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80s Fantasy Movies

Updated on August 17, 2014

Watching 80s Fantasy Movies

My husband and I went on a kick of collecting and watching some 80s fantasy movies! Our favorite is The Princess Bride which we had both seen many times.

There were a couple I hadn't watched like Legend and Dragonslayer. He'd already seen them, but watched them again with me. I was impressed that the movies looked really good for being from the 80s!

Dragonslayer - 1981

Dragonslayer
Dragonslayer

I read about a movie called Dragonslayer online and asked my husband about it. He said we should get it and that I'd like it. So we picked it up at the local Borders for around $10.

How could I have missed this movie in the 80s? Probably because I was not yet in kindergarten when it came out and it shows someone being dragon food in a pretty graphic way. I had to close my eyes.

That being said, it was an interesting movie with a nice medieval feel to it and I was impressed that it was from 1981. I thought the wizard was awesome because you could see he had powers and had a funny hat--I thought this is going to be cool! However, something happens to the wizard and his somewhat incompetent apprentice is the one who goes on the quest to kill the dragon. Why would they want to kill the dragon? Oh, only because some people came by and begged the wizard as they have to sacrifice virgins to the dragon every so often or it will fly around burning villages and people up. Dragons in this movie are not at all nice and cuddly!

 

The Last Unicorn - 1982 (animated)

Last Unicorn, The (artisan)
Last Unicorn, The (artisan)

I saw The Last Unicorn on sale at Target so picked it up and it started our 80s fantasy movie kick!

Unicorns are being captured and there ends up being just one free unicorn left. This last unicorn ventures out to find the other unicorns and gets caught by an ugly witch. Lucky for the unicorn, the witch has a wizard helper that helps the unicorn escape, then the unicorn and wizard go on a quest to find the other unicorns.

I found it amusing that the unicorn was so full of herself. The movie is worth watching just for that. I don't want to spoil the ending if you haven't seen it but all the other unicorns are dumb! Perhaps you'll know what I mean if you've seen it. :)

 

Legend - 1985

Legend (Ultimate Edition)
Legend (Ultimate Edition)

We bought Legend at Borders while looking for Dragonslayer and thought we'd pick it up too. We watched the director's cut version which had different music than the one that was in the theater in the 80s. I can't comment on what else is different because I don't know! I thought that the DVD we got would have both versions but it only had the director's cut.

Tom Cruise plays a weird woodsy dude that wants to marry a princess. However, the world is in danger when the evil demon wants to kill the unicorns so there will be darkness forever (he can't come out in the sun.) He sends out some goblins to do his dirty work and they manage to get one unicorn while it is being distracted by the princess. This caused some noticable effects in the world, so Tom Cruise sets out to restore order. Afterall, he's the one who showed the princess where the unicorn was--and the unicorns are sacred so it's a big no-no to go up to the unicorns like the princess did.

 

The Princess Bride - 1987

The Princess Bride - Dread Pirate Edition
The Princess Bride - Dread Pirate Edition

The Princess Bride is the funniest fantasy movie! My husband and I both claim it as our favorite movie. We had it on VHS and I got The Princess Bride - Dread Pirate Edition for my birthday. They have several versions of The Princess Bride on DVD including a Buttercup edition but I thought the Dread Pirate Edition sounded the coolest.

Buttercup has a farm boy Wesley who she bosses around and all he ever says is "As you wish" which means "I love you." Yay, they're in love. Then, Farm Boy ventures out, and then comes back as The Dread Pirate Roberts.... Buttercup gets captured.... etc. You've seen it, right?

 

I know I haven't covered all the 80s fantasy movies yet. Which ones are your favorites?

80s Fantasy Movie Comments

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      I really like Dragonslayer, Legend and Labyrinth. You choose wisely for this list, good one.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      List is disqualified because Conan the Destroyer appears and not Conan the Barbarian

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ewok adventure: caravan of courage

      There's a scene where a rope is used in the giants fortress to trip a giant. He has long black hair. Clips of the scene are on youtube.

