The best fantasy movies on Netflix (October 2021)

Pans Labyrinth and Stardust. Pic credit: Warner Bros/Paramount

Netflix has some of the best fantasy movies you will find on a streaming service.

This is not only original Netflix fantasy movies but also some great films licensed from studios.

These include superhero movies, epic fantasy efforts, horror releases, and some of the best comedy fantasies in history.

Every month, Netflix makes major changes to its platform, removing several movies and adding numerous new ones to replace them.

Luckily, we are here every month to check the lists and update them by removing movies that have left the streaming service and replacing them with other options.

There are plenty of fantastic fantasy films just waiting to be streamed, here are our top picks.

Updated: October 2021 – We will update this article every month with fantasy movies added to streaming on Netflix, while also removing any movies that have dropped off the site, so bookmark this page for new entries every month.

Gladiator (2000)

Russell Crowe in Gladiator
Russell Crowe in Gladiator. Pic credit: DreamWorks

Ridley Scott directed one of his most successful movies in 2000 with Gladiator.

The movie took place in 180 AD when a Roman general named Maximus stood loyally by his king. However, when the king died, his son betrayed Maximus out of jealousy and reduced him to slavery and eventually the role of a gladiator.

Russell Crowe starred as Maximus and eventually led all the slaves and gladiators to freedom when he challenged the new king, while also avenging the murder of his own family.

Gladiator won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe. It was also a box office success, making $457 million, the second-highest movie of the year.

A Knight’s Tale (2001)

Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale
Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale. Pic credit: Sony

In 2001, director Brian Helgeland helmed the action-comedy A Knight’s Tale.

Heath Ledger starred as a peasant named William Thatcher who poses as a knight after his master dies. Under the guise of a true knight, he begins to win tournaments and falls in love, while also becoming an enemy of a rival knight.

The movie was unique in that it placed the story in medieval times but used modern music and modern references. It also included real-life characters, such as Edward the Black Prince (James Purefoy) and Geoffrey Chaucer Paul Bettany).

Labyrinth (1986)

David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth
David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth. Tri-Star Pictures

Jim Henson directed the fantasy movie Labyrinth in 1986 and it has remained a beloved cult classic since that time.

The movie stars Jennifer Connelly as a teenage girl who is stuck babysitting her baby brother. When she wishes the Goblin King would take the baby out of her life, he does.

The girl then sets out in a labyrinth full of dangerous goblins to try to save her brother from David Bowie’s brilliant Goblin King.


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Kate Beckinsale in Underworld. Pic credit: Screen Gems

It is vampires versus werewolves in the modern-day.

Kate Beckinsale is Selene, a vampire Death Dealer whose job consists of hunting down werewolves and killing them. While she believes the werewolves are a threat to vampires, there is much more to the story.

When a werewolf uprising begins under the leadership of a charismatic leader named Lucian (Michael Sheen) and Selene meets a human (Scott Speedman) bitten by a werewolf who might have a chance to unify both species, she falters on who to believe.

The movie was a huge success and spawned four sequels.


Claire Danes and Charlie Cox in Stardust. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

A fantasy romantic film hit in 2007 and remains one of the best fairy tale movies of the new century.

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel and directed by Matthew Vaughn (The Kingsman), this tells the story of a fallen star and the young man who sets out to find it.

Charlie Cox (Daredevil) plays a young man who promises the woman he loves he will retrieve a fallen star to prove his love. However, when he finds the star, it is Claire Danes, and he realizes what true love really is.

He must protect her from a witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wants to use the star to maintain her own youth.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls. Pic credit: Lionsgate

A Monster Calls is a fantastic drama movie on Netflix, but it is also a very sad movie.

The movie stars Lewis MacDougall as Conor, a 13-year-old whose mother (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill. He ends up living with his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) when his mother moves into a care facility.

A giant monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) visits the boy and offers to tell him three stories, and Conor has to tell him a story at the end.

The monster, and its stories, are allegories for what Conor is going through as a child, and his story at the end is equally poignant yet hopeful.

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth
Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. Pic credit: Warner Bros

It might be easy to look at the scary-looking monsters and creatures in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and think it is just another horror movie.

This fantasy tale is much more than a horror film. Having more in common with fairy tales than horror, this is a movie that looks at the genuine fear based in the real world and sees the world of creatures as a place to escape.

