The Princess Diaries (2001)
In this adaptation of the novel of the same name, The Princess Diaries follows Mia Thermopolis, a shy teenager from America who suddenly learns she is the heir to the throne of a European kingdom, completely changing her life forever.
Another modern adaptation of Cinderella, The Princess Diaries isn’t necessarily your standard Cinderella story. There’s no magic, no Prince Charming, not even a blue dress or masked strangers – but what makes The Princess Diaries such a great film is The Princess Diaries cast, and their characters, especially Anne Hathaway’s character, Mia. She’s this random girl, with no royal training, and is thrown into this new world, not knowing what to do, something that Cinderella did touch on, especially in its direct-to-video sequels. It’s another great modernized version, and deserves all the praise it has gotten.
Plus, it has Julie Andrews, and she’s always a win. I still can’t believe it’s been twenty years since it first released – somebody stop me from growing up.