For every fantasy writer there are three movies you absolutely must see. It’s important to watch them, not just because they are good, but because they set the foundation for all the fantasy stories that came after them or they are an example of the best of their kind. Yes, most of these movies started as books, but watching the stories as movies really helps with visuals.
The top three must see movies for Fantasy writers are:
Princess bride– Pirates, evil princes, Spanish swordsmen, giants, and one beautiful princess, this is a classic Damsel iN Distress story. What makes this movie a must-see is its quality, it is the number one best DND story I’ve ever seen. There’s a reason why this is a cult classic.
(Jim Henson’s) Labyrinth– There are so many classic Fantasy themes in this movie I don’t even know where to start. This movie definitely leans more towards fairytale than high fantasy, so no surprise, the main character is a girl. But there’s also a huge, ever changing maze, fairies, dwarves, monsters, goblins (a goblin king) and traps she has to get through to save her loved one. In contrast to Princess bride, this damsel might be in distress, but she’s taking care of the problem herself.
Lord of the rings, Fellowship of the ring– You had to know this was coming. No list of fantasy movies could be complete without at least mentioning the LOR epic. Tolkien literally wrote the book on elves, dwarves, and so many other fantasy story staples. Even if you’re not up for the six volume saga (the Hobbit + Lord of the rings) you have to watch at least this one movie.
Almost any version of Alice in wonderland– This is the story that started the “Down the rabbit hole and back again” plot device. In fact, I think that’s the title of one of the chapters in the book. So many wonderful fantasy stories have been created around the idea of traveling to a strange world and then coming back home, and this one story helped to make all of those stories possible. Try watching Alice in wonderland that then the Lord of the rings, notice some plot similarities?