Ofelia is a 10-year-old girl whose mother marries Captain Vidal of the Francoist Spanish military, hunting down rebels. He takes his new family to a remote destination to live, as the war rages around them.

It is here that Ofelia finds a way into the underworld and discovers her destiny.

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones
Saoirse Ronan in The Lovely Bones. Pic credit: Paramount

Peter Jackson directed a fantasy movie based on a sad novel about a young girl, raped and murdered, her body left unfound.

Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz play the grieving parents, with Wahlberg’s Jack Salmon unable to go on with his life, obsessed with finding the truth about what happened to his daughter.

Meanwhile, the killer, George Harvey, moved on with his life, a serial killer never captured.

The twist here is that the dead girl, Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) cannot move to the other side as long as the emotions surrounding her death are so strong.

She tries to find a way, as a ghost, to help her loved one’s move on.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Pic credit: EMI Films

Netflix is the home for Monty Python and has two of the group’s best movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail hit theaters in 1975 and stood the test of time. 45 years later, it’s still regarded as one of the best comedies ever made.

The film was a spoof with its origins in sketches from the Monty Python television show (which is also available to watch on Netflix).

Holy Grail is about the quest of King Arthur and his knights, searching for the Holy Grail. ABC and People named the movie the second-best comedy movie of all-time in a fan-based poll, behind Airplane.


Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in Bright. Pic credit: Netflix

Bright is one of Netflix’s first hugely successful fantasy movie, and that is mostly thanks to Will Smith taking the lead role.

Directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad), Smith is veteran LAPD officer Daryl Ward, forced to team with Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), the nation’s first orc police officer.

The two struggle to get along, but they get involved with a case involving a Bright (an individual that can wield a magical wand without dying).

They have to put their issues behind them to protect her and keep great power from getting into the wrong hands.

The Old Guard

The Old Guard on Netflix
Matthias Schoenaerts and Charlize Theron in The Old Guard. Pic credit: Aimee Spinks/Netflix

In 2020, Netflix released a new action movie called The Old Guard, which was a fantastic new film for the streaming service.

Charlize Theron is Andy, the oldest immortal in a unit known as The Old Guard. These are all immortals who head out on missions to save people or stop the evil, with just the belief that what they are doing is right.

However, after years of fighting the good fight and beating evil people, they face their greatest threat — a pharmaceutical entrepreneur who wants to capture them and extract their powers for his purposes.


The BFG (2016)
Disney’s The BFG. Pic credit: Disney

Released in 2016, The BFG is a Steven Spielberg movie for Disney that is based on the classic story by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

The movie is a fantasy film about a world with giants and a 10-year-old orphaned girl named Sophie who befriends one of them.

While both are outcasts among their own people, they end up the only thing standing between a war of the humans and the giants that want to eat everyone.

Mark Rylance starred as The BFG, which was filmed and then animated using motion capture technology.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

The Spiderwick Chronicles is an adaptation of the children’s book series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directs the film where Freddie Highmore stars as twin boys Jared and Simon, who move to the family’s ancestral home with their mother (Mary Louise Parker) and sister (Sarah Bolger).

In the new home, Jared finds an old book written by one of his ancestors, Arthur Spiderwick — a field guide about all the fairies he has encountered.

Soon, Jared can see these creatures, but this also opens a door where goblins invade his world.

Project Power

Jamie Foxx as Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Frank in Project Power
Jamie Foxx as Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Frank in Project Power. Pic credit: Skip Bolen/Netflix

Project Power is an original superhero movie for Netflix, where it is more based in a sci-fi world where a drug gives people superpowers.

The powers only last for a short time, but they are very powerful, and therefore the drug is illegal.

Jamie Foxx is a U.S. Army Major, one of the first test subjects, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a New Orleans detective who uses the drug to become bulletproof.

They team up with a drug dealer named Robin to find and stop the distribution of the pills.


The fantasy movie Okja. Pic credit: Netflix

Boon Joon-ho won an Oscar for his 2019 movie Parasite, but he has several great movies to watch from the past.

One of these movies is his 2017 fantasy release, Okja, which is available to stream on Netflix.

The movie is about a young girl raising a genetically modified super pig, one of 26 specimens sent to farmers to contend for the best pig.

When Okja won the award, its creators came to take it and transport it to New York. The girl, Mija, tries to rescue the pig and ends up on the run with the Animal Liberation Front.

The cast is incredible, with Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Steven Yeun, Giancarlo Esposito, and Lily Collins.


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