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Jaysen Shadowstalker
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also Kull the conquerer starring kevin sorbo.

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Ronja Rövardotter (1984) was originally written by Astrid Lindgren as a children's adventure book. The movie itself is a nicely enriched version of the book and has a beautiful mixture of adventure, social criticism as well as friendship and Love for the loved ones.

Dragonheart (1995) features Sean Connery in a role quite unusual for him. Opposing the four limbed dragon in 'Dragonslayer' the dragon in this movie has six limbs and is not the main antagonist. Not a lot of special effects in this movie, except for the dragon, which does not reduce the quality and entertainment of this movie.

Dungeons & Dragons (1983 - 1985) is an animated series which was co-produced by Gary E. Gygax (creator of the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons). Essentially it's a D&D-party roaming around a fantasy realm trying to get home featuring the great and universal Frank Welker voice-acting a young unicorn.

Rôdosu-tô senki (1990) is a japanese animated series with D&D in mind. The story is similar to 'The Arcer and the Sorceress'/'Legend of the Seeker' but with lots more elements from the western culture fantasy like knights and elves.

The last Unicorn (1982) can immediately be recognized as an animated movie in the style of other Rankin & Bass movies. If you've seen at least one other, that is. This movie is often looked down at as a little girls movie, but it has a great story about determination and hope. Also, Christopher Lee voice-acts as the evildoer.

Mononoke-hime (1997) is a Miyazaki Hayao/Studio Ghibli movie with quite an epic theme to it. As with most movies from that studio, the visual details are stunningly accurate. The story itself is difficult to sum up except with: "the strive of mortals and the vanishing of gods".

Jûbê ninpûchô (1993) happens to be an animé more suitable for adults, since there are several quite bloody scenes as well as some nude scenes. All in all it's a story of a swordsmen fighting a bunch of demons/supervillains in a medieval japan-setting. But don't let that description fool you into thinking that this movie is bad.

Shinobi seems to be a live acting version of 'Jûbê ninpûchô' but is actually a novel adaptation about two ninja clans, a fated love and a machiavellian plan by the lord of the land.

Kureimoa (2007) is yet another japanese animé, which is about shapeshifters and the female warriors that fight them. Although it's a shonen jump/splatter series, it has several twists and revelations along with some nice and deep character developments.

The Gamers (2002), The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (2008 ) and JourneyQuest (2010 & 2012), brought into our world by the Dead Gentlemen Productions. 'The Gamers' is a "parody" of a group of roleplayers and what they do with/to their characters. 'Dorkness Rising' stepped up the various problems & peculiarities of the players, the epicness & hilariousness of the events at the gametable as well as the developments of both the players and their characters. 'JourneyQuest' is the story about a group of dysfunctional adventurers on a quest in order to rid the land of evil without a clue on how to successfully achieve that.

Standard Action (2010 - 2015) This series is similar to 'JourneyQuest', but is made by a canadian group and has a more serious tone to it. On the other hand it displays the same kind of gamer humor and a relatively equal development of the characters as it is in 'JourneyQuest'.

The Black Cauldron (1985) An easy to overlook Disney movie, which has a number of unDisneyisch scenes in terms of violence as it was with 'Dragonslayer'. Other than that it is a typical fairytale where a young hero goes up against an evil tyrant, both seeking a magical artifact of great and evil power.

The Pirates of Dark Water (1991 - 1992) is an animated series about a young prince and his band of companions, destined to collect The Thirteen Treasures of Rule before an evil pirate-lord does, to save their world from a carnivorous form of water.

Wizards (1977) is not exactly a fantasy movie, as it is set in a post-nuclear future, 10 million years ahead of our time. But it is also set in a Tolkien world with wizards, elves and sorcery. Kind of a mix between 'Lord of the Rings', 'Star Wars' and 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome'. As a Ralph Bakshi-movie it has a lot of rotoscopic moments, being melded together with lots of stock footage and standard animation.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958 ), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 1977 Are all arabian seafarer-style fantasy stop-motion pictures from the hand of Ray Harryhausen, which depict journeys of Sindbad the sailor. Although the movements of the animated creatures are crudly rough (by today's standards), the stories are those of heroic adventures.

Posted by MuadMouseThe Ator movies are definitely prime examples of Eighties' low-budget barbarian films, right up there with Barbarian Brothers, Deathstalker, or The Sword and the Sorcerer. Frankly, Conan the Destroyer is basically in the same category, it just used up a hell of a lot more budget!

Lets not forget Red Sonja (1985). Another barbarian movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sandhal Bergman but with Brigitte Nielsen playing the leading heroine and Ennio Morricone having created the soundtrack.

The Archer and the Sorceress (1981) also falls into the category of low-budget 80s movies. It also seems to be one of the few movies where the hero's magical weapon is not a sword.

The series The Legend of the Seeker (2008 - 2010) seems to have the same topic as 'The Archer and the Sorceress' but is of a much newer date. .... and the hero is wielding a sword, well ....

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Posted by WerwolfRonja Rövardotter (1984) was originally written by Astrid Lindgren as a children's adventure book. The movie itself is a nicely enriched version of the book and has a beautiful mixture of adventure, social criticism as well as friendship and Love for the loved ones.

Ronja Rövardotter (aka Ronja the Robber's Daughter) was also made into a 26 episode Japanese Animated television series by internationally acclaimed Studio Ghibli (also known for Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, etc.). Amazon has picked up Studio Ghibli's adaption of Ronja for viewing in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. Here's a blurb about it on Ars Technica: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/10/studio-ghiblis-first-tv-series-getting-english-dub-courtesy-of-amazon/.

