Best Fantasy Movies of All Time

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 99.831%
Critics Consensus: Heavy with symbolism and deliberately paced, Orpheus may not be for everyone -- but as an example of Jean Cocteau's eccentric genius, it's all but impossible not to recommend.
Synopsis: Cinematic poet Jean Cocteau explored the myth of Orpheus on no fewer than three occasions: Le Sang d'Un Poete (Blood... [More]
Directed By: Jean Cocteau

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 100%
Critics Consensus: It requires some viewing commitment, but this beautifully assembled showcase for Douglas Fairbanks' acting offers some splendid treats for classic film fans.
Synopsis: Douglas Fairbanks is at his most graceful and charismatic in one of the classic silent films of the 1920s. As... [More]
Directed By: Raoul Walsh

#13

The Witches (1990)
100%

#13
Adjusted Score: 101.786%
Critics Consensus: With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson's creature shop, Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl's writing like few other adaptations.
Synopsis: A little boy and his kindly grandmother thwart the efforts of a coven of witches to rid Britain of children... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 101.832%
Critics Consensus: Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an innovative and entertaining film that features a groundbreaking mix of live action and animation, with a touching and original story to boot.
Synopsis: In this film, Hollywood's animated cartoon stars of the 1940s are a subjugated minority, living in the ghettolike "Toontown" One... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 102.75%
Critics Consensus: A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.
Synopsis: Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 102.544%
Critics Consensus: With its thought-provoking themes, rich atmosphere, and brilliant direction, Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu monogatari is a towering classic of world cinema.
Synopsis: Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly... [More]
Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi

#9
Adjusted Score: 100.761%
Critics Consensus: Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
Synopsis: The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#8

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
95%

#8
Adjusted Score: 102.595%
Critics Consensus: Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.
Synopsis: Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 102.79%
Critics Consensus: Dashing, dazzling, and altogether magical, The Thief of Bagdad is an enchanting fantasy for children of all ages.
Synopsis: In ancient Bagdad, Abu, a good-natured young thief (Sabu), befriends the deposed king Ahmad (John Justin) as both are imprisoned... [More]

#6
Adjusted Score: 102.216%
Critics Consensus: The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.
Synopsis: Frodo and Samwise press on toward Mordor. Gollum insists on being the guide. Can anyone so corrupted by the ring... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#5
Adjusted Score: 103.939%
Critics Consensus: With its magical optical effects and enchanting performances, Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast remains the most surreal -- and soulful -- of the fairy tale's film adaptations.
Synopsis: Jean Cocteau's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (originally released in France as La Belle et la Bte) stars Josette... [More]
Directed By: Jean Cocteau

#4

Mary Poppins (1964)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 104.205%
Critics Consensus: A lavish modern fairy tale celebrated for its amazing special effects, catchy songs, and Julie Andrews's legendary performance in the title role.
Synopsis: "Practically Perfect In Every Way" Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#3
Adjusted Score: 105.6%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, powerfully acted, and visually dazzling, Deathly Hallows Part II brings the Harry Potter franchise to a satisfying -- and suitably magical -- conclusion.
Synopsis: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The... [More]
Directed By: David Yates (II)

#2

The Jungle Book (2016)
95%

#2
Adjusted Score: 106.775%
Critics Consensus: As lovely to behold as it is engrossing to watch, The Jungle Book is the rare remake that actually improves upon its predecessors -- all while setting a new standard for CGI.
Synopsis: Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#1

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
99%

#1
Adjusted Score: 115.281%
Critics Consensus: An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old.
Synopsis: L. Frank Baum's classic tale comes to magisterial Technicolor life! The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy,... [More]
Directed By: King Vidor, Victor Fleming

Pages: Prev 1 2 3 4 5

  • 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

Crackle Ellie Kemper supernatural Christmas Tomatazos political drama Valentine's Day MTV Paramount biography DC streaming service TLC The CW Star Trek Super Bowl crime drama doctor who Emmys Election USA Premiere Dates Rock composers golden globes Opinion Rocky Apple finale VICE Western Warner Bros. Reality Competition crime thriller cops Music 45 justice league Food Network TV Land Sony Pictures Bravo what to watch cooking Netflix San Diego Comic-Con cats Character Guide Ghostbusters dc TIFF El Rey SDCC Spring TV Fox News Red Carpet ABC Family Lionsgate Song of Ice and Fire 2016 discovery Kids & Family Dark Horse Comics Musical Polls and Games Podcast based on movie Drama Winners Comic Book Calendar BET TCM TBS NBC cinemax Year in Review Box Office Sci-Fi Star Wars American Society of Cinematographers travel dramedy Best and Worst National Geographic ITV Reality WGN YA Sundance Now diversity serial killer CBS Holidays sitcom historical drama mutant Ovation First Look 2017 2015 talk show 20th Century Fox cults Country TNT Disney Channel YouTube Red PBS Winter TV medical drama streaming Lucasfilm Animation Fall TV crossover period drama NYCC Sundance Paramount Network Cartoon Network See It Skip It Oscars Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt zombies Showtime Rom-Com Countdown TCA OWN social media GIFs robots Pixar Extras Creative Arts Emmys Amazon APB binge PaleyFest sports GoT unscripted Adult Swim USA Network Marvel History Musicals spy thriller Acorn TV adventure comiccon FXX Certified Fresh Grammys Writers Guild of America Britbox technology Thanksgiving Mystery hist Pop Shondaland Masterpiece Infographic Cosplay Marathons E3 Set visit CBS All Access Hulu Logo Biopics Esquire Horror Nominations Schedule Superheroe HBO romance Pirates DirecTV CMT SXSW dceu Trailer Columbia Pictures FX Action Disney Mindy Kaling Nickelodeon DC Universe Syfy zombie The Arrangement thriller Fantasy LGBTQ AMC X-Men blaxploitation Watching Series RT History BBC politics DC Comics singing competition police drama TV ESPN Lifetime Tumblr Walt Disney Pictures 24 frames Comedy psycho CW Seed science fiction IFC Films Nat Geo ratings E! crime Spike 007 FOX VH1 docudrama Universal Photos Sneak Peek CNN GLAAD vampires harry potter YouTube Premium TruTV MSNBC boxoffice Superheroes festivals Starz Video Games Comedy Central A&E transformers Martial Arts IFC SundanceTV 21st Century Fox war Awards Interview aliens Summer Teen Toys TCA 2017 President ABC Freeform BBC America Trivia Mary Tyler Moore