Humanity has always been attracted by the fantasy and the fairy tale world. Cinematography has released many movies of this kind, whether the story was strictly in the fairy tale world, or the fantasy blended with our world and civilization. These are 18 of the best movies of the fantasy genre which you will surely watch with pleasure and that will keep your imagination going for sure.
18. The NeverEnding Story (1984)
It is the story of a 10-year-old boy who arrives in a fantasy world of fairy tale beings. Their land is doomed to destruction because people no longer believe in fairy tales. The 10-year-old boy is the only one who can save this land by giving back humanity the joy of childhood and fairy tale stories.
17. Death Becomes Her (1992)
The moment of the meeting between the actress Madeline, now past her first youth, and her youth rival Helen, who had stolen her boyfriend, triggers a fight of life and death for revenge, but especially for the discovery of the secret of how you can remain forever young.
When the two women come into possession of the magic elixir that guarantees its consumers an eternal life, the battle has every chance to become … eternal. This comedy which is a clear intent to show the Hollywood obsession for eternal beauty and youth has a formidable cast: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, and Isabella Rossellini.
16. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The wonderful adventures of the little girl Dorothy in the land of fantasy of Oz, where the Great Wizard is almighty, to whom she and her friends (Scarecrow without brain, Tin Man without heart and Lion without courage), want to ask for help, continue to fascinate viewers of all ages even now, eight decades after the premiere.
To save her puppy Toto from a bad neighbor, Dorothy wants to leave home, but returns when a tornado hits the Kansas farm and transports her to the world of Oz. On the paved road of yellow bricks, the girl becomes friends with three characters and they start together a legendary trip to the city where the Great Wizard lives. Each of these four friends wants the help of the Great Wizard of Oz for their own particular problems: Dorothy wants to go home in Kansas, the Scarecrow wants a brain, the Tin Man wants a heart and the Lion wants courage. But the path to the Wizard of Oz will not be an easy one. The fantasy world is full of fairies, witches and other obstacles, like in any other fairy tale.
15. Highlander (1986)
The movie is created after Russell Mulcahy’s saga about the immortal Scotsman Connor Macleod, a member of a “race” of Immortals who can only be killed by beheading.
The story begins in the 1500s when Connor MacLeod, a Scotsman, a humble warrior, was mortally wounded … but he did not die. MacLeod finds out from the mysterious Ramirez that he is part of a race of Immortals. These knights do not age, do not breed and can only die by the sword of another Immortal. MacLeod now meets the evil Kurgan who had nearly killed him 500 years ago.
14. The Mummy (1999)
The sands will crumble. The heavens will open. Power will unleash. You know the legend. You have to imagine the adventure. Prepare yourself! Pay attention! Beware! Discover the secret! Reveal the legend! Release the power! Death begins to show its teeth.
In 1923, the treasure hunter Rick O’Connel (Brendan Fraser) discovers in Egypt the ruins of some ancient constructions in which the legendary pharaohs hid their treasures. But there was buried alive and cursed for eternity, the priest Imoteph, who was just waiting to be released to seek revenge.
13. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
One of the most beloved fantasy adventures of the twentieth century, an immortal story, sprung from pure imagination, finally comes to life in this amazingly realistic, incredibly authentic adaptation of the masterpiece of C.S. Lewis. The production lasted several years, being an absolute premiere in adapting to the big screen of this classic story, sold in over 100 million copies worldwide.
In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 4 little adventurers who play “hide-and-seek” in the house of an old teacher, find a charming Wardrobe, who will bring them in places they never dreamed of. Entering the door of the Wardrobe, they leave the 40s London and enter in a spectacular fantasy universe known as Narnia – a fairy tale kingdom, where the forest animals speak, and on the hills carve mythological creatures.
But the land of Narnia was cursed to suffer a winter that never ends, under the rule of the White Witch, Jadis. Now, helped by the real ruler of Narnia, the wise lion Aslan, the four children will discover their own powers and lead Narnia into a spectacular battle to freedom.
12. Trollhunter (2010)
A group of students investigates a series of deaths caused by bears’ attacks but finds that the situation is even more dangerous. The young people follow in the footsteps of a mysterious hunter who, it seems, is actually a skilled troll hunter. Even more, this means that the trolls exist. A discovery that will mark their existence.
11. Midnight in Paris (2011)
Midnight in Paris is a romantic comedy whose setting is in Paris, where a family is there for business and two engaged young people who are about to get married in the fall, are living an experience that will change their lives forever. It is about a young man in love with Paris and the general illusion that if we change our lives, the change will definitely be for the better. The cast includes Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni.
10. First Knight (1995)
The story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table has always been an inexhaustible topic for directors interested in historical topics. This time, director Jerry Zucker brought to the fore King Arthur’s legend seen from the perspective of knight Lancelot (Richard Gere), creating a fantasy movie.
Lancelot travels to Camelot and rescues Lady Guinevere (Julia Ormond), the king’s future wife, from the hands of scumbags. This will be fatal for the two, because, without realizing it, they will fall in love with each other.
Arthur (Sean Connery) is grateful to the knight and receives Lancelot in Camelot with all the joy and gratitude. King Arthur likes Lancelot and makes room in his heart, not expecting that Lancelot is in love with the woman he is about to marry. Lady Guinevere needs to choose between the love for King Arthur which she loves and respects more than anything in the world, and the love for Lancelot, an inexplicable love she tries to hold on.
