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Fantasy Movies to Watch Absolutely

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Fantasy movies are movies with magical elements, supernatural events, folklore or fantasy worlds. The genre is a kind of fiction similar to science fiction movies and contaminations from horror film, although the categories overlap. Fantasy movies generally have a magic component and supernatural. Common appearances consist of fairies, angels, mermaids, witches, wizards, unicorns, dragons, talking animals, trolls, fairies, giants, magic, gnomes, vampires, monsters, ghosts, devils, dwarfs, giants, goblins, supernatural beings, or anthropomorphic, curses and other magic. Sometimes they are set in the Middle Ages.

Fantasy Movies and Sub-Genres

Numerous sub-categories of fantasy movies can be recognised, although the delimitations between these sub-genres, just as in fantasy literature, are rather fluid. The most typical fantasy subgenres in movies are High Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery. Both subgenres generally use medieval settings, wizards, other supernatural aspects and beings often connected to dream stories. 

High Fantasy movies tend to include a more established dream world and may also be more character oriented or thematically complex. They often include a hero of humble origins and a stark difference between villains and heroes pitted against each other in an epic battle. Numerous scholars cite JRR Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings as the prototype of the modern example of High Fantasy in literature, and the current film adaptation of Peter Jackson’s books is a prime example of the High Fantasy subgenre on the big screen.


Sword and Sorcery movies tend to be more plot-driven and focus heavily on action scenes, often pitting a warrior against an evil wizard or other adversary with supernatural powers. The Sword and Sorcery movies in some cases tell a legendary fight between the hero and the villain comparable to those featured in many High Fantasy movies, but at the same time they could provide the hero with different missions, such as the need to save a woman in danger, a city, or be driven by the desire for revenge.

Robert E. Howard’s 1982 film adaptation of Conan the Barbarian, for example, is an individual (not epic) story chronicling the hero’s mission of vengeance and his efforts to stop a megalomaniac while rescuing a princess . Some critics describe such movies as Sword and Sandal instead of Sword and Sorcery, although others argue that the name Sword and Sandal should only apply to fantasy movies set in ancient times. For some, the term Sword and Sandal has pejorative overtones, designating a film with a poor script, bad performances, and bad production values.

Another crucial subgenre of fantasy movies that has come to be more popular in recent years is modern fantasy. Such movies include supernatural events occurring in the contemporary world. movies with live action and animation such as Disney’s Mary Poppins, Pete’s Dragon, Enchanted, and Robert Zemeckis’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit are also fantasy movies although they are more frequently described as a mix of action and animation.

Dream movies set in the afterlife, called Bangsian Fantasy, such as Albert Brooks’ humorous 1991 Defending Your Life, are less frequent. Other subgenres are historical fantasy and romantic fantasy, although 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl effectively combined aspects of both. Superhero movies and fairy tale movies can both be considered sub-genres of fantasy movies, although most critics would classify them as entirely different film categories.

The List of Fantasy Movies to Watch

Trip to the Moon (1902)

Trip to the Moon is a short film directed by Georges Mélies. The film was a worldwide popular hit upon its release. Its unusual length, extravagant production values, ingenious one-off achievements, and attention to storytelling were important to other filmmakers and ultimately to the advancement of narrative film as a whole. The film faded into obscurity after Méliès’ withdrawal from the motion picture market and was discovered around 1930. The film remains Méliès’ best-regarded film, and the minute the missile falls into the eye of the Moon remains among his most famous and regularly cited in film history. Inspired

by a variety of sources, including Jules Verne’s 1865 short story From the Earth to the Moon and its 1870 sequel Around the Moon, the film follows a group of astronauts who embark on a journey to the Moon in a cannon-propelled rocket, explore the surface of the Moon, and escape from a group of Selenites and return to Earth with a captive Selenite. 

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

The Thief of Bagdad is a 1924 American swashbuckling fantasy film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Douglas Fairbanks, and written by Achmed Abdullah and Lotta Woods . Adapted from the Arabian Nights, it tells the story of a thief who falls in love with the son of the Caliph of Baghdad. In 1996, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, traditionally, or visually substantial”. 

