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The Best Princess Movies

Updated November 23, 2020 51.9k votes 9.7k voters 918.9k views64 items

List RulesAny 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 top princess films, including the esteemed Disney Princess movies, as well as both old and new good princess movies. Princess stories are the stuff of legend and make for both great cartoon movies as well as non-animated films. Whether it be the royalty, the glamor, the regal behavior, or the beautiful dresses, princess movies have something for everyone, from comedy to drama.

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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    Tangled

    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman

    Released2010

    Directed byNathan Greno, Byron Howard

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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    The Princess Diaries

    Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore

    Released2001

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Aladdin

    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Cinderella

    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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    Anastasia

    Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan

    Released1997

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Susan Beak, Geoff Beak

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    The Princess and the Frog

    Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

    Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews

    Released2004

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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    Enchanted

    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

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    Sleeping Beauty

    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa

    Released1959

    Directed byClyde Geronimi

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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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    Ella Enchanted

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2004

    Directed byTommy O'Haver

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    Pocahontas

    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale

    Released1995

    Directed byEric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

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    Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper

    Martin Short, Kathleen Barr

    Released2004

    Directed byWilliam Lau

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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

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    A Cinderella Story

    Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Rosman

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    Ever After

    Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston

    Released1998

    Directed byAndy Tennant

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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    The Swan Princess

    John Cleese, Jack Palance

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Rich

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    Another Cinderella Story

    Selena Gomez, Jane Lynch

    Released2008

    Directed byDamon Santostefano

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    Released2012

    Directed byPeggy Holmes, Roberts Gannaway

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    #271 of 537 The Best Animated Films Ever#84 of 114 The Best Disney Animated Movies Of All Time

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    Frozen 2

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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