Disney Live-Action Remake Movies Ranked!

Since 2010 Disney’s live-action remakes have been successful with all audiences. Here is a ranking of all the live-action remakes so far!

In 2010, the live-action adaptation of Alice in Wonderland garnered over $1 billion dollars at the box office. This led to Disney remaking more of its classic films for all generations to experience the magic when they see the movie for the first time. There are more live-action remakes and sequels that have already been confirmed but we have a ranking of all the adaptations so far!

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13. Pinocchio

This classic film was reimagined in 2022 and follows the adventures of a wooden puppet named, Pinocchio who comes to life by the blue fairy after a lonely woodcarver, Geppetto wishes on a star. Pinocchio is determined to become a real boy but must overcome the challenges he encounters along the way. Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie 27% from both critics and audiences. On Metacritic, it scored a 38% based on 37 critic reviews and on IDMB it has a 5.1 out of 10. Academy Award-winning actor, Tom Hanks starred in the movie and critics praised some of the acting, however, the mutual consensus is that it did not live up to the original.

12. Dumbo

The 2019 movie is an adaptation of the 1941 original animated film. It centers on a family who runs an unsuccessful circus, but it is soon revived as they come across a big-eared elephant that is able to fly and becomes the star of the show. The critic’s score on Rotton Tomatoes was 46% and the audience score was 48%. On IDMb the rating was a 6.3 out of 10 based on 80,000 responses. Additionally, critics gave the movie a 51% on Metacritic. The film received a mixed response from audiences as many were, at first drawn to it because Tim Burton was the director.

11. Peter Pan and Wendy

This is one of Disney’s most recent live-action remakes based on the 1953 animated film, Peter Pan. The movie is about a girl named, Wendy who meets Peter Pan, a boy who never grows up, and together (along with her brothers) travel to Neverland where they encounter Peter’s long-time enemy, Captain Hook. The rating on Rotton Tomatoes was 64% and a low audience score of 11%. The score on IMDB was 4.4 out of 10, however on Metacritic, the Metascore was 61% based on 33 critic reviews which meant it received favorable reviews.

10. Alice in Wonderland

The 2010, Alice in Wonderland movie is a reimagined take on the 1951 classic animated film. It focuses on nineteen-year-old Alice who returns to Wonderland and helps the Mad Hatter fight against the Red Queen, in order to restore the rightful ruler of the land. Rotten Tomatoes scored 51% and the audience score was 55%. On Metacritic, it received mixed reviews with a rating of 53% based on 38 critic reviews and the IMDB score was 6.4 out of 10. The user score was 6.2 which indicated generally favorable reviews. This adaptation is what led Disney to create more live-action remakes because it generated high ticket sales and nominations at the Academy Awards.

9. Lady and the Tramp

The 1955 film, Lady and the Tramp was remade in 2019 and was released exclusively on Disney+. It focuses on the romantic love story between two dogs who live very different lives but come together for the adventure of a lifetime. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 66% and an audience score of 50%. The metascore on Metacritic was 48% based on 13 critic reviews The rating on IDMB was 6.2 out of 10. Audiences liked the movie, but it was heavily overlooked because it was the first live-action remake to premiere on their streaming service, Disney+.

8. Mulan

The movie is a live adaptation of the 1998 animated feature. It’s about a young woman who pretends to be a man to help avoid her father being sent to the Imperial Army again. She must keep up the guise while fighting the Rouran army in Imperial China. Rotten Tomatoes scored 72% with an audience score of 46%. The critic consensus was that it’s a “visual marvel” compared to its original. On IDMb, viewers gave it a 5.8 out of 10 and the Metascore for the film was 66%.

7. The Lion King

The 2019 movie, The Lion King is a live-action, photorealistic computer-animated remake of the animated 1994 film. The story follows a young lion, Simba who must return to his home, in order to become the true leader of the Pride Lands instead of his uncle, Scar who murdered his father, Mufasa. The rating on Rotton Tomatoes was 52%, but the audience score was 88% which means that the majority of the audience enjoyed the movie. On IDMb, it got a 6.8 out of 10 based on 259,000 responses and the score on Metacritic was a 55%. This movie became the ninth highest-grossing film of all time as it reached $1.663 billion at the box office.

