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List Rules Any film that features a princess character

A list of the best princess movies, including live action and animated princess films, ranked by voters like you. It includes princess movies for audiences of all ages. What are the best princess movies?

These are the best princess films, including the esteemed Disney Princess movies, as well as both old and new princess movies. Princess stories are the stuff of legend. Whether it be the royalty, the glamor, the regal behavior, or the beautiful dresses, princess movies have something for everyone.

For decades, princess movies have enthralled audiences worldwide, with tales of beautiful ladies and the handsome princes who fall in love with them. And while some princesses are the stereotypical "damsels in distress," (check out this list of seven Disney princesses that make bad role models for examples), other, more modern on-screen royals prove to be tougher – they solve their own dilemmas, thank-you-very-much. One good example: One of the best Disney princesses in recent times, Princess Merida from Brave, was perfectly capable of handling everything on her own.

Not all of the greatest princess films are animated. Some, like Enchanted, Ella Enchanted, and Ever After, are set in modern times. And really, what list of the best princess movies would be complete without 1987's The Princess Bride, one of the most rewatchable movies of all time?

Okay, princess movie fanatics: Start voting, and let's decide, once and for all, which princess film is the greatest ever!
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Tinker Bell: Secret of the Win... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Princess Movies
anna george added Lucy Liu, Lucy Hale, Raven-Symoné
Secret of the Wings, also known as Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings, is a 2012 computer-animated fantasy film, based on the Disney Fairies franchise, produced by DisneyToon Studios. It revolves ...more
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The Little Mermaid II: Return ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Princess Movies
moosiclvr added Clancy Brown, Buddy Hackett, Tara Strong
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea is a 2000 Disney animated feature film and direct-to-video sequel to the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. Directed by Jim Kammerud and Brian Smith, ...more
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A Cinderella Story: Once Upon ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Princess Movies
RemiAmanouil added Lucy Hale, Missi Pyle, Alyson Stoner
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song is a 2011 teen romantic comedy musical film, directed by Damon Santostefano who directed the previous film Another Cinderella Story and starring Lucy Hale, ...more
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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Be... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Princess Movies
mewkristie added Sally Field, Danny Cooksey, Frank Welker
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning is a 2008 Disney animated fantasy feature film, and the direct-to-video prequel to the 1989 film The Little Mermaid. Directed by Peggy Holmes, the film's ...more
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Barbie as the Princess and the... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Princess Movies
DebrhaDee added Martin Short, Kathleen Barr, Robin Atkin Downes
Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper is a 2004 direct-to-video computer animated Barbie film, and the first musical in the Barbie film series. It is directed by William Lau and stars the voice ...more
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Cinderella III: A Twist in Tim... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Princess Movies
mewkristie added Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time is the second direct-to-video sequel to the 1950 Walt Disney Pictures animated classic Cinderella. Canonically it is a continuation of the original Cinderella, ...more
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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Princess Movies
MWM added Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers
Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated, comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. It is the sequel to 2001's Shrek and the second installment in the series. ...more
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Sydney White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Princess Movies
yoyo added Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, John Schneider
Sydney White also known as Sydney White and the Seven Dorks is a 2007 teen comedy film starring Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, and Matt Long, and based on the story of Snow White and the Seven
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Snow White and the Huntsman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Princess Movies
Sazonana added 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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A Princess for Christmas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Princess Movies
kimcomeaux added Roger Moore, Katie McGrath, Sam Heughan
A Princess for Christmas is a 2011 comedy drama family romance film written by Janeen Damian and Michael Damian and directed by Michael Damian.
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Cinderella II: Dreams Come Tru... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Princess Movies
mewkristie added Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is the first direct-to-video sequel to the 1950 Disney film Cinderella. It was made in 2001 and released on February 26, 2002. It was followed by Cinderella III: ...more
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A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Princess Movies
doremifasola added Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli
A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, and Vanessa Lee Chester. Set during WWI, it focuses on a young ...more
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Barbie in A Mermaid Tale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Princess Movies
anna george added Nakia Burrise, Tabitha St. Germain, Emma Pierson
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale is a 2010 computer animated direct-to-video movie and part of the Barbie film series. This is the first modern Barbie movie. It was released on March 9, 2010. This film ...more
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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Princess Movies
Tom Islava added Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
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Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Princess Movies
LaChance added Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith
Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was animated by Studio Ghibli and produced by Toshio Suzuki. The film stars the ...more
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Barbie as Rapunzel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Princess Movies
LaChance added Anjelica Huston, Cree Summer, Robin Atkin Downes
Barbie as Rapunzel is a 2002 direct-to-video Barbie film directed by Owen Hurley. It is the 2nd in the Barbie film series of computer animated Barbie films, and features the voice of Kelly ...more
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Shrek the Third is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Princess Movies
MWM added Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy
Shrek the Third is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film, and the third installment in the Shrek franchise. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and is the first in the series ...more
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Pocahontas II: Journey to a Ne... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Princess Movies
mewkristie added Linda Hunt, Billy Zane, Brad Garrett
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World is a 1998 straight-to-video sequel to the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas. While the first film dealt with her meeting with John Smith and the arrival of the ...more
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Barbie and the Magic of Pegasu... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Princess Movies
Ahava-ChrystalJames added Kathleen Barr, Andrea Libman, Jessica Amlee
Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus is a 2005 computer animated direct-to-video Barbie film directed by Greg Richardson. It is part of the Barbie film series, and the second to feature an original ...more
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Chasing Liberty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Princess Movies
vishala added Mandy Moore, Mark Harmon, Jeremy Piven
Chasing Liberty is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Cadiff and starring Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode. Written by Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman, the film is about the ...more
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Princess is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Princess Movies
LaChance added Nicole Gale Anderson, Nora Zehetner, Devon Bostick
Princess is a 2008 television film starring Kip Pardue and Nora Zehetner.
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Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Princess Movies
RemiAmanouil added Sterling Knight, Kiely Williams, Thomas Calabro
Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale is a 2010 American teen musical comedy-drama film directed by John and Sean Dunson and starring Ashlee Hewitt and Sterling Knight. The screenplay was written by Bo ...more
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The Princess Switch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Princess Movies
Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
The Princess Switch is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Michael Rohl. When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they ...more
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Mirror Mirror is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Princess Movies
Landis Reed added Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Sean Bean
Mirror Mirror is a 2012 American comedy fantasy film based on the fairy tale "Snow White" collected by the Brothers Grimm. It is directed by Tarsem Singh and stars Lily Collins, Julia ...more
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Happily N'Ever After is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Princess Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sigourney Weaver, Andy Dick
Happily N'Ever After is a 2007 film.