THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PRINCESS MOVIES
Many of us have fantasized about finding a real Prince Charming, taken quizzes to discover which Disney Princess we’re the most like, had dreams we wished would come true Cinderella style, or watched Hallmark royal romance movies for an escape. All in good fun, of course.
And let’s face it: princesses are more than fairy tale characters in storybooks – they exist in real life too. So, it’s not too much stretch of the imagination to fantasize about being a princess or imagine what it would be like.
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Of course, one can always find ways to embody their own inner princess. And what better way to celebrate than indulge in some of the best (or most fun escapist) princess movies of all time?
Well, we’ve got you covered for any day you’re in the mood for a royal fix – from Disney princess movies to movies about real-life royals to cheesy but lovable Hallmark royal romances, fairy tale films, and more! No judgment here.
WHAT IS A PRINCESS?
But what is a princess in today’s modern world?
In stories or real life, being a princess is more than being of royal birth or marrying into a royal family (although that is often the case). And gone are the times when princesses had to be damsels in distress!
Nowadays, princesses are more varied. From warriors to humanitarians, and even the ordinary, everyday person choosing to make a difference, anyone can be the princess of their own life. And it’s nice to be treated like a princess (with respect and kindness) by others from time to time.
Sure, there are negative connotations to being a princess: being spoiled, overly precious, or helpless. And that can be fun in stories too!
But let’s focus on the more positive qualities and dig into our inner Disney princess for inspiration. We can be the leader of our own lives full of kindness, grace, imagination, and independence.
WHAT COUNTS AS A PRINCESS MOVIE?
So, what then counts as a princess movie?
While compiling this list, we decided to include a large variety of princess (and princess-like) films, broadening the definition of a princess movie.
From the first famous princess movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937, to the warrior princesses we sometimes have now, like in Brave, princess movies have evolved beautifully.
Now, one might think of what counts as a Disney Princess and apply that to all princess movies. Well, the criteria to be an official Disney princess are relatively strict, but I like one section and think it suits how we made our selections rather well:
“The character must be royal by birth, royal by marriage, or do a heroic deed….”
So, for this list, our criteria for princess movies were inspired by that definition of a Disney princess, plus a little extra! A princess movie must include a character that fits into one of the following descriptions:
- A royal by birth
- A royal by marriage
- Has a romance with a royal
- A princess-like character (IE: president’s daughter, governor’s daughter, etc.)
- A princess or a princess-like character doing a heroic deed
- A royal from history (and she might not always be nice!)
As for historical royals, we primarily focused on princesses or young queens at the start of their rule, so movies like Mrs. Brown were left off the list.
Genre-wise, you’ll find a bit of everything: Drama, Romance, Disney, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Comedy, Adventure, Period Drama, and even a documentary.
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So, there’s something here for everyone and all ages and moods (from young kids to adults looking for different types of princess films)! The movies are also a mix of live-action and animated. This list is more than just the best Disney princess movies (although they’re all here too!)
And while most of the movies on this list are family-friendly, some are not. I included a content note for any films above a PG rating.
And with that, here are 170 princess movies to discover. From Disney princess movies to royal romance films, emotional period dramas about royals, original fairy tale stories, romantic comedies, and more, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of princess films for you to watch.
What better way to start discovering your own magic than watching these enchanting or fascinating princess movies for inspiration?
170 OF THE BEST PRINCESS MOVIES
(In Alphabetical Order)
#1 Aladdin (1992)
Disney’s Oscar-winning movie is based on the Arabic folktale and follows the clever but kind street urchin Aladdin as he and an evil Grand Vizier fight for a magic lamp. Meanwhile, the independent and compassionate Princess Jasmine longs for freedom in her kingdom and falls in love with Aladdin.
It’s hard to top this classic animated Disney musical. With brilliant voice-acting (including Robin Williams as the Genie), catchy songs, and a sweet romance, you can watch it again and again.
Plus, the strong-willed Princess Jasmine is on the official Disney princess list and one of the best.
#2 Aladdin (2019)
The live-action remake of the story stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith in a fun adventure film for the entire family.
#3 Anastasia (1997)
Meg Ryan stars as the amnesiac princess, Anastasia, on a journey to discover her family and heritage. Along the way, she falls in love with the lovable con man, Dimitri (voiced by John Cusack).
Anastasia has one of the best movie soundtracks. It includes the Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past” and the haunting “Once Upon a December.”
#4 Anna and the King (1999)
This period royal romance stars Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat in a love story about a widowed schoolteacher and the King of Siam in the 19th century. A true story inspires it.
The art direction and costume design in this film are gorgeous. And the romance is memorable, with excellent chemistry between the actors.
Content Note: PG-13 for a few scenes of violence.
#5 Anna Karenina (1935, 2012)
The two best movie adaptations of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel are the 1935 and 2012 versions. The tragic saga follows an affair between the married Anna Karenina (a woman in Russian society) and Count Vronsky, leading to a devastating end.
While Anna is not a princess, princess characters appear throughout the story. This one is for viewers looking for a narrative with an artistic angle and don’t mind a serious, tragic, but beautiful tale.
The 1935 version is on the list of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions, while the 2012 adaptation won the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Greta Garbo stars in the first, while Keira Knightley stars in the latter.
Content Note: The 2012 adaptation is Rated R for semi-explicit sensuality and violence.
#6 Another Cinderella Story (2008)
Selena Gomez stars in this modern retelling of Cinderella. It’s a teen rom-com musical perfect for tweens and is a sequel to A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff.
In even more fun, Jane Lynch stars as the stepmother!
#7 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
This Walt Disney animated film tends to fall under the radar, but it has an all-star voice cast including Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Jim Varney, Leonard Nimoy, Cree Summer, and more.
The film tells the story of Milo Thatch, a linguist who searches for the lost city of Atlantis. When he discovers it, he falls in love with the king’s daughter, Kida.
And while she isn’t included on the official Disney princess list, Princess Kida is a fantastic warrior princess.
#8 Avatar (2009)
A paraplegic Marine is sent on a unique mission to Pandora, a habitable moon, during the 22nd century to help mine a valuable mineral. But he falls in love with the Na’vi people and their lifestyle and chooses to protect them from the humans. He also develops a romance with the Na’vi princess, Neytiri.
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Avatar is one of the most successful films of all time, earning more than a billion dollars at the box office, winning 3 Oscars, and two new sequels are in the works. The second film, The Way of Water, premieres in December 2022.
Content Note: PG-13 for battle sequences, violence, some sensuality, and language.
#9 Beastly (2011)
Beastly is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast in a teen high school setting. Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer star.
Content Note: PG-13 for suggestive content and language.
#10 The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton star in this satirical rom-com about a New York City cosmetologist who becomes the tutor for the children of a European dictator. A romance soon develops between them.
If you’re a fan of The Nanny, you might enjoy this Beauty and the Beast retelling. It also purposely pays homage to Jane Eyre.
Overall, it’s silly and amusing to watch if you don’t take it too seriously.
#11 Beauty and the Beast/La Belle et La Bete (1946)
The 1946 Beauty and the Beast adaptation is pure magic and cinematic art. It’s considered one of the greatest and most influential movies in film history – ahead of its time with special effects.
The cinematography and artistry in this movie from poet and director Jean Cocteau are masterful.
If you want to see a beautiful French romantic fantasy film, this is one you must see.
#12 Beauty and the Beast (1976)
Hallmark Hall of Fame adapted this TV movie version of Beauty and the Beast. It received three Emmy nominations and starred George C Scott and Trish Van Devere (his real-life wife).
#13 Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The most famous version of the French fairy tale belongs to the Disney princess movie from 1991. The iconic soundtrack, memorable voice cast (including Paige O’Hara, Angela Lansbury, Robby Benson, and Jerry Orbach), and romantic story of a cursed Prince seeking love from a young woman, make this movie one to remember.
Belle is on the official Disney princess list and is an intelligent, book-smart heroine full of compassion and courage.
You can also watch Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
#14 Beauty and the Beast/La Belle et La Bete (2014)
Vincent Cassell and Léa Seydoux star in this gorgeous fairy tale version. What makes this retelling unique is the stunning costumes, the best Beast makeup, and the fact that it’s the only version to borrow elements from the actual original Beauty and the Beast novel by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.
Most films focus on the short story version by Beaumont (who condensed Villeneuve’s story).
Content Note: PG-13 for fantasy violence, partial nudity, and sensuality.
#15 Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Dan Stevens and Emma Watson star in this live-action retelling of the Disney classic. While not as good as the Disney cartoon, it’s still a great family princess movie and received two Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Achievement in Production Design.
#16 The Black Cauldron (1985)
The Black Cauldron is another underrated Disney cartoon with a fabulous princess character: Princess Eilonwy (even though she’s not counted on the official list).
The movie follows the adventures of a teenage boy and his friends (including the princess) as they go on a quest to find a magical item before the villain does.
It’s based on The Chronicles of Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander and influenced by Welsh mythology.
#17 Black Panther/Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2018, 2022)
Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright), the younger sister of King T’Challa, shines in the excellent Black Panther movies. She takes center stage in the sequel after the tragic loss of her brother.
As a character, she’s a scientifically minded, forward-thinking, sometimes sarcastic princess.
The first film won 3 Oscars, including Original Score, Production Design, and Costume Design.
Content Note: Both films are PG-13 for action, violence, and some language.
#18 Brave (2012)
Brave includes another official Disney princess: Princess Merida. She’s the courageous daughter of the Queen and King of DunBroch in Scotland.
Merida accidentally unleashes chaos into the kingdom and then fearlessly fights (using her archery skills and bravery) to save the kingdom and undo a curse.
The movie won Best Animated Film at the Academy Awards.
#19 Chasing Liberty (2004)
Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode star in this cute romantic comedy about the president’s daughter (so a princess-like character), who runs off to Europe with a handsome photographer; only she doesn’t know he’s an agent hired by her father to protect her.
Content Note: PG-13 for suggestive content and brief nudity.
#20 A Christmas Prince Movies (A Christmas Prince/The Royal Wedding/The Royal Baby) (2017-2019)
The trilogy of Christmas romantic comedies from Netflix is the epitome of escapist royal romance movies! A reporter goes undercover trying to get a story on the prince, only to end up falling in love with him.
Rose McIver and Ben Lamb star in A Christmas Prince.
#21 The Chronicles of Narnia Movies (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; Voyage of the Dawn Treader) (2005-2010)
The three films are gorgeous adaptations of C.S. Lewis’ novels about four siblings who travel through a wardrobe during WWII and enter a magical land. They help defeat an evil witch and even become queens and kings of Narnia.
In Prince Caspian, Susan also has a cute romance with the prince (played by Ben Barnes).
#22 Cinderella (1950)
This Classic Disney movie includes one of the most popular official Disney princesses: Cinderella. She’s courageous, kind, and sincere.
The 1950 adaptation of the fairy tale is full of magic, wonder, and enchanting songs. It received three Oscar nominations, including the catchy tune for Best Original Song, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.”
#23 Cinderella (2015)
Kenneth Branagh reimagined Disney’s movie with a live-action version starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, and more.
It’s a gorgeous princess film with the most beautiful costumes from Costume Designer Sandy Powell (who received an Oscar nomination for her exquisite work).
#24 Cinderella (2021)
Camilla Cabello stars in this modern musical version of the fairy tale that’s perfect for teens and Tik Tok fans. It has more of a feminist twist and is sometimes silly, but overall, it is an enjoyable fairy tale film.
#25 A Cinderella Story (2004)
This fun retelling takes Cinderella to high school. While A Cinderella Story initially received negative reviews, the movie has become a cult classic.
Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge, Regina King, and more stars.
#26 Cleopatra (1963)
The epic historical film won four Oscars and followed the life and romances of Queen Cleopatra, starting with her before being crowned and all the way to the end of her life.
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Rex Harrison star.
Content Note: Rated G, but it should be PG for implied sensuality.
#27 Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (2002)
One of Cinderella’s stepsisters gets her own romantic story in this delightful TV movie based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. It has a great cast, including Matthew Goode, Azura Skye, Stockard Channing, and Jonathan Pryce.
#28 The Court Jester (1955)
The Court Jester is a musical parody paying tribute to Errol Flynn’s swashbuckling films. It follows the story of a carnival performer who joins a scheme to take down an evil ruler and restore the rightful king to the throne.
There’s lots of romance, comedy, and adventure, not to mention an amusing princess character: Princess Gwendolyn.
See our review for more on this fun movie!
#29 Crazy Rich Asians (2022)
The huge rom-com box-office hit is based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan. The story follows Rachel Chu, a New York City professor, who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy family – whom she discovers is like royalty.
While there’s technically no Prince in this tale, the movie follows the tropes of an ordinary woman falling in love with a guy who happens to secretly be a Prince (or, in this version, incredibly wealthy and powerful).
Crazy Rich Asians was a huge success with likable characters and a brilliant cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Harry Shum Jr., and Ken Jeong.
Content Note: PG-13 for language and suggestive content.
#30 Crown for Christmas (2015)
Hallmark’s Crown for Christmas is probably the best of the Hallmark royal romance collection – arguably because Rupert Penry-Jones (aka Captain Wentworth in Persuasion) is the dreamiest and best possible actor to play a handsome King.
Danika Mckellar also stars – playing the part of the lovable governess.
#31 Descendants Movies (2015-)
The family TV movie from Disney twists popular fairy tales and tells the story of the children of heroes and villains as they attend a prep school – while also breaking out into song-and-dance numbers.
It’s cheesy fun for the entire family. Plus, who doesn’t want to see Kristen Chenoweth play Maleficent?
#32 Diana (2013)
The biopic stars Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in this film about the final two years of her life and her love affair with Hasnat Khan (played by Lost’s Naveen Andrews).
Content Note: PG-13 for sensuality and brief strong language.
#33 Donkey Skin (1970)
The French musical comedy is considered a cult classic about a princess trying to flee the kingdom with the assistance of her fairy godmother, so she won’t have to marry her dad, the king (played by La Belle et La Bete’s Jean Marais). Yes, you heard that right!
There’s a Prince Charming, so no worries, the princess does not end up with the king.
The movie is based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault.
Content Note: NR. It doesn’t have explicit content, but it includes adult themes.
#34 Downton Abbey (2019)
The famous British period drama series about an upper-class British family and their servants released its first feature film – and made it all about a visit from the royal family!
Even Princess Mary plays an important part (played by Miss Scarlet and the Duke’s Kate Phillips).
#35 The Duchess (2008)
Inspired by the real Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (Princess Diana’s great-great-great-great aunt), The Duchess tells the story of a young aristocrat contracted in marriage to a Duke to produce him an heir.
The historical drama has beautiful costumes and art direction, with Keira Knightley in the leading role.
Content Note: PG-13 for semi-explicit sensual content, brief nudity, and thematic material.
#36 Elena and the Secret of Avalor (2016)
The Emmy-nominated TV film worked as a pilot for the Elena the Avalor series about a Latina princess. It’s perfect princess fun for younger fans.
#37 Elizabeth (1998)
Cate Blanchett gives a brilliant performance as Queen Elizabeth, portraying her in the early years of her reign. The movie also focuses on her romance with Robert Dudley.
The biopic won an Oscar for best Makeup and received numerous other nominations.
Content Note: Rated R for some explicit sensuality, nudity, and violence.
#38 Ella Enchanted (2004)
Based loosely on the Gail Carson Levine children’s novel, Ella Enchanted is a delightful romantic fairy tale twist on the Cinderella story. It’s full of adventure, romance, musical numbers, a great cast, and great messages.
Plus, it has Cary Elwes as the villain!
Anne Hathaway stars as Ella, with Hugh Dancy playing the dashing prince.
#39 Encanto (2021)
The new Disney animated musical film with original songs from Lin Manuel-Miranda is absolute perfection!
And while Mirabel isn’t technically a princess, she fits into the role of one – meant to take over as the head of the Madrigal family. She’s empathetic, quirky, emotional, and strong.
Encanto went on to win Best Animated Film at the Oscars.
#40 Enchanted/Disenchanted (2007, 2022)
Amy Adams stars as Giselle, a Disney-like princess character who leaves her fantasy (and animated) world of Andalasia and enters the real world of New York City.
There, she falls in love with a lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) instead of the prince she was supposed to marry. It’s an enchanting, funny, and romantic film with three Oscar nominations.
The sequel takes place fifteen years after the original, with Princess Giselle questioning her happy ending.
#41 Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
The film Ever After takes the romantic period drama approach to Cinderella – removing the fantasy elements and focusing more on creating an epic love story with brilliant characterization.
It’s the best Cinderella adaptation ever made and follows the story of Danielle (Drew Barrymore), who becomes a servant girl after the loss of her father to her cruel stepmother (Anjelica Huston).
When she meets Prince Henry (Dougray Scott), she opens his mind and heart to new ideas about becoming a better leader. But will he be able to overlook her lower station when he finds out who she really is?
Leonardo da Vinci fills in the role of the fairy godmother in a unique twist!
Content Note: PG-13 for brief strong language.
#42 Excalibur (1981)
Excalibur is a magical, epic retelling of the Arthurian legend loosely based on Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. The famous love triangle between King Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot, plays an essential role in this adaptation.
#43 First Daughter (2004)
Much like Chasing Liberty, First Daughter is a romance film about the president’s daughter falling in love with an agent. This one is influenced by Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and is, overall, a sweet film.
Katie Holmes and Marc Blucas star.
#44 First Knight (1995)
First Knight focuses on the famous love triangle between King Arthur, his betrothed Guinevere, and the Knight, Lancelot. It’s a lovely romance film about Medieval times with a talented cast: Sean Connery, Julia Ormond, and Richard Gere star.
Content Note: PG-13 for battle sequences and sensuality.
#45 Fit for a Prince (2021)
Natalie Hall and Jonathan Keltz star in this Hallmark royal romance about Cindy, an aspiring fashion designer who has an opportunity to dress the ladies of a wealthy family for an event. When she meets Prince Ronan, he becomes smitten.
#46 The Frog Prince (1986)
Aileen Quinn from the classic musical film, Annie, stars as Princess Zora in this charming fairy tale about a princess’s friendship with a frog who may be a cursed prince.
It’s low budget but an enchanting musical movie. A young Helen Hunt also stars.
#47. Frozen/Frozen II (2013, 2019)
This wouldn’t be a list of princess movies without Frozen! The Disney phenomenon is about two princesses: Elsa (who becomes the queen) and her sister, Anna.
While there’s romance, memorable musical numbers you won’t be able to get out of your head for weeks, and lots of humor, the relationship between the sisters makes these two princess films ones for the ages.
The first film won 2 Oscars.
#48 The Glass Slipper (1955)
Leslie Caron stars in this classic musical adaptation of Cinderella. It’s told in the style of a colorful MGM musical of the ’50s with lots of charm and unique twisting of the fairy tale.
#49 Grace of Monaco (2014)
Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly, part of Hollywood royalty who later became a real-life princess. The story follows Kelly’s marriage crisis in the 1960s with her husband, Prince Ranier III – the Prince of Monaco.
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Content Note: NR but is PG-13-like for mild suggestive references and language.
#50 Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance (2018)
The Lifetime movie showcases the courtship and romance of Harry and Meghan. While not a great film, it should please viewers looking for an escapist royal romance movie about real royals.
Murray Fraser as Prince Harry and Parisa Fitz-Henley as Meghan Markle were cast well.
Content Note: TV-PG, but it does have some sensuality.
#51 Hercules (1997)
The Disney cartoon tells the story of Hercules, a demigod raised among humans, who must become a real hero to regain his immortality. Meanwhile, Hades plots against him.
This Oscar-nominated film has an exceptional soundtrack and an unofficial Disney princess: Megara! She’s a snarky, independent, and quick-witted female character inspired by a “’40s screwball comedienne.”
#52 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
This Disney-animated adaptation of the serious Victor Hugo novel takes on deeper themes than most Disney cartoons. The story follows Quasimodo, a kind but isolated young man with a hunchback who helps a gypsy traveler, Esmeralda, from a corrupt government minister.
He develops unrequited feelings for Esmeralda, but she loves another. And while she’s not technically a princess, she fits into Disney’s idea of a character performing a heroic deed. Still, Esmeralda has not received status as an official Disney Princess.
#53 I Am Dragon (2015)
I Am Dragon is a gorgeous Beauty and the Beast story about the romance between a princess and a dragon – a beast who is also a man. The look of the dragon in this movie is simply spectacular.
You can find out more about this movie in our review.
Content Note: The movie shows slight rear nudity and has dark themes of sacrifice. But nothing explicit here. It’s not rated.
#54 If the Shoe Fits (1990)
If The Shoe Fits puts a contemporary romantic comedy spin on the Cinderella story. Rob Lowe and Jennifer Grey star in this cheesy but entertaining romance film.
#55 Into the Woods (2014)
Based on the famous musical, Into the Woods follows a childless couple as they try to break the curse put on them by a vengeful witch. Numerous fairy tale characters appear, including Cinderella and her Prince.
The movie has an all-star cast (including Meryl Streep) and received three Oscar nominations.
#56 Inventing the Christmas Prince (2022)
Shelby is a rocket engineer and wants to quit her job, but when her daughter starts to believe that her seemingly cold-hearted boss is the real Christmas Prince (a story made up by Shelby years earlier), things get interesting! Tamera Mowry- Housley and Ronnie Rowe Jr. star.
#57 Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Jodhaa Akbar is an epic historical romance film about the true love story between a Muslim Emperor and a Hindu Princess. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan stars. The princess story was a commercial and critical success.
Content Note: The movie’s NR, but there is some violence – nothing explicit.
#58 John Carter (2012)
John Carter, a lesser-known adventure film from Disney, is based on the classic sci-fi, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The movie failed at the box office – likely due to bad marketing – but it’s pretty good.
The story is about a Civil War Veteran transported to Barsoom, a planet with people in need of his help – including a princess.
Content Note: PG-13 for violence and action scenes.
#59 The King and I (1956)
Rodgers and Hammerstein bring their talent to the story of a widowed governess and her romance with the King of Siam. The classic musical won five Oscars, including Best Actor for Yul Brynner as the King. Deborah Kerr also starred.
#60 King Arthur (2004)
King Arthur tells a more realistic version of the Arthurian legend (even if it’s still not historically accurate). In this movie, Guinevere is a warrior princess fighting in battle alongside King Arthur and Lancelot.
Ioan Gruffudd plays one of the most romantic interpretations of Lancelot, working his way through the battlefield to save Guinevere – even if she’s more in love with Arthur.
I also recommend watching the Director’s Cut as the story flows better. It also includes more scenes between Lancelot and Guinevere and Guinevere and Arthur.
Content Note: PG-13 for scenes of violence, language, and sensuality. The extended edition is more violent and could be R.
#61 The King’s Daughter (2022)
The King’s Daughter tells the story of a King’s quest for immortality by trying to drain and use a mermaid’s life force. But when his secret daughter discovers the mermaid and befriends her, it causes all sorts of trouble.
This movie was filmed in 2014 and took eight years to release – and it’s clear watching the film that there were some creative issues – despite the excellent cast.
But it’s still worth watching, and little girls will love it! There’s a princess, mermaids, a romance, and a strong performance from William Hurt.
#62 Lady Jane (1986)
Cary Elwes and Helena Bonham Carter star in this emotional biopic about Lady Jane Grey when she becomes queen for nine days to keep Princess Mary from the throne. The movie is also a tragic love story.
Content Note: PG-13 for some nudity and adult themes.
#63 The Last Princess (2016)
The historical Korean drama portrays the life of Princess Deokhye – the last Korean princess – who attempts to escape Japan and return to Korea.
Content Note: NR, but it does have some violence and adult themes.
#64 Legend (1985)
Tom Cruise stars in this entertaining fantasy romance (and now cult classic) about a young man trying to stop the evil Lord of Darkness from ending daylight. Meanwhile, there are unicorns and a romance with a princess.
Tim Curry and Mia Sara also star.
#65 The Lion in Winter (1968)
Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole star in this Oscar-winning classic about King Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine during Christmas as everyone plots over who will inherit the throne. Of course, there’s a French princess in the story (Alais) too.
Besides the fabulous storytelling and acting, it’s fun to see Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton as younger actors.
#66 The Lion King (1994)
The award-winning Disney musical film tells the story of the lion prince, Simba, and his ascension to the throne.
His love interest, Nala, may not technically be an official Disney princess (she’s not human and therefore against Disney’s rules!), but she may as well be one. She’s spirited, courageous, and a voice of reason.
The Disney animated masterpiece won two Oscars.
#67 The Lion King (2019)
Disney’s live-action version isn’t as good as the original, but it’s visually stunning. Plus, it has Beyoncé voicing the part of Nala.
#68 The Little Mermaid (1989)
The mermaid princess, Ariel, makes a deal with the witch, Ursula, to become human to try and win a prince’s love in The Little Mermaid.
Ariel is an official Disney Princess with a resilient spirit and a courageous heart! The songs in this movie are a lot of fun too. You can also check out The Little Mermaid II.
The original story is based on the book by Hans Christian Andersen.
#69 The Little Princess (1939)
Shirley Temple stars in this delightful adaptation of the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It’s full of charm, heart, and a winsome Shirley at her movie star best.
While Sara Crewe isn’t technically a princess, she has an inner nobility and a courageous heart – and she gets help from Queen Victoria too!
#70 A Little Princess (1995)
Alfonso Cuarón (director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) brings his artistic style to the famous children’s story – this time with Liesel Matthews in the main role of Sara Crewe.
The family film received two Oscar nominations for Art Direction and Best Cinematography.
#71 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
There are not one, not two, but three amazing princess characters in the Lord of the Rings trilogy: Galadriel of Valinor (an elf), Arwen (another elf and lover of Aragorn), and the human Eowyn (a princess/noblewoman of Rohan).
While the story focuses on a Hobbit from the Shire going on a quest with other men, hobbits, dwarfs, and elves, to save Middle-Earth, these three women are heroes too.
These movies are some of the bests of all time – and it’s lovely to watch these incredible female characters onscreen.
Content Note: PG-13 for violence and frightening situations.
#72 Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000)
Kenneth Branagh directs this rom-com musical version of Shakespeare’s play with a brilliant cast of actors. This movie might not be everyone’s cup of tea (it’s satirical, quirky, and strange), but we thought it was hilarious!
Branagh transforms the familiar story into a 1930s musical with Alicia Silverstone playing the part of the Princess.
Other cast members include Branagh, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola, Adrian Lester, Emily Mortimer, Carmen Ejogo, Richard Briers, Geraldine McEwan, Nathan Lane, and Timothy Spall.
#73 Maid in Manhattan (2002)
This rom-com version of Cinderella has a hotel maid falling in love with a political candidate. Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes star.
Content Note: PG-13 for some language and suggestive references.
#74 Maleficent/ Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2014, 2019)
Disney retells the story through the eyes of the villain – with Angelina Jolie playing the protagonist/villain. But have no fear; Princess Aurora is central to the story – as she may be the one to transform Maleficent back to her former kind-hearted self.
Besides the fun twisting of the fairy tale, the costumes are incredible!
