Fantasy movies feature characters, events, or settings that are improbable or impossible in the world as we know it and where imaginary elements pervade the entire story. Fantasy films usually involving magic, supernatural events, make-believe creatures, or exotic fantasy worlds. In fantasy movies, the hero often undergoes some kind of mystical experience and must ask for assistance from powerful, superhuman forces. Flying carpets, magic swords and spells, dragons, and ancient religious relics or objects are common elements. Watch best fantasy movies of all time!
#1 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003
The eye of the enemy is moving.
Director: Peter Jackson. Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Bernard Hill, Miranda Otto, David Wenham.
Overview: Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord's realm.
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Action. Countries: New Zealand, United States of America. Runtime: 3h 21m. Rated: PG-13.
#2 Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope 1977
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Director: George Lucas. Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Phil Brown, Shelagh Fraser, Roger Lloyd-Pack.
Overview: Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.
Genres: Action, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Countries: Tunisia, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 1m. Rated: PG.
#3 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
One ring to rule them all
Director: Peter Jackson. Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Sean Bean, Christopher Lee, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Craig Parker.
Overview: Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Countries: New Zealand, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 58m. Rated: PG-13.
#4 It's a Wonderful Life 1946
It's a wonderful laugh! It's a wonderful love!
Director: Frank Capra. Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Todd Karns, Samuel S. Hinds, Georgie Nokes, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner, Frank Albertson.
Overview: An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Holiday. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 10m. Rated: NR.
#5 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002
A New Power Is Rising.
Director: Peter Jackson. Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Hugo Weaving, Craig Parker, Bernard Hill, Andy Serkis, Brad Dourif.
Overview: Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy. Countries: New Zealand, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 59m. Rated: PG-13.
#6 Toy Story 3 2010
No toy gets left behind.
Director: Lee Unkrich. Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hunt, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris.
Overview: Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy's toys haven't been played with in years. With Andy about to go to college, the gang find themselves accidentally left at a nefarious day care center. The toys must band together to escape and return home to Andy.
Genres: Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 43m. Rated: G.
#7 Spirited Away 2001
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Bunta Sugawara, Yumi Tamai, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Takashi Naitō, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tatsuya Gashûin, Yo Oizumi, Koba Hayashi, Tsunehiko Kamijô, Takehiko Ono, Akio Nakamura, Ken Yasuda.
Overview: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 5m.
#8 Amélie 2001
One person can change your life forever.
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Jamel Debbouze, Claire Maurier, Isabelle Nanty, Dominique Pinon, Artus de Penguern, Yolande Moreau, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin, Clotilde Mollet, Urbain Cancelier, Maurice Bénichou, Michel Robin.
Overview: At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story?
Genres: Comedy, Romance. Countries: France, Germany. Runtime: 2h 2m.
#9 The Green Mile 1999
Miracles do happen.
Director: Frank Darabont. Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt, David Morse, Michael Jeter, Graham Greene, Patricia Clarkson, Dabbs Greer, Gary Sinise, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, James Cromwell, Barry Pepper.
Overview: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 3h 8m. Rated: R.
#10 Pan's Labyrinth 2006
What happens when make-believe believes it's real?
Director: Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdú, Sergi López, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo, Roger Casamajor.
Overview: Pans Labyrinth is the exquisitely produced fantasy film from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro who is actually famous for his works in science-fiction and horror. The film stars a little girl lost in a fantasy world. The film won three Academy Awards in 2007.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Science Fiction. Countries: Spain, Mexico, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 59m. Rated: R.
#11 The Seventh Seal 1957
Director: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson, Inga Gill, Maud Hansson, Inga Landgré, Gunnel Lindblom, Bertil Anderberg, Anders Ek, Åke Fridell, Gunnar Olsson, Erik Strandmark.
Overview: Ingmar Bergmann’s masterpiece film about confronting death. Death comes to a knight upon his arrival from battle and attempts to take him away. The knight challenges Death to a chess match as the people around them are haunted by the plague. The Seventh Seal comes from a riddle about crusaders who arrive home after a few years to find their people affected by the plague.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Indie. Country: Sweden. Runtime: 1h 32m. Rated: NR.
