We hope that the title does not need any introduction. Game of Thrones is one of the best dark fantasy drama series. Only 4% of people in the world have not watched even a single episode of this epic drama.
So, as we all love GOT, we’ve created this list that comprises the best dark fantasy and related films. The article is compiled after a thorough analysis of movies’ factors like plot, storyline, etc.
Here are the Best Movies like Game of Thrones:
The film hit the theatres in 2007. Its genre is romantic fantasy. It also includes certain elements of comic nature. To name a few, some of the actors are Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais.
The story revolves around the magical kingdom of Stormhold. A character named Dunstan Thorne crosses the wall to enter into the Wall Market where he meets an enslaved princess named Una. After nine months, he has a baby named Tristan.
Eighteen years later, the true son of the dying King of Stormhold has to find a ruby that the king has thrown into the sky. Tristan promises to retrieve the star for his lady love Victoria.
Gradually, he learns the truth about his mother. And comes across witch sisters. The film grossed greater profits in the opening week itself. The film was considered one of the best movies of 2017. It received some accolades and was also nominated for some others.
A Knight’s Tale
This 2001 film is a medieval adventure-comedy. The cast includes Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, and Alan Tudyk. William and his sidekicks Roland and Wat discover that their master has died.
To get the prize of the tournament, William dons his master’s (Ector’s) armor. He even persuades his allies to stay and train him as he is ambitious for earning more prizes. Thanks to another destitute Geoffrey Chaucer, William succeeds in impersonating Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein. He wins an event and repairs the armor free of cost.
He gets infatuated with a noblewoman named Jocelyn. However, he loses in the final joust to Adhemar and seeks to take revenge from him. Watch the complete movie and see William’s journey and share of success and failures. It will light up your free time. The film grossed millions worldwide. Moreover, it was well-received by the public.
The title of the movie suggests a war film. It was released in 2010. It is based on the disappearance of the Roman Empire’s Ninth Legion. Popular actors such as Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, and Olga Kurylenko have performed in the movie. The movie showcases a small band of Roman soldiers being hunted by a tribe.
The landscape is craggy and splashes of bright red during some scenes. The protagonist tumbling through the snowfields and terrain escaping from unseen predators. Witness the ambush between various warriors and the chances of survivors to safeguard their legion. The film received many mixed and positive reviews from critics.
The Lord of the Rings
This trilogy is really a masterpiece. The first movie was released in 2001, while the final one made available in 2003. Still, it has not lost its glory. Some artists of the film are Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, and Viggo Mortensen.
The series is set in the fictional world land of Middle-earth. The story follows the journey of hobbit Frodo Baggins and his followers as they set on a quest to destroy the One Ring and its maker.
However, the fellowship doesn’t continue for long and some followers go on separate journeys. Some people stay loyal while some commit treachery. The superb performance of the lead and the supporting actors made a trilogy worth watching. The franchise’s total earning crossed billions. To add to its pride, the films were nominated for a total of 30 Academy Awards and managed to win 17.
This amazing movie made its way in theatres in 2004. The stardom includes actors such as Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, and Orlando Bloom. This movie predicts the legend of the Trojan War.
Witness the battle between the armies of King Agamemnon of Mycenae and King Triopas of Thessaly in this exciting film. Prince Hector and his younger brother Paris negotiates a peace treaty with the King of Sparta. In the end, Troy is captured by the Greeks. And a funeral is held for Achilles.
Particularly, the people who are fond of watching films belonging to the times when monarchy prevailed will like this movie. The film did a wonderful job at the box office and managed to gross a huge profit. Further, it received several prizes and nominations in various categories.
This movie is directed by David Michôd. It hit the theatres in 2019. It is the most recent movie in this article. To name a few, some of the actors are Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Lily-Rose Depp, Robert Pattinson. Let’s have a glance at the plot. Henry, Prince of Wales is uninterested in his father’s war policies.
His father, King Henry IV of England wants his younger son Thomas to be his successor. However, luck does not favor Thomas and he dies in a battle at Wales. Hal takes all the glory and is eventually crowned King Henry V.
This new king, as earlier said doesn’t like his father’s policies. He decides for peaceful matters and goes for reconciliation with his father’s antagonists. The main character is youthful and equally mature. The film’s stars earned various accolades. Further, it got a ton of positive reviews and managed to get a substantial profit at the box office.
Tristan & Isolde
This epic romantic drama film was released in 2006. The movie had James Franco, Sophia Myles, and Rufus Sewell as the lead actors. The film is set in Britain and Ireland during the Dark Ages. The Roman Empire has lost its glory and has vanished. Lord Marke wants to unite the people of Britain in order to resist Irish domination. The Irish king orders attacking of the Tantallon Castle which results in the castle’s lord and his wife, but their son Tristan is saved.
After nine years, Tristan becomes a courageous warrior who is fully loyal to Marke just like a son is to his father. He attacks the caravan of an Irish slave and takes revenge from his father’s killer.
He becomes severely wounded and is feared dead. His decimated body is found by the Irish Princess Isolde and her maid. Isolde revives him by administering an antidote. Gradually, they both start an affectionate bond. Despite having a great plot, the film got an average rating.
