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Australia’s best fantasy movies available to stream

There’s a great selection of fantasy movies on your favourite Australian streaming platforms.

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Whether you’re looking to escape the modern world or make sense of our bleak reality, fantasy movies provide a great escape. They inspire and provoke us, transport us to magical worlds and give us characters to look up to. In short, they have a unique appeal other genres often struggle to pull off.

Fantasy is a rich genre as it encompasses everything from superhero flicks to any movie tackling fantastical worlds, wizardry, folklore, magical creatures, supernatural elements and so on. There's something for everyone. We know just where you should start.


1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


Year: 2001
Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin

Welcome to Middle-earth! You'll love it here. The Lord of the Rings trilogy kicks off when a hobbit embarks on an epic trip to Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron. This is a journey you don't want to miss.

We're only listing the first movie in the series, but you might as well clear your schedule to watch the sequels as well - The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Based on the novels by J. R. R. Tolkien, the movies are spellbinding. From the performances to the special effects, the adaptations do the source material justice.

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2. The Green Knight


Year: 2021
Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury

Based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight is an odd movie, but its quality is undeniable. The plot follows Sir Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, who sets out to confront the mysterious Green Knight as the ultimate challenge. His quest will prove trickier than anyone expected.

The movie offers a fresh take on a classic story, boasts incredible visuals and highly benefits from Dev Patel's committed turn as the reckless lead. What more reason could you possibly need to tune in?

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3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?


Year: 1988
Cast: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye

This movie has a bold and memorable premise. Combining live action and animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is set in Hollywood during the late 1940s, where animated characters and people co-exist. The story follows Eddie Valiant, a private detective looking to exonerate Roger Rabbit, who is accused of murdering a wealthy businessman.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is an innovative and highly enjoyable fantasy movie. It manages to portray a marvellous universe while also telling a touching story. If you feel like spending a couple of hours with the looniest cartoon characters, a trip to Toontown is just what the doctor prescribed.

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4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


Year: 2001
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

The Philosopher's Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter series, which likely needs no introduction by now.

The movies revolve around Harry, a young boy who discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As the years (and movies) go by, Harry grows up and eventually has to confront his arch-nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort.

There are 8 films in the Harry Potter series – and all of them are very much worth your time. By this point, we're pretty sure that accompanying Harry and his friends on their adventures will never lose its charm.

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5. Avatar


Year: 2009
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez

Avatar follows Jake, a paraplegic marine, who replaces his brother on the Na'vi-inhabited Pandora for a corporate mission. The action takes place in the mid-22nd century, when Pandora is a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system. Jake is accepted by the natives as one of their own, but he must decide where his loyalties lie when he finds himself torn between two worlds.

This groundbreaking movie was highly praised for its visual effects, which still hold up. However, Avatar is more than its cinematography. It’s a fascinating adventure, immersing the viewer into a story that will leave you more than satisfied once the end credits roll.

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6. Jumanji: The Next Level


Year: 2019
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan

You can't go wrong with any of the Jumanji movies, but The Next Level brings the excitement to whole new heights.

The plot follows the same group of friends from Welcome to the Jungle, who enter the game of Jumanji once again to rescue one of their own. This time around, however, the game is broken and new dangers lurk around ever corner. Will they manage to find their way out?

The movie is action-packed and hilarious. Stream it when you want some uplifting content to improve your mood.

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7. How to Train Your Dragon


Year: 2010
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera

This animated movie revolves around Hiccup, a Viking, who must kill a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and be initiated into his tribe. However, things don’t go exactly as planned. Instead, Hiccup ends up doing the opposite by befriending a deadly Night Fury.

With a surprisingly tight script, How to Train Your Dragon is a gem of a fantasy movie. Touching and absorbing, it will bring a welcome dose of whimsy into your life.

