“Cinderella”: Top 10 Movie Versions in the Ranking

Classic story Cinderella it has been made and reworked more times than we can count. Pumpkins, mice, glass slippers and balls. And don’t forget midnight.

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One of the original versions Cinderella comes from the Brothers Grimm. This narrative of the story is much different than most of the adaptations we’ve seen over the years.

First, there is actually no fairy godmother. Instead, there are two pigeons. In addition, every bad stepsister cuts her toe or heel trying to fit the glass slipper to their foot; and they both get pecked by two pigeons.

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Talk about a fairy-tale ending.

Our top ten list Cinderella movies are much more ‘happily ever after’. Starting at number ten and working your way down to one, here’s our list of the best Cinderella cinema.

10). The Glass Slipper (1955)

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This adaptation stars Leslie Caron as “Cinder” Ella and Michael Wilding as Prince Charles. Considered a comedy musical, this outcast tomboy falls in love with royalty.

Charles Walter directed this Hollywood musical. Caron was able to showcase her beautiful ballet skills (previously she did so alongside Gene Kelly in An American in Paris.)

9). Christmas Cinderella (2016)

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What is this Cinderella a movie without throwing in a little Hallmark Christmas magic? In this perspective, the classic Angie (played by Emma Catherine Rigby) runs her uncle’s event company.

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After taking the evening off to party at the “Christmas Ball”, the attention of a wealthy local bachelor Nikolaus (played by Peter Porte). But Angie has to leave before revealing her identity, which makes Nikolaus look for his mystery woman in this modern take on our classic fairy tale.

8). Disney Cinderella (2015)

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With Lily James as Cinderella and Richard Madden as the Prince, this version is more akin to a traditional fairy tale. Complete with fairy godmother, evil stepmother and of course magic. But who wouldn’t want Helena Bonham Carter to be their fairy godmother ?!

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When her father dies unexpectedly, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her new family. Her fate begins to change after meeting a stranger.

7). Cinderella (1957)

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Julie Andrews is no stranger to kingship. After all, she is our favorite queen of Genovia. However, before she became a queen, she had to become a princess. He’s also not the only Rodgers and Hammerstein to make on our list.

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Andrews plays the lead role of Cinderella and actor Jon Cypher played her Prince Christopher. This is one of the few adaptations that have been broadcast live yet have gone smoothly. Why shouldn’t it be when you have someone in the lead who is “practically perfect in every way.”

6). Another Cinderella Story (2008)

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In this version of the classic story, Selena Gomez plays Mary Santiago (Cinderella) and Drew Seely plays Joey Parker (the prince). This movie is more about dancing and also doesn’t have a glass slipper. Instead, there is “Zune” (an outdated version of the iPod).

Mary lives with her bad stepmother and equally bad stepsisters. After attending a high school masked ball and dancing the night away with her “prince”, Mary runs home to the curfew but loses the Zune.

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By telling people this might be the girl of his dreams, Joey only has a Zune to try and find out who this masked beauty is.

5). The story of Cinderella (2004)

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The story of Cinderella stars Hilary Duff as Samantha Montgomery (Cinderella) and Chad Michael Murray as Austin Ames (Prince).

Sam lost her father in the earthquake and got stuck, becoming a “helper” for her evil stepmother and her two daughters. Luckily, Sam has a best friend, Carter, and a crush on Nomad. One day, Nomad asks to meet Sam at the school’s masquerade ball.

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That’s right and they spend the night dancing. However, Sam leaves in a hurry to head back to the family dining room before curfew, leaving his cell phone behind. Austin finds him and must find out who his mysterious Cinderella is.

4). Disney Cinderella (1950)

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Disney Cinderella this is the most classic version we are used to. Most of the other adaptations are based on this.

Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, prevents her from attending the royal prom with her half-sisters, Anastasia and Drizella. So, Cinderella enlist the help of her mouse friends Jaq and Gus Gus. They will also meet the Fairy Godmother, who helps them prepare Cinderella – complete with a pumpkin carriage, glass slippers and a beautiful gown.

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She goes to the prom and dances all night with her prince charming. However, when the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella runs away, leaving her on a glass slipper.

The prince then spends the rest of the movie looking for a girl who fits the slipper.

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Ilene Woods is the voice of Cinderella in this animated classic, William Phipps is the voice of Prince Charming, and Mike Douglas sings for the prince.

3). Enchanted Ella (2005)

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Entering number three is Enchanted Ella.

This movie is based on the award-winning novel by Gail Carson Levine of the same name. Ella was given the gift of obedience by a fairy named Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox). From childhood, Ella always had to listen to whatever someone told her.

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Ella of Frell is played by Anne Hathaway and Char Hugh Dancy.

There is no glass slipper in this modern tale. Instead there are ogres, elves and fairies. This movie follows Ella as she tries to get rid of the “gift” she received from a restless fairies.

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Unlike the others Cinderellain this version, Ella has to rely on herself and her intelligence to face her problems and break her own curse.

2). Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella (1997)

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Our second classic from Rodgers and Hammerstein comes in second.

This movie was based on our issue seven, a 1957 television musical starring Julie Andrews.

The film stars Brandy Norwood as Cinderella, with an all-star cast including Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg and Jason Alexander.

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This version is loved for its diverse cast, strong vocals and exquisite costumes. And according to viewers, the comedic styling of these famous actors and musical giants makes this movie such a hit – and many cannot believe that it was a movie made for television that didn’t make its debut in theaters.

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The endearing chemistry between Brandy and her on-screen fairy godmother Whitney Houston was praised, as was the comedic tone and exhilarating spirit of the TV version. Houston also acted as the executive producer of the film, manually selecting Brandy as Cinderella.

For the first time, the story was adapted to a racially diverse cast, and Brandy was the first person of color to portray her beloved character to the screen. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella remains a fan favorite among the public and is considered a landmark installment in the classic tale.

1). Forever (1998)

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The synopsis of this video is a perfect example of why it was ranked number one on our list. Not that he needed a reason.

Andy Tennant directed it Cinderella variant.

The Grimm brothers arrive at the home of the wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau), who, before telling the “true” story of her ancestor, tells of many legends related to the fairy tale of a speedway girl.

In flashback, the story then focuses on eight-year-old Danielle, the daughter of a wealthy widower, a 16th-century landowner. After returning to France with his new wife Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston) and her two daughters, he dies of a heart attack.

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Ten years later, Danielle (Drew Barrymore) is treated as a servant by the trio. Fortunately, she meets Prince Henry (Dougray Scott), who escapes from an arranged marriage.

Later, when Danielle pretends to be a lady, the prince is interested in her. The inventor-artist Leonardo Da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey), accepting the patronage of the French court, gives Prince Henry advice on matters of the heart.

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This romantic drama abandons the assumptions and magical elements typical of folk fairy tales. Instead, it favors an approach based on historical fiction taking place during the Renaissance in France.

The intriguing interpretation depicts the appearance of the Grimm brothers and offers a more realistic image of the good-natured heroine.

Forever truly flourishes in the heart-warming romance between Danielle and the charming Prince Henry, making it one of the most memorable and beloved adaptations; is strongly regarded as a modern, post-feminist interpretation of the story.

Did we manage to get your favorite adaptation? Cinderella to our top ten list? Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite.


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