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The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

Updated October 26, 2020 112.5k votes 6.1k voters 176.0k views97 items

List RulesThe 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 Franchise
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    The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills


    Directed byDavid Swift

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    The Santa Clause

    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker


    Directed byJohn Pasquin

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    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon


    Directed byKevin Lima

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    Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens


    Directed byBill Condon

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    The Princess Diaries

    The Princess Diaries

    Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore


    Directed byGarry Marshall

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


    Directed byAndrew Adamson

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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack


    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Cool Runnings

    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba


    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver


    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

    Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley

    Directed byJon Favreau

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    The Mighty Ducks

    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland


    Directed byStephen Herek

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    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards


    Directed byJohn Hough

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    Old Yeller

    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Muppets Most Wanted

    Muppets Most Wanted

    Lady Gaga, Tina Fey


    Directed byJames Bobin

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    Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Directed byRob Marshall

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    The Lion King

    The Lion King

    Donald Glover, Beyoncé


    Directed byJon Favreau

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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Swiss Family Robinson

    Swiss Family Robinson

    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire


    Directed byKen Annakin

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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre


    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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    Herbie Rides Again

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    Helen Hayes, Stefanie Powers


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again


    Directed byVincent McEveety

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    101 Dalmatians

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    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close


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    Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

    Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

    Don Knotts, Dean Jones


    Directed byVincent McEveety

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