| | Funny and scary at the same time, featuring amazing effects from Rick Baker. Arsenio Hall, TV-Y Stars: Nicholas Brendon, As Harry, Ron, and Hermione race against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, they uncover the existence of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. Harry Potter finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares. $381.01M, PG-13 Keith David, | Here are my UF picks for the 60’s. Marvel Universe Dream Cast-Black Panther Sequel. Daniel Radcliffe, Awesome and slightly insane. Director: Urban Fantasy Urban fantasy is the gritty bulked-up cousin of paranormal romance. Also ... See full summary », Stars: Sasha Roiz, PG-13 | Ron Perlman, If you’re considering writing a love tale involving a vampire, … Action, Adventure, Fantasy. Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young wizard. The animated series is a prequel which features Sabrina as a pre-teen girl with small witch powers. 255,026 Very UF in tone. Stars: 9. | Animation, Action, Comedy. Featuring Clive Barker’s occult detective, this is a must see urban fantasy classic. Nina Dobrev, Lana Parrilla, | Pixar is calling Onward a "suburban fantasy" film. We Might As Well Be. Another often overlooked classic by Katherine Bigelow and starring the late great Bill Paxton. One of the most overtly urban fantasy movies of this decade, and a serious classic of the genre. As the namesuggests, urban fantasy is defined by two things: an urban setting and fantasy. Best Urban Fantasy in Films and Television Shows. Complain in the comments if you like 🙂. | Based on the comic, Hellboy is brilliantly played by Ron Perlman. An urban fantasy is a story introduces elements of fantasy and is set entirely in an urban environment. Plus, Christopher Walken! So without further ado, let’s list the best urban fantasy movies by decade, and if you think I’ve left any out, feel free to let me know! Not my favorite movies but good efforts nonetheless, and pure urban fantasy. One of my favorite ever werewolf movies, this is pure urban fantasy with an original twist on the genre. Adventure, Comedy, Drama. Daniel Radcliffe, Alfonso Cuarón Emma Watson, That said, it does have some unique aspects. Eventually spawned an even better TV series of the same name. 99 min I have been a fan of urban fantasy movies for many years now, even before I or anyone else necessarily knew what urban fantasy was. A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces. The use of vampires and werewolves. Vampires and noir go together like peanut butter and chocolate; the vampire PI is a staple of urban fantasy for good reason. Suicide Squad walks the line between the “urban fantasy” and “superhero” genres. Not strictly an urban fantasy movie as there’s no real magic in it, but it certainly has that dark UF feel to it, so it’s going on the list. | $295.98M, TV-PG 105 min Stars: To clear his name, he’ll turn to Cape Town’s grizzliest, drunkest bounty hunter, Jackson ‘Jackie’ Ronin. Before the urban fantasy term was thought of, most such books and movies were simply termed as “fantasy” or later as “dark fantasy”. A coven of witches cause havoc which results in murder in this teen urban fantasy classic. If you’ve been looking for the best urban fantasies, this list of the best urban fantasy series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue. Urban fantasies are set primarily in the real world but contain fantasy aspects. | Bill Murray, Adventure, Family, Fantasy. This movie has everything: action, suspense, magic, monsters and a touch of romance. David Yates | Daniel Radcliffe, $238.63M, PG-13 161 min 43 min “Urban fantasy is about thejunction of our everyday modern world with the realm of the fantastic.” – EmmaJane Holloway Urban fantasy first appeared as a sub-genre of fantasy when Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire came out. Animation, Comedy, Family, Short lived animated spin off of the television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. This is because I don’t consider these movies particularly good examples of the genre in the truest sense, or because they are really bad movies. An undisputed classic urban fantasy movie. 