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Fantasy Movies and TV
Dungeons and Dragons, Demons and Wizards, Barbarian Warriors and Sword and Sorcery.  Elves and Orcs, Trolls and Goblins.  And of course underground dwelling dwarves.  And now to muddy the waters we have Urban Fantasy set in our modern world.  Fantasy movies have been around since the dawn of motion pictures.  There have been some very good ones even in the age of back special effects.  Only with modern techniques have some of the more ambitious projects come to the silver screen, culminating in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, in my opinion the best fantasy movie ever made.  I know that some wish it were longer, or that it followed the books more closely.  But a combination of great actors, great scenery and great special effects made for a great movie.  Hopefully more will follow.  As with the other categories there are some stinkers in here as well, but they are still worth a look and a laugh.  TV will be covered on another page, and movies I think have more of a horror element will be covered on the Horror Movie page.
The Lord of the Rings:  The Trilogy.  Greatest Fantasy Movies of all time, IMHO.   Some changes from the book, but not a bad adaptation with great acting and special effects.  Three in the set.
Tarzan of the Apes:  1918.  Not sure if fits in but it is similar to Sword and Sorcery.  Silent Classic.
The Thief of Bagdad:  1924.  The original with Douglas Fairbanks, Senior, not Junior.
Tarzan the Ape Man:  1932.  With Johnny Weismuller, the greatest Tarzan of all.
Death Takes a Holiday:  1934.  Death, not sure why people fear him, decides to walk among mortals to find out.
Lost Horizon:  1937.  Frank Capra's classic about Shangi La.
The Wizard of Oz:  1939.  Classic about Dorothy and Oz, still as good today as ever.
Fantasia:  1940.  Disney's classic acid trip before acid trips.  Micky as the Sorcerer's Apprentice.
The Thief of Bagdad: 1940.  Remake with better effects and film quality.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan:  1941. Boxer is taken before his time and is given another chance.  Very funny and stands up well through time.  Remade as Heaven can Wait.
Heaven Can Wait:  1943.  Not to be confused with the remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan.   A man tries to get into Hell.
The Picture of Dorian Grey:  1945.  A man has a portrait that accepts all the consequences of his life, making him immortal, until it all recoils on him.
A Thousand and One Nights:  1945.  Set in Baghdad in the days of Djinn and magic.
It's a Wonderful Life:  1946.  Frank Capra classic with Jimmy Stewart reviewing the life he considers a failure.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir:  1947.  A young widow finds her house haunted by the ghost of a Misogenistic Sea Captain.
Miracle on 34th Street:  1947.  A Department Store Santa turns out to be the real thing.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court:  1949.  Mark Twain's classic with Bing Crosby in the starring role.
A Christmas Carol:  1951.  Also known as Scrooge, based on Charles Dickens' classic.
Ulysses:  1955.  Kirk Douglas as Ulysses (Roman for Odysseus) trying to get home after the Trojan War.
The Three Worlds of Gulliver:  1960.  Gulliver's Travels comes to the big screen.
Peter Pan:  1960.  Mary Martin's classic TV performance that I grew up with.
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm:  1962.  Winning Of an Oscar, the tale of the famous brothers and their fantasy.  Nominated for several more Oscars.
Hercules in the Haunted World:  1961.  Reg Parks as Hercules in one of the original Sword and Sandal films.
Atlantis, the Lost Continent:  1961.  George Pal, about the Greek Atlantis and its mad tech and magic.
Jack the Giant Killer:  1962.  Special effects look hokie now, but the story is still cool.
The Magic Sword: 1962.  Knights attempt to save a princess from a sorcerer.
Jason and the Argonauts:  1963.  Greek Mythology at its Hollywood best.  Loved this movie.
7 Faces of Dr. Lao:  1964.  A Chinese Showman's Carnival visits Western Town, with magical results.
Mary Poppins:  1964.  Julie Andrews as the magical Nanny.  With Dick van Dyke.
Three Lives of Thomasina:  1964.  Cool tale about a cat who dies, goes to cat heaven, and comes back.  Magical.
She:  1965.  Ursula Andress as the Immortal Queen who wants to take a modern man as her mate.
One Million Years B C:  1966.  Great Dinosaurs, but the fantasy must be that humans were with them.
Doctor Dolittle:  1967.  The original movie about the man who talks to the animals.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:  1968.  The Flying Car and a Disney Original.  With Dick van Dyke.
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth:  1970.  Again great Dinosaurs, but people muddle up the script.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks:  1971.  Children stay with a Witch, and magic ensues.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:  1971 film about children visiting a chocolate factory and the consequences.
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad:  1974.  Ray Harryhausen film about that great Arabian Adventurer.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail:  1975.  By the Holy Hand Grenade, this is a hilareous romp through history?
The Hobbit: 1977.  Animated movie that was the best they could do at the time I guess.
Jabberwocky:  1977.  Terry Gilliam's dark comedy.  Beware the Jabberwocky.  Very good.
Oh, God:  1977.  George Burns is God in this Carl Reiner comedy.  John Denver is the man he appears to.
Pete's Dragon:  1977.  Live Action/Animated children's story from Disney.
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger:  1977.  Another Harryhausen Sinbad film with John Wayne's son, Patrick.
Wizards:  1977.  Animated film about two brother Wizards, one good, one evil.  Very dark.  Very good.
Heaven Can Wait: 1978.  Remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan, with Warren Beatty as a Quarterback who he taken before his time, and comes back to Earth for a second chance.  Very funny.
The Lord of the Rings:  1978.  Ralph Bahski directed animated version that just didn't seem to be enough.
Hawk the Slayer:  1980.  Brother against brother in a so so tale of fantasy.
Clash of the Titans:  1981.  The original Harryhausen film and a little too cutsey for my taste.
Dragonslayer:  1981.  One of the best dragon movies ever made.  Terrific Dragon scenes.  An apprentice takes on a monster terrorizing a kingdom.
Excalibur:  1981.  Stylized movie about the court of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Time Bandits:  1981.  Dwarven Bandits travel through time using a map of anomalies, to take precious objects.
Raiders of the Lost Arc:  1981.  First and best of the four Indiana Jones movies.  Harrison Ford, Nancy Allen.
The Beastmaster:  1982.  Imaginative film about a man who can commune with animals and uses them to fight evil.
Conan the Barbarian:  1982.  Arnold in a not very true to the literature story of Robert E Howard's hero.
The Dark Crystal:  1982.  Jim Henson of Muppets fame directed this enchanting film.  Well worth a watch.
The Sword and the Sorcerer:  1982.  Another warrior, another princess, another sorcerer.
Deathstalker:  1983.  Very low budget Sword and Sorcery film, of interest to some in the cult following.
Krull:  1983.  Prince Colwyn fights the evil Beast and his army on the planet Krull.  Decent movie worth a look.
Conan the Destroyer:  1984.  Second of the not true to the lit movies with Arnold in the title role.
Ghostbusters:  1984.  Who you going to call?  Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and company.
Gremlins: 1984.  Don't get water on them and don't feed them after midnight.  Otherwise you got problems.
The NeverEnding Story.  1984.  Enchanting and one of the best, about a boy who reads a book about a fantasy world, and finds himself in it, confronting the scourge of the Nothing.
Splash:  1984.  Comedy in which Tom Hanks falls in love with a Mermaid, Daryl Hannah.
Ladyhawke:  1985.  She is a hawk by day, he a wolf by night, star crossed lovers doomed to never meet.
Legend:  1985.  Fantastic movie with Tom Cruise and Tim Curry, as an evil tries to destroy the last two Unicorns.
Big Trouble in Little China:  1986.  Very good movie with Kurt Russell, Chinese magic in San Francisco.
Highlander:  1986.  There can be only one.  Fantastic start to the franchise about immortals battling through time.
The Golden Child:  1986.  Eddie Murphy must defend a young boy with mystical abilities.
Labyrinth:  1986.  David Bowie kidnaps a child, and their sister must traverse the Faery Labyrinth to free him.
Masters of the Universe:  1987.  Dolph Lundgren has the power in this live action based on the toys.
The Princess Bride:  1987.  Rob Reiner classic comedy fantasy.  Peter Faulk, Cary Elwes, Andre the Giant.
The Witches of Eastwick:  1987. Modern Witches run afoul of the Devil. Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The Chronicles of Narnia:  1988-90.  BBC TV Serial of the classic tale by C S Lewis.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen:  1988.  Terry Gilliam masterpiece of fantasy concerning the famour liar.
Beetlejuice:  1988.  A Ghost hires out his services to other ghosts to get the living out of their home.
