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Who are the best Disney princesses? For decades, Walt Disney films featured beautiful princesses. Some, like Rapunzel from 'Tangled,' lived in ancient castles, tucked away from the world. Other princesses, like Ariel from 'The Little Mermaid,' lived under the sea. Each of the animated young women on this list is considered a true Disney princess, but which one is your favorite? Vote for her, and vote down any princess you don't think deserves a place of royal honor on this list.

The vast majority of the Disney movie princesses listed here are actually real royalty, born into their titles. Some, however, aren't actually princesses, though they are no doubt beautiful and, in some cases, heroic. Jane Porter, from Walt Disney's 'Tarzan,' is not true royalty. No, Jane is from Baltimore. No royal families in Maryland (that we know of). Cinderella is hidden away by her evil stepmother, but later meets the Prince, and becomes her royal highness. And Merida, from Disney and Pixar's 2012 hit movie 'Brave,' is technically a princess -- but she's far from helpless. Merida seems to be ushering in a whole new kind of Disney heroine: One who is beautiful, smart and independent!

Who are the oldest Disney princesses? Snow White was the first princess to be featured in a Walt Disney Picture film, in 1937's classic 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' The aforementioned Cinderella (from 1950's 'Cinderella') is the second oldest, followed by Princess Aurora, from Disney's 1959 animated movie 'Sleeping Beauty.' Yes, they are fictional characters, but wow don't they age well?

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Belle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Belle Beauty and the Beast

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3,665 1,445
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Mulan Mulan

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3,351 1,409
Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Rapunzel Tangled

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2,994 1,215
Princess Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Jasmine Aladdin

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3,172 1,636
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Ariel The Little Mermaid

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2,733 1,428
Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Pocahontas Pocahontas

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2,719 1,520
Merida is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Merida Brave

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2,216 1,817
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Cinderella Cinderella

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2,492 1,420
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Tiana The Princess and the Frog

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2,211 1,722
Princess Aurora is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Aurora Sleeping Beauty

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2,189 1,304
Megara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Megara Hercules

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2,241 1,053
Nala is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Nala The Lion King

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2,074 918
Elsa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
KaraAnnPalmer added Elsa Frozen

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1,822 936
Anna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
brid415 added Anna Frozen

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1,663 1,779
Princess Snow White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Princess Snow White Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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1,299 431
Moana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Moana Moana

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1,593 1,296
Esméralda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Esméralda The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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1,202 1,135
Vanellope von Schweetz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
LarryKeith added Vanellope von Schweetz Wreck-It Ralph

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1,460 1,294
Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
moosiclvr added Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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921 853
Giselle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Nintendo Natalie added Giselle Enchanted

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990 1,530
Princess Melody is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
moosiclvr added Princess Melody The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

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189 174
Princess Anna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
ThanchiraJamnongrit added Princess Anna King Ralph

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808 1,410
Princess Eilonwy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
moosiclvr added Princess Eilonwy The Black Cauldron

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102 70
Kiara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
RebeccaCottle added Kiara The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

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63 18
Moana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Moana

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884 1,386
Princess Atta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Princess Atta A Bug's Life

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78 72
Faline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
RebeccaCottle added Faline Bambi, Bambi II

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17 41
Sofia the First is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Sofia the First

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339 540
Elena is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Elena Elena of Avalor

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56 83
Maid Marion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
RebeccaCottle added Maid Marion The Adventures of Robin Hood

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311 560
Aphrodite is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Aphrodite Hercules

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77 82
Kida is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
RebeccaCottle added Kida

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60 86
Melody is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
RebeccaCottle added Melody The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea