There is a fairy tale: 20 films about princesses and princes

If you have a crown hidden somewhere, then it’s time to get it out and watch a movie, wherever you take it, everyone will turn out to be thoroughbred, with a pedigree and without fleas, although this is not certain – remember Prince Wendel turned into a dog? Our new selection for those who understand the varieties of crystal for shoes, ball gowns and Disney characters – from guys on white horses to a team of seven dwarfs. For lovers of magical stories, as old as the world, we have compiled a list of films about princesses and princes, fabulous and real.

Spanish Princess (mini-series 2019)

The historical series about a princess from Spain is based on real events of the early 16th century. The two European powers decide to reinforce their union with a marriage between the heirs – and the Spanish Infanta goes to London to her fiancé, the English Prince Arthur. The happiness of the young woman did not last long – her husband suddenly dies, but the young widow Catherine of Aragon is not lost and marries the next prince – Harry’s brother.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Spanish Princess

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Laura Carmichael, Aaron Cobham, Charlotte Hope …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


In place of the princess (dilogue, 2018 and 2020)

Young Stacy loves confectionery and her sweets are popular in Chicago. The girl’s colleague finds out about the upcoming culinary competition and persuades her friend to take part in the prestigious competition. Stacey agrees, unaware that an incredible adventure awaits her in another city – a chance meeting with the Duchess of Montenaro, the prince’s bride. Two hot brunettes notice that they are like two drops of water similar to each other, and decide to switch places for a while.

Original title:
The Princess Switch

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Vanessa Ann Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar, Alexa Adeosan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Prince for Christmas (2017)

The heroine of a Christmas family film, journalist Amber, arrives in the kingdom of Aldovia to report on the coronation of Prince Richard. The young heir was known as a heartthrob and a rake, incapable of deep feelings. Amber manages to cunningly linger in the palace in order to gather as much information about Richard as possible, and soon learns a terrible royal secret. The American film about the prince will definitely appeal to fans of comedy melodramas.

Original title:
A Christmas Prince

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, family

Actors:
Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Cinderella (2015)

A colorful adaptation of the famous fairy tale from Disney is an old story about the triumph of good, told in a new way in an American film for family viewing. Ella’s father, after the death of his wife, marries a second time and brings Lady Tremaine with two daughters to the house. The stepmother spoils her relatives Drizella and Anastasia, and turns her stepdaughter into a servant. A chance meeting with a prince changes Cinderella’s life – not without the help of a sorceress, because her kind and beautiful goddaughter deserves a better fate.

Original title:
Cinderella

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, romance

Actors:
Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
6+


Maleficent (dilogue, 2014 and 2019)

A modern film about a good princess and an evil sorceress is an unusual interpretation of a fairy tale about a girl who was put under a spell by a witch . Foreign fantasy offers a different version of the story, different from the classical one, and here the sorceress acts as the main narrator. A chance meeting between Maleficent and the future king gives the sorceress a strong feeling for a mere mortal, but the sorceress in love will soon have to face human deceit and betrayal.

Original title:
Maleficent

Genre:
Fantasy, romance, adventure

Actors:
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Royal Christmas (2014)

The future king of a small European state falls in love with a simple dressmaker, but hides his origin from the chosen one. When Christmas approaches, Leo has to talk to Emily in order to spend the holiday together in the palace and introduce the girl to the family. And although the prince has the most serious intentions, the mother of the heir to the throne does not want to compromise and give her son to a commoner. The Queen of Cordinia has already found a worthy match for the young man – a blue-blooded bride.

Original title:
A Royal Christmas

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, family

Actors:
Lacey Chabert, Stephen Hagan, Jane Seymour …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Princess of Monaco (2014)

The biographical melodrama is worth watching for lovers of beautiful stories based on real events. The famous Hollywood actress Grace Kelly leaves behind her career after her marriage to Prince Rainier III – this is how the movie about the future princess begins. The happiness of a spectacular couple is overshadowed by the situation around the country, because the spouse has to fight to maintain the independence of Monaco. In a difficult time, the famous Alfred Hitchcock visits the principality, who wants to get Grace for his new film, and the woman faces a difficult choice.

Original title:
Grace of Monaco

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella …

Country:
France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Diana: A Love Story (2013)

The legendary Princess of Wales is the embodiment of true mercy, an aristocrat who won the hearts of millions of people around the world. Elegance, open character and beauty did not help to find happiness in the royal family, but after her divorce from Prince Charles, Diana managed to find true love. How acquaintance with an ordinary cardiac surgeon changed the fate of a celebrity is told in a melodrama about the events of the last years of Lady Di’s life.

Original title:
Diana

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Juliet Stevenson…

Country:
UK, France, Sweden, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Snow White: Revenge of the Dwarves (2012)

The list of the best films about princesses continues with the original version of a dark German fairy tale. The Queen dies in childbirth, and little Snow White stays with her father. Years later, the monarch remarries, but the stepmother does not favor her stepdaughter. The situation is aggravated when the king goes to war and goes missing, and the new wife starts an intrigue for the sake of power and the throne.

Original title:
Mirror Mirror

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy, adventure, family

Actors:
Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Snow White and the Huntsman (dilogue, 2012 and 2016)

An army of glass soldiers attacks the kingdom of Tabor, and the brave monarch Magnus defeats the army, freeing beautiful Ravenna from captivity. The insidious sorceress kills the savior, seizing power and the young princess. The witch maintains power for centuries, taking away vitality and youth from others, but there is also a downside to the spell. Ravenna will be able to defeat a girl who will surpass the sorceress in beauty, and Snow White one day becomes the main rival of her stepmother.