Gor:  1988.  Probably the worst fantasy movie ever made, and that is saying something. Sequel Outlaw was just as bad
Big:  1988.  A boy makes a wish to become big, and wakes up as Tom Hanks.  Great movie.
Willow:  1988.  A Dwarf must save a prophesized child from an evil sorceress.  One of the best High Fantasies of all.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit:  1988.  Cartoons live in Toon Town, and interact with the real world.  Groundbreaking.
Dream a Little Dream:  1989.  A young man wakes in the body of an old man.
Erik the Viking:  1989.  Comedic fantasy about the adventures of a Viking who doesn't like violence.
Dreams:  1990.  Akira Kurosawa's masterwork based on his own dreams.
Edward Scissorhands:  1990. Surrealistic work about a boy with scissors for hands.
Ghost:  1990.  A man is killed and his Ghost comes back to find his killer.  Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg.
The Witches:  1990.  Witches are real and they live in every country about us.
Hook:  1991.  Retelling of Peter Pan by Steven Spielberg, with Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts.
Army of Darkness:  1992.  Bruce Campbell classic about traveling back in time to a world overrun by evil.
Hocus Pocus:  1993.  The Witches of Salem come back to life in modern times.
Groundhog Day:  1993.  A man becomes stuck in time, waking up to the same day over and over again.
Last Action Hero:  1993.  Arnold steps out of a movie screen and into the real world.
The Crow:  1994.  Brandon Lee.  A muscician is killed and comes back as an Avenger.  Great movie.
The Mask:  1994.  Jim Carrey finds the ancient Mask of Loki, which allows one to do anything they wish.
The Pagemaster:  1994.  Books literally lead to other worlds.  With annoying little Macaulay Culkin.
The Santa Clause:  1994.  Tim Allen accidentally kills Santa, and has to fill his role.
Casper:  1995.  The friendly Ghost, and his not so friendly brothers, come to life so to speak on the bog screen.
The Indian in the Cupboard:  1995.  A real Indian is brought to the present, replacing a toy in the cupboard.
Jumanji:  1995.  A Supernatural Board Game makes magical things happen to the players.  Robin Williams.
Dragonheart:  1996.  Sean Connery is the voice of the last Dragon alive, and the knight who hunts him.
Kazaam:  1996.  Shaq's comedic part as a Genie pokes fun at his inability to hit free throws in the NBA.
Phenomenon:  1996.  John Travolta as a man with telekinetic abilities and a genius IQ, which comes with a price.
The Borrowers:  1997.  John Goodman.  Brownies live in the walls of the house, and must save it from Goodman.
Kull the Conquerer:  1997.  Kevin Sorbo plays Robert E Howard's pre-Conan King of Valusia.
Spawn:  1997.  A soldier is raised from death to be the Devil's Champion, and rebels against him.
City of Angels:  1998.  An Angel comes to Earth and falls in love with Meg Ryan.  Wish I was in his shoes.
Meet Joe Black:  1998.  Brad Pit as Death, taking a holiday from his job and falling in love with a mortal.
Practical Magic:  1998.  Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are beautiful modern Witches.
What Dreams May Come:  1998.  Robin Williams is in Heaven and journeys to Hell to save his wife.
The 13th Warrior:  1999.  An Arab joins with Vikings on a quest to fight evil in the Northlands.
The 10th Kingdom:  2000.  Miniseries on NBC about an escaped evil queen and 10 linked worlds.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon:  2000.  Chinese made International Hit with martial arts and magic.
Dungeons and Dragons:  2000.  The Mages versus the Empress in this adaptation of the gaming world.  Not bad.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas:  2000.  Jim Carrey as the Grinch in this live action comedy.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:  2001.  First of the Potter franchise.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within:  2001.  Based on the video game, a really cool all CGI film.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider:  2001.  Another movie based on a successful video game.  Angelina Jolie.
Shrek:  2001.  Animated tale about a loveable Troll falling for a beautiful princess.
Dinotopia:  2002.  Series of Books, a Miniseries and a Series about Dinosaurs existing in an underground world, and the humans who live with them.
The Scorpion King:  2002.  The sorta kinda prequel to The Mummy, about a mercenary who becomes King of Egypt.
Bruce Almighty: 2003.  An ordinary man is given the powers of God, with comedic results.  Jim Carrey.
