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List Rules Vote up the best Disney movies that are based on or inspired by literature.

Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse, but some of his company's most beloved characters come from literature. The best Disney movies based on books feature complex stories told simply. Many Disney movies based on fiction are also fairy tales. Some of the best Disney films based off books have even been nominated for Academy Awards.

What Disney movies adapted from books will you find on this list. Alice in Wonderland has to be near the top. Based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, this 1951 Disney film follows a precocious young girl as she journeys down the rabbit hole. Disney revisited the story in 2010 with a live-action film starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. The Little Mermaid is another good Disney movie based on a book.

The Brothers Grimm's “Rapunzel” served as the inspiration for the 2010 Disney musical Tangled. Other good Disney movies based on books include The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Did you know so many Disney movies were based on books? Vote the best films up to the top of this list and please add any good flicks we may have missed.

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton
Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton
Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more
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Winnie the Pooh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny
Winnie the Pooh is a 2011 film directed By Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall, and written by Burny Mattinson.
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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima
The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon
Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more
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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley
One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same ...more
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more
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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire
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
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker
Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba
The Jungle Book is a 2016 fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau. Based on Rudyard Kipling's eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney's 1967 animated film ...more
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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King
Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell
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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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro
Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the ...more
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Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk
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
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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman
he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander
Madacy Kids brings to life Victor Hugo's classic novel for this entry in their animated Children's Film Favorites series. Centering on the deformed Quasimodo, Children's Film Favorites: The ...more
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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi
Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more
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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills
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
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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester
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
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach
Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
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
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Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin
Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on November 18, 1988 by Walt Disney Pictures. The 27th ...more
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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley
James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and ...more
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The Adventures of Huck Finn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Movies Based on Books
Elijah Wood, Anne Heche, Ron Perlman
The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Buena Vista Pictures, and starring ...more