Best Family Movies of 1982

1.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

6.6
7.9/10

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

Starring: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1982-06-11
2.

The Snowman

5.7
8.2/10
The Snowman
A young boy makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, which comes to life at midnight and takes the boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
Starring: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith
Directed by: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami
Release date: 1982-12-26
3.

The Secret of NIMH

5.5
7.6/10

A widowed field mouse must move her family -- including an ailing son -- to escape a farmer's plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of superintelligent, escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, Elizabeth Hartman, Arthur Malet, Dom DeLuise, Hermione Baddeley
Directed by: Don Bluth
Release date: 1982-06-17
4.

The Last Unicorn

5.4
7.5/10

From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually joined on her quest by Schmendrick, a second-rate magician, and Molly Grue, a now middle-aged woman who dreamed all her life of seeing a unicorn. Their journey leads them far from home, all the way to the castle of King Haggard.

Starring: Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes, Angela Lansbury
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1982-11-19
5.

The Dark Crystal

5.3
7.2/10

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal and restore order to his world, before the grotesque race of Skeksis find and use the crystal for evil.

Starring: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
Directed by: Frank Oz, Jim Henson
Release date: 1982-12-17
6.

Annie

4.8
6.6/10

An orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan, Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is selected. While Annie gets accustomed to living in Warbucks' mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. So Warbucks announces a search for them and a reward, which brings out many frauds.

Starring: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1982-06-18
7.

Abbas in Flower

4.1
8.1/10
Abbas in Flower
Funny story about suburbans at 80s in Turkey
Starring: ?lyas Salman, ?ener ?en, Ay?en Gruda, Pembe Mutlu
Directed by: Sinan Çetin
Release date: 1982-09-01
8.

The Man from Snowy River

3.9
7.3/10

Jim Craig has lived his first 18 years in the mountains of Australia on his father's farm. The death of his father forces him to go to the low lands to earn enough money to get the farm back on its feet. Kirk Douglas plays two roles as twin brothers who haven't spoken for years, one of whom was Jim's father's best friend and the other of whom is the father of the girl he wants to marry.

Starring: Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Kirk Douglas, Tommy Dysart, Bruce Kerr
Directed by: George T. Miller
Release date: 1982-03-02
9.

The Flight of Dragons

3.9
7.8/10

The realm of magic is being threatened by the realm of logic, so Carolinus, the green wizard decides to shield it for all time. Ommedon, the evil red wizard, stands in his way. Carolinus then calls for a quest that is to be led by a man named Peter Dickinson, who is the first man of both the realms of science and magic. It is Peters job to defeat Ommedon.

Starring: James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan, John Ritter, James Gregory, Bob McFadden
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1982-08-17
10.

Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales

3.8
7.1/10

If Bugs Bunny were to direct his signature inquiry--"What's up, doc?"--toward the modern-day Warner Bros. creative team, he wouldn't be far off. For 1001 Rabbit Tales, they've doctored up a batch of classic cartoons featuring the carrot muncher and his bumbling comrades and bundled them, near seamlessly, into a feature-length film. Here's the premise: Bugs and Daffy, both book salesmen, are competing to sell the most copies of a kids' book. Instead of burrowing a beeline to his sales territory (he should have made a left at Albuquerque), Bugs ends up in the castle of Yosemite Sam, here a harem-leading honcho. Sam's pain-in-the-spurs son, Prince Abalaba, needs somebody to read him stories; Bugs, who'd sooner take the job than suffer the alternative, that involving being boiled in oil, signs on.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Arthur Q. Bryan, June Foray, Shepard Menken
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson
Release date: 1982-11-16
11.

The Toy

3.6
5.8/10

On one of his bratty son Eric's annual visits, the plutocrat U.S. Bates takes him to his department store and offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor who has made him laugh with his antics. At first the man suffers many indignities as Eric's "toy", but gradually teaches the lonely boy what it is like to have and to be a friend.

