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The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked

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List RulesOnly 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
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • 2
    The NeverEnding Story
    58
    16

    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl

    Released1984

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Border
    54
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    Eva Melander, Jorgen Thorsson

    Released2018

    Directed byAli Abbasi

    Border is a 2018 Swedish fantasy film directed by Ali Abbasi. A customs officer who can smell... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Spirited Away
    52
    14

    Spirited Away

    Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara

    Released2001

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • 6
    Princess Mononoke
    33
    15

    Princess Mononoke

    Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson

    Released1997

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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  • 7
    My Neighbor Totoro
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    My Neighbor Totoro

    Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani

    Released1988

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    The City of Lost Children
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    20

    The City of Lost Children

    Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Released1995

    Directed byMarc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

    The City of Lost Children is a 1995 French-German-Spanish science fantasy drama film directed... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    TrollHunter
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    TrollHunter

    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen

    Released2010

    Directed byAndré Øvredal

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  • 10
    Beauty and the Beast
    21
    14

    Beauty and the Beast

    Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais

    Released1946

    Directed byRené Clément, Jean Cocteau

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  • 11
    Baahubali: The Beginning
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    13

    Baahubali: The Beginning

    Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia

    Released2015

    Directed byS. S. Rajamouli

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  • 12
    Night Watch
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    Night Watch

    Anna Semenovich, Jeanna Friske

    Released2004

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

    Night Watch is a 2004 Russian urban fantasy supernatural thriller film directed by Timur... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
    21
    18

    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

    Jan Klusák, Josef Abrhám

    Released1970

    Directed byJaromil Jireš

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  • 14
    The Snow Queen
    14
    8

    The Snow Queen

    Sergey Martinson, Janina Żejmo

    Released1957

    Directed byLev Atamanov, Nikolay Petrovich Fyodorov

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  • 15
    Monster Hunt
    15
    10

    Monster Hunt

  • 16
    Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
    18
    16

    Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

    Prabhas, Rana Daggubati

    Directed byS. S. Rajamouli

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  • 17
    Mio in the Land of Faraway
    13
    9

    Mio in the Land of Faraway

    Christopher Lee Christian Bale Nicholas Pickard

    Released1987

    Directed byVladimir Grammatikov

    Mio in the Land of Faraway is a 1987 fantasy film directed by Vladimir Grammatikov and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Viy
    17
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    Viy

    Klara Rumyanova, Did Panas

    Released1967

    Directed byGeorgi Kropachyov, Konstantin Yershov

    Viy is a 1967 horror film produced by Mosfilm and based on the Nikolai Gogol story of the same... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Scarlet Flower
    13
    10

    Released1952

    Directed byLev Atamanov

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  • 20
    The Story of Voyages
    14
    12

    The Story of Voyages

    Tatyana Maksuta, Andrey Mironov

    Directed byAlexander Mitta

  • 21
    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
    22
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    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Jōji Yanami, Yoshiko Sakakibara

    Released1984

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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  • 22
    The Host
    21
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    The Host

    Bae Doona, Scott Wilson

    Released2006

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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  • 23
    Arthur and the Invisibles
    10
    10

    Arthur and the Invisibles

    Madonna, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 24
    The Exterminating Angel
    12
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    The Exterminating Angel

    Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook

    Released1962

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

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  • 25
    Alice (Něco z Alenky)
    10
    10

    Alice (Něco z Alenky)

    Kristýna Kohoutová

    Released1988

    Directed byJan Švankmajer

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