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Top 10 Fantasy Movies May 4, 2013

I figured a favorite movie list would be a good idea for a blog like this! These are some of the movies that have inspired me over the years as well as some that are simply classics to the genre. They’re in no particular order because that would have been torturous to decide. Take a gander over the list and then comment with some of your favorites!

Pan’s Labyrinth- The subtitles only add to the authenticity of this story while the imagery carries it into another world.

The Neverending Story- A rite of passage for childhood that lives up to its name and stays with you for years.

Howl’s Moving Castle- A great character development story with some classic fantasy tropes that are reinvented like only Miyazaki can.dragon

How to Train Your Dragon- Despite being new, it turns the “dragon slayer” story on its head and is accessible to all ages.

The Wizard of Oz– A trip to Oz displays how life changing one little quest can be and reminds us there’s no place like home.

Harry Potter- This coming of age tale needs no introduction. It reinvigorated the genre for an entire generation.

Lord of the Rings- The most epic of fantasies filmed in such a way that it not only jumps off the screen but makes you feel like you’re part of the battle.

Practical Magic- A fantastic urban tale with a romantic plot that allows viewers to explore how magic exists in all of us.bride

Spirited Away- Possibly the best anime movie of all time with a clever plot surrounding unique and characters that will sweep you off your feet.

The Princess Bride- An old school fantasy with an amazing cast that grabs onto you and doesn’t let go.

PS….Did you know almost all of these were books first? 😉

Post by Rachel H


6 Responses to “Top 10 Fantasy Movies”

  1. jdaitken Says:

    Conan the Barbarian, while not very good, was just right for an idealistic youngster. All that heroic swordplay was grist to the childish imagination mill (the imagimill? ™ that one, if I may.). Was that a book first too? I presume so… Also, along the same lines, Red Sonya. Both naff films, but inspirational, in a way. Good post, btw.

  2. Yes to all of these! Great list!

  3. kathils Says:

    “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

    Your list is great, though I have to admit not seeing all of them. Can we throw Labrynth in there, or isn’t that technically a fantasy?

  4. I’d add The Dark Crystal – beautiful and a wonderful adventure.

  5. Story Addict Says:

    Awesome post 😀 The only one I haven’t seen is Practical Magic. Spirited Away would be my #1!

  6. jeremypscott Says:

    I would add: Dragonslayer, an 80’s movie about a wizard’s apprentice. I’ve been watching it since I was a kid and love it.

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