45. Sin City – Some people weren’t huge fans of Sin City, but for me it was comic-book/graphic novel heaven. For starters, just look at the cast: Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Benicio del Toro, Clive Owen, Alexis Bledel, Jessica Alba, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rosario Dawson, Jamie King, just to name a few. Once you get past the glare of the star power, you see that this movie perfectly captured the style, sensation, and color of a graphic novel, while maintaining its original essence, and giving it a little movie magic. And unlike Watchmen, it was actually watchable.
44. District 9 – This recent cult hit managed a well-deserved Best Picture nod, and although many critics out there are complaining about ten nominees, I’m happy to see this movie get in the mix. Shot in a documentary style with most unknown actors, District 9 will go down as a modern sci-fi masterpiece. For me, despite the unbelievable storyline, I was there the entire movie submersed in this fantasy world. Plus it wouldn’t be a sci-fi movie without a less-than-subtle political undercurrent.
43. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – I know what you’re thinking, fantasy movie? While it was more comical than anything, you had to believe in the fantasy of Robert Zemeckis’ half-animated world. While others tried this format (Does anyone else remember the Space Jam debacle), Zemeckis successfully combined animation, live action, comedy, and a little bit of heart to create one of the most original and quirky fantasy films to date.
42. Nightmare Before Christmas – Before Tim Burton tackled Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland, he was forever known as the producer and writer of this dark fantasy classic. Only Burton could take something as warm and fuzzy as Christmas and give it a dark twist, but what could have been childish or a disaster, instead became one of the cult-classics of all time, with its dark wit, and hilarious schemes.
41. Groundhog Day – So I guess you can tell, I am a sucker for comedies. So even in my all time fantasy/sci-fi list, I have managed to slip in five comedies, and we are only on 41! But anyone who has seen Bill Murray’s classic Groundhog Day knows it deserves a nod on any list it can possibly be. As a weatherman who has to live a bad day over and over again, Bill Murray has never been better. And if you take the time to sit back and enjoy you will capture not only the humor, but the fantasticalness of it all.