Original title:
Snow White and the Huntsman

Genre:
Fantasy, action, drama, adventure

Actors:
Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Princess for Christmas (2011)

After the death of her sister and her husband, Jules is forced to take custody of her orphaned nephews, but the role of a caring mother is given to the girl with difficulty. Little Maddie gets into trouble all the time, and teenage Milo is a thief. On Christmas Eve, Jules is unemployed, her car breaks down, and her nanny refuses to babysit. The holiday promises to be gloomy, but Christmas Eve is the perfect time for miracles, which is what happens in the film about a Buffalo woman and a modern-day hip-hop dancing prince.

Original title:
A Princess for Christmas

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy, family

Actors:
Katie McGrath, Sam Heughan, Roger Moore …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
6+


William and Kate (2011)

Charles’s eldest son becomes the first student from the royal family to enter the Scottish University of St. Andrews. The guy tries to lead a normal life, avoiding the reporters who caused the tragic death of his mother. William meets Kate Middleton – and the whole world begins to follow the development of romantic relationships. The history of the couple’s relationship has many ups and downs, but real feelings helped to overcome obstacles on the way to family happiness.

Original title:
William & Kate

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Camilla Luddington, Nico Evers-Swindell, Victoria Tennant…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.0

Age limit:
16+


Princess Protection Program (2009)

The events of American cinema about princes and princesses take place in a provincial town where Carter lives, lives with his father, an officer, who are in trouble. Joe is an employee of a secret organization that protects the royal heirs. The General saves Princess Rosalind from a deadly threat, and for round-the-clock protection he settles the girl at his home. It is difficult for a general’s daughter to find a common language with an arrogant neighbor, and it is difficult for a royal person to get used to ordinary life.

Original title:
Princess Protection Program

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family

Actors:
Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Nicholas Brown…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
6+


Enchanted (2007)

A children’s musical film is a fantasy about a cartoon character who finds himself in the real New York. Giselle is happy in the fairyland of Andalazia, where the most cherished desires come true. The young beauty is getting ready to marry the prince, but the insidious stepmother intends to seize power by eliminating the rightful heir. The sorceress sends Giselle to the real world, to Manhattan, and there the princess finds support in the person of Robert and his charming daughter. Following the bride to New York from Andalazia, the future King Edward hurries, which finally confuses the cards of the evil stepmother.

Original title:
Enchanted

Genre:
Comedy, fantasy, cartoon, musical, romance

Actors:
Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
6+


Ella Enchanted (2004)

The film about true love and a beautiful princess is an excellent fantasy comedy that has received a lot of rave reviews from the audience. Little Ella at the moment of birth receives an unusual gift from the fairy Lucinda. The sorceress casts a spell of obedience – and the girl is forced against her will to fulfill the whims of others. Ella kept the gift a secret, but her stepmother and her daughters learn a terrible secret. An enchanted girl goes in search of a fairy in order to break the spell and gain freedom.

Original title:
Ella Enchanted

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes…

Country:
USA, Ireland, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


The Prince and Me (2004)

The heir to the Danish kingdom is obsessed with sports cars and spectacular beauties, so he leaves for America in search of entertainment. The guy was inspired to travel by a video of a student party , and Edward is in anticipation of a fun life. The prince goes to college hiding his royal lineage, but one day the secret becomes clear at the most inopportune moment.

Original title:
The Prince & Me

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, family

Actors:
Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Ben Miller …

Country:
USA, Czech Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Snow White (2001)

An interesting film for children is an adaptation of an old fairy tale about a princess who fell into the power of an evil sorceress. Snow White’s mother dies in childbirth, and the king is looking for a wet nurse for her daughter. The monarch accidentally releases a wizard who promises to grant any three wishes of the savior. The king does not suspect that the insidious magician has an ugly sister, Elspite, who wants to take the throne.

Original title:
Snow White

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, family

Actors:
Miranda Richardson, Tom Irwin, Vera Farmiga…

Country:
Canada, Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


How to be a princess (2001)

Mia lives with her mother in San Francisco. The schoolgirl’s father has recently died, and after the arrival of her grandmother, the granddaughter learns that her father was a prince of a European state. An elegant woman reports that Mia is the heir to the throne, so she urgently needs to move to Europe. A grandmother wants to teach a young American woman good manners, and the introverted and independent teenager has to make a choice about her future.

Original title:
The Princess Diaries

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family

Actors:
Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Tenth Kingdom (TV series 1999)

A cult comedy series about a prince bewitched into a dog and the incredible adventures of a New York waitress. Once, on the way to a cafe, Virginia accidentally knocks down a dog on a bicycle – and from that moment on, the girl’s life changes dramatically. Virginia and her father find themselves in a magical world where the Evil Queen has seized power. With the help of magic, the sorceress tries to get rid of the rightful heirs to the throne, but the travelers interfere in their evil plans.

Original title:
The 10th Kingdom

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy, detective, adventure, family

Actors:
Dianne Wiest, Daniel Lapayne, Kimberly Williams-Paisley …

Country:
UK, Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
6+


Everlasting Love Story (1998)

The action of the feature film takes place in the 16th century – the era of dreamers and extraordinary discoveries. Orphan Daniella becomes the servant of the evil stepmother, but does not wait for help from outside. A brave and smart girl herself is able to save the handsome prince for the sake of eternal love and true happiness. And the genius Leonardo da Vinci plays the role of a fairy – after all, Danielle will need a reliable and wise patron.

Original title:
EverAfter

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
0+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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