How To Watch ALL the Barbie Movies
While most of Barbie’s filmography was straight-to-DVD, you can still find most titles on the web if you’re dedicated.
Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie is coming to theaters on July 21, but it’s far from the first time that Barbie’s had her own film. In fact, she’s starred in well over 40—and that’s not counting any of the TV shows or specials.
Most fans count Barbie in the Nutcracker as the first official Barbie movie, released in 2001. Mattel has pumped out new animated content almost every single year since. The company’s overall Barbie strategy changed over the years, even going so far as to rename her little sister and deny she ever existed, but the sparkly pink movies (and accompanying dolls) have captivated generations of kids.
Gerwig’s Barbie doesn’t pay homage to any of the classics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate its release with a Barbie marathon.
Where to find every Barbie movie online
When it comes to legally streaming the Barbie movies, you’ll find them in one of two places. Every Barbie movie from 2001 to mid 2017 is available exclusively on video on demand (VOD) services like Amazon and Google Play to buy or rent. (The only exception is The Barbie Diaries, which was removed from all VOD services in the US).
Every animated Barbie movie from mid 2017 through 2023 is available to stream on Netflix. However, this isn’t an exclusive deal, and you can still find these titles on VOD as well.
But there are over 40 Barbie movies, and those $3.99 rental charges really add up. So we’ll let you in on a secret: you can also find Barbie movies for free online if you know where to look. We recommend starting with YouTube, since a lot of ‘00s animated media ends up there. Because of the nature of copyright claims, movies get deleted and reuploaded all the time, so we won’t link to any specific uploads. You won’t have to look very hard, though!
Where to find physical copies of Barbie movies
As streaming companies remove exclusive titles from their services, audiences are turning back to physical media. Luckily, Barbie movies began as a direct-to-home-video venture, so physical copies are abundant. Some titles are better when experienced physically—no streaming service can replicate the experience of watching Magic of Pegasus with Barbie pink 3D glasses. Respect Barbie’s creative vision!
Mattel released every Barbie movie on DVD, although you’ll probably have to find older titles secondhand. They’re not too hard to come by—check your local used book sales and garage sales if you’re hesitant to buy them online. (I’ve personally stumbled upon several in the wild without even meaning to!)
Alongside DVDs, Mattel also released VHS copies of Barbie movies during 2001–2005, if you still have a working VCR kicking around.
And like most media released before the age of streaming, you may also find several Barbie DVDs at your local library, so check there first. If you’re still having trouble finding older Barbie movies, check in with your friends born in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. Trust us.