Fantasy Films are doorways to another world. A world where you can immerse yourself and be free of any worries of the world. If the real world is letting you down, you can always shove yourself into this made-up world. The magic, the music, and the cliche might sound generic and over-fetched, but a top fantasy films can immerse you in it. From Elves to magicians, from hobbits to gods, we have seen everything over the years.
So, selecting just ten movies took a lot of work. But here we are after contemplating the list many times. So, Escape to Another World, The Top Fantasy Films for a Magical Movie Night.
Harry Potter: Prisoner Of Azkaban
Let’s start the list with the most popular Fantasy genre franchise. Any Harry Potter movie could have made this list. But due to personal biases, I have chosen Prisoner Of Azkaban.
One of the reasons why Prisoner Of Azkaban is so good is because of Sirius Black. He might be my favorite character in the whole franchise. Another reason is world-building.
No other Harry Potter movie has better world-building than this one. We see so much of Hogwarts that we did not see in previous movies. So many new revelations, and finally, we know what happened to Harry’s parents.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a genre masterpiece. It sets the standard for epic fantasy films with its sweeping scope, richly imagined world-building, and deep mythology.
The movie transports the audience to a fully realized world of Middle-earth, filled with fantastical creatures, magical artifacts, and ancient prophecies. The attention to detail in the production design, costumes, and visual effects creates a sense of immersion that few other fantasy films can match.
The movie also features some of the most iconic scenes in fantasy film history, including the battle against the Balrog, the Council of Elrond, and the iconic shot of the Fellowship walking over the mountains.
Studio Ghibli knows how to make a good fantasy movie, right? Every Studio Ghibli movie has something that could have placed them on the list. But there is a reason why Spirited Away is on the list.
Very few animated movies get the concept of children right. But Spirited Away does that flawlessly. They showcased the children as selfish, selfless, complex, simple, and tiring creatures who they really are.
And if fantasy movies are not for children, who are they for exactly? And you can always count on Studio Ghibli’s animation.
The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Prince Caspian has its strengths and weaknesses. The movie features stunning visual effects, especially in the portrayal of the fantastical creatures and landscapes of Narnia. The battle scenes are epic and well-choreographed, providing thrilling moments for the audience.
The movie also has its flaws. The pacing can be slow sometimes, and the plot can feel derivative of other fantasy films. Some characters, such as the Telmarines, need to be fleshed out more to be genuinely compelling.
Overall, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a solid entry in the fantasy genre, with strong visuals and themes. Still, it falls short of the masterpiece status of some other fantasy films.
Dune – 1984 and 2021
You can watch any of these and will be completely mesmerized by the quality of the movie. You can say that Villenueve’s Dune is better in many ways, but it borrows so much from the original, showing how good the original is.
Both movies have their ups and downs. 1984 is more charming and has a character that defines the movie. While 2021 is so much better produced, the VFX is unmatched. If you ask me, I will tell you to watch both.
Jumanji follows two children, Alan Parrish and Sarah Whittle, who begin playing the game in 1969 and inadvertently release a man trapped inside for decades.
Jumanji is a thrilling and imaginative adventure that captures the spirit of the genre. The game is a fantastical creation, with its unpredictable and dangerous elements providing a sense of danger and excitement throughout the film.
The movie features excellent special effects, especially for its time. It’s imaginative world-building, engaging characters, and thrilling.
Conan The Barbarian
I am talking about the 1984 version where Arnold Schwarzenegger stole the show. That movie is a masterpiece and still holds firmly in today’s world. The 2011 version was a complete letdown and showed me how good the original is.
Even the sequel to the Conan series could have been better. But this movie is just something else. You can watch it repeatedly, and you won’t be disappointed. The R Rating might not suit children, but you can still enjoy it. Definitely one of top fantasy films.
The Green Knight
Dev Patel gives one of the best performances of his career as Sir Gawain, which sets the movie’s tone. The Green Knight is a mesmerizing and poetic adaptation of the medieval Arthurian legend.
The score by Daniel Hart adds to the eerie and ethereal atmosphere of the film. The beautiful visuals, gorgeous cinematography, and striking production design make a world you can never forget.
The most excellent movie humankind has ever witnessed has entered the list. Shrek is a myth, a legend like never before. And no animated movie or series can come close to what this movie has done.
Unlike other Dreamworks production, this one gets better with each watch. The oddly designed characters, talking animals, and every cliché possible ends in a musical; everything works for the movie. Cementing the fact that we are just living in a world of Shrek.
My Neighbor Totoro
Let’s end the movie with another Studio Ghibli production. If you like Spirited Away, you will absolutely adore this masterpiece. The animation, the music, the art style, the direction, the production, everything is top-notch, making this a top fantasy film for every age.