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Top 10 Disney Live Action Movie Remakes, Ranked (According to IMDB)

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Disney is not started making live action movies in recent years, it have started making live action movies since 1950. “Treasure Island” released in 1950 was the first Disney live action movie adaptation.

After Treasure Island made many other live action adaptation movies like “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” and “The Shaggy Dog”, but these movies were not as successful at that time.

Since “Alice in Wonder” which grossed approximately $1 billion worldwide, Disney has got into a train to revive its former animated movie into live action.

Well, they are not wrong in deciding that because every live action movies released are making huge amount of money for Disney Productions.

Here in this article I have stated 10 Disney’s best live action movies which are well rated by critics and audience worldwide.

10. Pete’s Dragon (2016)

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IMDB: 6.7

Pete’s Dragon is a live action remake of the Disney’s 1997 animated musical film of the same name. The movie is directed by David Lowery and comes under the fantasy adventure film genre.

 The film is a story of an orphan boy who becomes friends with a dragon in the Pacific Northeast but not aware of what will happen when the dragon will come in the notice of other town people.

The movie is produced by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and was premiered in United States on August 8, 2016.

 The movie received positive reviews worldwide and grossed around $143 million. The budget of the movie was only $65 million.

The movie was well received by the audience and critics. The movie received 88% positive critic reviews (240 critics) and 72% positive audience reviews (37, 158 users) on Rotten Tomatoes.

According to New York Post, Pete’s Dragon was surprisingly one of the year’s best movies.

9. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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IMDB: 6.7

Mary Poppins Returns is a sequel to the Disney’s 1964 animated movie Mary Poppins. This musical fantasy 2018 movie is directed by Rob Marshall and stars Emily Blunt in the lead role as ”Mary Poppins”.

The story takes place in London during the time of Great Depression. The story is 25 years after events of the original movie.

Marry Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks returns back to them when Michael wife dies.

The film was released in December 2018 which makes it the longest interval of time between any other film sequels in history, 54 years.

The acting of Emily Blunt was well acclaimed by the critics and movie grossed a handsome income of $349 million worldwide. The movie performance was above expectation because the production value of the film was only $130 million.

According to the National Board of Review the movie was among the top ten animated movies of 2018 and received many awards. It also received for Oscar Nominations which include Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Original Song.

The movie was good but it received average audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

It received 65% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes by 7,307 users and 6.7 out of 10 rating by 231 users on Metacritic.

8. Cinderella (2015)

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IMDB: 6.9

Cindrella is a live action adaptation of the Walt Disney’s animated movie of the same name. This romantic fantasy film was premiered in 2015 by Walt Disney Studios in United States.

The movie is a story of Ella, a merchant daughter, who is living at a mercy of his stepmother and her children after the death of her father.

She is turned into a servant and renamed as Cinderella. But she is courageous girl and doest run away from hardship.

Everything changes when she met a kind young boy, which she doesn’t know of being a prince.

The movies was given positive reviews by the critics specially actors were praised for their on screen performances.

The movie was loved all over the world and made approximately $542 million, which was extremely good because it had a production value of only $100 million.

The movies also received good user ratings by the critics. One Metacritic it received 7.5 user rating and on Rotten Tomatoes it received 78% audience score given by 77, 752 users.

7. The Lion King (2019)

IMDB: 6.9

Another one of the most awaited live action remake of the Original Lion King movie hits the theaters in 2019. The story is quite similar to the previous 1994 the animated Lion King with little changes here and there.

For examples, Nala gets more screen time with respect to the animated version and Pumba gets to pass gas or farts, as stated by Time.

The film was tremendous hit all over the world with gross income of $1.6 billion. The movie surpassed Frozen in highest grossing movies of all time and became the second highest grossing movie of 2019.

It also received Oscar nomination for the best animated feature film and Original score.

Critic’s ratings were mixed as compared to the audience rating, which was above 80%.

The movie received only 52% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes but a high 88% audience score.

Since the movie was loved by the public which mostly matters because critics do not makes money for the movie. It’s a must watch movie of 2019.

6. Enchanted (2007)

IMDB: 7.0

Enchanted is story of Disney princess who is forced from her traditional animated world and send to the live-action world of New York City.

Enchanted is a live action animated musical romantic comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures in 2007. The movie stars Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey in leading roles.

The movie is a parody and a homage to the past different characters and movies of Walt Disney.

The movie was well acclaimed by the critics and the audience, which resulted in its huge success. The acting of Amy Adams was appreciated worldwide and movie made a total gross income of $340 million. It was also the fifteenth highest grossing movie of 2007. It was also nominated for numerous awards which even includes the 80th Academy Awards.

