TV and Movies·Posted on Sep 8, 202220 Underrated Fantasy Movies For Fans Of "House Of The Dragon" And "Rings Of Power"These overlooked flicks are sure to fan the flames of modern fantasy fandom...by Ken W. HanleyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink With House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power dominating the cultural conversation, multiple generations of fantasy fans are looking to seek out other epic adventures from far away realms. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF HBO Yet, for all the mainstays of the fantasy film genre, some are attempting to look beyond Westeros and Middle Earth for something a little different to add to their queue. With this in mind, I've assembled 20 underrated fantasy films that just might satisfy those who love House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power. 1. Dragonslayer Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection Sporting stunning practical effects, this 1981 co-production between Walt Disney Productions and Paramount Pictures stars a young Peter MacNicol as a wizard’s apprentice who is tasked with killing a 400-year-old dragon terrorizing his kingdom. 2. Reign of Fire Touchstone Pictures / Prod DB / Alamy Taking a contemporary spin on traditional dragon tales, this 2002 post-apocalyptic fantasy fan favorite starring Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey takes place in a futuristic England that has been torn asunder by awoken dragons that have since become the dominant species on Earth. 3. Season of the Witch Atlas Entertainment / Relativity Media / Alamy Maligned upon its release in 2011, this surprisingly star-studded fantasy-horror-action hybrid is headlined by Nicolas Cage as a former Teutonic Knight who is tasked with escorting a cursed witch (Claire Foy) to a distant monastery, facing hallucinations, demonic creatures, and other daunting obstacles along the way. 4. Krull Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection Marrying fantasy and science fiction elements, Peter Yates’s 1983 cult classic constructs an Arthurian tale of mythical monsters, ancient prophecies, and a band of reluctant heroes with a Star Wars-esque intergalactic setting, though it trades lightsabers for “The Glaive,” a magical throwing star. 5. Beowulf & Grendel Icelandic Film / Spice Factory / Arclight Films / Prod DB / Alamy Filmed across the beautiful landscapes of Iceland, this uniquely grounded 2006 adaptation of the epic poem starring Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård, Sarah Polley, and Rory McCann feels remarkably ahead of its time. 6. Black Death Egoli Tossell Film / HanWay Films / Alamy This horrific 2010 British fantasy film surrounding plagues, necromancers and bloodthirsty cults also offers stellar performances from Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, and Carice van Houten. 7. The Green Knight A24 / Moviestore Collection Ltd. / Alamy David Lowery’s 2021 epic film mixes a classier and artful aesthetic with more exploitative and shocking elements to create a medieval fantasy worthy of its presentation under the A24 umbrella. 8. Brotherhood of the Wolf StudioCanal / Alamy Director Christophe Gans wowed audiences and critics alike with this 2001 fantasy-horror hybrid about a pair of daring investigators (Samuel Le Bihan and Mark Dacascos) who search for a vicious creature responsible for hundreds of deaths in 18th-century France. 9. Monster Hunter Sony Pictures Releasing / Alamy This 2020 adaptation of the acclaimed action-fantasy video game starring Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa was more fun than anyone could have anticipated, especially as the film embraces the man vs. monster battle sequences. 10. Night Watch Bazelevs / Prod DB / Alamy Effectively injecting supernatural fantasy elements into an urban thriller, Wanted filmmaker, Timur Bekmambetov, put himself on Hollywood’s radar with this incredibly successful 2004 Russian film about superpowered humans who are entrusted with policing the forces of the light and the dark in modern-day Moscow. 11. Hellboy (2019) Collection Christophel / Summit Entertainment / MIllenium FIlms / Alamy While the recent reboot of Hellboy may be a far cry from Guillermo del Toro’s stylish and awe-inspiring Hellboy films, Neil Marshall’s 2019 superhero outing embraced the fantasy elements of the comic series full-stop, adding some pretty cool practical creations and subplots that include blood witches, baby-stealing faeries and even Baba Yaga. 12. Dracula Untold Universal Pictures / Alamy Much like the aforementioned Hellboy reboot, 2014’s Dracula Untold decided to trade encompassing horror within the lore of that franchise for a more fantasy-based adventure film, complete with a number of solid performances and a strange undertone that sets it apart from other big budget studio films of the time. 13. Return to Oz Buena Vista Pictures / Walt Disney Co. / Courtesy Everett Collection Though it is infamous as a staple among kindertrauma enthusiasts, this surreal 1985 sequel to one of the most iconic fantasy films remains a dark and occasionally demented flick that certain plays differently for older audiences. 14. The Fall Googly Films / Absolute Entertainment / Deep Films / Prod DB / Alamy Tarsem Singh’s glorious 2008 fantasy is a visually dazzling (and sadly overlooked) fantasy tale with two heartbreaking parallel stories told with jaw-dropping real locations, practical effects, and a powerhouse performance from Lee Pace. 15. 47 Ronin H2F Entertainment / Relativity Media / Alamy Starring the one and only Keanu Reeves, this mystical fantasy film from 2013 might not knock your socks off, but there's plenty to enjoy from its many sleek, stylized, and imaginative set pieces. 16. Immortals Virgin Produced / Relativity Media / Alamy Tarsem Singh makes his second appearance on this list, as his eye for amazing real locations, incredible costuming and mythological imagery brings this ultraviolent 2011 fantasy film (starring a pre-Man of Steel Henry Cavill) to the next level. 17. Solomon Kane DAVIS-FILMS / Album / Alamy Based on the pulp comic character of the same name, this 2009 fantasy adventure film starring The Following's James Purefoy didn't set the world on fire after its limited theatrical release but is quite enjoyable as a bloody and badass alternative to the toothless fantasy fare of the era. 18. Outlander Weinstein Company / Virtual Films / Alamy An exiled spaceman (James Caviezel) helps vikings take on a more dangerous extraterrestrial threat in this fun sci-fi/fantasy twist on Beowulf that has sat on the cusp of cult notoreity. 19. The Company of Wolves Palace Pictures / ITC Entertainment / Alamy Before he became one of the biggest filmmakers on Earth with The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire, director Neil Jordan assembled a rogue's gallery of stellar British performers to bring this creepy fantasy anthology film filled with petrifying parables to life. 20. Snow White: A Tale of Terror Universal Pictures / Alamy This wicked take on Snow White from 1997 is anchored by a spine-chilling turn from Sigourney Weaver, who earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role as the evil queen.