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The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

Updated October 26, 2020 116.2k votes 6.4k voters 182.2k 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 Franchise1
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    Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

    Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom

    Released2003 - Present

    Directed byGore Verbinski, Rob Marshall

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  • The Santa Clause2
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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

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  • The Parent Trap3
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    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills

    Released1961

    Directed byDavid Swift

    The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian...  more
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  • Enchanted4
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    Enchanted

    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

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  • Mary Poppins5
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids6
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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of...  more
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  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe7

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure...  more
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  • Beauty and the Beast8
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

    Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The...  more
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  • The Princess Diaries9
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    The Princess Diaries

    Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore

    Released2001

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney...  more
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  • Cool Runnings10
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,...  more
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  • Holes11
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    Holes

    Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title...  more
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  • The Mighty Ducks12
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    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Herek

    The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring...  more
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  • Old Yeller13
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Escape to Witch Mountain14
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    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

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  • 101 Dalmatians15
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    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close

    Released1996

    101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed...  more
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  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks16
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    This film is a 1971 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by...  more
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  • Muppets Most Wanted17
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    Muppets Most Wanted

    Lady Gaga, Tina Fey

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Bobin

    Muppets Most Wanted is a 2014 American musical comedy caper film produced by Walt Disney...  more
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  • Swiss Family Robinson18
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    Swiss Family Robinson

    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire

    Released1960

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy...  more
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  • The Jungle Book19
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    The Jungle Book

    Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley

    Released2016

    Directed byJon Favreau

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  • Mary Poppins Returns20
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    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Released2018

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall. In...  more
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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea21
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre

    Released1954

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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  • Tron22
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    Tron

    Jeff Bridges, David Warner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Lisberger

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  • White Fang23
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    White Fang

    Ethan Hawke, James Remar

    Released1991

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    White Fang is a 1991 American adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser, starring Ethan Hawke,...  more
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  • Black Panther24
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    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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  • The Lion King25
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    The Lion King

    Donald Glover, Beyoncé

    Released2019

    Directed byJon Favreau

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