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The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

Updated February 3, 2020 38.3k votes 4.3k voters 294.9k views66 items

List RulesMovies 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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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Cinderella

    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Aladdin

    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Tangled

    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman

    Released2010

    Directed byNathan Greno, Byron Howard

    Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Enchanted

    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

    Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Sleeping Beauty

    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa

    Released1959

    Directed byClyde Geronimi

    Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig

    Released1937

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Peter Pan

    June Foray, Bobby Driscoll

    Released1953

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

    Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Maleficent

    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

    Released2014

    Directed byRobert Stromberg

    Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ever After is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Ever After

    Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston

    Released1998

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Ever After is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film inspired by the fairy tale... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Stardust is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Stardust

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro

    Released2007

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Stardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

    Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Ella Enchanted

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2004

    Directed byTommy O'Haver

    Ella Enchanted is a 2004 British–American–Irish fantasy romantic comedy film loosely based on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Alice in Wonderland

    Ed Wynn, Heather Angel

    Released1951

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Brave is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

    Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Swan Princess is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    The Swan Princess

    John Cleese, Jack Palance

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Rich

    The Swan Princess is a 1994 American animated musical fantasy film based on the ballet "Swan... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Pinocchio

    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards

    Released1940

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

    Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    The Princess and the Frog

    Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

    Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Penelope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Penelope

    Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci

    Released2007

    Directed byMark Palansky

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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies
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    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

    Released1990

    Directed byTim Burton

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