Barbie, the iconic fashion doll, has donned countless roles since her inception in 1959. From pilot to president, there’s little she hasn’t conquered. But beyond the confines of plastic and playrooms, Barbie ventured into the world of film, delighting audiences of all ages. While each movie has its charm, some shine brighter in viewers’ eyes. Based on popular opinion, this article unveils the top 10 Barbie movies in ranking order, offering fans a guided journey through Barbie’s most acclaimed cinematic adventures.
Perfect for newcomers and seasoned fans alike, this list will rekindle fond memories and perhaps introduce you to a gem you might have missed. Dive in and let the magic of Barbie’s filmography sweep you away!
When you’re done, check out our complete list of all the Barbie movies in chronological order below.
10 ‘Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale’ (2010)
IMDb: 6.4/10 2.9K
Cast: Diana Kaarina, Adrian Petriw, Tabitha St. Germain
When the fashion world gets tough, Barbie gets tougher, with a sprinkle of fairy magic! In ‘Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale,’ Barbie embarks on a Parisian adventure to save her Aunt’s failing fashion boutique. Along the way, she discovers a new friend in a magical creature named Flairy, who teaches her the power of believing in oneself.
9 ‘Barbie and the Diamond Castle’ (2008)
IMDb: 6.4/10 4K
Cast: Kelly Sheridan, Melissa Lyons, Cassidy Ladden
In a tale that seamlessly intertwines friendship and music, ‘Barbie and the Diamond Castle’ transports viewers to a realm of melodies, magic, and memories. Barbie and Teresa, best friends with a shared passion for song, stumble upon an enchanted mirror that leads them to the legendary Diamond Castle.
Their mission? To save the trapped muses and ensure that music remains alive and well for the world. Helmed by Gino Nichele, this musical extravaganza is nothing short of a symphony for the senses.
8 ‘Barbie of Swan Lake’ (2003)
IMDb: 6.4/10 7.1K
Cast: Kelly Sheridan, Mark Hildreth, Kelsey Grammer
Venturing into the timeless realm of classical ballet, ‘Barbie of Swan Lake’ reimagines the iconic tale with its signature touch of magic and wonder. Barbie stars as Odette, a young girl who stumbles upon an enchanted forest, only to be transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer. Her bravery, love, and transformation journey are woven beautifully with Tchaikovsky’s renowned compositions.
7 ‘Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus 3-D’ (2005)
IMDb: 6.5/10 4.9K
Cast: Kelly Sheridan, Kathleen Barr, Lalainia Lindbjerg
Plunge into a world where magic takes flight, and dreams soar high in ‘Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus 3-D.’ Our beloved Barbie steps into the shoes of Princess Annika, who embarks on a daring quest to save her family from the cold-hearted sorcerer Wenlock. In her journey, she discovers a magical Pegasus, forming an unbreakable bond that proves pivotal in her fight against darkness.
6 ‘Barbie: Princess Charm School’ (2011)
IMDb: 6.5/10 3.7K
Cast: Diana Kaarina, Morwenna Banks, Nicole Oliver
Dive into the opulent world of royalty, rituals, and revelations with ‘Barbie: Princess Charm School.’ Here, Barbie takes on the role of Blair, a kind-hearted young girl who finds herself attending the prestigious Princess Charm School through a twist of fate. But this is no ordinary school; it’s a magical place where young ladies are trained to become princesses or royal princesses. As Blair navigates the intricacies of royal etiquette, she uncovers a secret about her identity that could change her life forever.
5 ‘Barbie as the Island Princess’ (2007)
IMDb: 6.5/10 4.4K
Cast: Kelly Sheridan, Melissa Lyons, Alessandro Juliani
Sway to the rhythmic beats of the tropics with ‘Barbie as the Island Princess.’ Lost as a child, Ro (played by Barbie) grows up on a secluded island, surrounded by a loving family of animals. Her harmonious life, filled with song and simplicity, takes a turn when a shipwrecked prince discovers her paradise. As their worlds collide, Ro embarks on a voyage that reintroduces her to the world of civilization and unveils secrets about her past.
4 ‘Barbie as Rapunzel’ (2002)
IMDb: 6.5/10 7.6K
Cast: Kelly Sheridan, Anjelica Huston, Cree Summer
Journey into a world of towers, braids, and tales with ‘Barbie as Rapunzel.’ Locked away in a hidden tower by the vindictive witch Gothel, Rapunzel (voiced by Barbie) dreams of a world beyond her high stone walls. Her life takes an enchanting turn when she discovers a magical paintbrush that becomes her doorway to adventure. As she paints, her creations come alive, revealing a world filled with possibilities.
