If you get excited to experience the stories with the magical wonderland fantasies, well, you must have heard the Fantastic Beast. With its third installation out in public, the Fantastic Beast as a whole trilogy has engaged a massive fanbase around the globe.
2016 marked the first appearance of this fantasy film that was directed by David Yates and was written by one of the most famous authors of all time, J.K. Rowling. She is famous for her renowned series of Harry Potter; however, the Fantastic Beast was made as a spin-off prequel to the Harry Potter film series and was pretty much inspired by the novel.
Recently, in Mid 2022, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third film of this series, casting eminent personalities like Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and many more, have created a buzz in the box office. As a sequel to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), this film intends to continue the magical journey of Newton “Newt” Scamander as he explores more through his life.
Now, if the movies make you more interested and tend you to seek more movies like Fantastic Beasts that you can watch, you are at the right place. A list of the top 34 movies that suits exactly the genre of Fantastic Beast is as follows, So without further ado, let’s look deep into all those movies.
The Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)
A series of novels turned into motion pictures that have given birth to a special fanbase called ‘Potterhead’ spreading around the entire World is something that fits the genre of fantasy film to the ‘T.’ Based on the titular novel series by JK Rowling, the series got started with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and continued to produce eight films, one after another.
Directors like David Yates, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, and Chris Columbus, the entire series have been legendary to the youth. The story revolves around Harry Potter, an eleven-year-old boy who discovers on his recent birthday that he is the orphaned child of two prominent, powerful wizards and possesses certain unique magical abilities.
Since the very beginning of his life, He was tagged as an unwanted child who intended to become a student at Hogwarts, which is an English wizarding boarding school. There, he finds a group of pals who become his closest allies in his quest to learn the truth about his parents’ unexplained deaths. This entire series is available to stream on HBO Max and Peacock.
The Lord Of The Rings – The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
One of the most prominent films to ever blow off the box office is the entire series of Lord Of Rings. It was initiated by part 1 of the movie called The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which gained massive success since its release on the 1st of September, 2001.
The film’s major plot is about gathering the Fellowship for them to destroy the One Ring at Mount Doom, but the group’s connections are remarkable on their own. However, it does reflects a lot of Fantastic Beasts’ bond between the members of Dumbledore’s squad. This series is available to watch on HBO max.
Peter Pan (2003)
J. Hogan directed one of the most eminent Live action remake films of 2003 with the aid of the screenplay writer Michael Goldenberg who is famous for his works in the Harry Potter series. This film was based on J. M. Barrie’s original 1904 play and 1911 novel, both sharing the same name as the movie.
This movie revolves around the story of Wendy Darling, who is on the cusp of adulthood in early 1900s London, but her imagination and desire for adventure remain alive and well. When Peter Pan emerges at her window, promising a paradise of mermaids, pirates, and fairies, Wendy and her brothers accept his proposal to travel to Neverland. This film is available to stream on Starz, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)
One of the prominent American adventure black comedy films was directed by Brad Silberling and released in 2004. This movie was based on the novel series that shares the same title as the movie, penned by Daniel Handler under the pen name of Lemony Snicket.
This movie takes us all on the journey of three children, who lost their parents due to a fire breakout, soon after they were given into the custody of their cousin and stage performer Count Olaf, who is secretly trying to take their parents’ vast inheritance. This movie is available to stream on Netflix.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
One of the eminent Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy films, which was written, directed, and co-produced by popular filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, is what can make you comfortable if you like the genre of Fantastic Beast.
The movie has its plot set around 1944 Francoist Spain and follows 10-year-old Ofelia, who discovers a magical world after visiting an abandoned labyrinth. While over there, she meets a mysterious creature and discovers that she is destined to rule their realm only if she completes three difficult tasks. This movie is available to watch on Netflix.
Stefen Fangmeier made his directorial debut with an action-fantasy film called Eragon in 2006. This movie found its roots in the 2002 novel of the same name, which was penned by Christopher Paolini. The film does have certain magical or fantasy aspects in it that make it fall in the same category as Fantastic Beasts.
The film is described to be set in the fictional realm of Alagaesia; the young boy Eragon discovers a dragon egg and forms an emotional bond with the growing beast as he cares for it. But Eragon has no idea that this dragon holds the key to saving his homeland from their terrible and powerful tyrant, Galbatorix. This movie is available to watch on the ott platform called Amazon Prime.
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
There have been quite a several animated movies that have made their voice very clearly understood and has made them deserving competitors to a movie like Fantastic Beasts in its genre, and one of those is Arthur and the Invisibles, directed by Luc Besson.
The movie tells us the story of Arthur, whose life changed when his family’s farm was found to be endangered, and he was desperate to save his family head out on a quest to uncover the rubies that his grandfather had hidden ages before, which guarded by a clan of unique creatures which are named in the movie as the Minimoys.
What Highmore does not expect is to be changed into a Minimoy and become a leader among the population of little pixie-like people. This movie is available to watch on Google Play,iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon.
The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep (2007)
One of the very prominent films of 2007 that was directed by Jay Russell does put its name in the list of movies that are quite similar to the fantastic beast. This movie does match the storyline by having mentioned the mythical beast of the Scottish Highlands named to be the Loch Ness Monster at its core heart. It follows the life of Angus McMorrow, who is a lonely Scottish boy residing on Loch Ness with his mother and sister during World war ii.
His dreary lifestyle is quickly brightened when he discovers an egg while looking for seashells. When the egg hatches, a unique animal appears, and the hatchling develops at an incredible rate to give birth to monster proportions. This movie is available to watch on OTT platforms like HBO Max,iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon.
Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Another very famous movie that would be your cup of tea if you liked the Fantastic Beasts is the American fantasy drama film directed by Gábor Csupó that was released on the 16th of February,2007. The plot line of this film was very much based on the novel called the Bridge to Terabithia, penned by Katherine Paterson.
This movie does have a huge element of fantasy and magical elements in it; however, it is also a tale of friendship, as the two characters at the heart of the plot, namely Jesse and Leslie, had “Terabithia,” a mystical land where they could have amazing adventures and govern as king and queen. The coming-of-age film does an excellent job of emphasizing close friendships and the value of imagination. This movie is available to stream on Disney +.
The Golden Compass (2007)
Another very famous fantasy adventure movie called The Golden Compass was released in late 2007under the surveillance of exceptional screenplay alongside the prominent direction of Chris Weitz. The film is said to be based on the 1995 novel Northern Lights, authored by Philip Pullman.
The story of this film revolves around Lyra, a little girl who has been whisked away to the far north to save kidnapped children in a magical and retro-futuristic universe. Both films contain a similar concept of standing up to the antagonists, integrating the whimsical character of young-adult fiction with a mature story of good vs. evil. This movie is available to stream on HBO Max.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
The work of authors Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, along with director Mark Waters blended to give birth to a magical wonder piece which was released in 2008 under the title The Spiderwick Chronicles. This movie makes us witness Jared Grace, who was found to be dissatisfied when his mother relocates the family to a lonely New England home formerly occupied by their distant relative, Arthur Spiderwick.
When Jared finds Spiderwick’s lifelong study of mythical animals, his pessimistic view of the estate immediately transforms. This movie is available to stream on Netflix alongside Vudu, Amazon, iTunes, and Google play.
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
If one asks for a movie that brings the eastern and western worlds together with hints of adventure in it, it is surely called the forbidden Kingdom. An American teenager called Jason, with an exceptional obsession with Kung Fu, found himself in a group of martial art experts like Lu Yan and the Silent Monk to free up land in ancient China.
The Forbidden Kingdom is a Wuxia version consisting of that magical element of adventure through the martial arts, and hence, if you liked the Fantastic Beast, The Forbidden Kingdom will be your cup of tea. This movie is available to watch on the digital platform called Peacock.
Alice In Wonderland (2010)
The American adventure fantasy film, which was directed by Tim Burton, made it significantly different from any children’s fairytale movie as it brought out the darker angle in it that was hidden behind the curtains of Alice’s wonderland in more of a more lighthearted way.
In this movie, Alice assembles a cast of characters to assist her in her endeavor to return the White Queen to her throne, primarily through collaboration with the Mad Hatter. The film is very much like Fantastic Beasts, as it offers serious components to an otherwise fantastic story that audiences of all ages can enjoy. It is available to watch on the digital platform of Disney+.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)
2010 American action-adventure and fantasy film, which was produced as a collaboration of Jerry Bruckheimer, director Jon Turteltaub, and Walt Disney Pictures under the name of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, is cherished by a huge mass of people around the World.
