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Top Ten Best Non-Animated DISNEY Movies

Updated on February 3, 2013

The top ten non-animated Disney movies...

The Disney name has been synonymous with classic animated family movies for decades, but they have also produced many popular non-animated movies. Most recently is the wildly popular Pirates of the Caribbean series. I grew up watching and loving both animated and non-animated Disney movies. This list is not based on my personal opinions, it is compiled from user ratings and reliable websites. Enjoy and please be sure to sign my guestbook before you leave.

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#10 : Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey - Average Score: 84.08 / 100

This thrilling and thoroughly captivating theatrical hit from Disney has become an instant favorite with audiences of all ages. You'll lose your heart to Chance, a fun-loving American bulldog pup; Sassy, a hilarious Himalayan cat who lives up to her name; and Shadow, a wise old golden retriever -- all of whom express themselves with very familiar human voices! The adventure begins when the loving owners of these irresistible pets are forced to leave them in the temporary care of a friend who lives hundreds of miles away. But after several days, the worried animals begin to think their family must be in trouble, so they decide to head for home. On their incredible journey across the ruggedly beautiful Sierras, they encounter unexpected surprises from man, beast, and nature alike. It's an unforgettable story of love, courage, and devotion that will delight and inspire generations to come!

Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey
Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey

My humble opinion: I have watched this movie many times. It is a rarity! What other movie in its class can be funny, witty, cute, touching, and moving without over-doing things? It's worth watching for Sassy's sarcasm alone. Classic!


#9 : Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch, and The Wardrobe - Average score: 84.13 / 100

Prepare to enter another world when Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present C.S. Lewis' timeless and beloved adventure. With the stunningly realistic special effects, you'll experience the exploits of Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, four siblings who find the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of "hide-and-seek" at the country estate of a mysterious professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, once peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs, and giants that has been turned into a world of eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the wise and magnificent lion Aslan, the children lead Narnia into a spectacular climactic battle to be free of the Witch's glacial powers forever!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Widescreen Edition)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Widescreen Edition)

My humble opinion: I have read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series and this movie is just what I had hoped it would be. The movie follows the book very well and is fantasy at it's best!


#8 : Swiss Family Robinson - Average score: 84.65 / 100

One of Disney's biggest and most fondly remembered hits, the spectacular screen version of the literary classic SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON is full of breathtaking South Seas scenery, hundreds of exotic animals, and treacherous pirates. This heroic tale chronicles the courageous exploits of the Robinson family after they are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Using teamwork and ingenuity, they skillfully overcome the obstacles of nature and transform their new home into a "civilized" community. But the ultimate challenge lies ahead when a band of cutthroat pirates threaten to destroy the Robinson's Makeshift paradise. Capture the thrills, romance, and fun of this unforgettable Disney film!

Swiss Family Robinson (Vault Disney Collection)
Swiss Family Robinson (Vault Disney Collection)

My humble opinion: When I think of Swiss Family Robinson one word comes to mind: ADVENTURE. Lets face it, who wouldn't want to be stranded on a beautiful island? Not to mention that cool house they were able to build! Maybe not very realistic, but every second is a fun adventure. :)


#7 : The Parent Trap - Average score: 84.82 / 100

Hayley Mills, Special Academy Award(R) winner for 1960s POLLLYANNA, lights up the screen in Disney's fondly remembered release of THE PARENT TRAP. Mills stars as Susan and Sharon, identical twins separated at birth. Neither twin knows the other exists until a simple twist of fate finds them at the same summer camp. Then, realizing who they are, they plan a little twist of their own. They switch places with high hopes of getting their parents back together. This delightful and heartwarming comedy will have your whole family doubling up with laughter.

The Parent Trap Two-Movie Collection (The Parent Trap / The Parent Trap II)
The Parent Trap Two-Movie Collection (The Parent Trap / The Parent Trap II)

My humble opinion: I grew up watching this movie EVERY summer. It is hilarious and fun --- just the kind of movie to watch on a rainy day.


#6 : Toby Tyler - Average score: 84.87 / 100

TOBY TYLER takes you back in time to when the day the circus came to town was the biggest day of the year! Now on Disney DVD, Kevin Corcoran stars as the lovable, determined runaway who believes his uncle and aunt no longer want him, and life under the Big Top will put things right. Along the way he meets Ben, Mr. Tupper, and the mischievous Mr. Stubbs -- a playful chimpanzee! Together they fall into hilarious jams and scams more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Get your peanuts, popcorn, and candied apples, and jump into a classic three-ring circus that will have the whole family in stitches!

Toby Tyler
Toby Tyler

My humble opinion: Hilarious from start to finish!


