The 10 Top Fantasy Movies of All Time

The fantasy genre in films is simply the one most popular amongst a crowd of movie goers. Much of this is because of the fact that fantasy movies are usually prepared in the most painstaking manner. It needs a lot of special effects, attractive costumes, elaborate sets, and fantastic props. It is for these reasons that these movies draw very impressive figures at the box office.

Here is a list of the top 10 fantasy movies of all time, just in case you want to build a DVD collection of this types of films.

10. Pan’s Labyrinth

The brilliant storytelling of Pan’s Labyrinth, a film released in 2006 is the thing that makes it one of the greatest fantasy films of all time. The story is set amidst the 1944 Franco war of Spain. An 11-year old child sees fairies and fantasy figures amidst the fascist rule where men of sadistic nature reign.

9. The Wizard of Oz

This 1939 film will always make it to the best fantasy film rankings of all time because of one reason – it is created with classic wizardry despite the limited technical advancement during its film making period. Dorothy and her ruby slippers will always captivate the child in you. The movie will also fulfil your never ending thirst for a fantasy-laden adventure.

8. Raiders of the Lost Ark

This Steven Spielberg movie of 1981 is an Indiana Jones film starring Harrison Ford, Paul Freeman, and Karen Allen. As an adventure-loving archeologist, Indiana Jones was summoned by the US government to uncover the Ark of the Covenant before the German Nazis get hold of it.

7. The Pirates of the Caribbean Series

Succumb to the curse of the black pearl – join Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow as he sets out on an adventure over the Caribbean Seas in the quest of the precious black pearl. He abducts the governor’s daughter while he’s at it, who in turn, is played by the ever beautiful Keira Knightley. Clad in a pirate’s wardrobe on a very fitting pirate’s ship, Johnny Depp would take you in the fantasies of the wide blue seas.

6. Princess Bride

While this film just made a modest showing in the box office, it can literally move your heart with its light romantic fantasy theme. Princess Buttercup is captured by the evil Prince Humperdinck and Westley has to save her. The movie is adapted from a William Goldman novel of the same title.

5. Toy Story

This fully animated movie tells the story of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and all the other famous toys of history – including Ken and Barbie. But in the movie’s latest installment, Andy, the owner of the toys, is now a 17-year old college freshman who may not have a need for playtime. Watch the toys come to life and witness their misadventures in the daycare where they are thrown.

4. Willow

This 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard is all about Willow, the hesitant guardian of Elora, the baby destined to overthrow the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Elora escaped imminent death when she was left to sail towards Nelwyns, the land of the dwarves. Willow, through the fairy queen of the forest, was given magical powers to shield the baby from the queen’s deadly attacks.

3. The Never Ending Story III

Based on the novel of the same title, The Never Ending Story III is an American released film starring the then teenage sensation Jason James Ritter. Shown worldwide in 1994, this film is a story of a boy who uses his favorite book entitled The Neverending Story as the portal to go in and out of Fantasia, a world where dragons fly and the empress is a child.

2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

When it comes to fantasy movies, this three-part saga is one of the easy favorites of all time. The Lord of The Rings is a showcase of history, adventure, and fantasy all-in-one. Based on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, it takes you to the largest battles of history as they unfold in this finely crafted epic.

1. The Star Wars Episodes

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader top the list of the best fantasy movies of all time. The cunning Darth Vader is always scheming to abduct the Princess but Luke Skywalker is ever ready to save her and defend his planet in the process. He, along with the few good willed men and women who are willing to lay their lives down to end Darth Vader’s evil reign, are all geared up for an outer space battle.