The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies Films

The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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List Criteria: Movies must take place in a fairytale world.

What are the best fairytale movies ever made? The films on this list include some wonderful, classic tales. Some are based on actual fairy tales, and others are simply so fantastical they qualify. A great fairytale movie manages to capture the movie goer's imagination with a compelling storyline, interesting characters and certainly, great acting (including voice acting). Which fairytale films are your favorites? Vote them up on this list, and be sure to add any favorites that are missing.

Disney movies immediately spring to mind whenever great fairytale films are discussed. For decades, Disney's animated tales of magical lands filled with colorful characters, including princes and princesses, and dastardly villains enthralled millions of movie fans. Oh, and yes, everyone lives happily ever after, of course.

But Disney's animated films aren't the only great fairy tale movies -- not by a long shot. Some truly excellent fairytale movies aren't animated at all. Examples? 1998's 'Ever After' was a great, romantic take on the classic Cinderella fairy tale, and 2007's 'Enchanted' was a great nod to some of the best fairytale films ever made. And no list of the best fairytale movies would be complete without 'The Princess Bride,' arguably one of the best movies of all-time -- fairytales or not!

Some of the best fairy tale movies are primarily for children, but in recent years, several new, darker movies based on classic folklore tales have emerged, including 2011's 'Snow White and the Huntsman.'

Enjoy voting on this list of the greatest fairytale movies ever made, and don't forget to add any films that aren't listed!
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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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    Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Enchanted Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

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    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Sleeping Beauty Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton

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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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    Stardust is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Stardust Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes

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    Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway

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    Hook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Hook Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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    Ever After is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Ever After Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

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    Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Brave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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    Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Maleficent Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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    Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Ella Enchanted Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman

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    The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    The Princess and the Frog Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

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    Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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    Puss in Boots is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

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    Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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    Willow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Willow Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis

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    Penelope is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Penelope Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci, Russell Brand

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    The Brothers Grimm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    The Brothers Grimm Monica Bellucci, Matt Damon, Lena Headey

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    Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Howl's Moving Castle Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura

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    Legend is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Legend Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, Mia Sara

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    Snow White and the Huntsman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Snow White and the Huntsman Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

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    Prince of Persia: The Sands of... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley

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    John Hurt, Gilbert Gottfried, Carol Channing

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    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

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    The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    The Dark Crystal Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell

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    Ladyhawke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Ladyhawke Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Alfred Molina

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    Red Riding Hood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Red Riding Hood Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie

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    The Last Unicorn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    The Last Unicorn Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury

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    Splash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Splash Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

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    Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Van Helsing Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Josie Maran

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    Excalibur is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Excalibur Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart

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    Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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    Oz the Great and Powerful Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

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    Hoodwinked! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Hoodwinked! Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Andy Dick

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    Beastly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies


    Beastly Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris, Mary-Kate Olsen

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