Cinema is often seen as the ultimate form of escapism. If that's the case then fantasy movies are surely the medium's purest and most pertinent forms of transportation, grabbing the viewer and plunging them into distant lands and magical concepts that question our own relationship with the world.
Much like it's cousin science-fiction, fantasy, which was once a genre dismissed as nerdish, has grown and is headed into the mainstream, thanks in part to Peter Jackson's ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Harry Potter’ and a certain HBO vehicle called ‘Game of Thrones’. However, as our list proves, not all fantasy movies are filled with wizards, dragons and epic battles. Here we've included body-swap films, superhero extravaganzas, as well as a healthy dose of sword and sorcery. Here is our selection of the 50 best fantasy movies.
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