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List Rules The best non-animated films released under the Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Productions labels

What are the best Disney live action movies? While Disney has put out some of the most incredible, memorable animated feature films of all time, it has also released some remarkable live action films. Some of the live action Walt Disney movies listed here date back several decades; others are more modern classics. One thing they all have in common? They are wildly popular. Vote for your favorites, vote down any you didn't like and, of course, please add any great Disney live action movies that are missing.

Just as Disney's animated movies are almost always top notch, with awesome Disney princesses and menacing animated Disney villains, so are the Disney live action films.

Some of the excellent live action Disney movies listed here have a bit of cartoon action in them, but overall, they qualify. One good example is 1964's Mary Poppins, certainly among the greatest of Disney's live action offerings but also one of the best musical movies of all time, too. Fans of sports films will notice that many of Disney's best live action films are also among the most inspirational sports movies ever -- MiracleRemember the Titans, and The Mighty Ducks come to mind immediately.

Disney has also produced several first-rate live action film franchises, including Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Chronicles of Narnia, and the National Treasure movies. All of these movies could be considered among Disney's best, but this is about you -- what do *you* think is the best? Start voting, and enjoy reminiscing about some of Disney's most wonderful, non-animated movies. Fun for the whole family!

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Enchanted Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Maleficent Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Parent Trap Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Princess Diaries Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean Franc... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy swashbuckler films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney's theme park ride of the same name. Directors of the series include Gore ...more

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Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios ...more

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Hocus Pocus Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Cinderella Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell Cinderella is a 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz. Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur for Walt ...more

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of Joe Johnston and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it tells the story of an inventor who ...more

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Freaky Friday Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are ...more

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101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
101 Dalmatians Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels 101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Stephen Herek. It is the second adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One ...more

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based ...more

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
National Treasure Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure/heist film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne ...more

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Homeward Bound: The Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. Directed ...more

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The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Santa Clause Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy and it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ...more

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Parent Trap Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by ...more

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Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Swiss Family Robinson John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and Tommy Kirk in a tale of a shipwrecked family building an ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, following The Curse of the Black ...more

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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War Texas. ...more

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 British-American live action and computer animated adventure fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, ...more

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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Muppets Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin.

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Holes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Holes Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo ...more

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Mighty Ducks Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring Emilio Estevez. It was produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Guardians of the Galaxy Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic criminals ...more

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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Chris Pine The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is a 2004 American comedy film and the sequel to 2001's The Princess Diaries. Unlike the first film, this movie is not based on any of the books. Most of ...more

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the team behind the National ...more

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Flubber is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Flubber Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Wil Wheaton Flubber is a 1997 comedy film and a remake of The Absent-Minded Professor, directed by Les Mayfield. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and stars Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, ...more

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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Bridge to Terabithia Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 American-New Zealand fantasy adventure family drama film directed by Gábor Csupó and adapted for film by David L. Paterson and Jeff Stockwell. The ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At W... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a 2007 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The plot follows Will Turner, Elizabeth ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Avengers Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On S... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a 2011 action adventure film based on Tim Powers' novel. The film is directed by Rob Marshall

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The Love Bug is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Love Bug Buddy Hackett, Dean Jones, Michele Lee The Love Bug, sometimes referred to as Herbie the Love Bug, is the first in a series of comedy films made by Walt Disney Productions that starred an anthropomorphic pearl-white, fabric-sunroofed ...more

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Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Oz the Great and Powerful Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American 3D live action and computer animated fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and ...more

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Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Escape to Witch Mountain Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland Escape to Witch Mountain is a 1975 film based on the novel Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions, released by Buena Vista Distribution Company and ...more

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The Pacifier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Pacifier Whoopi Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham The Pacifier is a 2005 action comedy directed by Adam Shankman and written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. It stars Vin Diesel. The film was released in March 2005 by Walt Disney ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
gallifreyankhaleesi added Beauty and the Beast (2017) Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation ...more

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The Rocketeer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Rocketeer Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and based on the character of the same name created by comic book writer/artist Dave Stevens. Directed by ...more

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George of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
George of the Jungle Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann George of the Jungle is a 1997 American live-action film adaptation of the cartoon of the same name. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures with Mandeville Films and originally released ...more

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The Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Santa Clause 2 Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen The Santa Clause 2 is a 2002 American romantic comedy-holiday film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the second installment in The Santa Clause trilogy following The Santa Clause. It was filmed ...more

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The Shaggy Dog [1959] is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Shaggy Dog [1959] Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson The Shaggy Dog is a black-and-white 1959 Walt Disney film about Wilby Daniels, a teenage boy who by the power of an enchanted ring of the Borgias is transformed into the title character, a ...more

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Sky High is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Sky High Kurt Russell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lynda Carter Sky High is a 2005 American superhero family comedy film about an airborne school for teenage superheroes. It was directed by Mike Mitchell and written by Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, and ...more

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Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
CareyNigh added Pete's Dragon Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but one of its title characters, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story ...more

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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Tom Islava added Into the Woods Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep Into the Woods is a 2014 American fantasy musical drama film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway ...more

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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
The Muppet Movie Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. It was the first CinemaScope science fiction film and ...more

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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
High School Musical Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, ...more