Top 10 Fantasy Movies

Thursday, March 10 by Lori Boyd

These top 10 fantasy movies have something for everyone. From princesses to cyber heros, the characters are from some of the best stories ever told in fantasy movies.

  1. “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” This mega epic fantasy kicks off the "Lord of the Rings" triology. This movie was one of the most anticipated fantasy movies and it delivers breathtaking landscapes and fascinating characters while staying true to a much loved story.
  2. “Beetle Juice” This morbid but entertaining movie tells the story of a couple, recently deceased, who get a crazy bio-exorcist to get rid of the new human homeowners. Michael Keaton is superb as "Beetlejuice" and he plays well off of the performances of Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin as the couple.
  3. “The Princess Bride” This Rob Reiner film is a fairy tale complete with a princess, giants, bad guys and a rescuing beau. The film begins and ends with a grandfather (Peter Falk) reading the story to this grandson (a young Fred Savage). This is one of the classic fantasy movies for kids and adults.
  4. “Big Fish” Albert Finney is the loveable father with plenty of tall tales that his son wants him to stop telling. This Tim Burton film is a charming tale that is one of the fantasy movies everyone should see.
  5. “Pan’s Labyrinth” This Oscar winning film has been called one of the greatest fantasy movies of all time. Although the visually stunning story is told through the fantasy of a child it makes a statement about Franco’s fascists.
  6. “The Matrix” One of the most watched cyber fantasy movies, this Oscar winning film made the virtual world thrilling. With amazing special effects and a shocking plot it still holds audiences transfixed. Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne star.
  7. “Edward Scissorhands” It is hard to image anyone but the incredibly talented Johnny Depp in the lead role of a strange but talented man with scissors for hands that falls in love and gains the affections of a town in the process. This Oscar nominated film also stars Winona Rider and Dianne Wiest.
  8. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” This is one of those fantasy movies that causes fans to camp out to get into the first showing. Fans of the book couldn’t wait for the story to be come to life and those who hadn’t read the books got drawn into the world of wizards and fantastical creatures.
  9. “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” Based on the tales of C.S. Lewis, this film tells the story of children and their journey through the land of Narnia but the back story is a spiritual one for older children and adults. This film has drawn rave review particularly from the lovers of the books.
  10. “The Wizard of Oz” This is the original of all fantasy movies. Although released in 1939 it is a film rediscovered by each generation of children and watched fondly over and over by adults. The brilliant singing of Judy Garland and her charming travel companions make this a timeless movie.
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