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300
2006 09 Mar 2007 R 117 min ActionFantasyWar
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
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16 wins & 41 nominations.
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Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay), Michael Gordon (screenplay), Frank Miller (graphic novel), Lynn Varley (graphic novel)
An American Werewolf in London
1981 21 Aug 1981 R 97 min FantasyComedyHorror
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Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
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John Landis
An American Werewolf in Paris
1997 25 Dec 1997 R 105 min FantasyComedyHorror
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An American man unwittingly gets involved with French werewolves who have developed a serum allowing them to transform at will.
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3 wins & 1 nomination.
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John Landis (characters in An American Werewolf in London), Tim Burns, Tom Stern, Anthony Waller
Angel-A
2005 21 Dec 2005 R 91 min DramaFantasyComedy
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André, a small-time ex-convict, seems to owe money to everyone in Paris, including a crime boss who promises to kill him if he doesn't repay him by midnight. After failing to find protection from the American embassy and the French police, a despairing André scrambles onto a bridge over the Seine, intending to leap to his death. He is surprised to see a tall, beautiful girl clinging to a rail on the same bridge, apparently preparing to end her life as well. She jumps, and he jumps too, suddenly resolving to save her life. After scrambling ashore, she tells him her name is Angel-A. Together, they take a cruise on the Seine, repay André's creditors, visit a Parisian nightspot, and more, as Angel-A helps André. He learns that for this purpose she has fallen out of the sky and into his life. André finds himself falling in love with this mysterious beauty.
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N/A
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Luc Besson
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Aquaman
2018 21 Dec 2018 PG-13 143 min ActionSci-FiFantasyAdventure
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Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.
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N/A
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David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (screenplay by), Will Beall (screenplay by), Geoff Johns (story by), James Wan (story by), Will Beall (story by), Paul Norris (Aquaman created by), Mort Weisinger (Aquaman created by)
Avatar
2009 18 Dec 2009 PG-13 162 min ActionFantasyAdventure
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 80 wins & 121 nominations.
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James Cameron
Barbarella
1968 10 Oct 1968 PG 98 min FantasyComedyAdventure
After an in-flight anti-gravity striptease (masked by the film's opening titles), Barbarella, a 41st century astronaut, lands on the planet Lythion and sets out to find the evil Durand Durand in the city of Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Exessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an accomplished artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who, in her dream chamber, can make her fantasies take form, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which, via a poor victim struggling in its glass globe, dispenses Essance of Man. You can't help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what few clothes our heroine seemed to possess. Based on the popular French comic strip.
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1 nomination.
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Jean-Claude Forest (comic "Barbarella"), Claude Brulé (collaborating writer), Terry Southern (screenplay), Roger Vadim (screenplay), Vittorio Bonicelli, Clement Biddle Wood, Brian Degas, Tudor Gates, Jean-Claude Forest
Blade: Trinity
2004 08 Dec 2004 R 113 min ActionFantasyAdventure
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Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula.
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1 nomination.
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David S. Goyer, Marv Wolfman (character), Gene Colan (character)
Bubba Ho-Tep
2002 10 Oct 2003 R 92 min MysteryFantasyComedy
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Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
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7 wins & 9 nominations.
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Joe R. Lansdale (short story), Don Coscarelli (screenplay)
Carnival of Souls
1962 02 Nov 1962 APPROVED 78 min MysteryFantasyHorror
Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off of a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure that seems to reside in an old run-down pavilion. It is here that Mary must confront the personal demons of her spiritual insouciance.
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N/A
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John Clifford
Clash of the Titans
2010 02 Apr 2010 PG-13 106 min ActionFantasyAdventure
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Princess Andromeda is the daughter of King Cepheus, who has gained a victory against the gods. The vengeful god of the underworld, Hades, demands that Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice or he will unleash the Kraken against Argos. A desperate King Cepheus asks demi-god Perseus to find a way to defeat the Kraken. Perseus accepts the challenge because Hades was responsible for his family's death. He discovers that the way to kill the Kraken lies with getting the head of the gorgon Medusa.
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2 wins & 12 nominations.