#75 The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
Leonardo Dicaprio plays twin brothers (one a cruel king and the other secretly hidden away) in this story about the musketeers trying to replace the evil king with the kind-hearted one.
While Dicaprio takes center stage, it’s Gabriel Byrne as the romantic D’artagnan that steals the film! His secret romance with Queen Anne is one to remember.
Content Note: PG-13 for violence, sensuality, and nudity.
#76 Marie Antoinette (2006)
The polarizing period biopic about the young Marie Antoinette shows the doomed queen from before she becomes queen as a teenager to her time as the queen – and in a beautiful way.
The costumes in this film are spectacular (the movie won Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards), and the visual atmosphere is stunning.
Kirsten Dunst does a remarkable job in this period drama from writer and director Sofia Coppola.
Content Note: PG-13 for suggestive content, innuendo, sensuality, and partial nudity.
#77 Mirror Mirror (2012)
Mirror Mirror is a fantasy rom-com about Snow White with Lily Collins and Julia Roberts starring as Snow and the Queen.
This princess movie is a lot of fun, with some of the most amazing costumes ever in a fairy tale film.
#78 Moana (2016)
In Ancient Polynesia, the chief’s daughter, Moana, goes on a quest to seek out the Demigod, who puts a curse on her island. She’s a strong-willed official Disney Princess who faces challenges head-on and with a lot of courage!
The animated Disney movie received two Oscar nominations.
#79 Mulan (1998)
Mulan is another official Disney Princess – although she makes the cut due to her heroic actions rather than because she’s from royalty.
Mulan tells the story of a young maiden who becomes a warrior to save her father. It has a fantastic soundtrack with a memorable story.
#80 Mulan (2020)
The live-action version of Disney’s Mulan is less romantic and fantastical, and more of an action-adventure film, with Mulan continuing to shine as a heroic character.
Content Note: PG-13 for violence.
#81 My Summer Prince (2016)
A young publicist works to improve the image of the playboy Prince Colin of Edgemere, all while falling in love with him at the same time. It’s your standard Hallmark royal romance!
#82 Napping Princess (2017)
The anime takes place in two settings: a near-future Japan and a fantastical kingdom where the main character is a princess with a magical tablet.
#83 The NeverEnding Story (1984)
The NeverEnding Story is a beautiful fantasy film about a young boy who enters a fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious and magical book. There, he must save this world and the Childlike Empress (a very princess-like character if ever there was one!)
The NeverEnding Story is a movie you can watch repeatedly and remember the importance of dreams and imagination.
#84 The New World (2005)
The New World tells the true story of Pocahontas in an artistic, beautiful way. Q’orianka Kilcher, Colin Farrell, Christian Bale, Christopher Plummer, Wes Studi, and more, star.
Content Note: PG-13 for some battle sequences and mild nudity.
#85 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Clara, a young Victorian girl, enters a magical land and discovers she’s a princess. There, she helps the realm find peace.
With an all-star cast and a holiday setting, it’s a fantastic princess movie to watch during Christmas.
#86 Once Upon a Holiday (2015)
An incognito royal princess meets a New Yorker, who shows her around the city while she hides from her entourage. But what will happen when he finds out the truth?
The Hallmark romance film is a fun princess film to watch!
#87 Once Upon a Mattress (2005)
This Disney live-action movie musical brings the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea to life in a fun, hilarious way. The cast includes Carol Burnett, Zooey Deschanel, Matthew Morrison, Denis O’Hare, Tracey Ullman, and more.
#88 Once Upon a Prince (2018)
A prince falls for an American girl, but his mother disapproves of her in this Hallmark royal romance.
#89 One Night with the King (2006)
One Night with the King is a Biblical princess movie about the story of Esther and how she becomes a queen while also saving her people. This film has a surprisingly strong supporting cast, including Omar Shariff, John Noble, John Rhys-Davies, James Callis, and Peter O’Toole.
Tiffany Dupont stars as Esther, while Luke Goss plays King Xerxes.
#90 Ophelia (2018)
Daisy Ridley stars as Ophelia in this reimagined version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The movie deals with Ophelia’s perspective, her romance with Prince Hamlet, and why she’s a hero in her own right.
Ophelia‘s an enjoyable, feminist retelling full of Romanticism with a visual style influenced by Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
Content Note: PG-13 for sensuality, some violence, and thematic elements.
#91 The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Adapted from Phillipa Gregory’s novel, The Other Boleyn Girl is a fictionalized version of King Henry VIII and the two sisters, Anne, and Mary Boleyn, vying for the king’s love. Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana star.
Content Note: PG-13 for semi-explicit sensuality, assault, violence, and thematic elements.
#92 Our Queen At War (2020)
This documentary focuses on what Queen Elizabeth II was like as Princess Elizabeth during World War II.
#93 Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
A young girl believes she’s the reincarnated princess of the underworld in this interweaving story between the 1940s and a fairy tale world. This historical fantasy film is gorgeous but very dark. It won 3 Oscars.
Content Note: Rated R for graphic violence and language.
#94 Penelope (2006)
Christina Ricci and James McAvoy star in this charming fantasy rom-com that twists the Beauty and the Beast story into one of women empowerment and believing in yourself!
It’s one of our favorites.
#95 Pirates of the Caribbean Movies (2003-2017)
While Captain Jack Sparrow gets much of the attention due to Johnny Depp’s brilliant performance, the story’s true hero goes to Elizabeth Swann, the governor’s daughter with the independent and courageous personality of an actual Disney princess – even if she remains unofficial!
The movies contain adventure, romance, paranormal twists, and iconic performances. The movies received several Oscar nominations and are fan-favorite films.
Content Note: PG-13 for adventure violence and innuendo.
#96 Pocahontas (1995)
Pocahontas is another official Disney Princess! She’s the chief’s daughter from the Powhatan Tribe and is noble, spiritual, and kind. She’s also a great lover of nature!
This animated movie musical focuses on her romance with John Smith and won two Oscars.
#97 The Prince and Me (2004)
Julia Stiles and Luke Mably star in this popular romantic comedy about a college student who falls in love with a Danish prince.
#98 A Prince for Christmas (2015)
This original Christmas romance from STARZ follows a European prince running away to the United States so he doesn’t have to enter an arranged marriage. There, he falls in love with a waitress.
#99 Prince Valiant (1997)
A Welsh princess is thrown into the world of Arthurian legend in this fantasy romance starring Katherine Heigl and Stephen Moyer.
Content Note: PG-13 for adventure violence.
#100 The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Set in the 1920s, in New Orleans, this animated Disney film tells the story of a young waitress trying to open a restaurant, only to cross paths with a prince who’s been cursed as a frog. She sets out to help turn him back into a human being.
Tiana is an official Disney princess and is a determined, driven, and courageous character!
#101 The Princess and the Goblin (1991)
This underrated animated Welsh Hungarian-American film tells the story of a brave young princess who teams up with a peasant boy and her cat to defeat an evil goblin prince.
The story’s based on the 1872 novel by George MacDonald.
