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Maleficent (2014)
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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 be…gins 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)

Subgenre:
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Themes:
first love redemption magic betrayal 
Locations:
castle france forest 
Characters:
evil witch revenge motive witch little girl female protagonist teenage girl father daughter relationship 
Story:
literary adaptation fairy tale land fairy godmother winged dragon fire breathing dragon mad king knight in armor tree creature back hand slap monarch butterfly finger ring mud fight rolling down a hill scenic beauty prosthetic β€¦evil spell sleeping beauty fawn prince charming magical creature retelling 14th century headdress spellcasting horns uninvited guest christening caught in a net fall to death falling off a cliff coronation iron 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 border crossing cottage true love teenage love needle sunset crow dagger first kiss kingdom 3 dimensional female lead fairy shield villainess witchcraft mutilation flying wolf birthday cake battlefield gift dragon curse necklace princess king child in peril no opening credits army assassin face slap title spoken by character character name in title one word title f rated kiss  (See All)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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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)

Subgenre:
based on fairy tale fairy tale 
Themes:
magic 
Locations:
castle france forest 
Characters:
evil witch witch female protagonist teenage girl 
Story:
fire breathing dragon sleeping beauty 14th century raven cottage true love kingdom fairy shield villainess witchcraft gift dragon curse princess β€¦king kiss  (See All)

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Shrek (2001)
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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)

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

Mirror Mirror (2012)
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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 nea…rby 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)

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

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

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

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Cinderella (2015)
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Cinderella (2015)

A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella's life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes, and a little help from her fairy… godmother, of course. (Read More)

Subgenre:
based on fairy tale fairy tale 
Themes:
magic betrayal 
Locations:
france forest 
Characters:
female protagonist father daughter relationship 
Story:
fairy godmother retelling kingdom female lead fairy princess king title spoken by character character name in title one word title 

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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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)

Subgenre:
based on fairy tale fairy tale 
Themes:
magic 
Locations:
castle forest 
Characters:
witch female protagonist 
Story:
crow kingdom villainess witchcraft princess assassin character name in title f rated kiss 

Willow (1988)
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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)

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

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Shrek Forever After (2010) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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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 Rumpl…estiltskin 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. (Read More)

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

Beowulf (2007)
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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 retelling falling off a cliff coronation dagger kingdom shield mutilation dragon curse king no opening credits army title spoken by character β€¦character name in title one word title kiss  (See All)

Shrek 2 (2004)
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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 fam…ily 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)

Subgenre:
based on fairy tale fairy tale 
Characters:
witch 
Story:
fairy godmother prince charming fairy wolf princess king 

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)
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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 enc…hanted. (Read More)

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

Brave (2012) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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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 
Characters:
witch female protagonist teenage girl father daughter relationship 
Story:
evil spell crow kingdom 3 dimensional shield curse necklace princess king no opening credits title spoken by character one word title f rated 

Seventh Son (2014)
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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)

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

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47 Ronin (2013)
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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 Naga…to, 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)

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

The Little Mermaid (1989)
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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 w…ith 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)

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

Eragon (2006) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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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, E…ragon 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. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
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castle 
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Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)
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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:
redemption magic betrayal 
Locations:
castle forest 
Characters:
evil witch witch 
Story:
fall from height scarecrow crow kingdom fairy villainess witchcraft flying battlefield gift necklace princess army kiss 

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
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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, requir…ing genuine courage. (Read More)

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

Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)
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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 me…n, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow's childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her. (Read More)

Subgenre:
based on fairy tale fairy tale 
Themes:
magic 
Locations:
castle forest 
Story:
coronation tear on cheek raven dagger fairy king character name in title f rated kiss 

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

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

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
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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 h…is 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)

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dark fantasy 
Themes:
redemption magic 
Locations:
castle forest 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
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Frozen (2013)
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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)

