Oz Movies I've Seen

by electricnose | created - 15 Apr 2012 | updated - 12 Mar 2013 | Public

Something of a companion to my Live Action Fantasy list. I excluded "The Wizard of Oz" from that one, so this is to make up for that.

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1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

Not Rated | 13 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Short

5.7
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An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel.

Director: Otis Turner | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Hobart Bosworth, Eugenie Besserer, Robert Z. Leonard

Votes: 1,189

2. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)

81 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve. Along the way, they meet Mewel, a waif and stray (mule) who leads them to Dr.... See full summary »

Director: J. Farrell MacDonald | Stars: Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Raymond Russell, Leontine Dranet

Votes: 304

3. The New Wizard of Oz (1914)

59 min | Family, Fantasy, Adventure

5.1
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A wicked king has taken over the Emerald City, and wants his daughter, Princess Gloria, to marry the horrid courtier Googly-Goo, though she loves Pon, the Gardener's Boy. The camera now ... See full summary »

Director: J. Farrell MacDonald | Stars: Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Pierre Couderc, Fred Woodward

Votes: 357

aka "His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz." Renamed to try to cash in on the popularity of the first book.

4. The Magic Cloak (1914)

38 min | Short, Adventure, Family

5.2
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The fairies of Oz gather in the forest of Burzee one evening and weave a magic cloak that gives the wearer one wish, so long as it has not been stolen. The man in the moon tells them that ... See full summary »

Director: J. Farrell MacDonald | Stars: Mildred Harris, Violet MacMillan, Fred Woodward, Vivian Reed

Votes: 234

The full original title was, "The Magic Cloak of Oz." It doesn't actually have anything to do with Oz apart from the titular object coming from Oz.

5. The Wizard of Oz (1925)

TV-G | 81 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.2
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Dorothy, heir to the Oz throne, must take it back from the wicked Prime Minister Kruel with the help of three farmhands.

Director: Larry Semon | Stars: Dorothy Dwan, Charles Murray, Oliver Hardy, Mary Carr

Votes: 1,219

Recommended viewing only for the novelty of seeing Oliver Hardy in the Tin Man costume for a few minutes. Inspired the "farmhands becoming Oz characters" idea for the 1939 movie.

6. The Wizard of Oz (1933)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.0
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A storybook opens to depict little Dorothy on the grey Kansas prairies, when suddenly a cyclone comes up, turns her world to color, and she lands on a Scarecrow, who promptly gets up and ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Eshbaugh

Votes: 273

The first "Oz" production to have Kansas in black-and-white and Oz in color.

7. 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: 325,016 | Gross: $22.20M

8. Journey Back to Oz (1972)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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During a twister, Dorothy is hit on the head by a gate and once again whisked away to the land of Oz. But this time, on her way to the Emerald City, she discovers a terrible plot by the ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Sutherland | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, Margaret Hamilton, Herschel Bernardi

Votes: 399

9. 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: 11,919 | Gross: $21.05M

10. Dorothy in the Land of Oz (1980 TV Short)

25 min | Animation, Musical, Short

6.2
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Dorothy is carried back to Oz by a green turkey balloon on the final Thanksgiving she is to spend with her aunt and uncle, who are moving to a retirement community. She meets Jack ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf | Stars: Sid Caesar, Mischa Bond, Robert Ridgely, Joan Gerber

Votes: 34

11. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1981 TV Movie)

104 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Musical

8.1
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In this extraordinarily faithful stage version of the second Oz book, the only major deletions were things unperformable on stage (The Jackdaw's nest and the Gryphon/Sawhorse chase) and an ... See full summary »

Directors: John Clark Donahue, John Driver | Stars: Wendy Lehr, Christopher Passi, Carl Beck, Gary Briggle

Votes: 50

12. The Wizard of Oz (1982)

Not Rated | 78 min | Animation, Family, Adventure

6.7
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Animated version of the classic story of a young farmgirl who is transported to the magic land of Oz.

Directors: Fumihiko Takayama, John Danylkiw | Stars: Aileen Quinn, Lorne Greene, Mari Okamoto, Kotobuki Hizuru

Votes: 280 | Gross: $0.61M

My personal favorite filmed version of the story. Faithful to the book without being a literal adaptation.

13. 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: 21,076

14. The Dreamer of Oz (1990 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.4
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The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Rue McClanahan, Charles Haid

Votes: 418

15. The Wizard of Oz (1990–1991)

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

6.7
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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: 105

16. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.3
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This version of The Wizard of Oz is played by the Muppets!

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher | Stars: Ashanti, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, David Alan Grier

Votes: 2,775

17. 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: 12,188

18. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

PG | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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: 185,846 | Gross: $234.91M