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The best fantasy movies on Hulu right now (September 2022)

The real world is extremely grim. Imagination is an evolutionary trait, allowing us to escape for a little while from the real world. And the power of imagination is such that the fantasy genre is more prolific and exciting than ever. While Hulu’s fantasy collection isn’t particularly potent, it does have some solid options if you’re willing to dig. That’s what we’re here for, and we’ve found the best fantasy movies on Hulu right now.

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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Muppets from Space (1999) new
Muppets from Space
53 %
pg 87m
Genre Family, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta
Directed by Tim Hill
The Muppets by themselves are basically a fantasy — puppets that live in the real human world. But in this zany film, the larger-than-life Muppets go beyond Earth when Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his cereal. Unfortunately, Gonzo is soon captured by shady government figures to learn more about his alien heritage. This forces Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and reunite him with his family.
Your Highness (2011) new
Your Highness
31 %
r 102m
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman
Directed by David Gordon Green
The state of Hulu’s fantasy slate is so bad that this spoof on Lord of the Rings, King Arthur, and other fantastical tales of knights and damsels makes the list. While it’s supremely dumb, Your Highness is genuinely funny at times as James Franco and Danny McBride team up as a handsome, chivalrous knight and his moronic brother who can’t manage to get out of his own way. The two princes set out to save their land by rescuing the prince’s fiancée, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), before the entire kingdom is destroyed. And they will get supremely high along the way.
Pleasantville (1998)
71 %
pg-13 124m
Genre Fantasy, Comedy, Drama
Stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen
Directed by Gary Ross
Timelines collide in this modern fairy tale about geeky teenager David (Tobey Maguire) and his cool twin sister, Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon), after they’re accidentally whisked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called Pleasantville. Everything is just peachy keen all the time in black and white. However, Jennifer’s modern attitude disrupts Pleasantville’s routine existence, literally bringing color into the world. And with all that color comes big new perspectives.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
63 %
pg 109m
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
Stars Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell
Directed by Garth Jennings
It may be a bit more sci-fi than fantasy, but The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will appeal to fans of both genres. Based on the beloved book, the film follows Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) as he’s whisked away by an alien construction crew mere seconds before the destruction of the Earth. He just so happens to have made a fortuitous friendship with Ford Prefect (Mos Def), an alien researcher who is working on a new edition of his guide book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Zathura: A Space Adventure
67 %
pg 101m
Genre Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard
Directed by Jon Favreau
Another space story, Zathura: A Space Adventure is a bit more clearly a fantasy tale for imaginative kids of all ages. When their father is called into work, teenage Lisa (Kristen Stewart) is forced to babysit Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and Danny (Jonah Bobo). She tells them to stay inside. But when they start playing space-themed board game Zathura, Walter and Danny soon realize that the game has launched their house into space. They’ll need all their cunning and the help of a friendly astronaut to return home.
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.

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.

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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