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The best fantasy movies on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has an enormous collection of films spanning every genre. Yet, for reasons beyond comprehension, fantasy flicks are very few and far between on Prime Video. Amazon is making a Lord of the Rings television series and yet still have a depressingly mundane fantasy film library. But, fear not, if you are in the mood for some fantasy, your Amazon Prime subscription does entitle you to a few quality entries. They’re just not easy to find, so we’ve already completed the quest for you.  Check out our list of the best fantasy movies on Amazon Prime Video.

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 Princess Bride (1987) new

The Princess Bride
77 %
pg 99m
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin
Directed by Rob Reiner
It may sound inconceivable, but perhaps the greatest fairy tale ever told was conceived by William Goldman in 1973. The tale, attributed to the fictional S. Morgenstern, became the inspiration for The Princess Bride, a legendary fantasy film that hits all the right romantic, comedic, and action notes at every turn. After years of separation, young Westley (Cary Elwes) returns to Florin to reunite with his beloved Buttercup (Robin Wright). But Westley soon discovers that Buttercup has been unwillingly betrothed to the evil Prince Humperdinck. Westley, however, has his own secret weapon: He has adopted the identity of the terrifying Dread Pirate Roberts and now, with the help of some friends, will brave the dangers of Florin to stop the wedding and save his love.

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) new

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.

Wish Upon a Star (1996) new

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.

Roberto Benigni and Federico Ielapi in Pinocchio.

Pinocchio (2019)

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.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Roberto Benigni, Federico Ielapi, Rocco Papaleo, Massimo Ceccherini, Marine Vacth
Director: Matteo Garrone
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 125 minutes

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David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth.

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

In hindsight, it’s perfectly believable that David Bowie came from another world. For his first leading role in a feature film, Bowie played Thomas Jerome Newton, a.k.a. The Man Who Fell to Earth. Thomas is an alien disguised as a human on an urgent mission to save his homeworld by bringing water from Earth during his return trip. However, Thomas proves to be more human on the inside than even he suspected. While caught up in an affair with a woman named Mary-Lou (Candy Clark), Thomas becomes hopelessly addicted to alcohol and TV. And when his secret comes out, Thomas finds that he no longer has the means to defend himself or his mission.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, Bernie Casey
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Rating: R
Runtime: 138 minutes

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Cool World

Cool World (1992)

Audiences and critics were not ready for director Ralph Bakshi’s Cool World, a wild combination of animation and live-action. In this film, the human world and the cartoon-like Cool World exist in separate realities. For decades, Detective Frank Harris (Brad Pitt) has been the lone human living in Cool World. In the real world, cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) believes that he created Cool World, and he is frequently visited by visions of Holli Would (Kim Basinger), a “doodle” who wants to become a human and escape from her realm. When Holli’s ambitions threaten both worlds, Frank and Jack are forced to team up to stop her.

Rotten Tomatoes: 4%
Stars: Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne, Brad Pitt, Deirdre O’Connell, Charlie Adler
Director: Ralph Bakshi
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Archive (2020)

Death is a part of life that we’ve never conquered. But within the realm of fantasy and sci-fi, it can be overcome. Archive stars Theo James as George Almore, a widowed man who may have found a way to bring his late wife, Jules (Stacy Martin), back to some semblance of life. George uses his highly specialized scientific knowledge to create a robot, J2, that captures several aspects of Jules’ personality. That leads to an improved model, J3, that physically resembles Jules as well. Unfortunately, George was a bit too successful with J2, because she displays jealousy over his feelings for J3. And a jealous robot is always bad news.

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Stars: Theo James, Stacy Martin, Rhona Mitra, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover
Director: Gavin Rothery
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 105 minutes

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Highlander (1986)

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.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Roxanne Hart
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Rating: R
Runtime: 116 minutes

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Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas (2014)

Based on the 2003 Dean Koontz novel of the same name, Odd Thomas stars the late Anton Yelchin as the titular character, Thomas, a line cook and a gifted psychic (imagine being handed that résumé). When Thomas encounters a man named Robert Robertson (Shuler Hensley), a fellow with some kind of mold-like substance for hair, Odd’s clairvoyance kicks in full force in the form of disturbing dreams that point to Robertson as a figure of evil. It’s up to Thomas, the local sheriff (Willem Dafoe), and Thomas’s girlfriend (Addison Timlin) to thwart Robertson’s wretched plan before it’s too late. A whimsical tour de force of thrills and chills, Odd Thomas may not always stand on two feet, but Yelchin’s performance brings enough spunk and energy to move mountains.

Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, Nico Tortorella
Director: Stephen Sommers
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 96 minutes

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After the Dark

After the Dark (2014)

In John Huddle’s After the Dark (known as The Philosophers outside the U.S.), a group of international university students is given the final exam of a lifetime by one Mr. Zimit (James D’Arcy), their esteemed philosophy instructor. Alluding to a post-apocalyptic world, Mr. Zimit poses a challenge to his class: The students must choose 10 of their peers to live life in a nuclear-proof bunker, with each chosen student receiving designated end-of-the-world professions, with positions including published poet, harpist, and soldier. Combining coming-of-age elements with a big blast of sci-fi, After the Dark is an excellent piece of elevated cinema that makes us wonder how we’d fare in Mr. Zimit’s imagined wasteland.

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Stars: Daryl Sabara, James D’Arcy, Bonnie Wright
Director: John Huddles
Rating: R
Runtime: 114 minutes

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Mortal (2020)

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.

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Stars: Nat Wolff, Priyanka Bose, Iben Akerlie
Director: André Øvredal
Rating: R
Runtime: 104 minutes

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Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots in Vivarium

Vivarium (2020)

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.

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Jonathan Aris
Director: Lorde Finnegan
Rating: R
Runtime: 97 minutes

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