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Best Fantasy Movies of All Time

Welcome to Rotten Tomatoes’ compendium of cinema’s best-reviewed tales of swords and sorcery, fire and ice, and dungeons and…you get the idea. The swirling mythic cauldron (i.e. our database) reveals to all the 75 best-reviewed live-action fantasy movies of all time, ranked by adjusted Tomatometer with at least 20 reviews each!

Adjusted Score: 76.633%
Critics Consensus: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is an old-school adventure yarn with a distaff European - and generally rather delightful - spin.
Synopsis: Luc Besson directs this big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. The movie stars Louise... [More]
Directed By: Luc Besson


Ladyhawke (1985)

Adjusted Score: 68.09%
Critics Consensus: There's pacing problems, but Ladyhawke has an undeniable romantic sweep that's stronger than most fantasy epics of its ilk.
Synopsis: In medieval France, a young, nebbishy pickpocket befriends a knight who has fallen under a strange curse. It is soon... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner


Solomon Kane (2012)

Adjusted Score: 67.089%
Critics Consensus: Solomon Kane's formulaic and bleak narrative is overcome by an entertaining, straightforward adherence to its genre, exciting gore, and a gratifying lead performance by James Purefoy.
Synopsis: Captain Solomon Kane is a brutally efficient 16th Century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he... [More]
Directed By: Michael J. Bassett

Adjusted Score: 71.073%
Critics Consensus: A goofy, old-school sword-and-sandal epic, Clash of the Titans mines Greek mythology for its story and fleshes it out with Ray Harryhausen's charmingly archaic stop-motion animation techniques.
Synopsis: The eschewing of modern optical effects techniques in favor of the classic stop-motion animation work of special effects legend Ray... [More]
Directed By: Desmond Davis

Adjusted Score: 67.595%
Critics Consensus: This hotly-anticipated pairing of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li features dazzling fight scenes but is weighed down by too much filler.
Synopsis: Legendary martial arts stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li come together onscreen for the first time ever in director Rob... [More]
Directed By: Rob Minkoff

Adjusted Score: 70.267%
Critics Consensus: Terry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever, but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative, darkly beautiful power of his earlier work, with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.
Synopsis: "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr.... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

Adjusted Score: 73.806%
Critics Consensus: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children proves a suitable match for Tim Burton's distinctive style, even if it's on stronger footing as a visual experience than a narrative one.
Synopsis: From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

Adjusted Score: 93.812%
Critics Consensus: El Espíritu de la Colmena uses a classic horror story's legacy as the thread for a singularly absorbing childhood fable woven with uncommon grace.
Synopsis: Eight-year-old Ana lives in a close-knit Castillian village with her daydreamer mother Teresa, older sister Isabel and father Fernando, who... [More]
Directed By: Victor Erice, Victor Erice


Labyrinth (1986)

Adjusted Score: 75.953%
Critics Consensus: While it's arguably more interesting on a visual level, Labyrinth provides further proof of director Jim Henson's boundless imagination.
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Sarah resents her baby brother Toby and secretly wishes that he will just disappear. Her wish comes true when... [More]
Directed By: Jim Henson


Highlander (1986)

Adjusted Score: 71.794%
Critics Consensus: People hate Highlander because it's cheesy, bombastic, and absurd. And people love it for the same reasons.
Synopsis: Among humans for centuries, an immortal specie existed. Connor MacLeod is a member of this specie. Unaware of his powers,... [More]
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy


Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Adjusted Score: 74.237%
Critics Consensus: It isn't Tim Burton's best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.
Synopsis: Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman gets a few new twists in a screen adaptation directed... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

Adjusted Score: 66.77%
Critics Consensus: Though Conan may take itself too seriously for some, this adventure film about a former slave seeking vengeance is full of quotable Schwarzenegger lines and gritty action.
Synopsis: John Milius's jingoistic direction and pulpy screenplay fit perfectly into this film version of the Robert E. Howard fantasy story... [More]
Directed By: John Milius

Adjusted Score: 73.286%
Critics Consensus: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is an entertaining family adventure worthy of the standard set by its predecessor.
Synopsis: The adventure continues as producer/director Andrew Adamson teams with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to tell the tale of... [More]

Adjusted Score: 75.745%
Critics Consensus: Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth is an earnest, visually resplendent trip, but the film's deliberate pace robs the material of some of its majesty.
Synopsis: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson


The Dark Crystal (1982)

Adjusted Score: 82.922%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Crystal's narrative never quite lives up to the movie's visual splendor, but it remains an admirably inventive and uniquely intense entry in the Jim Henson canon.
Synopsis: The last of the Gelfings, Jen and Kira join forces and embark on a dangerous journey to "heal" a precious... [More]
Directed By: Jim Henson, Frank Oz

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  • Narbles

    This list is awful.

  • FoxyMoustache

    Tangled? Kung Fu Panda? Err…

    • Jim222001

      Yeah both are good but I don’t really consider them fantasies. Especially Kung Fu Panda.

  • Strider

    I wonder who the idiot was that gave Wizard of Oz a rotten score. Did his kids disown him.

  • Medlir

    Yeah… fairy tales, animated martial arts action-adventure, feel-good anime, etc… a lot of these are not usually considered general “Fantasy”. I love all Ghibli films, Disney films, etc… but I wouldn’t put them on a list of “Best Fantasy”, much like I wouldn’t expect to find any of them in the “Fantasy” section at a book store. It’s like someone just did a database search for every movie arbitrarily tagged “fantasy”, and then grabbed the top 50 by rating… not an actual curated list.

  • Jeff Martinez

    #1 is Krull

  • Scarab Onyx

    What about The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Legend, or the family favorite The Dark Crystal

  • Where was Neverending Story, Nightmare Who Stole Christmas, Return to Oz and Labyrinth? There´s a lot missing from this list.

  • Donal McMenamin McMenamin

    RT – you just havent a clue – on this occasion

  • Jim222001

    I would have Willow. But not here since all critics were wrong about it!

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