Fairy Tale Movies For Dates

Sunday, March 27 by Sarah Sullivan

You’re going on a date with your significant other and she not so subtly hints that she would love to watch a fairy tale movie for a date. But before you prepare yourself for an evening of saccharine sweet torture, fear not! Fairy tale movies aren’t just for kids. Below is a list of some of the best fairy tale movies for dates. Who knows? She may even be impressed when you pick out one yourself.

  1. "The Princess Bride" The mother of all fairy tale movies, the story of Buttercup and her true love Westley is one for the ages and yes, even guys can get invested in the tale. Set in a Renaissance-era world, the film has humor, action and, of course, romance. The perfect combination for a coz date night in.  
  2. "Ladyhawke" A 1985 film that brings together the best elements of fairy tales to create its own story, it features Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer. Philippe “The Mouse” Gaston (Broderick) is a young thief who encounters a black knight named Etienne of Navarre traveling with a beautiful hawk. Eventually, Philippe discovers that Navarre’s hawk is actually Isabeau, Navarre’s true love, who was cursed to be a hawk by day and Navarre a black wolf by night. Together with the monk Imperius, they must find a way to reunite the lovers at last.    
  3. "Splash" A classic romantic comedy with fairy tale elements, “Splash” features Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah in the title roles. As a young boy, Allen (Hanks) was rescued by a young mermaid. Although he remembers feeling an instant connection with her, he believes the encounter to be a hallucination. Years later, he meets the same mermaid and feels the same romantic connection. However, they must deal with the scientists who are trying to find her and the minor fact that her tail turns into legs when it becomes dry…and vice versa.    
  4. "Stardust" A 2007 film based on a novel by Neil Gaiman, “Stardust” is the best fairy tale seen in theaters in a long time. Tristan Thorne, a young man with a mysterious past encounters a beautiful young woman named Yvaine who claims to be a fallen star. On a quest to bring back a star for the selfish girl he believes is his love, Tristan tries to bring Yvaine back with him, unaware that three witch sisters and two fratricidal princes are hunting her.    
  5. "Ever After" This 1998 film was an interesting take on the Cinderella fairy tale, treating it instead as historical fiction. Set in sixteenth century France, the fairy tale begins with young Danielle’s (Drew Barrymore) father remarrying, a baroness (Anjelica Huston) with two daughters. After her father dies, Danielle becomes little more than a slave for her step-mother and step-sisters and it doesn’t seem her life will be anything more until she stumbles across the Prince who doesn’t want anything to do with his destiny.