Film: Five movies graced with strong princesses

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars’

At the film's start, Isabelle has sneaked away in disguise from her overprotective father, the king, to see what the real world is like. Eventually she ends up finding more of an adventure than she'd bargained for when she's sent skyward into the clutches of some fierce, bloodthirsty giants. Still, she rolls with whatever comes her way and learns not just to survive but thrive - and even find time to fall in love.

Here's a look at five other movies featuring strong princesses:

•"Roman Holiday" (1953): Truly a classic in the princess-in-disguise genre, this romantic comedy charmer stars a young, radiant Audrey Hepburn in her only Oscar-winning role. She plays Princess Ann, who's tired of the schedules and demands forced upon her during a European tour. When she dares to sneak out one night and enjoy the people and sights of Rome, she crosses paths with American journalist Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). Together they do all the things she's always wanted to do: drink champagne midday, race around on a scooter, dance under the moonlight and even get into a wild brawl.

•"Star Wars" (1977): Stands up to Darth Vader. Leads the Rebel Alliance in taking on the evil Empire. Enjoys snappy banter with Han Solo. And she does it all with huge, symmetrical buns on either side of her head. As played indelibly by Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia's petite but driven, smart and smart-mouthed. She has enough foresight to hide the stolen Death Star plans inside R2-D2 but can always think on her feet.

•"The Princess Bride" (1987): Don't let the name Buttercup fool you. As played by Robin Wright, this is a woman who's as resourceful as she is beautiful. And she'd rather risk her life than be forced into a marriage with a man she doesn't love. Although she's kidnapped at one point, Buttercup is no damsel in distress. She survives the Fire Swamp, complete with Rodents of Unusual Size, and many other dangers to be with the man who is her destiny.

•"A Little Princess" (1995): OK, the little girl at its center isn't actual royalty, but she's so lovely. Liesel Matthews (Liesel Pritzker) stars as Sara, a child of privilege at an exclusive New York boarding school. When her father is presumed dead while fighting in World War I, Sara is forced into servitude by the school's cruel headmistress. But no matter the situation, she's plucky and full of personality, a loyal and generous friend who brings out the best in everyone around her.

•"Princess Mononoke" (1999): She was raised by wolves, people, come on! What more do you need to know? This gorgeous and wondrous animated fantasy from Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki features a true warrior princess: a fierce young woman named San (voiced by Claire Danes in the English-language version) who can communicate with the spirits. The film is complex and densely plotted but San's strength and intensity are never in question. ]]>

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