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Maleficent (2014)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Maleficent (2014)

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic,  betrayal
Locations:forest,  castle,  france
Story:literary adaptation,  fairy tale land,  fairy godmother,  based on fairy tale,  kingdom,  winged dragon,  fire breathing dragon,  mad king,  evil witch,  fairy tale,  curse,  knight in armor,  tree creature,  back hand slap,  monarch butterfly,  finger ring,  mud fight,  rolling down a hill,  scenic beauty,  prosthetic,  evil spell,  sleeping beauty,  fawn,  prince charming,  magical creature,  retelling,  14th century,  revenge motive,  headdress,  spellcasting,  horns,  uninvited guest,  christening,  caught in a net,  fall to death,  falling off a cliff,  iron,  coronation,  magical power,  villain turns good,  adaptation,  tear on cheek,  wings,  clumsiness,  shape shifter,  altered version of studio logo,  raven,  fall from height,  scarecrow,  electric shock,  metamorphosis,  16 year old,  no title at beginning,  dark fantasy,  border crossing,  cottage,  true love,  teenage love,  needle,  sunset,  crow,  dagger,  first kiss,  3 dimensional,  female lead,  fairy,  shield,  villainess,  first love,  witchcraft,  mutilation,  flying,  wolf,  birthday cake,  battlefield,  gift,  dragon,  necklace,  princess,  witch,  king,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  assassin,  little girl,  face slap,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  f rated,  kiss

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After a beautiful princess, Aurora, is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Maleficent. Magnificent casts a spell on the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on the evening of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall asleep, and that the only way to wake her up were the tears from her true love. Finally the day comes. Will she be left to sleep forever? (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle,  france,  forest
Story:princess,  true love,  based on fairy tale,  fire breathing dragon,  evil witch,  fairy tale,  king,  sleeping beauty,  14th century,  adaptation,  raven,  cottage,  sunset,  kingdom,  fairy,  shield,  villainess,  witchcraft,  gift,  dragon,  curse,  witch,  army,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  kiss

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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:redemption,  magic,  betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:based on fairy tale,  fairy tale,  magical creature,  caught in a net,  coronation,  altered version of studio logo,  dark fantasy,  kingdom,  fairy,  shield,  villainess,  wolf,  battlefield,  necklace,  king,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  little girl,  face slap,  character name in title,  kiss

Mirror Mirror (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Mirror Mirror (2012)

After a beloved King vanishes, his ruthless wife seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White, hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince, the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest. Taken in by a band of rebellious but kindhearted dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen. With the support of her new friends, she roars into action to reclaim her birthright and win back her Prince in this magical adventure comedy that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:based on fairy tale,  evil witch,  fairy tale,  dagger,  kingdom,  villainess,  witchcraft,  princess,  witch,  king,  no opening credits,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  f rated,  kiss

Shrek (2001) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Shrek (2001)

When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:fairy tale,  princess,  fairy,  winged dragon,  fire breathing dragon,  king,  altered version of studio logo,  true love,  sunset,  dagger,  kingdom,  shield,  mutilation,  wolf,  dragon,  curse,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  kiss

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Shrek Forever After (2010)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Shrek Forever After (2010)

The once hideous ogre Shrek is now living a good life with wife Fiona and his three children. But he soon has a meltdown in front of them and his friends during his kids' birthday party. He suddenly wants to be a real ogre like he was before he ever met Fiona. So he turns to devious deal maker Rumplestiltskin for help. At first, Shrek lives the life he once lost and everything is good. But he soon finds out that he has been set up by Rumplestiltskin, who now rules the land with an ironed fist. Teaming with friends Donkey, Fiona and Puss in Boots, Shrek is in for the fight of his life as he tries to get his life back before time runs out. This is why Shrek Forever After (2010) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:castle
Story:fire breathing dragon,  fairy tale,  tear on cheek,  true love,  sunset,  kingdom,  3 dimensional,  shield,  wolf,  birthday cake,  dragon,  curse,  princess,  witch,  king,  character name in title,  kiss

Shrek 2 (2004)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Shrek 2 (2004)

Shrek has rescued Princess Fiona, got married, and now is time to meet the parents. Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. It's not just the family who are unhappy. Prince Charming returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother, to try and find a way to get Shrek away from Fiona. (Read More)

Story:fairy godmother,  prince charming,  fairy,  king,  based on fairy tale,  fairy tale,  princess,  wolf,  witch,  assassin