Peter Pan:  2003.  Yet another remake of the classic tale of Neverland and the Lost Boys.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl:  2003.  First of series of four films based on a Disneyworld Ride.
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas:  2003.  Animated version of Sinbad.
Earthsea:  2004.  Epic Fantasy Miniseries based on the novels by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Hellboy:  2004.  The Boy from Hell becomes the Hero that saves the world.
Van Helsing:  2004.  Not your grandfather's van Helsing, this one is a hunter and slayer of Vampires.
The Brothers Grimm:  2005.  Terry Gilliam movie, so its got to be good. 
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:  2005.  C S Lewis classic and the start of a series of films.  Love it, my favorite after Lord of the Rings.
Son of Mask:  2005.  The Mask returns, in the hands of a child.  Loki would be proud.
Eragon:  2006.  A boy finds the last Dragon on Earth and becomes the last dragon rider.
300:  2007.  Stylized retelling of the last stand of the Spartans under Leonidus.  From the Graphic Novel of same name.
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale:  2007.  Burt Reynolds as the king in a movie based on a game.
The Seeker:  2007.  A 14 year old finds out he is the last of the Warriors of Light, and that he has to battle the evil.
Tin Man:  2007.  TV Miniseries.  Dorothy's daughter returns to an OZ in which evil has triumphed.
City of Ember:  2008.  Enchanting tale of a City Buried beneath the Earth, and the children who find the light.
Alice in Wonderland:  2010.  3D.  Johnny Depp in the Tim Burton adaptation of the Lewis Carol Classic.  Whew.
Clash of the Titans:  2010.  Remake of the classic movies about Perseus and Andromeda and the war of the Gods.
The Last Airbender:  2010.  In a world of magic a young boy is the Avatar, destined to save the world.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians:  The Lightning Thief:  A young Demigod is blamed for the theft of Zeus' lightning.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time:  2010.  Yet another movie based on a video game and not bad at all.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice:  2010.  A Physics Nerd finds out that he is the last hope of the world, as a wizard.
Conan the Barbarian:  2011.  Another uninspired rendition of Robert E Howard's barbarian hero.  Get it right, please.
Immortals:  2011.  The Gods fight the Titans in a war that involved the mortals of the world.  3D.
Season of the Witch:  2011.  Crusaders attempt to take a captive witch to a Monastery where the monks might destroy her.
Sucker Punch:  2011.  Three stories in one, with some of the coolest visuals of any fantasy movie, ever.
Soloman Kane:  2009.  Little known movie about Howard's Puritan Character.  Not according to lore, but still very good.
Fantasy TV Shows
The Adventures of Sinbad:  Canadian made TV Series from 1996 to 1998.
Beastmaster:  Series based on the movie and running from 1999 to 2002.
Friday the 13th:  Series about cursed antiques and the people that track them down.  1987 to 1990.
Lost Girl:  Series about a succubus who learns about her powers and the Fae,  2010 to present.
Merlin:  British made series about Merlin and Arthur as young men.  2009 to present.
Being Human:  British TV series about a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire trying to live their lives.  Scyfy made a US version.  2010 to present.
Amazing Stories:  Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction by Steven Spielberg.  1985-1987 and 1992.
Beauty and the Beast:  Series that made Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman famous.  1987-1990.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  One of the all time best fantasy/horror comedic series.  1997-2003.
Conan the Adventurer:  Low budget series with another half naked Conan.  1997-98.
The Dresden Files:  Base on Jim Butcher's wizard practicing in Chicago.  Not bad, but the books are much better. 2007.
Highlander:  Very good series based on the movies.  1992-98.  There can be only one.
Kolchak: The Night Stalker:  Darren McGavin reprises his movie role in a series about monsters and fantastic creatures.
Legend of the Seeker:  Very good series about the Seeker and the Sword of Truth and the wizard Zeddicus. 2008-10.
The Twilight Zone:  Rod Serling's classic series with great future stars and cool storylines.  1959-64.
Night Gallery:  Serling's second series of the fantastic.  1970-73.
Tru Calling:  A young woman learns she can cummune with the dead.  2003-05.
Sanctuary:  Scifi/Fantasy series about a team of time travelers and their adventures.  2008-present.
Hercules: The Legendary Journey:  Kevin Sorbo as an intelligent muscle man.  1995-1999.
Bewitched:   Elizabeth Montgomery and a pair of Dicks in this series about a suburban witch.  1964-72.