#102 The Princess and the Marine (2001)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Marisol Nichols star in this TV movie about the forbidden romance between a US marine and a Bahraini princess.
#103 The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018)
This period romantic comedy/suspense film follows a Joseon-era princess as she escapes the palace to find true love. This one’s perfect if you love Korean dramas but don’t have time to watch an entire series.
Content Note: NR but would likely be PG-13 for suggestive references and violence.
#104 The Princess Bride (1987)
The Princess Bride is unquestionably one of the most fabulous princess movies of all time. The classic story follows a pirate facing obstacles to reunite with his long-lost true love – who is betrothed to a wicked Prince.
The comedy, the romance, the costumes, and the cast – everything about this movie makes it a timeless masterpiece.
And whenever you’re in the mood for romantic inspiration, give the original song from the film, “Storybook Love,” a listen.
Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, and more stars.
#105 Princess Caraboo (1994)
Phoebe Cates stars in this strange film based on the true story of a woman who passed herself off as a princess to British society.
#106 The Princess Diaries/The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2001, 2004)
Mia Thermopolis (played perfectly by Anne Hathaway) discovers she’s a princess and the heir to the throne of Genovia.
In the sequel, Princess Mia must find a suitable husband to keep the crown, but she falls for someone she can’t trust.
Garry Marshall directs these entertaining family films with Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo, Chris Pine (in the sequel), and more starring.
#107 A Princess for Christmas (2011)
A young woman becomes the guardian of her niece and nephew after a tragic accident. She soon receives an invitation from an estranged uncle inviting her to stay at a castle in Europe for the holidays. There she falls in love with a handsome prince.
A Princess for Christmas is one of the best Hallmark royal romance films with Katie McGrath (Merlin, Supergirl) and Sam Heughan (Outlander) starring.
#108 Princess Kaiulani (2009)
This historical romance film (based on a true story) stars Q’orianka Kilcher as the Hawaiian princess who tries to fight for her island’s independence against American colonization. Shaun Evans also stars.
#109 Princess Mononoke (1997)
From Studio Ghibli comes this brilliant, animated film about a prince on a journey to find a cure for a curse. He soon meets San, a warrior princess of the Wolf Gods, raised by wolves in the wild. The movie was a huge commercial and critical success.
Content Note: PG-13 for violence.
#110 The Princess of Montpensier (2010)
Interestingly enough, the French period film is based on a novella from Madame de La Fayette, published anonymously in 1662. It’s considered the prototype of the historical novel.
The movie adaptation follows a young noblewoman when she’s forced to marry a prince for political reasons despite loving another.
Content Note: The movie is not rated but includes a few bedroom scenes with nudity. There is also some violence.
#111 Princess of Thieves (2001)
A young Keira Knightley stars in this family adventure film about Robin Hood’s daughter as she tries to help put the rightful heir to the kingdom on his throne.
It’s a fun TV movie from Disney with some romance between Gwyn (Knightley) and Prince Phillip.
#112 Princess Protection Program (2009)
Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez star in this Disney Channel Original Movie about a princess (Lovato) who goes into hiding in Louisiana and pretends to be a typical teenager.
#113 The Princess Switch Movies (2018-2021)
Netflix brings escapism with its trilogy of princess movies starring Vanessa Hudgens. When a Chicago baker goes to a Christmas baking competition in a foreign kingdom, she switches places with the prince’s fiancée, who is identical to her. Of course, she then falls in love with the prince herself.
See our review for more on the first film.
#114 Queen Christina (1933)
Greta Garbo stars in this fascinating pre-code biopic about the famous historical monarch Queen Christina of Sweden. The movie follows her life, showing her becoming queen when she’s six years old, only to later abdicate as a young woman.
#115 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
The warrior princess, Raya, goes in search of the last dragon on Earth to help turn her father back from stone into a human and save her people.
Raya is an honorable and fierce Disney princess in this Oscar-nominated animated movie.
#116 Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (2019)
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs puts a unique spin on the Snow-White story, with Princess Snow being an overweight princess who rescues seven cursed princes. Her love interest also happens to be Merlin, a conceited prince.
The movie received some flack due to an unfortunate marketing campaign. But the film itself is sweet with a positive message.
You can watch it in the original Korean language or the English dub, with Chloe Grace Moretz voicing Snow White.
#117 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1957)
Julie Andrews stars and shines in this Emmy-nominated musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein. The now-famous musical was explicitly written for television and premiered on CBS in March 1957.
It was later adapted into a stage musical – while also being adapted into TV movies twice.
#118 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1965)
An all-star cast, including Lesley Ann Warren, Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Celeste Holm, and more, brings the musical to television again in this magical version.
Warren, especially, portrays Cinderella with such sweet innocence it’s hard not to love her in the role.
#119 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997)
The 1997 version from Disney was groundbreaking with its diverse cast and contemporary spins on the musical. It received middling reviews when it first premiered, but it has gone on to be better received (deservedly so) over time.
The charming TV movie starred Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg, Paolo Montalban, Jason Alexander, Victor Garber, Veanne Cox, and Natalie Desselle Reid.
In fun news, Brandy will again portray Cinderella in the new Descendants film for Disney, The Pocketwatch!
#120 Roman Holiday (1953)
Audrey Hepburn became a star with this princess movie, winning Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her now iconic performance.
The story of Princess Ann, a sheltered princess, who falls in love with a reporter (played by Gregory Peck), is one of the greatest romcoms of all time.
Roman Holiday was filmed entirely in Rome and had gorgeous scenery throughout. William Wyler directed.
#121 A Royal Affair (2012)
Princess Caroline Matilda of Great Britain marries the King, Christian VII, only to discover he’s severely mentally ill. She then falls in love with the king’s personal doctor, and the two carry on an affair.
The biographical drama film stars Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen.
Content Note: Rated R for some explicit sensuality with nudity, profanity (not constant), assault, and violence.
#122 A Royal Christmas (2014)
Lacey Chabert, Stephen Hagan, and Jane Seymour star in this Hallmark romance about a seamstress who discovers her boyfriend is a prince, and his mother does not want them to be together.
This one’s pure charm and sweetness.
#123 Royal Hearts (2018)
Kelly, a young woman from Montana, and her father, a rancher, discover he’s inherited an estate in a faraway country – only to realize he’s also inherited the title of King.
This royal-themed Hallmark film stars James Brolin as the King and Cindy Busby as his daughter.
#124 Royal Matchmaker (2018)
Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) and Will Kemp star in this Hallmark royal romance about a New York City matchmaker hired to help a king find a wife for his son, the prince.
She finds him the perfect match, but unfortunately, she’s fallen in love with him.
#125 Royal New Year’s Eve (2017)
Jessy Schram and Sam Page star in this Hallmark romance about a fashion designer who falls in love with her client’s fiancé, Prince Jeffrey.
