Watch the Best Fantasy Movies on HBO Max to get the most out of your HBO Max subscription

There are different kinds of people in the world and they all like to spend their Saturdays in different ways. Some like to go to the club and party with their friends while some prefer to have friends over and catch up with them in a peaceful environment. Some like to stay in and host a weekend screening party while some love to stay in alone and order Chinese food. If you prefer the latter two then we have just what you are looking for. After much research and lots of work, we have prepared a list of the best fantasy movies that will help you get the most out of your HBO Max subscription. 

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  5. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  6. Stardust (2007)
  7. The Last Airbender (2010)
  8. Nightmare Alley (2021)
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This story revolves around a small world that exists inside a snowflake. A green, vengeful Grinch lives outside of Whoville (a town that loves Christmas) and has plans to ruin Christmas for everyone in the little town.

  • Release Date: November 17, 2000
  • IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
  • Time Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Main Cast: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, and Christine Baranski

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

With eight companions, a meek Hobbit from the Shire embarks on a journey. The Fellowship of the Ring must traverse mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers, and plains while battling evil and peril at every turn. The only chance for the Dark Lords’ rule to end is for them to succeed in their mission to destroy the One Ring.

  • Release Date: December 19, 2001
  • IMDb Rating: 8.8/10
  • Time Duration: 2 hours 58 minutes
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Main Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, and Alan Howard

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The divided fellowship takes a stand against Sauron’s new friend, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard while Frodo and Sam advance toward Mordor with the assistance of the cunning Gollum.

  • Release Date: December 18, 2002
  • IMDb Rating: 8.8/10
  • Time Duration: 2 hours 59 minutes
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Main Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, and Bruce Allpress

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The definite war in which good and evil battle for control of the future of Middle-earth. While Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron’s evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam arrive in Mordor on their quest to destroy the One Ring.

  • Release Date: December 17, 2003
  • IMDb Rating: 9.0/10
  • Time Duration: 3 hours 21 minutes
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Main Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, and Ali Astin

5. 13 Going on 30 (2004)

A young girl wants nothing more than to be a grown-up. This prompted her to make a wish on her thirteenth birthday about what she wishes for more than anything. To her surprise and delight, she wakes up the next day as a thirty-year-old woman with a wonderful job and a very handsome boyfriend.

  • Release Date: April 23, 2004
  • IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
  • Time Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes
  • Director: Gary Winick
  • Main Cast: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, and Judy Greer

6. Stardust (2007)

A young man in a rural community on the edge of a magical land swears to his love that he will enter the magical world and seek out a fallen star to prove that he loves her. However, it turns out that the star is alive and he is not the only one seeking it.

  • Release Date: August 10, 2007
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
  • Time Duration: 2 hours 7 minutes
  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Main Cast: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, and David Kelly

7. The Last Airbender (2010)

Aang, a young Avatar who comes from a long line of them, must master all four elements in order to prevent the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom. The story follows his adventures.

  • Release Date: July 1, 2010
  • IMDb Rating: 4.0/10
  • Time Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Main Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz Beckham, Jackson Rathbone, and Dev Patel

8. Nightmare Alley (2021)

A thief who rose from a lowly carnival worker to a renowned psychic medium square off against a psychiatrist determined to expose him.

  • Release Date: December 17, 2021
  • IMDb Rating: 7.0/10
  • Time Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Main Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, and Willem Dafoe

9. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)

As Grindelwald starts to command an army to exterminate all Muggles, Professor Albus Dumbledore is forced to help Newt Scamander and his allies.

  • Release Date: April 15, 2022
  • IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
  • Time Duration: 2 hours 22 minutes
  • Director: David Yates
  • Main Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, and Dan Fogler

For all those who like to lose themselves in fantasy on a Saturday night (no judgment), this list is for you. Watch them alone, with family, or host a little party, this has you covered. 

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