#12 Sherlock Jr. 1924
Director: Buster Keaton. Cast: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly, Ward Crane.
Overview: A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.
Genres: Comedy, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 44m.
#13 Princess Mononoke 1999
The Fate Of The World Rests On The Courage Of One Warrior.
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura, Tsunehiko Kamijô, Sumi Shimamoto, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Satô, Akira Nagoya, Akihiro Miwa, Mitsuko Mori, Hisaya Morishige, Takako Fuji.
Overview: Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.
Genres: Animation, Fantasy, Adventure. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 14m. Rated: PG-13.
#14 Up 2009
Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson. Cast: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, Josh Cooley, John Ratzenberger, David Kaye, Jeremy Leary, Elie Docter, Mickie McGowan, Danny Mann, Donald Fullilove, Jess Harnell, Jerome Ranft.
Overview: After a lifetime of dreaming of traveling the world, 78-year-old homebody Carl flies away on an unbelievable adventure with Russell, an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer, unexpectedly in tow. Together, the unlikely pair embarks on a thrilling odyssey full of jungle beasts and rough terrain.
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: PG.
#15 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983
The Empire Falls...
Director: Richard Marquand. Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Sebastian Shaw, David Prowse, Alec Guinness, Kenny Baker.
Overview: As Rebel leaders map their strategy for an all-out attack on the Emperor's newer, bigger -- and dreaded --Death Star. Han Solo remains frozen in the cavernous desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt, the most loathsome outlaw in the universe, who is also keeping Princess Leia as a slave girl.Now a master of the Force, Luke Skywalker rescues his friends, but he cannot become a true Jedi Knight until he wages his own crucial battle against Darth Vader, who has sworn to win Luke over to the Dark side of the Force.
Genres: Action, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 15m. Rated: PG.
#16 The Wizard of Oz 1939
We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!
Directors: King Vidor, Mervyn LeRoy, George Cukor, Victor Fleming. Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley Sr., Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, Charles Becker, Meinhardt Raabe, Frank Morgan, Frank Morgan, Frank Morgan, Frank Morgan.
Overview: One of the most famous musical films and the first film from Hollywood to use color. Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: G.
#17 Fanny and Alexander 1983
Director: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling, Jan Malmsjö, Gunn Wållgren, Jarl Kulle, Erland Josephson.
Overview: A widowed actress and her children suffer hardships when she marries a conservative church leader.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Countries: Germany, France, Sweden. Runtime: 3h 8m. Rated: R.
#18 Toy Story 1995
Director: John Lasseter. Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Erik von Detten, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Sarah Freeman, Penn Jillette, Jack Angel, Spencer Aste.
Overview: Led by Woody, Andy's toys live happily in his room until Andy's birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene. Afraid of losing his place in Andy's heart, Woody plots against Buzz. But when circumstances separate Buzz and Woody from their owner, the duo eventually learns to put aside their differences.
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 21m. Rated: G.
#19 Persona 1966
Director: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jörgen Lindström.
Overview: Persona is a psychoanalytical film from Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and reputed as his greatest masterpiece. The film deals with a silent actress and her relationship with her nurse who narrates her story.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Country: Sweden. Runtime: 1h 25m.
#20 My Neighbor Totoro 1988
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Noriko Hidaka, Hitoshi Takagi, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Sumi Shimamoto, Tanie Kitabayashi, Masashi Hirose, Yûko Maruyama, Shigeru Chiba, Toshiyuki Amagasa.
Overview: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.
Genres: Fantasy, Animation, Family. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 26m. Rated: PG.
#21 8½ 1963
Director: Federico Fellini. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk, Barbara Steele, Madeleine Lebeau, Caterina Boratto, Eddra Gale, Guido Alberti.
Overview: With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 18m. Rated: NR.
#22 Groundhog Day 1993
He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over...
Director: Harold Ramis. Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Marita Geraghty, Angela Paton, Rick Ducommun, Rick Overton, Robin Duke, Carol Bivins, Willie Garson, Scooter, Ken Hudson Campbell.
Overview: A comedy about an egocentric and sinister television weather reporter with a bad case of Deja-Vu. The weather reporter, Bill Murray, is sent to the famous Groundhog Day tradition in the small town of Punxsutawney were he unwillingly has to report on a little more than he expected. Let's just say he had to do a few retakes of the report.
