Animated Movies The Best Disney Princesses  

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Who are the best Disney princesses? For decades, Walt Disney films have 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?

Take a look at the list of princesses below and vote up your top choices. If you still can't get enough, you can always find favorite Disney princess memorabilia. You can also check out and vote on these lists of the best and worst Disney animated movies and the greatest animated Disney villain of all time.

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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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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Mulan Mulan

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

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Ariel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Ariel The Little Mermaid

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Princess Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Jasmine Aladdin

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Pocahontas Pocahontas

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Merida is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Merida Brave

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Tiana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Tiana The Princess and the Frog

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Cinderella Cinderella

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Princess Aurora is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Aurora Sleeping Beauty

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Megara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Megara Hercules

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Nala is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Nala The Lion King

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

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

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Moana Moana

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Princess Snow White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Princess Snow White Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Esmeralda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Esmeralda The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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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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Moana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Moana

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Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
moosiclvr added Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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Giselle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Nintendo Natalie added Giselle Enchanted

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

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Princess Melody is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
moosiclvr added Princess Melody The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

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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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Princess Eilonwy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
moosiclvr added Princess Eilonwy The Black Cauldron

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Faline is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
RebeccaCottle added Faline Bambi, Bambi II

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Princess Atta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Princess Atta A Bug's Life

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Elena is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Elena Elena of Avalor

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Maid Marion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
RebeccaCottle added Maid Marion The Adventures of Robin Hood

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Aphrodite is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Aphrodite Hercules

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Kida is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
RebeccaCottle added Kida

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Lilo Pelekai is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Anneliese Parker added Lilo Pelekai Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Stitch! The Movie, Lilo & Stitch

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Princess Leia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
24eak added Princess Leia Star Wars

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princess Sofia the first is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
Anneliese Parker added princess Sofia the first

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Melody is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
RebeccaCottle added Melody The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

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White Queen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Disney Princesses
hannahpotterlovescedricdiggery added White Queen Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass