SciFi and Fantasy The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Only fantasy films in language other than English. Vote up the best foreign fantasy films.

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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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young ...more

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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno, is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and ...more

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Princess Mononoke Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was animated by Studio Ghibli and produced by Toshio Suzuki. The film stars the ...more

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 7 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 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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Nausicaä of the Valley of the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Alex Gaginsky added The Story of Voyages Tatyana Maksuta, Andrey Mironov

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Mio in the Land of Faraway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Mio in the Land of Faraway Christopher Lee Christian Bale Nicholas Pickard Mio in the Land of Faraway is a 1987 fantasy film directed by Vladimir Grammatikov and starring Christopher Lee, Christian Bale, Nicholas Pickard, Timothy Bottoms and Susannah York. Based on the ...more

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The Sword and the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Sword and the Dragon Sergey Martinson, Boris Andreyev, Andrei Abrikosov Ilya Muromets, known in the US as The Sword and the Dragon and in the UK as The Epic Hero and the Beast, is a Soviet fantasy film directed by the noted fantasy director Aleksandr Ptushko, made ...more

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The Snow Queen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Snow Queen Sergey Martinson, Janina Żejmo, Vladimir Gribkov The Snow Queen is a 1957 Soviet feature animated film directed by Lev Atamanov. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the story of the same name by Hans Christian ...more

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Akademia pana Kleksa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Akademia pana Kleksa

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Baahubali: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Baahubali: The Beginning Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Prabhas ahubali: The Beginning, also known as BB1, is a 2015 Indian dramatic action film directed by S. S. Rajamouli. In ancient India, an adventurous and daring man becomes involved in a decades old ...more

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The Monkey King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Monkey King Chow Yun-Fat, Donnie Yen, Zhang Zilin The Monkey King is a 2014 Hong Kong-Chinese fantasy film directed by Cheang Pou-soi and starring Donnie Yen as the titular protagonist. Yen also serves as the film's action director. Production ...more

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Night Watch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Night Watch Anna Semenovich, Jeanna Friske, Gosha Kutsenko Night Watch is a 2004 Russian urban fantasy supernatural thriller film directed by Timur Bekmambetov. It is loosely based on the novel The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, and is the first part ...more

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The Scarlet Flower is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Scarlet Flower Lev Durov The Scarlet Flower is a 1952 Soviet feature animated film directed Lev Atamanov. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the story of the same name by Sergei ...more

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (English: The One with Strong Arms: The Conclusion), also known by the initialism BB2, is a 2017 Indian historical fiction film directed by S. S. Rajamouli. Shiva, ...more

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To Kill a Dragon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added To Kill a Dragon Oleg Yankovsky, Aleksandr Abdulov, Yevgeny Leonov To Kill a Dragon is a 1988 Russian-German parable fantasy film based on the play of Evgeny Shvarts "Dragon".

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An Ordinary Miracle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added An Ordinary Miracle Oleg Yankovsky, Aleksandr Abdulov, Andrei Mironov An Ordinary Miracle is a Soviet 1978 romantic fantasy musical film directed by Mark Zakharov and based on a play by Yevgeni Shvarts. This is the second adaptation of the play; the first one was ...more

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Formula of Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Formula of Love Aleksandr Abdulov, Tatyana Pelttser, Elena Valyushkina Formula of Love is a 1984 Soviet romantic fantasy comedy film directed by Mark Zakharov, from a screenplay by Grigori Gorin. It is loosely based on the story "Count Cagliostro" by ...more

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The Rain Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Rain Children Gilbert Lévy The Rain Children is a 2003 French and South Korean animated fantasy film directed by Philippe Leclerc. The plot is loosely inspired by Serge Brussolo's novel A l'image du dragon.

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Sadko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Sadko Mikhail Astangov, Stepan Kayukov, Mikhail Troyanovsky Sadko is a 1952 Russian fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Ptushko. The film is based on an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, which was based on a Russian bylina with the same name, and scored ...more

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonder... is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Charodei is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Charodei (Sorcerers) Aleksandr Abdulov, Valentin Gaft, Aleksandra Yakovleva Charodei is a 1982 Soviet romantic fantasy musical film directed by Konstantin Bromberg.

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Alice (Něco z Alenky) Kristýna Kohoutová Alice is a 1987 film directed by Jan Švankmajer.

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The Monkey King: The Legend Be... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Monkey King: The Legend Begins Aaron Kwok, Shaofeng Feng, Chung Him Law

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Wolfhound is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Wolfhound Oksana Akinshina, Aleksandr Domogarov, Juozas Budraitis Wolfhound of The Grey Hound Clan is a 2006 Russian fantasy film, based on the novel of the same name by Maria Semenova. With one of the biggest film budgets in the history of Russian cinema, the ...more

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The Monkey King 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Monkey King 2 Aaron Kwok, Gong Li, Feng Shaofeng The Monkey King 2 is a 2016 Hong Kong-Chinese fantasy film based on the classic novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en. Sun Wukong is freed from imprisonment, but he has to guard the monk, Tan ...more

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Arthur and the Invisibles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Arthur and the Invisibles Madonna, David Bowie, Robert De Niro Arthur and the Invisibles is a French/American CGI animated/live-action feature film adaptation of the 2002 children's book Arthur and the Minimoys, and the 2003 sequel Arthur and the Forbidden ...more

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The Very Same Munchhausen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Very Same Munchhausen Oleg Yankovsky, Aleksandr Abdulov, Inna Churikova The Very Same Münchhausen is a 1979 Soviet television movie directed by Mark Zakharov, based on a script by Grigoriy Gorin. The film relays the story of the baron's life after the ...more

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The Monkey King - Uproar in He... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Monkey King - Uproar in Heaven 3D The Monkey King - Uproar in Heaven 3D is a 2012 animated film written by Wan Laiming and Li Kuerok, and directed by Da Su and Zhihong Chen.

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Monster Hunt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Monster Hunt

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The Magic Weaver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Magic Weaver Anatoly Kubatsky, Alexander Khvylya, Georgy Millyar The Magic Weaver is a 1959 Soviet children's fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Rou and filmed at Gorky Film Studio. The film was imported to the West in the 1960s and ran in the U.S. in 1966.

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The Day the Earth Froze is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Day the Earth Froze Georgy Millyar, Ada Vojtsik, Anna Orochko Sampo is a Russian and Finnish language 1959 joint Finnish and Soviet production based loosely on the events depicted in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. A significantly edited version called ...more

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Kingsajz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Kingsajz Jerzy Stuhr, Katarzyna Figura, Witold Pyrkosz Kingsajz is a 1987 cult Polish comedy fantasy film directed by Juliusz Machulski. The action takes place in late communist Poland and in a fictional Lilliputian kingdom called Szuflandia, hidden ...more

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Krabat – The Sorcerer's Appren... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Krabat – The Sorcerer's Apprentice Luděk Munzar, Jaroslav Moučka Krabat – The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 1978 Czechoslovak cutout animated dark fantasy film directed by Karel Zeman, based on the 1971 book Krabat by Otfried Preußler, and the Sorbian folk ...more

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Krabat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Krabat Daniel Brühl, David Kross, Thomas Wlaschiha Krabat is a 2008 German fantasy film directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner from a screenplay by Michael Gutmann and Kreuzpaintner, based on Otfried Preußler's novel of the same name. The plot is ...more

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Ruby Red is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Ruby Red

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Viy is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Fantastic Planet is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 44 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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The Host is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Akira is listed (or ranked) 46 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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The Exterminating Angel is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Tokyo Gore Police is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Destiny is listed (or ranked) 50 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.