The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz is the greatest fantasy film of all time, not only because of Judy Garland’s amazing voice, the lush Technicolor magic, and the captivating story.
The film is also a crucial piece of cinema culture, but also an iconic, irreplaceable part of American heritage. The Library of Congress believes it is the most-watched movie of all time, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History showcases many items from the film, including Dorothy’s ruby slippers.
The Two Towers (2002)
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Return of the King (2003)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
Toy Story (1995)
Like Snow White, Toy Story is one of those rare single films that you can point to as having changed the medium forever. It pioneered a new way of doing animation and showed it could have just as much heart as traditional styles. It’s one of the famous films among the 200 Greatest Fantasy Films. Technology has grown over the past 25 years, but Toy Story remains as fresh as ever.
Pinocchio was Disney’s follow-up to the groundbreaking Snow White. The gorgeous art has shaped the animation industry since, while its story has inspired millions to cast their own wishes upon a star. And does any other children’s film explore so successfully what it means to be human?
Fantasia was not popular with audiences when it was first released, but over the decades, many of its scenes have become iconic. Decades later, music videos are commonplace, but no one has been able to hold a candle to Disney’s achievement.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Miyazaki developed the idea for Totoro while planning a children’s book. Now, the creature has become one of the most recognizable characters in the world. The children’s film focuses on friendship and low-key adventure rather than fighting and conflict.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
The Dark Crystal (1983)
Puppets play all the roles, and The Dark Crystal is regarded as the world’s first live-action movie with no humans.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
The Cabbage Fairy (1896)
Un Chien Andalou (1929)
The Red Balloon (1956)
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
La Belle et la bête (1946)
Le manoir du diable (1896)