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one - her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs - Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:princess,  based on fairy tale,  kingdom,  fairy tale,  prince charming,  cottage,  true love,  crow,  villainess,  witchcraft,  curse,  witch,  assassin,  female protagonist,  kiss,  character name in title,  f rated

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Beowulf (2007) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Beowulf (2007)

Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. He offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster; a fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf's entering the watery lair of Grendel's mother, where a devil's bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes king. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over? (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:winged dragon,  fire breathing dragon,  king,  retelling,  coronation,  falling off a cliff,  dagger,  kingdom,  shield,  mutilation,  dragon,  curse,  no opening credits,  army,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title,  kiss

Brave (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Brave (2012)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Themes:redemption,  magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:witch,  princess,  evil spell,  crow,  kingdom,  3 dimensional,  shield,  curse,  necklace,  king,  no opening credits,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  f rated

Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)

Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen's immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman, to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he's being played and turns against the Queen's men, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow's childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her. This is why Snow White And The Huntsman (2012) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:based on fairy tale,  evil witch,  fairy tale,  king,  coronation,  tear on cheek,  raven,  dagger,  kingdom,  fairy,  princess,  witch,  army,  character name in title,  f rated,  kiss

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Willow (1988)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Willow (1988)

A baby girl is discovered in a river by Ranon and Mims, the children of Willow Ufgood, a dwarf farmer and magician and the baby girl is taken into the care of Willow's family. But when a terrifying dog-like creature attacks Willow's village, whilst tracking down the baby. Willow consults the village council and the wizard The High Aldwin. The High Aldwin gives Willow a task and Willow leaves the village and embarks on the task to give the baby girl to a responsible person. But Willow soon learns the baby is Elora Danan, the baby girl destined to bring about the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Joined by his allies: swordsman Madmartigan, sorceress Fin Raziel and the Brownies Franjean and Rool, Willow takes it upon himself to protect Elora from Queen Bavmorda, who intends to kill Elora and prevent Elora from fulfilling her destiny. And Willow and his allies are pursued by Queen Bavmorda's daughter Sorsha and the evil commander of Queen Bavmorda's army General Kael, whom are searching for Elora and bring her back to Queen Bavmorda's castle, where Queen Bavmorda bids to kill Elora in a ritual and prevent the prophecy of her downfall. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  redemption,  betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:fire breathing dragon,  fairy tale,  magical power,  villain turns good,  dark fantasy,  crow,  dagger,  kingdom,  fairy,  shield,  villainess,  dragon,  curse,  princess,  witch,  army,  little girl,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  kiss

Seventh Son (2014) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Seventh Son (2014)

John Gregory, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and also the local spook, has protected his country from witches, boggarts, ghouls and all manner of things that go bump in the night. However John is not young anymore, and has been seeking an apprentice to carry on his trade. Most have failed to survive. The last hope is a young farmer's son named Thomas Ward. Will he survive the training to become the spook that so many others couldn't? Should he trust the girl with pointy shoes? How can Thomas stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the county? (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic,  betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:witch,  rolling down a hill,  caught in a net,  villain turns good,  dark fantasy,  kingdom,  3 dimensional,  villainess,  battlefield,  dragon,  necklace,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  assassin,  title spoken by character

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:winged dragon,  fire breathing dragon,  dragon,  dark fantasy,  kingdom,  3 dimensional,  shield,  king,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  assassin,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

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The Little Mermaid (1989)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

The Little Mermaid (1989)

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  betrayal
Locations:castle
Story:king,  witch,  based on fairy tale,  evil witch,  fairy tale,  16 year old,  sunset,  kingdom,  villainess,  witchcraft,  princess,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  kiss

Eragon (2006)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Eragon (2006)

The Kingdom of Alagaesia is ruled by the evil King Galbatorix, a former dragon rider that betrayed his mates and his people in his quest for power. When the orphan farm boy Eragon finds a blue stone sent by Princess Arya, he sooner realizes that it is a dragon egg. When the dragon Saphira is born, Eragon meets his mentor Brom, and becomes the dragon rider foreseen in an ancient prophecy that would set his people free from the tyrant Galbatorix. Eragon meets the rebels Varden and together they fight against the evil sorcerer Durza and the army of Galbatorix in a journey for freedom. This is why Eragon (2006) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:kingdom,  dragon,  king,  fire breathing dragon,  princess,  army,  dagger,  battlefield,  character name in title,  one word title

