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50 Family Movies Worth Owning

We have not had cable TV in over 5 years and we do not regret it. Something that started out as a way to save money, has turned out to be really good for our family. We enjoy the fact that we can freely pick and choose exactly what we want our family to watch. With two little ones, there are very many fun movies that we don’t have to worry about the content. Being fond of older family movies, we decided to put together the list below for ourselves but also to share with y’all. We have watched about half with our latest being Old Yeller and Savage Sam of which our family really enjoyed. Since we get Netflix DVDs, it has been very easy to find these titles but hope to collect them as well.

  1. Old Yeller
  2. Savage Sam
  3. Swiss Family Robinson
  4. Herbie Goes Bananas
  5. Snowball Express
  6. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  7. Dave Crockett
  8. Johnny Tremain
  9. Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar
  10. The Three Lives of Thomasina
  11. Pollyanna
  12. Toby Tyler
  13. The Shaggy D.A.
  14. Blackbeard’s Ghost
  15. Gus
  16. The Shaggy Dog
  17. Monkeys, Go Home
  18. The Incredible Mr. Limpet
  19. The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
  20. Moon Spinners
  21. The Incredible Journey
  22. The Barefoot Executive
  23. The Biscuit Eater
  24. Unidentified Flying Oddball
  25. The Apple Dumpling Gang
  26. The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
  27. The Reluctant Astronaut
  28. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
  29. Hot Lead and Cold Feet
  30. No Deposit No Return
  31. How to Frame a Figg
  32. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
  33. That Darn Cat
  34. The Love Bug
  35. Million Dollar Duck
  36. The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
  37. Son of Flubber
  38. The Absent-Minded Professor
  39. Follow Me Boys
  40. Now you See Him Now you Don’t
  41. The One And Only Genuine, Original Family Band
  42. The Strongest Man in the World
  43. My Dog, The Thief
  44. Third Man On The Mountain
  45. Mary Poppins
  46. Sound of Music
  47. Babes in Toyland
  48. Bed Knobs and Broom Sticks
  49. Miracle of the White Stallions
  50. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

31 thoughts on “50 Family Movies Worth Owning

      1. I think my list is a bit new, most of them animation movies: Toy story, Up, Home, flushed away, over the hedge, astro boy, magic gourd, ice age, wreck it Ralph. And recently frozen ( my daughter’s choice). I will update you soon with the other non-animated ones.
        Wishing you all the best,
        Nahla

  1. Very cool list. I’ve watched most of them myself, either with the kids or when I was a kid on the old Disney Television shows. Fond memories for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I had never watched most of them but my husband got me hooked as soon as we got married. I used to be strictly a period piece movie gal, but that has changed in the past 9 years 😁.

  2. Most of those came out when I was a kid or when my daughter was a kid. It shows you how crass movies have become that are supposedly for kids. So many of them are cynical with inside jokes for the adults.

    1. I think it’s sad to see how bad the Content of ” children’s movies” is. We have enjoyed the ability to find good old movies that focus on good acting vs whatever we have today.

  3. Oh no…Old Yeller first on the list? I’ve never shown it to my kids because watching it was scarring for me- haha. We all really love dogs so that is just too hard a movie to watch!

      1. The old Parent Trap is awesome. (It was on Netflix a few weeks ago, not sure if it still is.) I also liked White Fang a lot, the old Pete’s Dragon, The Ugly Dachsund, and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.

  4. You have a list of some great ones! As a child, we watched all the Apple Dumpling Gang and Herbie movies at the theater. We haven’t missed our TV in almost 20 years. One of the best decisions we made for ourselves and our children.

    1. I don’t ever see wanting Cable TV again. A movie here and there works really well for our family. We love the Apple Dumpling Gang as well as the Herbie. I have only watched one of the Herbie ones. Growing up in Uganda, I never watched most of these old movies as a kid but I have my beloved husband to thank for introducing me to most of them. I grew up watching period pieces for my literature classes and at times when they were passed down to us by missionary friends. I still greatly enjoy period pieces.❤

      1. Same here! Police/NCIS type shows still rule. I find them a bit depressing, although he says he likes them because he wants to see the good guys win. I want to watch something that makes me laugh, cry, sing along, or really think. I get all those emotions…that’s a great movie!

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