As any movie buff knows, there’s nothing like a good fantasy flick. People have been fascinated by this genre since the beginning of time, as one of the oldest genres in storytelling. Fantasy movies can be traced back to the silent era when French director Georges Méliès released Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon) in 1902. Despite this, fantasy movies didn’t get their real breakthrough until the 1980s, when high-tech filmmaking techniques increased the audience’s interest and made the genre flourish.

There’s no limit on what you can do with fantasy films, which only increased their popularity among the audience and producers. You can go anywhere or any time and do anything you want because it doesn’t have to be realistic! This allows filmmakers to really let their imaginations run wild, creating some truly innovative stories that take viewers on a fantastical journey through time and space. The success of Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter spurred a movement in film adaptations of fantasy literary works, like The Chronicles of Narnia, Eragon, and The Golden Compass. Since then, there have also been dozens of successful original stories, such as Avatar, the second highest-grossing film of all time (adjusted for inflation) after Gone With The Wind.

What kind of fantasy film do you like? Are you into epic adventures with fantastical creatures, or do you prefer a more modern story with a twist? Whatever your likings are, these fantasy adventure movies should be on every cinephile’s watchlist!

#1

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2

2011 | 2h 10m | Directed by David Yates

The final part of the Harry Potter series, this movie ties up all the loose ends from the previous films and gives fans a satisfying ending to one of the most popular franchises in history. Based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling book series, this movie follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione preparing for their final battle against Lord Voldemort, who has now obtained the powerful Elder Wand.

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#2

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

2006 | 1h 58m | Directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Five years after the Spanish civil war, a young girl fascinated with fairytales escapes from her sadistic stepfather into a fantasy world where she’ll have to prove her worth as the legitimate princess. Guillermo del Toro worked on the English subtitles himself after encountering problems with his previous subtitled movies. Pan’s Labyrinth won multiple international awards, including three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, and seven Goya Awards.

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Tamra Stiffler
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is one of my all-time favorites! Yes, there are some rough bits, but overall, very well done.

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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

1987 | 1h 38m | Directed by Rob Reiner
 

Included for preservation in the Library of Congress, this comedy movie follows the story of a young woman, chosen by Prince Humperdinck to become his consort despite her refusal, in a quest to reunite with her true love. The story is presented in the style of a fairy tale being read by a grandfather to his sick grandson, preserving the novel’s metafictional narrative method.

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#4

The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz

1939 | 1h 42m | Directed by Victor Fleming

The Wizard of Oz is a classic story that everyone knows. The plot has all the magical elements you could ask for: young Dorothy and her dog get swept away by a tornado and end up in the land of Oz. Here, she’ll have to look for the Wizard, the only one who can get her back home. Popular for its musical score and memorable characters, The Wizard of Oz has become the source of many quotes referenced in contemporary popular culture and is one of the few films included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

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#5

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

2003 | 3h 21m | Directed by Peter Jackson

Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy. The saga’s popularity made it the most highly anticipated event of 2003. With its predecessors having won several awards, it had a lot to live up to, and it certainly did not disappoint. The final installment in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy centers on the War of the Ring, with Frodo Baggins close to completing his quest to destroy the One Ring. You’ll never miss it among movie recommendations lists!

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#6

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

2002 | 2h 59m | Directed by Peter Jackson

The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is one of the most successful movie franchises in history. The second entry of the trilogy, The Two Towers, sees Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the One Ring, joined by Gollum. This epic masterpiece was a hit at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing movie of 2002 and the third highest-grossing movie ever made at the time of its release.

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#7

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

2016 | 1h 48m | Directed by J.A.Bayona

If you prefer a darker fantasy movie, A Monster Calls never disappoints. The story follows Conor, a young boy struggling to cope with the looming loss of his mother, who’s going to die soon due to a terminal illness. One night, a monster tree visits him, saying it will tell Conor three stories during their next meetings, after which Conor must tell the monster a fourth tale in return.

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TahJia Williams
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never seen it, definitely want to. On the list

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#8

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

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Mary Rose Kent
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I fell completely in love with Julie Andrews after seeing this when I was eight years old. Pretty beyond words and boy, could she sing!

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#9

The Beauty And The Beast (1946)

The Beauty And The Beast (1946)

1946 | 1h 33m | Directed by Jean Cocteau

A classic of French cinema, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a young woman kept as a prisoner by a beast who wishes to marry her. Walt Disney was also interested in adapting the fairytale, but when this movie was released, he felt discouraged and believed it wouldn’t be as good as what Jean Cocteau did. Eventually, Disney Pictures released an animated adaptation in 1991, which became an immediate success.

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#10

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

2016 | 1h 46m | Directed by Jon Favreau

The Jungle Book, released in 2016, is the live-action adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated classic movie of the same name. Mowgli, an abandoned boy raised in an Indian jungle by a pack of wolves, is forced to leave his home when fearsome tiger Shere Khan threatens his life. Fans loved the movie so much that the studio has started working on a sequel!

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kirara2516
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Louie's song here is a cringe fest, and lacks the fun of the original. The rest is alright.

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#11

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

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The Green Knight

The Green Knight

2021 | 2h 10m | Directed by David Lowery
 

David Lowery’s epic medieval fantasy follows the journey of King Arthur’s reckless nephew, who embarks on a quest to battle against the legendary Green Knight. The movie was critically acclaimed for its cinematography, music, and acting, as well as for Lowery’s originality, direction, and writing.

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#15

Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon

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Mark Fuller
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The original one was a classic. Never seen this one...

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#17

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns

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Cubbypotato
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jane-Marry? Michael-Poppins? Marry Poppins-Michael! We are still not a cod fish!

#18

Thief Of Bagdad (1940)

Thief Of Bagdad (1940)

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#21

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

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#22

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

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#23

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

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Cubbypotato
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“Everything in this room is edible. Even I’m edible. But, that would be called cannibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies.”

#26

The Thief Of Bagdad (1924)

The Thief Of Bagdad (1924)

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#28

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

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Melody Machala
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOVE LOVE LOOOOVEVEVEVVEVEVE PLZ UPVOTE

#29

Coraline

Coraline

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Melody Machala
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR has been on two so far

#30

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

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Nanny Mcphee

Nanny Mcphee

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Girl_From_Rio
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG I was obsessed with this movie as a child! It's a must watch

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#33

Star Wars: A New Hope

Star Wars: A New Hope

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Mary Rose Kent
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I went to see Star Wars on the first day it opened. It was crazy fun!

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#34

Matilda

Matilda

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Cubbypotato
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m right you’re wrong I’m big you’re small and there’s nothing you can do about it

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#36

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

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#37

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

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Cubbypotato
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BED EMPTY NO NOTE CAR GONE COULD HAVE CRASHED OUT OF MY MIND WITH WORRY DID YOU CARE???!!!???

#39

Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi

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Mary Rose Kent
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn’t see the movie, but I remember enjoying the book.

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#40

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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#42

Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are

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#43

Spider-Man

Spider-Man

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Laura Mandado Cacho
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Again, super heros, marvel this time, but I wouldn't put it in the fantasy genre

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#44

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

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#45

Snow White And The Huntsman

Snow White And The Huntsman

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#47

Into The Woods

Into The Woods

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Mary Rose Kent
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such an EXCELLENT movie! I would love to see it again.

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#48

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

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The Fall

The Fall

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Mary Rose Kent
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wondered why I, a known movie buff, had never even heard of this and then found it came out when I was living abroad and it just never made it into Bangkok theaters.