Beauty And The Beast (2017) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic
Locations:castle,  france,  forest
Story:based on fairy tale,  fairy tale,  altered version of studio logo,  dark fantasy,  true love,  kingdom,  wolf,  curse,  witch,  king,  no opening credits,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  kiss

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The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  betrayal
Locations:forest,  castle
Story:fairy tale,  curse,  villain turns good,  raven,  dark fantasy,  crow,  dagger,  flying,  wolf,  witch,  king,  child in peril,  army,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  kiss

Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure

Hercules (2014)

1400 B.C., a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors, and the death of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting, and the presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight, or why, or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen, when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Locations:forest
Story:crow,  dagger,  kingdom,  3 dimensional,  shield,  wolf,  battlefield,  princess,  king,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title

Ella Enchanted (2004)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Ella Enchanted (2004)

Based on Gail Carson Levine's award winning novel, this is the story of Ella, a young woman who was given a "gift" of obedience by a fairy named Lucinda. She must obey anything anyone tells her to do. When her mother passes away, she is cared for by her thoughtless and greedy father who remarries a loathsome woman with two treacherous daughters. This modern-day, fantasy Cinderella story features fairies, ogres and elves...as well as a hero in the guise of Prince Charmont, whom Ella falls in love with. Unlike Cinderella though, she must depend on herself and her intelligence to get her through her troubles and find Lucinda in order for her "curse" to be broken! (Read More)

Locations:castle
Story:fairy godmother,  fairy,  fairy tale,  gift,  curse,  prince charming,  coronation,  kingdom,  father daughter relationship

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)

After the Dragon leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Lake-town see a threat coming. Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Meanwhile, Gandalf is rescued from the Necromancer's prison and his rescuers realize who the Necromancer is. This is why The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:iron,  literary adaptation,  dragon,  king,  adaptation,  tear on cheek,  shape shifter,  raven,  3 dimensional,  shield,  battlefield,  necklace,  witch,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  father daughter relationship

47 Ronin (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

47 Ronin (2013)

While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira's evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun's order. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic
Locations:forest,  castle
Story:fire breathing dragon,  magical creature,  shape shifter,  dark fantasy,  kingdom,  3 dimensional,  villainess,  witchcraft,  battlefield,  dragon,  necklace,  witch,  no opening credits,  army,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

The siblings Hansel and Gretel are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans have become famous witch hunters. When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Mayor summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina from the local sheriff who wants to burn her, accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel is responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel disclose secrets about their parents. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  betrayal
Locations:forest
Story:evil witch,  fairy tale,  dark fantasy,  3 dimensional,  villainess,  witchcraft,  flying,  battlefield,  curse,  witch,  child in peril,  assassin,  character name in title

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Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)

Oscar Diggs ('James Franco'), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora ('Mila Kunis' (qv)), Evanora ('Rachel Weisz' (qv)), and Glinda ('Michelle Williams (I)' (qv)), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  redemption,  betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:evil witch,  witch,  fall from height,  scarecrow,  crow,  kingdom,  fairy,  villainess,  witchcraft,  flying,  battlefield,  gift,  necklace,  princess,  king,  army,  kiss

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption,  magic,  betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:coronation,  altered version of studio logo,  dark fantasy,  kingdom,  shield,  wolf,  battlefield,  witch,  king,  child in peril,  army,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

Mononoke-hime (1997)
Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Mononoke-hime (1997)

While protecting his village from rampaging boar-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he's embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy. This is why Mononoke-hime (1997) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014). (Read More)

Locations:forest
Story:curse,  princess,  iron,  dark fantasy,  dagger,  mutilation,  wolf,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  f rated

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Cinderella (1950)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Cinderella (1950)

In a far away, long ago kingdom, Cinderella is living happily with her mother and father until her mother dies. Cinderella's father remarries a cold, cruel woman who has two daughters, Drizella and Anastasia. When the father dies, Cinderella's wicked stepmother turns her into a virtual servant in her own house. Meanwhile, across town in the castle, the King determines that his son the Prince should find a suitable bride and provide him with a required number of grandchildren. So the King invites every eligible maiden in the kingdom to a fancy dress ball, where his son will be able to choose his bride. Cinderella has no suitable party dress for a ball, but her friends the mice, led by Jaques and Gus, and the birds lend a hand in making her one, a dress the evil stepsisters immediately tear apart on the evening of the ball. At this point, enter the Fairy Godmother, the pumpkin carriage, the royal ball, the stroke of midnight, the glass slipper, and the rest, as they say, is fairy tale history. (Read More)

