Fantasy is one of the most popular movie genres among teens. Fantasy films let teens imagine a world where magic exists, good triumphs over evil and cool stuff happens. Here are some of the best fantasy movies for teens of all interests. Superhero comic films have fantasy elements, but they are a genre all their own these days, so those will be omitted.
Stardust is an epic adventure starring Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Charlie Cox and a huge cast of first-rate supporting actors. It has an element of romance that teen girls will love. The story involves a boy who leaves his isolated hometown to find a fallen star to bring back to the girl he loves. However, he is not the only one seeking this fallen star. Soon, he finds himself trying to protect it and himself from a pack of royals, witches and air pirates.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
There are eight Harry Potter films, but a fan favorite is the third film titled Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This is the first film to feature the darker themes that carry the rest of the series, which makes it perfect for teens who have outgrown the cutesy candies and magical beasts of the first two films. Nonetheless, it is best to watch the movies in order to get the entire story.
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a family fantasy film that is appropriate for any age. Young teens especially will enjoy the fun, carefree themes of the film. Moreover, they will love the gags that make the film so special, from bubble wrap dancing to magic toys. This is easily one of the most heartwarming fantasy films of all time. Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman are absolutely lovable as Mr. Magorium and his apprentice Molly.
Chronicle is a much darker film than any other on this list. It is definitely more for older teens and adults. It's a new take on the superhero genre, but it doesn't come from a comic book and lacks a science angle. In a way, it's a coming of age gone wrong. Three teen boys accidentally get superpowers, but it doesn't go according to plan. They are faced with the realistic challenges of having such a thing occur. In that way, Chronicle is a pleasant surprise.
The Fellowship of the Ring
Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films are arguably the best fantasy movies made thus far. Based on the beloved Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, they take viewers into a fantasy world beset with monsters intent on destroying everything good within it. The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of the films. It tells the tale of how nine characters, among them hobbits, men, a wizard, an elf and a dwarf, come together to save Middle Earth. It puts them on the quest that is the center of the story and sets the stage for the many conflicts that take place on the periphery.