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The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

Updated October 26, 2020 111.5k votes 6.0k voters 174.9k 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 Franc is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills

    Released1961

    Directed byDavid Swift

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    Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Enchanted

    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

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    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    The Princess Diaries

    Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore

    Released2001

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Holes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Holes

    Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    The Jungle Book

    Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley

    Directed byJon Favreau

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    The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Herek

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    Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

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    Muppets Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Muppets Most Wanted

    Lady Gaga, Tina Fey

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Bobin

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    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Mary Poppins Returns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Directed byRob Marshall

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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    The Lion King

    Donald Glover, Beyoncé

    Released2019

    Directed byJon Favreau

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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Swiss Family Robinson

    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire

    Released1960

    Directed byKen Annakin

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    Herbie Rides Again is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Herbie Rides Again

    Helen Hayes, Stefanie Powers

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre

    Released1954

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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    The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides  is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Released1979

    Directed byVincent McEveety

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    101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close

    Released1996

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    Now You See Him, Now You Don't is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Live-Action Movies
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    Now You See Him, Now You Don't

    Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero

    Released1972

    Directed byRobert Butler

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