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

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1.
Labyrinth (1986)
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A selfish 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. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
“ A childhood favorite. I'd love to fall into this story. ” - renamski
 
2.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ 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. ” - renamski
 
3.
The Company of Wolves (1984)
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A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine and she has a disturbing dream involving wolves which appears to take place in the woods visible from her bedroom window. (95 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ 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... ” - renamski
 
4.
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland... (103 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
“ A classic Irish Fairytale. Happy and uplifting. ” - renamski
 
5.
Legend (1985)
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A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves. (94 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ A childhood favorite. Dark and evil, but with the ultimate triumph of love. ” - renamski
 
6.
The 13th Warrior (1999)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Graphic and gory... but, oh so good! This is a story about confronting fear. One of my all time favorites. ” - renamski
 
7.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Adorable and hilarious. One of the best fairytales ever. ” - renamski
 
8.
Ladyhawke (1985)
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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... (121 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Another childhood and family favorite. Grred and selfishness will get you in the end. Love conquers all. ” - renamski
 
9.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
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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. (143 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
“ Grand and epic... just as it should be. The Chronicles of Narnia is a story best told with all the visual embelishments available. ” - renamski
 
10.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
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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. (150 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
“ ditto above ” - renamski
 
11.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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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. (152 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ 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. ” - renamski
 
12.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
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A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
“ Every child should see this. Inspiring and imaginative. ” - renamski
 
13.
Arabian Nights (2000 Mini-Series)
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To cure a prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories. (175 mins.)
Director: Steve Barron
“ Loved this one. Funny and delightful. ” - renamski
 
14.
Peter Pan (2003)
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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. (113 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
“ This is a more mature story of Peter Pan and Wendy. Enchanting. ” - renamski
 
15.
Penelope (2006)
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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 love her faithfully." (104 mins.)
Director: Mark Palansky
“ Probably the best modern fairytale I have ever seen. Very sweet and heartwarming. ” - renamski
 
16.
Twilight (2008)
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A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. (122 mins.)
“ Love it or hate it, Twilight is here to stay. I, for one, love it. Although, it is a bit of a guilty pleasure. ” - renamski
 
17.
Inkheart (2008)
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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. (106 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
“ A dark, but ultimately happy tale. Loved Paul Bettany as Dustfinger. ” - renamski
 
18.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ I love some dark Johnny Depp. He does it so well. ” - renamski
 
19.
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
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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. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Beautiful scenery and dark delights. Not a happy tale, although it ends happily enough. ” - renamski
 
20.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ 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. ” - renamski
 
21.
Willow (1988)
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A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen. (126 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Evil witch, good witch, brave knight, damsel, baby fated to save the world, prophecies, dragons, brownies, dwarves, does a fantasy movie need anything else? ” - renamski
 
22.
Stardust (2007)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ A lovely little tale that is very funny in places. ” - renamski
 
23.
Excalibur (1981)
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Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Can be a bit corny, especially if judged by today's standards. But, a classic nontheless. ” - renamski
 
24.
The Dark Crystal (1982)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
“ This movie really freaked me out as a kid. Very dark and filled with peril. ” - renamski
 
25.
Coraline (2009)
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An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Very dark and creepy. It scared my kids half to death. My oldest still has bad dreams about the mother with button eyes... ” - renamski
 
26.
Ondine (2009)
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An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie. (111 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ A little bit of mystery, mix it with fulfilled wishes and belief, and you get the makings of a fairytale. ” - renamski
 
27.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
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The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale. (121 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
“ 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. ” - renamski
 
28.
A Little Princess (1995)
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A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead. (97 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ 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. ” - renamski
 
29.
The Secret Garden (1993)
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A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's estate... (101 mins.)
“ A children's classic. Understated and sweet. ” - renamski
 
30.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
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A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda. (118 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
“ 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... ” - renamski
 
31.
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999 TV Series)
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American businessman Jack Woods rents a cottage on the enchanted Emerald Isle which is occupied by a family of leprechauns... (139 mins.)
Director: John Henderson
“ Light hearted and sweet. A very fun family fantasy. ” - renamski
 
32.
The Last Unicorn (1982)
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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. (92 mins.)
“ This story is full of symbolism. Sacrifice, inner beauty, love, searching for a place to belong. ” - renamski
 
33.
The Last Mimzy (2007)
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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! (90 mins.)
Director: Bob Shaye
“ 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. ” - renamski
 
34.
The Mists of Avalon (2001 Mini-Series)
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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... (183 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
“ 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. ” - renamski
 
35.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ A classic tale of Chinese fatalism. Where sacrifice is the ultimate expresion of love. ” - renamski
 
36.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
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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. (93 mins.)
“ Oh, I just love this old classic. Sean Connery pre 007. ” - renamski
 
37.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
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A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Tragic tale. Another good Depp movie. ” - renamski
 
38.
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982 TV Series)
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At a time when most other shows for children were either low-budget productions or product-inspired... (50 mins.)
“ Loved these as a child. One of my first introductions to fairytales. ” - renamski
 
39.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ A very dark horrifying tale. I think of this movie as how a child's mind processes evil. ” - renamski
 
40.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ This movie is so classic no one has ever tried to redo it. That says it all. ” - renamski
 
41.
Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Cohn