Fairbanks considered it his favorite film. The action scenes suited the athletic star, whose feline, deceptively simple movements were as much dance as gymnastics. Along with his earlier Robin Hood (1922), the film marked Fairbanks’ transition from comedies to spectacular movies. The film is full of period special effects: the flying carpet, the magic rope and terrifying monsters.

It includes huge Arabian-style sets and also proved to be a springboard for Anna May Wong, who played a treacherous servant girl. The Thief of Baghdad is now considered among the most important silent fantasy movies and is Fairbanks’ greatest work. 

The Nibelungs (1924)

The Nibelungs is a silent fantasy film in two parts directed by Fritz Lang in 1924. The scripts for both movies were co-written by Lang’s then wife, Thea von Harbou, based on the epic poem Nibelungenlied composed around AD 1200. Siegfried, son of King Siegmund of Xanten, masters the art of making swords in the Mime shop. Siegfried hears tales of the kingdom of Burgundy, the kings who rule there, and Kriemhild, princess of Burgundy.

Siegfried reveals that he wishes to win her hand, much to the amusement of the blacksmiths. Mime, envious of Siegfried’s skill as a blacksmith, says there is a faster route to Burgundy through Woden’s Wood, where all manner of dangerous animals dwell. Siegfried encounters a dragon and changes course to slay it. He touches its warm yellow blood and suddenly understands the language of birds, who advise him to bathe in dragon blood to become invincible.

Destiny (1921)

Destiny is a 1921 romantic fantasy film directed by Fritz Lang and inspired by the Indian folk tale of Savitri. The film follows a woman who is desperate to be reunited with her dead lover. There are also 3 other short stories, set in a Middle Eastern city; in Venice, Italy; and in the Chinese empire.

In “Some Time and Some Place”, a young couple are traveling in a carriage on a back road, when they catch a hitchhiker. But they understand that this stranger is Death itself. Once he arrives at his destination, Death goes to the mayor’s office, where he buys a small plot of land adjacent to the municipal cemetery. Around this house, Death erects a giant magical wall.

At the local pub, the young couple meet Death once more, and when the girl is distracted, her lover vanishes. Grief-stricken, she sobs in front of the strange wall, when she sees a group of ghosts walking past her. The last of these ghosts is her lover; and regardless of his demonstrations, he too crosses the wall, entering the world of Death.

Phantom (1922)

Phantom is a 1922 German romantic fantasy film directed by F W Murnau. The film is told in an extended flashback. Lorenz Lubota (Alfred Abel), is an employee in a small government office, an ambitious poet and a member of a family headed by a troubled mum who has a strained relationship with a daughter, Melanie, who mum thinks works as a prostitute.

One day, while Lorenz is walking to go to work, a lady (Lya De Putti) driving 2 white horses hits him on the roadway, knocking him to the ground. He is physically unharmed, but from then on the lady in the carriage, called Veronika, pervades his every thought.

The Sorrows of Satan (1926)

The Sorrows of Satan is a 1926 American fantasy film directed by DW Griffith and based on the 1895 allegorical horror story The Sorrows of Satan by Marie Corelli. Griffith apparently had no desire to make this film, however, as it was his first job for Paramount Pictures, he was not offered an option. 

Adolphe Menjou plays Prince Lucio de Rimanez, who is actually Satan turned human. When distressed author Geoffrey Tempest (Ricardo Cortez) curses God for his misfortune, Prince Lucius introduces himself to him, informing Tempest that he has acquired a fortune. The only condition is that Tempest must place his fate completely in the hands of the Prince.

As he rises to the top rungs of European society, Tempest is forced by Lucio to marry the Russian princess Olga (Lya De Putti), although the writer still likes her wife Mavis Claire (Carol Dempster). Eventually, Prince Lucio reveals his true identity, but not before Olga commits suicide. After rejecting the devil and all his promises, Tempest lives happily ever after with Mavis.

L’Atlantide (1932)

L’Atlantide is a 1932 German-French fantasy film directed by GW Pabst and starring Brigitte Helm. It is based on the novel L’Atlantis by Pierre Benoît. The film is a remake of the 1921 film of the same name directed by Jacques Feyder. After Feyder refused to produce a sound remake of Atlantis, Pabst asked to direct the film. Both Pabst and Feyder’s other film adaptations were filmed in the Sahara Desert. The film was shot in 3 languages: English, French and German.

