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The Top Ten Fantasy Movies

There is a lot of crossover between science fiction and fantasy movies. I have stuck strictly with fantasy and have been liberal within the genre in that it covers a lot of different types of fantasy from childrens to swords and sorcery and animation.

1.

The Wizard of OZ - 1939 - It has been almost 70 years and this movie still stands at the top of the heap. No doubt you have seen it several times. But as far as fantasy movies goes this movie is the top of all time.

 

 

2.
The Return of the King - - This is the best of the three movies and it wraps up the whole series.
3.
Excalibur - This movie is a retelling of the legend of King Arthur and it is an inspired piece of work. The whole thing reads like a dream. It is simply a masterpiece. If you haven't seen this movie you are missing out on something special. I consider this to be John Boorman's (DIRECTOR) Greatest achievement. It is his Citizen Kane.
4.
The Princess Bride - Directed by Rob Reiner this movie is simply maginificent. The first half hour is probably the most wonderful half hour ever put on film. It just manages to transform you to a wonderful fantasy place.
5.
Labyrinth - Starring a young Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie as the bad-guy. This movie blends muppet special effects with Bowieesque music and a great story. This is a movie that brings delight to children and adults alike. There are so many little things in this movie that will just amaze you. After watching it several times you start to notice little things.
6.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Without a doubt this is the best movie in a series of fantastic movies.
7.
Dragonheart - Another king-arthur esque movie and it was seriously underrated when it first came out. One of the unique things about this movie is that you get to know the dragon very well. (Voiced by Sean Connery)
8.
Legend - I am not a big fan of Tom Cruise but I am a big fan of Mia Sara who stars opposite him in this film. Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien) This film is just a magnificent treat for the eyes. The sets are lavish and truly transport you to another world. The demon (Played by Tim Curry) is one of the most memorable creatures ever to grace the silver screen.
9.
The Dark Crystal - While I am not a big fan of muppetry and puppetry this movie is a triumph of imagination. The Jim Henson studios manage to create a fantasy world that is rich in texture and place into it an epic quest. A feast for the imagination and the eyes.
10.

Time Bandits - A young boy accidently joins a band of dwarves as they jump from time-period to time-period looking for treasure to steal.

One review of this movie raves: Overstuffed, Over the top, and wildly wonderful! And this movie is all those things. It is a masterpiece of imagination pushed beyond its own limits.

 

 
 

 

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