The best fantasy movies on Hulu

Imagination is contagious. That’s part of why we as a society love fantasy movies and books so much. Fantasy offers a pathway into other people’s imaginations to see how much they align with and expand our own. If you’re a Hulu subscriber, there’s a whole lot of adventure and excitement to be had in the fantasy genre. However, it can feel like a quest to Mount Doom trying to search the platform. So, we’ve gone ahead and curated a list of the best fantasy movies on Hulu right now, just for you.

Can’t get enough fantasy in your queue? Be sure to check out our roundups of the best fantasy movies on Netflix and the best fantasy movies on Amazon Prime Video.

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Hugo (2011) new

83 %
pg 126m
Genre Adventure, Drama, Family
Stars Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley
Directed by Martin Scorsese
This family-friendly fantasy from Martin Scorsese follows orphan Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), a child living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo works oiling and maintaining the station’s clocks, but his more important mission is protecting a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his father (Jude Law). When he accidentally gets on the wrong side of a bitter old toy merchant (Ben Kingsley), Hugo adds one more employer to the list to help pay off his debt. But he’s happy to do it since the merchant’s goddaughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) wears a key necklace that looks like the perfect size for Hugo’s automaton.

Midnight in Paris (2011) new

Midnight in Paris
81 %
pg-13 94m
Genre Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller
Directed by Woody Allen
Fantasy doesn’t have to be all dragons and dwarves. Sometimes it’s a bit more sophisticated. Like Midnight in Paris, which stars Owen Wilson as screenwriter Gil Pender, on vacation in Paris with his fiancee (Rachel McAdams). At night, however, Gil has taken to carousing the streets alone rather than with his beloved. Out late one night, Gil encounters a group of oddly familiar revelers and he decides to join them. Before he can understand what’s happening, he’s whisked back to the Jazz Age, hanging in salons with icons of art and literature like Ernest Hemingway. Gil soon becomes addicted to these evenings of revelry, returning night after night, creating a rift with his fiancee as he begins to prefer the fantasy to the real world.

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil
33 %
r 100m
Genre Horror, Action, Science Fiction
Stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius
Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
A bit more of a genre hybrid than a straight fantasy, Resident Evil adapted the popular video game franchise with horrific, pulse-pounding aplomb. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, due out this month, is all the proof of concept you need. They’ve been making these movies for two decades now, and it all started with Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez breaking into the Umbrella Corporations unground genetics lab, “the hive.” Inside the lab, a deadly virus has turned the lab’s personnel into Un-dead, giving the team just three hours to shut down the lab facility before the virus is unleashed on the planet.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
47 %
pg 118m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Stars Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario
Directed by Chris Columbus
Based on the wildly popular young adult book series, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief stars Logan Lerman as the titular troublemaker teenager. But when he finds out he’s the son of the Greek god Poseidon and whisked off to the training ground for the children of deities, some of the issues that have followed him his whole life begin to make sense. And as Percy begins to harness his divine power, he soon finds himself embroiled in a feud among the Olympians that threatens to spill over into all-out war on Earth.

King Arthur (2004)

King Arthur
46 %
pg-13 126m
Genre Adventure, War, History, Action
Stars Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Keira Knightley
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
The classic fantasy of King Arthur gets kicked into overdrive by Antoine Fuqua in this high-octane reinterpretation. Clive Owen plays Arthur, a cavalry officer in the Roman army defending Hadrian’s Wall against the onslaught of barbarian Britons. Expecting to be relieved, they’re instead sent out on a rescue mission of a wealthy Roman family. Discovering the family to be sadistically torturing Britons, Arthur turns on his Roman roots, brokers a truce, and leads the conjoined forces against an invading Saxon army.

