When you want break from mundane reality, turn to the ten best action fantasy movies. You will discover that some of the most exciting adventures take place far away from the world that you are accustomed to. Journey through Middle-earth, trek across Endor, climb Mt. Olympus and make a pit stop in Wonderland as you enjoy these fantasy films.  

  1. “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” This action fantasy movie stands as the final chapter in the “Lord of the Rings” saga. Cross your fingers and hold your breath as Frodo and his friends sneak into Mordor to destroy the ultimate evil. The film won eleven Oscars, proving itself to be among the top fantasy movies out there. 

  2. “The Princess Bride.” Rob Reiner directed this action fantasy movie that moves along like a classic fairy tale. The movie comes with a fair share of impressive swashbuckling conflicts. "The Princess Bride" will appeal to all ages and a vast audience.

  3. “Alice in Wonderland.” Once again, Alice has traveled down the rabbit hole. This time she must prove herself by slaying the Jabberwocky, the Red Queen’s champion monster. Tim Burton directed the 2010 action fantasy movie, which stays true to the series with elaborate art direction and costume design.

  4. “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.” George Lucas’s famous “Star Wars” series is a science fiction masterpiece set in a galaxy far, far away. “Return of the Jedi,” the final installment of the original trilogy, depicts the decisive battle between an overbearing Empire and a courageous band of rebels. The film is a must-see because it neatly wraps up the intriguing "Star Wars" adventure.

  5. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” This action fantasy movie continues the adventures of Harry Potter, a boy wizard who is destined for greatness. In “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” Harry must confront Sirius Black, a convict with connections to the hero’s past. The movie's plot comes equipped with loads of magic and a special twist ending.

  6. “Princess Mononoke.” The legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki presents this anime movie about a conflict between humans and spirits. The action takes place in the forest, where scarce resources have ignited a battle. The movie is among one of the best works to reach U.S. shores from Japan.

  7. “How to Train Your Dragon.” Perhaps you do not actually own a dragon, but you will want one after you see this action adventure film. The plot centers on a young man with the power to tame dragons. He uses this skill to create peace between dragons and humans. Although it is mostly aimed towards the kids, the movie may appeal to all audiences. 

  8. “Avatar.” Here’s a movie to check out when you are ready to get in touch with  blue people that are not Smurfs. In this 2009 film, a soldier forms a bond with an alien race. Unfortunately, that bond conflicts with his actual mission to drive the species out. The movie captured three Oscars, mostly due to its stunning special effects.

  9. “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.” Fans of the “Final Fantasy” video game series will enjoy this movie adaptation, which takes place after the events in the game. Once again, Cloud Strife, a solemn hero, must save the world from a looming threat. This is one of the few good video game movies out there. 

  10. “Clash of the Titans.” This action fantasy movie is a remake of a 1981 film. The plot centers on Perseus, son of Zeus, who challenges the forces of the Underworld. The classic story will keep you hooked until the end.