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Travis Beacham (screenplay), Phil Hay (screenplay), Matt Manfredi (screenplay), Beverley Cross
Constantine
2005 18 Feb 2005 R 121 min DramaFantasyHorror
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Constantine tells the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine, who has literally been to hell and back.
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2 wins & 9 nominations.
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Jamie Delano (comic book "Hellblazer"), Garth Ennis (comic book "Hellblazer"), Kevin Brodbin (story), Kevin Brodbin (screenplay), Frank A. Cappello (screenplay)
Dark Shadows
2012 11 May 2012 PG-13 113 min FantasyComedyHorror
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In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
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2 wins & 12 nominations.
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Seth Grahame-Smith (screenplay), John August (story), Seth Grahame-Smith (story), Dan Curtis (television series)
Day Watch
2006 15 Jun 2007 R 132 min ActionThrillerFantasy
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A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.
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5 wins & 8 nominations.
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Timur Bekmambetov, Sergey Lukyanenko (novel), Alexander Talal (screenplay), Vladimir Vasiliev (novel)
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
2010 26 Aug 2011 R 99 min ThrillerFantasyHorror
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A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home.
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3 nominations.
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Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), Matthew Robbins (screenplay), Nigel McKeand
Enter the Void
2009 05 May 2010 NOT RATED 161 min DramaFantasy
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Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void?
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3 wins & 7 nominations.
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Gaspar Noé, Lucile Hadzihalilovic (with the help of)
Flying Dagger
1993 N/A N/A 86 min FantasyComedy
Two feuding bounty-hunter families have to team up to track down a criminal couple.
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N/A
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Jing Wong
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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
1943 05 Mar 1943 APPROVED 74 min Sci-FiFantasyHorror
Larry Talbot finds himself in an asylum, recovering from an operation performed by the kindly Dr. Mannering. Inspector Owen finds him there, too, wanting to question him about a recent spate of murders. Talbot escapes and finds Maleva, the old gypsy woman who knows his secret: when the moon is full, he changes to a werewolf. She travels with him to locate the one man who can help him to die - Dr. Frankenstein. The brilliant doctor proves to be dead himself, but they do find Frankenstein's daughter. Talbot begs her for her father's papers containing the secrets of life and death. She doesn't have them, so he goes to the ruins of the Frankenstein castle to find them himself. There he finds the Monster, whom he chips out of a block of ice. Dr. Mannering catches up with him only to become tempted to monomania while using Frankenstein's old equipment.
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N/A
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Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)
From Dusk Till Dawn
1996 19 Jan 1996 R 108 min ActionCrimeFantasy
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Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
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4 wins & 8 nominations.
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Robert Kurtzman (story), Quentin Tarantino (screenplay)
Ginger Snaps
2000 11 May 2001 UNRATED 108 min DramaFantasyHorror
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Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They've made a pact about dying together. In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn't just local dogs that begin to die.
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8 wins & 4 nominations.
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Karen Walton (story), John Fawcett (story), Karen Walton
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
1994 11 Nov 1994 R 123 min DramaFantasyHorror
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A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 21 nominations.
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Anne Rice (screenplay), Anne Rice (novel)
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It's a Wonderful Life
1946 07 Jan 1947 PG 130 min DramaFantasyFamily
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George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his wings. He shows George what things would have been like if he had never been born.
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination.
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Frances Goodrich (screenplay), Albert Hackett (screenplay), Frank Capra (screenplay) ,Philip Van Doren Stern (story)
Jabberwocky
1977 15 Apr 1977 PG 105 min FantasyComedyAdventure
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A young peasant, with no interest in adventure or fortune, is mistaken as the kingdom's only hope when a horrible monster threatens the countryside.
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N/A
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Lewis Carroll (poem), Charles Alverson (screenplay), Terry Gilliam (screenplay)
Legion
2010 22 Jan 2010 R 100 min ActionFantasyHorror
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A group of strangers fight for the welfare of humanity.
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N/A
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Peter Schink, Scott Stewart
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Life of Pi
2012 21 Nov 2012 PG 127 min DramaFantasyAdventure
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A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 71 wins & 119 nominations.
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Yann Martel (novel), David Magee (screenplay)