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What are the "Required Viewing" Fantasy Movies?

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     In the discussion thread on the Dark Crystal Prequel series coming to Netflix (See here) some folks said that the original Dark Crystal and  also the movie Labyrinth, were movies that hadn't seen but thought they should see.  This got me thinking about what would be the on the list of Fantasy movies that you would expect a majority of your gaming/figure painting/fantasy enthusiast friends to have seen, perhaps quote from, and generally refer to in conversation, with an expectation that most of the folks around them would have also seen?

 

So other than Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, what else?

 

Lord of the Rings trilogy?

Princess Bride?

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising?

 

..to name a few of the top of my head... so what would others be? 

 

I have started a sister thread for "Required Viewing" Sci-Fi movies here: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/86597-what-are-the-required-viewing-sci-fi-movies/

 

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I would include the Mummy series with Brandon Frazier and the Neverending Story.

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I was going to suggest:

 

34 minutes ago, Chris Palmer said:

 

Lord of the Rings trilogy?

Princess Bride?

 

and

5 minutes ago, Crowley said:

Willow

Legend

Conan

but was beaten to the punch.

I'll offer up 13th Warrior

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In no particular order:

 

King Kong (1933)

 

Tremors (just the first one is "required" viewing, but the rest are pretty great B movie absurdities)

 

Conan The Barbarian (1982)

 

The Princess Bride

 

The Clash of the Titans (1981)

 

The Neverending Story

 

Willow

 

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (and the others, even the one with the aliens, and even the Young Indy TV series, but really Raiders is the big one)

 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl

 

Troy

 

The Thirteenth Warrior

 

 

 

... That's what I have off the top of my head. There are a bunch more that if suggest to someone thinking about DMing, but these are things I'd expect to crop up in conversation with my friends, and they're things that are great inspiration of you want to know what this D&D thing is all about.

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Great suggestions!

 

 I have to admit never having seen “Legend” ,nor "Neverending Story". :blink:

 

 

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(and I see several of mine were ninja'd while typing ::P: )

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Dark Crystal

Pan's Labyrinth

Neverending Story

Willow

LOTR

Conan (Barbarian and Destroyer BOTH)

Princess Bride

Red Sonya

Indiana Jones (Raiders, Temple, Last Crusade)

Alan Quartermaine

Die Hard

Star Trek 2-5

Legend

The Matrix

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14 minutes ago, Chris Palmer said:

Great suggestions!

 

 I have to admit never having seen “Legend”.

 

and @Corsair, did you mean Neverending Story?  (I’ve not seen that either.)

Well, it's a good thing it's early on Sunday. You've got all day to fix that! 

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Krull

Hawk The Slayer

 

The 1977 version of The Hobbit

 

You can't really appreciate current movies until you understand where we've been in the past. 

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Off the top of my head, my list is:

 

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938; swashbuckling reference -- technically not fantasy so much as historical fiction)

Clash of the Titans (1981; adaptation of Greek mythology)

Conan the Barbarian (1982; barbarian stereotype)

Conan the Destroyer (1984; what a D&D campaign could look like as a movie -- alternatively, replace with the Record of Lodoss War OAV series)

The Dark Crystal (1982; what an alien world could look like)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973; a good example of a sneaky magical villain -- alternatively, replace with the computer game King's Quest 6 or even Aladdin (1992))

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984; mostly fantasy in a postapocalyptic world)

The Princess Bride (grudgingly) (1987; another swashbuckling reference, also very quotable)

Spirited Away (2001; adaptation of Japanese mythology elements)

 

I'm sure I've forgotten some.

 

(And just because they were formative to me doesn't mean they're "required".)

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38 minutes ago, Inarah said:

 

You can't really appreciate current movies until you understand where we've been in the past.

 

 

Well, I’d add to the curriculum of “past milestones” both Wizards and Heavy Metal. ::):

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