Fantasy Adventure Films of the 20th Century

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1. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Paul Richter, Margarete Schön, Theodor Loos, Gertrud Arnold

Votes: 4,742

2. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party. She tries to persuade Etzel and the other Huns, that... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Margarete Schön, Gertrud Arnold, Theodor Loos, Hans Carl Mueller

Votes: 3,604

3. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

Directors: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin

Votes: 10,930 | Gross: $0.27M

4. Ulysses (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, History

A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano, Anthony Quinn, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 3,119

5. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 146,134

6. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

G | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 10,702 | Gross: $6.98M

7. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

G | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 21,466

8. Fellini Satyricon (1969)

R | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone

Votes: 13,700

9. Medea (1969)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy

After his quest to retrieve the fabled Golden Fleece, Jason returns to Greece with the powerful sorceress, Medea. However, when the king banishes her, it's only human that Medea plots her furious revenge. Can they escape her wrath?

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Maria Callas, Massimo Girotti, Laurent Terzieff, Giuseppe Gentile

Votes: 3,817

10. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Sinbad and the vizier of Marabia, followed by evil magician Koura, seek the three golden tablets that can gain them access to the ancient temple of the Oracle of All Knowledge.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker, Douglas Wilmer

Votes: 7,535

11. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 468,370 | Gross: $1.23M

12. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

G | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

Director: Sam Wanamaker | Stars: Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting

Votes: 6,229 | Gross: $16.79M

13. Jabberwocky (1977)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A young peasant, with no interest in adventure or fortune, is mistaken as the kingdom's only hope when a horrible monster threatens the countryside.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell

Votes: 12,080

14. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 54,148 | Gross: $34.97M

15. Clash of the Titans (1981)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family

59 Metascore

Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith

Votes: 38,149 | Gross: $41.09M

16. Dragonslayer (1981)

PG | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam

Votes: 13,659 | Gross: $14.11M

17. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman

Votes: 129,631 | Gross: $39.57M

18. The Beastmaster (1982)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

18 Metascore

A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, John Amos

Votes: 18,708 | Gross: $14.06M

19. Sorceress (1982)

R | 83 min | Action, Fantasy, Adventure

Sword and sorcery story of the cosmic struggle between white magic and black magic.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Leigh Harris, Lynette Harris, Roberto Nelson, David Millbern

Votes: 1,355

20. The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

39 Metascore

A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage's dangerous future when he is recruited to help a princess foil the designs of a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer in conquering a land.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale, George Maharis

Votes: 5,232 | Gross: $39.10M

21. Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982)

PG | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister/love interest from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult. Ator battles giant... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Miles O'Keeffe, Sabrina Siani, Ritza Brown, Dakar

Votes: 1,769

22. Conquest (1983)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A young man, armed with a magical bow and arrows, embarks on a mystical journey through a mystical land to rid it of all evil and joins forces with an outlaw to take down an evil witch bent on claiming the magic bow for evil.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jorge Rivero, Andrea Occhipinti, Conrado San Martín, Violeta Cela

Votes: 1,627

23. Deathstalker (1983)

R | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The warrior Deathstalker is tasked by an old witch to obtain and unite the three powers of creation - a chalice, an amulet, and a sword - lest the evil magician Munkar get them and use them... See full summary »

Director: James Sbardellati | Stars: Rick Hill, Barbi Benton, Richard Brooker, Lana Clarkson

Votes: 3,663 | Gross: $11.92M

24. The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)

R | 81 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The mighty warrior, Kain, crosses the barren wastelands of the planet Ura, where two arch enemies, Zeg and the evil degenerate Balcaz, fight incessantly for control of the village's only ... See full summary »

Director: John C. Broderick | Stars: David Carradine, Luke Askew, Maria Socas, Anthony De Longis

Votes: 1,248 | Gross: $2.89M

25. Conan the Destroyer (1984)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Olivia d'Abo, Wilt Chamberlain

Votes: 72,197 | Gross: $31.04M

26. Barbarian Queen (1985)

R | 72 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Set during the days of the Roman Empire. A simple village is raided by Roman troops, and most of the people are whisked off to be slaves or killed. Three women survive and set off to ... See full summary »

Director: Héctor Olivera | Stars: Lana Clarkson, Katt Shea, Frank Zagarino, Dawn Dunlap

Votes: 1,813

27. Ladyhawke (1985)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

The thief Gaston escapes dungeon of medieval Aquila thru the latrine. Soldiers are about to kill him when Navarre saves him. Navarre, traveling with his spirited hawk, plans to kill the bishop of Aquila with help from Gaston.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern

Votes: 40,496 | Gross: $18.43M

28. Legend (1985)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

30 Metascore

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent

Votes: 55,767 | Gross: $15.50M

29. Red Sonja (1985)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

35 Metascore

The fearless female warrior Red Sonja sets out to avenge her family's murder and rid her kingdom of the tyrannical rule of evil Queen Gedren.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Sandahl Bergman, Paul L. Smith

Votes: 36,347 | Gross: $6.95M

30. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 115,015 | Gross: $12.73M

31. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

47 Metascore

A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

Votes: 94,126 | Gross: $57.27M

32. Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back (1990 Video)

R | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In a final and epic battle in the thrilling sequel to the now classic "Barbarian Queen", Althalia, leads a revolt of peasants and female warriors against the wicked ruler, Arkaris, to ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Finley | Stars: Lana Clarkson, Greg Wrangler, Rebecca Wood, Elizabeth A. Jaeger

Votes: 762

33. DragonHeart (1996)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying Knight must cooperate to stop an evil King, who was given partial immortality.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery, Dina Meyer, Pete Postlethwaite

Votes: 87,160 | Gross: $51.37M

34. Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

14 Metascore

Profion, a tyrant, attempts to overthrow a peaceful kingdom ruled by a tough empress.

Director: Courtney Solomon | Stars: Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan, Bruce Payne

Votes: 30,707 | Gross: $15.22M



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