Best Fantasy Movies of 1978


Heaven Can Wait

6.9/10 IMDB

Joe Pendleton is a quarterback preparing to lead his team to the superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he wasn't ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. A new body must be found, and that of a recently-murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant—the murderers—are confused by this development, as he buys the L.A. Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl.

Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, R. G. Armstrong, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia, Joseph Maher ..
Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty
Release date: 1978-06-28

The Lord of the Rings

6.2/10 IMDB

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Starring: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt, Simon Chandler, Dominic Guard, Norman Bird, Michael Graham Cox, Anthony Daniels, David Buck ..
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1978-11-15

The Wiz

5.5/10 IMDB

Dorothy Gale, a shy kindergarten teacher, is swept away to the magic land of Oz where she embarks on a quest to return home.

Starring: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Theresa Merritt, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Mabel King, Thelma Carpenter, Stanley Greene ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1978-10-24

Return from Witch Mountain

5.7/10 IMDB

Tony and Tia are other-worldly twins endowed with telekinesis. When their Uncle Bene drops them off in Los Angeles for an earthbound vacation, a display of their supernatural skill catches the eye of the nefarious Dr. Gannon and his partner in crime, Letha, who see rich possibilities in harnessing the children's gifts. They kidnap Tony, and Tia gives chase only to find Gannon is using her brother's powers against her.

Starring: Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, Jack Soo, Anthony James, Richard Bakalyan, Ward Costello, Christian Juttner, Brad Savage ..
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1978-03-10


5.3/10 IMDB

When an extortionist threatens to force a multi-suicide unless a huge ransom is paid, only Peter Parker can stop him with his new powers as Spider-Man.

Starring: Nicholas Hammond, David White, