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The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

Updated January 7, 2021 36.3k votes 4.4k voters 297.7k views77 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies that 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 fairy tale 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 for kids -- 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 to which one is the best of all time!

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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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    Released1992

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    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman

    Released2010

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  • Beauty and the Beast5
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    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

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  • Sleeping Beauty7
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    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa

    Released1959

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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig

    Released1937

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

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  • Peter Pan10
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    June Foray, Bobby Driscoll

    Released1953

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

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    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

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    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

    Released2014

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  • Ever After13
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    Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston

    Released1998

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  • Shrek14
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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro

    Released2007

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2004

    Directed byTommy O'Haver

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  • Alice in Wonderland17
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    Ed Wynn, Heather Angel

    Released1951

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  • Brave18
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    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

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

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    John Cleese, Jack Palance

    Released1994

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    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards

    Released1940

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    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

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    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

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