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.
Directed by: Rob ReinerThe Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more
Directed by: Tim BurtonBeetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits... more
Directed by: Ivan ReitmanGhostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan... more
Directed by: Ron HowardWillow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by... more
Directed by: Jim HensonLabyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson,... more
Directed by: Frank Oz, Jim HensonThe Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.... more
Directed by: Wolfgang PetersenThe NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same... more
Directed by: Wolfgang ReithermanThe Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by... more
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde GeronimiAlice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced... more
Directed by: Ron Clements, John MuskerThe Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney... more
Directed by: Robert ZemeckisWho Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed... more
Directed by: Robert StevensonMary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced... more
Directed by: Joe DanteGremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros.... more
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack KinneyPeter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based... more
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William CottrellSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by... more
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde GeronimiCinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and... more
Directed by: Clyde GeronimiSleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based... more
Directed by: Ridley ScottLegend is a 1985 British-American fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring... more
Directed by: Don BluthAn American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and... more
Directed by: Wolfgang ReithermanThe Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired... more
Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry JonesMonty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the... more
Directed by: Don BluthThe Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don... more
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben WashamThis special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is... more
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor FlemingThe Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and... more
Directed by: George MillerThe Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-fantasy film based on John Updike's novel of... more