"What if everything you see is more than what you see — the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it is really a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." — Shigeru Miyamoto

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Don't forget--the original "Conan the Barbarian" has one of the most epic film scores ever recorded. It's as powerful today as when first heard.

Almost everything by Miyazaki falls into the fantasy genre. Outside of "Mononoke", there's the magical "Totoro", "Kiki", and many more, including the recent "Arietty", a retelling of the beloved Borrowers story by Mary Norton.

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Posted by Khazar-KhumDon't forget--the original "Conan the Barbarian" has one of the most epic film scores ever recorded. It's as powerful today as when first heard.

If it isn't the remade/remastered version, which has lost lots of its energy and force.

Posted by Khazar-KhumAlmost everything by Miyazaki falls into the fantasy genre. Outside of "Mononoke", there's the magical "Totoro", "Kiki", and many more, including the recent "Arietty", a retelling of the beloved Borrowers story by Mary Norton.

True, true, true. Even the many times remade Kaguya Hime which is mostly a legend, and Kaze no tani no Nausicaä to some extend.

The 50s, 60s and 70s german and czech fairytale movies take a while to get used to the style. The stories and characters of those movies however are beautifully true to very early versions of the legends being depicted. Some of the titles are Rübezahl Herr der Berge, Das kalte Herz and Frau Holle.

Of the works of the great Terry Pratchett 5,1 have been done as animated miniseries and full grown feature films. The movies are Colour of Magic, Hogfather and Going Postal. The animated titles are Wyrd Sisters and Soul Music. The ,1 I mentioned is an apparently abandoned animated adaptation of Reaper Man. The part which has been made can be found on YouTube.

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Thurinith
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What about The Golden Compass (2007) I thought that was a good one, I've seen it a few times. And it has talking animals like Narnia and the book versions of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Though no Elves :'(

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It's baffling to me how few truly good fantasy movies and TV shows there have ever existed. Limitless possibilities yet here are the traps I feel too many of these shows/movies get into to prevent them from becoming great:

1) Too much emphasis on the setting and costumes (and, these days, CGI) and not enough on the acting. The acting gets even worse when the movie/show is already on a low budget and virtually nothing is paid on quality actors. Good acting can pull even sub-par settings out of the dump.

2) The "evil overlord threatens the whole world" story used over and over and over. So many fantasy movies and shows seem to think that is the only way to tell a fantasy story. There is so little nuance to the story and its characters. Good characters can save a story just as well as good acting.

3) Too many fantasy shows are unwilling to escape from the old stereotypes. It "must have" dwarves, elves, dragons, giants, or something immediately all too familiar with the audience so they don't have to explain anything about something we haven't seen before.

I would say Game of Thrones is the best visual feast for fantasy that I've seen since The Lord of the Rings (and both have examples of great actors; Game of Thrones also gets dirty in gray morality), but I still would like to see something entirely different from the "norm" without a loss of quality.

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Here are some of the more obvious (or not-so-obvious) movies and TV shows (apologies if some have been mentioned):

Clash of the Titans (1981, not the awful remake)

The Black Crystal (1982)

Being Human (UK 2008 or US 2011 versions; modern supernatural)

Highlander (1986) and its TV series (to some extent)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

The Princess Bride (1985)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

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Posted by TruthseerIt's baffling to me how few truly good fantasy movies and TV shows there have ever existed. Limitless possibilities yet here are the traps I feel too many of these shows/movies get into to prevent them from becoming great:1) Too much emphasis on the setting and costumes (and, these days, CGI) and not enough on the acting. The acting gets even worse when the movie/show is already on a low budget and virtually nothing is paid on quality actors. Good acting can pull even sub-par settings out of the dump.2) The "evil overlord threatens the whole world" story used over and over and over. So many fantasy movies and shows seem to think that is the only way to tell a fantasy story. There is so little nuance to the story and its characters. Good characters can save a story just as well as good acting.3) Too many fantasy shows are unwilling to escape from the old stereotypes. It "must have" dwarves, elves, dragons, giants, or something immediately all too familiar with the audience so they don't have to explain anything about something we haven't seen before.I would say Game of Thrones is the best visual feast for fantasy that I've seen since The Lord of the Rings (and both have examples of great actors; Game of Thrones also gets dirty in gray morality), but I still would like to see something entirely different from the "norm" without a loss of quality.

If you're willing to consider Japanese animation ( "anime" ), there are a lot of fantasy shows and movies. Rather than being a singular genre, anime is more analogous to "what's on TV or in the cinemas." So, naturally there are good shows, and bad shows, and some shows may have too much culture clash to make sense of. To the uninitiated, I'd recommend starting with anything made by Studio Ghibli. Spirited Away is amazing.

Aside from Studio Ghibli, -- Spice and Wolf comes to my mind as something a bit different but still very entertaining. It is mostly European-medieval themed, but one of the main protagonists is more characteristic of Japanese-Shinto myth. The story opens with Lawrence, a traveling merchant who dreams of opening his own store, someday. While trading his wares in a small village, Lawrence meets a particularly special woman, Holo the Wise Wolf (the Shinto themed character), who becomes a traveling partner, shrewd business partner, perhaps more. This is an adventure series (2 seasons, 13 episodes each) where economics is the main driver for conflict, tension, and crisis. And there is a bit of obligatory religious conflict between "The Church" and Holo -- whose very existence is heresy.

"What if everything you see is more than what you see — the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it is really a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." — Shigeru Miyamoto