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The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies

Updated October 2, 2020 1.1m votes 45.1k voters 355.2k views95 items

List RulesVote 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 or '80s barbarian movies like Conan the Barbarian. Starring legends such as Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, this 80s fantasy movie is sure to be on top of the list.

Which famous 1980s fantasy movie will be on top of your list? Vote your favorites '80s fantasy movies below, and vote down any films that you didn't like for any reason.

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  • 1
    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • 2
    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    38,522
    3,398

    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 3
    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    34,622
    4,155

    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 4
    Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
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    4,051

    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

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  • 5
    Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    35,366
    4,351

    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

  • 6
    The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    34,013
    4,213

    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl

    Released1984

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • 7
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    32,621
    4,049

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

  • 8
    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    31,998
    4,152

    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 9
    Big is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    27,139
    4,640

    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • 10
    Ghostbusters II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    26,612
    5,027

    Ghostbusters II

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1989

    Directed byIvan Reitman

  • 11
    All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    19,246
    4,498

    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

    Released1989

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

  • 12
    Willow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    23,574
    5,797

    Willow

    Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak

    Released1988

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 13
    Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    21,080
    5,189

    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byFrank Oz

  • 14
    Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    20,894
    5,727

    Scrooged

    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Donner

  • 15
    Splash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    20,765
    5,958

    Splash

    Tom Hanks, John Candy

    Released1984

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 16
    Harry and the Hendersons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    20,425
    5,937

    Harry and the Hendersons

    John Lithgow, Don Ameche

    Released1987

    Directed byWilliam Dear

  • 17
    The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    20,590
    6,207

    The Dark Crystal

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Released1982

    Directed byFrank Oz, Jim Henson

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  • 18
    The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    18,403
    5,849

    The Witches of Eastwick

    Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1987

    Directed byGeorge Miller

  • 19
    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    18,420
    5,897

    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

  • 20
    The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    17,244
    6,112

    The Secret of NIMH

    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton

    Released1982

    Directed byDon Bluth

  • 21
    Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    16,334
    5,902

    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 22
    Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    15,396
    5,972

    Conan the Barbarian

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Milius

  • 23
    Legend is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    15,686
    6,135

    Legend

    Tom Cruise, Tim Curry

    Released1985

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 24
    Highlander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    13,463
    5,855

    Highlander

    Sean Connery, Clancy Brown

    Released1986

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

  • 25
    Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Fantasy Movies
    2,359
    1,034

    Clash of the Titans

    Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith

    Released1981

    Directed byDesmond Davis

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