An unjustly neglected protagonist, a wicked stepmother, a fairy godmother and a fairy tale ending of royal romance at a ball – what’s not to love? Is Cinderella the world’s most beloved fairytale? We can live all the magic in the beloved tale's many movie adaptations.
1. Cinderella (1950)
The one closest to every girl’s heart. The classic story of the raggedy girl who finds her Prince Charming is given the special Disney treatment. It was a make or break venture for the Disney Studios but it was a roaring success and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Altogether now bibbidi-bobbidi-doo …
2. Cinderella (1957)
Rodgers and Hammerstein made three musical versions of Cinderella. The best stars a captivating Julie Andrews early in her career. The movie was made for television and on its first airing received 107 million viewers – the largest audience in history at that time.
3. The Slipper and the Rose (1976)
With music by the Disney musical royalty, the super-talented Sherman Brothers, The Slipper and the Rose is a charming British version of our favorite fairytale. It is highly regarded in the UK and was given a Royal Command Premiere. There’s a political slant to the plot and it’s a question of love or loyalty to the country.
4. If the Shoe Fits (1990)
In a modern retelling of the story, Jennifer Grey is Kelly Carter/Prudence, a fashion assistant who attracts the attention of her boss (Rob Lowe) after putting on an enchanted pair of shoes and magically turning into a supermodel.
5. Cinderella (1997)
This remake of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical version gave us the first major black Cinderella. Brandy Norwood took the lead while the supporting cast included Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg. (An earlier all African American version was Cindy in 1978).
6. Ever after: a Cinderella Story (1998)
One of the first mainstream versions that went back to the true heart of the story – as written by Charles Perrault (believed to be the second version of the tale). Starring Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott, Cinderella was given a post feminism treatment set in Renaissance France.
7. A Cinderella Story (2004)
A modern spin starring Hilary Duff as an overlooked, overworked daughter who strikes a secret bond with Chad Michael Murray. The movie also features Jennifer Coolidge, Regina King and Dan Byrd, and spurred two similarly-updated sequels with Selena Gomez and Lucy Hale.
8. Ella Enchanted (2004)
This big-screen fantasy adapts Gail Carson Levine's 1997 novel (originally based on the Cinderella tale) and stars Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Steve Coogan and Minnie Driver. The story follows Ella (Hathaway) as she tries to break an obedience curse placed on her when she was a child.
9. Enchanted (2007)
Fast forward to modern day New York to where Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) has been banished by the evil queen from her animated, magical, musical land. In the chaos and grit of the real world, the princess is torn between the prince to whom she is betrothed and lawyer (Patrick Dempsey).
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10. Into the Woods (2014)
Although this is really an amalgam of fairytales – Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack and The Beanstalk – the linchpin is Cinderella. Based on the Stephen Sondheim musical of the same name, this one sees Anna Kendrick donning the glass slipper with a cast that includes Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Meryl Streep.
11. Cinderella (2015)
Cinderella gets a new treatment courtesy of Kenneth Brannagh and Disney. It’s a live action version starring Lily James as Cinders, Richard Madden as the Prince, Cate Blanchett as the stepmother. Critics describe the movie as having eye-popping visuals with Cate being deliciously evil.
What’s your favorite version of Cinderella?