Lost Horizon (1937)

Lost Horizon is a 1937 fantasy film directed by Frank Capra. Robert Riskin’s film script is based on James Hilton’s 1933 book of the same name. The film exceeded its initial budget plan by more than $776,000 and took five years to recoup the expenses.

The severe financial crisis it wrought for Columbia Pictures hurt the partnership between Capra and studio head Harry Cohn, as well as the relationship between Capra and Riskin. In 2016, the film was chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. 

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film, adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the film was directed primarily by Victor Fleming, who left the production to take control of Gone with the Wind, and stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton. Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf were given screenplay credit on the film. The music was composed by Harold Arlen and adapted by Herbert Stothart, with lyrics composed by Edgar “Yip” Harburg.

Featuring Technicolor, dreamlike storytelling, musical arrangement, and unforgettable characters, The Wizard of Oz has been a hit since its initial release on August 25, 1939, and was shortlisted for 6 Academy Awards. Although the film was popular enough, it stopped making a profit for MGM until its 1949 re-release, earning only $3,017,000 on a $2,777,000 budget plan, making it MGM’s most expensive production at the time. It is among the few movies on UNESCO’s Memory of the World register.

The Wizard of Oz has come to be the source of several quotes referenced in modern pop culture. The film ranks on critics’ lists of the greatest movies ever and is the most effective adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s work.

Beauty and the Beast (1946) 

Beauty and the Beast is a fantasy romance film directed by French poet and director Jean Cocteau. Starring Josette Day as the Beauty and Jean Marais as the Beast, it is an adaptation of the 1757 story written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published as part of a fairy tale anthology.

The plot of Cocteau’s film focuses on Belle’s father who is sentenced to death for taking a rose from Beast’s garden. Belle offers herself to the Beast in her father’s place. The beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage to the woman every night, and every night she refuses. Belle eventually ends up attracted to Beast, who lets her go home to her family informing her that if she doesn’t come back to him in a week, she will die of grief. The film is a classic of the French cinema.

Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

Beyond Tomorrow is a 1940 American fantasy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland and produced by the well-known director of photography Lee Garmes; Garmes was one of a handful of cinematographers who ended up as film producers.

Structured like a B-movie, the production involved no expensive stars, instead relying on a quartet of experienced actors, Charles Winninger, Maria Ouspenskaya, C. Aubrey Smith and Harry Carey. Because the events of the plot occur during the Christmas season, it is a modern if little-remembered example of the Christmas movie. 

Engineers George Melton and Allan Chadwick work to complete a project on time, even if it’s Christmas Eve. Michael O’Brien, the third partner in the firm, arrives with gifts for everyone and lets the employees go.

The three elders then return home to the villa they share with Madame Tanya, an elderly Russian countess, for a dinner with prestigious guests. When the guests cancel at the last minute, George is convinced it’s because of his dark past. To ease George’s gloomy mood, Michael comes up with an idea to get new dinner guests. Each man throws a wallet containing $10 and his business card into the street. 

Ugetsu (1953)

Ugetsu is a Japanese drama film and a fantasy film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi with Masayuki Mori and Machiko Kyō. It is based on 2 stories from Ueda Akinari’s 1776 book of the same name, which integrates components of the jidaigeki category with a ghost story.

The film is set during the Japanese Azuchi Civil War, around 1600. The film won the Silver Lion at the 1953 Venice Film Festival and is among Mizoguchi’s most popular movies, considered by critics a work of art of Japanese cinema, credited at the same time with helping to promote Japanese cinema in the West and later influencing Japanese cinema.


The Sword and the Dragon (1956)

It is a 1956 Soviet fantasy film by fantasy director Aleksandr Ptushko and produced by Mosfilm. It is based on the ancient Russian epic about the knight Ilya Muromets. In medieval Russia, the giant aged bogatyr Svyatogor offers his sword to some traveling explorers to be passed down to a new bogatyr. Svyatogor and his horse turn lno a hill as they perish. Tugar Asiatic pagans are pillaging the land. They invade the city where Ilya Muromets lives and capture his fiancée Vassilisa.

