10 Best Old Fantasy Movies

Thursday, July 21 by Thomas West

Although fantasy movies have recently dominated the cinema, it is important to remember that there are a number of other films, including the 10 best old fantasy films, that should also occupy an important place in histories of the cinema.  If you're in the mood to watch some old school fantasy movies, then be sure to check out any of these great films.

  1. "Clash of the Titans" This film, recently remade, holds an exalted place in the history of fantasy movies, due to its exciting plot and excellent special effects.  Although the effects may look hokey to our sensibilities, they were quite extraordinary for the period, and this is one old fantasy movie that is not to be missed.
  2. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" This classic children's film, featuring the always-enjoyable Dick Van Dyke, is enchanting and delightful in the way that only films made for children can be.  If you're looking for some family fun, with lots of adventure and more than a little singing, this is the old fantasy movie for you.
  3. "Cat People" This film, made in the 1940s, is both frightening and enjoyable.  Telling the story of a woman who turns into a murderous panther when sexually aroused, you are guaranteed to be both frightened and titillated by this classic fantasy film.
  4. "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" This Disney film, featuring the exceptional talents of the wonderful Angela Lansbury, tells the story of an aspiring witch and the three children that hse takes in during the height of World War II.  With its combination of classic Disney magic, the flawlessly executed animated sequences, and substantial acting talents, this is one old fantasy movie that should not be missed.
  5. "The Sword in the Stone" This animated classic, also produced by Disney, is an adaptation of the famous story by English writer T.H. White and tells the story of a young King Arthur as he undergoes his education by the famous and powerful wizard Merlin.  In addition to the animation, which is Disney at its finest, this film also tells a good story, and so makes a great addition to anyone's film library.
  6. "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" This film, a variation of the classic story of Sinbad, is notable for several reasons, especially for the lead actor, Patrick Wayne (the son of John).  With its blend of rousing epic adventure and excitement, this is one old fantasy film that everyone should watch.
  7. "The Lord of the Rings" Although Peter Jackson's famous adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's work is the most famous, this noteworthy animated effort by director Ralph Bakshi also deserves honorable mention.  The strange animation lends an otherworldly aspect to the film that successfully captures some of the darker tones of Tolkien's work that sometimes get ignored, and for this reason the film is a must-watch for an fans of Tolkien's sprawling masterpiece.
  8. "The Wizard of Oz" No list of old fantasy movies would be complete without this supremely classic film, starring the lovely Judy Garland and a host of others.  Although everyone knows the story about the Kansas farm girl who travels to the magical land of Oz, familiarity only makes this film eminently more enjoyable.
  9. "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" This old fantasy film, which features the quirky talent of Gene Wilder, is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book.  With its blend of cheerful music and off-beat humor and plot, this is one old fantasy movie that is sure to delight everyone in the house, from the old to the young.
  10. "Heavy Metal" This psychedelic animated film is actually a series of vignettes connected by the presence of a glowing stone that is the embodiment of evil.  Well-known for its adult-themed content (which is rather tame by today's standards) this is one old fantasy animated film that is definitely not for children.
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