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The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films 

Ann Casano
Updated March 2, 2020 5k votes 616 voters 12.9k views 25 items

There is nothing like the classic fairy tale. The story can be told and retold countless times to new audiences with the same desired effect - transporting them to magical lands far, far away. A new way to repurpose these classic stories is to show them on the big screen. But while animated fairy tales were the norm in the past, a newer trend in movie making seeks to refashion animated films into a live action movies. These are the best live action versions of animated films.

Disney knows there is a huge market for live action remakes of their classic animated movies. Cinderella, Maleficent, and Alice in Wonderland were all box office successes. Not only did adults recapture the magic of their childhood with actors like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, but younger audiences got to experience these films, some for the first time, with new technological advances that add to the magic of their stories.

Expect this trend of turning animated classics into live action remakes to continue. Several Disney live-action remakes have already been announced - like Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr. as Geppetto. But not all live action remakes knock it out of the park. Be sure to vote up the ones that you love the most.

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
SuperUnicorn33 added Beauty and the Beast Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Released: 2017

Directed by: Bill Condon

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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Mowgli: Legend of the Ju... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch

Released: 2018

Directed by: Andy Serkis

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a 2018 adventure fantasy film directed by Andy Serkis, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. A human child (Rohan Chand) raised by wolves, must face off against a ...more
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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Jason Isaacs, Saffron Burrows, Rachel Hurd-Wood

Released: 2003

Directed by: P. J. Hogan

Peter Pan is a 2003 Australian-American-British fantasy film released by Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios. It was the first authorized and faithful film or TV ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
The Jungle Book Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba

Directed by: Jon Favreau

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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101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1996

101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Stephen Herek. It is the second adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One ...more

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Snow White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
AndrewWilkerson added Kristin Kreuk, Vera Farmiga, Miranda Richardson

Released: 2001

Directed by: Caroline Thompson

Snow White: The Fairest of Them All, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure television film, co-written and directed by American filmmaker Caroline Thompson and produced by Hallmark Entertainment. ...more
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tim Burton

Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by Helen Aberson. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a one-armed war veteran and former circus star, is ...more
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102 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Gérard Depardieu

Released: 2000

Directed by: Kevin Lima

102 Dalmatians is a 2000 family comedy film directed by Kevin Lima in his live action directorial debut and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the sequel to the 1996 film 101 Dalmatians and ...more

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Snow White and the Hunts... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American dark fantasy action film based on the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. In the film's retelling of the tale, ...more

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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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Released: 2019

Directed by: Charlie Bean

Lady and the Tramp is a 2019 American romance film directed by Charlie Bean, based on the Walt Disney’s 1955 animated film of the same name. An upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named ...more

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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Released: 1994

Directed by: Brian Levant

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Wendy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Shay Walker, Tommie Lynn Milazzo, Stephanie Lynn Wilson

Released: 2020

Directed by: Benh Zeitlin

Wendy is a 2020 American fantasy drama film directed by Behn Zeitlin based on J.M. Barrie's play, Peter Pan. A young girl is kidnapped and taken away from her home to an island where a ...more

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters U... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple

Released: 2014

Directed by: Robert Stromberg

Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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Released: 2019

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Aladdin is a 2019 American musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the Arab-style folktale. Smitten with the free-spirited Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), an ...more

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Oz the Great and Powerfu... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

Released: 2013

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley

Released: 2016

Directed by: David Lowery

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Gary Winick

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The Sorcerer's Apprentic... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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A Cinderella Story is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Rosman

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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Released: 2000

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Pan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara

Released: 2015

Directed by: Joe Wright

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Bo Welch

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