Starring: Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty, Scott Schwartz, Teresa Ganzel
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1982-12-10
12.

Grease 2

3.4
4.3/10

It's 1961, two years after the original Grease gang graduated, and there's a new crop of seniors and new members of the coolest cliques on campus, the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington is the new kid in school - but he's been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds, and win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie?

Starring: Maxwell Caulfield, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lorna Luft, Maureen Teefy, Pamela Adlon
Directed by: Patricia Birch
Release date: 1982-06-11
13.

The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat

3.1
7.1/10
The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat is all set for a lovely picnic, but the evil Grinch changes his plans by inventing a contraption that captures noise and makes it sound ferocious. The Cat has to save the world from the clutches of the Grinch and the only way to do it is to reach Grinch's soft spot.
Starring: Mason Adams, Bob Holt, Frank Welker, Joe Eich
Directed by: Bill Perez
Release date: 1982-05-20
14.

Disney's Halloween Treat

3.1
8.7/10
Disney's Halloween Treat
Contains memorable scenes from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Fantasia," "Lady and the Tramp," "Peter Pan," "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," and "The Sword in the Stone."
Starring: Hal Douglas
Release date: 1982-10-30
15.

Fun with Mr. Future

2.9
5.6/10
Fun with Mr. Future
An animatronic talking-head replica of Abraham Lincoln (voiced by Phil Proctor) hosts a tour of what the future will look like.
Starring: Vincent Price, Phil Proctor
Directed by: Darrell Van Citters
Release date: 1982-10-26
16.

Hansel and Gretel

2.8
6.6/10
Hansel and Gretel
This is Tim Burton's Disney Channel Halloween film short that only aired once. It combines live action and stop-motion, making for a creepy adventure into the woods.
Starring: Michael Yama, Jim Ishida, David Koenigsberg, Vincent Price
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1982-01-01
17.

The Smurfs Christmas Special

2.7
6.8/10
The Smurfs Christmas Special
The Smurfs come to the rescue of two children and their grandfather when an evil mysterious stranger shows up and causes their sleigh to turn over, forcing them to seek help and inadvertently bring Gargamel in on the action.
Starring: Rene Auberjonois, Michael Bell, Lucille Bliss, William Callaway, Hamilton Camp
Directed by: Gerard Baldwin
Release date: 1982-12-13
18.

Beyond Witch Mountain

2.6
6.0/10
Beyond Witch Mountain
Made for TV movie and third Witch Mountain installment of the continuing exploits of the alien kids Tony and Tia. After news of the boy's amazing abilities surfaces Tony and Tia are sent to go find him knowing that the boy must be from their world. They are joined by an old friend Jason O'Day and a black cat named Winky. Together they race to find the boy before their old nemesis Aristotle Bolt does.
Starring: Eddie Albert, Tracey Gold, Andy Freeman, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., J. D. Cannon
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1982-02-20
19.

Elle voit des nains partout !

2.1
4.4/10
Elle voit des nains partout !
La reine de France meurt en couche. Elle met au monde un petite fille prénommée Blanche-neige. Le roi deçu de n'avoir pas un fils est résolu à faire disparaître sa progéniture mais c'est sans compter sur la protection de nombreux personnages de la littérature enfantine : les fées, Tarzan, Robin des Bois ou d'autres encore...
Starring: Zabou Breitman, Martin Lamotte, Philippe Bruneau, Christian Clavier, Coluche
Directed by: Jean-Claude Sussfeld
Release date: 1982-04-07
20.

Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit

1.8
7.7/10
Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit
When strange accidents happen at the factory where Mr. Monroe works, and vegetables are drained of their juices, the neighbors as well as Harold the dog and Chester the cat suspect that the new-found family bunny is really a vampire.
Starring: Jack Carter, Willie Tyler, Howard Morris, Joshua Milrad, Pat Petersen
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1982-01-09

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