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Movie recommendations from my readers!

Friday nights are family movie night at our house, and lately, we've been especially enjoying old movies. In my newsletter last week, I asked readers for recommendations of their favorite movies from the 1970s and earlier, and they came through in a big way! I got so many great suggestions that I just had to share them here. I hope you'll find some to enjoy as well!

(Just a note that there are newer remakes of many of these movies, but for the purposes of this list, I'm looking at the originals. I tried to stick with movies that are rated G, although of course, some older movies and musicals don't have ratings.)

101 Dalmatians

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

2001: A Space Odyssey

A Boy Named Charlie Brown

A Hard Day's Night

A Patch of Blue

A Star Is Born

Across the Great Divide

Alice in Wonderland

Angels in the Outfield

Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Green Gables

Around the World in 80 Days

Auntie Mame

Bachelor Mother

Bad News Bears

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bells are Ringing


Big Red

Black Beauty

Blossoms in the Dust


Bringing up Baby

Calamity Jane





Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlotte's Web

Cheaper by the Dozen

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Daddy Long Legs

Dancing in the Rain

Darby O'Gill and the Little People


Easter Parade

Escape to Witch Mountain

Father Goose

Fiddler on the Roof

Finian's Rainbow



Follow Me, Boys!

Francis the Talking Mule

Freaky Friday

Funny Girl

Funny Lady

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Guys and Dolls

Gypsy Colt

Hans Christian Andersen



Herbie Rides Again

Holiday Inn


How to Marry a Millionaire

In the Good Old Summertime

It Happened on 5th Avenue

It's a Wonderful Life

Knock on Wood

Lady and the Tramp


Leave It to Beaver

Life with father

Little House on the Prairie

Little Men

Little Women

Maltese Falcon

Mary Poppins

Meet Me in St. Louis

Miracle on 34th Street

Monkey Business

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Mrs. Miniver

My Fair Lady

My Three Sons

Napoleon and Samantha


Old Yeller

Oliver Twist

Once Upon A Mattress

Peter Pan

Pippi Longstocking

Please Don’t Eat The Daisies


Ride the Wild Surf

Robin Hood

Rock a Bye Baby

Roman Holiday

Romance on the High Seas

Royal Wedding

Second Chorus

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Show Boat

Singin' In The Rain

Son of Flubber

Sound of Music


South Pacific

State Fair

Summer Holiday

Support Your Local Sheriff

Swiss Family Robinson

Tammy and the Bachelor

Ten Commandments

That Darn Cat

The Absent-Minded Professor

The Adventures of the Wilderness Family

The Apple Dumpling Gang

The Band Wagon

The Barefoot Executive

The Bells of St Mary's

The Black Stallion

The Blue Bird

The Court Jester

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Family Jewels

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

The Grapes of Wrath

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Green Berets

The Happiest Millionaire

The Harvey Girls

The Incredible Journey

The Incredible Mr. Limpet

The Jungle Book

The King and I

The Little Princess

The Long, Long Trailer

The Love Bug

The Muppet Movie

The Music Man

The Nutty Professor

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

The Parent Trap

The Rescuers

The Robe

The Shaggy D.A.

The Shaggy Dog

The Singing Nun

The Waltons

There's No Business Like Show Business

Thoroughly Modern Millie

To Kill a Mockingbird

Top Hat

True Grit

White Christmas

Wizard of Oz

Wonder Man

Yours, Mine and Ours



"Karen Kingsbury meets Nicholas Sparks"

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