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    I Just Learned These 17 Films Are Technically Disney Movies, And I'm Honestly A Little Surprised

    It's not all cartoons!

    By now, you've probably heard of D23, Disney's official fan club. They've got a pretty cool site for all things Disney, including merchandise, the latest news, and the Walt Disney archives.

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    You can also find the complete list of Disney films on the website, which starts with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was released in 1937 and ends (as of writing) with Onward, which was released last year.

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    There are currently 749 movies on the list, and if you look at it more closely, there are many on that list that just might surprise you.

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    Here are just 17 films you might not know are *technically* Disney movies:

    1. Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams smiles softly while standing in a doorway as Mr. Keating
    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 1989

    The late, great Robin Williams plays the role of English teacher John Keating who inspires his students through his lessons on poetry. The movie was produced by the now-defunct Touchstone Pictures, which was a film distribution label of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

    2. Pretty Woman

    Julia Roberts and Richard Gere stand next to each other wearing fancy clothes as Vivian and Edward
    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 1990

    You normally wouldn't associate a romantic comedy of this nature with Disney, but hey, such is apparently the case with Pretty Woman, which stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It was also produced by Disney's Touchstone Pictures.

    3. Encino Man

    Hollywood Pictures

    Year released: 1992

    Brendan Fraser plays the role of Linkovich "Link" Chomovsky, a caveman found frozen in a block of ice in a backyard. The movie was a commercial success despite all the negative reviews and was produced by Hollywood Pictures, another production label that belonged to Disney.

    4. Sister Act

    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 1992

    This movie stars Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, a lounge singer forced to enter a convent after being placed in the witness protection program. Sister Act was produced by Disney through Touchstone Pictures.

    5. Evita

    Madonna singing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" as Eva
    Hollywood Pictures

    Year released: 1996

    The movie that made the song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" popular (or is it the other way around?), Evita stars Madonna in the titular role and tells the story of former Argentinian First Lady Eva Perón. While it was first screened during the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, it was released nationwide in the US in January 1997.

    6. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

    Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino wearing sparkly dresses and chokers as Michele and Romy
    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 1997

    Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow star as Romy and Michele whose impending ten-year high school reunion pushes them to pretend to have successful careers because, well, they haven't really achieved much in reality. Funny, entertaining and probably even relatable, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion was produced by Touchstone Pictures.

    7. Armageddon

    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 1998

    If you like movies about the potential end of world that can be caused by collision with an asteroid, this is your film. Starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, and Owen Wilson, Armageddon was actually the highest-grossing film of 1998.

    8. 10 Things I Hate About You

    Heath Ledger clasps his hands in front of his mouth as tears form in his eyes as Patrick
    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 1999

    Yup, one of the most iconic high school movies of all time is a Disney movie. 10 Things I Hate About You proved to be the breakout film for its stars Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the late Heath Ledger. It's become such an iconic film that you've probably seen lines from the poem Julia Stiles' character Kat wrote about her romance with Patrick (Heath Ledger) all over social media.

    9. Shanghai Noon

    Jackie Chan as Chon
    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 2000

    Ever thought you'd see Jackie Chan in a Disney movie? Well, if you've watched Shanghai Noon and/or its sequel Shanghai Knights, then yes, you've seen Jackie Chan in a Disney movie. If you thought a Western film couldn't have comedy and martial arts sequences at the same time, it's high time you watch this film.

    10. Coyote Ugly

    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 2000

    Before Tyra Banks began hosting America's Next Top Model, she actually starred in the cult classic Coyote Ugly alongside Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, John Goodman, and many others. Based on the Coyote Ugly Saloon, the movie also features a cameo from LeAnn Rimes, who was actually the singing voice for Piper Perabo's character Violet. So, in that scene where they were singing a duet, LeAnn Rimes is actually singing with herself.

    11. Pearl Harbor

    The lieutenants returning home after the Pearl Harbor attack
    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 2001

    Believe it or not, this tearjerker of a World War II film is technically a Disney movie. Produced by Touchstone Pictures, Pearl Harbor stars Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett and is a fictionalized version of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

    12. The Royal Tenenbaums

    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 2001

    It's not every day you hear of an R-rated Disney film, right? Well, here's one! Directed by Wes Anderson and co-written by Owen Wilson, The Royal Tenenbaums has an all-star cast, featuring Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Ben Stiller, and Luke and Owen Wilson. It's a complicated, funny, and even endearing story of the Tenenbaum family, whose patriarch pretends to have a terminal illness so he can reconcile with his wife and children.

    13. Sweet Home Alabama

    Reese Witherspoon smiling a closed mouth smile as Melanie
    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 2001

    Disney seems to favor romantic comedies, don't you think? Sweet Home Alabama is based on the song of the same name by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. In the movie, Reese Witherspoon's character Melanie must essentially pick between Josh Lucas' Jake or Patrick Dempsey's Andrew in her quest for happily ever after.

    14. Stay Alive

    Jimmi Simpson standing in the middle of a road surrounded by trees as Phineus
    Hollywood Pictures

    Year released: 2006

    Video games are fun...up until you literally die in real life if you die in the game. That's pretty much the premise of Stay Alive, a horror movie produced by Disney through Hollywood Pictures that stars Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz, and One Tree Hill's Sophia Bush.

    15. Step Up

    Channing Tatum as Tyler holds Jenna Dewan as Tatum in his arms in the middle of a dance studio
    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 2006

    Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum may be no more, but at least we'll always have Step Up. The first installment of the film series of the same name, Step Up puts together a whole lot of drama, romance, and even more dancing in one movie that was critically panned but a worldwide success.

    16. The Prestige

    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 2006

    Disney has even dipped its toes in the genre of psychological thriller with The Prestige. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman star as two magicians trying to best each other in the film, which was directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan.

    17. And finally, Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Isla Fisher holding up a credit card at a store checkout as Rebecca
    Touchstone Pictures

    Year released: 2009

    Produced by Touchstone Pictures, Confessions of a Shopaholic is based on the first two books in a series of novels written by author Sophie Kinsella. It stars Isla Fisher as the shopaholic in question as well as Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, and Krysten Ritter.

    You can check out the full list of Disney films here.

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