Using movies as a form of escape from the real world has gotten easier and easier to do over the years as technology expands. The mind-bending ways in which a story is created in a movie in the modern world is often out of this world. Of all the genres of movies, fantasy is the one where anything goes. From elves, to fairies, to interplanetary war, there is some kind of epic story for everyone’s taste.
The fantasy genre was once only considered to be for children only. But as technology evolved and the need for adults to escape into the world of make believe became more prevalent, the genre of fantasy expanded into movies that were beyond our wildest dreams.
Here are our picks of the top 4 best fantasy films of all time:
1. The Wizard of Oz
This 1939 classic musical was one of the first of its kind in the fantasy movie genre. The movie is based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The film follows Dorothy (Judy Garland) who with her dog, Toto, gets carried away in their house to the mythical kingdom of Oz as a tornado rips through Kansas and a magical adventure ensues.
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Of all the fantasy films in all the years, The Lord Of The Ring Franchise has to be one of the best of all time. The book that the movie is based on has been immortalised on the silver screen, and it’s even been the theme of a slot game you’d find at sites that feature an online casino sign up bonus. The Fellowship Of The Ring is the first movie and deserves all the praise it can get. This 2001 epic adventure film is directed by Peter Jackson and based on the 1954 novel The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The film has a phenomenal cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, and Andy Serkis. The movie follows a Hobbit named Frodo while his life intertwines with a ring that brings much darkness and shadow to his life and the rest of the land.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Harry Potter franchise has become a giant of the fantasy movie industry. This film was the third release in the movie series and was directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Starring the brilliant Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, the story follows Harry during his third year at the School of Hogwarts and his search for the truth about his past.
4. Pan’s Labyrinth
Pan’s Labyrinth is a piece of art. Directed by the brilliant filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; the movie throws the viewer into a Spanish Mexican world of dark fantasy. The movie is set in Spain in the summertime of 1944, 5 years after the Spanish Civil War and during the early Francoist era.
Ofelia is the star of this film, and the story follows her as she moves between the real-world and a mystical realm. This mystical realm is based in an overgrown, deserted labyrinth which houses a faun-like creature who Ofelia can communicate with. A fairy guides her to the faun creature, who tells her that she is a princess and that she must complete three tasks to establish her royalty. The magical and heart-warming story unfolds with gripping adventure and excitement.
We hope this list of our top 4 best fantasy films of all time will help you choose what to watch the next time you are in the mood for fantasy.
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