Best Fantasy Movies of All Time

Welcome to Rotten Tomatoes’ compendium of cinema’s best-reviewed tales of swords and sorcery, fire and ice, and dungeons and…you get the idea. The swirling mythic cauldron (i.e. our database) reveals to all the 75 best-reviewed live-action fantasy movies of all time, ranked by adjusted Tomatometer with at least 20 reviews each!

Adjusted Score: 84109%
Critics Consensus: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is an old-school adventure yarn with a distaff European - and generally rather delightful - spin.
Synopsis: A popular novelist deals with her would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.... [More]
Directed By: Luc Besson


Ladyhawke (1985)

Adjusted Score: 69756%
Critics Consensus: There's pacing problems, but Ladyhawke has an undeniable romantic sweep that's stronger than most fantasy epics of its ilk.
Synopsis: Upon breaking out of a dungeon, youthful thief Phillipe Gaston (Matthew Broderick) befriends Capt. Navarre (Rutger Hauer), a man with... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner


Solomon Kane (2009)

Adjusted Score: 67505%
Critics Consensus: Solomon Kane's formulaic and bleak narrative is overcome by an entertaining, straightforward adherence to its genre, exciting gore, and a gratifying lead performance by James Purefoy.
Synopsis: A man (James Purefoy) must renounce his newly taken vows of peace to rescue a young woman (Rachel Hurd-Wood) from... [More]
Directed By: Michael J. Bassett

Adjusted Score: 71335%
Critics Consensus: A goofy, old-school sword-and-sandal epic, Clash of the Titans mines Greek mythology for its story and fleshes it out with Ray Harryhausen's charmingly archaic stop-motion animation techniques.
Synopsis: Perseus (Harry Hamlin), son of the Greek god Zeus (Laurence Olivier), grows up on a deserted island. His destiny is... [More]
Directed By: Desmond Davis

Adjusted Score: 68252%
Critics Consensus: This hotly-anticipated pairing of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li features dazzling fight scenes but is weighed down by too much filler.
Synopsis: Jason (Michael Angarano), an American teenager, is a huge fan of Hong Kong cinema and old kung-fu movies. While browsing... [More]
Directed By: Rob Minkoff

Adjusted Score: 70060%
Critics Consensus: Terry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever, but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative, darkly beautiful power of his earlier work, with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.
Synopsis: Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), the leader of a traveling show, has a dark secret. Thousands of years ago he traded... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

Adjusted Score: 79720%
Critics Consensus: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children proves a suitable match for Tim Burton's distinctive style, even if it's on stronger footing as a visual experience than a narrative one.
Synopsis: When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

Adjusted Score: 96098%
Critics Consensus: El Espíritu de la Colmena uses a classic horror story's legacy as the thread for a singularly absorbing childhood fable woven with uncommon grace.
Synopsis: In an allegory of life after Gen. Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War, life in a remote village in... [More]
Directed By: Víctor Erice


Labyrinth (1986)

Adjusted Score: 78087%
Critics Consensus: While it's arguably more interesting on a visual level, Labyrinth provides further proof of director Jim Henson's boundless imagination.
Synopsis: Teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) journeys through a maze to recover her baby brother (Toby Froud) from a goblin king (David... [More]
Directed By: Jim Henson


Highlander (1986)

Adjusted Score: 73586%
Critics Consensus: People hate Highlander because it's cheesy, bombastic, and absurd. And people love it for the same reasons.
Synopsis: When the mystical Russell Nash (Christopher Lambert) kills a man in a sword fight in a New York City parking... [More]
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy


Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Adjusted Score: 74347%
Critics Consensus: It isn't Tim Burton's best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.
Synopsis: Set in 1799, "Sleepy Hollow" is based on Washington Irving's classic tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Faithful to the... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

Adjusted Score: 66540%
Critics Consensus: Though Conan may take itself too seriously for some, this adventure film about a former slave seeking vengeance is full of quotable Schwarzenegger lines and gritty action.
Synopsis: Orphaned boy Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is enslaved after his village is destroyed by the forces of vicious necromancer Thulsa Doom... [More]
Directed By: John Milius

