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The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films

Updated September 3, 2020 5.4k votes 619 voters 13.2k views26 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
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

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    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

    Released2018

    Directed byAndy Serkis

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    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Peter Pan

    Jason Isaacs, Saffron Burrows

    Released2003

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

    Peter Pan is a 2003 Australian-American-British fantasy film released by Universal Pictures,... more on Wikipedia
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    101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Dumbo

    Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton

    Released2019

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Snow White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Snow White

    Kristin Kreuk, Vera Farmiga

    Released2001

    Directed byCaroline Thompson

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    The Jungle Book

    Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley

    Directed byJon Favreau

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    102 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    102 Dalmatians

    Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd

    Released2000

    Directed byKevin Lima

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Cinderella

    Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2015

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    The Flintstones

    Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor

    Released1994

    Directed byBrian Levant

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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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    Lady and the Tramp

    Justin Theroux, Tessa Thompson

    Released2019

    Directed byCharlie Bean

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    Snow White and the Huntsman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Snow White and the Huntsman

    Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart

    Released2012

    Directed byRupert Sanders

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    Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone

    Released2004

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    Wendy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Wendy

    Shay Walker, Tommie Lynn Milazzo

    Released2020

    Directed byBenh Zeitlin

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    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Aladdin

    Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott

    Released2019

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Maleficent

    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

    Released2014

    Directed byRobert Stromberg

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    Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Alice in Wonderland

    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway

    Released2010

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Mulan

    Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen

    Released2020

    Directed byNiki Caro

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    Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Pete's Dragon

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Lowery

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    Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Oz the Great and Powerful

    Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz

    Released2013

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Charlotte's Web

    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2006

    Directed byGary Winick

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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Released2000

    Directed byRon Howard

    This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and... more on Wikipedia

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    A Cinderella Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    A Cinderella Story

    Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Rosman

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    Pan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
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    Pan

    Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman

    Released2015

    Directed byJoe Wright

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