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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:evil, magic, dance, drunkenness, friendship, surrealism
Locations:castle, france, forest
Story:16th birthday, spinning wheel, disney princess, evil witch, princess, fire breathing dragon, birthday, turned to stone, true love, sleep, based on fairy tale, super villainess, baking a cake, spell, castle thunder, fairy tale, surprise birthday party, happy birthday to you, king, magic wand

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:evil, magic, dance, friendship, surrealism
Locations:castle
Story:king, disney princess, evil witch, witch, based on fairy tale, super villainess, castle thunder, prince, fairy tale, final battle, good versus evil, bluebird, birds, friends who live together, rainbow, happy ending, spell, disney, kingdom, hypnosis

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, evil, friendship
Locations:castle, forest
Story:queen, princess, disney princess, based on fairy tale, kingdom, fairy tale, good versus evil, storybook in opening shot, bluebird, friends who live together, cottage, true love, squirrel, crown, spell, disney, owl, dungeon, villainess, witchcraft

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:magic
Locations:forest, castle, france
Story:evil witch, fire breathing dragon, based on fairy tale, kingdom, fairy tale, 16th birthday, curse, sleeping beauty, 14th century, raven, young woman, cottage, true love, sleep, stone, fairy, shield, villainess, witchcraft, gift

Brave (2012) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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:magic
Locations:castle, forest
Story:disney princess, witch, spell, queen, princess, good versus evil, horse riding, sword fight, betrothal, lute, human becoming an animal, broom, crown, arrow, kingdom, shield, cake, spear, prince, curse

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 Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic
Locations:castle, forest
Story:stone, kingdom, dragon, king, fire breathing dragon, prophecy, egg, princess, sword and fantasy, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, knight, spear, combat, demon, sword, battle, hero, horse

Shrek (2001)
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:evil, magic, friendship
Locations:castle, forest
Story:fairy tale, princess, fairy, fire breathing dragon, king, sword and sorcery, storybook in opening shot, bluebird, lifting female in air, true love, spell, kingdom, shield, knight, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, spear, dragon, curse, combat

Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

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 named 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)

Themes:magic, dance, surrealism
Locations:castle, france, forest
Story:prince, spell, disney princess, based on fairy tale, fairy tale, good versus evil, horse riding, plate, human becoming an animal, firework, friends who live together, young woman, disney, arrow, blockbuster, egg, 2d animation, curse, princess, birthday

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:magic, friendship, surrealism
Locations:castle, forest
Story:turned to stone, sword and fantasy, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, crown, final showdown, kingdom, dungeon, prophecy, shield, guard, knight, blockbuster, spear, queen, femme fatale, witch, king, combat, demon

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
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:magic, dance, surrealism
Locations:castle, france, forest
Story:prince, based on fairy tale, fairy tale, sword fight, coat, true love, final showdown, happy ending, spell, disney, owl, kingdom, blockbuster, dress, queen, curse, witch, king, mountain, sword

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 Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic, drunkenness, friendship, surrealism
Locations:castle, forest
Story:final battle, sword and fantasy, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, sword fight, crown, final showdown, kingdom, dungeon, shield, guard, knight, blockbuster, prince, queen, curse, king, mountain, combat, demon

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:magic, drunkenness
Locations:castle, forest
Story:fire breathing dragon, dragon, sword and fantasy, good versus evil, mountain, sword and sorcery, sword fight, friends who live together, kingdom, prophecy, shield, guard, blockbuster, spear, trap, king, fish, combat, sword, battle

Beowulf (2007) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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:magic, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:castle, forest
Story:fire breathing dragon, king, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, sword fight, battle, crown, kingdom, prophecy, shield, celebration, spear, queen, dragon, curse, combat, demon, sword, hero, fire

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (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.

Themes:evil
Locations:castle, forest
Story:mountain, battle, dragon, king, final battle, sword and fantasy, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, sword fight, acorn, friends who live together, raven, crown, shield, knight, blockbuster, spear, rabbit, witch, combat

Aladdin (1992)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her wacky yet estranged father. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp. (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic
Story:princess, disney princess, based on fairy tale, prince, final battle, good versus evil, sword fight, young man, friends who live together, young woman, happy ending, disney, kingdom, guard, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 2d animation, fish, mountain, bound and gagged

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? This is why Stardust (2007) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic, surrealism
Locations:forest
Story:kingdom, evil witch, thorn, stone, king, sword and fantasy, good versus evil, sword fight, true love, crown, happy ending, spell, light, witchcraft, prince, queen, flower, princess, witch, birthday

Shrek Forever After (2010) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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. (Read More)

