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The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked  

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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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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added 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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The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher
The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-fantasy film based on John Updike's novel of the same name. Directed by George Miller, the film stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne, ...more
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
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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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 American animated fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It uses a hybrid of traditional cel animation and rotoscoped live action footage. It is ...more
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Splash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah
Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody ...more
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth
This film is a 1971 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based upon the books ...more
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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier
Clash of the Titans is an 1981 British-American fantasy adventure film involving the Greek hero Perseus, and features the final work of stop motion visual effects artist, Ray Harryhausen. It was ...more
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The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page
The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 23rd film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Big is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
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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The Many Adventures of Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It is the 22nd animated feature ...more
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Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons
Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but one of its title characters, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story ...more
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Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter
Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United ...more
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Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow
Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 sword and sorcery/adventure film directed and co-written by John Milius. It is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, a pulp fiction writer of the 1930s, about the ...more
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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy
Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan ...more
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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro
Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the ...more
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its ...more
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Superman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more
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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor
The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more
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Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter
Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund ...more
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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis
Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more
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The Black Cauldron is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne
The Black Cauldron is a 1985 American animated dark fantasy adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 25th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it is loosely based on the first ...more
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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more
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Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy
Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy fantasy film starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Meshach Taylor, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, and Estelle Getty. Directed and written by Michael Gottlieb, ...more
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The Great Mouse Detective is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked
but chickens double d added Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker
The Great Mouse Detective is a 1986 American animated mystery film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, originally released to movie theaters on July 2, 1986 by Walt Disney Pictures. The ...more