Locations:castle
Story:fairy godmother,  fairy tale,  prince charming,  kingdom,  fairy,  king,  character name in title,  one word title

Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:magic,  betrayal
Locations:forest
Story:altered version of studio logo,  kingdom,  3 dimensional,  fairy,  flying,  battlefield,  princess,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  face slap,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title

Dragonheart (1996) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Dragonheart (1996)

The young, sickly King Einon was wounded in a battle. In order for him to survive, he is healed by Draco, a dragon. Some years later, Bowen, a dragon slayer, encounters Draco. The two team up to form a traveling duo that perform an act, but the act is only known by themselves. Bowen supposedly "slays" Draco and then collects a reward from the town or village that he protects by killing the dragon who had been "terrorizing" them. From there, Bowen and Draco must save the entire kingdom from the rule of the now evil King Einon, who is part of Draco and Draco a part of him. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:winged dragon,  fire breathing dragon,  kingdom,  shield,  flying,  dragon,  king,  army,  assassin,  one word title

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Gods Of Egypt (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god Horus. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Story:fire breathing dragon,  back hand slap,  fall to death,  coronation,  wings,  dagger,  kingdom,  shield,  flying,  battlefield,  dragon,  necklace,  king,  no opening credits,  army,  assassin,  kiss

Season Of The Witch (2011)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Season Of The Witch (2011)

A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest, a grieving knight, a disgraced itinerant and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardises the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force. This is why Season Of The Witch (2011) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014). (Read More)

Locations:castle
Story:14th century,  dagger,  shield,  witchcraft,  wolf,  battlefield,  curse,  witch

Frozen (2013)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Frozen (2013)

Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  betrayal
Locations:castle
Story:kingdom,  coronation,  based on fairy tale,  true love,  3 dimensional,  wolf,  gift,  princess,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  f rated

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Henry V (1989) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Henry V (1989)

King Henry V of England is insulted by the King of France. As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young king must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt.

Locations:france
Story:king,  army,  kingdom,  adaptation,  battlefield,  princess,  character name in title

Into The Woods (2014)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Musical

Into The Woods (2014)

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:witch,  curse,  evil witch,  fairy tale,  evil spell,  sleeping beauty,  altered version of studio logo,  fall from height,  fairy,  wolf,  title spoken by character

Shrek The Third (2007)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Shrek The Third (2007)

When Fiona's father and King of Far Far Away passes away, the clumsy Shrek becomes the immediate successor of the throne. However, Shrek decides to find the legitimate heir Artie in a distant kingdom with his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to be able return to his beloved house in the swamp with the pregnant Fiona. Meanwhile, the envious and ambitious Prince Charming joins the villains of the fairytales plotting a coup d'etat to become the new king. (Read More)

Story:fairy tale,  prince charming,  king,  based on fairy tale,  kingdom,  fairy,  princess,  army,  character name in title

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Warcraft (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Warcraft (2016)

When the world of the Orcs of Draenor is being destroyed by the evil fel magic that uses life-force, the powerful warlock Gul'dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth and forms the Horde with members of the Orc clans. He also captures many prisoners to keep the portal open. The king of Azeroth, Llane Wrynn and his brother-in-law, Anduin Lothar are informed by the apprentice of magician Khadgar that he has found fel magic in dead bodies and the king decides to summon the Guardian of Tirisfal, Medivh, to protect his kingdom. Lothar and Khadgar head to Kharazhan to meet Medivh and an ominous shadow points a book out to Khadgar, who takes it and hides. Anduin, Khadgar and Medivh and a group of soldiers are attacked by Orcs and they capture the slave Garona, who is released by King Llane, and she shows them the location of the portal. Garona is contacted by the Orc chief of a clan Durotan that wants to meet King Llane to stop the fel magic. Meanwhile Khadgar learns that the gate was opened with the help of someone in Azeroth. Shall King Llane trust Garona and Durotan, who might be the traitor? This is why Warcraft (2016) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014). (Read More)

Themes:magic,  betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:shape shifter,  dark fantasy,  dagger,  kingdom,  shield,  wolf,  battlefield,  curse,  king,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  one word title

