Best Family Movies of 1981

1.

The Fox and the Hound

5.9
7.3/10 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
2.

The Great Muppet Caper

5.1
7.2/10 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
3.

Time Bandits

5.0
7.0/10 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
4.

Clash of the Titans

5.0
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: 1981-03-15
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Wave
5.

The Wave

3.8
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
6.

The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

3.7
7.2/10 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 : It's Magic, Charlie Brown
7.

It's Magic, Charlie Brown

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Charlie Brown suggests Snoopy go down to the library and take out some books. Snoopy gets there and finds only one book he likes; a book on magic. Upon learning enough, he builds a stage, and puts on a magic show as The Great Houndini, enlisting Marcie and Sally as assistants. Some tricks work and some don't (much to the delight of most of the audience either way), but the biggest surprise is when Charlie Brown is brought on-stage for the disappearing act...and the trick works. However, rain forces a sudden end to the show, and Charlie Brown is stuck invisible. Snoopy is now forced to figure out how to make him visible again. Meanwhile, as annoyed as Charlie Brown is at this predicament, he finds his chance to get back at Lucy for all the times she has pulled the football away from him.

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
Best Family Movies of 1981 : A Whale for the Killing
8.

A Whale for the Killing

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A conservationst tries to rescue a whale, which is trapped in a lagoon in New Foundland. Based upon the book by 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
9.

A Chipmunk Christmas

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Alvin learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Starring: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker, Charles Berendt, R.J. Williams ..
Directed by: Phil Monroe
Release date: 1981-12-14
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Devil and Max Devlin
10.

The Devil and Max Devlin

2.9
5.1/10 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. Written by Tom Zoerner

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

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