Saturday, April 6, 2019


TOP DARK FANTASY FILMS - This is a subjective collection of best films: with overtones of medievalism, magic and myths. I am particularly fond of those featuring sword and sorcery elements. But originality and action are prized above all else. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, or are awaiting the upcoming Wheel of Time, do yourself a favor and check out these Top Dark Fantasy Films.

The Seventh Seal (1957)
A knight plays chess with the embodiment of death who is coming for his life.

Marketa Lazarov√° (1967)
Knights kidnap a lord’s daughter, forcing her to become a mistress to one of them, against her will.

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Jason embarks on a quest in search of the Golden Fleece assisted by Hercules and Acastus.

Wizards  (1977)
In a post-apocalyptic world, two opposing wizards battle, pitted between magic and technology.

Hawk the Slayer (1980)
A warrior wields a magic sword he can control with his mind, on a quest to avenge his father’s death.

Clash of the Titans (1981)
Perseus, son of Zeus, is destined to marry Andromeda. But as long as the satyr is alive, no one will wed her.

Excalibur (1981)
King Arthur assembles Merlin and the Knights of the Roundtable in Camelot around his magic sword.

Dragonslayer (1981)
A wizard’s apprentice faces danger as he tries to defeat a dragon terrorizing a medieval kingdom.

Dark Crystal (1982)
The last survivor of his race seeks the Dark Crystal, a powerful gem capable of balancing the universe.

Conan The Barbarian (1982)
When an enslaved orphan’s village is destroyed, he is forced to push The Wheel of Pain.

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)
A mercenary with a three-bladed sword helps a princess foil a tyrant.
Krull (1983)
A prince goes on a quest to save his betrothed from evil aliens, in this sci-fi/ fantasy mashup.

Conquest (1983)
A hero and barbarian must defeat a witch in this horror/fantasy hybrid.

The Neverending Story (1984)
A land of fantasy is threated by a destroying darkness which can only be stopped by a human child.

The 13th Warrior (1999)
An exiled noble joins a group of Vikings, becoming the 13th warrior, in this original flick with overtones of horror.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
The daughter of a murdering sadist is drawn into a magical world of mythical beings.


  1. Oh my gosh Pan's Labyrinth is AMAZING. It's not my usual type of film but I absolutely love it.

  2. This is totally up my husbands alley! He loves this genre and will love seeing this list!!

  3. really not a movie guy but i sure want to see Pan's Labyrinth

  4. Been looking for fantasy film to watch will just pick from this list. Thanks for this.

  5. What an awesome list! My life was forever changed after watching Excalibur. What a trip down memory lane.

  6. All of these are classics on this list. It's been a long time since I've seen Pan's Labyrinth. I will have to see it again soon.

  7. Wow.. classic stories! Talking about reminiscen

  8. Wow, I had forgotten about a lot of these movies! I will need to rewatch starting with The NeverEnding Story!!

  9. I’m always on the lookout for dark fantasy movie recommendations. Wizard sounds like an interesting one. I’ll have to add it to my list

  10. These are classics that should be on the to watch list. Neverending Story is one of my faves.

  11. Great suggestions here! I liked Pan's Labyrinth! Will try a few of these other titles!

  12. I love watching dark fantasy movies. Conquest sounds interesting. Will watch it i this weekend.

  13. Clash of the titans is my all time favorite. Loved the list.

  14. Gosh this is one amazing list you have created! Clash of the Titans is an all time favourite and so is the 13th Warrior. I haven't watched Pan's Labyrinth yet so need to catch up with it soon.

  15. This is an awesome list even though it's not really my type of movies. My husband though would really enjoy them :D

  16. Snuck into Conan when I was a teenager.

  17. Of this group, Excalibur is my favorite. Surprised Heavy Metal isn't on it.