#126 A Royal Night Out (2015)
Queen Elizabeth II is given the princess rom-com treatment in this British film about a young Elizabeth, her sister Margaret, and their romantic adventures with army officers on VE day in 1945.
It’s a wholly fictionalized film, but such fun! Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Rupert Everett, Emily Watson, Roger Allam, and Jack Reynor star.
Content Note: PG-14 for suggestive references and drug use.
#127 A Royal Queen’s Christmas (2021)
Megan Park and Julian Morris star in this Hallmark film about a prince who helps a woman in Queens with a children’s Christmas show.
#128 The Royal Nanny (2022)
Hallmark’s latest royal fare follows an MI5 agent who becomes the royal nanny and tries to resist the prince’s charms. It just premiered on November 12, 2022.
#129 A Royal Runaway Romance (2022)
This newer Hallmark movie premiered during the 2022 “Spring into Love” lineup. It’s about a princess named Amelia and a romance with her bodyguard.
#130 A Royal Winter (2017)
A young woman on holiday begins a romance with a handsome prince, only he’s about to be crowned king, and his mother does not want them together.
What makes this one fun is that Downton Abbey’s Samantha Bond plays the queen! It’s also very cozy.
#131 Royally Ever After (2018)
A schoolteacher discovers her boyfriend is a prince and that they must get his parents’ approval to marry. Sure, this Hallmark movie isn’t going to win any awards, but Torrance Combs makes for a handsome prince.
#132 The Scarlet Flower (1952, 1977)
The Scarlet Flower is a Russian folktale/retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story. Two lovely adaptations exist – a 1952 animated film (which is considered a masterpiece) and a 1977 movie.
#133 The School for Good and Evil (2022)
Based on the 2013 fairytale novel by Soman Chainani, this Netflix adaptation has an all-star cast. Two best friends find themselves thrown into a magical world and to two schools (one for good and one for evil) where fairy tales begin.
Content Note: PG-13 for some violence and mild profanity.
#134 The Secret of Moonacre (2008)
This enchanting coming-of-age story tells the tale of a young British girl who discovers her family is under a curse, and only she can break it because she’s the next moon princess.
Ioan Gruffudd, Dakota Blue Richards, Tim Curry, Juliet Stevenson, and Natascha McElhone star.
#135 Secret Society of Second Born Royals (2020)
Second-born royals join a top-secret program to help save the world. It’s Disney fun for the tween crowd.
#136 Shrek Movies (2001-2013)
There are three Shrek films in the award-winning franchise, plus a recorded TV production of the Broadway musical adaptation (Shrek the Musical).
The story follows the ogre, Shrek, who must deal with his swamp being overrun by banished fairy tale creatures. To reclaim his swamp, he sets out to rescue Princess Fiona for the evil Lord Farquaad, not expecting to fall in love with the princess himself.
#137 Sissi Film Trilogy (1955-1957)
Classic romance fans will appreciate these Austrian movies about The Empress of Austria, nicknamed Sissi. These portray a sweet, romanticized view of history.
#138 Sleeping Beauty (1959)
The classic Disney film introduces another official Disney Princess: Aurora (sometimes called Briar Rose). The movie tells the story of a wicked fairy who curses a princess with a spell that only a prince can break.
Aurora is kind, imaginative, loyal, and an inspirational princess within a timeless movie.
#139 The Slipper and the Rose (1976)
The Oscar-nominated Cinderella musical adaptation doesn’t have as memorable songs as the Rodgers and Hammerstein production, but it’s a terrific, cozy classic with fine performances and a lot of witty dialogue.
#140 Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
The costumes are stunning in this Snow White retelling. The big-budget film is epic in scope, with an implied romance between Show White and the Huntsman and a unique take on the evil queen.
Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Bob Hoskins, Ian McShane, and more stars.
Content Note: PG-13 for violence, action, and brief sensuality.
#141 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
It’s the revolutionary Disney film that started it all! A princess is exiled by her wicked stepmother and rescued by seven dwarfs. Despite her hardships, Snow (an official Disney princess) faces each day with optimism and kindness.
For more Snow White adaptations, check out this list!
#142 Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001)
Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk stars as Snow White in this Disney TV movie. Miranda Richardson plays the wicked stepmother, while the seven dwarfs are named after days of the week (and played by excellent actors, including Warwick Davis, Vincent Schiavelli, José Zúñiga, etc.)
#143 Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
Sigourney Weaver stars as the stepmother in this unusually dark take on the fairy tale. While I wouldn’t recommend this one for kids, if you like dark gothic romance films, give this one a shot. In this adaptation, Snow (named Lilli Hoffman) has a romance with a handsome miner.
Sam Neill, Monica Keena, Gil Bellows, and David Conrad also star. The movie received three Emmy nominations.
Content Note: Rated R for some sensuality, attempted assaults, and horror violence.
#144 Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess (2012)
The TV movie is the pilot for the Disney TV series. A young peasant girl becomes a princess when her mother marries a king, and her life changes.
Sofia the First is perfect for young girls and boys.
#145 Spencer (2021)
Kristen Stewart stars as Diana, the Princess of Wales, in this excellent biographical drama, as she struggles with her mental health and marriage to Prince Charles during the Christmas holidays.
Watch this one for Stewart’s magnificent performance. Just be aware the movie is very arty and not for everyone.
Content Note: Rated R for some language.
#146 Star Wars Movies
We couldn’t have a list of princess movies and not include Star Wars. From the original trilogy to the prequels and beyond, these films have a couple of fantastic princesses: Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher) and Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman).
Leia is snarky, feisty, and independent, while Amidala is intelligent, diplomatic, and loving.
Content Note: Movies range between PG and PG-13 for fantasy violence.
#147 Stardust (2007)
Tristan, a young and handsome Victorian man, enters a magical realm and crosses paths with a fallen star – an argumentative and passionate young woman. Their love-hate relationship quickly turns romantic.
Of course, they face lots of danger, evil witches, and warring royals. Oh, and Tristan may be a prince!
Stardust is based on Neil Gaiman’s book and stars Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Rupert Everett, Mark Heap, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Peter O’Toole, Nathaniel Parker, Sienna Miller, and Henry Cavill.
Content Note: PG-13 for fantasy violence and some suggestive humor.
#148 The Stolen Princess (2018)
The Ukrainian animated film tells the story of an artist who sets out to rescue Princess Mila, who’s been kidnapped by an evil sorcerer.
The movie’s based on the Russian fairy tale Ruslan and Ludmila by Aleksandr Pushkin.
#149 The Swan (1956)
A princess (Grace Kelly) from a smaller European royal house tries to make a crown prince jealous by giving a handsome tutor attention. Things don’t go as planned, of course.
Strangely, this classic romance film was released the same year Grace Kelly became a princess in real life when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
You can find out more in our review of The Swan.
#150 The Swan Princess (1994)
An evil sorcerer curses a princess to live her days as a swan, but can the curse be broken? The classic animated film became a huge hit when it was released on home video and is intensely romantic with a heartwarming happily ever after.
