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The Best Movies With Elves

July 15, 2020 783 votes 38 voters50 items

List RulesThe movie does not have to be directly about an elf or elves but they should play a significant part in the narrative.

As you watch the best movies with elves, you'll soon discover there are a lot more stories to tell with these magical creatures that fall outside of the Christmas season. Sure, there are plenty of Christmas movies that prominently feature elves like The Santa Clause and Elf, but you'd be surprised how many other fantasy movies are out there that draw inspiration from European folklore. 

Legolas from The Lord of the Rings series is an elf, and he represents his people well as he travels with Aragorn and Gimli. You may also remember the Dark Elves from Thor: The Dark World. It presented a different take on the creatures as these elves are the bad guys when normally, they're portrayed as good. It just goes to show there's more than one way to incorporate elves into a story. 

What are some of your favorite movies about elves? We need your magical touch, so vote for films you think are best below. 

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    Elf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies With Elves

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Noelle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Noelle

    Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader

    Released2019

    Directed byMarc Lawrence

    Noelle is a 2019 American fantasy adventure Christmas comedy film directed and written by Marc... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Arthur Christmas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Arthur Christmas

    Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie

    Released2011

    Directed bySarah Smith, Barry Cook

    Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question:... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by... moreamazon_watch buy button

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    Rise of the Guardians is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Rise of the Guardians

    Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin

    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Ramsey

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    Onward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Onward

    Chris Pratt, Tom Holland

    Released2020

    Directed byDan Scanlon

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    The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Released2004

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Warcraft

    Paula Patton, Ben Foster

    Released2016

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    Bright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Bright

    Will Smith, Joel Edgerton

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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    Legend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Legend

    Tom Cruise, Tim Curry

    Released1985

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber o is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and... moreamazon_watch buy button

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    Fred Claus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Fred Claus

    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Dobkin

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    Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2004

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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    The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    The Lord of the Rings

    John Hurt, Annette Crosbie

    Released1978

    Directed byRalph Bakshi

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    The Christmas Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    The Christmas Chronicles

    Kurt Russell, Judah Lewis

    Released2018

    Directed byClay Kaytis

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of  is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    The Santa Clause 2

    Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Lembeck

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    The Spiderwick Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Waters

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Helen Mirren, Judi Dench

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Hall

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    Eragon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies With Elves
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    Eragon

    Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich

    Released2006

    Directed byStefen Fangmeier

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