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The Best '70s Fantasy Movies 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.5k votes 247 voters 11.2k views 25 items

List Rules Vote 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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Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

Released: 1973

Directed by: Charles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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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Superman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1970

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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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Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Released: 1977

Directed by: Don Chaffey

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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John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe

Released: 1978

Directed by: Ralph Bakshi

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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Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Hough

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John Huston, Otto Preminger, Don Messick

Released: 1977

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

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Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Kenneth More

Released: 1970

Directed by: Ronald Neame

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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

Released: 1975

Directed by: Jim Sharman

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John Denver, Teri Garr, Carl Reiner

Released: 1977

Directed by: Carl Reiner

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Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton, Patrick Wayne

Released: 1977

Directed by: Sam Wanamaker

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Mark Hamill, Ralph Bakshi, David Proval

Released: 1977

Directed by: Ralph Bakshi

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Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 1979

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

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Mel Blanc, June Foray, Daws Butler

Released: 1970

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan

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Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

Released: 1979

Directed by: Bob Fosse

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Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

Released: 1977

Directed by: David Lynch

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Valerie Perrine, Perry King, John Dehner

Released: 1972

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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Rod Serling, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper

Released: 1974

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

Released: 1977

Directed by: Dario Argento

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Shelley Duvall, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Kellerman

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert Altman

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Joe Dallesandro, Cathryn Harrison, Alexandra Stewart

Released: 1975

Directed by: Louis Malle

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Geraldine Chaplin, Héctor Alterio, Ana Torrent

Released: 1976

Directed by: Carlos Saura

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