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1. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 51,480

2. The Storyteller (1987–1989)

225 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.9
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An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog.

Stars: John Hurt, Brian Henson, Frederick Warder, David Greenaway

Votes: 3,579

3. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 13,942

4. Mater and the Ghostlight (2006 Video)

G | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.6
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In this short featuring the characters of the movie Cars, Mater is told the story of a Ghostlight, which causes him to be scared.

Directors: John Lasseter, Dan Scanlon | Stars: Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Wallis, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 6,895

5. Swan Lake (1981)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.8
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A prince falls in love with a princess cursed to change into a swan by day, but their love is threatened by the sorcerer who keeps her imprisoned.

Director: Kimio Yabuki | Stars: Keiko Takeshita, Tarô Shigaki, Asao Koike, Yôko Asagami

Votes: 661

6. Year of the Fish (2007)

96 min | Animation, Fantasy, Romance

6.5
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53 Metascore

A rotoscope-animated modern-day Cinderella story set in the underbelly of New York's Chinatown.

Director: David Kaplan | Stars: Tsai Chin, Ken Leung, Randall Duk Kim, An Nguyen

Votes: 219

7. Bluebeard (1901)

12 min | Short, Horror

7.0
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A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy, Bleuette Bernon, Thomas White

Votes: 1,348

8. Kothanodi (2015)

120 min | Fantasy

7.5
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Four folk tales from Assam re-imagined as a narrative about four mothers, each facing demons of her own.

Director: Bhaskar Hazarika | Stars: Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain, Zerifa Wahid, Urmila Mahanta

Votes: 115

9. The Dove's Lost Necklace (1991)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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This second feature in Nacer Khemir's "Desert Trilogy" is a visually ravishing folktale reminiscent of THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS. The story revolves around Hassan, who is studying Arabic ... See full summary »

Director: Nacer Khemir | Stars: Navin Chowdhry, Walid Arakji, Ninar Esber, Sonia Hochlaff

Votes: 368

10. Snow White (1984)

90 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.7
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A farcical retelling of Snow White. Disillusioned Snow White isn't all that pretty or cute, her friends dwarfs aren't all that hospitable, her evil stepmother is an alcoholic and prince charming likes the ladies too much.

Director: József Nepp | Stars: Ferenc Kállai, János Körmendi, Ilona Béres, Judit Halász

Votes: 668

11. Banshee Blacktop, an Irish Ghost Story (2016)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.8
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A drifter is picked up by police in connection with the disappearance of a young couple on a remote, windswept island months before. But the drifter turns the table on their investigation and relates a tale of madness and the supernatural.

Director: Sean Garland | Stars: Bernadette Carlin, Ken Doyle, Liam Halligan, Dylan Kennedy

Votes: 28

12. Children (II) (2018)

20 min | Short, Horror | Completed

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Welcome to the sleepy town of Autumn, where it has become increasingly common for boys to disappear, but where are they going? Who is taking them? This has been a mystery for generations - until now.

Director: Stewart Giles | Stars: Cassandra French, Aidan Alexander, Simon Stallard, Quentin Branquart

13. Town Musicians of Bremen (1989)

86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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Based on the Brothers Grimm folktale, four aging farm animals, a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster, leave their farms to become musicians in Bremen and enjoy life. However, they find a den of thieves and decide to outsmart them.

Director: Cruz Delgado | Stars: Rafael Alonso Naranjo Jr., Gonzalo Durán, Eduardo Jover, Claudio Serrano

Votes: 168

14. The Black Rider (1990 TV Movie)

129 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

9.0
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Inspired by the German folktale "Der Freischütz". Wilhelm, a file clerk, falls in love with a huntsman's daughter. In order to marry, Wilhelm must prove his worth as a hunter and gain her father's approval.

Stars: Jan Moritz Steffen, Heinz Vossbrink, Susanne Eisenkolb, Jörg Holm

Votes: 42

15. Amores Muertos (2011)

8 min | Short, Romance

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Not accepting the death of her lover 'Ruben', Amanda tries to reach 'Death' to try and get him back.

Director: Alex Flores | Stars: Samantha Avila, Galicia Bloom, Maritza Brikisak, Freddy Gonzalez

16. Gasa lamai singye (1989)

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Director: Ugyen Wangdi

17. Ang pamana (2006)

Drama

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Director: Romeo Candido | Stars: Darrel Gamotin, Caroline Mangosing, Nadine Villasin, Nicco Lorenzo Garcia

Votes: 24

18. Arrow to the Sun (1973)

12 min | Animation, Short, Family

8.1
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Based on a folktale from the Acoma Pueblo Native Americans of the southwest, this beautifully animated film tells the story of a mysterious boy's search for his father, the God of the Sun. ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald McDermott | Star: Joquin Brant

Votes: 7

19. La Recta Provincia (2007– )

180 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Stars: Bélgica Castro, Ignacio Agüero, Ángel Parra, Javiera Parra

Votes: 54

20. Shi xiong di (1959)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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Director: Wui Ng | Stars: Ying Cheung, Yim-Hing Law, Yiu-Lam Chan, Shu-Wah Cheung

Votes: 9

21. A Tale of Two Humans

Drama | Announced

Set once upon a time on a sparsely populated island buffeted by relentless Atlantic storms, a childless peasant couple welcomes a forsaken infant into their lives only to destine them to tragedy, myth and a door to modernity.

Director: Joseph Nobile

22. Tezen (2016)

26 min | Short, Drama

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A restless daughter meets a spirit-fish who gives her pure water but as her family devours the delicious water, they begin to suspect more than the origin of its taste.

Director: Shirley Bruno | Stars: Jerbilande Charles, Louvanksy Charles, Madame Dieucibon Charles, Monsieur Dieucibon Charles

23. Litoral (2008– )

240 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Stars: Santiago Meneghello, Daniel Kiblisky, Francisca Walker, Héctor Aguilar

Votes: 7

24. Closer (III) (2018)

Short, Fantasy, Horror

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This is a tale where the borders between the worlds had vanished into one person.

Director: Andrew Ogorodnikov | Stars: Katya Aymetova, Dmitry Dobin, Dmitry Fedotov, Olga Klyucheva

25. Death of a Matriarch (2007)

3 min | Animation, Short

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Explains the origins of agriculture to mankind when two Brothers make a tragic mistake in dealing with their fears toward their Mother.

Director: Takuro Masuda

26. Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse (2011 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure, Mystery

8.4
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Teen detective Nancy Drew travels to a castle in Germany and investigates sightings of a mysterious monster.

Director: Tim Burke | Stars: Lani Minella, Gerald B. Browning, Marianna de Fazio, Sara Mountjoy-Pepka

Votes: 37

27. A Friend of the Devil (2012)

12 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

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A young woodcutter seeks the help of the Devil to win the heart of his beloved.

Director: Conall Pendergast | Stars: Luis Fernandes, Conall Pendergast, Kate Werneburg, Jenny Westoby

28. The Moonbird (2010)

15 min | Animation, Short, Drama

6.9
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A dark fairytale about an orphan girl who must outwit a terrible sorceress with the help of a magical lunar bird.

Directors: Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod | Stars: Ophelia Colver, Rachel Ferjani

Votes: 14

29. Dancing Waters (2006)

6 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

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Mother and daughter say farewell in a night of transformation. In the last evening they spent together, Maribel witnesses her mother's body become the spirit of the Sea.

Director: Claudia Molina | Stars: Alexandra Collins, Brenda Crichlow, Shallom Ly

30. The Crane Wife (2012)

Short, Drama

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A poor man nurses an injured crane back to health and sets it free. This simple act of kindness changes his life forever.

