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Fantasy Movies Stories

Fantasy movies offer a reprieve from reality. Whether it’s an adaptation of a preexisting story, or a wholly original concept, fantasy films transport audiences to faraway realms full of magic. If you’re searching for the perfect fantasy movie to immerse yourself in, we offer plenty of recommendations for what to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and other streaming services —and what to watch in theaters next. 

The tapestry of fantasy films is a large one, with diverse threads. If you’re an anime fan, there are plenty of movies to entertain you, including the masterpieces of Hayao Miyazaki. If you prefer Western classics, the genre has staples such as The Seventh Seal and The Wizard of Oz, which have inspired both the fantasy canon and filmmaking overall. And if you have a preferred fantasy subgenre, we recommend more niche films for you as well, from sword and sorcery movies such as 1977’s Wizards, to movies about witches, dragons, and Arthurian legend

Or if you need a deep cinematic dive, look no further than our coverage of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, or our reflections on animators and artists such as Don Bluth.

We bring the recommendations, you bring the popcorn. 

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7 Must-Read Tolkien Books for The Lord of the Rings Fans

From biographies to art anthologies, each of these incredible titles shines a fascinating light on the man behind Middle-earth.

10 Books for Fans of A Wrinkle in Time

Tesser your way through the stunning universes found in these books.

11 Reasons We Still Love the Stardust Movie

Over a decade since it was released, we still can’t get enough of this Neil Gaiman adaptation.

Arthurian Legend Movies, Ranked

King Arthur and the Camelot crew have been honored in countless films, from movies of the highest ex-caliber to those so bad they'd make the Black Knight blush.

Beetlejuice: 10 Little-Known Facts About the Tim Burton Classic

Learn all the strange and unusual details about how the beloved dark fantasy film came to be.

Once Upon a Terror: What Fairy Tales and Horror Movies Have in Common

Tales of knights and elves aren't so different from movies about knife-wielding maniacs and serial killers.

8 Romantic Vampire Movies That Will Quench Your Thirst

You'll fall for these bloody good tales of undead lust and longing. 

9 Ridiculously Fun Movies Like Pacific Rim

If you're a fan of Pacific Rim, you're bound to be drift compatible with these other movies. 

The Re-Read: A Wrinkle in Time

Journey back to your childhood, and discover how your perceptions of "A Wrinkle in Time" might have changed from then to now.

A Tolkien Scholar Examines the Nature of Evil in the One Ring

Is evil an external or internal force in Tolkien's beloved fantasy series?

15 Great Time Travel Movies Worth Being Present For

In the mood to do a little time traveling? These time travel movies are ready to take you on a fantastic voyage.

Grave Danger: 7 Zombie Movies Battle to the Death

Cinema's hungry hordes of the undead square off.

7 Romantic Movies Like The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro’s new movie has us falling hard for monsters.

Take a Sneak Peek at the Stunning New Fantasy Mary and The Witch's Flower

From a team of Studio Ghibli alumnae comes a spellbinding new feature.

6 Sword and Sorcery Films With a Cult Following

For better or for worse, these cheesy fantasies are a part of movie history.