Subgenre:
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Themes:
magic betrayal 
Locations:
castle 
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female protagonist 
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Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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Howl's Moving Castle (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 
Characters:
witch 
Story:
scarecrow metamorphosis kingdom witchcraft flying curse character name in title kiss 

Gods Of Egypt (2016) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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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)

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redemption betrayal 
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Into The Woods (2014)
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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 famil…y and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fairy tale 
Locations:
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Characters:
witch 
Story:
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Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010)
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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:
dagger kingdom shield gift princess king no opening credits army assassin title spoken by character kiss 

Princess Mononoke (1997)
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Princess Mononoke (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 Ebos…hi 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. (Read More)

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Locations:
forest 
Story:
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Cinderella (1950) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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Cinderella (1950)

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

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Hercules (2014)
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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 god…s 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 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
crow dagger kingdom 3 dimensional shield wolf battlefield princess king child in peril no opening credits army title spoken by character character name in title one word title 

Stardust (2007)
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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 ma…iden, 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 
Characters:
evil witch witch 
Story:
true love kingdom witchcraft princess king no opening credits title spoken by character one word title f rated kiss 

Ella Enchanted (2004)
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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)

Subgenre:
fairy tale 
Locations:
castle 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
fairy godmother prince charming coronation fairy gift curse 

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Mulan (1998) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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Mulan (1998)

This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise hers…elf and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead. (Read More)

Subgenre:
based on fairy tale 
Themes:
redemption 
Characters:
female protagonist father daughter relationship 
Story:
fire breathing dragon retelling dragon princess no opening credits army title spoken by character character name in title one word title f rated 

Dracula Untold (2014)
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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 Turk…s at a terrible cost. (Read More)

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

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

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
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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 sum…mons 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)

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

Pan's Labyrinth (2006) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess…, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fairy tale dark fantasy 
Themes:
magic 
Locations:
forest 
Characters:
female protagonist 
Story:
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Pan (2015)
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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 

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Season Of The Witch (2011)
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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 gr…ieving 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. (Read More)

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

Solomon Kane (2009)
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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. (Read More)

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

Alice In Wonderland (2010) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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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 surre…al 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)

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

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Dragonheart (1996)
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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 "slay…s" 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 

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
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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 f…riend 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 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
tear on cheek crow dagger kingdom witchcraft battlefield necklace princess king army kiss 

Warcraft (2016)
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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? (Read More)

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

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The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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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.

Subgenre:
dark fantasy 
Themes:
redemption magic betrayal 
Locations:
forest 
Story:
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Beauty And The Beast (1991)
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Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden nam…ed Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. (Read More)

Subgenre:
based on fairy tale fairy tale 
Themes:
magic 
Locations:
castle france forest 
Characters:
female protagonist father daughter relationship 
Story:
3 dimensional wolf curse princess no opening credits character name in title 

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as …they know it will never be the same again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
dark fantasy 
Themes:
redemption magic betrayal 
Locations:
castle forest 
Characters:
witch 
Story:
fire breathing dragon battlefield dragon curse character name in title kiss 

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Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)
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Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)

Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. He returns home only with a handful of beans given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred but that does little to impress his uncle …who tosses them away. In the night the Princess arrives having run off to keep from marrying Roderick who is clearly only interested in becoming king. Soon the beans take root with a giant stalk carrying away the princess and Jack's house. He soon sets off on an adventure with the king's guards to rescue the princess only to find that a mythical land filled with giants really exists. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fairy tale 
Themes:
magic betrayal 
Locations:
castle 
Story:
kingdom 3 dimensional princess king no opening credits character name in title 

The Legend Of Hercules (2014) is one of the best movies like Maleficent (2014)
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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, Pr…incess 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:
true love 3 dimensional shield battlefield princess king no opening credits army character name in title 

Hocus Pocus (1993)
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Hocus Pocus (1993)

300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence.….. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
evil witch witch little girl teenage girl 
Story:
spellcasting villain turns good cottage witchcraft title spoken by character 

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