122 min | Gross: Another occult themed classic from the 70’s, featuring an evil witch and girls in peril, not to mention stunning direction and cinematography from Dario Argento, and a rocking soundtrack from Goblin. A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. | I am a TV and film fiend, so I have watched a ton of things on your list!. | | Had me in bits by the end. 549,160 | 30 min The Russo family may be an ordinary family with an average restaurant, but behind close doors, all three children must compete to be the next family wizard. The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. | Gross: Stars: Sequels are pretty decent as well. Stars: An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed. Action, Fantasy, Horror. Director: Really looking forward to the new movie coming out soon. A classic movie from my childhood that could be construed as high fantasy but definitely hits many of the UF tropes. Stars: Urban Fantasy is a subgenre of Fantasy that typically takes place in an urban setting. Richard Harris, Quite a few fantasy movies were released in this decade–including Sword In The Stone, Asterix The Gaul and Jack The Giant Killer, but not too many that could be labelled as urban fantasy. | A prince of the mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, and Hellboy his team must fight to stop him from locating the all-powerful Golden Army. $292.00M, PG | 60 min Eerie entertainment frequently takes inspiration from urban legends, with good reason. | Director: 146 min The following contains spoilers for bright. | Stars: | Gross: 120 min It is widely considered one of the best films ever made. Daniel Radcliffe, Kurt Russell, Discover the best Paranormal & Urban Fantasy in Best Sellers. Either way, it’s pretty good. Effects laden urban fantasy adventure. Brendan Gleeson, Votes: Urban fantasies as a genre promise a lot of fun. | You will probably also notice that some movies are conspicuous by their absence, even though they may be urban fantasy. | Gross: The genre is also known as Street Fiction, Gangsta Lit, Ghetto Lit, or Hip-Hop Fiction. | A clan of heroic night creatures pledge to protect modern New York City as they did in Scotland one thousand years earlier. Doug Jones, 142 min Add new page. Frank Welker, Dark and entertaining. What more do you want? Rupert Grint, Critically acclaimed and considered something of an offbeat masterpiece at the time, this is a dark and weird slice of urban fantasy that although excellent, doesn’t hold up to repeat viewings. Frank Welker, PG Salli Richardson-Whitfield, I’m just sorry they never turned this into a franchise like Hellraiser, for it’s probably more deserving of it. Daniel Radcliffe, If you aren’t exactly sure what urban fantasy is, check this TV Tropes page for a full explanation. Selma Blair, | | One of my all-time favorite movies. Different take on the vampire genre, featuring an occult detective who went on to star in the TV series of the same name. Hence, no mention of Harry Potter, Twilight or god forbid, Caravan Of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. Robert Carlyle, PG Director: $11.10M, TV-Y7 Anthony Head, TV-14 A seminal movie that spawned a franchise that is still going to this day. 152 min 545,444 Rupert Grint, Sarah Michelle Gellar, After all, the premise is that a bunch of geniuses set about becoming ghosts exterminators. Alyson Hannigan, Used for works set in urban America dealing with drugs, violence, and sex, involving African American or Latino characters. | Gross: Famous at the time for its groundbreaking special effects. Guillermo del Toro PG-13 Selma Blair, Based on the book by Stephen King, this movie comes across like a horror thriller, but it has urban fantasy written all over it as well. | Browse. Enjoyable! 130 min Unsettling and unconventional. Excellent urban fantasy adventure. Urban Fantasy, also sometimes called "Modern Fantasy", is a genre that combines common fantasy conventions with a modern setting. An urban fantasy genre distinction that trips a lot of readers new to the genre is Urban Fantasy vs. Paranormal Romance. Featuring a lead character who is a beautiful immortal queen and high priestess, this movie is full of occult themes and has urban fantasy written all over it. A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #1) Kresley Cole (Goodreads Author) David Giuntoli, | The 90’s saw the arrival of urban fantasy as a force to be reckoned with, both in literature and film, and this is none more true than in our first pick of the decade…. Melissa Joan Hart, Stars: | These anime might be a Contemporary Fantasy set in the present day, or they might take place in the future, or in the historical past. Commentdocument.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "ad6cd55936134b5d88d2c992b292673e" );document.getElementById("gc38f503e7").