No matter how much you live your life, sometimes you just want to travel to a different world. In such a case, for example, you can take a trip abroad. However, one of the easiest and most effective ways to enjoy a best fantasy movies is to sit back and enjoy it.
Fantasy movies range from story-lines with magical lands & hopeful futuristic cities to everything one can imagine. Here, we’ve selected masterpieces that are perfect for such a trip. Let’s take a look at the appeal of each one and what we recommend.
In this list, we’ve made sure to provide as much variety as possible. So, you’ll find recent movies to old movies with unique concepts and storylines.
Let’s head straight in!
- 1. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (2018)
- 2. “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” (2017)
- 3. “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” (2018)
- 4. “Oz the Great and Powerful” (2013)
- 5. “The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers” (2003)
- 6. “Enchanted ” (2007)
- 7. “Dark Shadows” (2012)
- 8. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008)
- 9. “Heaven Can Wait” (1978)
- 10. “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004)
- 11. “Big Fish” ( 2003)
- 12. “Casper” (1995)
- 13. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016)
- 14. “Tomorrowland” (2015)
- 15. “Pan” (2015)
- 16. “Bridge to Terabithia” (2007)
- 17. “Alice in Wonderland” (2010)
- 18. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005)
- 19. “Sleepy Hollow” (1999)
- 20. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005)
- 21. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure” (2012)
- 22.”The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005)
- 23. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (2013)
- 24. “Harry Potter and the Half‑Blood Prince” (2008)
- 25. “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” (2007)
- 26. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007)
- 27. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)
- 28. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001)
- 29. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I” (2010)
- 30. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010)
- 31. “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)
- 32. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016)
- 33. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)
- 34. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004)
- 35. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014)
- 36. “Edward Scissorhands” (1990)
- 37 “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (2001)
- 38. “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
1. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (2018)
Along with the main characters; Newt, Tina, Queenie; the non-magical Jacob will continue to appear in the previous books.
Newt is summoned by Dumbledore when he learns that the black wizard Grindelwald has escaped during his transfer to Europe.
So he is told an unexpected mission to defeat Grindelvald. Then he goes to Paris with his friends. However, there is a danger awaiting them beyond their expectations.
This is a film with an even more spectacular cast than the previous film, including a young Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. Of course, there are also new magical animals, and their strange and adorable ecology is a must-see.
2. “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” (2017)
Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi produced this movie as his first film after leaving studio Ghibli. He’s well-known for such works as “Arrietty the Borrower” and “Marnie the Remembrancer”.
One day in the forest, Mary finds a mysterious flower called “Night Flight,” which blooms only once every seven years. It was a “witch’s flower” that was once stolen from a witch’s country. After gaining magical powers for one night only, she is accepted into Endor University, a prestigious school in the magical world.
However, Mary’s one lie leads to a major incident involving the person she cares about…
Mary’s courage over her magic to protect her loved ones is inspiring.
3. “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” (2018)
Based on the 1973 novel The Clock in the Wall by John Bellairs, this film was directed by Eli Roth, who had been active in the horror and suspense genres up until then.
Louis, a young boy who has lost his parents, goes to live with his uncle Jonathan. In fact, Jonathan was a second-rate wizard with magical powers, albeit a second-rate one. When Lewis learns that within the walls of the old mansion that has become his new home, there is a clock that will lead the world to ruin, he and Jonathan, along with Mrs. Zimmerman, the witch who lives next door, go out every time they save the world.
This is a fun work with magical effects on set and CG. Also watch out for the acting battles between Jack Black as Jonathan the clunker wizard and Cate Blanchett as Zimmerman, the first-class witch.
4. “Oz the Great and Powerful” (2013)
The Battle of Oz is an epic fantasy-adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, known for the Spider-Man series and others, that follows the birth of the Wizard of Oz in the classic children’s book, The Wizard of Oz.
Oz is a young magician in a circus troupe who dreams of becoming a “great man” one day. However, one day he is blown away by a tornado and wanders into the “Land of Oz”, which has the same name as his own. Mistaken for the great wizard of legend because of his name, he is asked by Evanora, the Witch of the East, to defeat the evil witch who rules the land.
