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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! 

  • 1
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson


    Directed byMel Stuart

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  • 2
    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce


    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Superman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies


    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman


    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 4
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 5
    Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters


    Directed byDon Chaffey

    Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi


    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards


    Directed byJohn Hough

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  • 8
    The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    The Lord of the Rings

    John Hurt, Annette Crosbie


    Directed byRalph Bakshi

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  • 9
    The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    The Hobbit

    John Huston, Otto Preminger


    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

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  • 10
    Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies


    Alec Guinness, Albert Finney


    Directed byRonald Neame

    Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies


    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates


    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • 12
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry


    Directed byJim Sharman

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  • 13
    Sinbad and the Eye of the Tige is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

    Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton


    Directed bySam Wanamaker

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  • 14
    Oh, God! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Oh, God!

    John Denver, Teri Garr


    Directed byCarl Reiner

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  • 15
    Wizards is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies


    Mark Hamill, Ralph Bakshi


    Directed byRalph Bakshi

    Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Time After Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Time After Time

    Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell


    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • 17
    The Phantom Tollbooth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    The Phantom Tollbooth

    Mel Blanc, June Foray


    Directed byChuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan

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  • 18
    Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty


    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

    Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    All That Jazz

    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow


    Directed byBob Fosse

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  • 20
    Brewster McCloud is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Brewster McCloud

    Shelley Duvall, Margaret Hamilton


    Directed byRobert Altman

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  • 21
    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies


    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli


    Directed byDario Argento

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  • 22
    Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies


    Valerie Perrine, Perry King


    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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  • 23
    Phantom of the Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Phantom of the Paradise

    Rod Serling, Paul Williams


    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 24
    Black Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Black Moon

    Joe Dallesandro, Cathryn Harrison


    Directed byLouis Malle

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  • 25
    Cria Cuervos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

    Cria Cuervos

    Geraldine Chaplin, Héctor Alterio


    Directed byCarlos Saura

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