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The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked

Updated April 13, 2021 34.3k votes 1.3k voters 22.3k views140 items

List RulesVote 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 Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright
    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and...  more

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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver
    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan...  more

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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder
    Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits...  more

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    Willow

    Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak
    Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by...  more

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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie
    Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson,...  more

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    The Dark Crystal

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz
    The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz....  more

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    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl
    The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same...  more

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    Alice in Wonderland

    Ed Wynn, Heather Angel
    Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced...  more

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed...  more

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    The Sword in the Stone

    Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot
    The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by...  more

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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes
    The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney...  more

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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
    Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced...  more

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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman
    Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros....  more

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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by...  more

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    Cinderella

    June Foray, Mike Douglas
    Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and...  more

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    Peter Pan

    June Foray, Bobby Driscoll
    Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based...  more

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    Sleeping Beauty

    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa
    Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based...  more

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    Legend

    Tom Cruise, Tim Curry
    Legend is a 1985 British-American fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring...  more

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    An American Tail

    Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn
    An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and...  more

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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders
    The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired...  more

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the...  more

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    The Secret of NIMH

    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton
    The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don...  more

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    This special is a 1966 American animated television film special directed by Chuck Jones. It...  more

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    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton
    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and...  more

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    The Witches of Eastwick

    Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer
    The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-fantasy film based on John Updike's novel of...  more

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