Best fairy tale of all time is Star Wars.
IMHO, it's also the best movie of all time. (Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite movie is, my response is always, "You mean, besides Star Wars?")
From "How I Met Your Mother":
Ted: (about Star Wars) It's just a movie.
(121 minutes of awesomeness later)
Ted: Okay, if Stella doesn't like this movie I can't marry her.
Marshall: No, you can't.
Ted: Wanna watch it again?
Marshall: Yes, I do.
It has all the trappings of science fiction (space ships, robots, blasters...), but at its heart it's a classic fantasy that taps into Joseph Campbell's monomyth and features standard fairy tale themes and archetypes: Luke as the young "simpleton" hero, Leia as damsel-in-distress, Obi-wan as wise man, Darth Vadar as the evil parent figure... yada yada.
Just type "Star Wars as myth" into Google, and you'll see books, documentaries, and about a zillion homework assignments discussing this.
Anyway, all of this is purely an excuse to share with you guys two awesome Star Wars-related video clips that I found online:
Just had to share. :)