10. The wizard of OZ
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Not only is it the finest fantasy yarn ever committed to celluloid, Victor Fleming’s glittering adaptation is also a film that wholeheartedly embraced the technology of the time. With Oz released in Technicolor, that colour was a big deal–so big that Dorothy’s original silver slippers were turned ruby to make them really pop. The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy, an innocent farm girl whisked out of her mundane earthbound existence into a land of pure imagination. Dorothy’s journey in Oz will take her through emerald forests, yellow brick roads, and creepy castles, all with the help of some unusual but earnest song-happy friends
9. The chronicles of Narnia
From the seven novels written by C. S. Lewis, there have been three film adaptations so far—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008) and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) which have grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide among them. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. Prince Caspian : The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land’s throne, Prince Caspian. Voyage of the Dawn Treader : Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. I particularly liked the 2nd movie because obviously, the Ben Barnes (Caspian) is too hot 😉
8. Pirates of the Caribbean
The stories follow the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). The films take place in a fictional historical setting; a world ruled largely by an amalgam of alternative versions of the British Empire and the East India Company, with the pirates representing freedom from the ruling powers. The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) : Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead. Dead Man’s Chest (2006) : Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones’ service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well. At World’s End (2007) : Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle. On Stranger Tides (2011) : Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.
7. The Hobbit
The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson.The story centers on 12-year-old Alan Parrish, who is trapped in a Jumanji game, while playing the game with his friend Sarah Whittle in 1969. Twenty-six years later siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd find the game and begin playing and then unwittingly release the now-adult Alan. After tracking down Sarah, the quartet resolve to finish the game in order to undo all of the destruction it has wrought. An Unexpected Journey (2012) : A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home – and the gold within it – from the dragon Smaug. The Desolation of Smaug (2013) : The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) : Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.
Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children’s book of thesame name by Chris Van Allsburg. The story centers on 12-year-old Alan Parrish, who is trapped in a Jumanji game, while playing the game with his friend Sarah Whittle in 1969. Twenty-six years later siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd find the game and begin playing and then unwittingly release the now-adult Alan. After tracking down Sarah, the quartet resolve to finish the game in order to undo all of the destruction it has wrought.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (often referred to simply as E.T.) is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison. It tells the story of Elliott (Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed “E.T.”, who is stranded on Earth. He and his siblings help it return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government. Critics acclaimed it as a timeless story of friendship, and it ranks as the greatest science fiction film ever made in a Rotten Tomatoessurvey. It was re-released in 1985, and then again in 2002 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, with altered shots and additional scenes.
Avatar (marketed as James Cameron’s Avatar) is a 2009 American epic science fiction film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. The film is set in the mid-22nd century, when humans are mining a room-temperature superconductor called unobtanium on Pandora, a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system. The expansion of the mining colony threatens the continued existence of a local tribe of Na’vi – a humanoid species indigenous to Pandora. The film’s title refers to a genetically engineered Na’vi body with the mind of a remotely located human that is used to interact with the natives of Pandora.
Avatar was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Pictureand Best Director, and won three, for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
3. Star Wars
Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies (and an upcoming third), has spawned an extensive media franchise called the Expanded Universe including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books. A New Hope : Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. The Empire Strikes Back : After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. Return of the Jedi : After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader shake off of the dark side of the Force. The Phantom Menace : Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to reclaim their old glory. Attack of the Clones : Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi. Revenge of the Sith : As the Clone Wars near an end, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious steps out of the shadows, at which time Anakin succumbs to his emotions, becoming Darth Vader and putting his relationships with Obi-Wan and Padme at risk.
2. Harry Potter
Anyone who is an avid reader and has read Harry Potter books, will agree with me that the movies should be amongst one of the top in this genre. Harry Potter is a film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy filmsbeginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). It is the highest-grossing film series in inflation unadjusted dollars, with $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone : The story follows Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his magical education. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets : The story follows Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts as the Heir of Salazar Slytherin opens the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a deadly monster that petrifies the school’s pupils. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban : The story follows Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and wants to murder him. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire : The story follows Harry Potter’s fourth year at Hogwarts as he is chosen by the Goblet of Fire to compete in the Tri-wizard Tournament. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix : The story follows Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts as the Ministry of Magic is in denial of Lord Voldemort’s return. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:The story follows Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts as he becomes obsessed with a mysterious textbook, falls in love, and attempts to retrieve a memory that holds the key to Lord Voldemort’s downfall. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 : The story follows Harry Potter on a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality – the Horcruxes. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 :The story continues to follow Harry Potter’s quest to find and destroyLord Voldemort’s Horcruxes.
1. Lord of the Rings
LOTR should be the first one in this series no doubt. Considered to be one of the biggest and most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, with an overall budget of $281 million (some sources say $310 million-$330 million),the entire project took eight years, with the filming for all three films done simultaneously and entirely in New Zealand, Jackson’s native country. The series was a major financial success, with the films collectively being among the highest-grossing film series of all time. The films were critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, winning 17 out of 30 total Academy Award nominations. The final film in the series, The Return of the King, won all of its 11 Academy Awards nominations. The series received wide praise for its innovative special and visual effects. The Fellowship of the Ring : A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron. The Two Towers : While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron’s new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. The Return of the King : Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.