#5 : Remember The Titans - Average score: 85.02 / 100

Academy Award(R)-winner Denzel Washington (Best Actor, TRAINING DAY, 2001) gives a victorious performance in this stirring and uplifting film. REMEMBER THE TITANS is a rousing celebration of how a town torn apart by resentment, friction, and mistrust comes together in triumphant harmony. The year is 1971. After leading his team to 15 winning seasons, football coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton) is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone (Washington), tough, opinionated, and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. How these two men overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions, plays out in a remarkable and triumphant story full of soul and spirit. You and your family will never forget the Titans.

#4 : Enchanted - Average score: 85.04 / 100

Life is idyllic in the fairytale world where conflict is minimal and breaking into song solves every problem, but what happens when a princess from the fairy world gets magically transported into the real world? Enchanted begins in the animated fairytale world of Andalasia where Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is destined to marry Prince Edward (James Marsden) and live happily ever after. Problem is, Edward's step-mother Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) doesn't want to give up the throne and will do anything to get Giselle out of Edward's life. Queen Narissa's solution is to push Giselle into a well that magically lands Giselle smack in the middle of the real world--the center of Time Square in New York City, to be exact. This launches the live-action portion of the film where Giselle immediately realizes that things are frighteningly different in this new world and that she is ill-prepared for the callous ways of the people who inhabit it. Giselle finds herself alone on a stormy night in the wrong end of town, but a chance encounter with Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his princess-loving daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey) leads to a warm, safe place to spend the night and the beginnings of a complicated, yet compelling relationship. As Giselle begins to question the fairy-tale truths she's always inherently believed, Robert's outlook on life and love also begins to change significantly.

#3 : Tru Confessions - Average score: 86.29 / 100

Beautifully accurate glimpses of life in a family with a disabled child, made possible by a remarkable performance from a young actor named Shia LeBeouf in the role of Trudy's disabled brother, Eddie. This movie is not currently available on DVD.

#2 : Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - Average score: 86.94 / 100

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer (PEARL HARBOR) comes PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, the thrilling high-seas adventure with a mysterious twist. The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's (Academy Award(R) Nominee Johnny Depp) idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the governor's beautiful daughter Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead. Rich in suspense-filled adventure, sword-clashing action, mystery, humor, unforgettable characters, and never-before-seen special effects, PIRATES is a must-have epic on the grandest scale ever.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

My humble opinion: Lets see....pirates, scoundrels, Johnny Depp, the Caribbean, adventure, did I mention Johnny Depp? = must see!


#1 : Mary Poppins - Average score: 87.06 / 100

Experience the extraordinary animation, dazzling special effects and award-winning music of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins! Join the practically perfect Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) for a Jolly Holiday as she magically turns every chore into a game and every day into a whimsical adventure. Along the way, you ll be enchanted by unforgettable characters such as the multitalented chimney sweep Burt (Dick Van Dyke). You won't need a Spoonful Of Sugar to love every moment of this timeless Disney classic!

Mary Poppins (Two-Disc 45th Anniversary Special Edition)
Mary Poppins (Two-Disc 45th Anniversary Special Edition)

My humble opinion: "Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down in a most delightful way" enough said!


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      DoctorOrEngineer 5 years ago

      MARY POPPINS. What is more fun than Julie Andrews running around 20th century London? Watching it over and over again.

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      I haven't seen most of these, but Mary Poppins is definitely a classic and deserves the number one spot. I used to watch it ALL THE TIME as a kid!

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks for these great suggestions for Disney family movies. Some of these take me right back. As a child I loved The Incredible Journey.

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      No muppets? NO MUPPETS?? :-)

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      EileenSmith LM 6 years ago

      I disagree with most of these, but it's still a good lens! I would vote Mary Poppins, PotC, and Enchanted as some of my favorites, though I don't care for the rest on the list. Guess it's pretty subjective.

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      Jennifer_Glennon 6 years ago

      My two favorite non animated Disney movies are Pirates of the Caribbean and Mary Poppons.

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      hamdaniamin 6 years ago

      I love to watch Mary Poppin and never get bored watching it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent choices for Disney non-animated movies. Seeing Toby Tyler made me smile, I actually saw it at the Border Theater in International Falls on its first run, that Kurt Russell was the cutes little boy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So wonderful non-animated Disney movies you've selected here.. dearest lovely lady Jenna :) My favorite are Pirate of the Pirates of the Caribbean, Narnia and Enchanted. They're so enjoyable and cool. And my another special one of non-animated Disney movie is "Race to Witch Mountain" starring by Dwayne Johnson.. I always call this movie as non-animated alien movie from Disney ;) Tweeted to all my fans. Have a wonderful time.. always.. dear Jenna :D

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      anonymous 6 years ago the best part of disney movie

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      Shadrosky 6 years ago

      Homeward Bound is a childhood classic. Great list!

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. It's rare to see non-animated Disney movies on a list. These are some of my favorites!

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      Pierre Pine 6 years ago

      Nice list. "Remember the Titans" is one of my favorites.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Swiss family Robinson it is!