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List Rules Vote up your favorite old fantasy movies released before 1990.

This list contains information on the best classic fantasy movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best classic fantasy films come in many forms. Some good old fantasy movies follow princesses as they look for love while other good classic fantasy movies feature epic battles. Many of the best classic fantasy films have been beloved for generations.

What films will you find on this top classic fantasy movies released before 1990 list? Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has to be near the top. Gene Wilder had whimsy to spare as the candy-loving title character in this 1971 movie. Fantastical plot twists and catchy songs helped to make this musical a classic. Ghostbusters is another good movie that includes elements of fantasy.

Movie-goers found a fairytale fit for the big screen in the 1987 film The Princess Bride. Other good classic fantasy films featured on this list include Mary Poppins, The NeverEnding Story, and The Wizard of Oz.

Do you have a favorite classic fantasy film? Give the best movies a thumbs up and please add any good features we may have missed.

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added The Lord of the Rings John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe

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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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Kiki's Delivery Service is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Kiki's Delivery Service Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka

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The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Dark Crystal Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell

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Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Wizard of Oz Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Clash of the Titans Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier

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Legend is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Legend Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, Mia Sara

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Willow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Willow Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis

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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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Ghostbusters II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Ghostbusters II Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Conan the Barbarian Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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Flash Gordon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Flash Gordon Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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Highlander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Highlander Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Michael Hayes

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Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Time Bandits Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
ARDYNRAMIREZ added The Hobbit John Huston, Otto Preminger, Don Messick -  1977 An animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of the adventures of a hobbit on a quest to regain a dwarf king's gold.

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The Last Unicorn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Last Unicorn Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury

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Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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The Black Cauldron is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Black Cauldron John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Bedknobs and Broomsticks Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

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Excalibur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Excalibur Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart

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The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added The Witches of Eastwick Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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Castle in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Castle in the Sky Megumi Hayashibara, Mayumi Tanaka, Ichirō Nagai

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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Little Shop of Horrors Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

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The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added The Brave Little Toaster Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Ranft

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The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added The Rescuers Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page

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Big is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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Krull is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Krull Liam Neeson, Robbie Coltrane, Bernard Bresslaw

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The Beastmaster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Beastmaster Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, Janet Jones

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Ladyhawke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Ladyhawke Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Alfred Molina

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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added The Secret of NIMH Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added My Neighbor Totoro Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto

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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added An American Tail Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise

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Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Pete's Dragon Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

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The Many Adventures of Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

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The Sword in the Stone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added The Sword in the Stone Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Scrooged Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis