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Due to popular (oink's) demand. Go for it. I'll be cooking up a list presently.
 

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I'll try for obscure titles when there are a lot to choose from. In later decades one could just list Disney and Pixar stuff and nothing else, so I have resisted animation. Vampires too, whenever possible.

Twenties:

The Thief of Bagdad
Lon Chaney films tend to be about serial killers and deformed people, but I am going to mention several anyway:
He Who Gets Slapped
Laugh, Clown, Laugh

An animated film made of paper sihouettes:
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
The Lost World


Thirties:

The King of them all, Y'all:
King Kong
The Ghost Goes West

Two that are a bit of a stretch, but they certainly are not a part of conventional reality:
Mad Love
The Mask of Fu Manchu
Alice in Wonderland


Forties:

The Thief of Bagdad
Dead of Night
Curse of the Cat People
Beauty and the Beast
A Matter of Life and Death


Fifties:

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T
Curse of the Demon[Night of the Demon]

This one is maybe more sci-fi:
Eyes Without a Face (NOT suited for children)
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
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The great Japanese fantasies were in the fifties too

Sixties:

The Absent-Minded Professor
Jason and the Argonauts
Carnival of Souls
The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
Spirits of the Dead
a triple; only the Fellini episode is any good, but it's a doozy
Endless number of Twilight Zone episodes

Seventies:

The Other
The Ruling Class
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
The Spirit of the Beehive
Fantasy... or not?
The Magic Flute Mozart + Bergman

Eighties:

The NeverEnding Story
Dragonslayer
Return to Oz
Beetlejuice

Twilight Zone reboot:
Night of the Meek
It's hard to pick just 5

Nineties:

The Witches
Interview With the Vampire
The Craft
Haunted
Bram Stoker's Dracula

I found it hard to come up with 5

Aughts:

Brotherhood of the Wolf
Dagon
Where the Wild Things Are
Pan's Labyrinth
Freaky Friday
It's actually quite good
Lots to chose from in this decade

Naughts:

Hugo
What We Do in the Shadows
Birdman
maybe it's fantasy-and maybe it's not. It's definitely good.
The Woman in Black
Mama
 

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I'll follow the previous thread's format:

The 50s

Alice in Wonderland
Peter Pan
The Seventh Seal
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
Black Orpheus


The 60s

Jason and the Argonauts
Marry Poppins
One Million Years B.C.
Doctor Dolittle
Yellow Submarine


The 70s

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Fantastic Planet
The Land That Time Forgot
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad


The 80s
(OK, now it gets hard:eek:)

Clash of the Titans
The Dark Crystal
Legend
Excalibur
The Neverending Story


The 90s

Edward Scissorhands
Beauty and the Beast
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Toy Story
Babe


The 2000s

Harry Potter Movies (counts as one)
LOTR (counts as one)
Shrek
The Fall
Pan's Labyrinth


The 2010s

Hugo
Alice in Wonderland (Burton)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec
 

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It's gonna be tough so I'll do the 80's first and try to leave the big ones out. Which hurts. :) You can't throw a rock at the 80's without hitting a badass movie.


80s
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Nausicaa
Labyrinth
In The Company of Wolves
The Quest aka Frog Dreaming
 

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I'll follow the previous thread's format:

The 50s

Alice in Wonderland
Peter Pan
The Seventh Seal
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
Black Orpheus


The 60s

Jason and the Argonauts
Marry Poppins
One Million Years B.C.
Doctor Dolittle
Yellow Submarine


The 70s

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Fantastic Planet
The Land That Time Forgot
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad


The 80s
(OK, now it gets hard:eek:)

Clash of the Titans
The Dark Crystal
Legend
Excalibur
The Neverending Story


The 90s

Edward Scissorhands
Beauty and the Beast
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Toy Story
Babe


The 2000s

Harry Potter Movies (counts as one)
LOTR (counts as one)
Shrek
The Fall
Pan's Labyrinth


The 2010s

Hugo
Alice in Wonderland (Burton)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

Your 80's is dead on to mine minus Krull and Highlander and about 50 more :).
 

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I tried to resist those that straddle Sci-fi, Superheroes, and Action & Adventure genres and focus on pure fantasy, but it is hard to draw a clean line.;)
 

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Fantasy is hard because the style drifts into so many other genres. Modern action films are a type of fantasy in that the human body cannot take the violence shown in those stories.

