Barbie Movie Ranking: from all time favorites to a symbol of a generation


Barbie franchise has been an important part of many people’s childhood and their movies have also brought a lot of memories to people. Photo Credit: Netflix Junkie

Ava Bronstad, Lead Staff

Barbie Movies have paved the way for many generations through the years. While a majority of the movies came out during the 2000s, many different groups of people have a tight hold on Barbie and her franchise. Whether someone is old or young, Barbie is somehow able to hold a special place in the hearts of many fans. 

Being born in the 2000s put me right in the middle of the Barbie movie eruption and while I did watch other shows and cartoons growing up, none were more prominent in my past than Barbie. To bring the flow of nostalgia back, I thought it would be entertaining to rank most of the Barbie Movies (before 2015) and see how my point of view has changed throughout my sixteen years of living. Without further ado, here is my Top 10 ranking of All the Barbie Movies:

  1. Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008)

In tenth place is Barbie in a Christmas Carol. Like in Barbie Thumbelina and Barbie in Nutcracker, this Barbie movie took an already-made story and put their own little spin on it. I remember loving the decade movie due to the characters, the costumes, and overall how they made the story a ‘Barbie’ story! Still, with that being said, many of the other movies made it ahead of this one not because it was bad or anything, but because it just wasn’t as good as the other movies in the top ten. 

  1. Barbie as Rapunzel (2002) 

In ninth place, there is another Movie Barbie took and made her own. I already loved the original story of Rapunzel, so when Barbie took her turn to write her own version of the iconic story, I was definitely impressed with the changes that were made. I really liked the role that art took on the storyline, making it a key aspect of how the character grows and changes. 

  1. Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale (2010)

Eighth place is one of the more goofy or silly Barbie movies. It isn’t super serious and it involves one of my all-time favorite Barbie characters: Ken. Around the 2010s, they started to give Ken more of a personality instead of just the guy Barbie is dating. In this movie specifically, Ken had his own side story apart from the actual plot that Barbie was involved in. And while I really enjoyed the storyline and the impact of Barbie’s story, Ken ended up making it ten times better. 

  1. Barbie: Fairytopia (2005) 

In seventh place, it’s the movie that started the Fairytopia film series and adaptations, so obviously it’s going to be at a high rank. Barbie: Fairytopia was the stepping stone of many mystical creature movies, specifically in the Barbie franchise, and without it, I don’t know where Barbie would be as a whole. This movie also contains one of the most iconic and chaotic sidekicks in the Barbie universe: Bibble. 

  1. Barbie as the Island Princess (2007) 

The sixth place contains the one and only movie with crazy animals, an amusing storyline, and a pretty nice soundtrack, none other than Barbie as the Island Princess. Barbie made a lot of princess movies around the 2000s, so the fact that Barbie was the Island Princess really made an impact on me as much as it does say a lot about how good the movie is. And just like in Barbie as Rapunzel, the sidekicks really worked well with Barbie’s character. 

  1. Barbie: A Fairy Secret (2011)

In fifth place, is another classic Barbie Fairy Movie containing the one and only king himself, Ken. Again, Ken is given his own little side story that eventually gets dragged into the overarching plot, which just makes the movie twenty times better than Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale. Now besides Ken, the other characters worked well together and were full of mystical adventures and a silly rivalry turned bitter-sweet.

  1. Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow (2007)

Fourth place is one of the most colorful Barbie films on the list aka Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow. I’m obsessed with the variety of characters in the movie and how they managed to involve every single color of the rainbow and make them each into a character. Not only that, the plot makes me so happy, specifically the villain and her origins. 

  1. Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009)

Finally, in the top three of the Barbie movie ranking and in third place, the movie that automatically made it to the top is Barbie and the Three Musketeers. I loved almost everything about this movie. I obsessed over the soundtrack, I aspired to be one of the three musketeers, and I absolutely adored the plot and everything in between. Growing up I thought it was so inspiring that these four girls could, not only be feminine but can also fight for what they believe in without a care in the world about what others think. 

  1. Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses (2006)

Second place goes to one of the only Barbie Movies worth watching, besides number one, is Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses. Everything about the movie just screams perfection! I grew up with this movie, which means I have a big nostalgic connection to the movie as a whole. From the beginning the plot, the characters, the colors, everything always stood out to me. It makes sense why I would put this film so high up compared to others. 

  1. Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004)

Last, but not least, in the first place, one of my all-time favorite Barbie movies, one I couldn’t live without, none other than Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper. First off, the music is brilliant. All the songs written into the soundtrack have a little place in my heart, specifically ‘I Am a Girl Like You’. Second off, the characters are just to die for, specifically the two main characters, Anneliese and Erika. Both of those characters and their relationship just made the movie the icon it is today. I also really enjoyed the villain of the story. Overall, Barbie as Princess and the Pauper is the best Barbie movie out there, beating all the rest by a landslide. 

At the end of the day, Barbie was a staple for a lot of people growing up in the 2000s and whether or not people agree with my ranking, the Barbie franchise will always have a place in people’s hearts.