The works of Hans Christian Anderson remain hugely influential even two centuries later, the films listed here may not have a direct link but remain influenced, in some way or another, by Anderson's works or by fairy tales. To be honest, I'm not sure if I've done this right. I also completely forgot you can pick bad movies. Anywho - check out the blog wanderingthroughtheshelves
Frank L Baum has always intended The Wizard of Oz to be a modernised fairy tale for the children of the generation in which the series of tales were released. It isn't hyperbolic to say that The Wizard of Oz is the most famous and iconic movies of Hollywood's Golden Age of cinema. From the sensational songs, superb set pieces, iconic lines, crazy characters and vile villains, The Wizard of Oz is as iconic as they come.
My personal favourite film, Guillermo del Toro's dark fairy tale is one of the finest films of the 21st century. From the stunning images, haunting soundtrack and heartbreaking story, the tale of a young girl using fairy tales and fantasy novels to escape from her world of war is a powerful, unforgettable experience. It really is the 'Citizen Kane of fantasy cinema'.
Another example of a modernised fairy tale, and a film that is at least strongly influenced by fairy tales, is Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. Edward Scissorhands is the director's most moving and greatest works. It is also one of Depp's finest performances, a contrast to his current, repetitive performances.