Themes:dance, friendship
Locations:castle
Story:fire breathing dragon, fairy tale, birthday party, true love, happy ending, kingdom, dungeon, shield, cake, queen, dragon, curse, princess, witch, king, combat, birthday, battle, hero, kiss

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
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:evil, magic
Locations:forest
Story:prince, king, sword and fantasy, sword and sorcery, sword fight, knight, villainess, witchcraft, spear, queen, witch, combat, sword, battle, hero, teenage girl

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:evil, magic, drunkenness, surrealism
Locations:forest, castle
Story:fairy tale, curse, raven, crown, spell, dungeon, guard, lifting someone into the air, queen, rabbit, femme fatale, witch, king, bound and gagged, wine, sword, battle, horse, prison, fire

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, surrealism
Locations:forest
Story:evil witch, fairy tale, magic wand, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, sword fight, spell, dungeon, villainess, witchcraft, trap, curse, witch, combat, sword, battle, voice over narration, fire, blood

Snow White And The Huntsman (2012) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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 Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic
Locations:castle, forest
Story:evil witch, based on fairy tale, queen, fairy tale, king, sword fight, raven, kingdom, fairy, knight, flower, rabbit, princess, witch, prison, kiss, blood

Alice In Wonderland (2010)
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, surrealism
Locations:castle, forest
Story:rabbit, queen, fire breathing dragon, fairy tale, sword fight, drawbridge, crown, prophecy, celebration, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, cake, spear, dragon, fish, sword, battle, horse, female protagonist, fire

Labyrinth (1986)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Themes:magic, surrealism, friendship
Locations:castle, forest
Story:king, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, cradle, sleep, spell, owl, fairy, guard, celebration, knight, lifting someone into the air, trap, crying, sword, battle, fire, teenage girl, singing

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:evil, magic, surrealism, friendship
Locations:castle, forest
Story:evil witch, witch, magic wand, good versus evil, bubble, crown, spell, kingdom, prophecy, fairy, villainess, witchcraft, spear, flower, gift, femme fatale, princess, king, battle, horse

Alice In Wonderland (1951) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures. (Read More)

Themes:magic, surrealism
Locations:forest
Story:fairy tale, rabbit, birthday party, crown, blockbuster, cake, egg, 2d animation, queen, flower, king, fish, birthday, female protagonist, crying, fire, singing

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

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. This is why Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Locations:castle, forest
Story:fire breathing dragon, magic wand, final battle, good versus evil, battle, broom, final showdown, dragon, curse, witch, combat, sword, hero, fire, kiss, blood

Robin Hood (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Robin Hood (2010)

Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French? (Read More)

Locations:castle, france, forest
Story:sword fight, crown, owl, arrow, shield, knight, queen, king, combat, sword, battle, horse, voice over narration, fire, singing, kiss, blood

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, surrealism
Locations:castle
Story:witch, demon, spell, fire, cleaning, young woman, kingdom, blockbuster, witchcraft, prince, curse, foreign language adaptation, crying, kiss

47 Ronin (2013) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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:evil, magic, surrealism
Locations:forest, castle
Story:fire breathing dragon, sword and fantasy, sword and sorcery, sword fight, spell, kingdom, guard, villainess, witchcraft, spear, trap, dragon, witch, mountain, combat, demon, sword, battle, horse, fire

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
Locations:castle
Story:kingdom, disney princess, based on fairy tale, queen, mountain, horse riding, true love, happy ending, spell, disney, dungeon, prince, gift, princess, battle, female protagonist, singing

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. This is why The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Read More)

Themes:magic, evil
Locations:castle, forest
Story:kingdom, fire breathing dragon, turned to stone, dragon, good versus evil, mountain, sword and sorcery, sword fight, friends who live together, witchcraft, king, sword, voice over narration, fire

The Last Airbender (2010)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Last Airbender (2010)

The world is divided into four kingdoms, each represented by the element they harness, and peace has lasted throughout the realms of Water, Air, Earth, and Fire under the supervision of the Avatar, a link to the spirit world and the only being capable of mastering the use of all four elements. When young Avatar Aang disappears, the Fire Nation launches an attack to eradicate all members of the Air Nomads to prevent interference in their future plans for world domination. 100 years pass and current Fire Lord Ozai continues to conquer and imprison anyone with elemental "bending" abilities in the Earth and Water Kingdoms, while siblings Katara and Sokka from a Southern Water Tribe find a mysterious boy trapped beneath the ice outside their village. Upon rescuing him, he reveals himself to be Aang, Avatar and last of the Air Nomads. Swearing to protect the Avatar, Katara and Sokka journey with him to the Northern Water Kingdom in his quest to master "Waterbending" and eventually fulfill his destiny of once again restoring peace to the world. But as they inch nearer to their goal, the group must evade Prince Zuko, the exiled son of Lord Ozai, Commander Zhao, the Fire Nation's military leader, and the tyrannical onslaught of the evil Fire Lord himself. (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic, friendship, surrealism
Locations:castle, forest
Story:good versus evil, sword and sorcery, sword fight, kingdom, guard, spear, prince, trap, dragon, princess, fish, mountain, battle, voice over narration, fire, father son relationship

