12 Movies You Must Watch if You Love ‘The Lord of the Rings’

J.R.R. Tolkien creates the most fabulous fantasy universe possible (yes Game of Thrones fans, he is the original master!) and most people who are into Lord of the Rings are huge fans of the fantasy genre or they enjoy epic battle sequences. However, since Lord of the Rings was a movie series the fans haven’t had a longer period of pleasure unlike Game of Thrones fans who can enjoy the drawn out television series or Harry Potter fans who have quite a lot of movies to enjoy because Rowling wrote quite a few books to milk the cash cow. Tolkien and Lord of the Rings fans thus might need to turn to other movies which remind them of their beloved Middle Earth, reruns of the same films do get boring after a while even for the most hardcore fans and thus here is a list of movies similar to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ that these fans might enjoy:


12. Legend (1985)

Directed by Ridley Scott, this film did not win much commercial success at first but later went on to become a cult classic. A tale that follows the fight against Darkness (yes literally the antagonist’s name) by a rag tag group of heroes. The unicorns horns serve as the object of desire in this fantasy film as the ring of power serves in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The battle of good and evil and the didactic tones of the story along with the elements of fantasy are sure to remind viewers of Tolkien’s masterpiece.


11. Eragon (2006)

Based on Christopher Paolini’s novel of the same name and directed by Stefen Frangmeier, Eragon follows the tale of a common boy who comes in possession of uncommon magic and navigates his way through a world full of dark monsters and an evil king out to get this magic from him. Sounds familiar to Lord of the Rings does it not? It is, and we hope that viewers will enjoy how the boy comes to take responsibility for the dragon and becomes the hero that his world needs. Viwers who missed the Nazgul’s dragons and didn’t get their fill with Smaug either can definitely turn to this movie to get their fill of a dragon’s awesomeness.


10. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Based on Lewis Carroll’s famous book and directed by Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland is one of the finest examples of fantasy film in the movie business. The film follows the tale of Alice a young girl who helps the White Queen regain the throne by slaying the Jabberwock a creature controlled by the Red Queen. The battle between the two queens seem quite like the battle between Sauron and Saruman and the creature seems rather like the many beasts of Mordor that have to be slain before the hero can fulfil the quest – most notably the Balrog. Alice in Wonderland offers some brilliantly quirky characters and is an excellent way for fantasy lovers to draw their attention away from Middle Earth and go down this excellent rabbit hole.


9. Willow (1988)

Directed by Ron Howard, this film comes very close to Lord of the Rings in certain aspects – a dwarf is tasked with retrieving a child who shall be the bane of an evil queen. Sounds very similar to a hobbit being tasked with destroying a ring which shall be the bane of a dark lord. Willow is a simply made film, straightforward in its elements of fantasy and viewers will find it a welcome and light break. It borrows quite a fair bit from Tolkien’s tropes and thus viewers might enjoy seeing a similar trope play out on screen.


8. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Based on Katherine Paterson’s novel of the same name, this film is directed by Gabor Csupo. The film follows the story of two kids who create a fantasy world of their own while living in a tree house. While the world they create is not real unlike most fantasy genre movies which would have us believe that these worlds exist, the monsters and creatures in these children’s world seems every bit real to the children and their camaraderie in the film is reminiscent of the two Hobbits who undertook the journey to destroy the ring. A film about friendship and magical worlds, this movie will definitely be a favorite among fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


7. Inkheart (2008)

Based on Cornelia Funke’s novel of the same name, this film was directed by Iain Softley. The story follows a man who has the gift of reading characters out of books but for every character he reads out a real life person has to go into the book. A story full of adventure and classic bad guys and forces of good, Inkheart borrows from plenty of classic literature including Arabian Nights and Wizard of Oz. In the fantasy world of Inkheart the universe expands to take in other fantasy worlds and viewers are bound to fall in love with this dynamic world and it will definitely serve as an adequate substitute for Middle Earth’s adventures.

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