Witches and magic and dragons, oh my! The best movies based on fantasy books capture the imaginations of movie-goers. Many films based on fantasy novels feature magical encounters while other good fantasy movies that are adaptations of books feature pathways to other worlds. Some of the best fantasy films based off books have even won Academy Awards.
What fantasy novels adapted into movies will you find on this list. The Wizard of Oz has to be near the top. Based on L. Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this 1939 film finds Dorothy Gale and her friends going down the yellow brick road. The Wizard of Oz won two Academy Awards for its score and the original song, “Over the Rainbow.” The Princess Bride is another timeless fantasy film based on a book.
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit inspired a film trilogy from a 310 page novel. Other good movies based on fantasy books include Alice in Wonderland, Coraline, and the Harry Potter franchise.
How will we ever determine which film deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by voting up your favorites. Add any good fantasy movies we may have missed and check back for new movies based on fantasy fiction as they come out.
Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by... more
Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson... more
Directed by: Alfonso CuarónHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and... more
Directed by: Chris ColumbusHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as... more
Directed by: David YatesHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a 2011 fantasy film directed by David Yates,... more
Directed by: David YatesHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and... more
Directed by: Ralph BakshiThe Lord of the Rings is a 1978 animated high fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It is an... more
Directed by: Rob ReinerThe Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more
Directed by: David YatesHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy film directed by David Yates and... more
Directed by: Mike NewellHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and... more
Directed by: David YatesHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates... more
Directed by: Andrew AdamsonThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure... more
Directed by: Chris ColumbusHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and... more
Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013... more
Directed by: Vladimir LatyshevThe Hobbit was a 1985 Soviet film adaption of J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 book The Hobbit by... more
Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris SandersHow to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by... more
Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter... more
Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by... more
Directed by: Danny DeVitoMatilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny... 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: Mel StuartWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and... 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: Tim BurtonMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American 3D dark fantasy film directed... more
Directed by: Matthew VaughnStardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by... more
Directed by: Chris ColumbusThis film is a 2010 fantasy adventure film directed by Chris Columbus. ... more