Fantasy, Scifi and Historical Movies I liked

This is NOT a comprehensive list, just a list of movies I’ve seen and enjoyed. If you have some to add, please do so in the comments!

I didn’t try to separate fantasy and scifi movies, as some are both. I tried to not delve too deeply into the horror stuff, mostly because I don’t watch much of it, but also because there are HUNDREDS of B movie horror flicks out there.

If there is one of a franchise or series, I just listed it once (i.e., Harry Potter, Star Trek, Hunger Games)

If there are lots of movies on a subject, I listed them in one line (King Arthur movies, Beowulf movies).

I’m sure I missed many. Please add as you see fit. I started doing descriptions, then gave up.

Also – so many kids movies and cartoons are fantasy! I added some of my favorites, but I know I missed lots. Talking animals alone make it fantasy, and Disney made LOTS! And I barely touched anime. Someone else can make that list.

 

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Fantasy, SF and Historical movies

· 1984
· 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
· 2001: A Space Odyssey
· 300 (Spartans make a stand against the Persians)
· 9
· A Clockwork Orange
· A Man for All Seasons – About Thomas More, who dared to say No to Henry VIII.
· Across the Universe
· Akira
· Aladdin
· Alexander the Great – Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer
· Alice in Wonderland (any incarnation)
· Alien Nation
· Alien/Prometheus franchise
· All the Mornings of the World – Gerard Depardieu – a sad story of a cellist in Provence, France
· Amadeus – Funny/tragic account of Mozart’s life
· Amazon Women on the Moon
· Anne of a Thousand Days – Richard Burton as Henry VIII, story of Anne Boleyn
· Army of Darkness
· Avatar
· Back to the Future franchise
· Barbarella
· Batman franchise
· Battlestar Galactica
· Beau Brummell (James Purefoy, who was Marc Anthony in the above Rome, plays the man who turns the Prince Regent from a fop to a dandy, both fashions of the time)
· Becoming Jane (life of Jane Austen)
· Bedazzled
· Bedknobs and Broomsticks
· Beetlejuice
· Being John Malcovich
· Beowulf movies – Beowulf (1999, 2007), Beowulf and Grendel, Grendel, 13th Warrior
· Bicentennial Man
· Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
· Blade
· Blade Runner
· Boudicca – Alex Kingston, Dr. Corday from ER – a Celtic Queen who sacked London in Roman times
· Brave
· Brave New World
· Braveheart – Mel Gibson in 12th century Scotland
· Brazil
· Bridge to Terabithia
· Bruce Almighty
· Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
· Canterbury Ghost
· Cats & Dogs
· Charlotte’s Web
· Charly
· Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
· City of Ember
· Clash of the Titans
· Close Encounters of the Third Kind
· Cloud Atlas
· Cocoon
· Conan the Barbarian
· Constantine
· Contact
· Coraline
· Corpse Bride
· Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
· Cube
· Dangerous Beauty – courtesans in 15th Century Venice, a true story
· Death Becomes Her
· Demolition Man
· District 9
· Divergent
· Dogma
· Dr. Doolittle
· Dr. Strangelove
· Dracula
· Dragonheart
· Dragonslayer
· Dreamscape
· Dune
· Edge of Tomorrow
· Edward Scissorhands
· Elizabeth – Queen Elizabeth I first days in power
· Emma (a Jane Austen book)
· Ender’s Game
· Enemy Mine
· Eragon
· Escape from New York
· Escape to Witch Mountain
· ET
· Excalibur – King Arthur story
· Fahrenheit 451
· Fantasia
· Field of Dreams
· Fire in the Sky
· First Knight – Sean Connery/Richard Gere/Julia Ormond – King Arthur tale, lots of Hollywood on this one
· Flash Gordon
· Flatliners
· Forbidden Planet
· Frankenstein
· Frozen
· Galaxy Quest
· Gattaca
· Ghost
· Ghost in the Shell
· Ghostbusters! (Who you gonna call?)