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8. Mary Poppins


Year: 1964
Cast: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

If you're not one to enjoy musical-fantasy movies, you probably haven't watched the right one yet. It's time to remedy that. This 1964 classic combines live action and animation to tell the story of Mary Poppins, who visits a dysfunctional family in London and employs her unique brand of magic to better the family's dynamic.

Mary Poppins marks Julie Andrews' first appearance on the screen - and what a memorable one it was! The movie is light and funny, with luxuriant sets and an arresting story. Watch it with the kids for maximum enjoyment.

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9. Groundhog Day


Year: 1993
Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

This movie may be older but it feels timeless, mainly due to the numerous existential questions it raises. Are we simultaneously existing in infinite forms all at once? What should one live for? Are there certain things we can't change no matter what? Do any of our lives matter? Uh-oh, better not open that door just yet.

Did we mention this is a comedy?

Groundhog Day stars Bill Murray as an arrogant weatherman who finds himself trapped in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. He does what anyone would do in such a situation. Indulges in hedonism. Commits suicide. Eventually starts to re-examine his life and priorities. It's a movie that will make you think, laugh and sigh. Perfect after a long week at the office.

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10. Raya and the Last Dragon


Year: 2021
Cast: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim

Set in the fantasy realm of Kumandra, Raya and the Last Dragon centres on a young warrior who is determined to find the last dragon, whatever it takes. Her hope? That doing so will enable her to banish evil spirits from the land and restore peace among all people.

Featuring gorgeous animation and a tremendous voice cast, this is the perfect pick for viewers who want to let their imagination go wild for a couple of hours. Once you press Play, you'll be enthralled for good.

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11. Big Fish


Year: 2003
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter

Tim Burton eats fantasy for breakfast, so there's no wonder Big Fish made it onto this list. After he's been away for a long time, Will comes back home to be at his dying father's bedside. Here, he's forced to listen to his dad's stories and sets out to discover how much of what his father's telling him is fact and how much is fiction.

While the fantasy elements are certainly appealing, Big Fish stands out due to its emotional pull. The movie is a compelling look at the relationships between fathers and sons, while also exploring how a child can come to terms with a parent's mortality. Grade-A filmmaking right here.

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12. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


Year: 1982
Cast: Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore

When it comes to E.T., you're likely already familiar with the plot. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie tells the story of Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, E.T., stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings want to help E.T. return to his home planet, while also attempting to keep him hidden from prying eyes.

The movie alternates between being sweet and sarcastic, while also providing a beautiful portrayal of friendship and childhood. E.T. holds up beautifully, even all these years later. It's Spielberg at his best.

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13. The Wizard of Oz


Year: 1939
Cast: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley

When Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away to the magical land of Oz, they meet a Scarecrow in need of a brain, a Tin Man craving a heart and a Cowardly Lion hoping for some courage. Looking for a way back home, Dorothy and her companions approach the Wizard, who gives them a difficult task.

The Wizard of Oz remains one of the greatest family films of all time. For good reason: the songs are excellent, the cinematography is wonderful and the performances are a marvel. In fact, the entire thing is so delightful there's a good chance you'll be mesmerised from the start.

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14. Sliding Doors


Year: 1998
Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn

While Sliding Doors isn't the first pick that comes to mind when you mention fantasy flicks, its sci-fi elements earn it a special mention on our list. The film alternates between two parallel universes. It follows a London woman on two hypothetical paths: one where she gets home early and catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman, the other where she doesn't.

A romantic comedy at its core, Sliding Doors pushes the boundaries of the genre, delivering an original story that will make you feel and think. It's the perfect movie for a cosy night in.

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15. Melancholia


Year: 2011
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Melancholia is a psychological disaster movie directed by Lars von Trier. Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. From there, viewers get a hauntingly beautiful meditation on depression, with flawless imagery and strong performances from the entire cast.

Despite its sci-fi elements and apocalyptic storyline, Melancholia is more poetic than gloomy. Uncomfortable to watch at times, it's also impossible to forget.

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