Fantasy movies have been around since the beginning of cinema and are still going strong a century later. From adaptations of well-loved stories from millennia ago to bold new takes on the genre that expand the bounds of what a fantasy movie can do, the best fantasy movies capture the imagination like none other.
While there are plenty of stories that use minor elements of fantasy to make their narratives pop, the greatest fantasy films embrace their genre whole-heartedly and reach bold heights.
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15. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Cure of the Black Pearl
14. Sleeping Beauty
It’s one of the most visually stunning Disney animated features ever produced. The beautiful hand drawn and colored animation is simply gorgeous in every frame, bringing the story of Princess Aurora and Maleficent to incredible Technicolor life. While the story may be simple and even slow in some places, it’s still a classic tale that captures the magic of old fantasy stories. It has all the Disney charm and elegance that is associated with the era of classic Disney cartoons and is still a wonder to watch today. It's a real journey, filled with exquisite visuals that have never been repeated since due to the change in Disney's animation style as a company.
Best Fantasy Feature: Maleficent herself is easily the most enrapturing fantasy element of Sleeping Beauty. Her castle, goblin army, and transformation into hellish dragon and wonderful fantasy features.