Melancholia (2011)

80 %
r 135m
Genre Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland
Directed by Lars von Trier
You should know ahead of time that Melancholia is not a happy film, and it also really lives up to its name. This movie is about two sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Despite her new marriage to Michael (Alexander Skarsgård), Justine is seriously depressed. Justine’s mood doesn’t improve as her life collapses around her and the end of the world gets underway. A rogue planet, dubbed Melancholia, is on a collision course with Earth. And when the planet’s fate is sealed, it’s Claire’s turn to panic and enter a deep depression.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
23 %
r 88m
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Action
Stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
What do you do after escaping the hungry plans of a witch? You hunt witches professionally, of course. At least that’s the fate of the titular fairy tale twins in 2013’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as his crossbow-wielding sister, Gretel. Unsurprisingly, Hansel & Gretel suffered no love affair with reviewers. The film is utterly ridiculous, including the plotline that sweets fed to Hansel as a child caused him to suffer a mystical form of diabetes that threatens to kill him every few hours. But once you accept the absurdity, what you’re left with is a fun, gore-happy, action-packed flick that never tries to be anything more than that.

Spontaneous (2020)

78 %
r 102m
Genre Comedy, Horror
Stars Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Hayley Law
Directed by Brian Duffield
High school years are a checklist of crucial moves. Get good grades and excel academically, apply to colleges, make friends, find love, make a meaningful impact before exploding into smithereens in front of your peers and teachers. In Brian Duffield’s Spontaneous, two high school seniors, Mara (Katherine Langford) and Dylan (Charlie Plummer), are faced with the whirlwind reality that they could literally explode at any moment, as it’s happening to all their friends in the middle of the school day. Spontaneous combustion aside, Spontaneous is a coming-of-age teen flick turned on its head and packed to the brim with gore, guts, and gasps. Not for light stomachs.

Above the Shadows (2019)

Above the Shadows
Genre Fantasy, Romance
Stars Olivia Thirlby, Alan Ritchson, Jim Gaffigan
Directed by Claudia Myers
In Above the Shadows, Olivia Thirlby stars as Holly, a woman who has literally faded from the seeable world. Invisible for years, her saving grace arrives in the form of a downtrodden MMA fighter named Shayne (Alan Ritchson). When Holly learns that one of her own tabloid photographs contributed to Shayne’s public image demise, she’ll do whatever it takes to restore the fighter to his former glory in an attempt to vanquish her invisibility. A film that demands a firm disconnect from our own reality, Above the Shadows dabbles in fantasy and romance in fitting but larger-than-life ways. The story meanders a bit, and the metaphor’s muddled, but the movie works in more ways than it doesn’t.

Colossal (2017)

70 %
r 109m
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Stars Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Colossal stars Anne Hathaway as Gloria, a down-on-her-luck writer going through a recent breakup. Forced to relocate to her hometown when her boyfriend kicks her out, Gloria takes up a job at a local bar. Drinking her sorrows away while re-acclimating to her stomping grounds, a towering reptilian beast emerges in South Korea. Leaving a wake of destruction in its path, Gloria soon learns that she and the mythic titan share a psychosomatic connection. Whenever Gloria acts out, so does the monster. Once the link is established, Gloria must learn to deal with her own emotions before the Godzilla-beast wreaks havoc across the entire globe. Led by a powerful performance by Hathaway and a sharp narrative and directing by Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal is an unforgettable mashup of monster-movie-meets-character-drama.

The Secret Garden (2020)

The Secret Garden
59 %
pg 99m
Genre Family, Fantasy, Drama
Stars Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth, Julie Walters
Directed by Marc Munden
Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), an orphan, arrives at the estate of her uncle — the stoic Lord Archibald Craven (Colin Firth). Her next of kin, his lordship pays little mind to his niece. Thus, the girl wanders the house and grounds. Deep in the woods, the young Mary discovers a hidden garden. A luscious and vibrant haven, the garden is Mary’s dear hideaway and a restorative healing place. When tensions rise within the family and secrets are unveiled, the garden becomes Mary’s only hope. This 2020 adaptation of the 1911 Frances Hodgson Burnett novel is, in fact, the fourth film adaptation. It’s cozy, if not a bit formulaic in its approach, but comes at a time when a bit of grandeur and heart go a long way. We highly recommend it.

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