#151 Sydney White (2007)
Amanda Bynes and Matt Long star in this modern retelling of Snow White within a university setting. It’s a fun rom-com to watch when you’re in the mood for something light and entertaining.
Content Note: PG-13 for suggestive humor, language, and partying.
#152 The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
The Oscar-nominated Studio Ghibli film is a bittersweet tale of an elderly couple who find a miniature girl growing inside a bamboo stalk. They believe she’s a princess and raise her in the village, but she must soon confront her fate.
It’s a beautiful and artistic animated movie full of imagination.
#153 Tangled (2010)
Tangled is one of the best Disney princess films, with the official Disney Princess, Rapunzel taking center stage. The long-haired Rapunzel escapes her tower (imprisoned there by her “mother”) with a loveable thief and sees the world for the first time.
Rapunzel is a determined, curious dreamer and was voiced by Mandy Moore. Zachary Levi provided the voice for the thief and love interest, Flynn Ryder.
#154 Tarzan (1999)
Once you watch Tarzan, you won’t be able to stop singing the Oscar-winning song for the film “You’ll Be in My Heart.” The Disney cartoon tells the story of a young man raised by gorillas – only to fall in love with a kind-hearted young woman, Jane.
Jane isn’t technically a Disney princess, but her intelligent and kind personality makes her an unofficial one. Plus, she does have a romance with Tarzan, who’s raised by the leader of the gorillas – making him a prince of sorts.
#155 The Ten Commandments (1956)
The award-winning movie of the Biblical Moses as he discovers his destiny and saves his people might seem like an unusual choice for this list! But we have always loved the character of the dark, almost Byronic Nefretiri, an Egyptian princess (and later a queen) in love with Moses.
While she doesn’t have admirable traits, her characterization and the performance by Anne Baxter are marvelous. Plus, Moses still marries another young woman who’s the daughter of a sheik too.
#156 Thor Movies (2011-2022)
The crown prince of Asgard, Thor, travels to Earth to help defend it and falls in love with a human woman – a scientist named Jane Foster.
Their love story plays out over several films with a bittersweet romantic ending. Jane’s a brave, intelligent character more than equal to the superhero Thor.
Content Note: PG-13 for fantasy violence.
#157 Three Wishes for Cinderella (2021)
Three Wishes for Cinderella is a Norwegian adaptation of the Cinderella story with a Christmassy feel and beautiful costumes.
#158 Tristan & Isolde (2006)
If an epic period romance movie is what you’re after, give Tristan and Isolde a try! Sophia Myles gives a fine performance as Princess Isolde in this adaptation of the legendary tragic tale of star-crossed lovers.
Other cast members include James Franco, Rufus Sewell, Henry Cavill, and Mark Strong.
Content Note: PG-13 for some sensuality and battle scenes.
#159 The Triumph of Love (2001)
Based on the 1732 play, The Triumph of Love is a period romcom about a princess (the daughter of a usurper) who falls in love with the rightful heir to the throne.
Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley, Fiona Shaw, Rachael Stirling, and Jay Rodan star.
Content Note: PG-13 for some sensuality and nudity.
#160 Trolls (2016)
The Trolls film tells the story of Princess Poppy, an optimistic troll from Troll Village, who goes on a quest to save her friends. The family film has a catchy soundtrack and is a cute, fun princess movie for kids!
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake stars.
#161 A United Kingdom (2016)
A United Kingdom is a beautiful historical romance film about an Englishwoman who falls in love with a King from Botswana. The story is based on real people and is excellent, with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike giving memorable performances.
Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, and Laura Carmichael also star. Amma Asante directed.
Content Note: PG-13 for language (including racist remarks) and sensuality.
#162 Vampire Academy (2014)
Based on the popular bestselling YA book series, Vampire Academy is an entertaining teen romance film about two best friends. One is a Dhampir (half-human/half-vampire) guardian to the Royal Moroi (mortal vampires). And the other is a Moroi and vampire princess.
While the film received mixed reviews, it’s still an enjoyable movie with lots of romance.
Content Note: PG-13 for violence, suggestive content, sensuality, and language.
#163 What a Girl Wants (2003)
In What a Girl Wants, an American teenager discovers her father (whom she’s never met) is a famous and wealthy British politician. She sets out to meet him but realizes she could cause a scandal, ruining his career if the press discovers her identity.
The princess-like story stars Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston, Eileen Atkins, Jonathan Pryce, Oliver James, Anna Chancellor, and Christina Cole, star.
#164 William & Catherine: A Royal Romance (2011)
Hallmark’s TV movie about Prince William and Kate Middleton has a good cast and is a fun, romantic movie about real-life royals.
#165 William & Kate (2011)
William & Kate is Lifetime’s take on the real-life romance about these famous British royals. Camilla Luddington from Grey’s Anatomy plays Kate Middleton.
Content Note: TV-14
#166 Willow (1988)
In this Oscar-nominated classic fantasy film from George Lucas, a young aspiring sorcerer and farmer undertakes a quest to protect a princess from an evil sorceress.
Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, and Joanne Whalley star.
#167 A Winter Princess (2019)
An incognito princess works at a ski resort and helps the owner’s brother plan the resort’s big 50th-anniversary celebration. Natalie Hall and Chris McNally star in this Hallmark romance.
#168 Wonder Woman/Wonder Woman: 1984 (2017, 2020)
In Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot plays the ultimate warrior princess as the Amazonian demigoddess, Diana Prince, the crown princess of Themyscira.
When a WWI pilot (Chris Pine) wrecks his plane, she chooses to leave her home to help him fight the war – discovering her true potential and finding true love.
Content Note: PG-13 for violence, action, and suggestive content.
#169 Young Bess (1953)
The Oscar-nominated classic film follows a young Queen Elizabeth I from early childhood until her ascension to the throne in 1558.
Jean Simmons, Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, and Charles Laughton star.
#170 The Young Victoria (2009)
Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes penned this script about the early reign of Queen Victoria and her romance with Prince Albert.
The period drama won Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards – but everything about this film is aesthetically beautiful.
Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend starred in The Young Victoria.
PRINCESS MOVIES (NEW OR COMING SOON):
- A Prince for the Holidays (airing on December 10, 2022, on GAC Family)
- Royal Christmas Match (Airing December 10 on UPtv)
- A Royal Corgi Christmas (Aired November 25 on the Hallmark Channel)
- Prince and Pauper Christmas (Airing December 11 on ION)
- The Little Mermaid (live-action) from Disney
- The Pocketwatch (Coming soon to Disney+)
What are some of your favorite princess movies? Do you have a favorite Disney princess movie? Did we leave any of your favorite movie princesses off the list (there are so many more out there!)? Share in the comments below!
Featured image credit: Star Wars (Paramount Pictures), A Princess for Christmas (Copyright 2012 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Toni Salabasev), Cinderella (Walt Disney Pictures), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Walt Disney Television/ Buena Vista Television), and Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Pictures/ Buena Vista Pictures Distribution).