Marvelous Movies of Oz

by Un-muted | created - 28 Nov 2010 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

There are a lot of different Oz-projects. I am very interested in all of them and I thought it would be useful to list them here. Excitement should be shared. All titles, old and new, are chronologically ordered. I do not claim to include all Oz projects ever made.

Projects that are announced but not yet listed on IMDb: The Steam Engines of Oz, an animated feature film based on a graphic novel of the same name by Sean Patrick O’Reilly and Sean Patrick O’Reilly.

Cancelled: OZ (by the Polish Brothers - thanks to MGM), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (John Boorman's faithful animated retelling), The Wizard of Oz (Warner Bros remake of the ’39 movie - what were they thinking anyway?), Warriors of Oz (action-adventure miniseries from Syfy by Timur Bekmambetov, which follows a warrior from present day earth who is transported to the future and a post-apocalyptic Oz), Dorothy Must Die (CW drama based upon the young adult novel of the same name by Danielle Paige, in which a young woman from Kansas learns that she is destined to lead the people of Oz in the fight to reclaim their land from a power-hungry Dorothy).

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1. 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: 323,184 | Gross: $22.20M

The one and only original.

2. 20th Century Oz (1976)

R | 85 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Musical

6.2
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Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old groupie riding with a rock band when, suddenly, the van is in a road accident, and she hits her head. She wakes up in a fantasy world as gritty and realistic ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Löfvén | Stars: Joy Dunstan, Graham Matters, Bruce Spence, Michael Carman

Votes: 111

A rock musical reincarnation.

3. The Wiz (1978)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.3
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An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross

Votes: 11,877 | Gross: $21.05M

African American remake of the original tale. Based on the Broadway musical of the same name. To me this is a psychedelic atrocity. I just don't get it.

4. Return to Oz (1985)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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42 Metascore

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

Director: Walter Murch | Stars: Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie

Votes: 21,001

A sequel to the original movie, combining the plots of both books 'The Marvelous Land of Oz' and 'Ozma of Oz' written by creator Frank L. Baum.

5. Ozu no mahôtsukai (1986–1987)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.1
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Dorthy gets swept up by a terrible tornado and her and her whole Grandparent's house has been transported to a beautiful land. There she is greeted by the Good Witch, who tells her that she... See full summary »

Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Haruko Kitahama, Yoshito Yasuhara, Eisuke Yoda

Votes: 84

Anime adaptation of 52 episodes based on four of the original Oz books by L. Frank Baum.

6. The Wizard of Oz (1990–1991)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.8
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Dorothy is called back to Oz by her ruby slippers to once again help her friends. The Wicked Witch of the West has taken over Emerald City by keeping the Wizard away from the West Wind that... See full summary »

Stars: Charlie Adler, Liz Georges, David Lodge, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 104

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the 1939 movie musical, ABC created an animated sequel series.

7. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 176,966

Episode 03x18 - Anthology of Interest II contains the story Wizzin', which is a retelling of the classic tale.

8. Lost in Oz (2000 TV Movie)

Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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A group of contemporary young people are swept to the Land of Oz--only Ozma and the Wizard are missing, and no one knows why.

Director: Michael Katleman | Stars: Terrence 'T.C.' Carson, Erika Flores, Anna Galvin, Michael Horse

Votes: 117

Television pilot script with Tim Burton as executive producer. Its story inspired the 2002 tv pilot.

9. Scrubs (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship, and life.

Stars: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley

Votes: 211,187

Episode 05x07 - My Way Home of the comedy-drama is a homage to The Wizard of Oz.

10. Lost in Oz (2002 TV Movie)

45 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.2
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New take on the fictional world of Oz, as created by author L. Frank Baum, where a 20-something woman who leads a revolt against the powers that be in the mythical otherworld.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Melissa George, Colin Egglesfield, Mia Sara, Sandra Allen

Votes: 74

WB television pilot for an original sequel series to The Wizard of Oz. Seek, and ye shall find!

11. Supernatural (2005– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.5
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Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins

Votes: 321,168

09x04 - Slumber Party introduces Dorothy, a hunter and daughter of American author L. Frank Baum who was one of the Men of Letters. She followed her father on one of his trips and got trapped in Oz where she worked with three freedom fighters against the Wicked Witch of the West.

12. Tin Man (2007– )

TV-PG | 270 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz".

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Kathleen Robertson

Votes: 12,153

A modern re-imagining of the classic story, from Syfy Channel.

13. Once Upon a Time (2011– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle

Votes: 188,176

Once Upon a Time also took a trip down the Yellow Brick Road starting in its third season.

14. The Witches of Oz (2011– )

TV-14 | 167 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

4.5
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Dorothy Gale discovers that her best selling novels are actually based on suppressed childhood memories of her time in Oz, and that she may be in danger of experiencing it all over again.

Stars: Paulie Redding, Eliza Swenson, Billy Boyd, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 1,767

Dorothy Gale, now a successful children's book author, learns that her popular books are based on repressed childhood memories and that the wonders of Oz are real.

15. Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012)

PG | 101 min | Action, Family, Fantasy

4.7
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Children's author Dorothy Gale makes a decent living continuing her grandfather's series of Oz books. When a new agent enters the scene, Dorothy moves to New York City. In the midst of a ... See full summary »

Director: Leigh Scott | Stars: Paulie Redding, Eliza Swenson, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 370

Apparently this theatrical release is not only significantly reduced in time, but also follows a different storyline and feature more and better special effects.

16. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

PG | 130 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.3
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44 Metascore

A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis

Votes: 185,389 | Gross: $234.91M

I thoroughly enjoyed Oz the Great and Powerful, though its casting could be better. Oz is colourful, but still recognisable. I love all references however small. Though the Wizard's backstory feels completed, I still have unresolved questions and long for more time in Oz.

17. Positively Ozitively (2013 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 17 min | Family

6.8
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In this innovative problem solving series, Dot, Dorothy's daughter, goes off to Oz everyday with the children of the beloved characters from L. Frank Baum's classic book, The Wizard of Oz. ... See full summary »

Stars: Dalila Bela, Nicole Oliver, Andrea Libman, Kathleen Barr

Votes: 18

Educational children's tv series.

18. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

5.5
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25 Metascore

Shortly after a tornado rips through her Kansas home, Dorothy returns to Oz to save her friends from a villainous jester.

Directors: Will Finn, Dan St. Pierre | Stars: Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi

Votes: 5,293 | Gross: $8.46M

Animated musical sequel based on the book by Roger S. Baum. The voice cast looks great, I just hope the story is equally wonderful. They want this to be the first in a series of Oz movies.

19. OzLand (2014)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.0
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In a dry and dusty post-apocalyptic world, two wayfarers wander aimlessly until Leif finds a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Using the world around him to interpret what he reads, Leif ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Williams | Stars: Casey Heflin, Glenn Payne, Dunlap Peeples IV, Zack Ratkovich

Votes: 386

An independent fantasy/sci-fi drama film.

20. The Wiz Live! (2015 TV Movie)

TV-G | 111 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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A live production of the 1975 Broadway musical, "The Wiz," which put a modern spin on the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale with a cast of African-American actors.

Directors: Matthew Diamond, Kenny Leon | Stars: Common, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, Stephanie Mills

Votes: 1,930

21. Lost in Oz (2015– )

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Family

7.5
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In the first season of Lost In Oz, twelve-year-old Dorothy Gale and her trusty dog Toto search for Glinda the Good, in the hope that she can give them the magic they need to send them home ... See full summary »

Stars: Nika Futterman, Ashley Boettcher, Jorge Diaz, Chris Cox

Votes: 241

An animated series.

22. Emerald City (2016–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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A modern reimagining of the stories that led to 'The Wizard of Oz'.

Stars: Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Gerran Howell

Votes: 9,339

I really liked this NBC series. It had the brains (good casting and storylines), the heart (fascinating characters) and the nerve (dark rather than sugary sweet). But it still lacked something. But I can't pinpoint what exactly. There are only 10 episodes though. And since it has been cancelled, it no longer has a home too.

23. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (2017– )

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.3
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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz is about Dorothy, who is granted princess of Emerald City by Queen Ozma after defeating the Wicked Witch.

Stars: Jessica DiCicco, Bill Fagerbakke, Jess Harnell, JP Karliak

Votes: 29

An animated children's television series.

24. Wicked (2019)

Fantasy, Musical, Romance | Announced

The story of how a green-skinned woman framed by the Wizard of Oz becomes the Wicked Witch of the West; feature film based on the Broadway musical.

Director: Stephen Daldry

After years of avoiding spoilers, I finally got the chance to see the musical and I was blown away. It has an incredible score, but also delivers an enthralling story. This is my all-time favourite musical and I cannot wait until this movie is made and I can watch it over and over and over again.

25. L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Fantasy | Post-production

Young Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale is taken by a tornado to the marvelous Land of Oz. Together with her strange new friends, she will free the people of Oz from the rule of wicked witches and false wizards in her search for a way home.

Director: Clayton Spinney | Stars: Mariellen Kemp, Marie Rizza, Steven Lowry, Curt Rose

26. Dorothy (TV Movie)

60 min | Drama | Announced

Focuses on a girl from Kansas City who falls for a man and moves with him to the Emerald City to work at his Emerald Hotel.

A CBS medical soap based in New York City, inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz. Yes this sounds peculiar, but hence all the more intriguing. Script only for now.

27. Oz

Fantasy | Announced

Dorothy Gale's granddaughter returns to Oz to fight evil.

N/A

28. Oz: The Return to Emerald City

Action, Adventure, Drama | Announced

A revisionist take on the L. Frank Baum books.

A modern-time sequel where Dorothy, her grand-daughter and the child they're babysitting are magically transported back to Oz.

29. Oz the Great and Powerful 2

Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Announced

Oz and Glinda have their first born child named Olivia. They don't tell Olivia that an evil spell has been cast on her by someone she never knew.

I feel there are many Oz stories left to tell, before Dorothy drops in. As long as they preserve the wonder and improve the acting and character development, I welcome subsequent (pre)sequels. To be honest, I am also looking forward upon Dorothy's arrival but I feel this should be the last chapter in Disney's Oz franchise.

30. Oz Wars

Animation | Announced

A modern-day Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" gets trapped in a world of black magic, martial arts and monsters.

Director: Mike Johnson

Stop-motion action-adventure movie, where Dorothy gets caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters.

31. Surrender Dorothy

Drama | Announced

Add a Plot

Director: Drew Barrymore

Dorothy's great-great-granddaughter has to learn to wield the power of the ruby slippers.

32. Wicked

480 min | Drama | Announced

A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz's most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely ... See full summary »

TV-series based on the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. The book differs quite a bit from the Broadway musical, but it's interesting nonetheless. I'm already longing for the other books to become series as well. Pretty please?