Fantasy is humanity’s way to escape from all the pain, suffering and sadness they find in their real life. Seeing fantasy stories play out on the silver screen and living with it for several hours gives your brain a dose of happiness and comfort. Find a little magic in your life with the best german fantasy movies and know more about their legacy.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
One of the best german fantasy movies created and directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed, Charles McKeown, Winston Dennis, Jack Purvis, Valentina Cortese and Jonathan Pryce.
The story about Baron Munchausen’s trips around Europe in 18th century, and how he and his people defended their town against the Turkish army.
Movie Time: 2 hours and 6 minutes.
Movie Type: Adventure, Comedy and Fantasy.
Nosferatu (best german fantasy movies)
A famous movie produced in 1922, and one of the best german fantasy movies considering the year of production. The movie was created by Henrik Galeen and Bram Stoker, directed by F.W. Murnau and starring Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim and Greta Schröder.
The movie is about Count Orlok the vampire who seeks to buy a new isolated house in Wisbourg, so he asks Knock the real state agent to find it for him.
Knock sent his associate Hutter to the count’s house to make the agreement with him, so Hutter left his wife Ellen with some friends and start his trip.
When Hutter was close to Count Orlok’s castle in Transylvania, the local people did not want to help him find his way to the castle, and they seemed so scared.
Hutter at last found the castle and he managed to sell the house easily, but he got a strange feeling about the castle and noticed that there is a shadows covering it even when the sun shines.
He tried to figure out what is really happening and went to the Count’s bedroom, and found him sleeping in a chamber in a crypt.
Based on a book he read recently, Hutter believed that the Count is a vampire, he tried to save his life and run away from the castle but it was not an easy mission.
Movie Time: 1 hour and 34 minutes.
Movie Type: Horror and Fantasy.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
One of the best european fantasy movies created by Alan Moore Kevin O’Neill and James Robinson, directed by Stephen Norrington and starring Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend, Peta Wilson, Jason Flemyng, Naseeruddin Shah and Tony Curran.
Allan Quatermain is an extraordinary adventurer, he lead a team of unusual men including Captain Nemo the inventor, Mina Harker the vampire, Dorian Gray, Tom Sawyer and Rodney Skinner the invisible man, to fight a madman calling himself “The Phantom”.
Movie Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Movie Type: Action, Adventure and Fantasy.
Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book
Another one of the german fantasy films, created and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, and starring Alina Freund, Sami Herzog, Michael Mittermeier, Pilar Bardem, Ingo Naujoks, Anja Kling and Yvonne Catterfeld.
The movie is about a young girl called Little Lilly who trained to be the successor for a very powerful witch called Surulunda.
Movie Time: 1 hour and 29 minutes.
Movie Type: Comedy, Adventure and Fantasy.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
A famous movie and one of the best german fantasy movies created by Roald Dahl, directed by Roald Dahl, and starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Denise Nickerson, Leonard Stone, Julie Dawn Cole, Paris Themmen and Dodo Denney.
Charlie Bucket is a poor boy who earns his living by delivering newspapers to people’s homes, he used to look curiously inside a chocolate factory owned by Willy Wonka.
But the boy’s grandfather who was working before at this factory told him that Willy Wonka closed his factory for three years, because his competitors steal his recipes, and now he never let anyone in. Could the chocolate factory open it’s doors once more for Charlie and makes his dream true?
Movie Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Movie Type: Family, Musical and Fantasy.
Dragon Rider (best german fantasy movies)
Another german fantasy movie created by Cornelia Funke and Johnny Smith, directed by Tomer Eshed, and starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Felicity Jones, Freddie Highmore, Patrick Stewart, Meera Syal, Nonso Anozie, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Alex Norton.
The story about a young silver dragon named Firedrake, he wants to show the elder dragons that he is powerful and strong like them, and he found his chance to do that when their last refuge becomes under threat by the humans who want to destroy it.
Firedrake went on a journey to find another place to live and he makes some friendships and learns to team up with them to face Nettlebrand, a monster created by an alchemist to kill all the dragons.
Movie Time: 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Movie Type: Animation, Comedy and Fantasy.
Krabat (best german fantasy movies)
Another one of the best german fantasy movies created and directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner, and starring David Kross, Christian Redl, Daniel Brühl, Robert Stadlober, Paula Kalenberg, Hanno Koffler, Anna Thalbach and Charly Hübner.
it is Germany in 1648, after “the thirty years war” the whole country destroyed and everybody there is feeling miserable.
Urshin Krabat is a poor young man who gets separated from the other beggars and finds his refuge in the black miller’s property, he works hard to keep himself safe, and knows about the magic society there. He learns a lot of secrets about dark magic, but how will he use his newfound power?
Movie Time: 2 hours.
Movie Type: Drama, Thriller and Fantasy.
Faust (best german fantasy movies)
One more movie from the best german fantasy movies created and directed by Aleksandr Sokurov, and starring Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk, Georg Friedrich, Hanna Schygulla, Antje Lewald, Florian Brückner, Maxim Mehmet and Andreas Schmidt.
Faust is a folk German tale about a wise man who sells his soul to a powerful devil called Mephistopheles, to bring pure knowledge, the Eternal youth and happiness for himself.
But could this exchange bring happiness for him indeed?
Movie Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Movie Type: Drama, Mystery and Fantasy.
Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King
Another one of the best german fantasy movies created by Diane Duane, Peter Morwood and Uli Edel, directed by Uli Edel and starring Benno Fürmann, Alicia Witt, Kristanna Loken and Max von Sydow.
The movie about that era where European people changed their beliefs from paganism and turned to Christianity, from the point of view of Siegfried, from his childhood until he died.
Movie Time: 3 hours and 42 minutes.
Movie Type: Drama, Mystery and Fantasy.
Thor: Legend of the Magical Hammer
A famous mythology and one of the best german fantasy movies created and directed by Óskar Jónasson, and starring Justin Gregg, Nicola Coughlan, Paul Tylak, Liz Lloyd, Emmett J Scanlan, and J. Drew Lucas.
Thor is a young blacksmith living happily with his single mother, in a little village.
People there think he is the son of Odin and that is why they feel safe and believe that the Giants will never attack them.
When a big army of Giants crushes the village, he makes a powerful hammer to fight them and claims it as his magical weapon to save his people.
Movie Time: 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Movie Type: Animation, Adventure and Fantasy.