10 Must-See Fantasy Movies – From ‘LOTR’ to ‘Harry Potter’
Journeys to faraway lands, encounters with strange and mystical characters, quests to end all quests – these 10 fantasy films have it all.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The first of the two Smaug movies started out jauntily enough as the dwarves round up Bilbo to help reclaim Erebor, but it quickly turns dark, treacherous and lonely – thanks to encounters with giant bears, spiders and Gollum…oh my.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Peter Jackson's first Tolkien adaptation reignited moviegoers' interest in fantasy, introducing audiences who grew up on the books to a magical, effects-laden film that ended up being nominated for a whopping 13 Academy Awards -- including Best Picture.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
J.K. Rowling’s book worked magic in the publishing world. Then a young Daniel Radcliffe, a spitting image for the book’s Harry Potter, was cast for the movie version…and the rest is history.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
This classic adventure fantasy film amazed moviegoers when Dorothy left her black-and-white world behind as she opened the door to the Technicolor Oz.
Travel through time! With dwarves! And George Harrison music!
Time Bandits (1981)
Using a map to the universe, a boy and a band of dwarves crisscross time and space to accumulate treasure, along the way meeting folks like Napoleon and Robin Hood and fighting Evil.
A young girl enters a world of her own imagination. Which includes David Bowie in a pretty awesome wig.
Star Wars (1977)
The original film that introduced us to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader...and an entire galaxy (as well as one cantina) full of oddball alien types.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam ended his trilogy that included Time Bandits and Brazil with this wild, fantastical journey that will blow your mind while it challenges your imagination.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy illustrates an eerie escapism from war as seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl.