Best Fantasy Movies of 1971


Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

7.8/10 IMDB

When eccentric candy man Willy Wonka promises a lifetime supply of sweets and a tour of his chocolate factory to five lucky kids, penniless Charlie Bucket seeks the golden ticket that will make him a winner.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Denise Nickerson, Leonard Stone, Julie Dawn Cole, Nora Denney, Peter Capell, Tim Brooke-Taylor ..
Directed by: Mel Stuart
Release date: 1971-06-29

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

7.0/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster. The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, Ian Weighill, Tessie O'Shea ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07

The Point

7.5/10 IMDB

Years ago, there was a place called The Land of Point, because everything in The Land of Point had one: the barns, the houses, the cars, everything, even the people. Everyone in The Land of Point had a point at the top of its head. Everyone, that is, except Oblio, who was born round-headed. Since he had no point, Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, was banished to the Pointless Forest. Join them to see what wonders await these two intrepid travelers as they make their way on their amazing, song-filled journey of discovery!

Starring: Ringo Starr, Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib, Buddy Foster, Joan Gerber, Mike Lookinland, Bill Martin, Alan Barzman, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Thicke ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf
Release date: 1971-02-02

Pink Narcissus

6.6/10 IMDB

An outrageous erotic poem focusing on the daydreams of a beautiful boy sex worker who, from the seclusion of his ultra-kitsch apartment, conceives a series of interlinked narcissistic fantasies populated by matadors, dancing boys, slaves and leather-clad bikers.

Starring: Bobby Kendall, Donald L. Brooks, Charles Ludlam, Andrew Starr, Larry Rey, Don Brooks, Bobby Kendall, Charles Ludlam, Arthur Williams, Don Kvares ..
Directed by: James Bidgood
Release date: 1971-05-24
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Rabbit's Moon

Rabbit's Moon

6.7/10 IMDB

A Japanese fairy tale meets commedia dell'Arte. All in white, the naïf Pierrot lies in a wood. Doo-wop music plays as he rises, stares about, and reaches for the moon. Although music abounds and the children of the wood are there at play, Pierrot is melancholy and alone. Harlequin appears, brimming with confidence and energy. He conjures the lovely Colombina. Pierrot is dazzled. But can the course of true love run smooth? Filmed in France in 1950, it was not completed nor released until 1971

Starring: Andre Soubeyran, Claude Revenant, Nadine Valence, Andy Arthurs ..
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Release date: 1971-01-02

Countess Dracula

5.9/10 IMDB

Hungary, XVII century. After being widowed, the old countess Elizabeth Nádasdy, of the Báthory lineage, fortunately discovers a way to become young again; but the price to be paid by those around her will be high and bloody.

Starring: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Elès, Maurice Denham, Patience Collier, Peter Jeffrey, Lesley-Anne Down, Andrea Lawrence, Susan Brodrick, Leon Lissek ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1971-01-30
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

7.9/10 IMDB

A retelling of the classic fairy tale of The Frog Prince featuring Kermit the Frog, Kermit's nephew Robin, Sweetums, and a princess cursed to say everything wackbards...I mean backwards.

Starring: Gordon Thomson, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Carl Banas, Jerry Juhl, Trudy Young, Heather Henson ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1971-05-12
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Hour Glass

Hour Glass

7.2/10 IMDB

In the midst of the Black consciousness movement, a basketball player imagines his profession to that of a gladiator. After a series of reflections including his upbringing as a foster child of White Americans, he returns to his origins.

Starring: Mel Rosier ..
Directed by: Haile Gerima
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : How Death Came to Earth

How Death Came to Earth

6.7/10 IMDB

How Death Came to Earth is a 14 minute cutout animation film by Ishu Patel produced in 1971 by the National Film Board of Canada. The film deals with an Indian myth of creation, and is notable for its trippy visual style.

Directed by: Ishu Patel
Release date: 1971-03-04

200 Motels

5.6/10 IMDB

"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid.

Starring: The Mothers of Invention, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon, Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar, George Duke ..
Directed by: Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
Release date: 1971-11-10
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Mr. Horatio Knibbles

Mr. Horatio Knibbles

6.3/10 IMDB

Mary Bunting is sitting alone when to her surprise and delight a rabbit six foot tall - elegantly dressed in frock coat and fancy waistcoat - appears. As he is a magic rabbit, he can be seen only by Mary, which naturally creates great confusion and misunderstanding.

Starring: Lesley Roach, Gary Smith, Rachel Brennock, David Lodge, John Ash, Nigel Chivers, David Richards, Bernard Horsfall, Jane Jordan Rogers, Fred Evans ..
Directed by: Robert Hird
Release date: 1971-09-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Death Takes a Holiday

Death Takes a Holiday

7.3/10 IMDB

Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

Starring: Yvette Mimieux, Monte Markham, Myrna Loy, Bert Convy, Melvyn Douglas, Kerwin Mathews, Priscilla Pointer, Austin Willis, Colby Chester, Maureen Reagan ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1971-10-23
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Casey


5.3/10 IMDB

With the help of his fairy godmother, Casey learns sex can be freeing and fun as he brings all his fantasies to life.

