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The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

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List RulesVote up your favorite fantasy films that were released in the 1970s.

In the 1970s, fantasy films reigned supreme. Some of theses fantasy movies are still big hits today - such as Bedknobs and Broomsticks, or The Rocky Horror Picture Show. High on this list of the best '70s fantasy films is Scrooge, a musical take on Charles Dickens's timeless classic, A Christmas Carol. This film employs the fantasy used of the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to teach Scrooge a lesson about holiday cheer. 
 

One of the most popular '70s fantasy movies was Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder stars as the titular character: an eccentric chocolate-maker who allows five children to tour his fantastical factory for a day. Time After Time is the classic H.G. Wells story about chasing Jack the Ripper throughout the ages, and Pete's Dragon tells the tale of a young boy named Pete who has a magic dragon. 
 

Vote up the best '70s fantasy films below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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    Charlotte's Web
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    16

    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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  • 3
    Superman
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    16

    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 5
    Pete's Dragon
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    20

    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

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  • 6
    The Aristocats
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    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi

    Released1970

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    Escape to Witch Mountain
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    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

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    The Lord of the Rings
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    29

    The Lord of the Rings

    John Hurt, Annette Crosbie

    Released1978

    Directed byRalph Bakshi

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  • 9
    The Hobbit
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    26

    The Hobbit

    John Huston, Otto Preminger

    Released1977

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

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    Scrooge
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    Scrooge

    Alec Guinness, Albert Finney

    Released1970

    Directed byRonald Neame

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    Eraserhead
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    Eraserhead

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

    Released1975

    Directed byJim Sharman

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    Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
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    23

    Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

    Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton

    Released1977

    Directed bySam Wanamaker

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    Oh, God!
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    Oh, God!

    John Denver, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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  • 15
    Wizards
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    Wizards

    Mark Hamill, Ralph Bakshi

    Released1977

    Directed byRalph Bakshi

    Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Time After Time
    20
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    Time After Time

    Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell

    Released1979

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • 17
    The Phantom Tollbooth
    18
    27

    The Phantom Tollbooth

    Mel Blanc, June Foray

    Released1970

    Directed byChuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan

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  • 18
    Heaven Can Wait
    18
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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

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  • 19
    All That Jazz
    17
    29

    All That Jazz

    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow

    Released1979

    Directed byBob Fosse

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  • 20
    Brewster McCloud
    13
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    Brewster McCloud

    Shelley Duvall, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

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  • 21
    Suspiria
    10
    27

    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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  • 22
    Slaughterhouse-Five
    10
    26

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    Valerie Perrine, Perry King

    Released1972

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    Phantom of the Paradise
    10
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    Phantom of the Paradise

    Rod Serling, Paul Williams

    Released1974

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 24
    Black Moon
    6
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    Joe Dallesandro, Cathryn Harrison

    Released1975

    Directed byLouis Malle

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    Cria Cuervos
    4
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    Cria Cuervos

    Geraldine Chaplin, Héctor Alterio

    Released1976

    Directed byCarlos Saura

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