Genres: Fantasy, Comedy, Science Fiction, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: PG.
#23 How to Train Your Dragon 2010
We’re lonely, so, let’s be lonely together.
Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders. Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Robin Atkin Downes, Philip McGrade, Kieron Elliott, Ashley Jensen, David Tennant.
Overview: As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: He must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But after downing a feared dragon, he realizes that he no longer wants to destroy it. So, he befriends the beast -- which he names Toothless -- much to the chagrin of his warrior father
Genres: Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 38m. Rated: PG.
#24 A Matter of Life and Death 1946
Neither Heaven nor Earth could keep them apart!
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. Cast: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough, Robert Coote, Bonar Colleano, Joan Maude, Marius Goring, Roger Livesey, Robert Atkins, Edwin Max, Betty Potter, Abraham Sofaer, Raymond Massey.
Overview: When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and despatch an angel to collect him.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 44m.
#25 The Exterminating Angel 1962
Director: Luis Buñuel. Cast: Silvia Pinal, Enrique Rambal, Claudio Brook, José Baviera, Augusto Benedico, Antonio Bravo, Jacqueline Andere, César del Campo, Rosa Elena Durgel, Lucy Gallardo.
Overview: The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Indie. Country: Mexico. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#26 Avatar 2009
Enter the World of Pandora.
Director: James Cameron. Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Dileep Rao, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, CCH Pounder, Matt Gerald, Sean Anthony Moran, Jason Whyte, Scott Lawrence.
Overview: In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Countries: United States of America, United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 42m. Rated: PG-13.
#27 Сталкер 1979
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. Cast: Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Alisa Frejndlikh, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Natasha Abramova.
Overview: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he's a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 2h 43m.
#28 Harvey 1950
Director: Henry Koster. Cast: James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway, Victoria Horne, Jesse White, William H. Lynn, Wallace Ford, Nana Bryant, Grayce Mills, Clem Bevans.
Overview: The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.
Genres: Comedy, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 44m.
#29 Midnight in Paris 2011
Director: Woody Allen. Cast: Alison Pill, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates.
Overview: A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
Genres: Comedy, Indie, Romance. Countries: Spain, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#30 Ratatouille 2007
He's dying to become a chef.
Director: Brad Bird. Cast: Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm, Peter Sohn, Brian Dennehy, Brad Garrett, Peter O'Toole, John Ratzenberger, Jake Steinfeld, Will Arnett, Julius Callahan, James Remar.
Overview: In one of Paris' finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family's wishes and his true calling. Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 50m. Rated: G.
#31 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya, Ichirô Nagai, Kôhei Miyauchi, Jôji Yanami, Minoru Yada, Rihoko Yoshida, Yôji Matsuda, Mîna Tominaga, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Iemasa Kayumi, Tetsuo Mizutori, Uma Thurman.
Overview: Nausicaä, a gentle young princess, has an empathetic bond with the giant mutated insects that evolved in the wake of the destruction of the ecosystem. Traveling by cumbersome flying ship, on the backs of giant birds, and perched atop her beloved glider, Nausicaä and her allies must negotiate peace between kingdoms battling over the last of the world's precious natural resources.
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Action, Science Fiction, Foreign. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#32 Beauty and the Beast 1947
Directors: René Clément, Jean Cocteau. Cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Marcel André, Mila Parély, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Raoul Marco.
Overview: Adélaïde, Belle, Félicie and Ludovic are young adult siblings who once lived in grandeur until their father's merchant ships were lost at sea. The family is now near ruin, but Adélaïde and Félicie nonetheless still squander away the family money on themselves and keeping beautiful, whereas Belle slaves around the house, doting on her father. Ludovic detests his two spoiled sisters, but is protective of Belle, especially with his friend Avenant, a handsome scoundrel who wants to marry Belle. Crossing the forest one dark and stormy evening, the father gets lost and takes refuge in a fantastical castle. Upon leaving, he steals a blossom off a rose bush, which Belle requested. The castle's resident, an angry beast, sentences him to one of two options for the theft of the rose: his own death, or that of one of his daughters. As she feels she is the cause of her father's predicament (despite her sisters asking for far more lavish gifts).
