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The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies  

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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
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
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
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
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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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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) 6 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll
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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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
wiabux added 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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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
CalliopeAnagnosti added Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple
Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more
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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Brave is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
ChadArndt added 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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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Ever After is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Hook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams
Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan ...more
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Stardust is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Tom Islava added 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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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price
Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An artificial man (Johnny Depp), who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a ...more
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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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