Like for Like – 10 films like Royalteen you must watch

August 23, 2022
Amanda Guarragi 0
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This article discusses 10 films like the Netflix film Royalteen you must watch.

Royalteen is now streaming on Netflix and this romantic teenage drama has plenty of life lessons. Here is a list of 10 films that highlight teen angst, romance, and navigating the royal lifestyle. There have been films that have shown lifestyle switches and the hardships that come with being part of a royal family. We pay special attention to how the characters feel in the situations present in each of these films because we can find it hard to relate. But once it roots itself in humanity, we understand the character a bit more.

Like for Like – 10 films like the Netflix film Royalteen you must watch

The Princess Diaries (2001)

In the early 2000s, The Princess Diaries made Anne Hathaway a star. An unpopular high school student finds out that she is a Princess and her whole life takes a turn. Everyone knows that high school can be really difficult to navigate and we see that with Mia. She’s socially awkward and has her best friends that appreciate her for who she is.

But once she becomes a Princess and gets swept away with the social status, she struggles with who she is. She then finds a balance between royalty and being a simple teenager. She eventually blends the two and is just herself by the end of the movie. After watching Royalteen we can see the similar struggles of teenagers navigating royalty.

Grace of Monaco (2014)

In Grace of Monaco, the story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly is explored. Her marriage and identity are the main focus as she struggles during the transition. On top of that, she is also in the middle of a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. Similar to Royalteen people in the royal family struggle with their identity especially when transitioning to different groups of people.  

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette is a modern-day depiction of her life. Marie Antoinette is an Austrian teenager (Kirsten Dunst) who marries the Dauphin (Jason Schwartzman) of France. And becomes that country’s queen following the death of King Louis XV (Judy Davis) in 1774. Years later, after a life of luxury and privilege, Marie Antoinette loses her head during the French Revolution.

The movie shows her journey as a young girl growing up in the royal family and being an outsider looking into the French lifestyle.

The Favourite (2018)

Yorgos Lanthimos has a very peculiar style and The Favourite might not be for everybody. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is very frail and not in very good health. She deals with the stress of wearing the crown and everything that comes with it. Much like the prince in Royalteen who tries to navigate high school and his royal title.

Mental health becomes a big part of the story and there are people around who help him out of it. Similar to Anne, she has her closest ladies in waiting who help her as well when she is at her lowest.

The Princess Switch (2018)

Vanessa Hudgens takes us on a journey through Christmas when dealing with royalty. One week before Christmas, a duchess switches places with an ordinary woman from Chicago, who looks exactly like her, and they each fall in love with each other’s beaus.

This does fall more on the rom-com side of the spectrum and is lighter than Royalteen, but it still highlights the struggles of entering into a different world with a different set of rules.

The Princess Bride (1987)

Director Rob Reiner kept the essence of a basic bedtime story and created a whimsical tale that eventually became a classic. Not only do we get to see a grandfather and grandson bond over the story, but we are taken into the pages of the book with them.

The Princess Bride introduces the characters in a very straightforward manner and you get a feel of who they are in an instant. Similar to Royalteen it has its players set up from the beginning and you get to know them. They all have a part to play in the royal story.

Ella Enchanted (2004)

Anne Hathaway truly owned the early 2000s and Ella Enchanted is considered a very underrated movie of hers. It has great dance numbers, wonderful characters and of course, a very charming prince in Hugh Dancy.

It does follow the same storyline as Cinderella, but it’s a bit more fun and adventurous. Ella is like Lena in Royalteen because she has such a troubled past and they both have overcome so much. The new men that they meet help them find themselves and they show them that there’s more to life than living in the past.

Cinderella (2015)

When Kenneth Branagh took on Cinderella no one expected it to be that wonderful. Her story is heartbreaking, but then it turns into something wonderful. Lily James and Richard Madden had wonderful chemistry as well. They made you believe in love at first sight. James was the perfect choice to play Cinderella because of how kind her eyes are. Even though Lena had a troubled past in Royalteen she was still kind to those who appreciated her. In a way, her story also felt like Cinderella’s but in a more modern way.

Princess Protection Program (2009)

The Princess Protection Program is a Disney Channel classic and has a cute premise. Of course, it is on the lighter side compared to the storyline in Royalteen but it still has some life lessons.

In this movie, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez were the Disney Channel stars to look out for and having them both together was special. Again, it’s all about behaving like a normal teenager especially when you come from royalty. So to see these teens go on this journey with different “normal” guidelines is interesting.

The Prince & Me (2004)

At college Paige (Julia Stiles) meets Eddie (Luke Mably), a fellow student from Denmark, whom she first dislikes but later accepts, likes, and loves; he proves to be Crown Prince Edvard. Paige follows him to Copenhagen, and he follows her back to school with a plan. Some so many people do so much to be with the one they love.

People also create their own perception of the other person at first until they get to know them. Similar to what Lena did with Kalle because he was royal. What we learn is to never judge a book by its cover.

Do you have any other recommendations for films like Royalteen? Let us know!