An epic medieval fantasy loved by millions; people still watch it today. The 1981 movie is based on the legendary King Arthur, a historical personality whose name needs no introduction. And don’t forget the knights of the Round Table.
Stars include Nigel Terry Nicol Williamson Nicholas Clay Cherie Lunghi and others. Young Arthur liberates the magic sword Excalibur from the granite boulder. He marries Guenevere. Arthur’s half-sister Morgana disguises as Guenevere to seduce him. She even hatches a plan in which her son Mordred will become the king.
She takes the help of Merlin’s magic to deceive Arthur by staying young and beautiful. Watch this amusing film to know the complete story. The movie inculcates a ton of details, be it the impenetrable atmosphere, or alarms and excursions. The movie earned one award and was coincidently nominated for one. Talking about the box office, it grossed an earning about three times its budget.
The Dark Tower
The name of the film suggests a tower. Ever wondered that you would watch a western-themed fantasy film. If not, then The Dark Tower has done the job for you.
This 2017 movie stars Idris Elba Matthew McConaughey, Walter Padick, and Tom Taylor. The plot revolves around Jake Chambers. During his childhood, he has visions of a Man in Black who wants to devastate a tower. But his mother considers this as a trauma resulting from his father’s death.
Jake flees from the apartment as the psychiatric workers pertain monsters to him. He finds a high-tech portal inside an abandoned house. Entering the portal, he is taken to a place called Mid-World.
He meets the gunslinger Roland Deschain in Mid-World. He notices that this man is pursuing the Man in Black. The movie got mixed reviews and performed well at the box office.
Perhaps the action-horror genre doesn’t fail to excite the audience. Black Death was released in 2006. The lead actors of the movie are Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, and Carice van Houten. It was directed by Christopher Smith. The movie is set in a 14th century plague-ridden medieval England.
A monk named Osmund has a relationship with a young woman named Averill. He wants to leave the monastery as the disease did not spare the monastery and he wants to reunite with Averill.
In order to leave early, Osmund becomes the guide of an envoy who wants to reach a distant village. Meanwhile, he learns the striking truth about the village. The journey is marked by deaths and misery. They meet the village’s leaders. He even sees the resurrection of Averill. The movie received a maximum of positive reviews.
Kingdom of Heaven
Released in 2005, the Kingdom of Heaven is an award-winning movie. Some of the movie actors are Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Ghassan Massoud, and Jeremy Irons.
The story follows a village blacksmith named Balian who discovers the truth about his biological father. He is the illegitimate son of a knight. This knight portrays Jerusalem as a city of opportunities for an ambitious young man and a thriving city at a time when the rest of medieval Europe is in recession. According to him, the city as like a medieval Atlanta.
For a century, both Christians and Muslims were united. But, owing to some Christian zealots, things went in the wrong direction. King Baldwin, the ruler of the city dies of leprosy.
After his death, Balian assumes charge as the king. The Knights Templar cause a war but still, Balian succeeds in preventing bloodshed by surrendering the city to Saladin. The film managed to gross a huge profit in the initial days of screening. It also won some international accolades and was nominated for some prestigious awards.
This dark fantasy film made its way to cinemas in 1981. The main actors are Peter MacNicol, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam, and Caitlin Clarke. The film is set in the sixth-century and the story is about a kingdom known as Urland. The kingdom is being terrorized by a dragon. The emperor of the city King Cassiodorus offers virgin girls to pacify the dragon.
Further, a young man called Valerian seeks the assistance of Ulrich of Cragganmore. However, some prominent persons such as Tyrian, the Captain of Casiodorus’ Royal Guard intimidate the wizard. There is suspense looming all over the story. Find out for yourself. The movie got many positive reviews but did not earn enough money if the budget is considered. However, it became a cult film after some time.
A Monster Calls
Yet another film to satisfy your burning desire for dark fantasy is ‘A Monster Calls’. The 2016 film stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson in the lead roles.
The main character is Conor, a shy bullied kid who is a daydreamer. He loves watching monster movies. In his dreams, he is invaded by a giant wood monster. Conor is caught in a grip of the monster in reality.
If you want to know his escape strategy, do watch the movie. It is extremely engaging and kids will definitely love it. Even though it is a mere 108 minutes movie, it will still capture your heart. The film grossed millions and won numerous international accolades in different categories.
Voice from the Stone
The supernatural psychological thriller was released in 2017. The film’s story is based on the novel of the same name by Silvio Raffo. The main characters are played by Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, and Edward George Dring. The story is about a female psychologist who promises her dying mother to remain silent until her spirit comes back.
In a post-World War II Italy, a dying woman named Malvina tells her son a loving woman will come in his life. After seven months, Verena, a British nurse. Go ahead and watch the film to know what will happen next.
The story is interesting and manages to capture the attention of most of the viewers. The duration of the film is very short. It got mixed or average reviews.
These were our best picks for the fantasy genre. We hope that you are going to like most of the movies mentioned in this article. Select the best movie and immerse yourself in a magical land where you are the ruler.