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The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked 

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Updated February 21, 2020 1.7k votes 214 voters 6.9k views 77 items

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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero

Released: 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and distributed by Esperanto Films. In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young ...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

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

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

Released: 2001

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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 ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ang Lee

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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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
Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto

Released: 1988

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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Border is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Eva Melander, Jorgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ali Abbasi

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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The City of Lost Childre... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Pinon

Released: 1995

Directed by: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Josette Day

Released: 1946

Directed by: René Clément, Jean Cocteau

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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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

Released: 2010

Directed by: André Øvredal

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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Baahubali: The Beginning... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Prabhas

Released: 2015

Directed by: S. S. Rajamouli

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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Night Watch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Anna Semenovich, Jeanna Friske, Gosha Kutsenko

Released: 2004

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

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 Snow Queen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Sergey Martinson, Janina Żejmo, Vladimir Gribkov

Released: 1957

Directed by: Lev Atamanov, Nikolay Petrovich Fyodorov

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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Baahubali 2: The Conclus... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty

Directed by: S. S. Rajamouli

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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Monster Hunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
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Nausicaä of the Val... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Jōji Yanami, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Ichirō Nagai

Released: 1984

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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The Host is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bong Joon-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 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

Released: 1956

Directed by: Aleksandr Ptushko

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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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos

Released: 1927

Directed by: Fritz Lang

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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Wolfhound is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Oksana Akinshina, Aleksandr Domogarov, Juozas Budraitis

Released: 2006

Directed by: Nikolai Lebedev

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 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Chow Yun-Fat, Donnie Yen, Zhang Zilin

Released: 2014

Directed by: Cheang Pou-soi

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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Akira is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda

Released: 1988

Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo

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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Shadow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai

Released: 2019

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

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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The Scarlet Flower is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Lev Durov

Released: 1952

Directed by: Lev Atamanov

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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