The Seventh Seal (1957)

It’s a historical movie 1957 Swedish Ingmar Bergman. Set in Sweden during the Black Death, it tells of the journey of a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) and his chess match with Death (Bengt Ekerot), who wants to take his life. Bergman created the film from his play Wood Painting. The title describes a passage from the Book of Revelation, used both at the very beginning of the film and towards the end. The Seventh Seal is considered a classic of world cinema, as well as among the best movies of all time. It made Bergman a world-famous director.

Testament of Orpheus (1960)

It’s a fantasy film surrealist film directed by and starring Jean Cocteau, who plays himself as an 18th-century poet. The film consists of cameos by Pablo Picasso, Jean Marais, Charles Aznavour, Jean-Pierre Leaud and Yul Brynner. It is the last part of the Orphic Trilogy, after Blood of a Poet (1930) and Orpheus (1950). It is an ironic life balance with Cocteau placing himself at the center of the imaginary and mythological world he created in his books, movies, plays and paintings. The film is made up of various surreal events in which Cocteau, walking ahead of himself, observes himself in a sort of retrospective of his work. Picasso had introduced Cocteau to professional photographer Lucien Clergue, who photographically documented the film’s production.


Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

It’s a adventure movie 1963 Anglo-American independent mythological fantasyShot in Eastman Color, the film was made in collaboration with stop-motion animation master Ray Harryhausen and is known for its various legendary creatures, especially the iconic fight scene with seven skeletal warriors. Although it was a box office disappointment during its initial release, the film was critically acclaimed and later became a cult classic. The film score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, who had collaborated with Harryhausen on Sinbad’s 7th Voyage (1958), Gulliver’s 3 Worlds (1960) and Mysterious Island (1961).

The Holy Mountain (1973)

It is a 1973 Mexican surreal-fantasy film directed, written, produced, co-written, co-edited and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, who also took part as set designer and dress designer in the film. Following the underground success of Jodorowsky El Topo, well known to both John Lennon and George Harrison, the film was produced by Beatles supervisor Allen Klein of ABKCO Music and Records. Lennon and Yoko Ono put up the money for the production. It was shown at several film festivals in 1973, including Cannes, and limited screenings in New York and San Francisco.

A man resembling Jesus, representing the tarot card The Fool, lives in the desert with flies covering his face. He befriends a footless, handless dwarf representing the Five of Swords, and the pair travel to the city where they make money by entertaining the travellers. After a conflict with a priest, the thief consumes the face of his wax figure and launches it skyward with balloons, symbolically consuming the body of Christ. Not long after, he speaks to a crowd gathered around a tall tower, where a large hook with a bag of gold has actually been sent in exchange for food.


Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur is a 1981 medieval fantasy film directed, co-written and produced by John Boorman, which tells the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table , loosely based on the 15th-century short story Le Morte d’Arthur by Tommaso Malory. In the cast Nigel Terry as Arthur, Nicol Williamson as Merlin, Nicholas Clay as Lancelot, Cherie Lunghi as Guenevere, Helen Mirren as Morgana, Liam Neeson as Gawain, Gabriel Byrne as Uther and Patrick Stewart as Leondegrance. The film is named after the famous sword of King Arthur. 

The film was shot entirely in Ireland and at Ardmore Studios, using Irish actors and crew. Excalibur won the Best Artistic Achievement Award at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, and garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography and a BAFTA nomination for Best Costume Design.


Conan The Barbarian (1982) 

It is a 1982 fantasy and action film directed by John Milius. Although Conan cannot be taken seriously from a cinematic language point of view, this road trip film about a former slave seeking revenge has many quotable lines from Schwarzenegger and interesting action scenes as well.

Orphaned boy Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is oppressed after his city is damaged by the pressures of the vicious necromancer Thulsa Doom. Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman, Gerry Lopez. 

The NeverEnding Story (1984) 

It’s a 1984 fantasy film by Wolfgang Petersen. A wonderful journey on the power of a child’s creative imagination to save the dying dream world, a film much loved by children but also very meaningful for adults. 

