The 10 best fantasy adventure movies transport viewers to places never imagined before and often feature magic, strange worlds, and lots of special effects. These fantasy films stand the test of time and can be enjoyed by both young and old. Make sure to see the following fantasy films if you haven’t done so already, because you’re never too old for a classic.
- “Star Wars” Trilogy This classic space adventure has all the trimmings of the archetypal fantasy movie; it’s just set in a galaxy far away. The coming of age story and the move’s imaginative alien characters make “Star Wars” the best fantasy movie franchise in cinematic history.
- “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy Good fantasy movies tend to come in trilogies, as seen with both “Star Wars” and this epic movie franchise helmed by Peter Jackson. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novels, the quest to destroy the ring takes the film’s characters through endless battles and treks to exotic locales.
- “The Princess Bride” This adventure fantasy combines comedy with medieval romance and magic, making it a hit for both adults and kids. The film is filled with endless jokes and classic lines that make re-watching this fantasy a pleasure.
- “Indiana Jones” Trilogy This fantasy adventure borrows from the genius of both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Harrison Ford plays the globe-trekking, whip-wielding professor who battles snake pits, giant boulders and Nazis to find long-lost archeological treasure.
- “Willow” This 1980s fantasy directed by Ron Howard tells the story of an unwilling Dwarf's quest through magical lands to save a baby from an all-powerful evil queen. The film also features a young Val Kilmer in one of his first movie roles.
- “Harry Potter” Series The famous British book series doesn’t quite transfer over to film perfectly, but the movies do provide plenty of magic, potions, strange creatures and adolescent turmoil. All of the adaptations of “Harry Potter” can stand their own, but the “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Order of the Phoenix” rise above the rest due to their grittier portrayals of Hogwarts.
- “Labyrinth” This 1980s fantasy adventure is a bit darker and at times quite bizarre. It stars a makeup-wearing David Bowie as a goblin king and a young Jennifer Connelly as the young heroine, who must pass through his labyrinth in time to save her baby brother.
- "The Wizard of Oz" This film dates all the way back to 1939, but easily makes the list of best fantasy adventure films ever made. Dorothy’s journey away from Kansas features a number of imaginative characters and lands, and the movie’s themes of home and family still resonate today.
- “Back to the Future” Trilogy The fantastical story of Marty McFly’s adventures into the past and later into the future never get old upon each viewing. If you want to watch a story set throughout time in the 1950s, the 1980s, the future, and even the Wild West, rent the entire “Back to the Future” series.
- “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” The 1970s adventure film has all the elements of a good children’s fantasy, including chocolate, candy, little orange men and spoiled children who earn their comeuppance.
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