Fantasy movies have recently increased in popularity! Their themes are not only related to the Middle Ages, but have fundamental elements that are magic or related to the supernatural. These movies have always attracted many movie fans due to their richly imaginative content. We have assembled 9 movies that like The Lord of the Rings. Let’s take a look.
1) The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is considered the start of the fantasy movie genre.
A young girl named Dorothy Gale (played by Judy Garland) lives with her uncle and aunt on a farm in the middle of Kansas. One day, a tornado strikes, and because Dorothy wants to find her beloved dog, she does not have time to hide from the tornado. The strong tornado sweeps the small house where Dorothy is hiding up into the air. After some time, the small house finally crashes down onto the ground, while also crushing an evil witch. With the kind-hearted Good Witch of the North’s guidance, Dorothy and her little dog start their journey to the Wizard of Oz (played by Frank Morgan)’s home, the Emerald City, to ask him to help her return home. On the way there, Dorothy meets a Scarecrow without a brain (played by Ray Bolger), a Tin Man without a heart (played by Jack Haley), and a Cowardly Lion (played by Bert Lahr). They come with Dorothy to fulfill each of their wishes. They encounter many difficulties along the way, and the Wicked Witch of the West is always trying to stop them from reaching their destination. Will they ever be able to succeed?
2) The Harry Potter Series
A boy has parents who are wizards. An evil power from the wizard world kills them, and he is left to fend for himself. His name is Harry Potter. When he is one year old, he is brought to the home of his maternal aunt, where he is humiliated and lives for ten years, during which he endures a significant amount of suffering. On his eleventh birthday, everything changes, as a messenger owl brings him a mysterious letter inviting him to an unforgettable and unimaginable place: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At Hogwarts, Harry not only makes friends, but also learns how to fly and gets an invisibility cloak. From this point, a long battle starts between Hogwarts and Voldemort, which is the prologue for the rest of the story.
3) The Chronicles of Narnia Series
The Chronicles of Narnia was adapted from a series of children’s literature written by the British author C. S. Lewis during the 1950s. It tells a story of the four Pevensie children - Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who unexpectedly enter the alternate world of Narnia, where they experience a sequence of adventures.
4) Pirates of the Caribbean Series
This series of movies includes Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The story takes place in the legendary Caribbean Sea, which is infested with pirates. This mysterious sea is located in the southeast part of North America, and during the seventeenth century, this was the only way for merchant ships from Continental Europe to reach the Americas. Therefore, piracy was rampant during this period. Not only did they attack merchants whose ships passed by them, they even attacked ships from the British Royal Navy.
5) Indiana Jones Series
Indiana Jones is a series of adventure movies made between 1981 and 2008 in which Harrison Ford plays the leading role. The story depicts the adventures of the archaeology professor Indiana Jones, who is looking for legendary treasures. Up until 2018, there have been a total of four films made in this series. The newest one, Indiana Jones 5, started being filmed in April 2019, and is scheduled to be released on July 10, 2020.
6) Van Helsing
In the nineteenth century, Romania has a mysterious place where people and supernatural beings coexist - the ancient town of Transylvania. This town has an evil power that governs the surrounding area after dark - the vampire Dracula (played by Richard Roxburgh), who is the leader of the ghosts and demons that live there. These creatures emerge as soon as darkness comes, and they kill people without mercy while also using unusually cruel methods.
After the Catholic Church fails multiple times to eradicate these creatures, they invite the American vampire hunter Gabriel Van Helsing (played by Hugh Jackman). While Van Helsing and his assistant are traveling to Transylvania, he happens to save another vampire hunter named Anna Valerious (played by Kate Beckinsale). Anna and Van Helsing work well together, and collaborate in their effort to confront Dracula…
7) Brotherhood of the Wolf
This movie is adapted from a true story that took place during the reign of the French King Louis XV.
In the mid-1760s, when the French King Louis XV was on the throne, a vicious and unusual wolf is constantly threatening the region of Gévaudan in southern France, and its victims are mainly women and children. For a short period of time, all of France is shocked by this ghastly and bloody slaughter. Nobody knew the true identity of this vicious beast, and some spread a rumor that it was an embodiment of a devil. To reassure people, Louis XV dispatches the royal knight Grégoire de Fronsac (played by Samuel Le Bihan) to track down and kill the beast. As the investigation gradually deepens, Fronsac finds a steel fang on one of the victim’s bodies, while a witness swears that someone is controlling the wolf. As Fronsac investigates further, he uncovers a more terrifying plot, and many bloody and violent battles occur one after the other…
8) Alice in Wonderland
On a drowsy afternoon, Alice (played by Fiona Fullerton) meets a rabbit running quickly through the forest (played by Michael Crawford), and this curious girl can’t help but follow after the rabbit. She carelessly falls into the rabbit’s burrow, and crosses over into a strange country.
The savage and rough Queen of Hearts (played by Nora Robson) is the ruler of this country. She becomes enraged when she is dissatisfied, and her favorite hobby is decapitating people. With the Mad Hatter (played by Robert Helpmann)’s assistance, Alice bravely volunteers to revolt against the Queen of Hearts’ rule. At the same time, Alice also needs to find her way home. If she stays for too long in this bizarre world, she may never have a chance to return.
9) The Twilight Saga
As her parents have divorced, Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) accompanies her father to live in a small town. In her new school, Bella notices a group of people acting strangely. They are unconventional and very mysterious. In her biology class, she meets one of these strange people: the bronze-haired and handsome boy Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson). His attractive appearance and unusual demeanor entrance her. At the same time, several deaths occur in the town, and Bella’s father is a policeman and responsible for investigating these cases. However, the police’s intervention does not prevent the threat of death from spreading. Edward unexpectedly saves Bella, and she finds that he has extraordinary supernatural powers. She starts to suspect that Edward is the killer. When faced with this fact, Edward confesses to her that he is a vegetarian vampire, so the killer is someone else. Thus begins a vampire love story