10 Best Fantasy Movies on Netflix Right Now

Author Thumbnail BY Jon Arvedon - April 28, 2017
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Few film genres allow you to escape from reality quite like fantasy. Some of these films are fun-filled adventures. Others are gripping coming-of-age tales. And then, of course, there are heart-pounding stories of betrayal and revenge, all taking place in fantastical worlds, whose only limitations are your imagination.

Netflix has no shortage of fantasy films housed within its massive media library, so naturally, it makes sense to comb through all of them to cherry pick the best of the best currently available for streaming. With that in mind, here are the 10 best fantasy movies on Netflix:

#10- Knights of Badassdom

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Director: Joe Lynch

Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage, Danny Pudi, Summer Glau

Knights of Badassdom is a film tailor-made for fans of LARPing (live action role playing). It’s the story of three best friends, who take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the medieval times. However, when the trio unwittingly conjures up a bloodthirsty Succubus, hilarity ensues, and the spirited cast manages to eventually emerge from the jokey carnage with their dignity intact. This is a low-budget film, and it certainly shows, but it actually works in the context of the satirical nature of the narrative. While Knights of Badassdom is by no means a great film, it’s oddly likable, particularly if you’re well-versed in geek culture.

#9- Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse

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Director: Colin Teague

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Julian Morris, Tamzin Merchant

While certainly not on par with its predecessors, Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse is still a fun fantasy movie with thrilling action sequences and just enough meat to the narrative to keep most viewers entertained throughout the film’s 98 minute runtime. The film follows the story of a squire/aspiring knight named Gareth, whose search for a gold-laced comet instead leads to him finding a set of dragon eggs guarded by the massive Drago (voiced by Ben Kingsley). The film can be cheesy at times, but that’s part of its charm, and the frequent medieval violence more than makes up for the occasional silliness of the script. All in all, The Sorcerer’s Curse is a fun chapter in the Dragonheart franchise, which has managed to maintain a small, but incredibly loyal fanbase for nearly 20 years. 

#8- Horns

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Director: Alexandre Aja

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella

Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is a supernatural thriller that dabbles in fantasy, mystery and romance. In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man named Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his head, which drives the townspeople to confess their sins to him. The film wears many hats, causing it to feel a bit disjointed at times, but it’s still delightful, funny, and quirky, and if nothing else, it gives the viewer an outstanding look at Radcliffe’s incredible range beyond the Harry Potter movies. With a runtime of 2 hours, Horns definitely has the potential to cause viewers to lose interest if you’re not fully invested in the plot. Still, if you’re looking for something that tries to be original but not too overly artsy, it’s well worth your time to give this film a chance.

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Jon Arvedon was born and raised on the not-so-mean streets of Central Massachusetts. Jon uses his time consuming, collecting, and sharing all aspects of nerd culture. Follow Jon on Twitter @JonArvedon.
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