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100 Greatest Fantasy Movies

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Criteria: This list includes films that contain 'unreal' earthly (or heavenly) locations, 'supernatural' human powers (Superheroes), and 'supernatural' entities (angels, wizards, ghosts, dragons, witches...) This list does NOT include Horror-Fantasy, or Science Fiction-Fantasy. These films were NOT chosen for how highly rated they are overall, but how they rate in the subject of "Fantasy Movie".

Title - (Year, Primary Director) (Staring Actors)


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Last Updated: 2017-09-15
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  1. The Wizard of Oz - (1939, Victor Fleming) (Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley)
  2. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - (2003, Peter Jackson) (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin)
  3. Beauty and the Beast - (1946, Jean Cocteau) (Jean Marais, Josette Day)
  4. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - (2001, Peter Jackson) (Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen)
  5. Time Bandits - (1981, Terry Gilliam) (Craig Warnock, Sean Connery, John Cleese)
  6. Legend - (1985, Ridley Scott) (Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry)
  7. The Princess Bride - (1987, Rob Reiner) (Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Mandy Patinkin)
  8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone - (2001, Chris Columbus) (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint)
  9. Willow - (1988, Ron Howard) (Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Jean Marsh)
10. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - (2002, Peter Jackson) (Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen)
11. Edward Scissorhands - (1990, Tim Burton) (Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder)
12. Pan's Labyrinth - (2006, Guillermo del Toro) (Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López)
13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - (2004, Alfonso Cuaron) (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint)
14. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - (1989, Terry Gilliam) (John Nevile, Oliver Reed)
15. Labyrinth - (1986, Jim Henson) (Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie)
16. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - (2005, A. Adamson)
17. Superman - (1978, Richard Donner) (Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman)
18. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - (2003, Gore Verbinski) (Johnny Depp)
19. Dragonslayer - (1981, Matthew Robbins) (Ralph Richardson, Peter MacNicol)
20. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - (2006, Gore Verbinski) (Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom)
21. Excalibur - (1981, John Boorman) (Nigel Terry, Nicole Williamson, Liam Neeson)
22. Raiders of the Lost Ark - (1981, Steven Spielberg) (Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, John Rhys-Davies)
23. The Dark Crystal - (1982, Jim Henson, Frank Oz) (Voices of- Jim Henson, Frank Oz)
24. What Dreams May Come - (1998, Vincent Ward) (Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra)
25. Ghostbusters - (1984, Ivan Reitman) (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver)
26. Dragonheart - (1996, Rob Cohen) (Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Dina Meyer)
27. Spider-Man 2 - (2004, Sam Raimi) (Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina)
28. Ladyhawke - (1985, Richard Donner) (Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer)
29. Batman Begins - (2005, Christopher Nolan) (Christian Bale, Michael Caine)
30. Hook - (1991, Steven Spielberg) (Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams)
31. Neverending Story - (1984, Wolfgang Petersen) (Barret Oliver, Gerald McRaney, Deep Roy)
32. X-Men: The Last Stand - (2006, Brett Ratner) (Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen)
33. Big Fish - (2003, Tim Burton) (Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney)
34. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - (2002, Chris Columbus) (Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris)
35. Sleepy Hollow - (1999, Tim Burton) (Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci)
36. Stardust - (2007, Matthew Vaughn) (Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro)
37. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - (2005, Mike Newell) (Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman)
38. Jumanji - (1995, Joe Johnston) (Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt)
39. Faust - (1926, F.W. Murnau) (Silent - Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn)
40. Highlander - (1986, Russell Mulcahy) (Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Roxanne Hart)
41. Batman - (1989, Tim Burton) (Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger)
42. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - (1989, Steven Spielberg) (Harrison Ford, Sean Connery)
43. X2: X-Men United - (2003, Bryan Singer) (Huge Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry)
44. The Prestige - (2006, Christopher Nolan) (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine)
45. The Crow - (1994, Alex Proyas) (Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis)
46. The Mask - (1994, Chuck Russell) (Jim Carrey, Peter Riegert, Richard Jeni)
47. Darkman - (1990, Sam Raimi) (Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand)
48. Stairway to Heaven - (1946, Michael Powell) (David Niven, Kim Hunter, Raymond Massey)