Adjusted Score: 74269%
Critics Consensus: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is an entertaining family adventure worthy of the standard set by its predecessor.
Synopsis: One year after their previous adventure, the Pevensie children (Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell) return to the... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Adamson

Adjusted Score: 78279%
Critics Consensus: Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth is an earnest, visually resplendent trip, but the film's deliberate pace robs the material of some of its majesty.
Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) lives a simple life with his fellow hobbits in the shire, until the wizard Gandalf (Ian... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson


The Dark Crystal (1982)

Adjusted Score: 82998%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Crystal's narrative never quite lives up to the movie's visual splendor, but it remains an admirably inventive and uniquely intense entry in the Jim Henson canon.
Synopsis: Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor... [More]
Directed By: Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 Next

  • Narbles

    This list is awful.

  • FoxyMoustache

    Tangled? Kung Fu Panda? Err…

    • Jim222001

      Yeah both are good but I don’t really consider them fantasies. Especially Kung Fu Panda.

  • Strider

    I wonder who the idiot was that gave Wizard of Oz a rotten score. Did his kids disown him.

  • Medlir

    Yeah… fairy tales, animated martial arts action-adventure, feel-good anime, etc… a lot of these are not usually considered general “Fantasy”. I love all Ghibli films, Disney films, etc… but I wouldn’t put them on a list of “Best Fantasy”, much like I wouldn’t expect to find any of them in the “Fantasy” section at a book store. It’s like someone just did a database search for every movie arbitrarily tagged “fantasy”, and then grabbed the top 50 by rating… not an actual curated list.

  • Jeff Martinez

    #1 is Krull

  • Scarab Onyx

    What about The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Legend, or the family favorite The Dark Crystal

  • Where was Neverending Story, Nightmare Who Stole Christmas, Return to Oz and Labyrinth? There´s a lot missing from this list.

  • Donal McMenamin McMenamin

    RT – you just havent a clue – on this occasion

  • Jim222001

    I would have Willow. But not here since all critics were wrong about it!