The powerful 3D images and the vivid colors of “The Wizard of Oz” raise the mood of fantasy.
5. “The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers” (2003)
In “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” the third and final installment in the series, the battle against the evil orc army becomes even more fierce. On the other hand, Frodo and Sam’s journey to Mount Doom to destroy the ring that will determine the fate of the world is also grueling to the last minute. When Frodo is driven insane by the Ring, madly driven gorams and giant spiders attack him.
It was Sam, who had traveled with him all along, who saved Frodo in a desperate situation. In fact, the most active players in this story are those who are not human. Hats off to Elijah Wood, who played Frodo, as well as Sean Astin as Sam, Billy Boyd as Pippin, and Dominic Monahan as Merry for their skillful performances.
The other cast members are Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Cate Blanchett’s lustrous elvishness and the heavy presence of Ian McKellan, Christopher Lee and the wizard, all of whom bring the Lord of the Rings to life. Historically and in terms of scale, it’s unlikely that you’ll find a fantasy movie that exceeds this one epic in the foreseeable future.
6. “Enchanted ” (2007)
Disney’s self-parody-filled live-action film, “Enchanted. Giselle, a princess living in a fairy-tale land, wanders into modern-day New York City after a certain event. For her, it’s a “fantasy” world where everything she sees is unusual and people behave strangely.
Robert, a divorce lawyer who meets Gisele, and his daughter, Morgan, are initially perplexed by her actions, but are drawn to her straightforward personality and gradually open up to her. Meanwhile, Giselle’s fiancée, Prince Edward, comes to New York with Pip the intrepid squirrel, in pursuit of her now gone.
The contrast between reality and fantasy worlds is fun to watch as the film interweaves live-action and animation. We are made to feel the importance of acting with conviction like Gisele, even in the midst of unavoidable realities.
7. “Dark Shadows” (2012)
The duo, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, have created many masterpieces. Dark Shadows is the eighth film in the series, a fantasy film in which a 200-year-old vampire rises from the dead and confronts a cursed witch who, along with his fallen descendants, tries to regain the glory of his family.
It all started when Perpanus, the son of a wealthy man played by Johnny, toyed with Angelique, his servant. In fact, she lost her lover and her life because she was a witch, and had to be buried underground for two centuries.
From a parpanic point of view, the revived “modern” world is truly a fantasy world. He gradually regains hope for his life through the revival of his family’s fishing factory and his love affair with a woman who looks exactly like his lost lover. Eva Green, who plays the witch who tries to prevent this from happening, is very cute and hard to hate, and you can feel the mischievousness of Tim Burton.
8. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008)
Benjamin Button’s Several Odd Lives follows the strange life of a man who was born in the body of an 80-year-old man and grows younger with each passing year. It’s a fairly long 165 minutes for a theatrical film, but it may have been the necessary length to tell the story of a lifetime that is overdue from the beginning.
It was Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett who conveyed the wistful heroine’s sentiments in a skillful performance with Brad Pitt in the lead role. At the time of the film’s release, she was nearing her 40s, but she looks extremely young in the scene where she has just entered a ballet school. In a different sense than Brad Pitt, she could also be said to be a fantastical figure.
When Benjamin finally achieves his normal happiness, he realizes his fate once again. It also forces Daisy to make a painful and sad decision. This is a rare work that will make you think about many things along with its wistfulness.
9. “Heaven Can Wait” (1978)
When you think of a fantasy setting, an extraordinary world is the standard. On the other hand, in some cases, such as in the case of Champion from Heaven, a change in one’s lifestyle suddenly turns one’s life into a fantasy.
The main character, Joe, has lost his flesh-and-blood body with a lifetime left in it due to a mistake on the heavenly side of death, and he hesitates to start a new life. But when he accidentally finds a new love, his magical story takes a more rapid turn, swapping out his body twice, but finally getting something important in the end.
The film was released in 1978, so it’s fundamentally different from the elaborate CG-driven stuff of modern fantasy. Even so, Warren Batey’s naturalistic performance in the lead role is well worth watching. As the original title “Heaven Can Wait” suggests, heaven was waiting for Joe.
