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List Rules 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
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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Enchanted Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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657 150
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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526 186
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
wiabux added The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Sleeping Beauty Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton

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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Stardust is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Stardust Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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Hook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Hook Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway

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Ever After is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Ever After Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman

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362 120
Brave is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
ChadArndt added Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
CalliopeAnagnosti added Maleficent Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple

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Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Ella Enchanted Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Vivica A. Fox

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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
The Princess and the Frog Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Tom Islava added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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The Brothers Grimm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
The Brothers Grimm Monica Bellucci, Matt Damon, Lena Headey

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Penelope is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Penelope Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci, Russell Brand

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Legend is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Legend Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, Mia Sara

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

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Willow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Willow Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
bearstillrae added Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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Puss in Boots is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
wiabux added Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley

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Ladyhawke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Ladyhawke Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Alfred Molina

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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Howl's Moving Castle Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura

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Splash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Splash Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

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The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
The Dark Crystal Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell

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The Last Unicorn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
ChadArndt added The Last Unicorn Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury

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Snow White and the Huntsman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Snow White and the Huntsman Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

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Thumbelina is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Thumbelina John Hurt, Gilbert Gottfried, Carol Channing

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Red Riding Hood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Red Riding Hood Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie

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Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 47 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) 48 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Excalibur Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prin... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Katarzyna Ankalime Głąb added The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Peter Dinklage

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Katarzyna Ankalime Głąb added The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Simon Pegg