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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 Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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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 The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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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 Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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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 Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more

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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 The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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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 Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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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 Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more

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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 The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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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 Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the ...more

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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 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published ...more

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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 The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young ...more

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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 Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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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 Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film shows the story of an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished ...more

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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 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more

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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 Stardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust and stars an ensemble cast ...more

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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 Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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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 Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. It stars Robin Williams as Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin ...more

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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 Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based primarily on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ...more

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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 Ever After is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, and Dougray Scott. The ...more

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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 Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington ...more

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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 Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno, is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and ...more

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
ChadArndt added Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more

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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman Finding Neverland is a 2004 American semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan, directed by Marc Forster. The ...more

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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 Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 British-American live action and computer animated adventure fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, ...more

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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 Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton. Starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous Disney villainess character, the film ...more

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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 Ella Enchanted is a 2004 British–American–Irish fantasy romantic comedy film loosely based on Gail Carson Levine's 1997 novel of the same name. The film stars Anne Hathaway as Ella and Hugh ...more

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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 Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the ...more

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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 Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars ...more

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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 The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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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 Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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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 The Brothers Grimm is a 2005 adventure fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam. The film stars Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and Lena Headey in an exaggerated and fictitious portrait of the Brothers ...more

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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 Penelope is a 2006 fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Mark Palansky which was first released in 2006 and stars Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. ...more

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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 Legend is a 1985 British-American fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty, Cork Hubbert, and ...more

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Willow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Willow Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by George Lucas, and starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, and Billy Barty. ...more

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 American-German action-horror comedy film written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. It is a continuation to the German folklore fairy tale "Hansel ...more

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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 Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe ...more

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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 Puss in Boots is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, and written by Brian ...more

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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 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a 2010 American adventure action fantasy film written by Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard; directed by Mike Newell; produced by ...more

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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 Ladyhawke is a 1985 fantasy film directed by Richard Donner, starring Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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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 Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more

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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 Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody ...more

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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 The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The plot revolves around Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' on a quest to restore balance to his alien world ...more

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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 The Last Unicorn is a 1982 American animated fantasy film directed and produced by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass. It was produced by Rankin/Bass for ITC Entertainment, and animated by ...more

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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 Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American dark fantasy action film based on the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. In the film's retelling of the tale, ...more

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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 Thumbelina is a 1994 American animated film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman from a screenplay by Bluth based on Hans Christian Andersen's "Thumbelina". The film was produced by ...more

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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 Red Riding Hood is a 2011 American dark fantasy historical romance film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring Amanda Seyfried as the title role, from a ...more

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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 Van Helsing is a 2004 American horror action film directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious. The film is ...more

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prin... is listed (or ranked) 48 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 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 epic fantasy film based on Prince Caspian, the second published, fourth chronological novel in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series, The ...more

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Excalibur is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Excalibur Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart Excalibur is a 1981 dramatic fantasy film directed, produced and co-written by John Boorman that retells the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. Based solely on the 15th ...more

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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 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a 2010 fantasy-adventure film based on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third novel in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series The ...more