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Romance, Science Fiction. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 36m.
#33 Castle in the Sky 1986
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Keiko Yokozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Minori Terada, Kotoe Hatsui, Fujio Tokita, Ichirô Nagai, Hiroshi Itoh, Machiko Washio, Takumi Kamiyama, Yoshito Yasuhara, Sukekiyo Kameyama, Eken Mine, Tarako, Reiko Suzuki, Masashi Sugawara.
Overview: The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the mythical sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world.
Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 4m.
#34 The Princess Bride 1987
It's as real as the feelings you feel.
Director: Rob Reiner. Cast: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, André the Giant, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Carol Kane, Mel Smith, Peter Cook, Margery Mason, Willy DeVille.
Overview: In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can't stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 39m. Rated: PG.
#35 Siegfried 1924
Director: Fritz Lang. Cast: Paul Richter, Theodor Loos.
Overview: Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to win Krimhild, a mask that makes him invisible proves to be very useful. But because Brunhild is cursing Kriemhild, she tells her what really happened. Now Brunhild wants Siegfried's head.
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure. Country: Germany. Runtime: 2h 20m.
#36 Time of the Gypsies 1988
Director: Emir Kusturica. Cast: Davor Dujmovic, Bora Todorovic, Ljubica Adzovic, Husnija Hasimovic, Sinolicka Trpkova, Zabit Memedov, Elvira Sali, Suada Karisik.
Overview: In this luminous tale set in the former Yugoslavia, Perhan, an engaging young Romany with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime that threatens to destroy him and those he loves.
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy. Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, United Kingdom, Italy. Runtime: 2h 16m.
#37 Nosferatu 1922
Director: F.W. Murnau. Cast: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Georg H. Schnell, Ruth Landshoff, John Gottowt, Gustav Botz, Max Nemetz, Wolfgang Heinz, Albert Venohr, Guido Herzfeld, Hardy von Francois, Karl Etlinger, Heinrich Witte.
Overview: Although the critics in 1922 didn’t find the film to be anything special, a few years after it’s release it was called innovative and a landmark in cinema history. German director Murnau’s vampire film holds claim to one of the most, if not the most important German expressionist film and a foundation for horror films.
Genres: Fantasy, Horror. Country: Germany. Runtime: 1h 22m.
#38 Faust 1926
Director: F.W. Murnau. Cast: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard.
Overview: God and Satan war over earth; to settle things, they wager on the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Country: Germany. Runtime: 1h 25m.
#39 Howl's Moving Castle 2004
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mitsunori Isaki, Yô Ôizumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Daijiro Harada, Haruko Kato, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson.
Overview: When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
Genres: Fantasy, Animation, Science Fiction, Family, Foreign. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h. Rated: PG-13.
#40 Let the Right One In 2008
Eli is 12 years old. She's been 12 for over 200 years and, she just moved in next door.
Director: Tomas Alfredson. Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord, Mikael Rahm, Karl-Robert Lindgren, Anders T. Peedu, Pale Olofsson, Cayetano Ruiz, Patrik Rydmark, Johan Sömnes, Mikael Erhardsson.
Overview: Oscar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Horror, Indie, Romance, Thriller. Country: Sweden. Runtime: 1h 55m. Rated: R.
#41 Scrooge 1951
The Holiday Picture of All Time! Charles Dickens' Joyous Classic!
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst. Cast: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Hordern, George Cole, John Charlesworth, Francis de Wolff, Rona Anderson, Carol Marsh, Brian Worth, Miles Malleson, Ernest Thesiger, Glyn Dearman, Michael Dolan.
Overview: Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) malcontentedly shuffles through life as a cruel miserly businessman until one fateful Christmas Eve when he is visited by three spirits, sent show him how his unhappy childhood and maladaptive adult behavior over has let him a selfish, lonely, bitter old man. Released in the USA as "A Christmas Carol".
Genres: Fantasy, Drama. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 26m.
#42 The Incredibles 2004
No gut, no glory
Director: Brad Bird. Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Dominique Louis, Teddy Newton, Jean Sincere, Eli Fucile, Maeve Andrews, Wallace Shawn, Spencer Fox, Lou Romano, Wayne Canney, Sarah Vowell, Michael Bird.