· Gladiator – Russell Crowe, Roman Empire
· Godzilla franchise
· Goonies
· Groundhog Day
· Guardians of the Galaxy
· Harry Potter – all of them.
· Heavy Metal
· Hellboy
· Henry V – Kenneth Brannagh is the English King who wins at Agincourt against the French
· Herbie the Love Bug (many movies)
· Hercules
· High Spirits –
· Highlander – the entire franchise, except the second movie DOES NOT EXIST
· Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
· Hocus Pocus
· Hook
· How the Grinch Stole Christmas
· How to Train your Dragon
· I Am Legend
· I, Robot
· Immortal Beloved (Gary Oldman as Beethoven)
· Inception
· Independence Day
· Innerspace
· Interstellar
· Interview with a Vampire series
· Into the West – a couple young tinker (gypsy) boys find a mystical white horse
· Ivanhoe – set in 12th C. England, about crusaders returning from the wars
· John Carter
· Journey to the Center of the Earth
· Jumanji
· Jurassic Park
· Kama Sutra (Indian love story)
· Kate & Leopold
· King Arthur Movies –Sword in the Stone, Camelot, Excalibur, First Knight, King Arthur
· King Kong movies – (1933, 1962, 1976, 2005
· Kingdom of Heaven – Orlando Bloom – About the Crusades, and fall of Jerusalem to the Muslims
· Kingsmen
· Knights of Badassdom
· Krull
· Labyrinth
· Ladyhawke – Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, set in medieval times, with magic and revenge.
· Lara Croft
· Last Action Hero
· Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day-Lewis plays a white man raised by Indians after the French/Indian wars)
· Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
· Life of Pi
· Lilo & Stitch
· Logan’s Run
· Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit – Many incarnations, not just Peter Jackson’s series. Animations with Ralph Bakshi, etc.
· Lucy
· Mad Max
· Mannequin
· Mary Poppins
· Mary, Queen of Scots – about Elizabeth I’s cousin, unhappy in love.
· Memoirs of a Geisha – set in Japan before WWII
· Men in Black
· Metropolis
· Michael – John Travolta is an angel
· Minority Report
· Mists of Avalon – miniseries about King Arthur times, mostly from the female/pagan viewpoint
· Monsters, Inc.
· Monty Python and the Holy Grail (silliness and fun)
· Monty Python’s Meaning of Life
· Mrs. Brown (Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria, depressed after the death of her husband)
· Naked Lunch
· Nanny McPhee
· Night at the Museum
· Night of the Comet
· Pacific Rim
· Pan’s Labyrinth
· Paul
· Pete’s Dragon
· Phenomenon – John Travolta gets hit on the head
· Pirates of the Caribbean
· Planet of the Apes franchise
· Practical Magic
· Predator
· Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth)
· Princess Bride (a requirement!)
· Princess Caraboo (exotic girl found in Edwardian England)
· Princess Mononoke
· Queen Margot (16th century Catholic marries protestant prince)
· Quills (about the Marquis de Sade, with Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Geoffrey Rush)
· Ratatouille
· Reign of Fire
· Rob Roy (Liam Neeson – historical character in the 17th C. Scottish highlands)
· Robocop
· Sense and Sensibility (another Jane Austen)
· Serenity (Firefly)
· Shakespeare in Love (Gwyneth Paltrow) – Fun in life meets art
· Short Circuit
· Shrek
· Snow White and the Huntsman
· Solaris
· Something Wicked This Way Comes
· Somewhere in Time
· Song of the Sea
· Soylent Green
· Spiderman franchise
· Star Trek Franchise
· Star Wars – the entire franchise, despite not wanting the first trilogy to exist
· Stardust
· Stargate
· Starman
· Starship Troopers
· Stepford Wives
· Stuart Little
· Superman (yes, any of them, I suppose)
· Tangled
· Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
· Terminator Franchise
· Tess of the D’Urbevilles (depressing story set in England in 19th C.)
· The Abyss