3 ‘Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses’ (2006)
IMDb: 6.8/10 6K
Cast: Kelly Sheridan, Catherine O’Hara, Nicole Oliver
Step into a realm where melody meets mystery in ‘Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses’. In this fascinating tale, Barbie plays Princess Genevieve, one of the 12 princesses who share an enigmatic secret: a hidden magical world where they dance the night away. When their kingdom faces peril, the princesses find that their clandestine nightly escapades might hold the key to their realm’s salvation.
2 ‘Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper’ (2004)
IMDb: 7.0/10 8.4K
Cast: Kelly Sheridan, Melissa Lyons, Julie Stevens
In a delightful twist on a classic tale, ‘Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper’ introduces us to two strikingly similar young women from worlds apart: the regal Princess Anneliese and the humble seamstress Erika. Fate intertwines their paths, leading to an enchanting adventure filled with mistaken identities, heartwarming songs, and a dashing touch of comedy.
1 ‘Barbie’ (2023)
IMDb: 7.3/10 265K | Popularity: 3 | Metascore:
Cast: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Issa Rae
In a groundbreaking departure from the animated tales we’ve grown fond of, 2023’s ‘Barbie’ presents a live-action spectacle that brilliantly redefines the world of our beloved fashion doll. Directed by the renowned Greta Gerwig, this cinematic gem artfully blends adventure, humor, and whimsy to tell a story of self-discovery, empowerment, and the importance of authenticity in an often superficial world.
With Margot Robbie stepping into the iconic pink shoes, the character of Barbie is brought to life in a nostalgic and refreshingly contemporary way. Ryan Gosling (as Ken) and Issa Rae complement the narrative with their captivating performances, adding depth and charm to this enthralling tale.
It’s more than just a movie; it’s a cultural touchstone that bridges the past’s fond memories with today’s progressive ideals. Garnering critical acclaim, as indicated by its impressive Metascore and love from audiences worldwide, ‘Barbie’ stands tall as the pinnacle of its cinematic ventures. Dive in and experience the magic, the laughter, and the transformative journey of the world’s most famous doll as she ventures beyond the Dreamhouse.
All Barbie Movies in Order
Since her debut on the big screen, Barbie has been a cinematic icon for many, capturing the imaginations of viewers, young and old. This comprehensive list chronicles all Barbie movies in order of release, showcasing the evolution of Barbie’s adventures over the decades. Whether you’re reliving childhood memories or discovering some titles for the first time, this guide is your ticket to the magical world of Barbie films.
- Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World (1987 TV Movie)
- Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin’ Back to Earth (1987 TV Movie)
- Barbie Dance Club (1989 Video)
- Dance! Workout with Barbie (1992 Video)
- Barbie Birthday Party at Walt Disney World Epcot ’94 (1994 Video)
- Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001 Video)
- Barbie as Rapunzel (2002 Video)
- Barbie of Swan Lake (2003 Video)
- Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper (2004 Video)
- Barbie: Fairytopia (2005 Video)
- Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus 3-D (2005 Video)
- Barbie Fairytopia: Mermaidia (2006 Video)
- Barbie Diaries (2006 Video)
- Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses (2006 Video)
- Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow (2007 Video)
- Barbie as the Island Princess (2007 Video)
- Barbie Mariposa and Her Butterfly Fairy Friends (2008 Video)
- Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2008 Video)
- Barbie and the Diamond Castle (2008 Video)
- Barbie in ‘A Christmas Carol’ (2008 Video)
- Barbie Presents: Thumbelina (2009 Video)
- Sing Along with Barbie (2009 Video)
- Barbie in a Mermaid Tale (2010 Video)
- Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale (2010 Video)
- Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2 (2011 Video)
- Barbie: A Fairy Secret (2011 Video)
- Barbie: Princess Charm School (2011 Video)
- Barbie: A Perfect Christmas (2011 Video)
- Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar (2012)
- Barbie in the Pink Shoes (2013)
- Barbie Mariposa and The Fairy Princess (2013)
- Barbie & Her Sisters in a Pony Tale (2013 Video)
- Barbie and the Secret Door (2014)
- Barbie in Princess Power (2015 TV Movie)
- Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals (2015)
- Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure (2015 Video)
- Barbie: Spy Squad (2016 Video)
- Barbie: Dreamtopia (2016 TV Movie)
- Barbie: Star Light Adventure (2016)
- Barbie & Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase (2016 Video)
- Barbie Video Game Hero (2017 Video)
- Barbie Dreamtopia: Festival of Fun (2017 TV Movie)
- Barbie: Dolphin Magic (2017 Video)
- Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday (2021 Video)
- Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams (2021 TV Movie)
- Barbie: Mermaid Power (2022 TV Movie)
- Barbie: Epic Road Trip (2022)
- Barbie: Skipper and the Big Babysitting Adventure (2023)
- Barbie (2023)
- Barbie + Stacie to the Rescue (2024)