Best Fairy Tale Movies

There's a reason fairy tales have such lasting appeal: They satisfy the part of us that will always enjoy stories that begin with "once upon a time" and end with "happily ever after." Kids will fall in love with these sweet, magical stories about fairies, princesses, dragons, and more. We've hand-picked our favorites, from animated classics to movies with a more modern twist. And if you want more magic, be sure to check out our lists Fairy Tale Books for Kids and Best Fantasy Movies.

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Sesame Street: Abby in Wonderland Movie Poster Image
Abby chases a red rabbit into a fun fairy tale for all ages.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings Movie Poster Image
Centers on sisterhood and family, with a wee bit of peril.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Pixie Hollow Games Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated "fairy" tale teaches about teamwork.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess Movie Poster Image
Engaging, faith-based retelling of a classic princess tale.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Cinderella Movie Poster Image
Sweet fairy-tale classic for little princes and princesses.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Frozen Movie Poster Image
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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The Little Mermaid Movie Poster Image
Superb, entertaining animated musical has some scary stuff.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1989)
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Sleeping Beauty Movie Poster Image
Disney classic is delightful but sometimes scary.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1959)
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Movie Poster Image
Animated classic is enchanting but also scary.
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(Release Year: 1937)
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The Swan Princess Movie Poster Image
Classic story is less scary than most animated fairy tales.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Tangled Movie Poster Image
Fantastic princess adventure is fun, with great messages.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Thief and the Cobbler Movie Poster Image
A must for family viewing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1995)
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Thumbelina Movie Poster Image
Magical, musical story is a classic fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Movie Poster Image
Exciting fairy adventure has loss, some scariness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina Movie Poster Image
Disney remake with classic characters has stronger heroine.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Enchanted Movie Poster Image
Adorable fairy tale is a fabulous family flick.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Prince Cinders Movie Poster Image
Silly and very English-humored spin on Cinderella story.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Shrek Movie Poster Image
Gross-out laughs meet a marvelous fairy tale mix.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Tom Thumb Movie Poster Image
Fun musical adventure for the family.
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(Release Year: 1958)
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Trolls Movie Poster Image
Fun, colorful adventure has some peril, lots of great music.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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The Book of Life Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Princess Protection Program Movie Poster Image
Sweet Disney tale has great messages about friendship.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Rise of the Guardians Movie Poster Image
Holiday icons defend childhood in gorgeous adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Fantastic but scarier remake of the "tale as old as time."
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Song of the Sea Movie Poster Image
Beautiful Irish tale explores myths, sibling relationship.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Descendants Movie Poster Image
Energetic Disney movie's villains make likable role models.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Ella Enchanted Movie Poster Image
Endearing, enduring, with just a few bits of crude humor.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Ever After Movie Poster Image
Charming take on Cinderella tale has strong heroine.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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The Last Unicorn Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s animated fantasy has some scary moments.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Into the Woods Movie Poster Image
Sondheim's fairy tale musical is dark, complex, sublime.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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