Fairy Tale Movies That Don’t Suck

Monday, March 28 by Sarah Sullivan

Someone who has found him in front of the television watching a bad fairy tale movie may find him/herself wondering if there are any fairy tale movies that don't suck. Of course, it's unfair to disregard an entire genre based on one or two crappy films. The fairy tale genre is filled to the brim with stories, action, humor and, of course, romance and definitely has its fans and haters. Whether you love the more morbi Grimm or brighter Disney versions of these tales, the genre still remains one of the most popular in literature and film. And while it, like any genre, certainly has its duds, the following are some fairy tale movies that don’t suck.

  1. "The Princess Bride" The story of Buttercup and her true love Westley is considered by far to be one of the best fairy tale offerings in years. Rife with comedy, action and romance, it has been listed as number 50 on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies and number 88 on The American Film Institute’s AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions.
  2. "Beauty and the Beast" Yes, this may be a Disney offering, but who says only kids can like animated films? The 1991 classic may very well be one of Disney’s greatest animated musical films and is certainly one of the most beautiful. The story of an arrogant prince turned into a Beast and the young woman he must convince to love him is beautiful, tragic and altogether uplifting. It is one of only three animated films to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and received Oscars for Best Musical Score and Best Original Song. It was also the first animated film to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture.    
  3. "Aladdin" The follow-up to “Beauty and the Beast” was "Aladdin," the Disney retelling of the fairy tale “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.” A timeless fairy tale romance between Aladdin and the princess Jasmine is infused with comedy, particularly from Robin Williams’ slapstick Genie. A beautifully animated story, “Aladdin” is definitely a fairy tale movie that doesn’t suck.    
  4. "Ladyhawke" Even if the soundtrack to this film was criticized, “Ladyhawke” still remains one of the most beloved fairy tale films released to date. The film recounts the memorable tale of a young couple in love, cursed to take animal forms at different times of the day so they can never be together (Isabeau turns into a hawk in the day, while her lover, Navarre, turns into a black wolf by night). Together with a charming young thief and a monk, the group works to find a way to reunite the couple at last.    
  5. "Stardust" The most recent film on this list is a film based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and it is a fanciful, lovely tale to say the least. Young Tristan is on a mission to find a fallen star for the selfish girl he believes he loves. When he finds it, he discovers that the star is in fact not an “it,” but a beautiful woman. As he strives to bring her back with him, he doesn’t realize that the star has other seekers: a group of witch sisters who can regain their youth from the star and two fratricidal princes who will get their father’s throne if they find her.