The movie introduced the world not just to giant monsters, but also to giant monsters wreaking havoc on New York City.
The movie introduced the world to animated features and the concept of adapting children's fantasy for the big screen.
Cocteau's movie created naturalism in fantasy, placing Beauty's real world in stark contrast to Beast's magic.
John Boorman's take on the Arthur myth set the sword and sorcery standard with its grittiness and romanticism.
This flick featured the first instance of a man fighting stop-motion animated beasts, courtesy of puppeteer Ray Harryhausen.
Jim Henson posited that puppets aren't just for children -- a groundbreaking concept just beginning to take hold in the U.S.
This flick spawned the term "Burtonesque," which describes a darkly stylized fantasy set in a modern world.
Amidst a sea of '80s fantasy, this one updated the genre's aesthetic by utilizing music-video editing techniques.
Arguably the first fantasy movie, Thief of Baghdad made audiences fall in love with sprawling epics.
This James Hilton adaptation spawned a trope of eternal paradise locales, and made "Shangri-La" an everyday word.