Magical tales and the world full of fantasy! How elegant! Envisage a miraculous world where you can easily figure out the pizza you want to eat by using a magic wand! Such fantasies always fascinate our dreams and help us explore the mythical world. Fantasy movies help us to witness our dreams and all sorts of powers that we might only think of. Adventure and creativity are at its best in such movies where everything seems possible.
Not only such movies lure the audience but they have been quite beneficial to the working team too! The technology used in these films is at par with the best technologies used. These movies are quite expensive but at the same time yield with considerable profit to the team.
Such fantasy films are a result of laborious task and witty minds of the directors and all crew members. Well! Magic is a term Science doesn’t believe in, but science and technology is exploited at its best in these movies. Let’s have a glimpse at the top ten magical movies of the century that have left the world flabbergasted and will be praised for ages. Well to catalogue best among the superlative movies is similar to find a pin in a stack of hay. The classifications have been done in accordance with the ratings of IMDb, public voting and the Box Office Income of these movies.
1. Harry Potter (Film Series) (2001-2011)
It is British American feature film series that follows author J.K. Rowling novels Harry Potter. The film series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consist of eight fantasy films. All films in the series are among the top 50 highest grossing films. The total income of all eight films was $7,723,431,572 on Box Office. The budget of these eight films was $1,155,000,000 starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2. The whole series revolves around the life of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) who is a young British actor, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and their valuable friendship. The films are worth watching and highly adventurous, full of twists and turns. The magic school with haunting voices was the main allurement followed by interesting characters like Lord Voldemort made this series ‘one for the ages’. The best film among these all was the climax movie The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –Part 2. The series is British-American because of the property being created by British Author J.K. Rowling and filmed in Britain but financed by the American film studio Warner Bros. The series consists of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2.
2. Pirates of The Caribbean (film series) (2003-2011)
It is one those film series whose glory and popularity is indescribable. It is the movie of all times. Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy adventure films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney’s theme park ride of the same name. So far the series has bestowed 4 films that are directed by Gore Verbinski (1-3) ,Rob Marshall(4). The movie is the sixth highest grossing film series of all time and it earned the title to become the first franchise where more than one film grossed $1 billion worldwide. The series subtitles are 1) The curse of the Black pearl (2003) 2) Dead Man’s chest (2006) 3)At the World’s End(2007) 4)On Stranger Tides(2011). The fifth film, subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales is currently in development. The films take place in a fictional historical setting; the world ruled by an amalgam of alternative, evil versions of the British Empire and the East India Company, with the pirates representing freedom from the ruling powers. It is a mixture of adventure, action and fantasy. The endless sea voyages, attacks, and the script has led the films to engross a total amount of $1,066,179,725 on Box Office with budget of $225 million. Famous actor Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow) has enchanted a spell on his fans and critics by incredible acting. He is the heart of this film series who with his very awkward appearance and funny dialogues continues to rule the heart of millions of people. The film series received academy award nominations and set several world records.
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
This fantasy film brought numerous awards to itself. Earning a total amount of $1,119,929,521 on Box office, it invested $94 million. It is 2003 epic film directed by Peter Jackson, being the third and concluding installment in The Lord of Rings film trilogy. Earlier films in this series were the The fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002).It became the biggest financial success for Time Warner. It was the highest grossing film in 2003. It was crowned with all eleven academy awards for which it was nominated, holding the record for highest Oscar sweep. The movie is full of mystery and magical things that lure the magic lovers.
4. The Prestige (2006)
This movie is one of the best movies released in 2006 to explore the world of stage magicians. It was one of the best directed films and claimed Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and best Art Direction in 2006. The English film received favorable reviews from film critics and was rated 8.5/10 on IMDb. The plot of this film was based on a magician that performs an illusion for a young girl and explaining the trick. Directed by Christopher Nalon, overall movie was based on three parts that each trick comprises: Pledge, Turn and Prestige. The Prestige starred Hugh Jack man, Christian Bale, and David Bowie. It received strong Box Office results having total income of $109,676,311. The budget of this film was $40 million.The prestige is based on Christopher’s Priest’s novel of the same title. The movie revolves around the life of two magicians who gradually transformed from being competitors to life taking enemies filled with Jealousy, obsession, and deceit. The twists and turns in this movie make it an interesting and curious one to have a glimpse of.
