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The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies

Updated June 3, 2021 3.5k votes 266 voters 10.1k views127 items

List RulesVote up your favorite foreign fantasy films produced outside of the U.S.

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 Chinese, German, and Spanish 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

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú
    72
    19

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Spirited Away

    Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara
    56
    13

    Released2001

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl
    58
    31

    Released1984

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh
    47
    24

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Princess Mononoke

    Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson
    35
    16

    Released1997

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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    My Neighbor Totoro

    Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani
    34
    19

    Released1988

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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    Border

    Eva Melander, Jorgen Thorsson
    22
    14

    Released2018

    Directed byAli Abbasi

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    Baahubali: The Beginning

    Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia
    23
    15

    Released2015

    Directed byS. S. Rajamouli

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    Beauty and the Beast

    Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais
    22
    15

    Released1946

    Directed byRené Clément, Jean Cocteau

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    Hero

    Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li
    9
    0

    Released2002

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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    Monster Hunt

    Bai Baihe, Jing Boran
    17
    12

    Released2015

    Directed byRaman Hui

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    House of Flying Daggers

    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau
    7
    1

    Released2004

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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    Night Watch

    Anna Semenovich, Jeanna Friske
    20
    19

    Released2004

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

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    The Snow Queen

    Sergey Martinson, Janina Żejmo
    13
    10

    Released1957

    Directed byLev Atamanov, Nikolay Petrovich Fyodorov

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    Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

    Prabhas, Rana Daggubati
    18
    18

    Released2017

    Directed byS. S. Rajamouli

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    Colossal

    Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis
    4
    2

    Released2016

    Directed byNacho Vigalondo

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    Shadow

    Deng Chao, Sun Li
    5
    5

    Released2019

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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    The Monkey King 2

    Aaron Kwok, Gong Li
    7
    10

    Released2016

    Directed byCheang Pou-soi

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    The City of Lost Children

    Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant
    29
    46

    Released1995

    Directed byMarc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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    Scales

    Basima Hajjar, Yaaqoub Al Farhan
    8
    14

    Released2020

    Directed byShahad Ameen

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    Ruby Red

    Josefine Preuß, Florian Bartholomäi
    5
    10

    Released2012

    Directed byFelix Fuchssteiner

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    TrollHunter

    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen
    32
    51

    Released2010

    Directed byAndré Øvredal

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    The Monkey King: The Legend Begins

    Aaron Kwok, Shaofeng Feng
    4
    9

    Released2016

    Directed byPou-Soi Cheang

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    Arthur and the Invisibles

    Madonna, David Bowie
    10
    20

    Released2006

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Wolfhound

    Oksana Akinshina, Aleksandr Domogarov
    8
    17

    Released2006

    Directed byNikolai Lebedev