· The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
· The Agony and the Ecstasy – Michelangelo = Charlton Heston, with Rex Harrison as the Pope
· The Andromeda Strain
· The Black Cauldron
· The Blood of Heroes
· The Cell
· The Chronicles of Narnia – whole franchise (more than just the recent incarnations)
· The Chronicles of Riddick
· The Count de Monte Cristo – Not really historical, but based in 17th C. France, and a well-done movie
· The Craft
· The Crow
· The Dark Crystal
· The Day After Tomorrow
· The Emperor’s New Groove
· The Evil Dead
· The Fifth Element
· The Fly
· The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
· The Ghost and the Darkness
· The Golden Child
· The Golden Compass
· The Green Mile
· The Hunger Games
· The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
· The Indian in the Cupboard
· The Island of Dr. Moreau
· The King’s Whore (Timothy Dalton) – gritty and violent, but very well done
· The Last Starfighter
· The Last Unicorn
· The Last Witch Hunter
· The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
· The Lion in Winter – my favorite – Katherine Hepburn/Peter O’Toole/Anthony Hopkins – Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, parents of Richard the Lionheart, play political games with their children as pawns
· The Little Mermaid
· The Little Prince
· The Lovely Bones
· The Madness of King George (the king that lost the US)
· The Matrix Franchise
· The Messenger – Joan of Arc
· The Name of the Rose (Sean Connery, Christian Slater) – A 12th century monk tries to solve a murder mystery
· The Neverending Story
· The Nightmare before Christmas
· The Prophecy (creepy Christopher Walken, with Viggo Mortensen as the devil)
· The Purple Rose of Cairo
· The Queen (Helen Mirrim, about Elizabeth II during Princess Diana’s death)
· The Rescuers
· The Room
· The Running Man
· The Secret Garden
· The Secret of Kells – a delightful animated movie about the Book of Kells, an exquisite illuminated gospel from the 8th century – the kids would probably love this, too. Some scary bits (mean Vikings).
· The Secret of NIMH
· The Secret of Roan Inish – a movie about Selkies, mystical creatures that are seals in the water, but humans on land.
· The Seventh Seal
· The Stand
· The Sword in the Stone
· The Time Machine
· The Time Traveler’s Wife
· The Truman Show
· The Village
· The War of the Worlds
· The Water Horse
· The Wind that Shakes the Barley – Also Ireland’s revolution
· The Wizard of Oz
· The X Files
· Thirteenth Warrior – Antonio Banderas is a Muslim who goes and helps Beowulf kill the dragon
· Thor/Ironman/Avengers
· THX 1138
· Time and Again
· Time Bandits
· Titan A.E.
· Total Recall
· Toy Story
· Toys
· Tremors
· Tron
· Troy – Has Peter O’Toole, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom – flashy but interesting.
· Twelve Monkeys
· Twilight Zone Movie
· Up
· Valmont (Annette Benning, Colin Firth, 18th century French nobles playing games)
· Vampire Hunter D
· Van Helsing
· Vercingetorix (Druids – UK title) – Christopher Lambert, about Celts vs. Romans
· Victoria and Albert – about Queen Victoria’s life
· Videodrome
· Waking Ned Devine – an old man wins the lottery – and promptly dies. His friends try to collect his winnings. Hilarious.
· Wall-E
· Wargames
· Weird Science
· Where the Wild Things Are
· Who Framed Roger Rabbit
· Willow – very early Val Kilmer
· Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
· Witches of Eastwick
· Wizards – Ralph Bakshi!
· Xanadu
· X-Men
· Your Highness
· Zardoz (beware – Sean Connery in a leather strap thingy)

 

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2 comments on “Fantasy, Scifi and Historical Movies I liked
  1. Great list! We have a lot of likes in common. 😉

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