Overview: Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it's time to get back into costume.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Animation, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 55m.
#43 King Kong 1933
Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack. Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Noble Johnson, Steve Clemente, James Flavin, Sam Hardy.
Overview: An adventure film about a film crew in search of a monster on a remote island. The crew finds King Kong and decides to take him back to New York as a money making spectacle. The film is a masterpiece of Stop-Motion in filmmaking history and inspired a line of King Kong films.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 40m. Rated: NR.
#44 The King and the Mockingbird 1980
Director: Paul Grimault. Cast: Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala, Renaud Marx, Hubert Deschamps, Roger Blin, Philippe Derrez, Albert Médina, Claude Piéplu, Jacques Colombat.
Overview: The kingdom of Takicardie quakes under the rule of the tyrannical King Charles V-et-III-font-VIII-et-VIII-font-XIV, whose favourite pastime is shooting birds. His archenemy is a cheeky mockingbird, whose favourite pastime is thwarting the king’s attempts to shoot birds. One night, a portrait of the king comes to life and disposes of the real king, taking his place. The portrait king falls in love with a young shepherdess in another painting and intends to marry her. But, alas, the shepherdess has fallen in love with a chimneysweep and together they elope from the king’s palace. Enraged, the king sends his police to capture them and once they are within his power he forces the shepherdess to marry him. The mockingbird must use all his guile and courage to once more thwart the king and bring his evil reign to an end.
Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 23m.
#45 Big Fish 2003
Director: Tim Burton. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman, Marion Cotillard, Robert Guillaume, Matthew McGrory.
Overview: The story revolves around a dying father and his son, who is trying to learn more about his dad by piecing together the stories he has gathered over the years. The son winds up re-creating his father's elusive life in a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, the son begins to understand his father's great feats and his great failings.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 5m. Rated: PG-13.
#46 Beauty and the Beast 1991
The most beautiful love story ever told.
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise. Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury.
Overview: Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who's been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all -- that true beauty comes from within.
Genres: Animation, Fantasy, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 24m. Rated: G.
#47 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003
Prepare to be blown out of the water.
Director: Gore Verbinski. Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Lee Arenberg, Jonathan Pryce, Jack Davenport, Mackenzie Crook, Damian O'Hare, Giles New, Angus Barnett, David Bailie, Michael Berry Jr., Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Zoe Saldana.
Overview: Jack Sparrow, a freewheeling 17th-century pirate who roams the Caribbean Sea butts heads with a rival pirate bent on pillaging the village of Port Royal. When the governor's daughter is kidnapped, Sparrow decides to help the girl's love save her. But their seafaring mission is hardly simple.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 23m. Rated: PG-13.
#48 Monsters, Inc. 2001
We Scare Because We Care.
Directors: Lee Unkrich, David Silverman, Pete Docter. Cast: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger, Frank Oz, Steve Susskind, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Pidgeon, Samuel Lord Black, Jack Angel, Bob Bergen.
Overview: James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, James and Mike suddenly find that kids are not to be afraid of and they uncover a conspiracy that could threaten all children across the world.
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 32m. Rated: G.
#49 The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
A ghoulish tale with wicked humour & stunning animation.
Director: Henry Selick. Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey.
Overview: Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.
Genres: Animation, Family, Musical. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 16m. Rated: PG.
#50 Orpheus 1950
Director: Jean Cocteau. Cast: Jean Marais, María Casares, François Périer, Marie Déa, Juliette Gréco, Henri Crémieux, Edouard Dermithe, Roger Blin, Pierre Bertin.
Overview: At the Café des Poètes in Paris, a fight breaks out between the poet Orphée and a group of resentful upstarts. A rival poet, Cègeste, is killed, and a mysterious princess insists on taking Orpheus and the body away in her Rolls-Royce. Orphée soon finds himself in the underworld, where the Princess announces that she is, in fact, Death. Orpheus escapes in the car back to the land of the living, only to become obsessed with the car radio. This film is the central part of Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, which consists of The Blood of a Poet (1930), Orpheus (1950) and Testament of Orpheus (1960).
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 36m.
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