17 films and series about elves

Welcome to the mysterious and captivating world of elves – forest dwellers from ancient myths and legends. Over the years, these creatures have captivated viewers with their magical powers and funny ears. Movies and series about elves are full of magic and a variety of fabulous creatures – fauns, dragons, orcs, trolls and witches frolic here.

Artemis Fowl (2020)

Among the novelties of the cinema is a family fantasy film based on the first novel in the Artemis Fowl series. Artemis was a very gifted child. Still, because he is a descendant of an ancient family of criminal geniuses. One day, the boy’s father is kidnapped by ill-wishers who are ready to release the head of the family only in exchange for a ransom – an elven artifact. And now Artemis has to go to a magical land, hidden from human eyes, where various representatives of the fairy-tale people live – gnomes, pixies, elves and other magical creatures.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Artemis Fowl

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, adventure, family

Actors:
Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Colin Farrell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 4.2

Age Limits :
6+


Carnival Row (TV series 2019)

The plot of the modern series about elves takes place in a fictional universe. There is a war going on in the territory where fairies and fauns live, so fantastic creatures have to move to the city of Burg. Elf Vignette is engaged in the transfer of refugees to the metropolis. Once she was in love with a police officer , but he was considered dead for a long time. Soon Vignette learns that her beloved is alive. A detective has arrived in Burg to investigate a series of crimes against unusual immigrants, and the winged girlfriend will help him find the maniac .

Original title:
Carnival Row

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Simon McBurney …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.8


Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

The action of a beautiful adventure film takes place a few years after the first part. Maleficent and Aurora live close to each other and communicate with magical creatures. Soon, Aurora plans to marry Prince Philip in the hope of not only finding family happiness, but also finally uniting people and magical creatures. However, in the kingdom, not everyone is happy about the future relative – Maleficent, and a quarrel occurs at a dinner party. It seems that instead of the long-awaited truce, a new war is coming …

Original title:
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, family

Actors:
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
6+


The Witcher (TV series 2019)

The list of the best films about elves and magic will continue with an interesting series that is worth watching for all fans of Andrzej Sapkowski’s stories about Geralt of Rivia. Brilliantly wielding a sword and skillfully applying spells, the white-haired witcher travels from city to city, relieving local residents from various types of evil spirits. At the same time, the young witch Yennefer is looking for a way to regain her ability to bear children, and the heiress to the throne of Cintra is hiding in the forest thicket after the capture of her kingdom. The fate of the heroes of the series will be closely intertwined with an invisible thread.

Original title:
The Witcher

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, drama, horror

Actors:
Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Joey Baty …

Country:
Poland, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Sam: Sand Elf (2019)

Family movie – a children’s movie about the adventures of four friends along with a cute elf named Sam. One day on the beach, the guys meet an unusual creature. It turns out Sam can grant any wish , but it expires at sunset. The guys immediately have a bunch of ideas – from a career as a pop star to superpowers . However, there are others in the English suburbs who want to use magic for their own purposes, and the little wizard is in danger in the person of the greedy collector Tristan.

Original title:
Four Kids and It

Genre:
Fantasy, family

Actors:
Billy Jenkins, Ally-May Siame, Ashley Aufderheid …

Country:
UK, Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.0

Age Limits :
6+


Brightness (2017)

Fantasy thriller about a universe that is not at all like ours. Here people live side by side with magical creatures. The plot revolves around two police officers working together, despite the fact that one is a human and the other is an orc. One day, strange events begin to occur in the city – crimes with the obvious intervention of magic. It soon becomes known that the killers are hunting for some mysterious artifact. The partners will have to join forces, discarding differences, and figure out what the elves have to do with everything that happens.

Original title:
Bright

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
16+


Shannara Chronicles (TV series 2016 – 2017)

This series about elves and other mythical characters is an adaptation of a large-scale series of books by Terry Brooks. The action of the series takes the viewer to the distant future. Civilization destroyed by war. Instead, a world of magic appeared, inhabited by elves, people, trolls and dwarves. Protecting the Four Lands is a magic tree that holds back the invasion of demons. However, after millennia, it began to fade, releasing dark creatures of evil. To avert disaster, young elf Amberley and young half-elf Will embark on an exciting journey .

Original title:
The Shannara Chronicles

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, adventure

Actors:
Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett …

Country:
USA, New Zealand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Warcraft (2016)

The colorful film could have become a trilogy if it weren’t for the poor box office in the United States, but for the Russian audience, the story created based on the video game went with a bang. The peaceful realm of Azeroth is on the brink of a bloody war as its population faces a fearsome race of invaders – the orcs are fleeing the dying Draenor to colonize foreign lands. When a magical portal opens, connecting the world of humans and orcs, danger looms over the kingdom.