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Fancy a FREE book? A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed. Quentin Tarintino’s vampire movie starring George Clooney. Stars: Maggie Smith, Votes: An alternative take on the Dracula mythos, produced by David Lynch. There were a fair few fantasy movies released in this decade, including Alice In Wonderland, Beauty And The Devil and The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad, but very few that could be classed as urban fantasy, so I’ve only chosen two for this decade, which are: Inger Bergman’s Swedish historical fantasy film tells the story of a medieval knight who comes to play a game of chess with the personification of death. Brilliant. It can cover urban fantasy with rough edges, Lovecraftian horror, epic fantasy with violence and dirt still intact — but it’s all these things and more. Dave Coulier, Urban Fantasy. Jennifer Morrison, | Ron Perlman, A body horror classic from David Cronenberg, but has a very dark UF feel to it. Now when are they going to turn it into a TV series? Urban fantasy films have yet to find that footing. Drama, Fantasy, Horror. Adventure, Family, Fantasy. Well-written, dark and slightly twisted urban fantasy movie from Guilleromo del Toro. Menu. In the 1980’s when writers like Charles DeLit, Emma Bull, Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker began to release fantasy novels with a distinctly urban setting and flavor to them, the term “urban fantasy” began to take hold. Dennis Dun, Satanism and black magic feature in this classic based on the infamous book by Dennis Wheatley, also starring the great Christopher Lee. A rarely mentioned film, but excellent nonetheless. Emily Hart, | Chris Columbus 9 Fun Urban Fantasy Books & Series. | Plus it does so with music that is as timeless as it is beautiful. The decade that gave us Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlotte’s Web, Jabberwocky and many other great fantasy films, including these urban fantasy efforts…. Daniel Radcliffe, Ex. An absolute classic and known more as a horror movie, though it does have urban fantasy tropes. Another much-loved film by urban fantasy fans, and also hated by many as well. A criminally overlooked and underrated movie starring Liam Neeson as a vengeful scientist with special powers. | note The name "Urban Fantasy" is sometimes taken to imply that all works in the genre must take place in a large city, but this is not the case. Classic vampire movie starring David Bowie. Huston’s Joe Pitt is one of the best of the bunch, a vampire in Manhattan who refuses to join the corrupt local clans, instead forging his own way forward. Eric Sykes, Votes: Urban fantasy movies on netflix. Honestly, this was a last minute addition to this list of urban fantasy films. An all-time classic from the great John Carpenter, featuring one of many collaborations with Kurt Russell. A Clive Barker movie based on his book, Cabal, and directed by Cronenberg, who also plays the psychotic psychologist. Phew, that was a long list! Action, Drama, Fantasy. Jennifer Stone, TV-14 Love it or hate it (and most seem to hate it), this movie is pure urban fantasy and enjoyable to boot. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers. 30 min 508,207 Adventure, Drama, Fantasy. The core difference between urban fantasy and paranormal romance is that paranormal romance features a central romantic storyline, typically involving one or more magical creatures. 476,111 Stars: A classic from my childhood, starring a young Sean Connery. Dark Fantasy is a nebulous psuedo-genre of the fantastic. Emma Watson, Doug Jones, This decade saw a slowing down of urban fantasy releases, but there was still a few of note. | Has a really dark atmosphere that has influenced many urban fantasy movies and books since. 22 min This short list of fun urban fantasy books and series blurs the lines a bit between a strict definition of urban fantasy and say – paranormal or supernatural fantasy. | Gross: Now we get to the decade where urban fantasy movies started to come into their own and the tropes became more apparent. Build your storyline around a core conflict. Movies. Often when we think of fantasy films, images of dragons and far off lands like Oz or Middle Earth come to mind. Enjoyable at the time. Stars: 30 min Movies, tv shows, specials and more, it’s all tailored specifically to you. $59.62M, TV-Y7 John Alexander, Votes: | Silas Weir Mitchell, Stars: Maurice LaMarche, David Yates Action, Comedy, Fantasy. Bill Switzer, TV-14 List of the latest fantasy movies in 2019 and the best fantasy movies of 2018 & the 2010's. Stars: As I said earlier, the lines between the two genres blur. Emma Watson, | 305,629 Let’s see what’s about UF-wise, shall we? | Thankfully a TV series was spawned from it, a show which went on to pave the way for a whole slew of UF shows that came after. Emma Watson, | Gross: It usually takes place in the present day (or the equivalent of the "present day"). Kat Graham, See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It’s any story of the fantastic where things aren’t Tolkien-levels of happy. Selena Gomez, A very dark movie, visually and also in terms of content. | 45 min Ivan Reitman Here are the best UF movies of that classic decade. Adventure, Family, Fantasy. You will also notice that many of the movies in the list are probably known better as horror movies, which is fine, because horror plays a big part in urban fantasy, to the point where the lines often become blurred. The Brothers Grimm travel all over the land, performing fake exorcisms and other cons to earn their bread. I enjoy the twisted fairy tale horror elements of it, but it seems to generally be a love it or hate it kind of movie. $249.36M, PG Russell Hornsby, Adventure, Family, Fantasy. Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. These are movies that most certainly tick all the boxes when it comes to the tropes of the genre. Crime, Drama, Fantasy. This is an excellent fantasy thriller starring Christopher Walken as the angel Gabriel. It’s well made, entertaining and hits every urban fantasy trope there is. Director: It also features effects from the great Ray Harryhausen that are still awesome to this day. However, even though everyone might remember it best as a comedy, Ghostbusters has plenty of fantasy elements set in modern time. The Point of View. 354,248 | 157 min The original, however, is a UF classic. Stars: Sure, it’s a comedy, but it’s also pure urban fantasy. 551,546 Guillermo del Toro Chris Columbus The continuing adventures of the staff of the ghost removal service. | Director: Rupert Grint, | Ian Somerhalder, Top Ten Fantasy Movies: The Wizard of Oz remains my all-time favorite because it blends all the elements I enjoy most in fantasy with the exception of romance. This is a period movie, not a modern one. The movie is set in my home country of Ireland and features Leprechauns and Banshee’s in abundance. Action, Adventure, Comedy. Different and deeply emotional take on the urban fantasy genre. Based on Cycle of the Werewolf by horror mistro Stephen King, this movie is well made and very enjoyable. Yep, Eddie Murphy. | Sequel to the aforementioned She, this movie features magic, ancient Magi, city settings and lots of psychic powers on display. 123,111 Stars: | Gross: Stars: Jeff Bennett, | Perhaps the most traditional sub-genre, high fantasy or epic fantasy takes place in an entirely fictional fantasy… Where else can you get witches, vampires, magic, and monsters, but in modern or urban settings! Sequels are excellent as well. Michael Gambon, Votes: $317.58M, PG-13 | Gross: Tell us what you think about this feature. There is a LOT of variation within the fantasy genre and so there is a lot of variation in urban fantasy. $75.75M, TV-G Cassandra Clare is another huge name in the urban fantasy game, and her novel City of Bones helped bring the genre into… Rupert Grint, What I intend to do with this post is to retrospectively apply the term urban fantasy to movies that have been released in the last few decades. Director: The urban environment can be real, fictional, modern, or inspired by history, but the story must take place and deal with concepts and themes related to an urban environment. | The movie was released to little fan fare at the time, considered to be not much more than a quirky comedy-fantasy movie. Urban fantasy isn’t just a literary genre; it’s also a TV genre, even if it isn’t necessarily referred to as such by many people in TV Land.. Urban fantasy shows have been around for quite a while now, starting with the likes of the Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, both of which were more sci-fi than anything else but still had some urban fantasy elements to them. 44 min John Carpenter The term itself wasn’t really coined until the 1980’s, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t books and movies around that fitted the definition. 652,087 Today, it is one of the most popular genresof fantasy of avid readers all around the globe. Action, Adventure, Family. Forever Knight, Supernatural, Dresden Files, Sanctuary, Being Human (US and UK), True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Lost Girl, Grimm and the Secret Circle (plus the obvious Buffy & Angel) are all definitely urban fantasy. Sigourney Weaver, I have no doubt that I’ve missed a lot of movies here, so if you can think of any urban fantasy movies other than the ones mentioned here, let me know in the comments. $290.01M, PG-13 Billed as a horror movie, this is probably more urban fantasy than horror. A dark fantasy classic loved by many and famous for being Brandon Lee’s last ever movie. Urban fantasy is a genre of fiction, a subgenre of fantasy in which the narrative uses supernatural elements in a 19th-century to 21st-century (or equivalent) urban society. | His girlfriend, Esme, is missing, and he’s the prime suspect. Jake T. Austin, A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend's fiancée from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown. John Hurt, Votes: When you