Today (November 18th, 2021) marks National Princess Day, a day in which we celebrate princesses of all kinds! What better way to celebrate this wonderful day than to get your PJs on, grab a hot chocolate and watch some princess movies, either alone, with friends, or with your little ones? 

Picture Credits (l-r): Walt Disney Pictures

Picture Credits (l-r): Walt Disney Pictures

Here are seven films that either focus on a princess, or have one in a significant role! 

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) 

Wreck-It Ralph follows Ralph (John C. Reilly), a video game character whose purpose is to smash everything in sight. After each day, the characters from the games within the arcade are free to travel from game to game, which is exactly what Ralph does. 

In his mission to prove he isn’t all bad, he comes across Sugar Rush, a racing game that has a very special character: Princess Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). She is a lovable, excited character who feels at odds with her glitch, despite being a princess; but luckily, Ralph is on hand to help. 

Brave (2012) 

Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is a princess like no other. She enjoys things her mother says princesses shouldn’t, such as belching, and refuses to be married off to anyone. 

In her bid to prove that she can be independent, Merida and her mother get into a heated argument and, long story short, the princess accidentally causes her mother to turn into a bear. 

Brave is a wonderful princess movie, as it focuses on the love between a mother and daughter, and the lengths some will go to fix the mistakes they have made. 

The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998) 

The second Lion King movie may not seem like the perfect princess movie, but believe us, it is. 

Kiara (Neve Campbell) is the daughter of Simba (Matthew Broderick), and the princess of Pride Rock. After meeting Kovu (Jason Marsden), a member of the banished lion pride, Kiara attempts to break free of her father’s grasp and live her own life; this then leads to some drama between Simba’s pride, and the pride led by Kovu’s hateful mother. 

This movie shows how important both trust and family are, as Kiara’s faith in Kovu is barely shaken, even at the worst of times. 

Maleficent (2014) 

While Maleficent doesn’t exactly lend all its focus on the princess, it is still a story of a royal character told in a very different way. 

Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) used to be a loving, free spirit, until Stefan (Sharlto Copley), someone she thought to be a friend, betrayed her in the worst way. So, years later, Maleficent curses his first born. 

However, after getting to know the child she cursed, who is princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), Maleficent’s heart begins to melt as the princess’ love and care for the world around her is something the Mistress of Evil wishes to feel once again. 

The Princess Diaries (2001) 

The Princess Diaries is a beloved comedy from 2001, in which a shy, clumsy teenager finds out that she is in fact the princess of Genovia, a small state in Europe. 

After this rather shocking discovery, Mia (Anne Hathaway) must prove herself to be a prim and proper princess, just what her grandmother wants; but can she manage this task without any problems? 

Moana (2016) 

Moana follows the story of a dedicated and lovable princess who will stop at nothing to save her island from a dark future. 

Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), daughter of chief Tui (Temuera Morrison), sets off on a perilous journey in order to return the heart of the goddess Te Fitti from demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), after the plants and fish on and around her home island begin to dwindle. 

This movie shows the perseverance of Moana, and how dedicated she is to save her people, no matter the cost. 

The Princess Switch (2018) 

The Princess Switch from 2018 is a delightfully festive story that focuses on the power of love. 

In the week before Christmas, a duchess swaps places with an ordinary woman from Chicago who looks exactly like her (both characters are played by Vanessa Hudgens). 

However, once the switch is made, each woman begins to fall for the other’s love interest; what could go wrong? 

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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