49. The Mummy - (1999, Stephen Sommers) (Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo)
50. X-Men - (2000, Bryan Singer) (Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen)
51. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - (2009, David Yates) (Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gambon)
52. Clash of the Titans - (1981, Desmond Davis) (Harry Hamlin, Burgess Meredith, Ursula Andress)
53. Conan the Barbarian - (1982, John Milius) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones)
54. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - (2007, Gore Verbinski) (Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom)
55. Pleasentville - (1998, Gary Ross) (Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy)
56. Jason and the Argonauts - (1963, Don Chaffey) (Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Nigel Green)
57. Spider-Man - (2002, Sam Raimi) (Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst)
58. Watchmen - (2009, Zack Snyder) (Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode)
59. Bridge to Terabithia - (2007, Gabor Csupo) (Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel)
60. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I - (2010, David Yates) (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson)
61. Reign of Fire - (2002, Rob Bowman) (Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco)
62. MirrorMask - (2005, Dave McKean) (Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon)
63. Peter Pan - (2003, P.J. Hogan) (Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Rachel Hurd-Wood)
64. The Mummy Returns - (2001, Stephen Sommers) (Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo)
65. The Thief of Bagdad - (1969, Ludwig Berger) (Sabu, Conrad Veidt, June Duprez)
66. Unbreakable - (2000, M. Night Shyamalan) (Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn)
67. Constantine - (2005, Francis Lawrence) (Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf)
68. Blade - (1998, Stephen Norrington) (Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Traci Lords)
69. FairyTale: A True Story - (1997, Charles Sturridge) (Harvey Keitel, Florence Hoath, Elizabeth Earl)
70. The Brothers Grimm - (2005, Terry Gilliam) (Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Jonathan Pryce)
71. Hulk - (2003, Ang Lee) (Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Nick Nolte)
72. Superman II - (1980, Richard Lester) (Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder)
73. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - (1984, Steven Spielberg) (Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw)
74. The Fountain - (2006, Darren Aronofsky) (Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz)
75. Bruce Almighty - (2003, Tom Shadyac) (Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston)
76. Return to Oz - (1985, Walter Murch) (Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Piper Laurie)
77. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - (2008, Andrew Adamson) (Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley)
78. The Golden Compass - (2007, Chris Weitz) (Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards)
79. Van Helsing - (2004, Stephen Sommers) (Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale)
80. Spawn - (1997, Mark A.Z. Dippé) (Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen)
81. Batman Returns - (1992, Tim Burton) (Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer)
82. Sword of the Valient - (1984, Stephen Weeks) (Thomas Heathcote, Miles O'Keeffe, Sean Connery)
83. The Forbidden Kingdom - (2008, Rob Minkoff) (Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano)
84. The Witches of Eastwick - (1987, G. Miller) (Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer)
85. The Indian in the Cupboard - (1995, Frank Oz) (Hal Scardino, Litefoot, David Keith)
86. Ella Enchanted - (2004, Tommy O'Haver) (Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes, Minnie Driver)
87. Spider-Man 3 - (2007, S. Raimi) (Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco)
88. Wings of Desire - (1987, Wim Wenders) (Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Peter Falk)
89. The Scorpion King - (2002, Chuck Russell) (The Rock, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steven Brand)
90. Meet Joe Black - (1998, Martin Brest) (Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani)
91. The Picture of Dorian Gray - (1945, Albert Lewin) (Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, George Sanders)
92. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - (2004, Brad Silberling) (Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep)
93. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - (2003, S. Norrington) (Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend)
94. Conan the Destroyer - (1984, Richard Fleischer) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Mako)
95. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad - (1958, Nathan Juran) (Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant)
96. Krull - (1983, Peter Yates) (Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Liam Neeson)
97. The Science of Sleep - (2006, Michel Gondry) (Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg)
98. Night at the Museum - (2006, Shawn Levy) (Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson)
99. Jabberwocky - (1977, Terry Gilliam) (Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier)
100. Fantastic Four - (2005, Tim Story) (Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba)




