NerdiPop’s top 5 Fairy-Tale inspired movies


We LOVE fairy tales! Here are NerdiPop’s top five fairy-tale-inspired movies.

#1. Maleficent (2014) 

Based on the fairy tale – Sleeping Beauty.



Maleficent is a dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg and based on a script by Linda Woolverton that was released in 2014. The film, starring Angelina Jolie as the titular Disney villain, is a live-action remake of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated picture Sleeping Beauty, and tells the story from the point of view of Maleficent, the antagonist.


Synopsis of the first movie:

Maleficent, a beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, enjoys a happy childhood growing up in a peaceful forest realm, until an invading army threatens the serenity. Maleficent rises to become the land’s fiercest guardian, but she is eventually betrayed, and her pure heart begins to harden to stone. Maleficent, seeking vengeance, engages in combat with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, curses his newborn infant Aurora. Maleficent knows as the child grows up that Aurora holds the secret to the kingdom’s peace – and possibly also to Maleficent’s genuine happiness.

#2. Ever after

Based on the fairy tale – Cinderella.


Ever After (also known as Ever After: A Cinderella Story) is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Andy Tennant and starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, and Dougray Scott, based on the fairy tale Cinderella.

Wallpaper-ever-after-32189711-1280-720Danielle, the daughter of a French nobleman (passed away), is reared by spiteful and snobbish Rodmilla, along with her own two children Marguerite and Jacqueline, more like a servant than a stepdaughter. She encounters Prince Henry, the future King of France, by chance one day. Danielle is forced to pretend to be a noblewoman and meets the prince again a short time later. This time, he becomes more interested in the young lady. However, the prince’s wedding day creeps nearer and nearer without an official bride in sight. Marguerite, her stepsister, seemed to have the best chance of winning the race. However, they all misjudged the power of true love, especially in the presence of a genius.

#3. Frozen

Based on the fairy tale – The Snow Queen.


Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film directed by Chris Buck and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The Snow Queen is a film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a bold princess who embarks on an epic trip with a tough iceman, his devoted pet reindeer, and a foolish snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have accidentally locked the realm in endless winter.


In a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), who has trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter, fearless optimist Anna (voice of ‘Kristen Bell’) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of ‘Jonathan Groff (II)’) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman named Ola Anna and Kristoff brave the weather in a race to save the realm, encountering Everest-like conditions, magical trolls, and a comical snowman named Olaf.

#4. Penelope

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Based on the fairy tale – Beauty and the Beast.

Penelope is a fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Mark Palansky and starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. Grant, and Reese Witherspoon. It was released in 2006 and starred Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. Grant, and Reese Witherspoon.



Penelope tells the story of a young girl’s inspirational journey, a hidden family secret, and the power of love in this contemporary romance. With all obstacles stacked against her, Penelope must find true love with “one of her own kind” and learn the most essential life lesson of all: “I like myself just the way I am.” Penelope Wilhern, the daughter of wealthy socialites, is cursed with the Wilhern curse, which can only be broken when she finds love. In her parents’ failed endeavor to remove the curse, the lonely girl meets a number of suitors hidden away on her family’s estate.

Until Penelope’s curse is discovered, every eligible suitor is enamored with her and her huge dowry. Lemon, a scheming and ambitious tabloid reporter, employs Max to act as a potential suitor in order to capture a photo of the elusive Penelope. The attractive down-on-his-luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope, but he decides to depart rather than disappoint her or expose his shady dealings. Penelope breaks off from her family and journeys into the world alone, fed up with his latest betrayal and resolved to live life on her own terms. She discovers adventure and her first companion, Annie, and grows into the woman she was born to be.

#5. Ella Enchanted

Based on the fairy tale – Ella Enchanted.

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Ella Enchanted is a romantic comedy film released in 2004 that is partially based on Gail Carson Levine’s 1997 novel of the same name. Ella is played by Anne Hathaway, and Prince Charmont is played by Hugh Dancy. It pokes fun at the traditional fairy tale genre. It was released on April 9, 2004 in North America and December 17, 2004 in the United Kingdom.



This is the story of Ella, a young woman who was granted a “gift” of obedience by a fairy named Lucinda, based on Gail Carson Levine’s award-winning novel. Anything someone instructs her to do, she must do. When her mother dies, her father, who is thoughtless and rich, remarries a despicable woman with two devious daughters, takes care of her. Fairies, ogres, and elves are featured in this modern-day fairytale Cinderella narrative, as well as a hero in the form of Prince Charmont, whom Ella falls in love with. Unlike Cinderella, she must rely on herself and her intellect to help her through her difficulties and find Lucinda in order to break her “curse”!

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