Teenage fantasy: 20 best films of recent years

Fantasy is a great way for a teenager to escape reality for a while. However, in the fictional worlds of heroes, ambushes await. Although the characters of films for teenagers in the fantasy genre live in a territory of miracles and witchcraft hidden from prying eyes, even there they cannot hide from conflicts with peers, searches for themselves, first loves, and difficulties with studying. To cope with these trials is sometimes no easier for heroes than to overcome the machinations of dark forces.

Wonder Kids: Irregular Wizards (2020)

In a hilarious new movie, a vampire boy dreading the sight of blood enters a magical new school. The young man makes friends with the same outsiders – a fairy who is afraid of heights, and a werewolf suffering from an allergy to wool. Classmates mock the trinity of losers, but the guys endure bullying, and when a threat looms over the magical city, they become real heroes.

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Original title:
Die Wolf-Gäng

Actors:
Christian Berkel, Arseniy Bultman, Butz Buse …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
6+


Magic Camp (2020)

A new interesting film about magic and teenagers is full of wonders and adventures. The illusionist , after the departure of his partner, is forced to earn extra money as a taxi driver. A failed magician is offered to get into a children’s camp and prepare a team for a magic contest. The hero happily takes on the job that has turned up and soon finds out that the former partner will be the coach of the opposing team.

Original title:
Magic Camp

Actors:
Adam Devine, Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Jacobs…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.4

Age limits :
12+


Little Witches (2020)

Four sisters live with their parents in the family castle. Girls have magical powers – each is able to command one of the elements. When the youngest of the sisters gains control of her powers, the girls must unravel the mystery of the Rose of the Winds. A powerful evil sorceress also wants to find out the secret. An excellent movie with a high rating based on the books of the writer Sheridan Wynn.

Original title:
Vier zauberhafte Schwestern

Actors:
Laila Padocke, Hedda Erlebach, Lilith Julie Jonah…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 4.9

Age Limits :
6+


Espen in Search of the Golden Castle (2019)

The attackers poisoned the king and queen. The royal couple can be saved only with the help of living water from the Golden Castle. The princess , together with a brave peasant boy, goes to a distant citadel for a healing remedy. On the way, the brave couple will have amazing adventures, as well as encounters with trolls, gnomes and other incredible creatures. The plot of the teen fantasy film is based on Norwegian folklore.

Original title:
Askeladden – I Soria Moria slott

Actors:
Vebjorn Enger, Ellie Harboa, Mads Sjogard Pettersen …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
6+


Born to be King (2019)

12-year-old Alexander Elliot is an honest and kind boy who has a close friend and several enemies who reward him with cuffs on occasion. During a walk, a schoolboy finds a strange sword sticking out of a stone. Having pulled out a weapon, the hero becomes the king of a magical land. Having assembled a team of knights of the round table, the newly-made ruler begins a long and dangerous struggle to establish justice.

Original title:
The Kid Who Would Be King

Cast:
Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Denis Gough, Dean Chaumu…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
6+


I fight giants (2017)

In a modern film about magic and magic, shot for teenagers who love fantasy, the main character is convinced that she has the talent to see giants. Others consider Barbara’s stories to be fiction and only one friend believes the incredible stories. Meanwhile, the giants intend to deal a crushing blow to humanity. The girl accepts the challenge. The plot is based on a limited series of comics that came out at the end of the 2000s.

Original title:
I Kill Giants

Actors:
Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots…

Country:
USA, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Grandfather told his grandson incredible stories about his early years and the orphanage for strange children. After the death of the old man, the guy asks his parents to go to that very place. On the ruins of an abandoned building, a boy discovers a time loop . Able to turn into a bird, Miss Peregrine is trying to protect the wards from terrible danger. The script of the popular thriller is based on the bestseller by Ransome Riggs.

Original title:
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Actors:
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson …

Country:
USA, UK, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Horror movies (dilogue, 2015 and 2018)

One of the best foreign films in the fantasy genre for teenagers is based on the children’s horror stories of the writer Robert Lawrence Stine. The terrible evil spirits, enclosed in the pages of books, broke free and turned the world around into a real nightmare. A group of children, together with a famous writer, will have to return the runaway monsters to their place and restore order.

Original title:
Goosebumps

Actors:
Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Jack Black …

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Descendants (trilogy, 2015, 2017, 2019)

Belle and the Beast, having gained power, create a state where evil and injustice are defeated. All Disney villains are exiled to the Isle of the Lost. The young prince asks the royal parents to allow the children of prisoners to leave the island . The request was heard, and the offspring of Jaffar, Cruella, Maleficent and the Evil Queen gain freedom. But treacherous parents hope to escape from custody with the help of their children.

