List of fantasy films of the 1980s

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A list of fantasy films released in the 1980s.

1980198119821983198419851986198719881989

Title Director Cast Country Notes
1980
Flash Gordon Mike Hodges Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Chaim Topol United States United Kingdom
Hawk the Slayer Terry Marcel Jack Palance, John Terry, Bernard Bresslaw United StatesUnited Kingdom
Return of the King Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr. Orson Bean, John Huston, Roddy McDowall United States Television movie, Animated film
Xanadu Robert Greenwald Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck United States
1981
Blind Chance Krzysztof Kieslowski Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz Poland
Clash of the Titans Desmond Davis Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress, Judi Bowker, Siân Phillips United KingdomUnited States
Dragonslayer Matthew Robbins Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson United Kingdom
Excalibur John Boorman Nigel Terry, Nicol Williamson, Nicholas Clay United Kingdom
Heavy Metal Gerald Potterton Canada Animated film
The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire Nicholas Corea Lane Caudell, Belinda Bauer, Victor Campos, Kabir Bedi, George Kennedy United States German: de:Der Zauberbogen
Raiders of the Lost Ark Steven Spielberg Harrison Ford, Karen Allen United States
Time Bandits Terry Gilliam John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall United Kingdom
1982
Ator the Fighting Eagle Joe D'Amato Miles O'Keeffe, Sabrina Siani, Ritza Brown Italy
The Beastmaster Don Coscarelli Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn United States
Conan the Barbarian John Milius Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow United States
The Dark Crystal Jim Henson, Frank Oz Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen United Kingdom
The Flight of Dragons Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr. John Ritter, James Earl Jones United States Television movie, Animated film
The Last Unicorn Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr. Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes, Robert Klein, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Keenan Wynn United StatesUnited Kingdom Animated film
The Secret of NIMH Don Bluth Hermione Baddeley, John Carradine, Dom DeLuise, Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Arthur Malet, Paul Shenar, Peter Strauss United States Animated film
The Sword and the Sorcerer Albert Pyun Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale United States
1983
Conquest Lucio Fulci Jorge Rivero, Andrea Occhipinti, Sabrina Siani ItalyMexicoSpain
The Dead Zone David Cronenberg Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt United States Horror
Deathstalker James Sbardellati Richard Hill, Barbi Benton, Richard Brooker United States
Fire and Ice Ralph Bakshi Randy Norton, Cynthea Leake United States Animated film
Krull Peter Yates Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones United StatesUnited Kingdom
The Man Who Wasn't There Bruce Malmuth Steve Guttenberg, Jeffrey Tambor, Lisa Langlois United States
Thor the Conqueror Tonino Ricci, Anthony Richmond Conrad Nichols, Christopher Holm, Maria Romano Italy
Videodrome David Cronenberg James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits Canada Horror, Science Fiction
Yor, the Hunter from the Future Antonio Margheriti Reb Brown, Corinne Cléry, John Steiner ItalyFranceTurkey
Zu Warriors Tsui Hark Yuen Biao Hong Kong
1984
The Princess and the Goblin József Gémes Joss Ackland, Claire Bloom, Roy Kinnear, Sally Ann Marsh United States Animated film
Ator l'invincibile 2 Joe D'Amato Miles O'Keeffe, Lisa Foster, Charles Borromel Italy
All of Me Carl Reiner Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant United States
The Company of Wolves Neil Jordan Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Stephen Rea United Kingdom
Conan the Destroyer Richard Fleischer Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain United States
Esprit D'Amour Ringo Lam Alan Tam, Ni Shu-chun Hong Kong
Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis United States Horror, Science Fiction
Gremlins Joe Dante Hoyt Axton, John Louie, Keye Luke, Don Steele, Susan Burgess, Scott Brady, Zach Galligan United States
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Steven Spielberg Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw United States
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Hayao Miyazaki Japan Anime film
The Neverending Story Wolfgang Petersen Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach West GermanyUnited Kingdom
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter Tage Danielsson Hanna Zetterberg, Börje Ahlstedt, Lena Nyman SwedenNorway
Sheena John Guillermin Tanya Roberts, Ted Wass, Donovan Scott United States
Splash Ron Howard Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy United States
Supergirl Jeannot Szwarc Faye Dunaway, Helen Slater, Peter O'Toole United Kingdom
Sword of the Valiant Stephen Weeks Miles O'Keeffe, Sean Connery, Cyrielle Claire, Trevor Howard, Peter Cushing, John Rhys-Davies United Kingdom
The Warrior and the Sorceress John C. Broderick David Carradine, Luke Askew, Maria Socas United States
1985
Barbarian Queen Héctor Olivera Lana Clarkson, Victor Bo, Dawn Dunlap United StatesArgentina Produced by Roger Corman
The Black Cauldron Ted Berman, Richard Rich Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne, Freddie Jones, Arthur Malet, Phil Fondacaro, John Hurt United States Animated film
Brazil Terry Gilliam Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Kim Greist, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Robert De Niro United Kingdom
El caballero del dragón (1985 film) Fernando Colomo Harvey Keitel, Klaus Kinski, Fernando Rey, María Lamor, Miguel Bosé, Julieta Serrano Spain
The Dungeonmaster Various Jeffrey Byron, Richard Moll, Leslie Wing United States