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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:evil
Story:princess, prince, king, gift, sword and fantasy, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, sword fight, battle, crown, kingdom, shield, mountain, combat, sword, hero, horse, kiss

The Princess Bride (1987)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

The Princess Bride (1987)

An elderly man reads the book "The Princess Bride" to his sick and thus currently bedridden adolescent grandson, the reading of the book which has been passed down within the family for generations. The grandson is sure he won't like the story, with a romance at its core, he preferring something with lots of action and "no kissing". But the grandson is powerless to stop his grandfather, whose feelings he doesn't want to hurt. The story centers on Buttercup, a former farm girl who has been chosen as the princess bride to Prince Humperdinck of Florian. Buttercup does not love him, she who still laments the death of her one true love, Westley, five years ago. Westley was a hired hand on the farm, his stock answer of "as you wish" to any request she made of him which she came to understand was his way of saying that he loved her. But Westley went away to sea, only to be killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. On a horse ride to clear her mind of her upcoming predicament of marriage, Buttercup is kidnapped by a band of bandits: Vizzini who works on his wits, and his two associates, a giant named Fezzik who works on his brawn, and a Spaniard named Inigo Montoya, who has trained himself his entire life to be an expert swordsman. They in turn are chased by the Dread Pirate Roberts himself. But chasing them all is the Prince, and his men led by Count Tyrone Rugen. What happens to these collectives is dependent partly on Buttercup, who does not want to marry the Prince, and may see other options as lesser evils, and partly on the other motives of individuals within the groups. But a larger question is what the grandson will think of the story as it proceeds and at its end, especially as he sees justice as high a priority as action. (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:castle, forest
Story:prince, true love, princess, fairy tale, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, sword fight, kingdom, fairy, damsel in distress, lifting someone into the air, queen, king, wine, sword, horse, fire, father son relationship, blood, kiss

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. (Read More)

Locations:forest
Story:curse, princess, sword and fantasy, sword fight, young woman, blockbuster, prince, combat, demon, sword, battle, hero, horse, blood

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. This is why The Wizard Of Oz (1939) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Read More)

Themes:magic, dance, friendship
Locations:castle, forest
Story:witch, evil witch, good versus evil, drawbridge, falling asleep, bubble, broom, sleep, dungeon, guard, villainess, witchcraft, lifting someone into the air, flower, horse, crying, fire, singing

10,000 Bc (2008) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:magic, dance, friendship
Story:horse riding, horse, talking to an animal, birds, prophecy, shield, spear, trap, gift, witch, mountain, combat, battle, prison, crying, voice over narration, fire, father son relationship, kiss, blood

Enchanted (2007)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Enchanted (2007)

The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever after" basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid - even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home - she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world? (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic
Locations:forest
Story:fairy tale, prince, fairy, queen, princess, cottage, true love, crown, light, kingdom, singing, kiss

Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991)

After being captured by Turks during the Crusades, Robin of Locksley and a Moor, Azeem, escape back to England, where Azeem vows to remain until he repays Robin for saving his life. Meanwhile, Robin's father, a nobleman loyal to King Richard the Lionhearted, has been murdered by the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham, who helped install Richard's treacherous brother, Prince John, as king while Richard is overseas fighting the Crusades. When Robin returns home, he vows to avenge his father's death and restore Richard to the throne. Even though Maid Marian, his childhood friend, cannot help him, he escapes to the Forest of Sherwood where he joins a band of exiled villagers and becomes their leader. With their help he attempts to cleanse the land of the evil that the Sheriff has spread. (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic, friendship
Locations:forest, castle
Story:king, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, sword fight, friends who live together, arrow, dungeon, guard, knight, prince, witch, combat, sword, horse, fire

Reign Of Fire (2002)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Reign Of Fire (2002)

It is twenty years in the future, and the planet has been devastated by vicious fire-breathing dragons. The last vestiges of humanity now struggle for survival at remote outposts. In a ruined castle in the English countryside, Quinn is desperately trying to hold together a band of frightened, restless survivors. As a boy, Quinn watched his mother die protecting him from one of the beasts, and is still haunted by the memory. One day, a group of American rogues shows up, led by a brash, tough-guy named Van Zan. He claims to have discovered a way to kill the dragons once and for all, and enlists Quinn's help. But doing so will force Quinn to confront his own frightening memories. This, and Quinn's responsibilities to those that are under his protection, results in a battle of wills between the two men. In the end, events cause them both to realize that they must work together to defeat the monsters--both without and within. (Read More)