6. Aladdin

The 1992 film, Aladdin was reimagined as a live-action adaptation in 2019. It centers on a street rat, Aladdin who encounters a genie who grants him three wishes, forms a romantic connection with Princess Jasmine, and tries to stop the evil sorcerer, Jafar from taking over the entire world. The Rotten Tomatoes score for the movie was 57% and the audience was a high 94%. On IDMb, it received a 6.9 out of 10 based on 282,000 users who saw the movie and the critics gave a Metascore of 53%. Viewers loved the movie more than the critics as there were new musical numbers and loved the casting of Princess Jasmine.

5. Beauty and the Beast

This adaptation of the 1991 animated feature was released in 2017. It follows a young maiden, Belle who becomes a prisoner to a beast who is actually a cursed prince. As time goes on, she grows closer to the beast and the only way for him to become human again is to find true love. The movie received a 71% critic rating and an audience score of 80% on Rotton Tomatoes. The Metascore was 65% and the user score was 6.6 out of 10. This is Disney’s second-highest live-action remake and was nominated for two Academy Awards that year.

4. The Little Mermaid

Disney’s latest live-action remake was The Little Mermaid. The original animated film came out in 1989. The plot focuses on a young mermaid, Ariel who yearns for adventure so she decides to make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula to become human, in order for Prince Eric and her to be together. On Rotton Tomatoes, it has a 67% rating and the audience score is high at 94%. The critics gave it a rating of 59% on Metacritic and it has a 7.2 on IMDB. According, to an AP News review article, there is “Disenchantment under the sea in live-action The Little Mermaid.” Many critics were harsher than viewers, however, when the movie was released on Disney+ it became one of the most-viewed Disney movie premieres ever.

3. Cinderella

This movie is a live-action remake of the 1950 classic animated film. The movie follows a young maiden, Ella who recently lost her father and is forced to be a servant to her evil stepmother and stepsisters. An invitation to the ball to see the prince again is what Ella had hoped for, however, her evil stepmother would never allow her to leave so it’s up to a magical fairy godmother to help her out. The score for this film was 84% and the audience score was 78%. Metacritic gave it 67% based on 47 critic reviews then the the user score was 7.4 out of 10. Viewers loved the film when it came out as many think none of the other live-action remakes have been close to being better than this one.

2. Pete’s Dragon

The 2016 movie was a reimagined take on the 1977 original feature, Pete’s Dragon. The film centers on a young boy Pete, who is an orphan who lives in the woods with his dragon, Elliott. He meets Grace who doesn’t believe in dragons, so with the help of a girl, Natalie, she seeks to find out if the tales are true. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 88% and an audience rating of 72%, meaning many reviews from critics were positive. On Metacritic, it received 71% while on IMDB it got a 6.7 out of 10. The Guardian reviewed it and thought that this “live-action family film avoids predictability with bleak subplots and a good balance between spectacle and sentiment.”

1. Jungle Book

The 2016 movie is a live-action remake of the 1967 animated film. Jungle Book focuses on a young boy, Mowgli who is on the run from the evil tiger, Shere Khan, and along the way is accompanied by a panther, Bagheera who is his mentor, and an easy-going bear, Baloo. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is certified fresh with a 94% rating along with an audience score of 86%. The metascore was 77% based on 49 critic reviews and the user score was 7.5 out of 10. On both review sites, critics and viewers scored it pretty high compared to the other reviews for Disney’s past live-action remakes.

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Jolee Levitin

Jolee Levitin is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin studying journalism and minoring in the media and entertainment industries. She is an intern with AfterBuzz TV and the Heal Squad. She loves anything Disney-related, binge-watching new TV shows, and going to see the newest Broadway shows in New York City.