10. “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004)
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a live-action fantasy film based on American novelist Lemony Snicket’s internationally bestselling novel.
As in children’s literature, the main characters are three siblings, led by a beautiful older sister. After losing their parents and their home to a fire, they join forces to face the machinations of their guardian, the Poor Count.
If nothing else, the cast is spectacular. Starring Jim Carrey as the Count who tries to assassinate three people for his inheritance, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law and other famous actors. Personalities like Timothy Spall and Catherine O’Hara flank the film with black humor.
It’s a dark fantasy with a mysterious atmosphere throughout, but the brothers’ witty “battles” are both hilarious and riveting.
11. “Big Fish” ( 2003)
As the title “Big Fish” suggests, it’s a story about a father who has been telling a fantasy-like story of an eventful life, such as catching giant fish and traveling with giants, and a son who finds out that the bizarre story is a lie and rebels against it because he feels betrayed.
Although the film is set primarily in the real world, which is unusual for director Tim Burton, the blurred boundary between reality and lies is brilliantly visualized as a true “fantasy”.
As he embarks on his deathbed journey, his son realizes for the first time the wonder of the life that his father, who has been spreading the wings of his malevolent imagination, has accumulated in reality. It doesn’t matter if it’s a little outlandish.
It’s also a testament to my father’s positive outlook on life. The important “connection” and “circle” that was born there is deeply moving in the last scene.
12. “Casper” (1995)
Casper, a cute and kind-hearted haunted boy, falls in love with a human girl. The two gradually become friends. Eventually, Casper finds a way to come back to life, but a ghost appears who tries to take it away. Casper is willing to give up his own dreams in order to protect the happiness of his loved ones.
The film was released in 1995. Although the environment for CG production wasn’t as high spec as today’s, it took two years to process a huge amount of data to create the scene in which Ghost appears. The result was the emergence of director Brad Silberling, who made The Unhappy Story of Lemony Sketto.
Christina Ricci, who was 15 years old at the time and considered a famous child actor, played the role of Cat, a girl who gets along well with Casper. Perhaps it is because her performance was so natural and charming that it was hard to believe she was a “CG” partner, which made Casper’s heart ache even more.
13. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016)
A boy visits a mysterious orphanage to solve the mystery of his grandfather’s tragic death, which he loved so much. There, a group of children with strange abilities awaited him.
As they continue to live the same day over and over again, the boy becomes embroiled in a battle with an evil entity.
Miss Peregrine, who can transform herself into a falcon and resets the same day every day, has a suspicious look about her. It’s an on-parade of bizarre characters, including a beautiful girl who floats in the sky, a weird little girl who can lift even adults without a care, a boy who can give life to inorganic things, and an invisible human.
The entire film is filled with a slightly darker atmosphere and grotesque expressions, as well as plenty of blackness in director Tim Burton’s style.
14. “Tomorrowland” (2015)
Tomorrowland” is a world in which the wisdom of mankind has been gathered to create an ideal advanced city. When a girl learns of its existence from a casual encounter, she realizes that it is actually a terrible place that threatens the future of humanity. In order to avoid her doom, she must fight an uphill battle with a beautiful girl robot and a mysterious man.
Brad Bird made his directorial debut with “The Iron Giant” and also directed the Academy Award-winning “Remy’s Delicious Restaurant.
In this film, he once again confronts the importance and difficulty of making dreams come true. Frank, a man betrayed by the city of dreams = Tomorrowland, played by George Clooney in his first appearance in a Disney film, is a character that epitomizes the very theme. It’s an epic fantasy work that gives us courage and hope as we walk away believing in a bright future.
15. “Pan” (2015)
An orphan boy, Peter, has a great adventure in the mysterious Neverland, where pirates and fairies live. It’s a story of encounters and battles that eventually lead to his becoming the eternal Peter Pan.
Levi Miller, who played Peter, was described at the time as “the most beautiful boy of all time”. In addition to his beautiful boyishness, what is noteworthy is Hugh Jackman’s passionate performance as Blackbeard, a ruthless and ruthless pirate. The slightly overblown youthful and arrogant dominance is what it would be like if Blackbeard was really there? It’s a true-to-life performance that makes you think, “Oh, my God.
