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If you're a fantasy junkie looking to expand your perspective, why not check out some of the best foreign fantasy films? Fantasies have the ability to transport viewers to another world, one filled with magic, the supernatural, and the make believe. Foreign language fantasy movies are unique in that - while creating an imaginary universe - they can simultaneously introducing you to the culture and customs of other countries. From animated classics to live action adventures, there are plenty of good foreign fantasy films that will delight any viewer. 

What films will you find here? The Godzilla franchise found the monstrous title character wreaking havoc on the people of Japan. A futuristic city is the setting for the 1927 German classic Metropolis. Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro are iconic animated classics set in Japan. Other good movies featured on this top foreign fantasy films list include The City of Lost Children, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Stalker, and The Host. 

Which foreign film deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorite movies a thumbs up and add anything you feel is missing. 

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, ...more

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
My Neighbor Totoro Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative ...more

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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Metropolis Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. The film was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou, and starred Brigitte Helm, Gustav ...more

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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Delicatessen Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado Delicatessen is a 1991 French film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, starring Dominique Pinon and Karin Viard. It is set in an apartment building in a post-apocalyptic France of an ...more

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Jōji Yanami, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Ichirō Nagai Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a 1984 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his own 1982 manga of the same name. ...more

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Fantastic Planet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Fantastic Planet Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart, Yves Barsacq Fantastic Planet is a 1973 cutout stop motion science fiction allegorical film directed by René Laloux, production designed by Roland Topor, written by both of them and animated at ...more

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The City of Lost Children is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The City of Lost Children Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Pinon The City of Lost Children is a 1995 French-German-Spanish science fantasy drama film directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Ron Perlman, who does not speak French, and ...more

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Stalker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Stalker Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Alisa Freindlich Stalker is a 1979 art film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, with its screenplay written by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. Loosely based on the novel The Roadside Picnic, the film features a mixture ...more

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The Host is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Host Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film, directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona and Go Ah-sung. The movie concerns a monster kidnapping a ...more

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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
TrollHunter Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg Trollhunter is a 2010 Norwegian dark fantasy film, made in the form of a "found footage" mockumentary. It is written and directed by André Øvredal, and features a mixed ...more

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La Jetée is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
La Jetée William Klein, Etienne Becker, Jean Négroni La Jetée, is a 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. ...more

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Akira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Akira Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more

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Planet of the Vampires is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Planet of the Vampires Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ivan Rassimov Planet of the Vampires is a 1965 Italian/Spanish science fiction horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film stars Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell. The screenplay, by Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Beauty and the Beast Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Josette Day Beauty and the Beast is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of the traditional fairy tale of the same name, written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1757 as part ...more

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The Exterminating Angel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Exterminating Angel Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook, Jacqueline Andere The Exterminating Angel, is the second Buñuel film of the Buñuel/Alatriste/Pinal film trilogy, written and directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Silvia Pinal, and produced by ...more

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The Storm Warriors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Storm Warriors Nicholas Tse, Simon Yam, Aaron Kwok The Storm Warriors is a 2009 Hong Kong film produced and directed by the Pang brothers. It is the second live-action film adaptation of artist Ma Wing-shing's manhua series Fung Wan, following ...more

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On the Silver Globe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
On the Silver Globe Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Seweryn, Leszek Długosz On the Silver Globe is a Polish film premiered in 1988, directed by Andrzej Żuławski and adapted from a novel by Jerzy Żuławski.

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Viy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Viy Klara Rumyanova, Did Panas, Boryslav Brondukov Viy is a 1967 horror film produced by Mosfilm and based on the Nikolai Gogol story of the same name.

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Destiny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Destiny Georg John, Lil Dagover, Bernhard Goetzke Destiny is a 1921 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang. The film, rich in special effects, is structured as a frame tale with three stories within the story.

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Tale of Tales is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Tale of Tales Alexander Kalyagin Tale of Tales is a 1979 Soviet/Russian animated film directed by Yuriy Norshteyn and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. It has won numerous awards, has been acclaimed by critics and ...more

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2046 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
2046 Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung 2046 is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. It is a loose sequel to the 1991 Hong Kong film Days of Being Wild and the 2000 Hong Kong film In the Mood for Love. ...more

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alphaville Anna Karina, Jean Piere Leaud, Akim Tamiroff Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution is a 1965 black-and-white French science fiction film noir directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It stars Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard ...more

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World on a Wire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
World on a Wire Ulli Lommel, Kurt Raab, Ivan Desny World on a Wire, is a 1973 science fiction film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Shot in 16 mm, it was made for German television and originally aired in 1973, as a two-part miniseries. ...more

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Timecrimes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Timecrimes Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Barbara Goenaga Timecrimes is a 2007 Spanish science-fiction thriller film directed by Nacho Vigalondo. A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour, starting a series f ...more

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The Clone Returns Home is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
The Clone Returns Home Kyusaku Shimada, Hiromi Nagasaku, Mitsuhiro Oikawa "In the tradition of Solaris and other deeply philosophical science-fiction works, The Clone Returns Home is art cinema at its best. Kohei, a young astronaut, agrees to participate in an ...more

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First Spaceship on Venus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
First Spaceship on Venus Eduard von Winterstein, Yoko Tani, Lucyna Winnicka First Spaceship on Venus, German: Der schweigende Stern, Polish: Milcząca Gwiazda, is a 1960 East German/Polish science fiction film directed by Kurt Maetzig and based on the novel The ...more

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Tokyo Gore Police is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Tokyo Gore Police Eihi Shiina, Tak Sakaguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura Tokyo Gore Police is a 2008 Japanese-American film co-written, edited, and directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura and stars Eihi Shiina as Ruka, a vengeful police officer. Tokyo Gore Police was ...more

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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Renaissance Daniel Craig, Ian Holm, Catherine McCormack Renaissance is a 2006 French black-and-white animated science fiction film by French director Christian Volckman. It was co-produced in France, United Kingdom and Luxembourg and released on 15 ...more

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonder... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders Jan Klusák, Josef Abrhám, Helena Anýžová Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a 1970 Czechoslovakian surrealist film directed by Jaromil Jireš and based on the 1932 novel of the same name by Vítězslav Nezval. The 1970 film ...more

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Cargo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Cargo Yangzom Brauen, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Gilles Tschudi Cargo is a 2009 science fiction film, the first from Swiss production and the first major feature film by Ivan Engler.

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Enthiran is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Enthiran Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Kalabhavan Mani Enthiran is a 2010 Indian Tamil science fiction film co-written by S. Shankar and Sujatha Rangarajan and directed by Shankar. It stars Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the leads with ...more

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Tai Chi Zero is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
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