40 Best Disney Live Action Films

by quillpen5 | created - 14 Oct 2014 | updated - 14 Oct 2014 | Public

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1. Treasure Island (1950)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 6,117

2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 26,400 | Gross: $28.20M

3. Johnny Tremain (1957)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Family, History

Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 1,435

4. The Shaggy Dog (1959)

Approved | 104 min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy

A teenage boy is cursed with periodically turning into an sheepdog.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello

Votes: 3,883

5. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A wily old codger matches wits with the King of the Leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea

Votes: 6,290

6. Pollyanna (1960)

Approved | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A young girl comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Jane Wyman, Hayley Mills, Richard Egan, Karl Malden

Votes: 8,194

7. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

G | 126 min | Adventure, Family

A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro

Votes: 12,441 | Gross: $40.36M

8. The Absent Minded Professor (1961)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk

Votes: 6,596 | Gross: $25.38M

9. The Parent Trap (1961)

Passed | 129 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

73 Metascore

Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 17,229

10. The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Family

Thomasina the cat brings a family together, through her mysterious death and reappearance.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Laurence Naismith, Jean Anderson

Votes: 1,976

11. That Darn Cat! (1965)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

After a kidnapped bank teller uses a neighbor's wandering cat to send an SOS, the FBI assigns a cat-allergic agent to the case.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 5,137 | Gross: $28.06M

12. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Family

Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles, Kelly Thordsen

Votes: 3,028

13. Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Family

Henry Dussard, a young American, inherits a picturesque but badly neglected olive farm in southern France and is determined to make it operational again despite cautionary advice from the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Dean Jones, Yvette Mimieux, Bernard Woringer

Votes: 405

14. The Gnome-Mobile (1967)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

An eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Walter Brennan, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice, Richard Deacon

Votes: 1,820

15. Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

On the Carolina coast, Godolphin College's new track coach lodges at Blackbeard's Inn, run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers, who claim to be descendants of the notorious pirate, and who risk losing their hotel to the local mobster.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 4,608

16. The Love Bug (1968)

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

48 Metascore

A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett

Votes: 12,937

17. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

At Medfield College, an accident with a donated computer gives Dexter Riley the ability to remember any knowledge learned instantly and perfectly.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, William Schallert

Votes: 3,900

18. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?

Director: John Hough | Stars: Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Kim Richards

Votes: 8,379 | Gross: $20.00M

19. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

G | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Western

59 Metascore

Three orphan children strike gold in 1878 California.

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Don Knotts, Tim Conway

Votes: 4,431 | Gross: $36.85M

20. Freaky Friday (1976)

G | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A mother and daughter find their personalities switched and have to live each other's lives on one strange Friday.

Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Barbara Harris, Jodie Foster, John Astin, Patsy Kelly

Votes: 10,784 | Gross: $25.94M

21. Candleshoe (1977)

G | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Small-time crook Harry Bundage discovers that the old manor house where Lady St. Edmund resides, with three orphans and her butler Priory is the resting place for a hoard of treasure. ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Jodie Foster, David Niven, Helen Hayes, Leo McKern

Votes: 3,254

22. The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Three scientists help an Alien feline, stranded on Earth, to repair its damaged spacecraft in order to return home but their efforts are hampered by inept army officials and foreign spies.

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 3,896

23. The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)

G | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Western

The adventures of two idiotic outlaw wannabees, Amos and Theodore.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson, Kenneth Mars

Votes: 2,120 | Gross: $20.93M

24. TRON (1982)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan

Votes: 107,127 | Gross: $33.00M

25. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland

Votes: 131,639 | Gross: $130.72M

26. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder, Ed Bernard

Votes: 39,346 | Gross: $41.83M

27. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 86,114 | Gross: $144.83M

28. 101 Dalmatians (1996)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

49 Metascore

An evil high-fashion designer plots to steal Dalmatian puppies in order to make an extravagant fur coat, but instead creates an extravagant mess.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright

Votes: 93,929 | Gross: $136.19M

29. Flubber (1997)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

37 Metascore

An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber," a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald, Ted Levine

Votes: 79,035 | Gross: $92.98M

30. The Parent Trap (1998)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix

Votes: 110,253 | Gross: $66.31M

31. The Princess Diaries (2001)

G | 111 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

52 Metascore

Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her sixteenth year.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo

Votes: 118,093 | Gross: $108.25M

32. Snow Dogs (2002)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

29 Metascore

When a Miami dentist inherits a team of sled dogs, he's got to learn the trade or lose his pack to a crusty mountain man.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Sisqó, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 23,781 | Gross: $81.17M

33. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 973,101 | Gross: $305.41M

34. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

34 Metascore

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp

Votes: 38,719 | Gross: $75.85M

35. National Treasure (2004)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

39 Metascore

A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean

Votes: 287,748 | Gross: $173.01M

36. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

75 Metascore

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes

Votes: 343,876 | Gross: $291.71M

37. Old Dogs (I) (2009)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family

19 Metascore

Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead them to be the temporary guardians of seven year-old twins.

Director: Walt Becker | Stars: Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth Green, Kelly Preston

Votes: 34,779 | Gross: $49.49M

38. The Lone Ranger (2013)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Western

37 Metascore

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 210,799 | Gross: $89.30M

39. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell

Votes: 142,624 | Gross: $83.30M

40. Maleficent (2014)

PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Family

56 Metascore

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Director: Robert Stromberg | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville

Votes: 310,598 | Gross: $241.41M



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