The best fantasy movies on Netflix

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Netflix has a decent collection of fancy options (although it dropped some classics in April, namely The NeverEnding Story and Jumanji). The highly entertaining Stardust and the action-packed The Old Guard are ready to be enjoyed, or you can shred a nerve watching the Errementari hell. There is something for every taste.

I hope you find an intriguing gem below.

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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

Enjoy two doses of the acting skills of a young Freddie Highmore, who plays twins in this fantasy based on the book series of the same name. The Spiderwick Chronicles immerses you in the world of forest fairies, the wide varieties of which are chronicled in a handy and highly sought-after field guide. Combining family issues with a wonderful CGI-powered adventure, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a busy yet entertaining fantasy film.

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A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

A Christmas cookie filled with holiday spirit. A Boy Called Christmas won’t win any awards for originality, but it certainly delivers what it says on the tin. Young Nikolas embarks on a quest to find the legendary elf village, with his buddy Blitzen in tow. No prizes for predicting the ensuing gift shenanigans.

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From Christmas we head to Halloween: Errementari, translated from Spanish by The Blacksmith, is a horror fantasy about a deal with the devil. In northern Spain in the 1830s, a blacksmith holds a demon captive, until an orphan girl unwittingly frees him. War, murder, kidnapping, suicide and more await you in the furnace of this hellish horror with surprising whiplash of dark comedy.

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Settle into a fantasy tale that may or may not be true. Will Bloom (Billy Crudup) visits his dying father, whose thrilling and impossible stories about his life are beginning to gain credibility. This sprawling Tim Burton-directed adventure takes us back to Edward Bloom’s (Ewan McGregor) youth, where we see his stories unfold for ourselves. With witches, a circus and bank robberies, Big Fish is a charming prize catch.

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Placed under the banner of magical realism, Midnight in Paris is as romantic as the city in which its protagonist wanders. Owen Wilson plays Gil Pender, a lost screenwriter who escapes his strained relationship while traveling back in time to the 1920s, where he meets Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. Witty, light and bewitching, Midnight in Paris brings the stars closer to home.

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Where’s the Wild Things (2009)

Based on the children’s book of the same name, Where the Wild Things Are will appeal to adults and young viewers alike. A lonely boy escapes troubles at home, including his parents’ divorce, by sailing a small pond that leads to an ocean and, in the end, an island where he comes to rule over the fluffy, monstrous inhabitants. Exploring the facets of growing up, this fantastical adventure is a unique, sometimes melancholic picture book brought to life.

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The Water Man will not suit everyone. More dramatic than pure fantasy, this family adventure deals with themes such as grief, loss and friendship. Eleven-year-old Gunner and his family move to a new town, where the bookworm must contend not only with a lack of friends, but also with a tough father and a mother with leukemia. His escape takes him to a fairy tale forest, where his imagination comes to life. An adventurous tale dealing with bigger issues.

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Let Neil Gaiman and Charlie Cox transport you to the magical kingdom of Stormhold. Based on Gaiman’s novel of the same name, Stardust follows Tristan Thorn (Cox), a young man who helps protect a fallen star in the form of a young woman. Are they falling in love? Does the sun rise in the east? With Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong and Robert De Niro among the luminous cast, Stardust offers a delightful escape, even if it can go wild with its silliness at times.

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Technically a superhero movie, The Old Guard brings a series of impressive action scenes, appearing with each of star Charlize Theron’s shots. Theron plays Andy, leader of a group of immortal mercenaries, including a knight who fought in the Crusades. Age-old warriors embark on a mission of revenge, bringing progressive heroes and cunning combat, even if they can’t dodge all the clichés.

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This dark fantasy drama comes from Spanish director JA Bayona, who has since branched out into huge franchise chapters, including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the first two episodes of Prime Video’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series. But perhaps his best work centers on coming-of-age tales; A Monster Calls follows a troubled young boy who encounters a tree that promises to tell him three stories, provided Connor tells him one in return. With roots in darker themes, one of them being death, A Monster Calls is a clever and moving fantasy tale.

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Co-produced by Sam Raimi, this dark fantasy is inscribed with the finest horror credentials. Still aimed at young viewers, Nightbooks skims through the mystery of a young boy who must find a way to escape from a magical apartment owned by Krysten Ritter’s witch, Natacha. A tomb of pleasure.

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