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The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years

List RulesOnly 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. 

Vote up your favorite titles on this list of new fantasy movies. Don't see your favorite? Add it, then check back later to see how other users rank it. 

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  • 1

    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor
    26
    8

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    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 Stephen  ...more
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  • 2

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
    23
    10

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Yates

    Runtime127

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations, Violence

    PremieredNovember 18, 2016

    The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief
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  • 3

    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens
    24
    15

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

    Runtime129

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations, Violence

    PremieredMarch 17, 2017

    Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and
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  • 4

    The Shape of Water

    Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon
    16
    6

    Released2017

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    The Shape of Water is a 2017 Spanish-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  ...more
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  • 5

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett
    17
    9

    Released2019

    Directed byDean DeBlois

    Runtime104

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations

    PremieredFebruary 22, 2019

    When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth.  ...more
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  • 6

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
    19
    12

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Yates

    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 Dumbledore  ...more
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  • 7

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill
    19
    12

    Released2015

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Runtime136

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations, Violence

    PremieredDecember 18, 2015

    Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert  ...more
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  • 8

    Cinderella

    Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter
    15
    8

    Released2015

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    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 Disney  ...more
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  • 9

    Aladdin

    Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
    18
    11

    Released2019

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    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 Agrabah  ...more
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  • 10

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart
    18
    13

    Released2017

    Directed byJake Kasdan

    Runtime119

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations

    PremieredDecember 20, 2017

    Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play  ...more
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  • 11

    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson
    12
    5

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

    Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second film in Legendary's Godzilla–Kong film  ...more
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  • 12

    Mortal Kombat

    Jessica McNamee, Mehcad Brooks
    10
    3

    Released2021

    Directed bySimon McQuoid

    Mortal Kombat is a 2021 American martial-arts fantasy action film directed by Simon McQuoid, based on the video game franchise of the same name created by Ed Boon and John Tobias.  ...more
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  • 13

    Mirai

    Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki
    10
    4

    Released2018

    Directed byMamoru Hosoda

    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 has  ...more
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  • 14

    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda
    13
    7

    Released2018

    Directed byRob Marshall

    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 Mortimer)  ...more
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  • 15

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush
    13
    8

    Released2017

    Directed byJoachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

    Runtime149

    Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt.  ...more
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  • 16

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown
    7
    0

    Released2021

    Directed byAdam Wingard

    Runtime113

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations, Violence

    PremieredMarch 31, 2021

    Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. Along for the ride is Jia, an orphaned girl who has a unique and powerful bond with the mighty beast. However, they soon  ...more
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  • 17

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara
    13
    8

    Released2016

    Directed byTravis Knight

    Runtime102

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations

    PremieredAugust 19, 2016

    Young Kubo's (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and  ...more
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  • 18

    Christopher Robin

    Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell
    10
    4

    Released2018

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Christopher Robin is a 2018 American comedy-drama adventure film directed by Marc Forster, inspired by A. A. Milne's book. All grown up with no sense of imagination, Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor)  ...more
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  • 19

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
    14
    10

    Released2017

    Directed byRian Johnson

    Runtime152

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations, Violence

    PremieredDecember 15, 2017

    Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a
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  • 20

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill
    9
    3

    Released2021

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Zack Snyder's Justice League (HBO Max, 2021) is an American superhero movie based on the comic book of the same name created by Gardner Fox. The film will feature Zack Snyder's director's cut of the  ...more
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  • 21

    Strange Magic

    Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood
    9
    5

    Released2015

    Directed byGary Rydstrom

    Bog King (Alan Cumming) leader of the Dark Forest, hates the notion of love and has ordered the destruction of all primroses, which are an essential ingredient of love potions. However, when he meets  ...more
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  • 22

    The Little Prince

    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard
    8
    5

    Released2015

    Directed byMark Osborne

    Runtime106

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations

    PremieredAugust 5, 2016

    The Aviator introduces a girl to a world where she rediscovers her childhood and learns that it's human connections that matter most, and that it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is  ...more
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  • 23

    The Red Turtle

    8
    5
    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 destroys a  ...more
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  • 24

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne
    11
    9

    Released2017

    Directed byLuc Besson

    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 Luc Besson. The film is  ...more
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  • 25

    Swiss Army Man

    Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe
    7
    4

    Released2016

    Directed byDan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

    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 he  ...more
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