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The Best '70s Fantasy Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 1.5k votes 250 voters 11.5k views25 items

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

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

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

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi

    Released1970

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
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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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
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    The Lord of the Rings

    John Hurt, Annette Crosbie

    Released1978

    Directed byRalph Bakshi

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

    John Huston, Otto Preminger

    Released1977

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

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

    Alec Guinness, Albert Finney

    Released1970

    Directed byRonald Neame

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

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
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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 Tige is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
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    Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

    Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton

    Released1977

    Directed bySam Wanamaker

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

    John Denver, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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

    Mark Hamill, Ralph Bakshi

    Released1977

    Directed byRalph Bakshi

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    Time After Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
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    Time After Time

    Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell

    Released1979

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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

    Mel Blanc, June Foray

    Released1970

    Directed byChuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan

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

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

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    All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Fantasy Movies
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    All That Jazz

    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow

    Released1979

    Directed byBob Fosse

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

    Shelley Duvall, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

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

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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

    Valerie Perrine, Perry King

    Released1972

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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

    Rod Serling, Paul Williams

    Released1974

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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

    Joe Dallesandro, Cathryn Harrison

    Released1975

    Directed byLouis Malle

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

    Geraldine Chaplin, Héctor Alterio

    Released1976

    Directed byCarlos Saura

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