do, you will see that these tropes exist to some degree in all the movies I’m about to list here. Paul Wesley, Mike Newell | Recent Changes Browse by category Browse by country Harold Ramis, Votes: But what I think is most important when putting a list like this … Adventure, Family, Fantasy. With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. David Henrie, | Sequels were spawned, none of them very good. But some of the greatest fantasy flicks take place in a world very familiar to a lot of us. 138 min Rupert Grint, Very entertaining take on UF from Marvel, starring the fantastic Benedict Cumberbatch. Animation, Action, Adventure. Hit the button below and it's yours... How Using Tarot Cards Can Help You Write Fiction, Are We Living In The Matrix? | Urban fantasy might not. Urban fantasy veers from magical realism in the sense that it is still completely outside the realm of physical possibility, but still exists in the “real world.” Common themes within urban fantasy, include a first person narrative, an overarching mystery as the main plot, romance as a subplot, and extensive world-building. There’s a reason that first-person point of view is so popular in urban fantasy, … Stars: I’ve tried to stay as true to the genre as possible with the movies I’ve chosen. Director: Nick Bakay, Best Urban Fantasy Films Posted on the 04 July 2018 by House Of Geekery @houseofgeekery. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Books Best Sellers. $261.99M, PG-13 David Yates Underrated classic by Ken Russell based on the story by Bram Stoker, with a ravishing turn by Amanda Donohoe. Rupert Grint, | Director: | Gross: Pure UF, if light-hearted in tone. The movie introduces us to the world of Midian, which is populated by Fae-type creatures. Adventure, Fantasy, Romance. Daniel Radcliffe, Our list of the very best fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, and superhero TV shows on Netflix includes Legends of Tomorrow, The Magicians and more. An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. | | Gross: Where a paranormal romance is fundamentally a romance, an urban fantasies is fundamentally a fantasy. Ginnifer Goodwin, Coincidentally Snipes has just published his own urban fantasy novel. It's a place where magic, elves, and manticores exist, but it's also a world where they go to high school, drive vans, and go to … I enjoyed it, however, and so did a lot of other people. | A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness. Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. Director: Richard Griffiths, Votes: Brothers Grimm is another one for the fairy tale Urban Fantasy sub-subgenre. I include it here mainly because of the death character, the movie’s dark tone and it’s themes of religion which can often be found in a lot of urban fantasy works. Based on the comic, this dark classic has much in common with urban fantasy. This 1968 classic stars the great Vincent Price as Matthew Hopkins (“Witchfinder!”), and while many will argue the movie is horror, I see it more as urban fantasy, albeit a rather nasty version of it 🙂. | Rupert Grint, Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon … | Kim Cattrall, Probably not as good as the recent TV adaptation, but still a great movie I think. It spawned four sequels, all of them very watchable. Emma Watson, Director: Straddles the line between horror and fantasy, as does all of Clive Barker’s work. Plus, check out that cover, featuring a quintessential UF kickass babe! Another 80’s classic and pure urban fantasy, with a great turn by Jack Nicholson as the devil. Another Christopher Walken movie, this one an off-beat take on the vampire genre directed by Bad Lieutenant director Abel Ferrara. Stars: Urban fantasy is a subset of contemporary fantasy, consisting of novels and stories with supernatural and/or magical elements set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings--as opposed to 'traditional' fantasy set in imaginary locations. An off-beat fantasy film by Larry Cohen with a great city setting. And now we arrive at the current decade. The classic with Wesley Snipes as the vampire…vampire hunter. Dan Aykroyd, Bill Nighy, Votes: Richard Harris, Votes: Emma Watson, Urban Fantasy Movies Of The 1950’s There were a fair few fantasy movies released in this decade, including Alice In Wonderland, Beauty And The Devil and The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad, but very few that could be classed as urban fantasy, so … James Hong, Votes: 760,210 Urban fantasy pairs really well with suspense, thrillers, … Slightly weird remake of an earlier movie from the forties, but definitely worth the watch. Snarky, monster-porn-dealing teen, Baxter Zevcenko, might be a serial killer. 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