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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.

I Married a Witch (1942)

7.2/10
Director: Rene Clair
Starring: Cecil Kellaway, Fredric March, Susan Hayward, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, Rob...

Based on the unfinished novel by Thorne Smith (later filmed as 'Bell, Book and Candle' and the 'Bewitched' TV series), this saucy romantic comedy star... Read more

The Invisible Woman (1940)

Director: Edward Sutherland
Starring: Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore, John Howard

Eccentric Professor Gibbs, brilliant but impractical, invents an invisibility machine and advertises for a guinea pig. What he gets is Kitty Carroll,... Read more

Fantasia (1940)

7.8/10
Director: Hamilton Luske, James Algar, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Bill Roberts, Ford Beebe
Starring: Mickey Mouse

Walt Disney's eight-part marriage of music and animated images remains an amazing achievement. 'Fantasia' was first conceived as a feature-length vehi... Read more

The Thief of Bagdad (Sabu) (1940)

7.6/10
Director: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan
Starring: Sabu, John Justin, June Duprez, Conrad Veidt

This multiple Oscar-winning film is a magical, atmospheric, epic - its sumptuous art direction and beguiling special effects making this the definitiv... Read more

The Wizard of Oz ( Blu-ray ) (1939)

8/10
Director: Victor Fleming
Starring: Frank Morgan, Jack Haley, Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamil...

Follow Dorothy over the rainbow and down the Yellow Brick Road, along with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion and Toto, too, for fun and adven... Read more

The Wizard of Oz: Collector's Edition (1939)

8/10
Director: Victor Fleming
Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley...

Follow Dorothy over the rainbow and down the Yellow Brick Road, along with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion and Toto, too, for fun and adven... Read more

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

8/10
Director: Victor Fleming
Starring: Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Frank Morgan, Mar...

Follow Dorothy over the rainbow and down the Yellow Brick Road, along with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion and Toto, too, for fun and adven... Read more

Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938)

5.1/10
Director: Edward Kull, Wilbur McGaugh
Starring: Herman Brix, Ula Holt, Frank Baker

In this classic Tarzan adventure, culled from 1935's 'The New Adventures of Tarzan' serial, Tarzan (Herman Brix) and his allies are in Guatemala, wher... Read more

Lost Horizon (1937)

7.8/10
Director: Frank Capra
Starring: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, John Howard

Frank Capra's hypnotic and perversely appealing adaptation of James Hilton's novel is a work of lost innocence and spiritual redemption. A plane fleei... Read more

She (1935)

6.6/10
Director: Irving Pichel, Lansing C Holden
Starring: Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack, Nigel Bruce

A rollicking adaptation of H Rider Haggard's novel about a party of adventurers searching for a mystical element hidden in the Arctic that can provide... Read more