Watchworthy

The Best Disney Live-Action Movies 

film snob
Originally by
Updated March 16, 2020 128.2k votes 5.4k voters 167k views 143 items

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. This list also includes Disney's live action remakes.

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 everMiracle and Remember the Titans come to mind immediately as a few of the best Disney sports movies that were also taken from real life stories.

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 -- which ones do you think are the best? Start voting, and enjoy reminiscing about some of Disney's most wonderful, non animated movies. Fun for the whole family!

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

Directed by: Gore Verbinski, Rob Marshall

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

More Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise 

14 Things That Happen In Every Frickin' Pirates Of The Caribbean Movie #7 of 112 The Very Best Movie Franchises #29 of 45 The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

2
The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

Released: 1961

Directed by: David Swift

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

More The Parent Trap 

#978 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #26 of 82 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels #42 of 321 The Best Movies for Kids

3
Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kevin Lima

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

More Enchanted 

#110 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #38 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #30 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

4
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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

More Mary Poppins 

Behind The Scenes, The Making Of 'Mary Poppins' Was Not As Magical As You'd Think #5 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

5
The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Pasquin

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

More The Santa Clause 

#1,104 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #76 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movieslisted on The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

6
The Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Adamson

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

More The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 

The Best Characters in the Chronicles of Narnia, Ranked #32 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

7
The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

Released: 2001

Directed by: Garry Marshall

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

More The Princess Diaries 

#6 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #68 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies #1,008 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

8
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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

More Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 

The Worst Parenting Decisions In The 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids' Series #28 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #87 of 112 The Very Best Movie Franchises

9
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell

Released: 2015

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

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

More Cinderella 

#1,539 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #294 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #66 of 104 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time

10
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
gallifreyankhaleesi added Beauty and the Beast Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Released: 2017

Directed by: Bill Condon

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

More Beauty and the Beast 

Every Song in Beauty and the Beast, Ranked by Singability #469 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #27 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

11
101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1996

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

More 101 Dalmatians 

The Live Action 101 Dalmatians Is The Most Insane Fever Dream Of A Movie #239 of 366 The Best Movies Based On Books #207 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

12
Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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

More Cool Runnings 

#54 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #148 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #161 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

13
Escape to Witch Mountain... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Hough

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

More Escape to Witch Mountain 

#149 of 191 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #41 of 99 The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies #21 of 82 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

14
Holes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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

More Holes 

What Happened To Everyone In The ‘Holes’ Cast? #489 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #1,183 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

15
Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk

Released: 1960

Directed by: Ken Annakin

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

More Swiss Family Robinson 

#14 of 33 The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love #2 of 27 The Best Desert Island Movies #60 of 238 The Best G-Rated Children's Movies

16
Bedknobs and Broomsticks... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

This film 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 upon the books ...more

More Bedknobs and Broomsticks 

#179 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #66 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

17
The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

Released: 1992

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

More The Mighty Ducks 

14 Odd Things You Never Really Noticed About The 'Mighty Ducks' Movies #77 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #340 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

18
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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 Texas. It is based upon ...more

More Old Yeller 

#83 of 395 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #1,113 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #9 of 293 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

19
Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Gunn

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 "bad ...more

More Guardians of the Galaxy 

Guardians of the Galaxy Fan Theories #31 of 191 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #263 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

20
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

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

More Hocus Pocus 

What Happened To The Cast Of Hocus Pocus? #697 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #93 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

21
Return from Witch Mounta... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Christopher Lee, Bette Davis, Kim Richards

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Hough

Return from Witch Mountain is the 1978 sequel to Walt Disney Productions' 1975 film, Escape to Witch Mountain. It was written by Malcolm Marmorstein and is based on the novel by Alexander Key. ...more

More Return from Witch Mountain 

#50 of 99 The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies #216 of 321 The Best Movies for Kids #21 of 62 The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s

22
That Darn Cat! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
That Darn Cat! Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

That Darn Cat! is a 1965 American Walt Disney Productions thriller comedy film starring Hayley Mills and Dean Jones. The film was based on the book Undercover Cat by Gordon and Mildred Gordon ...more

More That Darn Cat! 

#826 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #212 of 321 The Best Movies for Kids #60 of 181 The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

23
20,000 Leagues Under the... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas

Released: 1954

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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

More 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 

#165 of 366 The Best Movies Based On Books #85 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

24
The Apple Dumpling Gang ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
neerdowell added Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Ruth Buzzi

Released: 1979

Directed by: Vincent McEveety

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again is a 1979 sequel to the 1975 American family film The Apple Dumpling Gang starring the comedy duo of Tim Conway, and Don Knotts. Conway and Knotts reprise ...more

More The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again 

#45 of 62 The Best Kids Movies of the 1970s #3 of 23 The Best Disney Western Movies #77 of 195 The Best G-Rated Comedies

25
The Shaggy Dog [1959] is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson

Released: 1959

Directed by: Charles Barton

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

More The Shaggy Dog [1959] 

#127 of 181 The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made #25 of 83 The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids #7 of 24 The Best Disney Movies Starring Dogs