If fantasy is “your” genre, you probably know just how many fantasy films there are that give the genre a bad rap. You also probably know just how many films make the genre really rock. What you may be struggling to find is a family-appropriate movie to watch with kids who love the genre. With that in mind, here are the top 10 family-friendly fantasy films of all time.
It’s hard to pick a favorite from the series, so we’re just going with the whole series. If you ever want a fantasy fiction story, pick up the books before watching the movies. The great visuals, (mostly) great acting, and a rockin’ story line make this #1 on our list of best fantasy films.
Once again, we can’t pick a favorite (actually, we can’t agree on a favorite). The entire Star Wars franchise has amassed more of a following that any other “fandom” in history. Starting with Episode 4, 5, and 6, these movies have a unique flow that no other fantasy film has matched. The story line continues to this day, with five new films in the works to add to our #2 spot.
The Matrix Series
Do you want the blue pill or the red pill? No other movie on this list has more influence on pop culture, from the famous slow-mo shooting scene, to the discuss Neo has with Morpheus about living in the Matrix. If you’re in the mood for a mind bender, check out the entire series, which is #3 on our list.
The Lord of the Rings Series
Hobbits, elves, wizards, dragons. What’s not to like?
The late David Bowie stars in this film that makes all of us scared of the Goblin King. The visuals were especially great in the 80’s, and it’s become a cult classic.
The Princess Bride
The Dread Pirate Roberts tries to kidnap the princess, only for the princess to discover she has found her long-lost love. Lots of one-liners and comedy make this a fan favorite for sure.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie gets the Golden Ticket, and wins over Wonka’s factory. Tons of “magical happenings” inside the factory, coupled with quirky music. What’s not to like?
Pirates of the Caribbean Series
Johnny Depp and his character, Captain Jack Sparrow, make it hard to not love this series. Lots of adventure, comedy, action, and Johnny Depp. Definitely fun for the whole family.
A little boy saves ET, the extra-terrestrial, after being left by his spaceship in the woods. The boy and his sister hide ET from their mother, and eventually the authorities. Emotional and targeted to youth, this is a great pick.
The Chronicles of Narnia
This series of seven books is a great set to read with your kids prior to watching. The newest installments of the book are still being made, making it a fun theater-going experience for the whole family.