Original title:
Descendants

Actors:
Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
12+


Vampire Academy (2014)

Top films about magic and sorcery continues the film adaptation of the sensational vampire novel for teenagers – fantasy by American writer Richelle Mead. Young bloodsuckers comprehend the secrets of magic in a special educational institution. Meanwhile, a brutal war is unfolding in the world between noble Moroi and lawless strigoi. The bloody conflict penetrates even the walls of the school.

Original title:
Vampire Academy

Actors:
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Olga Kurylenko …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

The young heroine has always considered herself the most ordinary girl, but due to a series of strange incidents, a different world opens up before her. The girl turned out to be a representative of an ancient family of Shadowhunters, who protect people from the aggression of demons. The heroine will get acquainted with a new reality inhabited by creepy and dangerous creatures. An exciting story based on the novels of Cassandra Clare.

Original title:
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Actors:
Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bauer, Robert Sheehan…

Country:
Germany, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Timeless (trilogy, 2013, 2014, 2016)

The list of the best films for teenagers in the fantasy genre with adventure and magic continues with the film adaptation of the super-bestselling Kerstin Gere. Occasionally people are born with a unique gene that allows time travel . Young Gwendoline discovers in herself the gift of being transported into the past. An incredible ability opens up many opportunities and entails threats – someone is hunting for time travelers.

Original title:
Rubinrot

Actors:
Maria Erich, Yannis Nievener, Veronika Ferres…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits :
12+


Ghost Adventures (2011)

The teacher, who has the ability to see the dead, constantly loses his job due to his unique gift. After another dismissal, the teacher is invited to an elite school. At a new place of work, the teacher must help pass the exams to five difficult teenagers who have exhausted all the director’s nerves. The difficulty lies in the fact that the guys died a few years ago in a terrible fire .

Original title:
Promoción fantasma

Actors:
Raul Arevalo, Alexandra Jimenez, Javier Bodalo…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Percy Jackson (dulogy, 2010 and 2013)

On a tour of an ancient Greek museum, a teenager learns what comes from an ancient Greek god. The young man ends up in a special camp where demigods are taught, but diligently mastering new knowledge does not work. Evil forces are going to destroy the established order. The young hero will have to destroy the insidious plans. The teen mythological fantasy movie is based on a series of novels by Rick Riordan.

Original title:
Percy Jackson

Actors:
Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
6+


Avalon School (2010)

While jogging, the girl meets a guy – her new classmate. Although young people meet for the first time, the young man seems vaguely familiar to the girl. At night, the heroine has strange dreams from the era of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Night visions and reality are bizarrely intertwined. A captivating fantasy drama about teenagers based on the novels of writer Meg Cabot.

Original title:
Avalon High

Actors:
Britt Robertson, Samuel Levi, Gregg Sulkin …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
6+


The Story of a Vampire (2009)

A freak circus arrives in a small town, where strange creatures and even a real vampire perform. Two schoolchildren steal a spider from the artists . For one of the kidnappers, a daring trick ended in a fatal bite. To get a healing antidote for a friend, the second guy is forced to agree to become a vampire assistant to a circus ghoul.

Original title:
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

Actors:
John C Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits :
16+


Twilight (film series, 2008 – 2012)

The famous vampire melodrama based on the super popular novels by author Stephenie Meyer. A new student appears at school – a handsome, mysterious guy with a pale complexion. An ordinary girl falls in love with him, not even suspecting that an attractive handsome man is a vampire. Over the course of five films, the feelings of a strange couple will develop, being subjected to the most difficult tests.

Original title:
Twilight

Actors:
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Eragon (2006)

A guy, a descendant of an ancient family of dragon riders, finds an egg from which a real dragon hatches. An amazing event becomes the starting point for the most incredible adventures. The hero is waiting for a journey to unknown lands, encounters with incredible creatures and battles with unthinkable monsters. The epic blockbuster is based on the famous novel by Christopher Paolini.

Original title:
Eragon

Actors:
Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, John Malkovich …

Country:
USA, UK, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
12+


The Chronicles of Narnia (trilogy, 2005, 2008, 2010)

A large-scale adaptation of a true classic of teenage literature – a cycle of fantasy novels. The mother sent the fourth children to the village away from London, which was under the threat of Nazi bombing. One of the girls in the closet accidentally finds a portal to the magical land of Narnia. The inhabitants of the mysterious state have been suffering from cold weather for many years and are waiting for deliverance from the power of the White Queen.

Original title:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Actors:
Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
6+


Harry Potter (film series, 2001 – 2011)

The most successful films about the school of magic and teenagers based on the books of JK Rowling are a popular fantasy movie that is interesting even for adults. A humble orphan living with tyrant relatives receives a letter from a school of witchcraft and wizardry. At Hogwarts, the boy will have to master the basics of magic, find real friends and stop the most powerful dark wizard who has risen from oblivion.

Original title:
Harry Potter

Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.6

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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