This movie is based on the conflict between Balthazar and his archenemy Maxim to recruit a young sorcerer named Dave as his successor, which is pretty similar to the powerful clash between the wizard Grindelwald and Dumbledore shown in Fantastic Beast.
Moreover, The bond of friendship shared by Balthazar and Dave here is very likely to the one shared by Dumbledore and Newt in Fantastic Beasts 3, which makes this movie a must-watch if you liked the Fantastic Beast. This movie is available to watch on the digital platform of Disney +.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
One of the eminent movies that had its story pretty close to Fantastic beasts is Chris Sanders’s How to Train your Dragon, made on the foundation of 2003’s Cressida Cowell’s children’s book bearing the same name. The story starts with Hiccup, who is the chief’s son in the Viking hamlet of Berk, where his people have been fighting dragons that steal their sheep for years.
Hiccup, who has already disappointed his warrior father, is eager to establish his might among the clan by killing the most elusive dragon of all: the Night Fury, and then takes many interesting turnings, which makes it a must-watch. This is available to watch on Netflix, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon.
The Chronicles Of Narnia- The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (2010)
The Chronicle of Narnia is an American film series that was based on a novel written by C. S. Lewis under the same title. However, The “Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader,” which was released on the 10th of December, 2010 worldwide, is known to be the third installment of the series directed by Micheal Apted that gives us quite the same flavor of magic and fantasy world, similar to what we have seen in Fantastic Beast 3.
The movie tends to focus on the adventures of children who went to the World of Narnia. While traversing, they encountered Aslan, who was described as a brave and bright lion with a magical ability to converse with humans in their own language and the true king of Narnia.
The movie builds up on the realm’s lore by portraying far-flung destinations to which the characters’ journey aboard using the Dawn Treader ship and their stories of struggles in saving their magical World is what makes it similar to the Fantastic Beast. This movie is available to be streamed on Disney+.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2010)
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the distinguished American action-adventure fantasy films that were directed by M. Night Shyamalan under the joint venture of Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures. This movie is based on a very famous animated series with a huge fanbase that shares the same title as the movie and uses to get published from February 2005 to July 2008.
The Last Airbender revolves around Aang, an extraordinarily endowed young kid assigned to defeating a major threat. If you liked the Fantastic Beast, then this movie is something you must watch as it has that similar flair of quest and adventure you seek for. This series is available to watch on Netflix.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Another epic high fantasy adventure film trilogy that was directed by Peter Jackson and portrayed one of the eminent novels from 1937 under the name” The Hobbit” penned by J. R. R. Tolkien. The trilogy also has a shadow of The Return of the King, very similar to Fantastic Beast, which was inspired by the Harry Potter Series.
The Hobbit is famous for giving the adventures a lighthearted twist, as the protagonist of the story, Bilbo Baggins, portrayed by Martin Freeman, here is entrusted with guiding a group of thirteen dwarves on an adventure to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug and the dynamic they shared was pretty similar to that of Qilin and Albus Dumbledore’s team from Fantastic Beast 3. This film series is available to stream on HBO max.
The Hunger Games (2012-2015)
One of the most eminent trilogies that have been cherished throughout a vast period all over the World is the Hunger game trilogy. The American dystopian action film, which was directed by Gary Ross, made its footsteps leave a mark in people’s hearts.
The protagonist Katniss Everdeen’s boldness and eagerness to bring down a corrupt government make her a symbol of hope for many people in the series. All three installments, along with both the parts f the last one, are available to stream on Amazon Prime.
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)
One of the renowned urban fantasy films that were based on the debut book of The Mortal Instruments series penned by Cassandra Clare. This movie was brought out paper to the screen by Harald Zwart.The story of this movie centers around Clary Fray, a teenager.
When her mother is taken, she realizes she is a Shadowhunter, meant to protect humanity from terrible powers. But the film carries out a question in everyone’s mind about whether she will be able to hone her skills in time to save her mother or not. This movie is available to watch on the digital platform called Amazon Prime.