The beautiful scenery of Neverland also gives you a taste of what fantasy is all about. The scene with the pirate ship soaring through the sky is breathtakingly beautiful. The clever staging has created a world that feels strangely real, even though it should not exist.
16. “Bridge to Terabithia” (2007)
The original author is American author Catherine Patterson. The Bridge over Terabithia tells the story of Jess, a shy, imaginative boy who was born the only boy among five siblings and is bullied both at school and at home, as he grows up through an encounter with a charming girl and a heartbreaking breakup.
It’s Leslie, a spirited transfer student, who changes Jess’s life. She is a spirited woman and we eventually hit it off, and together we create an imaginary land in the forest across the river. Terabithia, the kingdom created by their imaginations, is named after an island in the Chronicles of Narnia.
New Zealand’s WETA Digital has created an image of a dream world and the creatures that live in it. The Lord of the Rings” series, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, “Avatar”, and many others, the talented VFX production company has created a magnificent and fantastical imaginary world in this film.
17. “Alice in Wonderland” (2010)
Alice in Wonderland” is a unique setting, a sequel to the world-famous fairytale “Alice in Wonderland,” in which Alice, who has grown up beautifully, once again has adventures in Wonderland. Weird characters such as the vest-wearing White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat will of course be in full force.
Nevertheless, the impact of the characters’ personalities far surpasses that of the original. At the head of the list is Johnny Depp’s hat shop. Aside from the eccentricity of the makeup and costumes, he is also an important key man. Helena Bonham Carter, who played the Red Queen, is also eerily cute and charming.
Again, director Tim Burton has created a wonderland beyond imagination with his very elaborate direction. The combination of live-action footage and motion capture gives the film an unprecedented sense of visual beauty.
18. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005)
This is the fourth installment in the series, in which the three schools that train wizards compete against each other in various competitions. Incidentally, the title of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is taken from the magic cup that chooses the representative players.
As Voldemort’s eerie presence grows stronger, Harry, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts, is unexpectedly chosen as a representative. Harry and his friends aim to win the championship by completing dangerous tasks such as stealing an egg from a dragon and saving the friends that the water demon has taken. But there was a terrible trap that Voldemort had set for him.
Each time throughout the series, the “defensive arts” professor will have a unique guest. In this film, Mad-Eye Moody, once known as the powerful Exorcist, appears. In the regular member, Hermione, played by Emma Watson, surprises us as she moves past a beautiful girl and grows into a beautiful woman.
19. “Sleepy Hollow” (1999)
Based on a novel based on the urban legend of the “Headless Knight” that has been passed down in upstate New York. Sleepy Hollow tells the story of Detective Ichabod, played by Johnny Depp, as he tries to solve the mystery of a series of eerie headless murders that take place in a late 19th century Hudson River village.
Tim Burton’s adaptation of the film is akin to a mystery or horror, but the film’s stunning visual beauty establishes it as a dark fantasy, and it won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for its “fantastic” scenes set in late 19th century New York.
You should also pay attention to the passionate performances of the actors. Johnny Depp plays Ichabod, who is plagued by the trauma of his mother’s past. And the coquettish charm of his beloved village daughter, Christina Ricci, shines brightly.
20. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the story of a young boy’s magical experience and eventual happiness, set in a chocolate factory with a bizarre amusement park-like twist. Tim Burton has taken a children’s novel and turned it into a comical musical fantasy.
The main character is Willy Wonka, a wealthy man who has made a fortune by making sweets. The eccentricity that left a childishness in spite of being a businessman is the quintessential performance of Johnny Depp. Charlie, a young boy played by Freddie Highmore, resolves his trauma with the power of pure innocence and compassion for his family.
All of the parents and children touring the chocolate factory are unique. But what they all have in common is that parents care about their children. This is where the message of this work is strongly embedded. Another must-see is the strange dance of a tribe of dwarfs called the Oompa Loompas.
21. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure” (2012)
Sixty years after The Lord of the Rings, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original novel, The Hobbit Unexpected Adventure is the first act of another story about a hobbit, a fairy who loves her homeland. As the title suggests, the epic story begins when Bilbo, the main character, suddenly finds himself in unwanted trouble.
His traveling companions, including a wizard and a stubborn and arrogant dwarf, are all peculiar. However, as he navigates through various crises, Bilbo gradually awakens a sense of mission and begins to discover the joy of adventure.
It was a series of “one challenge and then another,” and the nearly three-hour run was over in no time at all. The rollercoaster adventure doesn’t leave you breathless as you head into the second part of the game, where you’ll come face-to-face with the evil dragon that destroyed the dwarven kingdom.
22.”The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005)
Based on “The Chronicles of Narnia” written by C.S. Lewis in the 1950s. As a classic fantasy masterpiece, it has been loved by people all over the world. The first film adaptation, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Chapter 1: The Lion and the Witch,” tells the story of how four kings and queens saved the otherworldly kingdom of Narnia, ruled by witches, and regained control.
The protagonists are four gentile siblings from WWII England who have come through a mysterious wardrobe. Together with the cool-headed eldest son Peter and the loving eldest daughter Susan, the single-minded second son Edmund and the innocent Lucy take on the white witch who runs the kingdom.
The world of Aslan in the form of a giant lion and all the various animals that speak human languages is a very exciting setting on its own. Many mythical creatures also make an appearance. It’s a royal fantasy movie, with the character of Tumnus, a half-beast with a goat, standing out as the most appealing.
23. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (2013)
The second act of the journey to reclaim the dwarven country that was taken by the vicious dragon. In “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, Bilbo and his friends are tormented by a wide variety of monsters, including shape-shifting beastmen and ferocious cannibalistic spiders, even more so than in the first part.
As a prequel to The Lord of the Rings, there are items and characters that seem as relevant as Gollum and the Ring in the first part. The highlight of the second part will be Legolas, the elf played by popular actor Orlando Bloom. Dynamic action scenes are one of the highlights of the film.
The film’s state-of-the-art visuals, which make full use of a technique called “high frame rate” used throughout the film, provide an overwhelmingly beautiful visual experience in a variety of scenes. It was shot at 48 frames per second, double the previous 24 frames per second, and the rawness of the images is intense. Above all. The sense of urgency in the scene where you face the dragon in the basement of the kingdom is overwhelming.
24. “Harry Potter and the Half‑Blood Prince” (2008)
The first volume was released in 1997, and the first eight volumes were published by 2007, making it an international hit. This book, Harry Potter and the Mystery Prince, is a live-action adaptation of its sixth volume.
With each volume since the first book, which had a strong children’s image, the series has become more and more dark fantasy-like, centered around a fierce battle with an evil wizard army. The film is about an episode that takes a major turn toward the climax of such a death struggle.
Harry is on the edge of despair, but he and his friends set off in search of the item that will hold the key to one last fightback.
25. “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” (2007)
The second film adaptation, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” brings even more turbulent times to Narnia. It’s been 1,300 years since Peter and the others left Narnia, a former kingdom of animals, ruled by a race of humans who love to fight.
Then the four siblings are invited back to Narnia. It was Prince Caspian, whose life was threatened in the midst of a dispute over the throne, who called for help. In order to reclaim the world of animals and fairies that once lived in the kingdom, Peter and the others must support the prince and go to war again.
This film, released three years after the first film, has evolved even more as a fantasy, as it depicts an unrequited love between Susan, the eldest daughter played by Anna Popwell, and Prince Caspian, which is not found in the original film. The two will make their final appearance in the series, along with William Moseley, who plays Peter, the eldest brother.
26. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007)
In the fifth installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, protagonist Harry will form a secret self-defense team with his friends in preparation for the battle against Voldemort, the evil wizard who was resurrected in the previous series. Along with that, the righteous wizards, led by Sirius, who is like a father to Harry, are also united by a secret society called the Order of the Phoenix.
As the battle between right and wrong intensifies, one of the most compelling aspects of this series is the solid portrayal of the young people at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In this episode, Harry’s love affair with Cho, a beautiful young girl who was once rejected, comes to fruition. Meanwhile, the relationship between Harry’s best friends, Ron and Hermione, also progresses in an increasingly subtle way.
27. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)
The second installment in the series follows the adventures of Harry, Ron, Hermione and other aspiring wizards as they solve the “school’s ghost stories” that the three boys encounter as second-year students at Hogwarts.
The three get to know the identity of the school’s legendary “Chamber of Secrets” through a series of incidents in which students of human blood, known as muggles, are turned to stone one after another. What was eventually revealed was the hidden relationship between Voldemort, the dark wizard, and Hogwarts.
There is also a strong sense of horror, with a hint of creepy creatures scurrying around the campus. As the innocent Harry begins to question his own origins, the story deepens as a human drama. Dobby, the fairy who is a house servant, appears as a new character.
28. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001)
Peter Jackson, a master of cult movies, adapts British author J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings, which was published in the mid-1950s. The first film in the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, was released in 2001 and was a record-breaking hit around the world.
The story takes place in a fictional world called “Middle-earth”. Frodo, a young hobbit who lives in a peaceful village in a corner of the city, has a magical ring in his hand, and a battle for the fate of the world between the evil orcs who follow the genie and the fate of man, fairy, and dwarf.
Middle-earth is dotted with states such as Rohan, Isengard, Gondor and Mordor. The structure of the city is reminiscent of a medieval European citadel, but the sense of scale is truly out of this world. The performing arts-like worldview is also one of the best parts of this work.
29. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I” (2010)
In the original story, the final chapter was told in volume 7, but in the movie, it was divided into two parts. In “Part. I”, Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their arduous journey in search of the Horcruxes needed to destroy Voldemort. Meanwhile, the forces of the dark wizards are growing and Hogwarts is about to be taken over.
Harry and his friends are relentlessly pushed into a corner in the first part of the story, including a falling out with his best friend and the death of an important friend. Part. 2″ reconnects them, but it’s not long before Harry learns of his fate.
In terms of the flow of the theatrical release, the filmmakers, the film and the audience have spent eight years together. Will the ending be satisfactory to everyone?
30. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010)
In The Chronicles of Narnia/Chapter 3: King Aslan and the Enchanted Island, which was made into a movie three years after Chapter 2, Caspian makes another appearance. This time, not as a prince, but as a king. The cast is the same Ben Burns as in the previous film. Visiting Narnia again are Lucy, played by Georgie Henry, and Edmund, played by Scander Keynes.
A new cousin, Eustis, comes along with them and embarks on a journey through the magical island to save Narnia from being robbed of her light by evil magic. The growth of the bottom-grabbing, small-minded Eustis is one of the key axes of Chapter 3. In this sense, this work also adds depth to the story as a fantasy.
It will be the last time both Lucy and Edmund will appear in the series, as they are very close in real life, playing the four brothers. Perhaps the appeal of this trilogy lies in its “realness”.
31. “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)
Pan’s Labyrinth is a horror fantasy from Guillermo del Toro, a Mexican director who specializes in unique horror films like Kronos, Mimic and Hellboy.
The setting is a devastated Spain in the mid-20th century, where a fierce civil war rages and human rights and personality are denied. The story follows Ophelia, a fairytale girl who lives in the misery of reality, and her fate as she learns that she is actually a princess in a dream kingdom where fairies and gods live.
The entire production is dark and grotesque. It’s a series of horrifyingly painful and heartbreaking scenes, not only in the harsh real world, but even in the adventurous world the heroine created herself to escape reality.
32. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016)
J.K. Rowling’s new wizarding world series, “Fantastic Beasts and the Wizard’s Journey,” is set in New York City in the mid-1920s. This is a time when the relationship between wizards and humans is deteriorating due to the machinations of dark wizards. A magical biologist from England accidentally lets a dangerous magical creature escape, and all hell breaks loose.
Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne plays the lead character, Newt Scamander. In this movie, the eccentricities that love the magical creatures are brilliantly captured.
The presence of Kowalski, who is human but gets caught up in an incident, is also an important point in this story. I can relate to the “human-like emotions” of being frightened by magical creatures but fascinated by the world inside the magic bag. A love affair with the beautiful wizard Queenie is also a nice accent.
33. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)
The second installment in the trilogy of live-action adaptations of The Lord of the Rings on a grand scale. From the end of the previous film, the film follows the companions as they deal with their own formidable crises.
The battle scenes in this film are on a scale that surpasses those in the previous film. The battle for the stone fortresses where the people of Rohan are holed up is particularly impressive, as everyone is on the verge of despair in the face of a vicious army of orcs, said to number over 10,000.
The actors who embody the knight’s life so brilliantly add a sense of gravitas to the story throughout the series. A number of actors became famous from the film, including Viggo Mortensen who played Aragorn, Karl Urban as Éomer and David Wenham as Faramir.
34. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004)
As Harry enters his third year at wizarding school, the eerie shadow of Sirius Black, the criminal who inspired him to kill his parents, looms over him. Part 3, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” is full of episodes that deepen the series’ worldview in many ways.
For example, the episode of Hagrid, who is good friends with Harry and the others and serves as the forest keeper, makes the story even more interesting.
The whole story gets darker and darker, but it depicts a year that has been a very happy time for Harry.
35. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014)
In the final chapter of the series, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, the year-long and fierce battle between hobbits, dwarves, wizards, and elves for the return of the dwarven kingdom comes to a close.
Throughout this series, dwarves, fairies, hobbits, and others of different races have been at odds with each other.
However, the friendship and love that emerges in the end through intense conflict leads to a deeper emotion. When the end rolls begin to flow, you may be strangely lonely. This is another magical charm that only this series can offer.
36. “Edward Scissorhands” (1990)
Why does it snow? A fairy tale told by a grandmother to answer her granddaughter’s simple question. This is “Scissor Hands”. It’s the story of a tragic love affair between a young android whose two hands are sharp scissors that hurt everything he touches, and a beautiful girl who is drawn to his innocence.
The main character Edward is played by actor Johnny Depp. As a non-human being, he plays out the pain and sadness of hurting everything he touches with all his heart. He and director Tim Burton have worked together on a number of films since this one.
Winona Ryder plays the role of Kim, the girl who connects with Edward. I was still a teenager at the time of the shoot. It’s no wonder Edward is so enchanted by the sheer youth and vitality. The film is full of the charm of Tim Burton’s fantasy, including the artistically beautiful scene creation represented by the ice dance.
37 “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (2001)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the hugely popular fantasy series. J.K. Rowling, the author of the novel, has put his heart and soul into creating a great fantasy story.
The saga of Harry, a lonely boy who finds his life’s goal of becoming a wizard, meets his friends and faces difficulties, has become a memorable work as one ideal form of fantasy. The elaborate setting, including the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, where they study, creates a truly dreamlike world.
Daniel Radcliffe as the main character Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as his best friend Ron and Emma Watson as Hermione are still adolescent. Look out for the performances of such great actors as Richard Harris, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman, who support the spirited child actors from the side.
38. “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
Disney’s live-action remake of the 1991 Disney animated film “Beauty and the Beast” was finally released 20 years later. The production and storyline are thorough, with an emphasis on original imagery.
Another feature of this work is that it is very much in sync with the anime version. For example, a character. Emma Watson, a familiar face in the Harry Potter series, is the perfect embodiment of the cute village girl Belle.
Gaston, played by Luke Evans, who played a master bowman in the “The Hobbit” series, is being talked about as a “look-alike” again.
Lumiere, Cogsworth, Madame Pott, and other servants of the mansion who have been turned into tools are live-action versions of the film. Above all, the fact that the songs in the film, including “Beauty and the Beast”, have been reenacted is a welcome change for fans. Incidentally, the live-action version has three original songs added to it.
Here’s our ranking of recommended fantasy movies, covering both masterpieces and new releases.
From the world created, to the characters that appear, to the storyline and ending, fantasy has infinite possibilities.
After all, as long as you have the power to imagine, you can create the world freely without the constraints of reality, which is the fun and strength of this genre. Why don’t you enjoy the real thrill of it, with all the freedom you can muster?