Fantasy Films

Fantasy Films, unlike science fiction films that base their content upon some degree of scientific truth, take the audience to netherworld, fairty-tale places where events are unlikely to occur in real life. In mythological or legendary times, they transcend the bounds of human possibility and physical laws. Fantasy films are often in the context of the imagination, dreams, or hallucinations of a character or within the projected vision of the storyteller. Fantasy films often have an element of magic, myth, wonder, escapism, and the extraordinary. They may appeal to both children and adults, depending upon the particular film. Below is a collection of films where imagination has no bounds. Where entire worlds have been created and populated with mythical creatures, magical quests and larger than life heroes and villains.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Jack Davenport, Bill...

Hitting the high seas for a third time, Captain Jack is in trouble down in Davy Jones' Locker, after an incident with the Kraken; and Will and Elizabe... Read more

Sunshine (2007)

Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Mark Strong, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Rose Byrne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris Eva...

The sun is dying, and in a desperate attempt to save the earth from an imminent deadly ice age, eight astronauts are sent on a million-to-one mission... Read more

The Shape of Water (Blu-Ray) (2017)

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: David Hewlett, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Mich...

Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes fore... Read more

Angel-A (2005)

Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen, Gilbert Melki, Serge Riaboukine, Akim Chir

Luc Besson directs this uncharacteristically sparse fantasy in which a forlorn and deeply in debt Andre (Jamel Debbouze), decides to hurl himself into... Read more

Vigil / The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey / A State of Siege (1984)

Director: Vincent Ward
Starring: Bruce Lyons, Hamish McFarlane, Penelope Stewart, Frank Whitten, Bill Kerr, Fiona...

A Vincent Ward double feature. 'Vigil' (1984, 86 mins) Director Vincent Ward supplies a striking visual atmosphere in this rural melodrama about life... Read more

Addams Family Values (1993)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack, Christina Ricci, Ca...

Love is in the air and when that air surrounds the Addams Family, events unfold in delightfully unexpected ways. Take Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia... Read more

Arabian Nights (1974)

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

The final part of Pasolini's 'Trilogy of Life' series, following 'The Decameron' and 'The Canterbury Tales', was two years in the making. The location... Read more

The Avengers (2012)

Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Stellan Sk...

The Marvel Comics superhero team comes together in this ambitious blockbuster from writer/director Joss Whedon. When an unexpected enemy emerges that... Read more

Brigadoon (1954)

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse

Gene Kelly and Van Johnson are Americans lost in the Scottish highlands when they discover the charming village of Brigadoon and the charms of Cyd Cha... Read more

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Wiig

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this reimagining of the classic James Thurber story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing in... Read more