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

Updated April 15, 2019 4.9k votes 265 voters 2.0k 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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    Labyrinth
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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

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    Pan's Labyrinth
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Edward Scissorhands
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    Hocus Pocus
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

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    The Crow
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 6
    Coraline
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    Hellboy
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    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2004

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • 8
    The Dark Crystal
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    Corpse Bride
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    The Secret of NIMH
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    Legend
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    The Witches
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 13
    The Black Cauldron
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Army of Darkness
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    Maleficent
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    Maleficent

    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

    Released2014

    Directed byRobert Stromberg

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    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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    Directed byTim Burton

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American 3D dark fantasy film directed... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    The Brothers Grimm
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    The Brothers Grimm

    Monica Bellucci, Matt Damon

    Released2005

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
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    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

    Released2019

    Directed byJoachim Rønning

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  • 19
    Return to Oz
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 20
    Conan the Barbarian
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    Conan the Barbarian

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Milius

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  • 21
    The Last Witch Hunter
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    Released2014

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    The Last Witch Hunter is a 2014 action adventure fantasy film written by Cory Goodman and...Amazon_watch buy button

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    Ladyhawke
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    Ladyhawke

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 23
    Crimson Peak
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    Crimson Peak

    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2015

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Gretel & Hansel: A Grim Fairy Tale
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    Gretel & Hansel: A Grim Fairy Tale

    Sophia Lillis, Sam Leakey

    Released2020

    Directed byOz Perkins

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