Time Out London 50 Best Fantasy Movies

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If film is the ultimate escapist medium then fantasy is its purest, most dreamlike expression, sweeping the viewer away to distant lands and exploring dizzying imaginative concepts far removed from our humdrum reality. Too often dismissed as a genre for nerds, in the past decade fantasy has thundered into the mainstream courtesy of Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. But as our list proves, great fantasy movies have been around since the birth of cinema, spanning sword and sorcery, romance, animation, action and more – here are 50 of the best.

* 51 Movies because Die Nibelungen is listed here as two separate films

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    2001, in 27 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
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    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Ugetsu, in 24 top lists Check
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    Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

    2001 — a.k.a. Spirited Away, in 38 top lists Check
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    La belle et la bête

    1946 — a.k.a. Beauty and the Beast, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Dark Crystal

    1982, in 1 top list Check
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    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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    Tonari no Totoro

    1988 — a.k.a. My Neighbor Totoro, in 20 top lists Check
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    Groundhog Day

    1993, in 20 top lists Check
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    2004, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Red Shoes

    1948, in 25 top lists Check
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    Being John Malkovich

    1999, in 13 top lists Check
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    Excalibur

    1981, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
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    Edward Scissorhands

    1990, in 8 top lists Check
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    2008, in 1 top list Check
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    Loong Boonmee raleuk chat

    2010 — a.k.a. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, in 13 top lists Check
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    Der Himmel über Berlin

    1987 — a.k.a. Wings of Desire, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    2002, in 24 top lists Check
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
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    Wo hu cang long

    2000 — a.k.a. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in 27 top lists Check
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    Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

    1972 — a.k.a. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    1991, in 1 top list Check
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    Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies...

    1974 — a.k.a. Celine and Julie Go Boating, in 10 top lists Check
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    Labyrinth

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
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    Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    1924, in 11 top lists Check
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    Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache

    1924 — a.k.a. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge, in 11 top lists Check
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    Pleasantville

    1998, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Fall

    2006, in 4 top lists Check
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    La montaña sagrada

    1973 — a.k.a. The Holy Mountain, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Secret of NIMH

    1982, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Princess Bride

    1987, in 21 top lists Check
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    Conan the Barbarian

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
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    Highlander

    1986, in 2 top lists Check
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    Jason and the Argonauts

    1963, in 6 top lists Check
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    Portrait of Jennie

    1948, in 3 top lists Check
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    Mononoke-hime

    1997 — a.k.a. Princess Mononoke, in 17 top lists Check
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    1988, in 16 top lists Check
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    Big

    1988, in 8 top lists Check
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    Die unendliche Geschichte

    1984 — a.k.a. The NeverEnding Story, in 2 top lists Check
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    Orlando

    1992, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    2004, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Purple Rose of Cairo

    1985, in 7 top lists Check
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    El laberinto del fauno

    2006 — a.k.a. Pan's Labyrinth, in 31 top lists Check
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    13 Going on 30

    2004, in 1 top list Check
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Thief of Bagdad

    1940, in 13 top lists Check
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    Lost Horizon

    1937, in 7 top lists Check
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    Time Bandits

    1981, in 4 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jun 8, 2015 by SanderO; source