49. Pleasantville – Once again, not exactly a full fantasy movie, but it definitely fits the genre, and adds in humor, depth, and a social backdrop. The real difference is the great script by Gary Ross, and more importantly, stacked with some of the best actors in the biz including William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Don Knotts, Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire, and the incredible Jeff Daniels. The reason that Pleasantville will go down as one of the great fantasies is that it transformed us and put us in a lost world, a world that needed a little bit of modernity and change, and it did it with lots of laughs.
48. The Abyss – To be honest, of all the Jim Cameron films this is not my favorite, but it certainly deserves a slot on this list. If not for the movie itself, at least for fantasy of filming it almost entirely underwater. Ok, so let’s be honest, The Abyss is an incredible sci-fi film, and was one of the highlights of a long and successful career for Cameron. Aliens, underwater, and Ed Harris, now that is a movie.
47. Children of Men – This post-apocalyptic thriller that came out in the best year for movies in the last 8 or so, 2006, would have been in the top ten spots had there been ten nominees. This dark fantasy world not only boasted great performances, but it gave us all a message to take home. Really Children of Men is just one of the many fantasy movies that teleports us to a made-up world, yet gives us lessons on our lives that can be taken back with us to reality. Not to mention that the story of the one pregnant woman who must be transported to save mankind in the year 2027 is totally awesome.
46. Dark City– This underground hit staring Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, and Kiefer Sutherland, reminds us of the brilliance and intensity that science fiction movies can bring to the screen. This film of a world where there is no sun, and where The Strangers must be stopped from destroying the world, and the hero is man that is struggling with his memory. If it sounds frantic, dark, and incredibly interesting, you are right, and 20 years from now, we are going to regret not giving this film the respected it so deserved.