Amy's Favorite Fairytale/Myth/Legend/Fantasy movies

by renamski | created - 02 Nov 2010 | updated - 07 Nov 2010 | Public
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1. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 104,753 | Gross: $12.73M

A childhood favorite. I'd love to fall into this story.

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,380,129 | Gross: $315.54M

Includes all three of the movies. The mother of all fantasy tales. This brings the very best of humanity and the very worst of evil in an epic battle. Grand in scope and every detail. A wonderful story adapted into a wonderful movie.

3. The Company of Wolves (1984)

R | 95 min | Horror, Fantasy

6.8
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A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Graham Crowden

Votes: 12,542 | Gross: $4.39M

This story adhere's to the original intentions of "fairytales", to frighten children into behaving. This movie is full of the symbolism of young girls being devoured by men. Don't stray from the path. The smoothest tongue has sharpest tooth...

4. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes and active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Pat Slowey

Votes: 6,361 | Gross: $6.10M

A classic Irish Fairytale. Happy and uplifting.

5. Legend (1985)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

6.5
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30 Metascore

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent

Votes: 50,739 | Gross: $15.50M

A childhood favorite. Dark and evil, but with the ultimate triumph of love.

6. The 13th Warrior (1999)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, History

6.6
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42 Metascore

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.

Directors: John McTiernan, Michael Crichton | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, Dennis Storhøi, Vladimir Kulich

Votes: 106,486 | Gross: $32.70M

Graphic and gory... but, oh so good! This is a story about confronting fear. One of my all time favorites.

7. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 327,678 | Gross: $30.86M

Adorable and hilarious. One of the best fairytales ever.

8. Ladyhawke (1985)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him. Navarre has been hunted by the Bishop's men for ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern

Votes: 36,831 | Gross: $18.43M

Another childhood and family favorite. Grred and selfishness will get you in the end. Love conquers all.

9. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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75 Metascore

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes

Votes: 316,286 | Gross: $291.71M

Grand and epic... just as it should be. The Chronicles of Narnia is a story best told with all the visual embelishments available.

10. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

PG | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.5
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62 Metascore

The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, William Moseley

Votes: 165,871 | Gross: $141.62M

ditto above

11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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64 Metascore

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 512,723 | Gross: $317.58M

All movies in the series included. A true modern classic. Harry Potter will live in the hearts and minds of children for years and years to come. A MUST see.

12. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 110,529 | Gross: $20.16M

Every child should see this. Inspiring and imaginative.

13. Arabian Nights (2000– )

Not Rated | 175 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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To cure a prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories.

Stars: Mili Avital, Alan Bates, James Frain, Tchéky Karyo

Votes: 4,365

Loved this one. Funny and delightful.

14. Peter Pan (2003)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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64 Metascore

The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 58,147 | Gross: $48.46M

This is a more mature story of Peter Pan and Wendy. Enchanting.

15. Penelope (2006)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.8
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48 Metascore

A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will accept her as one of their own."

Director: Mark Palansky | Stars: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 54,532 | Gross: $10.01M

Probably the best modern fairytale I have ever seen. Very sweet and heartwarming.

16. Twilight (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

5.2
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56 Metascore

A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Sarah Clarke

Votes: 370,801 | Gross: $191.47M

Love it or hate it, Twilight is here to stay. I, for one, love it. Although, it is a bit of a guilty pleasure.

17. Inkheart (2008)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett, Sienna Guillory

Votes: 65,411 | Gross: $17.30M

A dark, but ultimately happy tale. Loved Paul Bettany as Dustfinger.

18. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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65 Metascore

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon

Votes: 289,694 | Gross: $101.07M

I love some dark Johnny Depp. He does it so well.

19. The Brothers Grimm (2005)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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51 Metascore

Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Petr Ratimec

Votes: 105,088 | Gross: $37.92M

Beautiful scenery and dark delights. Not a happy tale, although it ends happily enough.

20. Alice in Wonderland (I) (2010)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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53 Metascore

Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Votes: 336,520 | Gross: $334.19M

I really enjoyed this version. The story as told in a cohesive whole. This may not be how the original author intended, but it works better for me.

21. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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47 Metascore

A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

Votes: 87,365 | Gross: $57.27M

Evil witch, good witch, brave knight, damsel, baby fated to save the world, prophecies, dragons, brownies, dwarves, does a fantasy movie need anything else?

22. Stardust (2007)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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66 Metascore

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen

Votes: 227,283 | Gross: $38.63M

A lovely little tale that is very funny in places.

23. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.4
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56 Metascore

Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 50,325 | Gross: $34.97M

Can be a bit corny, especially if judged by today's standards. But, a classic nontheless.

24. The Dark Crystal (1982)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Votes: 46,081 | Gross: $40.58M

This movie really freaked me out as a kid. Very dark and filled with peril.

25. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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80 Metascore

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 165,338 | Gross: $75.29M

Very dark and creepy. It scared my kids half to death. My oldest still has bad dreams about the mother with button eyes...

26. Ondine (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.8
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65 Metascore

An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry

Votes: 18,118 | Gross: $0.55M

A little bit of mystery, mix it with fulfilled wishes and belief, and you get the makings of a fairytale.

27. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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66 Metascore

The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey

Votes: 61,797 | Gross: $65.71M

Boy do the steps get it in the end. Prince charming was kind of a creep though. I think I would have moved on to better things if I were Cinderella.

28. A Little Princess (1995)

G | 97 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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83 Metascore

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Rusty Schwimmer

Votes: 27,345 | Gross: $10.02M

My favorite version of this tale. I love it when the wicked stepmother/house marm/teacher gets her or his comuppance. And boy does she get it in this one.

29. The Secret Garden (1993)

G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott

Votes: 31,468 | Gross: $31.18M

A children's classic. Understated and sweet.

30. Clash of the Titans (1981)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.9
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Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith

Votes: 35,548 | Gross: $41.09M

I like this version over the new one for the feel of it. This version just feels more fantasy like. The newer version just feels like a greek myth version of the Transformer movies...

31. The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999– )

139 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.1
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American businessman Jack Woods rents a cottage on the enchanted Emerald Isle which is occupied by a family of leprechauns. Leprechaun Seamus Muldoon's son and son's friends crash the ... See full summary »

Stars: Randy Quaid, Whoopi Goldberg, Roger Daltrey, Colm Meaney

Votes: 3,351

Light hearted and sweet. A very fun family fantasy.

32. The Last Unicorn (1982)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Alan Arkin

Votes: 20,902 | Gross: $6.46M

This story is full of symbolism. Sacrifice, inner beauty, love, searching for a place to belong.

33. The Last Mimzy (2007)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi

6.3
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59 Metascore

Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!

Director: Robert Shaye | Stars: Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, Timothy Hutton, Chris O'Neil

Votes: 19,656 | Gross: $21.47M

An idealistic tail of the past saving the future after it has been corrupted by pollution. We need a little idealizm every now and then.

34. The Mists of Avalon (2001– )

Unrated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of ... See full summary »

Stars: Anjelica Huston, Julianna Margulies, Joan Allen, Samantha Mathis

Votes: 7,730

Better than the book... and I don't say that often. It left out most of the feminist theme of the book and got to the meat of the fantasy of King Arthur from a woman's perspective.

35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 230,342 | Gross: $128.08M

A classic tale of Chinese fatalism. Where sacrifice is the ultimate expresion of love.

36. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea

Votes: 5,708

Oh, I just love this old classic. Sean Connery pre 007.

37. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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74 Metascore

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 390,790 | Gross: $56.36M

Tragic tale. Another good Depp movie.

38. Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

8.5
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Inspired by an earlier children's series, Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958), Shelley Duvall hosts this series featuring some of the best known actors in Hollywood performing adaptations of ... See full summary »

Stars: Shelley Duvall, John Achorn, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen

Votes: 1,517

Loved these as a child. One of my first introductions to fairytales.

39. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 523,509 | Gross: $37.63M

A very dark horrifying tale. I think of this movie as how a child's mind processes evil.

40. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 323,534 | Gross: $22.20M

This movie is so classic no one has ever tried to redo it. That says it all.

41. Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)

R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.3
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In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her.

Director: Michael Cohn | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Gil Bellows, Taryn Davis

Votes: 8,740