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The Best Live Action Kids Fantasy Movies

Updated November 26, 2019 8.7k votes 676 voters 15.8k views28 items

There's something especially magical about fantasy movies for kids. They spark young viewers' imaginations and encourage them to follow their hearts. The best kids live action movies feature young actors and actresses heading out into a world of adventure. This is a list of the greatest children's live action fantasy movies including everything from The Chronicles of Narnia to The NeverEnding Story to Hook.

What films will you find on this list of the best kids fantasy movies? In the 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder steals every scene he's in as the whimsical candy-maker. Johnny Depp put his own spin on the classic Roald Dahl story in 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The Goonies features a misfit gang of kids going up against some villainous characters. Other great films featured here include Flight of the Navigator, Where the Wild Things Are, and Casper.

It's up to you to decide which movie deserves the top spot on the list. Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good live action fantasy movies for kids that are missing.

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    The Dark Crystal

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz
    The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz....  more

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It...  more

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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin
    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more

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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson
    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny...  more

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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker
    Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by...  more

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and...  more

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure...  more

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    Casper

    Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman
    Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman,...  more

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    Short Circuit

    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy
    Short Circuit is a 1986 American comic science fiction film directed by John Badham, and...  more

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    Flight of the Navigator

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens
    Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 comic science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and...  more

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    Dumbo

    Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton
    Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by...  more
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    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver
    Beasts of the Southern Wild is a 2012 American fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin and...  more
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    Cinderella

    Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter
    Cinderella is a 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a...  more

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    Jumanji

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams
    Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an...  more

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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz
    Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin...  more

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and...  more

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    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl
    The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same...  more

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    The Indian in the Cupboard

    Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins
    The Indian in the Cupboard is a 1995 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Frank Oz. It...  more

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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman
    Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter...  more

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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler
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    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen
    The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation...  more

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    Bridge to Terabithia

    Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm
    Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 American-New Zealand fantasy adventure family drama film...  more

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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie
    Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson,...  more

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    Charlotte's Web

    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey
    Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the...  more

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