Best Fantasy Movies

Witches, elves, time travel, dragons, quests to save the world -- fantasy movies are filled with plots and characters that are bound to spark your kid's imagination. If your kid prefers hobbits to homework and practices Quidditch moves on the playground, this list is for you. These magical fantasy films will sweep you away to far-off worlds full of magic, action, and wonder. Many are based on popular books, while others are completely original. Either way, they're bound to wow you with their timeless stories. For more magical picks, try these fantasy books for kids.

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The Gruffalo Movie Poster Image
Favorite book adaptation promotes brains over brawn.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Alice in Wonderland Movie Poster Image
Surreal animated Disney classic with mild peril.
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(Release Year: 1951)
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Pixie Hollow Games Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated "fairy" tale teaches about teamwork.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Movie Poster Image
A few tense scenes add drama to family and friendship tale.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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My Neighbor Totoro Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Sleeping Beauty Movie Poster Image
Disney classic is delightful but sometimes scary.
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(Release Year: 1959)
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Enchanted Movie Poster Image
Adorable fairy tale is a fabulous family flick.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Fantasia Movie Poster Image
Breathtaking animation feat -- with some creepy visuals.
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(Release Year: 1940)
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The Flight of Dragons Movie Poster Image
Imaginative fantasy pits science against magic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Jason and the Argonauts Movie Poster Image
A stop-motion animation masterwork.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Mary Poppins Movie Poster Image
World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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Mary Poppins Returns Movie Poster Image
Blunt is a delight in sweet, nostalgic, toe-tapping sequel.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Wizard of Oz Movie Poster Image
Even decades later, one of the best family films ever made.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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The Black Cauldron Movie Poster Image
Book-based fantasy is darker than much Disney fare.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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The Book of Life Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster Image
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Hobbit (1977) Movie Poster Image
Cartoon adaptation of famous book is a great intro for kids.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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How to Train Your Dragon Movie Poster Image
Thrilling adventure sends brains-over-brawn message.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Poster Image
Epic, thrilling 3D adventure sequel is outstanding.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Poster Image
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Onward Movie Poster Image
Original, heartfelt sibling adventure about love and loss.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Fantastic but scarier remake of the "tale as old as time."
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Boy Who Could Fly Movie Poster Image
A charming fantasy with a lot of heart.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Ella Enchanted Movie Poster Image
Endearing, enduring, with just a few bits of crude humor.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Freaky Friday Movie Poster Image
Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Hugo Movie Poster Image
Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Labyrinth Movie Poster Image
Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Movie Poster Image
Sweeping owl fantasy adventure is impressive but intense.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The NeverEnding Story Movie Poster Image
Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Nocturna Movie Poster Image
Unique animated adventure is emotionally intense.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Raya and the Last Dragon Movie Poster Image
Charming, epic adventure mixes monsters, humor, heart.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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The Secret Garden Movie Poster Image
'90s adaptation of classic book has some heavy themes.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Secret of Moonacre Movie Poster Image
Enchanting fantasy turns teen into sweet, selfless princess.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Poster Image
Book-based family fantasy is magical fun but also scary.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Willow Movie Poster Image
Magic-filled fantasy adventure with a few battle scenes.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Movie Poster Image
Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.
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(Release Year: 1971)
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The Wiz Movie Poster Image
Jazzy, family-friendly musical remake of classic film.
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(Release Year: 1978)
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Wolfwalkers Movie Poster Image
Lush, lyrical Irish folktale has dark moments, peril.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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You Wish! Movie Poster Image
Familiar but well-told fantasy tale has positive messages.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Movie Poster Image
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Matilda Movie Poster Image
Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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The Secret of Kells Movie Poster Image
Magical animated adventure is intense but beautiful.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Poster Image
Excellent, intense adventure has thrills, humor, heart.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Spirited Away Movie Poster Image
Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Time Bandits Movie Poster Image
Fun fantasy has a bit of bite.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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Where the Wild Things Are Movie Poster Image
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Alice in Wonderland (2010) Movie Poster Image
All-new 3-D Alice story is trippy and intense.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Dark Crystal Movie Poster Image
A fantastic but more intense Muppet adventure.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Dragonslayer Movie Poster Image
Vintage fantasy epic is great, despite a too-graphic death.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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The Kid Who Would Be King Movie Poster Image
"Goonies" meets "LOTR" in fun but sometimes scary adventure.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The Boy and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Surprisingly touching coming-of-age adventure has heart.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Penguin Highway Movie Poster Image
Magic, mystery, some mature content in lovely anime.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Big Fish Movie Poster Image
Delightful, sad father-son story for teens and up.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Black Panther Movie Poster Image
Masterful Marvel film has depth, diversity -- and violence.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Dragonheart Movie Poster Image
A kid-friendly fantasy adventure.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Poster Image
Delightful but dark Potter prequel is more grown-up.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Girl Without Hands Movie Poster Image
Hand-drawn Brothers Grimm retelling is dark, powerful.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, but also violent and scary.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Princess Mononoke Movie Poster Image
Epic, compelling, and violent anime classic.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Stardust Movie Poster Image
Dazzling fantasy romcom has some dark moments.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The Time Machine Movie Poster Image
A good movie based on H.G. Wells' classic novel.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Wolf Children Movie Poster Image
Awe-inspiring, tender anime tale has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Avatar Movie Poster Image
Action-heavy epic has dazzling effects, familiar story.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Edward Scissorhands Movie Poster Image
Dark yet sweet underdog tale for older kids.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Movie Poster Image
Fun coming of age time-traveling anime with some romance.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Hancock Movie Poster Image
Has action, heart, but superhero is an alcoholic.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Yesterday Movie Poster Image
Sweet romance, some swearing in appealing comedy/fantasy.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The Hunger Games Movie Poster Image
Intense adaptation is violent, thought-provoking for teens.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Movie Poster Image
Imaginative Heath Ledger fantasy is too dark for young kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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The Man Without Gravity Movie Poster Image
Incredible fantasy-drama has some cursing, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Pan's Labyrinth Movie Poster Image
Brilliant, poignant fairy tale isn't for kids.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Colossal Movie Poster Image
Amazing, quirky sci-fi movie has drinking, language.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Shape of Water Movie Poster Image
Compassionate monster movie/love story has mature content.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Sorry to Bother You Movie Poster Image
Very mature satire is unique, impossible to dismiss.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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