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The best fantasy movies on Amazon Prime Video (September 2022)

It’s a misconception that fantasy is all about dragons, magic, wizards, and warriors. Those elements certainly have their place, but fantasy is more than just the usual tropes. The genre shows us visions of the world where the fantastic and unbelievable are real … sometimes with a touch of sci-fi as well. Fantasy flicks can also make for great popcorn entertainment while also giving us a lot to consider about the world in which we live. Amazon Prime Video doesn’t always have a robust selection of fantasy movies to offer subscribers. But this month, Prime Video has both the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. And that’s just a small selection from the best fantasy movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.

Can’t get enough fantasy flicks? Check out our roundups of the best fantasy movies on Netflix and the best fantasy movies on Hulu.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) new
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
92 %
pg-13 179m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
Directed by Peter Jackson
It’s probably not a coincidence that the entire Lord of the Rings cinematic trilogy is on Amazon Prime Video just in time for the premiere of The Rings of Power. But enjoy it while it lasts because there aren’t many fantasy flicks better than this one. The Fellowship of the Ring kicked off the trilogy with style, as director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels to life with vivid details and beautifully shot scenes. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo Baggins, a simple Hobbit who just happens to have the One Ring of Sauron, the Dark Lord and the enemy of everything good in Middle-earth. To save the world, the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), a Ranger named Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Frodo’s best friend, Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin), and five others form a Fellowship to accompany Frodo on his quest to destroy the ring. But not all of them will survive the journey.
The Fellowship of the Ring | The Lord of the Rings 4K Ultra HD | Warner Bros. Entertainment
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) new
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
70 %
pg-13 166m
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson
Directed by David Fincher
Born old and getting younger by the day, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button lives up to its name as the title character (largely portrayed by Brad Pitt) seemingly ages in reverse starting from his birth in 1918. After Benjamin’s father abandons him, a caretaker named Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) raises him with love. As Benjamin grows younger, he encounters a girl named Daisy Fuller, who grows up to become the love of his life (as portrayed by Cate Blanchett). Yet even their relationship is tested by Benjamin’s inexplicable reverse-aging process.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers
In Time (2011) new
In Time
53 %
pg-13 109m
Genre Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy
Directed by Andrew Niccol
We have all the time in the world, until we have no time at all. In Time presents a vision of the future where time is the only real commodity. Everyone stops aging at 25 years old, but the poor people are programmed to die within a year of reaching that age. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) befriends a suicidal man, Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer), who has a century of time to spare. But when Henry passes his time to Will, the Timekeepers, led by Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy), believe that he has stolen the time. To escape, Will takes an heiress, Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), as his hostage. And when Sylvia sees firsthand what the upper class has done to the rest of society, she adopts Will’s cause as her own.
In Time (2011) Official HD Movie Trailer
Love and Monsters (2020) new
Love and Monsters
63 %
pg 109m
Genre Comedy, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker
Directed by Michael Matthews
It’s the apocalypse, and poor Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) has no one to love now that giant creatures roam the world in Love and Monsters. Frustrated with his life and eager to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend, Aimee (Jessica Henwick), an ill-prepared Joel leaves the relative safety of his colony behind in order to reach her. Two fellow survivors, Clyde Dutton (Michael Rooker) and Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt), impart some wisdom on Joel during their brief encounter. But if Joel wants to survive in the new world, he’ll have a lot of growing up to do before he reaches his destination.
LOVE AND MONSTERS | Official Trailer
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
50 %
pg 90m
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction
Stars Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Directed by Stephen Herek
While it’s never explicit that Bill and Ted (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) smoke weed, they definitely smoke weed. As such, it’s fair to consider Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure as the dawn of the stoner fantasy. These totally excellent dudes have a history exam coming up and, rather than study, they enlist the help of Rufus, a messenger with a time-traveling phone booth to go meet in person all the dudes they’re being tested on. Traveling through time, they come face to face with Socrates, Genghis Kahn, Napoleon, and Joan of Arc to piece together the most ridiculous high school history project of all time.

The Beastmaster (1982)
The Beastmaster
18 %
pg 118m
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Stars Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn
Directed by Don Coscarelli
Back in the days of cable, there was an old joke about the true meaning of HBO: “Hey, Beastmaster’s on!” Let’s just say that The Beastmaster got a lot of play back then. Through modern eyes, it’s not a great flick. Regardless, it still has its charms even with a generous helping of cheese. Marc Singer stars as Dar, the long-lost son of King Zed (Rod Loomis). Dar has an unusual affinity for animals, including a pair of ferrets, an eagle, and a panther, all of which accompany him on his journey. As a side note, the panther (seen above) is actually portrayed by a more easily trained tiger whose fur was dyed for the role. Knowing that fact makes for an unintentionally hilarious visual.

