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The 5 Best Fantasy Films Ever!!!

  • Jul 28, 2009
For me, one of the most enjoyable genres in both literature and in film is fantasy. The reason being that as a genre fantasy is unique in its ability to provide people with both profoundly intelligent and thought provoking stories as well as shallow and fun escapist entertainment. Here are my top 5 favorite films of the genre!
1
The Wizard of Oz
Lyman Frank Baum's whimsical fairy tale is turned into the first great fantasy film in this classic 1939 MGM musical starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Burt Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, and the brilliant Margaret Hamilton. At the time, due to the film's cost, "The Wizard of Oz" failed to make a profit. But since its airings on TV in the 1950s, it's become the most celebrated and beloved films of all time. Just ask Toto!
2
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
When it was announced that some Kiwi zombie film director was going to film J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel "The Lord of the Rings" I was dreading an abomination... instead Tolkien fans ended up with one of the greatest film trilogies of all time and the first installment, "The Fellowship of the Ring", proved itself to be one of the most ingenious fantasy films ever made.
3
Original Theatrical Exhibition Poster
Who would've guessed that the silly bearded guy who voiced Kermit the Frog and created "Sesame St." and the Muppets would create one of the most amazing fantasy films ever made. Not only was "The Dark Crystal" the first full-length film to use puppets as its main characters, but it was also one of the first American fantasy films to bring philosophical and spiritual ideas to life on screen.
4
Pan's Labyrinth
Mexican director Guillermo del Toro's awesomely powerful and visually stunning fairy tale for adults stunned viewers with its deeply mystical symbolism and its use of history as a backdrop for a fantasy film.
5
Jason and the Argonauts
With the aid of Ray Harryhausen's incredible stop-motion animation the ancient Greek myth of Jason and his search to find the Golden Fleece is brought to life in one of the all-time great special effects films. Even with today's complex computer generated imagery, nothing compares to the amazing skeleton fight in this film!

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August 09, 2009
Great list. The Argonauts was my fav film of all time when I was a kid. The Hercules films were too. You may want to stretch this to a top ten -- the Harry Potter films, The Princess Bride, Willow, and Alice in Wonderland (animated).
August 17, 2009
I was showing restraint. On Amazon I made about five extensive lists of fantasy films in their various sub-genres. Check them out some time.
August 18, 2009
Sure, thanks.
 
August 06, 2009
I have trouble comparing films. I'd have to break this into all sorts of subcategories such a live-action or stop motion etc. I am a little surprised you didn't wind up entering the whole RING trilogy as 1 film.
August 17, 2009
I kind of did. I simply chose my favorite of the three to represent the entire trilogy. I don't like including an entire series in my lists, especially when I'm only doing a Top 10 or a Top 5 list, so I usually choose my favorite film in the series to represent the others. In the case of "Star Wars", for example, I would've chosen "The Empire Strikes Back".
August 17, 2009
I sort of thought that might be the case. =)
August 17, 2009
And like you, I could have gone on debating the possibilities forever and turned this into the Top 100, but rather than go into all of the sub-genres, I went with the Top 5 overall. I could easily have done one for just Disney, one for other animated, one for classic and children-friendly fantasy, one for adult fantasy, one for sword and sworcery flicks, etc. In fact, that's what I did back on Amazon if you ever want to see how obessive I can get, I think I have 5 or 6 extensive lists of fantasy films and TV shows there.
August 17, 2009
I look at lists all the time.
August 17, 2009
Then you should give them a look-over. I think you'll like them.
August 18, 2009
Will do the next time I'm over there.
September 22, 2009
Have you checked any of them out yet?
September 22, 2009
I've already seen them. Ages ago.
September 22, 2009
Oh, you had? Did I forgot anything that you would've added?
September 22, 2009
Well you can always check out my own list. I think it's on page 4 of my lists.
September 22, 2009
Will do.
September 22, 2009
Oops. Make that page 3.
 
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