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The Best '70s Fantasy Movies  

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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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Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more

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Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson
Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more

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Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth
This film is a 1971 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based upon the books ...more

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Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons
Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but one of its title characters, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story ...more

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Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers
The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more

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Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland
Escape to Witch Mountain is a 1975 film based on the novel Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions, released by Buena Vista Distribution Company and ...more

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John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe
The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 animated high fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It is an adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, comprising The Fellowship ...more

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John Huston, Otto Preminger, Don Messick
The Hobbit is a 1977 animated musical television special created by Rankin/Bass, a studio known for their holiday specials, and animated by Topcraft, a precursor to Studio Ghibli, using lyrics ...more

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Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Kenneth More
Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Ronald Neame, and ...more

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The Rocky Horror Picture... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox produced by Lou Adler and Michael White and directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman ...more

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Mark Hamill, Ralph Bakshi, David Proval
Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle between two wizards, one representing the forces of magic and one representing the forces of industrial ...more

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John Denver, Teri Garr, Carl Reiner
Oh, God! is a 1977 comedy film starring George Burns and John Denver. Based on a novel by Avery Corman, the film was directed by Carl Reiner from a screenplay written by Larry Gelbart. The story ...more

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Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton, Patrick Wayne
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger is a 1977 British fantasy film, the third and final Sinbad film that Ray Harryhausen made for Columbia Pictures after The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and The Golden ...more
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Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie
Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It is the second film adaptation of Harry Segall's stageplay of the same name, preceded by Here Comes ...more

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Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen
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Mel Blanc, June Foray, Daws Butler
The Phantom Tollbooth, also known as The Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth, is a 1970 live-action/animated film based on Norton Juster's 1961 children's book The Phantom Tollbooth. ...more
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Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider
All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse's life and ...more

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Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk
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Rod Serling, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper
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Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier
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Valerie Perrine, Perry King, John Dehner
Slaughterhouse-Five is a 1972 film based on Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name about a writer who tells a story in random order of how he was a soldier in WW2 and was taken by aliens. The ...more

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Shelley Duvall, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Kellerman
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Joe Dallesandro, Cathryn Harrison, Alexandra Stewart
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Geraldine Chaplin, H├ęctor Alterio, Ana Torrent
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