Just to supplement what has been posted above:

1930s


  • Lost Horizon (1937)
  • Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

1980s

Adventure-fantasy was big in the 1980s. I have a bunch and enjoy them, but none are entirely satisfactory. I don't believe these have been mentioned yet:


  • Ladyhawke (1985)
  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • Princess Bride, The (1987)
  • Willow (1988)
  • Wings of Desire (1987)

2000s


  • Stardust (2007)

-Bill
 

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Just a special thanks for mentioning these:

Curse of the Cat People
A Matter of Life and Death
Eyes Without a Face (NOT suited for children)
Jason and the Argonauts
Spirits of the Dead- a triple; only the Fellini episode is any good, but it's a doozy
Dragonslayer
Jason and the Argonauts
Fantastic Planet
Excalibur
Harry Potter Movies (counts as one)
In The Company of Wolves
Bubba HoTep
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Fantasy is hard because the style drifts into so many other genres. Modern action films are a type of fantasy in that the human body cannot take the violence shown in those stories.

Just to supplement what has been posted above:

1930s


  • Lost Horizon (1937)
  • Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

1980s

Adventure-fantasy was big in the 1980s. I have a bunch and enjoy them, but none are entirely satisfactory. I don't believe these have been mentioned yet:


  • Ladyhawke (1985)
  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • Princess Bride, The (1987)
  • Willow (1988)
  • Wings of Desire (1987)

2000s


  • Stardust (2007)

-Bill


The 80's are tough and so many are what I consider high profile like Ladyhawke and Highlander. I tried to leave those out and go deeper into the genre.
 

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I tried to resist those that straddle Sci-fi, Superheroes, and Action & Adventure genres and focus on pure fantasy, but it is hard to draw a clean line.;)
True. Some titles I placed in Essential Science Fiction would have been more appropriate here.

Trying to limit this to movies that are mostly life-action, more fantasy than Sci-Fi/horror/spy, my list might look something like this:

1920s

  • Thief of Bagdad (1924) ~ silent


1930s

  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) ~ color, Academy Ratio (1.37:1)


1940s

  • Thief of Bagdad (1940) ~ color
  • A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)


1950s


  • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

1960s

  • Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
  • The Raven (1963) ~ this is the one with wizards Vincent Price and Boris Karloff having a magic duel!
  • Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)


1970s

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)
  • Pete's Dragon (1977)


1980s

  • Xanadu (1980)
  • Time Bandits (1981) ~Is this SF or is the fantasy?
  • Clash of the Titans (1981)
  • Dragonslayer (1981)
  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)


1990s

  • Ghost (1990)
  • Defending Your Life (1991)
  • Death Becomes Her (1992)
  • Stay Tuned (1992)
  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • The Frighteners (1996)
  • The Mummy (1999) & The Mummy Returns (2001)


2000s

  • Harry Potter and the ... Sorcerer's Stone (2001), & sequels
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), the Two Towers (2002), The Return of the King (2003)
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)
  • The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004), Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006), Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008)
  • The Good Witch (2008) & sequels


2010s

  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
  • Ghost Storm (2012)
  • Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)
  • Northpole (2014)
 

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True. Some titles I placed in Essential Science Fiction would have been more appropriate here.
This is the big problem.
So many movies are, in fact, a mix of genres.


For example, James Cameron's classic Aliens...
I have seen it classified as a Sci-fi, or a Horror, or an Action & Adventure.
It's hard to argue with someone's classification of this movie because it actually has elements of all 3.
 

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I say don't get bogged down in boxing movies up. There's enough out there already trying to kill the fun of everything.

2013's Admission starring Paul Rudd is a fantasy in every sense. The fantasy that Paul finds Tina Fey attractive and funny is absurd but you have to let it go so you can see Paul do his craft. He's really a saint of a man. How many other actors would let Tina Fey into a movie on purpose and make sure she got a check? I only hope Tina is aware that Paul saved her and took the hit to his reputation.
 

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Ghost - 1990
Defending your life - 1991
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - 1971
Real Genius - 1985 (Dunno if this is fantasy (BUT I DO KNOW ITS G00D))
Flight of the Navigator - 1986

Here is another in case REAL GENIUS isnt really fantasy

The NeverEnding Story - 1984


All these movies i love!!!!!!
 
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