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The Best Dark Fantasy Movies That Show You The Sinister Side Of Magic

Updated February 18, 2021 5.8k votes 352 voters 5.5k views57 items

List RulesVote up your favorite fantasy movies that are dark and ominous.

The best dark fantasy movies combine magical elements that both transport audiences to a magical world while instilling a sense of danger and fear. They can be both live-action and animated dark fantasy movies. The director Guillermo del Toro has made a career out of great dark fantasy films such as Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and the Hellboy franchise. Other classic dark fantasy films include sword and sorcery movies such as Conan the Barbarian and Dragonslayer. But which of these dark fantasy films deserves to make it to the top of the list? You get to help with your votes.

Vote up your favorite dark fantasy films and vote down any you never want to see again. Be sure to check back to see which of these dark fantasy films is deemed the best! If you don't see a dark fantasy film on the list that you think deserves a shot at the number 1 spot, feel free to add it.

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  • Pan's Labyrinth1
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It...  more
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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

    Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson,...  more
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    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Released2009

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's...  more
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    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

    Released1990

    Directed byTim Burton

    Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An...  more
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  • The Crow5
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    The Crow

    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee

    Released1994

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J....  more
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  • Hocus Pocus6
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette...  more
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    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2004

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Hellboy is a 2004 American supernatural superhero film, starring Ron Perlman and directed by...  more
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  • The Dark Crystal8
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    The Dark Crystal

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Released1982

    Directed byFrank Oz, Jim Henson

    The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz....  more
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  • Corpse Bride9
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    Corpse Bride

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Burton, Mike Johnson

    Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American...  more
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  • The Secret of NIMH10
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    The Secret of NIMH

    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton

    Released1982

    Directed byDon Bluth

    The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don...  more
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    Legend

    Tom Cruise, Tim Curry

    Released1985

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Legend is a 1985 British-American fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring...  more
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  • The Witches12
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    The Witches

    Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston

    Released1990

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    The Witches is a 1990 comedy-fantasy film based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It...  more
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  • The Black Cauldron13
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    The Black Cauldron

    John Hurt, John Huston

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Rich, Ted Berman

    The Black Cauldron is a 1985 American animated dark fantasy adventure film released by Walt...  more
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  • Maleficent14
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    Maleficent

    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

    Released2014

    Directed byRobert Stromberg

    Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired...  more
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  • Army of Darkness15
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    Army of Darkness

    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell

    Released1992

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It...  more
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  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children16
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    Released2016

    Directed byTim Burton

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American 3D dark fantasy film directed...  more
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  • The Brothers Grimm17
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    The Brothers Grimm

    Monica Bellucci, Matt Damon

    Released2005

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    The Brothers Grimm is a 2005 adventure fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam. The film stars...  more
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  • Return to Oz18
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    Return to Oz

    Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie

    Released1985

    Directed byWalter Murch

    Return to Oz is a 1985 fantasy adventure film based on L. Frank Baum's Oz books, mainly The...  more
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  • Crimson Peak19
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    Crimson Peak

    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2015

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Crimson Peak is a 2015 American gothic romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro. In the...  more
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  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil20
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    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

    Released2019

    Directed byJoachim Rønning

    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a 2019 American fantasy film directed by Joachim Rønning, and...  more
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  • The Last Witch Hunter21
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    Released2014

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    The Last Witch Hunter is a 2014 action adventure fantasy film written by Cory Goodman and...  more
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  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army22
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • Ladyhawke23
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    Ladyhawke

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Ladyhawke is a 1985 fantasy film directed by Richard Donner, starring Matthew Broderick,...  more
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  • Conan the Barbarian24
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    Conan the Barbarian

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 sword and sorcery/adventure film directed and co-written by John...  more
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  • Frankenweenie25
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    Frankenweenie

    Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning

    Released2012

    Directed byTim Burton

    Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton....  more
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