Director: Alexa DiCambio | Stars: Michael Whitney Hyde, Thia Stephan, James Murphy, Mich Zeman

31. Ways of Talking: Persuading, Explaining, Instructing (2011– )

29 min

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This programme presents three Ways of Talking, as persuading , explaining and instruction. Persuading is demonstrated through animations with Judge Jenny Folk Court where folktale ... See full summary »

Stars: Margo Cargill, Pauline Eyer, Carola Insolera, Gerard Mcdermott

32. Mearra: Selkie from the Sea (2015 TV Movie)

57 min | Musical

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Mearra - Selkie from the Sea presents an enigmatic and bittersweet story of love, loss, and transformation that begins with Mearra, a young Selkie maiden, falling in love with Ian, a lonely... See full summary »

Director: Chris Olsen | Stars: Linda Marie Smith, Robert Arendt, Sarah Chalcroft, Chris Corsale

33. Teh-Li Po: An Appalachian Legend (2012)

15 min | Short, History, Horror | Completed

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Tailypo is an old folktale popularized in the Appalachian region of America. An old man living in the woods, short on food, crosses paths with a strange creature with a long tail. The old ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Temmesfeld | Star: Darryl Hilton

34. Suba sang Malogo (2017)

13 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

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Oscar is a man whose sorrow echoes at the river. He laments the death of his wife by disproving an urban legend, and he is ready for whatever crosses his path --- even death.

Director: Denli Chavez | Stars: Kent Caduhada, Michelle Rose Letada, Daphne Tanya Molenar

35. Stockflame (2005)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

4.4
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Matthew Stockflame feels impelled to fight against Doc Wood an ancient demon and arch-enemy of his family. He receives help from a ghost knight and his army.

Directors: Christopher M. Peckham, Ludwig Szebel | Stars: Bodo Bach, Roberto Cappelluti, Vince Ebert, Joshua Fenslau

Votes: 25

36. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A bugyuta ember (1991)

7 min | Animation

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Directors: Tamás Gyapai, Mária Horváth | Star: Gyula Szabó

37. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A csillagász, a lopó, a vadász meg a szabó (1985)

8 min | Animation

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Directors: Marcell Jankovics, Zsuzsa Kricskovics | Star: Gyula Szabó

38. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A gazdag ember három fia (1991)

7 min | Animation

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Directors: Mária Horváth, Zsuzsa Kricskovics | Star: Gyula Szabó

39. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A halhatatlanságra vágyó királyfi (1996)

6 min | Animation

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Directors: Mária Horváth, Marcell Jankovics | Star: Gyula Szabó

40. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A hét kecskegida (1991)

7 min | Animation

8.1
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Directors: Mária Horváth, Sándor Vágó | Star: Gyula Szabó

Votes: 7

41. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A király kenyere (1991)

7 min | Animation

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Directors: Mária Horváth, László Király | Star: Gyula Szabó

42. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A kiskakas és a sövény (2002)

7 min | Animation

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Director: Lajos Nagy | Star: Gyula Szabó

43. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A kõleves (1996)

6 min | Animation

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Directors: Marcell Jankovics, Balázs Pál Nagy | Star: Gyula Szabó

44. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A mezeinyúl és a sündisznó (1991)

7 min | Animation

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Directors: Tamás Gyapai, Mária Horváth | Star: Gyula Szabó

45. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A mindent járó malmocska (1985)

8 min | Animation

8.1
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Directors: Marcell Jankovics, Zsuzsa Kricskovics | Star: Gyula Szabó

Votes: 8

46. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A szorgalmas és a rest leány (1985)

10 min | Animation

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Directors: Marcell Jankovics, László Lõrincz | Star: Gyula Szabó

47. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A székely asszony és az ördög (1985)

7 min | Animation

8.8
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Directors: Marcell Jankovics, László Újváry | Star: Gyula Szabó

Votes: 6

48. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: A tü, a kutya, a rák, a tojás és a kakas vándorútja (1985)

6 min | Animation

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Directors: Marcell Jankovics, Zoltán Madarász | Star: Gyula Szabó

49. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: Angyalbárányok (2002)

7 min | Animation

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Director: Mária Horváth | Star: Gyula Szabó

50. Magyar népmesék (1980–2012)
Episode: Az elégedetlen fazék (2011)

8 min | Animation

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Director: Lajos Nagy | Star: Gyula Szabó



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