10-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Dennis the Menace in Mayday for Mother

Dennis the Menace in Mayday for Mother

6.4/10 IMDB

Mischievous Dennis Mitchell wants to give his mother a gift for Mother's Day.

Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Around the World with Dot

Around the World with Dot

5.9/10 IMDB

In this magical film Dot joins up with Santa Claus in order to help her friend the mother kangaroo find her lost baby. The pair take off into the air in Santa’s sleigh led by two kangaroos and travel the world searching for the zoo where the lost kangaroo has been sent.

Starring: Drew Forsythe, Barbara Frawley, Ron Haddrick, Anne Haddy, Ben Alcott, Ashley Ayre, Frank Gott, Marli Mason, Ross Higgins ..
Directed by: Yoram Gross
Release date: 1981-12-04
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic

2.5/10 IMDB

A magician in a carnival--who actually can read minds and levitate people and objects--works with a superintelligent chimp named Alex, who can also talk. The magician and the chimp soon become the stars of the carnival, drawing in big crowds. However, the wild-animal trainer, who has been displaced by the team as the carnival's top act, decides to kidnap Alex and sell him to a medical laboratory for experimentation, thereby getting rid of his competition.

Starring: Don Stewart, Jennifer Houlton, Howard Segal, Regina Carrol, Joe Cirillo, Mark Weston, Charles Reynolds, Diane Kettering, Missy Crutchfield ..
Directed by: Al Adamson
Release date: 1981-01-01

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