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10 Best Fantasy Movies of 2017

  1. The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) (Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins)
  2. Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi) (Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett)
  3. A Monster Calls (J. A. Bayona) (Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones)
  4. Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) (Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright)
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts) (Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.)
  6. Bright (David Ayer) (Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace)
  7. Kong: Skull Island (Jordan Vogt-Roberts) (Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson)
  8. Justice League (Zack Snyder) (Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa)
  9. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Guy Ritchie) (Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law)
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg) (Johnny Depp)
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10 Best Fantasy Movies of 2016

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - (Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol)
  2. Doctor Strange - (Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams)
  3. Deadpool - (Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller)
  4. The Jungle Book - (Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley)
  5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - (Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson)
  6. Captain America: Civil War - (Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson)
  7. A Monster Calls - (Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones)
  8. The BFG - (Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton)
  9. Alice Through the Looking Glass - (Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter)
10. The Huntsman: Winter's War - (Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron)
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10 Best Fantasy Movies of 2015

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron - (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo)
  2. Cinderella - (Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden)
  3. Crimson Peak - (Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston)
  4. The Age of Adaline - (Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford)
  5. The Last Witch Hunter - (Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood)
  6. Pan - (Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund)
  7. Monster Hunt - (Baihe Bai, Boran Jing, Wu Jiang)
  8. Mythica: The Darkspore - (Melanie Stone, Adam Johnson, Jake Stormoen)
  9. Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal - (Kun Chen, Bingbing Li, Winston Chao)
10. Krampus - (Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner)
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10 Best Fantasy Movies of 2014

  1. X-Men: Days of Future Past - (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman)
  2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - (Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson)
  3. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies - (Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage)
  4. Maleficent - (Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley)
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx)
  6. Dracula Untold - (Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon)
  7. The Giver - (Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep)
  8. Viy - (Jason Flemyng, Andrey Smolyakov, Aleksey Chadov)
  9. Seventh Son - (Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges)
10. Hercules - (Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane)
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10 Best Fantasy Movies of 2013

  1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - (Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage)
  2. Iron Man 3 - (Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow)
  3. Byzantium - (Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley)
  4. The Wolverine - (Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto)
  5. Thor: The Dark World - (Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston)
  6. Man of Steel - (Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon)
  7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - (Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly)
  8. Oz: The Great and Powerful - (James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz)
  9. Jack the Giant Slayer - (Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor)
10. Beautiful Creatures - (Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson)
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10 Best Fantasy Movies of 2012

  1. The Avengers - (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson)
  2. The Amazing Spider-Man - (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans)
  3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - (Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage)
  4. Snow White and the Huntsman - (Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron)
  5. The Odd Life of Timothy Green - (Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams)
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - (Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner)
  7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - (Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper)
  8. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - (Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine)
  9. Underworld: Awakening - (Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley)
10. Wrath of the Titans - (Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike)
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10 Best Fantasy Movies of 2011

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint)
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - (Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane)
  3. Midnight in Paris - (Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates)
  4. Thor - (Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman)
  5. Immortals - (Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt)
  6. Sucker Punch - (Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish)
  7. Green Lantern - (Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard)
  8. Season of the Witch - (Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy)
  9. Conan the Barbarian - (Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan)
10. Beastly - (Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen)
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10 Best Fantasy Movies of 2010

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I - (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint)
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - (Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes)
  3. Alice in Wonderland - (Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter)
  4. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - (Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley)
  5. The Sorcerer's Apprentice - (Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina)
  6. Clash of the Titans - (Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes)
  7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - (Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd)
  8. The Troll Hunter - (Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Larsen)
  9. The Last Airbender - (Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone)
10. Nanny McPhee Returns - (Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes)
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