Best A24 Fantasy Movies, Ranked

Entertainment, art and escape. The fantasy genre, with its wide range of films, is one of the most famous and iconic genres in the film industry. Filled with cinematic magic and fantastical settings, the fantasy genre serves as a haven for our sometimes all-too-mundane world. Whether it be medieval high fantasy, a ghost story or sci-fi, the expansive genre defines itself through the supernatural, weirdness and magic. If that sounds too far-fetched for our world, then maybe it’s just fantasy.

A24 is an independent entertainment company founded in 2012. The company originally focused only on film distribution, but later expanded into production as well. this includes TV series and their own original podcast. The name is inspired by the Italian A24 highway, known in the Italian film industry for its historic use in depicting small towns and rural landscapes. The origin of this new distribution company was motivated by the desire to present films with a distinct and unique point of view. Since its inception, the company has received widespread critical acclaim. Although A24 directs much of its content towards the horror genre, it also has some notable fantasy films. Here are the best, ranked.


seven A Ghost Story (2017)

This 2017 horror-fantasy film is both directed and written by David Lowery, who is also known for his 2021 film The green knight. A ghost story stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and McColm Cephas Jr. and tells the story of a white-sheeted ghost who returns to his suburban home in search of his wife. The film is shown in a 1.33 square aspect ratio, and like its unorthodox medium, the film is quite a peculiar experience. The film received positive reviews for its unique display of themes such as love, death, and loss. Richard Brody, film critic for The New York Times, placed the film on his list of the 27 best films of the last decade.

6 The Lobster (2015)

The 2015 movie, Lobster, depicts a universe in which single people are forced to stay in a hotel where they are supposed to meet the love of their life. If this is not accomplished in forty-five days, they are transformed into animals and sent into the woods. The director, Yorgos Lanthimos, the filmmaker behind The Killing of a Sacred Deer and dog tooth, creates a truly unique story around that premise. The stars of the film are Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Jessica Barden. The film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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5 The Lighthouse (2019)

Lighthouse is a 2019 film starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, and depicts two lighthouse keepers, known as wickies, struggling with the psychological stress that comes from their isolation. The film was directed by Robert Eggers and is shot in black and white with a 1.19:1 aspect ratio. The unsettling iconography and the actors line delivery resonated with viewers, and the film was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Academy Awards and the British Academy Film Awards.

4 The Witch (2015)

The witch is a dark fantasy thriller and was again directed by Robert Eggers, as his directorial debut. It depicts an isolated Puritan family in the 1930s, who live in New England and encounter a mysterious and vicious evil force. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy in her feature debut, along with Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie. As Lighthouse, the sparse, solemn dialogue gives the film an eerie, realistic tone. The film received positive reception with its slow pace, and Eggers won an award for directing at the Sundance Film Festival.

3 The Green Knight (2021)

The green knight is adapted from a 14th century poem titled Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; it was directed by David Lowery and stars Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton. The medieval epic tells the story of King Arthur’s nephew, Sir Gawain, on his quest to confront the legendary Green Knight. The 2021 film has been positively received and well reviewed in the fantasy genre.

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2 Swiss Army Man (2016)

The truly fantastic film, Swiss army man, is one of the most popular A24 films. It was directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, otherwise known as “The Daniels”. The film won a directing award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and features a powerful acting duo of Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. The film tells the story of a man on a desert island, who finds a corpse washed up on the shore. He discovers that he can manipulate the body much like the tools available in a Swiss army knife. The unusual and wonderful film features amazing set design, visual effects, and acting. The heartwarming story makes it a must watch for fans of the fantasy genre.

1 Everything everywhere all at once (2022)

A new film on the A24 lineup, Everything everywhere all at once tells the story of a middle-aged Chinese immigrant whose life is turned upside down when she discovers the existence of parallel realities. The film is another great work from The Daniels, both written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. The film stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan. The film, which premiered at South by Southwest in March 2022, has already received many positive accolades and is a testament to the success and importance of independent productions.

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