Original title:
Warcraft

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster …

Country:
China, Canada, Japan, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
12+


Mythica: Dark Times (2015)

An American adventure film about elves is a sequel to a fantasy action movie about the young sorceress Marek, one of the strongest witches in a fictional fairyland. This time, the main character, together with her friends, confronts a sinister enemy, on the side of which are representatives of the kingdom of the dead. Will the young sorceress be able to prevent evil spirits from taking over the world of the living?

Original title:
Mythica: The Darkspore

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Melanie Stone, Adam Johnson, Jake Stormoen…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Thor 2: The Dark World (2013)

After the events of the first part of the franchise, the heir of Asgard Thor is busy restoring order in the Nine Worlds. His earthly lover Jane at this time is looking for an opportunity to reopen the portal to other worlds and in the process of searching comes across an unearthly substance Ether. By coincidence, the substance enters the woman’s body. Upon learning of this, Thor hurries to find Jane and save her. However, the dark elves, awakened by the power of a magical artifact, are already preparing for a war to end Asgard forever.

Original title:
Thor: The Dark World

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Saga: Shadow of the Cabal (2013)

The film takes place in a world where for many years there has been a war between the gods. The battle that almost completely destroyed the Earth. Therefore, people decided to conclude an agreement on neutrality with the elves and dwarves in order to oust the dark creatures by common efforts. However, the treaty not only helped stop the feud, but also awakened an ancient evil called the Shadow. And it is almost impossible to defeat this force, capable of destroying all life, including the gods themselves.

Original title:
SAGA – Curse of the Shadow

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Actors:
Daniel Chakran, Richard McWilliams, Paul Hunt …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 4.9

Age Limits :
12+


The Hobbit (trilogy, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Fans of films about magic, elves, gnomes and wizards have known about the courage of hobbits since the time of the sensational “Lord of the Rings”. This popular trilogy – the prehistory of the epic with Frodo – will tell about the wanderings of his own uncle Bilbo Baggins. The hobbit Bilbo is drawn into the adventures of Gandalf the Gray and thirteen dwarves, led by the illustrious warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Together they go on a campaign to reclaim the kingdom from the dragon Smaug. The company is waiting for a meeting with cunning elves, evil orcs, huge trolls and man-eating spiders .

Original title:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, action

Actors:
Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage…

Country:
USA, New Zealand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Snow White and the Prince of the Elves (2012)

Another American interpretation of the famous fairy tale takes the viewer to a distant kingdom, where a terrible reptile terrorizes the locals. In his next raid, the monster deals with the king. Now the power is in the hands of his wife, and she first decides to get rid of her stepdaughter. However, Snow White manages to escape into the enchanted forest, where she meets an elven prince. The future ruler of the forest people promises the princess to return the throne.

Original title:
Grimm’s Snow White

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure

Actors:
Eliza Bennett, Jane March, Jamie Thomas King…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.1, IMDb – 3.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

In the hands of the master of fantasy films, Guillermo Del Toro, the horned hero Hellboy sparkled with new colors – and the horror film earned a high rating from picky comic book fans . In this part of the franchise, the guest from Hell will have to uncover the conspiracy of one evil elf who decided to revive the “Golden Army” with the help of an ancient artifact. Hellboy cannot allow the invasion of monsters in any way, otherwise all his friends and the world of people to which he is so accustomed will come to an end.

Original title:
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Genre:
Horror, action, fantasy, adventure

Actors:
Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones…

Country:
USA, Germany, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Eragon (2006)

The next film from our top will tell about the fabulous country of Alagaesia, inhabited by gnomes, elves and other magical creatures. 17-year-old Eragon lives here – the last of the oldest kind of riders, but so far he does not know about his destiny. One day the guy finds a blue egg. A real dragon named Saphira hatches from the find. A teenager and his new girlfriend will have a journey full of dangers, where they are waiting for unprecedented lands, elven cities, meetings with sorcerers, monsters and gnomes.

Original title:
Eragon

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure, family

Actors:
Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory …

Country:
USA, UK, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.1

Age limit:
12+


Elf (2003)

The hero of the film about elves and people is a boy Buddy from an orphanage, who many years ago hid in a gift bag on Christmas Eve and ended up in a magical land among elves making toys. But as the guest of the fabulous city becomes an adult, he cannot get rid of the painful feeling that he does not belong here. Buddy decides to visit Manhattan and find his real family.

Original title:
Elf

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy, adventure, family

Actors:
Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
0+


The Lord of the Rings (trilogy, 2001, 2002, 2003)

The famous three-part film is an adaptation of the cult work about the young hobbit Frodo, who inherited the magic ring from Uncle Bilbo. Now the brave representative of the low people must leave his home to prevent the artifact from falling into the hands of the powerful villain Sauron. In a difficult mission, he will be helped by several hobbit friends, an elf, a descendant of great kings and a dwarf. A colorful union created by the wizard Gandalf to protect the wearer of the ring until the dangerous treasure reaches its final destination, where it will be destroyed.

Original title:
The Lord of the Rings

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, drama

Actors:
Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean …

Country:
USA, New Zealand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.8

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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