Top 10 Family Movies Of All Time

Wednesday, February 23 by Wendy Adams

It is very difficult to choose the top 10 family movies of all time considering there are so many to choose from. Each family has something unique to offer whether it is the story, photography, fantasy, or special effects. This list of the top family movies of all time offers everything from a journey through a fantasy world to obstacles of growing up.

  1. Wizard of Oz”. (1939) Dorothy (Judy Garland) is propelled into the world of Oz by a tornado striking the family farm house and sending it through the air to land on a wicked witch. Dorothy must travel to see the Wizard to learn how to get home. The first and last part of the film is in black and white. Dorothy's first look at the Land of Oz is in striking color, which wowed audiences in 1939. Winner of two Academy Awards.
  2. The Yearling”. (1946) The winner of two Academy Awards and starring Gregory Peck as Penny Baxter, Jane Wyman as Orry Baxter, and Claude Jarman as Jody. Baxter treats his snake bite by killing a doe for its organs leaving a young fawn to fen for itself. Young Jody begs for the fawn as a pet against the disapproval of his stalwart Mother. As the fawn grows and becomes destructive, Jody is faced with a horrendous adult situation.
  3. The Greatest Show on Earth”. (1952) The theme of this Technicolor gem is children of all ages love the circus. A wonderful behind the scenes look at what it takes to provide a circus. Lots of drama with an all star cast including Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Jimmy Stewart, Dorothy Lamour, and Gloria Grahame. Winner of two Academy Awards.
  4. The Sandlot”. (1993) Wonderful ensemble cast in this coming of age tale filled with memorable escapades. Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) moves into a new neighborhood, collect new friends, and plays baseball and encounters a junk yard dog called the Beast.
  5. Alice in Wonderland”. (1933 through 2010).  Whether you watch the 1933 film or the animated version of this Lewis Carol classic, the charm and magic of this fantasy adventure remains in this tale of Alice who makes friend with magical characters on her journey through Wonderland.
  6. Angels in the Outfield”. (1951 Paul Douglas stars as Guffy McGovern, the crusty manager of the Pirates, Janet Leigh as Jennifer Paige, the reporter, and Donna Corcoran and Bridget White, orphan. Little Bridget White sees angels behind each baseball player. Guffy made a deal to with an angel in exchange for help for his losing team.
  7. Adventures of Robin Hood”. (1938) The classic tale on Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) and Maid Merion (Olivia de Havilland). No actor embodied the character of Robin Hood as well as the swashbuckling Errol Flynn. Costarring Claude Rains, Basil Rathbone, Alan Hale, and Eugene Pallette. Won three Academy Awards.
  8. Raiders of the Lost Ark”. (1981) The first installment of the Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) trilogy follows the escapades of the irrepressible college professor and archeologist Indiana Jones. In this episode, Indy is fight the Nazi’s who are busy stealing the world’s treasure.
  9. Swiss Family Robinson”. (1960) Delightful Disney classis about a shipwrecked family on a deserted tropical island who create an island paradise with clever ingenuity that they must defend from pirates. An all star cast includes John Mills as the Father, Dorothy McGuire as the Mother, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, and Sessue Hayakawa and the Pirate.
  10. Star Wars Trilogy”.(1977) Magical sci-fi fantasy at its best by director / writer George Lucas. The special effects are as stunning. In the first installment Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and robots C-P3O and R2-D2 join forces to fight for freedom from the evil Darth Vader and the Empire. Winner of six Academy Awards.
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