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The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Only movies in the Fantasy genre released on or after January, 1 2015.

What are the best new fantasy films? This is your chance to decide. The genre has been around since the beginning of cinema, but it has never been as fruitful as it is now. Recent fantasy movies have benefited from advancements in CGI technology, allowing images that were not possible in previous decades. Basically, if someone can imagine it, it can be created for the screen. Consequently, filmmakers have been able to unleash their imaginations to a degree they never could before. Audiences are the obvious beneficiaries of that imagination.

Current fantasy movies come in many forms. Some, like The Age of Adaline and Disney's live-action Cinderella, are romantic fantasies. More traditional "hero's journey" fantasies, like the Star Wars installments The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, are accounted for, too. A few are aimed at family audiences, like The BFG and Pete's Dragon, while others target a slightly older audience. Guillermo Del Toro's R-rated The Shape of Water is a prime example. You'll also find fantasies with a comic spin and a couple that have a heavy dose of action. 

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation ...more
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Mary Poppins Returns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw
Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall. In 1935, during the era of the Great Depression in the United Kingdom, the now grown-up Jane (Emily ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
This film is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The F... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
This film is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Ex-stormtrooper Finn (John ...more
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The Shape of Water is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins
The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro. Lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation until she discovers a secret ...more
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Kubo and the Two Strings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey
Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion action fantasy film directed and produced by Travis Knight. The film revolves around Kubo, a young boy who wields a magical shamisen ...more
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn ...more
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith
Aladdin is a 2019 American musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the Arab-style folktale. Smitten with the free-spirited Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), an ...more
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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car collision, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more
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How to Train Your Dragon: The ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action fantasy film directed by Dean DeBlois. As Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) fulfills his dream of creating a ...more
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the 2001 book by J. K. Rowling. The adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New ...more
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 fantasy drama film directed by David Yates. After Gellert Grindelward (Johnny Depp) escapes imprisonment, his closest friend, Albus ...more
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Mirai is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino
Mirai is a 2018 Japanese animated film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Kun, a spoiled 4-year-old boy, comes across a magical garden where he meets his future sister Mirai who is now a young woman and ...more
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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges
The Little Prince is an upcoming English-language French computer-animated stop-motion fantasy film directed by Mark Osborne. Irena Brignull wrote the script based on the 1943 novel of the same ...more
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The Red Turtle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
is a 2016 French-Japanese animated fantasy drama film co-written and directed by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit and produced by Toshio Suzuki from Japan. A massive sea turtle ...more
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Valerian and the City of a Tho... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Valérian et la Cité des mille planètes in French) is a 2017 French science fiction action film produced, written and directed by ...more
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecu... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O'Dowd
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American 3D dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs.
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Welcome to Marwen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger
Welcome to Marwen is a 2018 American fantasy drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, inspired by Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol. A victim (Steve Carell) of a violent assault ...more
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A Monster Calls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell
A Monster Calls is a 2016 dark fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona, based on the novel by Patrick Ness. A boy (Lewis MacDougall) seeks the help of a tree monster (Liam Neeson) to cope ...more
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Strange Magic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley
Strange Magic is a 2015 American computer-animated jukebox musical fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Gary Rydstrom. A realm is divided between a land of fairies and light, and a land of ...more
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The Nutcracker and the Four Re... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on works by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. After being led by her ...more
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell
Cinderella is a 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz. Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur for Walt ...more
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Little is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Regina Hall
Little is a 2019 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Tina Gordon Chism. When a tech mogul (Regina Hall) magically transforms into her younger self (Marsai Martin), her long-suffering ...more
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Colossal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens
Colossal is a 2016 science fiction comedy film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an unemployed writer struggling with alcoholism. After moving back to her ...more
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Swiss Army Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years
Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Swiss Army Man is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Hank (Paul Dano) is a man who is attempting suicide after being lost on an island, when ...more