This list of Cinderella movies will tell you all the best ones and where to find them!
This couldn't come at a more perfect time. Writing a list of the best Cinderella movies has been on my agenda for at least a month. And this week? THE BIG ANNOUCEMENT. One of our favorite Cinderella movies of all time (heyyyyyy 1997 Cinderella starring Brandy and Whitney Houston) is COMING TO DISNEY PLUS! So, this? Is a list of the best Cinderella Movies and where to find them….plus a bonus. Cinderella Movies Bingo. You can use this in any order you'd like, as you work you way through the best Cinderella movies available. My only ask? Leave a comment here or shoot me a message over on Instagram to tell me YOUR favorite movie version of the Cinderella Story.
Why Cinderella? From movies to Cinderella books to spoken folktales did you know that almost every culture in the world has their own version of Cinderella? It's an amazing way to compare and contrast style, cultural dress, traditions, music style in films, the way different actors portray a character…..plus, it's just…..a fairytale classic that spans the test of time (who doesn't love a bit of magic).
Cinderella Movies: The Best Ones and Where to Find Them
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There are a LOT of Cinderella movies out there. But these? I'd argue they're the best, have a great variety of time frames and formats…..and are a ton of fun to watch!
- Cinderella, 1950: This is the classic, Disney animated version. If you love the stepsisters……this is them at their FINEST. Plus, who doesn't love Gus Gus and the mice in this version? This animated version of Cinderella is on Disney+.
- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, 1957: This live action version of Cinderella stars Julie Andrews (pre-Sound of Music, this was one of her first film features and was a made for television version of the stage show). You can watch the original black and white broadcast HERE.
- The Slipper and the Rose, 1976: This expanded version of the Cinderella story stars Richard Chamberlin and has music written by…..the Sherman Brothers (yes Disney fans, it even ties into the magic for us!) You can watch this version for free HERE.
- Cinderella Ballet, 1970: The Royal Ballet version of Cinderella was broadcast as a TV special in 1970, and is as stunning today as it was then. This is a great compare and contrast to more modern versions and a must watch for any ballerinas in your household (or former ballerinas)! You can watch a 1981 TV broadcast of the ballet HERE.
- Ever After, 1998: A highly underrated version out of all the Cinderella Movies, this version is the one with Drew Barrymore. This is less Disney, and more original Brothers Grimm Cinderella. It's rated PG 13, and a bit more adult…..but is ABSOLUTELY stunning visually and a great movie. Ever After is available to watch on Disney+.
- Cinderella, 2015: Disney's live action Cinderella was BEAUTIFULLY done (who didn't love her stunning dress) or the classic, “Have patience and be kind” quote. While this is a Disney film, it's not currently available on Disney+. You can rent it here.
- A Cinderella Story, 2004: Who doesn't love this version starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray? This modern version of Cinderella is cheesy, and awesome all at the same time. You can rent it here.
- A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits, 2016: If you've got a Descendants fan, then this version starring Sofia Carson is a must watch. This musical version is a ton of fun, even for the grown ups! You can rent it here.
- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, 1965: This may be the made for TV Cinderella you are the most familiar with (starring Ginger Rodgers and Lesley Ann Warren). This 84 minute version is a great family friendly classic! You can watch it here.
- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, 1997: THIS? My favorite live action Cinderella. Does it get any better than Brandy and Whitney Houston in one amazing film? It's a musical GEM and a win for Cinderella fans worldwide. This version will be available on Disney+ on February 12th.
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Which of these Cinderella movies is your favorite? Have you watched them all?
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