No matter the entertainment sector, the Fantasy genre has always been – and likely will continue to be – inspiring people of all walks of life with thought-provoking stories, exciting games and lessons in hope. When it comes to movies, there are few genres that can hold up to the amount of quality that Fantasy has managed to contribute over the years.
While it can be easy to find a great Fantasy film to watch, it can be a little hard to choose when there are so many good ones! Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle such a dilemma alone. Here are the top 5 Fantasy movies that are a must-see no matter what.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
While it would be strange that a trilogy would be the first in a list of five, you can think of the Lord of the Rings as one (very) long movie. While Peter Jackson was unable to place everything in Tolkien’s books into the silver screen, he managed to do an excellent job of showing the grandeur of Middle Earth in the span of three films. Tolkien’s books are considered the foundation of much of the Fantasy genre content as a whole, which is saying quite a lot!
The Wizard of Oz
One of the earliest Fantasy films ever made, the Wizard of Oz was a smash success when theatregoers first saw it over eighty years ago. Just as it managed to capture the imagination of that era, it is still just as potent today as the day it was released. The Wizard of Oz is the perfect example of a timeless classic.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Brought to life from JK Rowling’s extremely popular series of books, the first film in the Harry Potter franchise is a gateway to another world. Even with the series having reached its end – alongside an epilogue that was cast as a play – the world continues to be fascinated by the school of witchcraft and wizardry. It might not have the same kind of people that it used to, but if you haven’t yet seen any of the movies, you’re in for a treat!
An animated film from the masters of storytelling and artwork at Studio Ghibli, Spirited Away is a curious story of a girl who accidentally finds herself in the spirit world – where she tries her best to find a way home with the help of a dragon that seems all-too-familiar. While animated films aren’t necessarily every person’s cup of tea, it might surprise how much Spirited Away can tug at your heartstrings.
Conan the Barbarian
Last but definitely not the least, Conan the Barbarian is the story of a young man seeking revenge for the death of his mother as he meets and teams up with skilled warriors along the way to aid him in his quest. It is the penultimate fantasy tale and one that undoubtedly deserves its spot in the list.
It can be challenging to choose the very best Fantasy films in the genre, especially when there are so many excellent candidates. If you’re having trouble making a choice, there are five incredible films above for you to choose from – with many opening up an entire franchise to enjoy!