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows Farmer ('Jason Statham' (qv)), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana ('Claire Forlani' (qv)), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krugs. With the help of his friend and neighbor Norrick ('Ron Perlman (I)' (qv)), he travels to Stonebridge where his wife and son are. Before he arrives, the Krugs, controlled by the wizard Gallian ('Ray Liotta' (qv)), kill his son and capture his wife. Farmer, with the help of Bastian ('Will Sanderson' (qv)), his brother-in-law, and Norrick sets out to find and rescue his wife. The King's nephew Fallow ('Matthew Lillard' (qv)) is conspiring with the wizard Gallian to take over the kingdom led by King Konreid ('Burt Reynolds'). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:tear on cheek,  crow,  dagger,  kingdom,  witchcraft,  battlefield,  necklace,  princess,  king,  army,  father daughter relationship,  kiss

Stardust (2007)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Stardust (2007)

The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? (Read More)

Themes:magic,  betrayal
Locations:forest
Story:kingdom,  evil witch,  king,  true love,  witchcraft,  flying,  necklace,  princess,  witch,  no opening credits,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  f rated,  kiss

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The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:redemption,  magic,  betrayal
Locations:forest
Story:princess,  altered version of studio logo,  dark fantasy,  crow,  dagger,  villainess,  battlefield,  curse,  king,  no opening credits,  army,  face slap

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010)

Set in the mystical lands of Persia, a rogue prince and a mysterious princess race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time -- a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Themes:betrayal
Story:princess,  dagger,  king,  gift,  kingdom,  shield,  no opening credits,  army,  assassin,  title spoken by character,  kiss

Solomon Kane (2009) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Solomon Kane (2009)

Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil's Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her. This is why Solomon Kane (2009) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic,  betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:crow,  dagger,  witchcraft,  curse,  witch,  king,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:kingdom,  fire breathing dragon,  dragon,  scenic beauty,  uninvited guest,  3 dimensional,  witchcraft,  wolf,  king

Tooth Fairy (2010)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sport

Tooth Fairy (2010)

Derek Thompson is 'The Tooth Fairy,' a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster's hopes, he's sentenced to one week's hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand. At first, Derek "can't handle the tooth" - bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers' homes...doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic
Story:wings,  fairy,  flying,  no opening credits,  little girl,  character name in title

The Legend Of Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Legend Of Hercules (2014)

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:king,  true love,  kingdom,  3 dimensional,  shield,  battlefield,  princess,  no opening credits,  army,  character name in title

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The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

A year has passed by since the Pevensie children stepped through the wardrobe. In Narnia, centuries have passed since the defeat of the White Witch. Now the foursome are sent back to Narnia to find that everything was destroyed and the Narnia they once knew is gone forever. They come to aid the young Prince Caspian, who is leading a group of Old Narnians to wage war against his malicious uncle Miraz, who rules Narnia with an iron fist. Will they succeed? When will Aslan return? (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:forest
Story:king,  iron,  villainess,  witchcraft,  wolf,  witch,  army,  teenage girl

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)
Action, Fantasy

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)

After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. This is why 300: Rise Of An Empire (2014) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Story:altered version of studio logo,  crow,  dagger,  3 dimensional,  shield,  villainess,  battlefield,  king,  no opening credits,  army

Puss In Boots (2011)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Puss In Boots (2011)

Years before meeting Shrek and Donkey, the adorable but tricky Puss in Boots must clear his name from all charges making him a wanted fugitive. While trying to steal magic beans from the infamous criminals Jack and Jill, the hero crosses paths with his female match, Kitty Softpaws, who leads Puss to his old friend, but now enemy, Humpty Dumpty. Memories of friendship and betrayal enlarges Puss' doubt, but he eventually agrees to help the egg get the magic beans. Together, the three plan to steal the beans, get to the Giant's castle, nab the golden goose, and clear Puss' name. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  magic,  betrayal
Locations:castle
Story:based on fairy tale,  fairy tale,  finger ring,  fall from height,  3 dimensional,  title spoken by character,  character name in title

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Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (2004)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (2004)

A love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Howl's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl's fire demon, named Karishifa. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Howl, then Karushifa will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle
Story:witch,  scarecrow,  metamorphosis,  kingdom,  witchcraft,  flying,  curse,  character name in title,  kiss

Alice In Wonderland (2010) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called "Underland," she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:fire breathing dragon,  fairy tale,  3 dimensional,  dragon,  necklace,  no opening credits,  army,  little girl,  face slap,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  f rated,  kiss

Dracula Untold (2014)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, War

Dracula Untold (2014)

At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom, but when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:castle,  forest
Story:army,  fall to death,  fall from height,  kingdom,  shield,  wolf,  battlefield,  curse,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  character name in title

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