Nonetheless, fantasy movies are plentiful. Surprisingly there are some sleeper hits outside of the big ones that many do not know. With plenty enough for everyone, we compiled our 10 favorite fantasy movies to get yourself lost in and binge some time at home!
These movies are not just fantastic high fantasy with excellently written old english dialogue, but a testament to good film making. Peter Jackson and crew created something exceptionally unique and amazing with these films.
From the cinematography, the music, the pacing, the acting, the set pieces, the choreography, the locations etc. These movies are near perfect in every respect!
Sort of the red headed step child of the fantasy genre. The books are pretty well loved by most who know them, but the movies have sort of faded away into obscurity for some reason.
Despite some great acting, incredible CGI work, amazing music, mature themes and a wonderful sense of mystery. The original two movies were honestly great side additions to the companions of Harry Potter and LOTR.
While we personally prefer the follow up film, Prince Caspian for its darker tone, the first movie is objectively better.
A movie about a man trying to escape damnation isn’t new. But throw it into a world on the brink of a Puritan revolution, and it gets pretty freaking entertaining!
With some great action set pieces, bloody combat, some solid acting from Purefoy and an alright soundtrack. Solomon Kane is not everyone’s ideal depiction of fantasy, but it is a great underrated watch!
Rare combinations of fantasy and horror are difficult to recommend, because they’re usually incredibly mediocre.
Such is not the case with 2010’s Black Death. We follow a group of knights that are tasked with finding a community that has allegedly not been affected by the Bubonic plague. The story is simple but extremely effective at being creepy and interesting.
Plus, when you have actors like Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne, you’ve got a good lineup for your leads!
One of my personal favorite underrated fantasy movies, Ironclad is historical fantasy done pretty well. A team of mercenaries and knights hold a castle against King John and his army.
Featuring actors like Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, Brian Cox and Kate Mara, Ironclad is a surprisingly effective movie. On top of this is the movie’s great attention to detail in costume design and stellar action set pieces.
It gets pretty bloody, and it sadly strays into melodrama towards the end of the movie, but it is a great time nonetheless!
One of Disney’s last big movies before the MCU took everything over. The first movie in the POTC franchise, was fantastic dark fantasy with a sense of fun.
Disturbing imagery set in a world that was in the middle of an English Empire, it was such a unique and fun time! All of the actors felt like they were having fun, the set design was second to none and the music is so iconic that everyone knows it.
Seriously, I wish that these movies had held the same sense of adventure and adult maturity that the first two movies had. They were so unique and awesome! And well worth a revisit or a first time watch!
That’s our list folks! There’s definitely a lot to choose from. Whether it’s some lesser known movies with up and coming actors, or huge blockbusters! There really is some true diamond in the rough fantasy movies out there that no one seems to have watched.