Live Action Disney Films...That Don't Suck

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1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Approved | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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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: 24,075 | Gross: $28.20M

2. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

6.9
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In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 37,049 | Gross: $18.56M

3. TRON (1982)

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

6.8
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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: 100,213 | Gross: $33.00M

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

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

8.0
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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: 896,404 | Gross: $305.41M

5. Tron (2010)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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49 Metascore

The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 280,306 | Gross: $172.06M

6. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.4
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57 Metascore

When a man inadvertantly kills Santa 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: 73,826 | Gross: $144.83M

7. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 120,576 | Gross: $102.27M

8. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Approved | 126 min | Adventure, Family

7.2
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A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

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

Votes: 11,249 | Gross: $40.36M

9. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 173,320 | Gross: $115.65M

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

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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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: 314,150 | Gross: $291.71M

11. The Incredible Journey (1963)

G | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.1
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The story of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. Can they find their way home?

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Émile Genest, John Drainie, Tommy Tweed, Sandra Scott

Votes: 3,170

12. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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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: 36,386 | Gross: $41.83M

13. Miracle (2004)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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68 Metascore

Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 39,545 | Gross: $64.38M

14. Enchanted (2007)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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75 Metascore

A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey

Votes: 154,455 | Gross: $127.81M

15. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 37,840 | Gross: $27.28M

16. Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | 83 min | Family, Drama, Adventure

7.3
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A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York

Votes: 9,639 | Gross: $21.91M

17. Iron Will (1994)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Family

6.5
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When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Haid | Stars: Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers, August Schellenberg

Votes: 6,175 | Gross: $21.01M

18. Cool Runnings (1993)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.9
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60 Metascore

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis

Votes: 76,183 | Gross: $68.86M

19. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

PG | 101 min | Family, Adventure

7.0
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In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise, Lainie Kazan

Votes: 4,161 | Gross: $2.14M

20. White Fang (I) (1991)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Seymour Cassel, Susan Hogan

Votes: 16,852 | Gross: $34.79M

21. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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46 Metascore

A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith, Heidi Kling

Votes: 48,673 | Gross: $50.75M

22. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

G | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 28,414 | Gross: $18.53M

23. The Absent Minded Professor (1961)

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

6.8
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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: 5,922 | Gross: $25.38M

24. The Princess Diaries (2001)

G | 111 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.3
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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: 105,111 | Gross: $108.25M

25. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

PG | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.6
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62 Metascore

The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, William Moseley

Votes: 164,688 | Gross: $141.62M

26. Holes (2003)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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71 Metascore

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 64,069 | Gross: $67.41M

27. The Game Plan (2007)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

6.2
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44 Metascore

An NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Pettis, Roselyn Sanchez

Votes: 48,510 | Gross: $90.65M

28. Pollyanna (1960)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Family

7.4
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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: 7,516

29. The Parent Trap (1998)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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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: 97,842 | Gross: $66.31M

30. Secretary (2002)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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63 Metascore

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 72,692 | Gross: $4.06M

31. Freaky Friday (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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70 Metascore

An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other's life for one freaky Friday.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Harold Gould

Votes: 106,055 | Gross: $110.23M

32. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

PG | 95 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Royal Dano

Votes: 7,001 | Gross: $8.40M

33. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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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: 7,709 | Gross: $20.00M

34. Return from Witch Mountain (1978)

G | 95 min | Family, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.9
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Tia and her brother Tony have supernatural powers, can communicate and move things with the power of their mind alone. They arrive on Earth for a visit in Los Angeles. When Tony uses his ... See full summary »

Director: John Hough | Stars: Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann

Votes: 3,670

35. The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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In Missouri, during the 1840s, young Huck Finn fearful of his drunkard father and yearning for adventure, leaves his foster family and joins with runaway slave Jim in a voyage down the Mississippi River toward slavery free states.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Elijah Wood, Courtney B. Vance, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Robards

Votes: 6,709 | Gross: $24.10M

36. Treasure Island (1950)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family

7.0
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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: 5,410

37. The Shaggy Dog (1959)

Approved | 104 min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy

6.5
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A teenage boy is cursed with periodically turning into an sheepdog.

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

Votes: 3,460

38. 101 Dalmatians (1996)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

5.7
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49 Metascore

A woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.

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

Votes: 83,178 | Gross: $136.19M

39. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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48 Metascore

Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 39,135 | Gross: $139.24M

40. John Carter (2012)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.6
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51 Metascore

Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton

Votes: 225,999 | Gross: $73.08M

An under-rated and old fashioned space opera.

41. The Jungle Book (1994)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Family, Romance

6.0
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Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphaned jungle boy raised by wolves, and how he becomes king of the jungle.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill

Votes: 14,129 | Gross: $44.34M