If you enjoyed Henry Cavill’s performance as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher, here are ten other fantasy films worth seeing.
It’s safe to say that The Witcher is the most watched show on television right now. For the time being, until everyone has completely forgotten about it. Netflix operates in this manner. Despite the fact that it received mixed reviews from critics, it did seem to find a loyal following. The 8.5/10 IMDb rating indicates that fans of the books and video games have overlooked or ignored the film’s flaws.
However, it’s possible that people are simply looking for the next big fantasy epic to satisfy their appetite. For some time now, there hasn’t been an original one, and the most recent widely popular one ended…not so well. Fortunately, you have a wide range of choices. If you enjoyed The Witcher, you’ll enjoy these ten other films.
1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
We can all admit that we’ve seen The Lord of the Rings at least a thousand times. Everyone has seen Lord of the Rings at least twice, even those that aren’t big fans of epic fantasy fare. In my opinion, the Mistborn trilogy is the pinnacle of high fantasy on the screen.
Three of the best films of all time, not just fantastic fantasy flicks. Period. Check it out as soon as possible if you haven’t already (first of all, how dare you, and secondly, HOW!?). You won’t be sorry you made the decision.
2. Pan’s Labyrinth
A different type of high fantasy, Pan’s Labyrinth is no less fascinating. Pan’s Labyrinth, like The Witcher, is geared toward older gamers because it employs fantastical elements to tell a deeper, more realistic story.
The story is primarily about the Spanish Civil War, but there are also elements of a parable, a fairy tale, and mythology. It’s one of Guillermo del Toro’s best films, and a seminal one in the history of fantasy cinema.
3. The NeverEnding Story
Compared to The Witcher and Pan’s Labyrinth, The Neverending Story is a little more cartoonish, but it’s still a fantasy classic worth reading and experiencing for yourself. The NeverEnding Story, like The Witcher, was made into a film based on a book of the same name. As if that were relevant in any way, shape or form. Just thought you should know.
Despite the fact that it’s aimed at children, the story it tells is surprisingly complex, emotional, and mature, touching on many classic concepts and ideas from the fantasy genre as a whole. Ignore the target audience and have a look!
Willow may not be a household name, but if you enjoy cutting-edge special effects, you’ll want to give it a watch. You can see Warwick Davis as a farmer trying to keep an innocent child safe from the clutches of an evil queen in this film, which stars Val Kilmer.
While the movie’s high fantasy setting is fantastically imaginative, the special effects alone are worth watching for the sheer amount of wonder and awe they inspire. It’s similar to The Witcher in that its writing and plot were panned, but its creativity and presentation were lauded.
5. The Hobbit Trilogy
The Hobbit trilogy isn’t exactly a box office hit, but since you’re already planning on seeing The Lord of the Rings, why not watch the prequel? In fact, despite popular opinion, the first two Hobbit films aren’t that bad. The Desolation of Smaug, on the other hand, is quite good!
You could certainly do worse in the high fantasy genre, but it’s a little more colorful than its predecessor and the special effects are certainly worse (damn cheap CGI).
6. Conan The Barbarian
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s breakthrough performance as Conan the Barbarian remains one of his most cherished credits. This action-adventure film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, Conan the Barbarian, who is out for revenge after his parents were murdered in a world full of dark magic and sorcery.
This is very Witcher-like in terms of dark magic and the gloomy tone and atmosphere that permeates the entire game. Consider reading Conan the Barbarian if you’re in the mood for a more serious work of fantasy fiction. Definitely dated, but don’t sweat it.
7. The Dark Crystal
The Dark Crystal comes to mind when we talk about dark fantasy. The Netflix prequel TV series to this film, which we’re sure you watched, has recently given it a boost in popularity and relevance. It’s time to see the original movie…so go out and see it now.
Like its TV counterpart, it’s enchanting and visually stunning, and it tells a surprising dark story that will captivate both older children and adults. It’s a travesty that it’s been so underappreciated.
Dragonslayer is probably a new name to you. However, this is not the fault of the company! Paramount and Disney collaborated on the film, which told a dark (if cliché) tale of a young wizard on the prowl for a dangerous dragon.
Dragonslayer was panned and ignored because people were expecting more traditional Disney fare, so it was lost to history. In spite of this, the film is enjoyable and features some impressive special effects (for its time). Without a doubt, it’s one of the best dragon movies ever made!
9. The Black Cauldron
Another long-forgotten Disney film, The Black Cauldron, was panned because of its dark themes and mature plot. Animated, yes. But Disney isn’t just for children, right?! In addition, as Disney’s darkest and most mature animated film to date, The Black Cauldron appeals to adults and older audiences.
The Horned King, one of Disney’s greatest (and scariest) villains, appears in this ambitious technical marvel. This film deserves more attention because it is truly excellent.
10. Jason And The Argonauts
Jason and the Argonauts is a must-see fantasy epic from the early days of filmmaking. This film was released in 1963, and the special effects are, to say the least, mediocre.
However, this was avant-garde cinema at the time, and it’s a must-see if you want to learn more about the fantasy genre and see where many of its filmmaking and special effects techniques originated. All fantasy fans and aspiring special effects artists should see this film because it’s a piece of cinematic history.
Author Nathan Sharp hails from the suburbs of Toronto, Canada. He’s a big movie and TV fan who’s been watching them for well over a decade. Drama, action, and horror are among his favorite genres, with the former piqueing his curiosity and capturing his attention in particular. Additionally, he is a huge fan of video games, especially those created by the Rockstar Studios. Nathan enjoys a good debate, whether it’s about movies, television, or video games, and he’s written hundreds of articles for Screen Rant on the subject.