In honor of how much I love ABC’s Once Upon a Time and its entire vibe (it puts me in a good mood for a Sunday night, a daunting task!) I’ve put together a list of Netflix watch instantly movies that are available right now and feature fairytales. If it’s not a direct fairytale, it’s got an element in the movie or TV series that reminds me of Once Upon a Time. I’m sure you’ll find at least one title to watch, so let’s look at the list!
Several of these are Netflix Watch Instantly New Releases.
Princess: A Modern Fairy Tale – 2008 – I just watched this ABC Family movie that stars Nora Zehetner and Kip Pardue. It’s got a nice twist, truly amazing costuming, and it’s a very sweet movie to watch while you unwind. I highly recommend this movie for young kids and anyone who enjoys a fairytale princess.
Snow Globe – 2007 – Starring Christina Milian, Matt Keeslar, Lorraine Bracco. It’s an ABC Family Movie which you know is always a feel good time. The plot is about a girl who gets transported via a snowglobe to a winter wonderland.
Snow White: A Tale of Terror – 1997 – I mostly want to see this for Monica Keena, who played the deliciously snarky Abby on Dawson’s Creek. I’m a bit afraid I’ll be too afraid of the movie… but maybe I can watch it before it gets dark… “This Gothic retelling of the immortal fable stars a wickedly wonderful Sigourney Weaver as vain noblewoman Claudia Hoffman, who — threatened by the presence and beauty of stepdaughter Lilly (Monica Keena) — tries to dispatch her rival by invoking the black arts. In place of the seven dwarfs are seven cranky misfits — including a sullen miner (Gil Bellows) with eyes for Lilly — who reluctantly take the girl under their collective wing.”
Tangled – 2010 – Starring the voice talents (God, I wish I had a voice talent – that my voice was so capitvating that people were like “that’s it, all we need is your voice” without getting all Ursula on me…it’d be such a low level of achievement to meet!) of Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore. This is Disney’s re-telling of Rapunzel. I’ve seen it twice and it’s going to make you really happy.
Alice in Wonderland – 2010 – Starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Crispin Glover. It’s Tim Burton’s re-telling of this classic tale. Every adaptation is worth a watch, and that includes this one. I can’t say I was in love with this as much as everyone else was, but it’s good.
Alice in Wonderland – 1999 – This adaptation stars Tina Majorino as Alice. It also has Whoopi GoldbergBen Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Short, and Gene Wilder. This is a wackier version than the 2010 one.
A Little Princess – 1995 – Starring Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron and Liam Cunningham. This is another re-telling of a book that has been adapted many times. This is possibly one of my favorite family movies. It’s got amazing music.
The Swan Princess – 1994 – An animation that tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. She has to find true love in order to become a human princess again.
Thumbelina – 1994 – An animated musical tale about a very tiny girl. A classic fairytale story.
The Secret of Nihm – 1982 – It’s a little bit scary, actually. “This animated adventure chronicles the trials of a widowed field mouse who must move her family to escape a farmer’s plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.”
Practical Magic – 1998 – Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman star as two modern day witches. A strange curse messes up their lives. This is a “chick flick” I could watch a million times. Hell, I practically have.
Babe: Pig in the City – 1998 – There’s something downright magical about a pig this special.
A Wrinkle in Time – 2003 – I’ve never seen this movie adaptation, but suspect it’s decent.
Hansel and Gretel – 1989 – This is a classic story of two children who get lost in the woods and find a candy house.
Hansel and Gretel – 2002 – Taylor Momsen, Delta Burke, Dakota Fanning, and Lynn Redgrave star in this movie. I think it’s funny that Momsen got billed over Fanning. Am I evil?
Vanity Fair – 2004 – Reese Witherspoon stars in this movie based on the classic novel. It’s gorgeous. The music is gorgeous. You already know Witherspoon is gorgeous. And it’s a good story.
Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White – 2009 – Doesn’t the name say it all?
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture – 1986 – Pacific Northwest Ballet
Beauty and the Beast – 1987 – This was a TV series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. “New York City Assistant District Attorney Catherine Chandler finds herself protected by Vincent, a subterranean-dwelling lion man who becomes the love of her life.” Because how could you not fall for a “subterranean-dwelling lion man”?
The Secret of Moonacre – 2008 – I haven’t viewed this, but the cover looks fairly bewitching. “When the fantastic tale in her magical storybook comes to life, young Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards) finds herself trapped in an ancient feud between her family and a rival clan.”
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays on ABC and stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Jamie Dornan, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, and Jared Gilmore. We provide a Once Upon a Time episode guide and a OUAT review every week.