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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.

New Adventures of Tarzan: Volume 1 (1935)

5.4/10
Director: Edward Kull
Starring: Herman Brix, Ula Holt

This oddity was produced by Edgar Rice Burroughs own company and was the first Tarzan film shot on location (in Guatemala). Their goal: the "Green God... Read more

New Adventures of Tarzan: Volume 2 (1934)

5.4/10
Director: Edward Kull
Starring: Herman Brix, Ula Holt

This oddity was produced by Edgar Rice Burroughs' own company and was the first Tarzan film shot on location (in Guatemala). The adventurers seek the... Read more

Alice in Wonderland (1933)

6.5/10
Director: Norman Z McLeod
Starring: Cary Grant, Charlotte Henry, Edna May Oliver, Edward Everett Horton, Gary Cooper...

An incredible ensemble cast (Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Edna May oliver, W.C. Fields, etc) led the producers to dub this film 'The Entertainment Miracle... Read more

Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

5.3/10
Director: Robert Hill
Starring: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Jacqueline Wells, Edward Woods

Buster Crabbe dons the loincloth this time as the Lord of the Jungle, helping a young girl find her father and discover a lost city. This delightful,... Read more

King Kong (1933)

7.9/10
Director: Ernest B Schoedsack, Merian C Cooper
Starring: Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot

He is billed as "the eighth wonder of the world" and, in the sixty years since the movie's release, animator Willis O'Brien's awesome creature has all... Read more

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

7.9/10
Director: Lotte Reiniger

German director Lotte Reiniger spent three years making this silent animated film based on the Arabian Nights legends. The dashing Prince Achmed saves... Read more

Die Nibelungen ( Siegfried / Kriemhild's Revenge ) (1924)

6.6/10
Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Hanna Ralph, Margarete Schon, Paul Richter, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

One of the greatest artistic and technical achievements of the German silent cinema, Fritz Lang's monumental saga is a passionate retelling of Nordic... Read more

The Thief of Bagdad (Fairbanks) (1924)

7.6/10
Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Anna May Wong

A classic silent film with roguish pickpurse Douglas Fairbanks setting out on a dangerous quest to battle an evil warlord for the hand of beautiful pr... Read more

The Wizard of Oz Collection (1914)

Starring: Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Violet Macmillan

Not the famous 1939 film with Judy Garland, instead, these are earlier films, all silent, based on the Oz books by L Frank Baum. The author himself st... Read more