Knights of Badassdom (2013)
Knights of Badassdom
56 %
r 86m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Comedy
Stars Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Steve Zahn
Directed by Joe Lynch
There are a lot of familiar faces from genre TV in Knights of Badassdom, including True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten, Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage, Westworld’s Jimmi Simpson, Community’s Danny Pudi, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ Summer Glau. That actually makes the movie even more enjoyable. Within the film, Joe Revitt (Kwanten) has just been dumped by his girlfriend, Beth (Margarita Levieva). To cheer Joe up, his friends, Hung (Dinklage) and Eric (Steve Zahn), take him to a live-action roleplaying game, where he meets Gwen (Glau). However, the assembled players unintentionally awaken a deadly succubus, who assumes Beth’s likeness before using her dark magic to prey on everyone in her path.
Knights Of Badassdom Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Peter Dinklage LARP Movie HD

Wish Upon a Star (1996)
Wish Upon a Star
pg 89m
Genre TV Movie, Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris, Donnie Jeffcoat
Directed by Blair Treu
Wish Upon a Star is a lot like Freaky Friday. Although instead of featuring a mother and a daughter swapping bodies, this film puts an older sister into her younger sister’s shoes, and vice versa. Katherine Heigl stars as Alexia Wheaton, the popular older sister of Hayley Wheaton (Danielle Harris). In contrast to her sister, Hayley is academically focused and not that popular with her peers. One night, during a shooting star, the sisters independently make a wish to swap bodies and experience each other’s lives. For Hayley, this allows her to pursue Alexia’s boyfriend, Kyle (Don Jeffcoat), which causes some friction between the sisters. Thankfully, the sisters soon begin to have a greater appreciation for each other, especially when they can’t find a way to reclaim their true bodies.
Pinocchio (2019)
65 %
pg-13 125m
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Stars Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Marine Vacth
Directed by Matteo Garrone
Roberto Benigni seems to have a great deal of affection for the story of Pinocchio. Nearly two decades ago, Benigni played the living puppet and directed his own adaptation of Pinocchio. For this more recent film, Benigni plays Pinocchio’s father/creator, Geppetto, and Federico Ielapi takes over the role of Pinocchio. This film stays closer to Carlo Collodi’s original story than the famous Disney adaptation did. Poor Pinocchio wants to be a real boy, but he falls to temptation far more often than he stays on the straight and narrow. And when Pinocchio lies, we all know what happens to his nose.
Highlander (1986)
24 %
r 116m
Genre Adventure, Action, Fantasy
Stars Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
There can be only one Highlander! And it’s on Amazon Prime. This centuries-spanning epic takes flight after mystical warrior Russell Nash (Christopher Lambert) kills a man in a sword fight in a New York City parking lot. In the process, he leaves a sliver of an ancient weapon lodged in a car. When forensics specialist Brena Wyatt (Roxanne Hart) recovers evidence of the mysterious weapon, she and her partner embark on an investigation of Nash — the Highlander — and find themselves embroiled in a centuries-old feud between immortals.
Mortal (2020)
20 %
r 104m
Genre Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Stars Nat Wolff, Priyanka Bose, Iben Akerlie
Directed by André Øvredal
A devout dissection of Nordic mythology, co-writer-director André Øvredal’s Mortal follows Eric (Nat Wolff), an early twenty-something living on the fringes of Norwegian society who possesses the miraculous ability to set things ablaze, literally. After Eric is picked up by local authorities, Christine (Iben Arkelie), a psychologist, is drawn to him. Law enforcement wants to question Eric about a series of murders that occurred years before. When Christine learns that the victims were all members of Eric’s family, a symbolic line begins tracing backward from Eric’s fiery abilities to ancient Nordic mythology. Part superhero film, part fantasy, Mortal shoots for the stars with its larger-than-life narrative but delivers major set pieces with big energy and strong performances.
Vivarium (2019)
64 %
r 97m
Genre Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Stars Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Eanna Hardwicke
Directed by Lorcan Finnegan
Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) and Gemma (Imogen Poots) are in search of real estate. When they visit a development of identical suburban homes called Yonder, the couple is seemingly abandoned by their realtor. They decide to pack it in and head home, but it turns out that Yonder keeps the twenty-somethings in some kind of time loop where no matter how far they drive, they always return to house #9 — the domicile their agent showed them. Tom and Gemma decide to stay at the house for the night, but when a newborn baby arrives with instructions stating, “Raise the child and be released,” Tom and Gemma become the unwilling victims of unseen, otherworldly forces. Vivarium combines fantasy, horror, and sci-fi elements in a rather remarkable way. Whenever the story seems to slip, Eisenberg and Poots wrangle it right back in.

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