Best Fantasy Movies of All Time

Adjusted Score: 78.193%
Critics Consensus: A wickedly funny tale of three witches and their duel with the Devil, fuelled by some delicious fantasy and arch comedic performances.
Synopsis: The Witches of Eastwick, a memorable comedy with a dark edge, is based upon a novel by John Updike. On... [More]
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Nanny McPhee (2006)

Adjusted Score: 77.266%
Critics Consensus: A bit alarming at first, Nanny McPhee has a hard edge to counter Mary Poppins-style sweetness, but it still charms us and teaches some valuable lessons.
Synopsis: In this dark and witty fable, Nanny McPhee (a person of an unsettling appearance and magical powers) enters the household... [More]
Directed By: Kirk Jones

Adjusted Score: 78.176%
Critics Consensus: Emma Thompson's second labor of love with the Nanny McPhee character actually improves on the first, delivering charming family fare with an excellent cast.
Synopsis: A struggling mother receives some much-needed assistance tending to the family farm and raising a group of spirited children while... [More]
Directed By: Susanna White


Into the Woods (2014)

Adjusted Score: 79.859%
Critics Consensus: On the whole, this Disney adaptation of the Sondheim classic sits comfortably at the corner of Hollywood and Broadway -- even if it darkens to its detriment in the final act.
Synopsis: "Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of... [More]
Directed By: Rob Marshall

Adjusted Score: 81.201%
Critics Consensus: Dazzling special effects for the kids + well-crafted storytelling for the 'rents = cinematic satisfaction for the whole family.
Synopsis: Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is magically hurtled through space because of the... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau


Peter Pan (2003)

Adjusted Score: 80.86%
Critics Consensus: Solid if far from definitive, this version of Peter Pan is visually impressive, psychologically complex and faithful to its original source.
Synopsis: In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome... [More]
Directed By: P.J. Hogan

Adjusted Score: 81.93%
Critics Consensus: Some may find its dark tone and slender narrative off-putting, but Spike Jonze's heartfelt adaptation of the classic children's book is as beautiful as it is uncompromising.
Synopsis: Visionary director Spike Jonze brings Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book to the big screen with the help of hipster icon... [More]
Directed By: Spike Jonze


Stardust (2007)

Adjusted Score: 82.415%
Critics Consensus: A faithful interpretation that captures the spirit of whimsy, action, and off-kilter humor of Neil Gaiman, Stardust juggles multiple genres and tones to create a fantastical experience.
Synopsis: The sleepy English village of Wall is so named for the cobblestone wall that has, for eons, kept the villagers... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

Adjusted Score: 82.774%
Critics Consensus: While still slightly hamstrung by "middle chapter" narrative problems and its formidable length, The Desolation of Smaug represents a more confident, exciting second chapter for the Hobbit series.
Synopsis: The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

Adjusted Score: 84.779%
Critics Consensus: A visual treat rich in symbolism, The Holy Mountain adds another defiantly idiosyncratic chapter to Jodorowsky's thoroughly unique filmography.
Synopsis: The most powerful individuals in the solar system are out to become gods and rule the universe.... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Adjusted Score: 83.397%
Critics Consensus: With first-rate special effects and compelling storytelling, this adaptation stays faithful to its source material and will please moviegoers of all ages.
Synopsis: C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" follows the exploits of the... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Adamson


Big Fish (2003)

Adjusted Score: 81.34%
Critics Consensus: A charming father-and-son tale filled with typical Tim Burton flourishes, Big Fish is an impressive catch.
Synopsis: The story of a braggart and exaggerator, Edward Bloom, and his son, William, who--after a long estrangement--returns home only to... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

Adjusted Score: 87.544%
Critics Consensus: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter's rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own.
Synopsis: This spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York,... [More]

Adjusted Score: 82.279%
Critics Consensus: Not all of its many intriguing ideas are developed, but The City of Lost Children is an engrossing, disturbing, profoundly memorable experience.
Synopsis: In a futuristic city, a daemonic scientist named Krank kidnaps children to tap into their dreams.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 87.279%
Critics Consensus: With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material.
Synopsis: Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

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  • 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!

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