According to New York Times, Amy Adams doesn’t just brought her cartoonish character back to life but she filled Giselle’s pale cheeks with blood and feelings, turning a hazardously cute gimmick into a recognizable, appealing human confusion of emotion and crinoline.

It received awesome critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 93% and 80% audience rating. It is among the most successful live action movies of Walt Disney.

5. Maleficent (2014)

IMDB: 7.0

Maleficent is a fairy tale fantasy film produced by Walt Disney in 2014. It is a live action remake of Disney animated 1959 movie Sleeping Beauty.

The movie is a story of a fairy named Maleficent who fall in love of a boy. The boy later betrayed her and cut down her wings on command of the corrupt king.

It is a story of her revenge and the relationship with a princess who she cursed to mock her previous lover.

The film had mixed reviews worldwide. It was praised for Jolie’s performance, music and visuals but was criticized for it bad screenplay. Overall, the movie was quite successful worldwide with a total income of $758 million. It was also the fourth highest grossing movie of 2014.

The movie was also nominated for Best Costume Design at Academy Awards same year. The movie also had a sequel which released in 2018.

However, the movie was successful but it received average rating by the critics and audience. It was given 54% critics rating (by 270 critics) and 70% audience rating (by 176,308 users) on Rotten Tomatoes.

4. Aladdin (2019)

IMDB: 7.0

Another Disney’s live action musical fantasy on the list is Aladdin. Directed by one of my favorite directors, Guy Ritchie, this movie is a live action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated film of the same name.

This Will Smith movie is a story of a street thief, Aladdin. On one side he falls in love with Princess Jasmine and on the other side he befriends a wish-granting Genie (played by Will Smith). With the help of Genie he tries to impress his love and fight the wicked villain Jafar.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from the critics the movie was highly successful worldwide. It made a total business of $1 billion worldwide and became the ninth highest grossing movie of 2019.

The movie was praised for its music, humor, costume design and actors performances but was criticized for Richie’s direction and screenplay.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has 57% critic ratings (by 370 critics) and 94% audience score (by 59,044 users). 

3. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

IMDB: 7.1

Its look like every live action Disney’s animated movie adaption is a musical fantasy movie. Here is another music romantic fantasy film in the list. Beauty and the Beast is a live action adaptation of 1991 animated movie of the same name.

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens are in the lead role. The story is of a Prince who is turned into a beast by an enchantress and cursed him that the spell will only be broken if he finds a love and loved back by the girl. She also said that he has found that girl until the last rose petal falls (she also gave a rose to the prince). If the last rose petal also fells he will be beast forever.

The movie was made with a budget of $255 million, which makes it one of the most expensive movies ever made. The movie grossed total income of $1.2 billion, which makes it the second highest grossing movie of 2017 and the 10th highest grossing movie of all time.

The movie also received nominations at the Oscars for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

The movie was well received by critics and audience worldwide. On Rotten Tomatoes movie received a good 71% score by the critics and 80% score by the audience.

2. Christopher Robin (2018)

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IMDB: 7.3

Christopher Robin is fantasy comedy drama Disney movie which was released in 2018. It is a live action adaptation of the of Disney movie Winnie the Pooh.

The movie is a story of adult Christopher Robin who loses his sense of imagination but something good happens when he gets reunited with his old stuffed bear friend, Winnie the Pooh.

According to The New Yorker, The film, which was directed by Marc Forster, has adapted Milne’s reflections about what it is to live, reflections that seem—for both adults and children, in this exhaustingly fraught era—all the more relevant.

The movie was well acclaimed by the critics and audience. It made a total grossing income of $197 million which makes it highest grossing movie under Winnie the Pooh franchise.

The movie also received a good critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. It was given 73% rating by the critics and 83% rating by the audience.

1. The Jungle Book (2016)

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IMDB: 7.4

The Jungle book is a best live action movie ever made by Disney. With a highest IMDB rating of 7.4 the movie ranks on top of this list.

The movie is live action adaptation of the fantasy adventure animated 1967 Disney movie of the same name.

This live action/CGI movie is a story of Mowgli, a human orphaned boy adopted by the animals and became friends with many animals near him.

The movie is an adventure of self discovery and his escape from the threatening hands of a Tiger named Shere Khan.

The movie was the highest grossing movie of 2016 with a total of $966 million worldwide income. As per the budget which was $175 million movies far exceeded its expectations.

The movie was well acclaimed by the critics for its visual effects, music, acting performances and its faithfulness in the story as per the original animated film.

The movie is also given a tremendously high rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes by the some well known critics.


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