Tag Cloud

Pixar Ellie Kemper VOD spanish Masterpiece TruTV war Mary Tyler Moore french AMC Baby Yoda all-time satire CBS USA godzilla comic NBA GIFs Pacific Islander transformers Hallmark Television Critics Association scorecard cooking laika crossover Lucasfilm Alien Best and Worst festivals TV Land jurassic park casting Sneak Peek ABC Family 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards MCU 99% video superman Opinion book HBO Go Reality Competition series adventure Tumblr Superheroe TIFF olympics Superheroes docudrama BET Awards docuseries police drama Biopics Warner Bros. comiccon classics scene in color name the review Country crime thriller 24 frames halloween FXX TCA sequel zero dark thirty spain Election BBC One monster movies Song of Ice and Fire Fantasy Sundance critic resources zombies Amazon Prime Video spider-verse emmy awards scary Western Comics on TV Premiere Dates mutant Mudbound AMC Plus Trailer nbcuniversal video on demand a nightmare on elm street documentaries mob Shudder ABC Marvel Netflix Christmas movies 20th Century Fox Universal Pictures know your critic TV children's TV what to watch Infographic justice league stoner doctor who politics slashers Esquire SundanceTV royal family Kids & Family comic book movie dceu spy thriller Apple TV Plus versus art house free movies President miniseries X-Men YouTube james bond Box Office movie prank vs. The Witch strong female leads black based on movie ESPN Amazon Prime Neflix Trivia Ghostbusters Rom-Com trailers Brie Larson First Look crime Tubi Stephen King hispanic heritage month die hard adaptation romance Dark Horse Comics Sony Pictures Character Guide Shondaland 2021 action-comedy toy story Showtime TCM Pop TV Musical Endgame Toys cancelled TV shows GoT teaser gangster Adult Swim Disney Vudu Syfy ghosts festival telelvision Freeform ITV king kong Fox Searchlight The Purge golden globe awards Exclusive Video BET DC streaming service NYCC live event Emmy Nominations cancelled legend Nat Geo green book rt archives aliens quibi reboot tv talk biopic 73rd Emmy Awards cancelled TV series ViacomCBS Wes Anderson biography rt labs revenge Sundance Now cults See It Skip It rotten screenings aapi Food Network lord of the rings period drama TCA 2017 natural history marvel cinematic universe documentary target comics television DirecTV Horror Writers Guild of America japan A24 jamie lee curtis halloween tv films Red Carpet Grammys Universal CW Seed dc Travel Channel WGN 2020 The Walking Dead IMDb TV Star Wars toronto spanish language anthology Tomatazos Drama Quiz Legendary concert Extras new star wars movies supernatural criterion Christmas Mary poppins Disney+ Disney Plus VH1 christmas movies theme song reviews thriller Marvel Television Mary Poppins Returns 2019 unscripted MSNBC TLC harry potter Epix award winner psycho spinoff Comedy Central posters Chilling Adventures of Sabrina latino Amazon Animation History USA Network Peacock Countdown women Marathons richard e. Grant diversity talk show SDCC independent Lifetime Christmas movies disaster GLAAD boxing venice 72 Emmy Awards The Arrangement LGBTQ Elton John book adaptation Disney Plus genre CMT Awards Tour cinemax Pirates The Academy japanese PlayStation Avengers finale Rocketman Britbox National Geographic south america Arrowverse BBC America dragons medical drama BBC Tarantino Binge Guide Walt Disney Pictures Comic-Con@Home 2021 American Society of Cinematographers worst movies Film Festival Schedule space black comedy Lionsgate APB witnail comic books binge streaming movies Certified Fresh breaking bad Nominations critics young adult Turner streaming Star Trek E! Academy Awards basketball Calendar Image Comics TV renewals Columbia Pictures Oscars cars razzies new zealand political drama deadpool cancelled television Mystery romantic comedy singing competition Teen Paramount Plus Spike child's play Spectrum Originals rom-coms elevated horror fast and furious Crunchyroll sag awards FOX cops TCA Awards mockumentary RT History sopranos kaiju PBS Instagram Live archives Cannes parents Disney Channel CNN Cartoon Network universal monsters hispanic twilight HBO 21st Century Fox kong TV One Captain marvel sitcom Fox News comedies Valentine's Day dramedy scary movies TNT SXSW BAFTA facebook RT21 MTV Thanksgiving Ovation anime foreign Comic Book Black Mirror serial killer canceled WarnerMedia news Martial Arts dexter 1990s suspense italian dark kids ID DGA The CW NBC Film OWN indiana jones Hulu IFC Creative Arts Emmys 2017 ratings Disney streaming service Apple Interview Chernobyl TCA Winter 2020 2018 science fiction YouTube Premium live action psychological thriller Awards Pop football stand-up comedy cartoon boxoffice heist movie remakes spider-man historical drama IFC Films Trophy Talk 45 composers ABC Signature mcc renewed TV shows feel good PaleyFest true crime Broadway Rock mission: impossible debate popular rt labs critics edition Mindy Kaling 2015 vampires Paramount Network robots CBS All Access Hear Us Out slasher First Reviews LGBT blockbuster Video Games El Rey TV movies Set visit pirates of the caribbean stop motion dogs Emmys Comedy Heroines Amazon Studios game of thrones Starz animated marvel comics Podcast discovery 93rd Oscars Winners joker New York Comic Con DC Comics batman Pride Month king arthur franchise sports Reality Summer Action screen actors guild game show Women's History Month Sundance TV Marvel Studios Photos Television Academy Pet Sematary Tokyo Olympics zombie Lifetime golden globes Family Anna Paquin nfl superhero Fall TV high school Turner Classic Movies cats Classic Film international Holidays social media directors Holiday Bravo A&E worst blockbusters saw Netflix Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Year in Review new york indie Apple TV+ obituary Rocky Super Bowl technology Crackle San Diego Comic-Con crime drama VICE Music dreamworks FX The Walt Disney Company Musicals Funimation canceled TV shows Discovery Channel nature 2016 FX on Hulu DC Universe Polls and Games werewolf 71st Emmy Awards Cosplay Watching Series HBO Max travel Paramount Spring TV comic book movies Hallmark Christmas movies Logo australia OneApp wonder woman Black History Month 007 YA fresh hist movies TBS E3 90s Nickelodeon Acorn TV Winter TV asian-american hollywood rotten movies we love 4/20 blaxploitation best YouTube Red hidden camera sequels adenture Sci-Fi chucky