5. Enchanted (2007)
This movie was the one receiving 97% votes on Rotten Tomatoes with 7.2 rating on IMDb. It is a classic animated Disney fairy tale with comedy, fantasy, adventure and musical. The movie was directed by Kevin Lima and was based on the story of a fairytale princess who had been sent to our New Modern world (New York City) by an evil queen. The beautiful princess falling in love with handsome lawyer and the concerning story is depicted very gorgeously. The romance between fantasy world and real world is worth watching. The film received many awards and worldwide appraisal. The film earned more than $340 million worldwide at the box office and claims its success of being called one of the best fantasy movies ever made. The film was distributed by Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures. The whole family would love to sit and have great time together.
6. The Hobbit (2012)
Rated 8.1/10, the movie is a 2012 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. The film had grossed over $1billion becoming the fourth highest grossing film of all times. The film was nominated for many Academic Awards and BAFTA Awards. The budget of this film was $200 million. The movie is starring Martin Freeman who plays the role of hobbit. The film shows the fictional world accompanied by cute characters. The entire story revolves around the hobbit being convinced by wizard to accompany thirteen dwarves and to free the mountain from the dragon. The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three films subtitled An unexpected journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and There and Back Again (2014). The film is based on the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
7. The Princess Bride (1987)
Rated 8.2/10, it is an enchanting classic the whole family would love to sit and enjoy. It was released in 1987, directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It is based on 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman, an American novelist, play right and screenwriter. The movie is American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film. It is one of the cult films since its release. The total earning of film on Box Office was $30,857,814 as compared to its budget of $16 million. The story of the movie is depicted as a book being read by a grandfather to his grandson. The whole movie is effectively in the form of narrative style. The main casting character is Peter Falk and Fred Savage. The film was included as top 50 films in Channel 4’s 50 greatest Comedy Films list. Metacritic gave the film a generally favorable average score of 77% based on reviews from 22 critics. The film was rated 8.2/10 by IMDb. It is a classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess as narrated by grandfather.
8. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Rated 8.3/10 on IMDb , this movie is a Mexican Spanish dark fantasy horror film. It was directed and produced by Esperanto Films releasing in 2006. The film premiered at the 2006 Cannes film festival. The movie is starred by Iyana Baquero as a young girl and her story to escape her harsh stepfather. The whole story is based on the fantasy world that the young lass enters into and realizes that she will congregate her real father if she performs 3 difficult tasks. This film won three Academy Awards in Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Best Art Direction. People have certainly liked and appreciated this movie is revealed by the fact that the income of film on Box Office was $83,258,226 and its budget was $19 million. This movie is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Picture House.
9. The Illusionist (2006)
The movie walks a fine line between fantasy and reality. The whole plot of this movie is based on a lover who uses magic to set his girl free. The movie is such that it keeps you guessing about the tricks used and how each mystery is working even after the credits role. Released in 2006, this English American movie was rated as 7.7/10 by IMDb ratings. It was directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel. The film was admired by the viewers and it received worldwide appraisal. The budget of this film was $17million and it earned an amount of $87,892,388 on the Box Office. It earned a nomination for best Cinematography, losing at the 79th Academy Awards to Guillermo Navarro. The film was rated for violence and sexuality as “PG-13”.
10. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
This movie is full of fantasy, adventure and drama and is based on the story of evergreen snow white. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders and is based on the German Fairy tale compiled by Brothers Grimm. The movie received 6.2/10 ratings on IMDb. The story is made with a fry of twist in the original fairy tale with the wicked Queen, the huntsman and the seven little dwarfs. The film received two Oscar nominations for best Visual Design and Best Costumes. The movie had mixed reviews of critics and earned a total income of $396,592,829 on Box Office with investment of $170 million. The film is distributed by Universal Pictures.