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The Best Disney Live-Action Movies 

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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. 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!

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

Directed by: Gore Verbinski, Rob Marshall

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1996

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Holes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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Escape to Witch Mountain... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Hough

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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That Darn Cat! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
That Darn Cat! Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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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

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20,000 Leagues Under the... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas

Released: 1954

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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The Apple Dumpling Gang ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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Released: 1979

Directed by: Vincent McEveety

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The Shaggy Dog [1959] is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson

Released: 1959

Directed by: Charles Barton

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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Released: 1993

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