My List of Essential Fantasy and Science Fiction Films

These represent the films I would most recommend to someone who wants to watch the best in the genre, and may not include some of your favorites because, well, it represents my tastes. At some point, I will add descriptions of each but for now they’re just alphabetized lists. The lists will most likely be revised from time to time.

Fantasy

  • Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau)
  • Black Orpheus
  • Brazil
  • Bridge to Terebithia
  • City of Lost Children
  • Coraline
  • Dark City
  • Darkman
  • Delicatessen
  • Demon Pond
  • Fantasia
  • Fisher King
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Hellboy and Hellboy 2
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • Iron Giant
  • Lord of the Rings (all three)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Neverending Story
  • Orpheus (Cocteau)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Pinocchio
  • Princess Bride
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Return to Oz
  • Spirited Away
  • Stardust
  • Time Bandits
  • Wings of Desire (Wenders)
  • Wizard of Oz

Horror and Supernatural

  • Blair Witch Project
  • Devil’s Backbone
  • Donny Darko
  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • The Haunting (original)
  • In the Mouth of Madness
  • Insidious (the first one)
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Ju-On
  • Lady in White
  • Mama
  • Nosferatu (both versions)
  • The Orphanage
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Ringu
  • Sixth Sense
  • The Others
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Shining
  • Shutter Island
  • Stir of Echoes
  • The Last Wave
  • Uzumaki
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Wicker Man (the original)
  • Woman in Black

Science Fiction

  • 12 Monkeys
  • 1984
  • 2001
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Avatar
  • Blade Runner
  • Children of Men
  • Clockwork Orange
  • Contact
  • Dark Star
  • Day the Earth Stood Still (original)
  • District 9
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Ex Machina
  • eXistenZ
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Fly (remake)
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Fountain
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Gattaca
  • Gravity
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Host
  • Idiocracy
  • Inception
  • Interstellar
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original)
  • Jurassic Park
  • Minority Report
  • The Matrix (but not the sequels)
  • Monsters
  • Moon
  • Predator
  • Prometheus
  • Repo Man (with Harry Dean Stanton)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (new)
  • Serenity
  • Solaris (original)
  • Sunshine
  • The Thing (remake)
  • Time Machine
  • Unbreakable
  • War of the Worlds (original)
  • Watchmen
  • The World’s End

Movies In My Queue

  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Metropolis
  • Source Code
  • Troll Hunter
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