Locations:castle
Story:fire breathing dragon, final battle, horse riding, sword fight, fire, sleep, final showdown, arrow, celebration, knight, dragon, sword, battle, horse, voice over narration, father son relationship, blood

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Animation, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lovely gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. This is why The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:france
Story:horse riding, sword fight, lifting female in air, young man, disney, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 2d animation, combat, sword, battle, hero, horse, crying, fire, singing

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:evil, drunkenness, surrealism
Locations:castle, forest
Story:princess, final battle, sword and fantasy, good versus evil, sword fight, crown, final showdown, kingdom, shield, blockbuster, villainess, spear, prince, queen, combat, sword, battle, horse, female protagonist, voice over narration

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race. As Hell on Earth is ready to erupt, Hellboy and his crew set out to defeat the evil prince before The Golden Army can destroy humanity's existence. (Read More)

Themes:evil, drunkenness
Story:turned to stone, good versus evil, sword fight, crown, spear, prince, demon, battle, hero, singing, father son relationship, blood

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship, surrealism
Story:turned to stone, 16th birthday, good versus evil, sword fight, dungeon, spear, flower, witch, combat, demon, birthday, sword, battle, teenage girl, blood, kiss

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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. (Read More)

Story:good versus evil, sword fight, oil, prophecy, shield, guard, villainess, spear, queen, femme fatale, king, combat, sword, battle, horse, voice over narration, fire, father son relationship, blood

Troy (2004)
Drama, History, Romance

Troy (2004)

As the Greeks fall, they decided to head back home. King Priam decides to have one last battle with the Greeks to leave Troy for good. It was a night battle so the Greeks didn't knew, raining them down with flaming arrows and lighting huge balls of dry branches and rolling them down at the beach. It was a battle that Achilles wasn't in, but his cousin Patroclus pretended to be him by wearing his armor, his sword, his helmet, and his moves. Hector finally had a battle with Achilles not knowing it wasn't him. Patroclus was fast but Hector was faster, causing him to cut Patroclus's neck and finishing him with a sword to the heart. This is why Troy (2004) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Read More)

Story:sword and sorcery, sword fight, battle, kingdom, shield, blockbuster, spear, prince, queen, gift, mistaken identity, king, sword, hero, father son relationship, blood, kiss

Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Adventure, Fantasy

Conan The Barbarian (1982)

A village is attacked by the evil ruler of the Snake Cult, Thulsa Doom ('James Earl Jones' (qv)) and his evil warriors, when Thulsa Doom and his warriors kills his parents, a young boy named Conan ('Jorge Sanz (I)' (qv)) is enslaved. Years later, Conan grows up and becomes a mighty warrior and is trained as a fighter. After years as a slave and as a gladiator, Conan is set free. Conan sets out on a quest as he vows to avenge his parents and solve the riddle of steel. Joined by a archer named Subotai ('Gerry Lopez (I)' (qv)), a beautiful thief who falls in love with Conan, Valeria (sandahl Bergman') and a Chinese wizard ('Mako (I)' (qv)), Conan and his companions sets out to rescue Princess Yasmina ('Valerie Quennessen' (qv)), daughter of King Osric ('Max von Sydow (I)' (qv)), from the Snake Cult, and get his revenge on Thulsa Doom and avenge his parents. (Read More)

Themes:evil, magic, friendship
Story:final battle, sword and fantasy, good versus evil, sword and sorcery, sword fight, witchcraft, spear, femme fatale, princess, witch, king, combat, demon, sword, battle, voice over narration, father son relationship, blood

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:surrealism
Locations:castle, forest
Story:good versus evil, sword fight, crown, kingdom, shield, spear, prince, curse, mountain, combat, demon, sword, battle, horse, voice over narration, fire, father son relationship, blood

Into The Woods (2014) is one of the best movies like Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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:evil, magic
Locations:castle, forest
Story:witch, curse, spell, evil witch, fairy tale, sleeping beauty, light, fairy, egg, prince, horse, singing, father son relationship, blood

Clash Of The Titans (2010)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Clash Of The Titans (2010)

Princess Andromeda is the daughter of King Cepheus, who has gained a victory against the gods. The vengeful god of the underworld, Hades, demands that Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice or he will unleash the Kraken against Argos. A desperate King Cepheus asks demi-god Perseus to find a way to defeat the Kraken. Perseus accepts the challenge because Hades was responsible for his family's death. He discovers that the way to kill the Kraken lies with getting the head of the gorgon Medusa. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:sword and fantasy, good versus evil, sword fight, kingdom, shield, spear, princess, king, combat, sword, battle

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