Five Fantasy Films Every Gamer Should Watch

Which Films Should an Fantasy Gamer Watch

5. Lord of the Rings Trilogy

I’m just getting this out of the way. All three films are technically excellent and beautifully catch the epic scale of Tolkien’s work but as you have all seen them anyway I might as well shut-up now.

4. Ladyhawke

Two lovers are cursed by an evil sorcerer-bishop so that she turns into a hawk during daylight and he turns into a wolf by night. There is a lot wrong with this film but it still captures the essence of a fairytale curse and mixes it well with good action and fine performances. Ladyhawke

3. Excalibur

John Boorman’s extravagant retelling of the King Arthur’s story. Black magic and big battles, love and loyalties divided. This is an epic and ambitious film. The director, like most DMs, ignores certain realities, and allows all the main characters to stride around in plate mail. (From memory, there is even a sex scene where King Arthur is wearing plate mail). Watch out for the a small part by Shakespearian actor and Enterprise captain Patrick Steward: Excalibur

2. Stardust

A truly magical film from the pen of Neil Gaiman. It is a great example of how to create a fantastic world full of witches and curses and ghosts and magic and air-ships. It is high-fantasy at its best with great performances from all the cast including a truly jaw-dropping supporting role by Robert De Niro. Stardust

1. The Princess Bride

The best fantasy film ever made. It has pirates, giants, sword fights, true love, rodents of unusual size, revenge, torture and a happy ending. It is also one of the funniest films around. With Billy Crystal and Peter Cook on top form and a top notch script. It is a whimsical film, light hearted and at times tongue in cheek but it never descends into parody. Only a modest success on it first release it has gone to become a cult classic that has given the world such quotes as “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. ” and “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. “. Watching this film is like gaming with good friends. There is lots of action and adventure but the real joy comes from the interaction of the characters. The Princess Bride

5 comments

  1. I can’t disagree with your list except “Stardust” which I haven’t seen. But saddened that there was no room for “Legend”, or “Dragon Slayer”. Top 5 is too few really.

    I can’t say “Flesh and Blood” is a great movie but it is a great representation of how gritty, brutal, and muddy! life was back then.

  2. All those films would make my list, but I’d have to add a couple. I agree with Brent, when he mentions the Conan films. Yes, they had horrible acting; but then Conan really doesn’t need to have practiced his Shakespeare, eh?

    Another film that should be on this list is Dragonslayer. That film still holds its own almost 30 years later. The special effects were WAY ahead of its time. I would also include the Jim Henson works, “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth”. Gotta love a movie where even guys think David Bowie is hot. 🙂

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  3. I have to agree with all of you as those you list are all well worth considering. However, I have chastised Chris specifically for leaving out Conan The Barbarian. Cheesy acting an all it still has an epicness that a lot of fantasy movies never quite achieve. The soundtrack is stunning and timeless and my commuting music of choice. I listen to it every morning on the way to work, and intend to have it played at my funeral, how sad am I?

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  4. Stardust??? I don’t think you can possibly add a movie that hasn’t proven it can withstand the test of time. I agree it’s a great film, but as many people have said how can you leave off Conan?

    “Conan! What is best in life?” “To crush your enemies — See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!” How can you beat that type of quote…

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