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The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked  

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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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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
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 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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Border is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Eva Melander, Jorgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén
Border is a 2018 Swedish fantasy film directed by Ali Abbasi. A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which ...more
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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
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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The Snow Queen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
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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Shadow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai
Shadow is a 2018 Chinese period film directed by Zhang Yimou. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king (Zheng Kai), a military commander (Deng Chao) has a secret weapon: a “shadow,” ...more
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Tigers Are Not Afraid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Hanssel Casillas
Tigers Are Not Afraid is a 2019 Mexican fantasy horror film directed by Issa López. Five children attempt to survive the violence of the cartels and the ghosts that are left in its wake.
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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg
Trollhunter is a 2010 Norwegian found footage and dark fantasy film directed by André Øvredal. A group of students investigates a series of strange bear killings and follows a ...more
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Night Watch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Baahubali: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Prabhas
Baahubali: 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 City of Lost Children is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
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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Monster Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Monster Hunt
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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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The Sword and the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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 Scarlet Flower is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Wolfhound is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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 Host is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho
The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film. The movie concerns a monster taking a man's daughter, and his attempts to rescue her. According to the director, his inspiration came from a local ...more
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The Monkey King is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Alex Gaginsky added The Story of Voyages Tatyana Maksuta, Andrey Mironov
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
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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Mio in the Land of Faraway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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