9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a unique animated movie, that blends the world of real people with the fantasy world of the cartoon characters.
The story begins with, the star of a cartoon series, Roger Rabbit who becomes the prime suspect in a murder. Abandoned by everyone, Roger hopes to be helped by a retired private detective, Eddie Vaillant. The two will discover that in the defamation of Roger is involved Judge Doom, who is determined to destroy the cartoon world.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
For Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), a tough but still charming cunning pirate, the swirling waters of the Caribbean Sea are as pure and clear as spring water until his eternal enemy, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), manages to steal his ship “The Black Pearl”. Barbosa also kidnaps the daughter of the governor, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), the most beautiful flower, the light of her parents’ eyes.
The girl’s friend and lover, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) joins forces with Jack and departs with the fastest ship, “H.M.S. Interceptor”, to rescue the girl. Each of them has a specific goal: Will wants the beautiful Elizabeth, and Captain Jack wants his ship back. A life and death race with Barbossa begins. Following the two, comes the ambitious Commodore Norrington (Jack Davenport), aboard the ship “H.M.S. Dauntless”, because he was the one whose governor promised the hand of his daughter.
7. Ghost (1990)
Think of the most moving love story. Also think of the most brilliant comedy, the most amazing supernatural story, and the most intense mystery thriller. You thought of four different movies. Or count yourself among the millions of people and critics who have discovered that movie number one of 1990 is Ghost.
Patrick Swayze is a ghost teamed with a medium (Whoopi Goldberg, Oscar winner for this movie) to find out the truth behind his death and to save his girlfriend (Demi Moore) from the same fate.
6. The Witches (1990)
The film is the cinematic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s bestseller novel, The Witches. The story is simple and original, especially since it takes place in the contemporary era. A little boy spends his vacation with his grandmother at a hotel at the seaside. During his “trips” in the hotel, he finds out that some witches are checked in, in the same hotel, and they are preparing for a witchcraft meeting.
Listening at the door, the kid finds out that witches want to turn all children in England into mice. Scared, the boy decides to stop their cunning plans, even if he risks being transformed into a mouse.
The film was a huge success worldwide. He was appreciated by both the public and critics.
5. Big (1988)
Tom Hanks plays the role of a 12-year-old who wants to be a grown-up. Through a miracle, his wish is fulfilled. He becomes a man throughout the night, but his mind is still of a 12 old child. Now, at 30, he manages to get the job – director of a toy factory that can now fulfill all his fantasy projects.
Comic situations, scenes that provoked laughter in a movie that triggered in Hollywood a whole wave of movie productions on very close subjects.
4. Groundhog Day (1993)
Phil Connors (Bill Murray), a meteorologist, is sent to report from an obscure small town, which is in the center of attention once a year, because of the local holiday: Groundhog Day.
Because he has done the same thing for the past four years, Phil makes no effort to mask his dissatisfaction. The routine of the past years is repeated until the dawn of the next day when, after a quiet sleep, Phil wakes up and finds that the previous day is repeated.
At first, Phil tries to take advantage of this happening, but then he realizes that he is cursed to spend eternity in the same place, seeing the same people and doing the same thing every day.
3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
A classic movie made by Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands is a suburban fairy tale set in an incredible fantasy setting.
Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest), a lady selling door-to-door cosmetics, discovers a half-finished experiment, a “man” named Edward (Johnny Depp) who lives in an abandoned castle nearby. Edward has in this moment scissors instead of hands because the man who created him, a scientist, died before replacing the scissor hands with real hands.
Peg brings Edward into her suburban world, to live alongside her skeptical family (husband Alan Arkin and daughter Winona Ryder) and gossiping neighbors. His hands look dangerous at first sight but are capable of creating things of incredible beauty, making Edward a bush sculptor and a perfect hairdresser. Soon, however, the human nature of the people from this suburban neighborhood makes Edward`s life a living hell.
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 – 2003)
For decades, the fantasy world created by Tolkien in his novels stirred the imagination of over 100 million readers worldwide.
Now, Tolkien’s legend has finally come to life in the form of a feature-length film. The myths, landscapes, and creatures that Tolkien created are so formidable that it took the cinematography technology more than four decades to reach the level of sophistication needed to bring them to life. Such a vast project needed a true visionary to bring it to life. This visionary is Peter Jackson, who made an unprecedented action to make three movies at once in order to fully portray Tolkien’s ambitious epic novel.
The result consisted of three movies that will be presented separately. The adventure begins on December 19, 2001, with The Fellowship of the Ring, and continues with the 2002 movie The Two Towers and The Return of the King (2003). All these three movies present an epic fantasy world of Middle-earth and its memorable inhabitants: humans, hobbits, elves, dwarves, wizards, trolls and orcs.
1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
One of the darkest parts of human nature is the ability to start a war, and nothing is more perverse or destructive than the Civil War. It separates friends and neighbors, and even brothers. The Civil War of 1936, which led to Franco’s almost 40 years of dictatorship, was terrible for Spain. Pan’s Labyrinth it is a thriller with fantastic and classic elements of Guillermo del Toro movies.
This film manages to unite the fantastic world where everyone lives happily ever after and the real world where because of a man, an entire country can take the wrong path.