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      MuffinPuffART 5 years ago

      I voted up Labyrinth, The Neverending story and my all time favourite the Last Unicorn.

      Great lens!

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      cinefile 5 years ago

      The Dark Crystal is a movie that seems to have been a little forgotten, my wife has never seen it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I haven't seen "The Lost Unicorn" but it sounds pretty cool. I'd like to watch it. :)

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      sGirl2 6 years ago

      I cry like a baby every time I watch The Last Unicorn. Great lens - I lensrolled you.

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      great stuff!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I loved these movies.... :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You rock . You reminding us the awesome Movies of the memories.

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      JCEverett 6 years ago

      The Neverending Story was one of the best childhood movies that I remember. The Last Unicorn is one of the best animated movies ever. Great story and beautifully animated film.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      LADYHAWKE!!! I love that movie, Princess Bride, I liked the book better. But it's number two. lol

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      what i love about 80s fantasy movies is they needed to be more clever with special effects. i still love watching neverending story. great lens

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; I am never surprised at a movie that I missed somehow. It happens to me all the time!

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Great lens. Please add Hawk the Slayer. It is sooo bad, it's good. :)

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      jp1978 6 years ago

      Great list! I've seen and loved a lot of these. The Princess Bride, Willow, and The Flight of Dragons are my favorites.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: could it be krull?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Anyone help with a movie from the 80's/90's with wizards who gained power wearing rings?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You seem to have missed Labyrinth, one of the best fantasy movies of all time :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      love the movies :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Can anyone help me?

      I am looking for the name of a fantasy movie from around the 80s i guess.

      The most memorable part was toward the end... a group of travlelers have to kill a giant beast man by pushing him of a ledge on a bunch of stairs...

      Any ideas.... been driving me nuts forever.

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      Grumpy-Fett 7 years ago

      Clash of the Titans and The Dark Crystal are absolute classics. Fun lens!

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      italianizeyours 7 years ago

      I love The Princess Bride. The little Sicilian guy cracks me up everytime. Mark Knopfler's soundtrack is great too. And who could forget Kevin Arnold and Columbo?!

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      toriphile81 7 years ago

      willow, princess bride and neverending story were in constant rotation growing up!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: ITs The Barbarians that is the name with the twin buff guys. Great movie one of my all time favs.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      how about ladyhawke? that was a fantastic fantasy flick!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      there was this one movie...some kinda action/adventure/fantasy that the next princess/queen/priestess would be chosen if a jewel, I think a ruby, fit in her belly button....can'tremember much else of it for the life of me

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Every time I wander past "The Princess Bride" I get sucked in once again. But "Willow" is as good. And "Dark Crystal" is amazing for the muppets.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      One that alot of people over look is The Flight of Dragons...was animated by same guys that did the Hobbit,and The Last Unicorn. The movies is awesome and deals with magic and logic

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      nickupton lm 8 years ago

      Nice but you have to get Labrynth and Dark Crystal on here - time for an update.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      were the heck is explorers with ethan hawke river phinox jason person amanda peterson robert picardo leslie ?

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      firegoddesslily 8 years ago

      What about Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, those are my favourite? Love the others you have there though, apart from Dragon Slayer, I wasn't impressed by that one. The Last Unicorn is such a beautiful movie, its based on a book but I haven't read that yet, its meant to be good. Anyway 5* lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've got one for you to look for, "Mio in the Land of Far Away" (1987) starring Christian Bale and Christopher Lee.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      surely this list can't be complete without krull what a truly great film that was but hey thats just my opinion.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      surely this list can't be complete without krull what a truly great film that was but hey thats just my opinion.

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      faithmckay 9 years ago

      Labyrinth would be a good one to add, so would The Neverending Story, and The Dark Crystal :)

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      The-Vassal 9 years ago

      Ah, this lens takes me back lol. I love that Willow is up there, awesome movie.

      Um, not sure if it fits, but what about Labyrinth? I guess it fits