On his way to school, Bastian (Barret Oliver) enters a bookstore to avoid harassment. Find a publication called “The NeverEnding Story” and start reading it in the attic of the school. The story deals with Fantasia, a land of dreams endangered by “The Nothing”, an evil darkness that ruins everything it touches. The kingdom requires the help of a human child to resist. Bastian begins to wonder if Fantasia is real when he reads a summary of himself in the tale. Starring: Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Tami Stronach, Moses Gunn.

Legend (1985)

It is a 1985 American dark fantasy film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty, Cork Hubbert and Annabelle Lanyon. The film focuses on Jack, a pure being who must stop the Lord of Darkness who wants to cover the planet in perpetual darkness. 

Not a hit when it was initially launched, it won the British Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in 1985 for cinematographer Alex Thomson, it’s numerous accolades: Academy Award for Best Makeup; Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror movies Saturn Award for Best Makeup; BAFTA Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup Artist, Best Special Visual Effects. 

Ladyhawke (1985) 

It is a 1985 fantasy film directed by Richard Donner. There are pacing issues, however Ladyhawke has a style that works and wows that is more powerful than most epic movies of its genre. After breaking out of a prison, thief Phillipe Gaston (Matthew Broderick) befriends Captain Navarre (Rutger Hauer), a man with a strange key. Navarre and his mistress Lady Isabeau d’Anjou (Michelle Pfeiffer) have been cursed by the Bishop of L’Aquila (John Wood), who needs Lady Isabeau for his evil plans. His dark magic gets in the way of their love, so they use Gaston to stop the bishop and his evil power. Starring: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern.

Highlander (1986) 

It is a 1986 fantasy film directed by Russell Mulcany. Some audiences dislike Highlander as being tawdry, over the top, and unreasonable. Others, on the other hand, appreciate it precisely for these characteristics. When Russell Nash (Christopher Lambert) dispatches a young boy in a sword fight in a New York City parking lot, he leaves a piece of an ancient weapon in an automobile. After forensic expert Brenda Wyatt (Roxanne Hart) recovers evidence of the ancient weapon, she and her partner, Lieutenant Frank Moran (Alan North), begin a Nash investigation that will lead them into the middle of a dangerous age-old struggle between immortal warriors. Starring: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown.

Labyrinth (1986) 

It is a 1986 fantasy film directed by director Jim Henson. Though perhaps more intriguing on an aesthetic level, Labyrinth provides confirmation of director Jim Henson’s creativity. Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) faces a perilous journey into a labyrinth to save her little brother (Toby Froud) from a demon king (Bowie). Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson.

The City of Lost Children (1995 

It is a 1995 fantasy film by Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Not all the thematic and aesthetic ideas of this film are interesting, but The City of Lost Children is a gripping, disturbing, and quite unforgettable experience.

Old and decrepit Krank (Daniel Emilfork) has lost his ability to fantasize and is trying to stave off death by stealing dreams from children. Krank’s (Dominique Pinon) gang of cloned henchmen take 5-year-old Denree (Joseph Lucien) to subject him to the terrifying dream theft operation. The baby’s dad, One (Ron Perlman), a big strongman from a traveling circus, and his brilliant 9-year-old friend, Miette (Judith Vittet), try to defeat Krank’s minions and save Denree. Starring: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon.


Sleepy Hollow (1999) 

It is a fantasy film by Tim Burton from 1999. It is not Tim Burton’s best work, but Sleepy Hollow fascinates with its sensational images and strange atmosphere. Set in 1799, “Sleepy Hollow” is based on Washington Irving’s timeless story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Faithful to the imaginative dream world that Irving paints in his story, the film blends dream, fear and love with characters who explore mythology and the genre of supernatural. Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon.

Big Fish (2003) 

It is a 2003 fantasy film directed by director Tim Burton. A charming father and son story filled with recurring themes and typical Tim Burton imagery, Big Fish is one of the director’s best movies. When Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) falls ill, his son, William (Billy Crudup), takes a trip to be with him. William has an adversarial relationship with Edward due to his father constantly telling made up stories about his life, and William assumes that what he led him to believe was never true. Even on his deathbed, Edward tells sensational stories. When William, who is a journalist, begins to explore his father’s stories, he begins to recognize the man and also his passion for storytelling. Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange.