One of the most eminent filmmakers, Chris Wedge, directed the fairytale fantasy film called Epic in 2013. The book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, authored by William Joyce, is what gave this movie its basic skeleton and made it one of a kind. When Mary Katherine moves in with her father, Professor Bomba, whose obsession with unearthing a hidden world of microscopic forest dwellers has given him the title “mad scientist,” she is not pleased.
The protagonist, Mary, is caught aback when a strange, magical event shrinks her to the size of these people, known as Leafmen. She joins the Leafmen in their fight against the evil Boggans who want to ruin the forest while she explores the beauty of their habitat. This movie is available to watch on the digital platform called HBO Max.
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters (2013)
The American fantasy adventure film was released on the 7th of August 2013 under the direction of Thor Freudenthal. This film is said to be inspired by the novel called The Sea of Monsters, written by Rick Riordan.The protagonists in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters are likewise navigating the planet for a definite objective. Percy and his pals must travel to the Sea of Monsters to obtain the Golden Fleece to safeguard their land.
The film leans more toward the comedic end of the fantasy genre, with a cast of eccentric characters accompanying the hero on his trip. Hence, if the fantastic beast is your cup of tea, you must consider watching Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. This movie is available to watch on the OTT platform named HBO max.
Seventh Son (2014)
One of the eminent American fantasy films that were directed by Sergei Bodrov is named Seventh Son. It was released on December 17, 2014, in France. The plotline contains certain similarities with the movie Fantastic Beasts. The film takes us on an adventure while Mother Malkin, the queen of evil witches, escapes the pit she was incarcerated in decades ago by professional monster hunter Spook and kills his apprentice; he seeks the help of young Tom, the seventh son of the seventh son. This movie is available to stream online on the digital platform called Netflix.
A Monster Calls (2016)
The eminent filmmaker J. A. Bayona directed a kind of fantasy dark drama film on the foundation of the novel named A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness in 2011. This film takes all of us through the journey of Conor, a solitary young child from a dysfunctional upbringing who suffers from nightmares. His life, however, takes a turn for the better when he is visited by a massive, mystical tree. The moving picture also discusses several serious themes, including bullying and parental negligence. This movie is available to watch on the digital platform called Netflix.
The BFG (2016)
One of the prominent films famous for the live-action screen adaptation movie of a children’s book called The BFG which was penned by Roald Dahl in the year of 1982. Acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg gave birth to the 2016 film The BFG. The movie begins with Sophie, who is portrayed as a young orphan living her everyday life in London; however, one day, she observes a gigantic creature walking down the streets late at night.
Soon she becomes friendly with the giant, who then takes her to ‘The Giant Country’, where circumstances change her life. She discovers that she is the only vegetarian in a land where every giant sits together to have humans as their meals. However, the one giant she adored, she refers to him as the Big Friendly Giant, abbreviated as BFG, and enjoys accompanying him in his mission of giving sleeping youngsters pleasant dreams.
Unfortunately, Sophie soon finds herself in an unwanted situation where she is fighting to rescue her planet from the giants who were inhuman to eat the peaceful children rather than allowing them to sleep happily at the end of the day in their respective beds. This movie is available to watch on iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)
Another of Tim Burton’s masterpieces was based on the eminent 2011’s children book series penned by Ransom Riggs. The movie portrayed Jake Portman as a typical kid until his grandfather was attacked. Eventually, fate encourages Jake to set out in search of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, a house situated in a fabled location where his grandfather spent the spring of his life.
Jake travels till he finally gets his reaches this house; exploring more into it, he gets to know about the astonishing presence of a woman called Miss Peregrine with her unique ‘shape-shifting’ abilities and her home that has sheltered and nurtured the children with unusual supernatural powers. This movie is available to watch on the digital platform called Disney+.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
One of the most beloved Marvel characters, known around the World for his regal grace and unrivaled strength, shares many stories with the Fantastic Beasts. In 2017, the American superhero film produced by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on Marvel Comics, took us on the adventurous journey of Thor.
Fantastic Beasts 3 featured Dumbledore’s squad stopping the dark wizard Grindelwald from taking over the magical World, whereas Thor: Ragnarok depicted the Revengers defying Asgardian Queen Hela, whose intention was similar. This movie is available to stream on Disney +.