Ladyhawke Richard Donner Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer United States
Legend Ridley Scott Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry United KingdomUnited States
The Peanut Butter Solution Michael Rubbo Mathew Mackay, Siluck Saysanasy, Alison Podbrey Canada
The Purple Rose of Cairo Woody Allen Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello United States
Return to Oz Walter Murch Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Fairuza Balk United States
Red Sonja Richard Fleischer Brigitte Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman United States
Santa Claus: The Movie Jeannot Szwarc John Lithgow, Dudley Moore United StatesUnited Kingdom
Wizards of the Lost Kingdom Héctor Olivera Bo Svenson, Vidal Peterson United States
1986
Big Trouble in Little China John Carpenter Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun United States
Castle in the Sky Hayao Miyazaki Japan Anime film
Dream Lovers Tony Au Chow Yun-fat, Cher Yeung Hong Kong
The Golden Child Michael Ritchie Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance, Charlotte Lewis United States
Highlander Russell Mulcahy Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown United KingdomUnited States
Labyrinth Jim Henson David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud United KingdomUnited States
Momo Johannes Schaaf Radost Bokel, Mario Adorf, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sylvester Groth GermanyItaly
Peggy Sue Got Married Francis Ford Coppola Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller United States
The Worst Witch Robert Young Fairuza Balk, Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, Tim Curry United KingdomUnited States Television movie
1987
Snow White Michael Berz Diana Rigg, Billy Barty, Sarah Patterson United States
A Chinese Ghost Story Ching Siu Tung Leslie Cheung, Wong Tsu Hsien, Wu Ma Hong Kong
The Barbarians Ruggero Deodato David Paul, Peter Paul, Richard Lynch ItalyUnited States
Date with an Angel Tom McLoughlin Michael E. Knight, Phoebe Cates, Emmanuelle Béart United States
Mannequin Michael Gottlieb Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty United States
*batteries not included Matthew Robbins Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña, Michael Carmine, Dennis Boutsikaris United States
Masters of the Universe Gary Goddard Dolph Lundgren, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Frank Langella, Meg Foster United States
Mio in the Land of Faraway Vladimir Grammatikov Christopher Lee, Christian Bale, Nicholas Pickard, Timothy Bottoms, Susannah York SwedenSoviet UnionNorway
The Princess Bride Rob Reiner Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon United States
Rouge Stanley Kwan Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung, Man Chi Leung Hong Kong
Wings of Desire Wim Wenders Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Peter Falk West GermanyFrance
The Witches of Eastwick George Miller Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon United States
1988
The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe Richard Dempsey, Sophie Cook, Jonathan R. Scott, Sophie Wilcox United Kingdom
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Terry Gilliam John Neville, Sarah Polley, Eric Idle United KingdomWest Germany
Alice Jan Švankmajer Kristina Kohoutova CzechoslovakiaSwitzerland
Beetlejuice Tim Burton Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder United States Horror
Big Penny Marshall Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, John Heard United States
Gandahar René Laloux France Animated film
The Land Before Time Don Bluth Gabriel Damon, Candace Huston, Judith Barsi, Will Ryan, Pat Hingle United States Animated film
My Neighbor Totoro Hayao Miyazaki Japan Anime film
Peacock King Nam Lai Choi Yuen Biao, Gloria Yip, Hiroshi Mikami Hong Kong
Portrait of a Nymph Wu Ma Hong Kong
Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller Michael Rubbo Canada
Vice Versa Brian Gilbert Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Corinne Bohrer United States
Willow Ron Howard Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis United States
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Robert Zemeckis Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy United States Comedy
1989
Prince Caspian/The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989 TV Serial) Warwick Davis, Jonathan R. Scott, Sophie Wilcox, David Thwaites United Kingdom
Always Steven Spielberg Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson United States
Batman Tim Burton Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger United States
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Stephen Herek Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin United States
Chances Are Emile Ardolino Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey, Jr., Ryan O'Neal United States
Dream a Little Dream Marc Rocco Corey Feldman, Meredith Salenger, Jason Robards, Jr. United States
Erik the Viking Terry Jones Tim Robbins, Gary Cady, Mickey Rooney United KingdomUnited States
Ghostbusters II Ivan Reitman Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis United States
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Steven Spielberg Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliot United States Adventure
Kiki's Delivery Service Hayao Miyazaki Japan Anime film
The Little Mermaid Ron Clements, John Musker René Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Paddi Edwards, Buddy Hackett, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Ben Wright, Samuel E. Wright United States Animated film
Little Monsters Richard Greenberg Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Rick Ducommun United States
Santa Sangre Alejandro Jodorowsky Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Sabrina Dennison ItalyMexico
Teen Witch Dorian Walker Robyn Lively, Dan Gauthier, Joshua Miller United States