Corpse Bride (2005)

It is a 2005 stop-motion animation musical dark fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton with a screenplay by John August, Caroline Thompson and Pamela Pettler based on characters developed by Burton and Carlos Grangel. The story is set in a fictional Victorian town in England. Johnny Depp voices Victor, while Helena Bonham Carter voices Emily, the Corpse Bride.

The Fall (2006)

It is a 2006 fantasy film directed by Tarsem. More aesthetically intricate than the fragmented narrative can often sustain, The Fall walks the line between passionate work and directorial debauchery. A bedridden man (Lee Pace) amazes a hospitalized child (Catinca Untaru) with a great story that includes wizards, villains and heroes. Starring: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Robin Fabbro. 

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) 

It is a 2008 fantasy film directed by Rob Minkoff. This action-fantasy movie starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li includes amazing battle scenes, but it’s all way too much. Jason (Michael Angarano), a young American man, is a big fan of Hong Kong cinema and old kung-fu movies too. Starring: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Crystal Liu.

Solomon Kane (2009) 

It is a 2009 fantasy film directed by Michael J. Bassett. The story of Solomon Kane falls into an entertaining fantasy with all the clichés of the genre: battles, blood, magical worlds and a pleasant lead performance by James Purefoy. A man (James Purefoy) must renounce his recently sworn peace oaths to save a girl (Rachel Hurd-Wood). Starring: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Alice Krige.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

It is a 2009 fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam. The director continues to be as forgiving as ever, yet The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly creative and darkly adorable power of his previous work, with great performances and flawless aesthetic packaging.

Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), the head of a traveling show, has a dark secret. Hundreds of years ago he swapped the soul of his daughter, Valentina, with the devil. At present the evil one has pledged to pay his reward. To keep her, Parnassus should make one last bet: whoever wins 5 souls will surely win Valentina. Tony (Heath Ledger), a man saved from hanging by Parnassus artists, accepts the wager to win souls, with his sights set on marriage to Valentina. Starring: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Andrew Garfield.

Where the Wild Things Are (2009) 

It is a 2009 fantasy film directed by director Spike Jonze. Some may find its dark tone and lean narrative repulsive, but Spike Jonze’s heartfelt adaptation of the children’s publication Timeless is as wonderful as it is uncompromising.

Feeling truly misunderstood at home and at school, rebellious Max (Max Records) wanders off to the land of gigantic and sometimes ferocious wild animals. They allow Max to become their leader and he ensures that they create a kingdom that everyone will surely enjoy. But Max discovers that being king is not easy and that, even with the wild creatures, there is something missing. Starring: Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

It’s a comedy movies 2011 fantasy Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film tells of Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), a screenwriter, who has to deal with the imperfections of his partnership with his materialistic future wife (Rachel McAdams) as well as their different goals, which end up being progressively exaggerated as takes a trip back in time every night at midnight.

Life of Pi (2012)

It is a adventure movie directed by Ang Lee. Based on Yann Martel’s 2001 book of the same name, it stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Tabu and Adil Hussain in lead roles. The story focuses on 2 survivors of a shipwreck. One is a sixteen year old Indian boy named Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and the other is a relentless Bengal tiger named Richard Parker who stays on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean for 227 days.

Tale of Tales (2015)

It is a 2015 fantasy film written, directed and co-produced by Matteo Garrone and starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C. Reilly . Garrone’s only English-language film was selected at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It is a film adaptation based on collections of short stories by the Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile: Pentamerone o Lo cunto de li cunti, which includes early variations of myths such as Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. The 3 short stories are La Cerva Fatata (The Enchanted Doe), La Pulce (The Flea), La Vecchia Scorticata (The Flayed Old Lady), which have been adapted with components from other short stories by Giambattista Basile as well as a touch of artistic licence.

The Shape of Water (2017)

It is a 2017 romantic fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro and produced by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. In the cast Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and also Octavia Spencer. Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows a mute cleaner in a high-security federal government research laboratory who falls in love with an imprisoned humanoid amphibian animal and also decides to help him escape from a treacherous colonel. Filming for the film took place in Ontario, Canada from August to November 2016. 

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