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The Best New Fantasy Movies of the Last Few Years

Updated November 15, 2019 582 votes 37 voters41 items

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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    Beauty and the Beast
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

    Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    The Shape of Water
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    4

    The Shape of Water

    Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Mary Poppins Returns
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    9

    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall. In... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Doctor Strange
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    10

    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    15
    9

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Yates

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
    13
    8

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Yates

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 fantasy drama film directed by David... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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    9

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released2015

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Mirai
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    2

    Mirai

    Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki

    Released2018

    Directed byMamoru Hosoda

    Mirai is a 2018 Japanese animated film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Kun, a spoiled 4-year-old... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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    7

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

    Directed byRian Johnson

    This film is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    10
    8

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara

    Released2016

    Directed byTravis Knight

    Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion action fantasy film directed and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
    13
    12

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

    Directed byScott Rosenberg

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    10
    9

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett

    Released2019

    Directed byDean DeBlois

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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    5

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Valérian et la Cité des mille planètes in French)... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    The Little Prince
    6
    4

    The Little Prince

    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

    Released2014

    Directed byMark Osborne

    The Little Prince is an upcoming English-language French computer-animated stop-motion fantasy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Red Turtle
    is a 2016 French-Japanese animated fantasy drama film co-written and directed by Dutch-British... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Cinderella
    7
    5

    Cinderella

    Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2015

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Cinderella is a 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Swiss Army Man
    4
    2

    Swiss Army Man

    Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byDan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

    Swiss Army Man is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Dan Kwan and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Christopher Robin
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    Christopher Robin

    Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell

    Released2018

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Christopher Robin is a 2018 American comedy-drama adventure film directed by Marc Forster,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Directed byTim Burton

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American 3D dark fantasy film directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Colossal
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    Colossal

    Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis

    Directed byNacho Vigalondo

    Colossal is a 2016 science fiction comedy film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. Gloria... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Aladdin
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    9

    Aladdin

    Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott

    Released2019

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Aladdin is a 2019 American musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Kong: Skull Island
    5
    6

    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

    Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Strange Magic
    4
    5

    Strange Magic

    Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2015

    Directed byGary Rydstrom

    Strange Magic is a 2015 American computer-animated jukebox musical fantasy romantic comedy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Welcome to Marwen
    4
    5

    Welcome to Marwen

    Steve Carell, Leslie Mann

    Released2018

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Welcome to Marwen is a 2018 American fantasy drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, inspired... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    White Snake
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    White Snake

    Zhe Zhang, Tianxiang Yang

    Released2019

    Directed byAmp Wong, Ji Zhao

    White Snake is a 2019 Chinese American animated fantasy film directed by Amp Wong and Ji Zhao.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button