Those who enjoyed Pan’s Labyrinth may be interested in other fantasy war films with a similar tone. Here are the most effective methods.
Even within the dark fantasy subgenre, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth is a unique film. As a result of the film’s historical setting and coming-of-age plot, it successfully blends mature war themes with the tender aspects of a young girl’s childhood.
With all of the hard work and passion that went into it, from costume and set design to acting, the film was a sure bet to be a hit on every level. Fortunately for the audience,
1. The Chronicles Of Narnia Trilogy (2005 – 2010)
While the Chronicles of Narnia movies share a lot of plot points with Pan’s Labyrinth, the first one, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, has a similar structure to the Narnia trilogy.
Because the first movie takes place in England during World War II, the four main characters who go to Narnia also get involved in a war, which is symbolic of what is going on in the real world that they have escaped for a while, in the first movie..
2. Shadow (2018)
Despite its relative obscurity in the West, the wuxia film Shadow remains one of the best and most beloved by fans of the genre.
During the third century, China was divided into three kingdoms and the movie is set during this time period. It tells the story of intrigue at court and battle on the battlefield with breathtaking cinematography that cleverly blends historical and fantastical elements.
3.The Shape Of Water (2017)
The Shape of Water, another del Toro film (and one of his best), is a fantastic film with a historical setting but a romantic storyline that takes center stage.
the year is 1962, and the story revolves around a cleaning lady who works at a government lab in Baltimore, Maryland during the Cold War She develops feelings for the amphibian after being introduced to a strange humanoid creature.
4. Wonder Woman (2017)
Due to its classification as a superhero film, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadotin her most well-known role, but the superhero genre is well-known for being the epitome of science fantasy, which is a fusion of both genres.
The story takes place during WWI and follows Amazon princess Diana as she leaves her home island of Themyscira in order to defeat the God of War, Ares, and bring peace to the world.
5. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Interestingly, del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth followed in the footsteps of his previous film, The Devil’s Backbone. To tell its somewhat tragic story, it uses historical and fantastical elements in what has been dubbed a “gothic horror” film.
A 12-year-old boy whose father died in the Spanish Civil War is sent to a strange boys’ orphanage where he discovers that it is haunted in 1939 Spain, the final year of the Spanish Civil War.
6. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waititi, is one of the funniest war films you’ll see, and it also tackles some of the most important issues in a mature manner. Scarlett Johansson was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her work in the film, and director Taika Waititi won an Oscar himself for adapting the screenplay from his own novel.
Closer to the end of WWII, it centers on 10-year-old Jojo, a member of the Hitler Youth who sees himself as a close friend of Adolf Hitler. Jojo finds a Jewish girl hiding in his mother’s house while living with his mother.
7. Underground (1995)
Underground, a multi-award-winning film (including the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or), uses many real-life elements to tell a comedic and dramatic story all at the same time.
The film follows a group of Serbian socialists as they prepare for war, which takes place between the start of WWII and the beginning of the Yugoslav Wars.
8. Ugetsu Monogatari (Tales Of Moonlight And Rain) (1953)
A Japanese period drama and ghost story that’s more commonly known as Ugetsu Monogatari because of its focus on romance, Ugetsu Monogatari also has all the fantastical and historical elements of an epic fantasy war film.
An 18th-century Japanese farmer flees his family during the civil war and encounters a seductive and murderous spirit who seduces him in return for his hand in marriage.
9. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino may not be the most historically accurate film depiction of WWII, but that’s the point of alternate history stories like this one. Apart from that, it’s one of Tarantino’s best films, thanks to performances like Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa.
There are two storylines in the movie, and they come together in an unexpected way. One story focuses on a young Jewish girl who, while hiding from the authorities, manages to survive the assassination of her entire family. According to yet another tale, a group of American soldiers has put Nazi plans in jeopardy.
10. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001 – 2003)
There is no doubt that the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which stars young Orlando Bloom and Sir Ian McKellen in an iconic role, is based on a book trilogy inspired by historical events and not the most obvious fantasy war movie. It’s also worth noting that author J.R.R. Tolkien claimed his own experiences in World War I inspired him to write the book’s story.
All three films are centered on a conflict in the fictional world of Middle-Earth between forces of good and evil.
Kiki Evans is a film aficionado who enjoys everything from epics like The Lord of the Rings to obscure indies like Thirst. She is obsessed with learning everything she can about each new film she sees. She also has three dogs and likes to go swimming when she has free time.