Starring: Casey Donovan, Nat Grey, Angelo Waine, Sparrow Guano ..
Directed by: Donald Crane
Release date: 1971-10-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Curious Alice

Curious Alice

6.2/10 IMDB

The story “Alice in Wonderland” is used as a metaphor about the dangers of accidental drug use among children. Curious Alice's trip to Wonderland is not through the rabbit hole, but rather through her home, where the medicine and kitchen cabinets hold substances of lure but danger. After ingesting one of these substances, Alice, now in the Wonderland of her mind, has an altered sense of reality. In her new psychedelic world, she is exposed to more and more drugs, which she may take based on her impaired judgment from the initial drug use.

Starring: Elizabeth Jones ..
Directed by: Dave Dixon
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Tales of Beatrix Potter

Tales of Beatrix Potter

6.8/10 IMDB

The Royal Ballet Company brings Squirrel Nutkin, Tom Thumb, Hunca Munca, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Pigling Bland, and Pigwig to the screen doing pirouettes and pas de deux in this filmed ballet production directed by Reginald Mills. The film more properly belongs, however, to choreographer Frederick Ashmore, composer John Lanchbery, and costume designer Rostislav Douboujinsky. This literal adaptation concerns the shy Beatrix Potter and how, when all of the toy animals in her room come to life, she emerges from her shell and begins to enjoy life. Sequences include a rowdy dance with Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca destroying a collection of plaster food, a midnight pas de deux between Pigling Bland and Pigwig, and a corps de ballet of dancing mice.

Starring: Frederick Ashton, Alexander Grant, Julie Wood, Ann Howard, Bob Mead, Garry Grant, Sally Ashby ..
Directed by: Reginald Mills
Release date: 1971-03-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : The Projectionist

The Projectionist

5.9/10 IMDB

A projectionist bored with his everyday life begins fantasizing about his being one of the superheroes he sees in the movies he shows.

Starring: Chuck McCann, Rodney Dangerfield, Ina Balin, Jára Kohout, Harry Hurwitz, Lucky Kargo, Sam Stewart, Alex Stevens, Robert Lee, Robert Staats ..
Directed by: Harry Hurwitz
Release date: 1971-01-17
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Teen-age Fantasies: An Adult Documentary

Teen-age Fantasies: An Adult Documentary

6.3/10 IMDB

An explicit series of erotic vignettes centering on the sexual fantasies of adolescents: A nervous young woman makes love with a sensitive nice guy; an old man has sex with a teenage girl; a young lady gets so aroused watching her best gal pal make love to her boyfriend that she partakes in a lesbian make-out session with said gal pal before eventually engaging in a threesome; a cute girl aggressively seduces her timid boyfriend; and a gal engages in vigorous anal sex with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Rene Bond demonstrates her remarkable prowess with fellatio in the wrap-around segments.

Starring: Rene Bond, Ric Lutze, Suzanne Fields, Carmen Olivera, Dick Burns, Art Dolores, Sandy Frankel ..
Directed by: Frank Spokeman
Release date: 1971-11-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Luminous Procuress

Luminous Procuress

5.1/10 IMDB

A series of erotic vignettes and sexual imagery (mostly of the gay variety) are presented courtesy of The Cockettes (a gay/drag performance art ensemble of late 60s/early 70s San Francisco).

Starring: Pandora, Steve Solberg, Ronald Farrell, Doro Franco, Cherel Fitzpatrick, Ruth Weiss, The Cockettes ..
Directed by: Steven Arnold
Release date: 1971-10-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Pandora


7.1/10 IMDB

Experimental filmmaker and color cameraman here collaborate in a surrealistic retelling of the old myth. But this is a dream fantasy with no real parallel to Pandora, replete with striking symbols where everything is larger than life--the silhouetted image of a mother and an infant, the profiled view of two sculptured heads spouting smoke and fire.

Directed by: Derek May
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : A Picture For Harold's Room

A Picture For Harold's Room

6.0/10 IMDB

With his purple crayon, Harold draws a picture for his room - and then becomes part of it.

Starring: Charles Cioffi ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1971-01-01

Aesop's Fables

6.0/10 IMDB

A collection of the classic morality tales narrated by Bill Cosby as "Aesop" that have been passed down from family to family for thousands of years. Every story has a lesson.

Starring: Bill Cosby, Keith Hamilton, Jere Fields, John Byner, John Erwin, Dal McKennon, Larry Storch, Jane Webb ..
Directed by: Robert Chenault, Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1971-10-31
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Health: The Dirt-Witch Cleans Up!

Health: The Dirt-Witch Cleans Up!

3.8/10 IMDB

Casting her devious filth hex on pig farmers, house painters, and football-playing children, The Dirt Witch delights in making everyone as unclean as herself, until one day a young girl takes pity on her and instructs the soiled sorceress in the ways of hygiene. Produced by the Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation as part of their “Joy of Growing” series of educational shorts for elementary grade children.

Starring: Kelly Jean McIntire ..
Directed by: Paul Ferrara
Release date: 1971-11-10
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Houdini: The Untold Story

Houdini: The Untold Story

0.0/10 IMDB

A man dreams that he is Houdini performing magic tricks and saving a young woman.

Starring: Tim Burton ..
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1971-07-16

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