Exhilarating dips into the rabbit hole of a child's imagination are also at the heart of 1995's A Little Princess, adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's book and directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men). After Sara Crewe's wealthy father goes missing in the trenches of World War I, her idyllic childhood in India gives way to bedraggled servitude in a posh New York boarding school. But Sara's lively daydreams, which often take their cue from the Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit epic, lose none of their luster. (Early in the movie, Sara casts aside a stodgy book and entertains her classmates with an improvised tale of Tahitian romance, near-death scrapes, and heroic mermaids.) Cuarón's bewitching all-ages fable doesn't measure a girl by her bloodlines or bling, but rather by her gifts as a storyteller. And our indomitable heroine holds on to her belief—which is also the film's gently reinforced moral—that every girl is a princess.