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The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite fantasy films that were released in the 1980s.

"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." That's only one of the many memorable quotes that will be stuck in your head as you vote on this list of the best 80s fantasy movies. With so many classics, this list of 1980s fantasy movies will make it hard to choose, but we want to know what your favorites are.

The Princess Bride gave a new definition of an epic sick day from in this great 80s fantasy movie classic; with so many unforgettable characters, this movie is still quoted today. And you can't talk about iconic fantasy films from the 1980s without mentioning Ghostbusters. Starring legends such as Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, this 80s fantasy movie is sure to be on top of the list.

Which iconic 1980s fantasy movie will be on top of your list? Upvote your favorites below, and downvote any films that you didn't like for some reason.
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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis
Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are harassed by an unbearable family that has ...more

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin
The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates
Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz
Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars ...more

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Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young ...more

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Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton
Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character. The Dark Knight of Gotham City (Michael Keaton) begins his war on crime with his first major ...more

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Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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Indiana Jones and the La... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Te... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, and the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film ...more

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Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters II is a 1989 American science fiction fantasy comedy film produced and directed by Ivan Reitman. It is the sequel to the 1984 film Ghostbusters and follows the further adventures of ...more

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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise
An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more

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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more

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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback
All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the ...more

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Little Shop of Horrors ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy
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Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis
Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by George Lucas, and starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, and Billy Barty. ...more

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis
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Splash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah
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Harry and the Hendersons... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s
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John Lithgow, Don Ameche, David Suchet
Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film directed and produced by William Dear, and starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Don Ameche, David Suchet, Margaret Langrick, ...more

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Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell
The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The plot revolves around Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' on a quest to restore balance to his alien world ...more

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