The Shape of Water(2017)
The Oscar for ‘Best Picture of 2017 was won by Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece under the name ‘The Shape of Water. The movie can only be defined as a fascinating fairytale for adults. The story of this movie makes us witness a mute lady named Elisa who becomes interested in a sea creature at the lab where she works.
She hires her friends to rescue the Amphibian Man since she is concerned about how the lab treats him. To put it simply, the Amphibian Man is a lot nicer aquatic dweller than the humans of the wizarding realm. This movie had a certain magical wonderland element to it that is very similar to the plot line of Fantastic Beast. This film is available to stream on Disney+.
Beauty and The Beast (2017)
One of the most magical films that were ever produced under the umbrella of Walt Disney is, without a doubt, Beauty and the Beast, released in early 2017 under the directorship of Bill Condon. This movie, alongside being very magical and fantasy at its core, had a touch of romance in it and hence was cherished by the audience all over the World. As per the story, a selfish prince is fated to live as a beast until he finds true love.
When her father gets lost in the forest and sleeps in the Beast’s castle, the dreamy and bookish Belle ends up there. Belle volunteers to take her father’s position, forcing her to devote her entire time to the Beast. Eventually, romance blossoms between the two, and the Beast begins to relax his defenses. This movie is available on Disney+.
A Wrinkle In Time (2018)
One of the very recent films that manifested a modern take on the genre of mystery and fantasy is the American science fantasy adventure film efficiently directed by Ava DuVernay It was a bold take to make a movie that celebrates the black-skinned women in a very white-skinned dominated society.
It featured film personalities like Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and many more. This legend-studded picture depicts a young girl named Meg as she travels throughout the globe to find her missing father with the help of three astral entities. You can watch this movie on the digital platform of Disney+.
The House With a Clock in Its Walls(2018)
Another acclaimed American fantasy that was directed by Eli Roth made sure to be in the genre of the mysterious magical World but added a bit of comedy in it and made it one of the most unique movies to ever watch. The story revolves around a boy called Lewis, who lost his parents when he was ten years old and hence had to move in with his uncle, who took care of him.
Lewis begins to suspect that something is awry with the house as he explores it. Uncle Jonathan and his neighbor Florence are both magicians, and it turns out! The former owners of the property were also magicians who concealed a clock within the walls. While Jonathan searches for the clock and learns its secrets, Lewis studies magic, despite his uncle’s caution. This movie can be watched on Netflix, Spectrum Tv, and Prime Video.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Filmmaker Joachim Rønning was able to create one of the unique fairytales with the divine Angelina Jolie as the Mistress of Evil in 2019. This movie was heavily cherished by audiences all around the World. Maleficent is a fairy who fiercely protects her goddaughter Aurora and her enchanted home, the Moors.
Maleficent is apprehensive and still distrustful of humans, especially kingdoms after Aurora accepts Prince Phillip’s proposal of marriage. This is exacerbated when Phillip’s mother, ‘Queen Ingrith,’ exhibits open contempt for fairy folk and even undermines Maleficent’s capacity to care for Aurora. This movie is available to stream on Disney+.
The Kid Who Would Be The King(2019)
One of the recent fantasy action adventure films that have created a buzz all over the nation is named The Kid Who Would Be The King, which is written and directed by Joe Cornish. It is a British -American venture that proved to be successful as it is being loved by a huge mass all around the globe.
The movie does have very similarities with the fantastic beast as it tells the story of Alex, a 12-year-old boy, who discovers King Arthur’s mythical sword Excalibur. Alex must use the magical weapon to defend humanity from a terrible enchantress with the help of his friends and a wizard. This movie is available to watch on Disney+.
Upside-Down Magic (2020)
Very recently, Joe Nussbaum directed one of the most magical Disney original movies. This movie was aired on July 31, 2020, on the Disney Channel. This movie is adapted from Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins’ eponymous fantasy novel series under the same name.
The movie revolves around Elinor “Nory” Boxwood-Horace and Reina Carvajal, best friends, who learn they have magical abilities: Nory can morph into animals, and Reina can control fire. Hence, they attend Sage Academy, a prominent magic school. It is available to watch on Disney + And Prime Video.