Amy's Favorite Fairytale/Myth/Legend/Fantasy moviesby renamski | created - 02 Nov 2010 | updated - 07 Nov 2010 | Public
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1. Labyrinth (1986)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 109,564 | Gross: $12.73M
A childhood favorite. I'd love to fall into this story.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,450,534 | 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
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.
Votes: 13,164 | 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
Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes an active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.
Votes: 6,491 | Gross: $6.10M
A classic Irish Fairytale. Happy and uplifting.
5. Legend (1985)
PG | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.
Votes: 53,210 | 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
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 in a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.
Votes: 108,980 | 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
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
Votes: 346,106 | Gross: $30.86M
Adorable and hilarious. One of the best fairytales ever.
8. Ladyhawke (1985)
PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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 »
Votes: 38,423 | Gross: $18.43M
Another childhood and family favorite. Grred and selfishness will get you in the end. Love conquers all.
PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 328,452 | 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
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.
Votes: 172,438 | Gross: $141.62M
11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
Votes: 542,358 | 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
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.
Votes: 115,292 | Gross: $20.16M
Every child should see this. Inspiring and imaginative.
13. Arabian Nights (2000– )
Not Rated | 175 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
To cure a prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories.
Loved this one. Funny and delightful.
14. Peter Pan (2003)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 60,055 | Gross: $48.46M
This is a more mature story of Peter Pan and Wendy. Enchanting.
15. Penelope (2006)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
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."
Votes: 56,166 | 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
Bella Swan moves to Forks and encounters Edward Cullen, a gorgeous boy with a secret.
Votes: 382,679 | 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
A teenage 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.
Votes: 67,343 | Gross: $17.30M
A dark, but ultimately happy tale. Loved Paul Bettany as Dustfinger.
18. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
Votes: 298,948 | Gross: $101.07M
I love some dark Johnny Depp. He does it so well.
19. The Brothers Grimm (2005)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 108,328 | 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
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.
Votes: 348,229 | 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
A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.
Votes: 90,491 | 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
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.
Votes: 234,295 | Gross: $38.63M
A lovely little tale that is very funny in places.
23. Excalibur (1981)
PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.
Votes: 52,186 | 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
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.
Votes: 48,324 | 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, Drama, Fantasy
An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.
Votes: 173,666 | 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
An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.
Votes: 18,569 | 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
Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau) who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the ... See full summary »
Votes: 63,421 | 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
A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.
Votes: 28,586 | 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
A young, recently-orphaned girl is sent to England after living in India all her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly-isolated surroundings -- and its secrets.
Votes: 32,446 | Gross: $31.18M
A children's classic. Understated and sweet.
30. Clash of the Titans (1981)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.
Votes: 36,721 | 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
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 »
Light hearted and sweet. A very fun family fantasy.
32. The Last Unicorn (1982)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil King who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.
Votes: 21,657 | 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
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!
Votes: 19,923 | 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
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 »
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
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.
Votes: 235,683 | 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
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.
Oh, I just love this old classic. Sean Connery pre 007.
37. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.
Votes: 404,096 | Gross: $56.36M
Tragic tale. Another good Depp movie.
38. Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)
50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Inspired by an earlier children's series, Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958), Shelley Duvall hosted this series featuring some of the best known actors in Hollywood performing adaptations of... See full summary »
Loved these as a child. One of my first introductions to fairytales.
39. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 553,597 | 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
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 to Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 341,101 | 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
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.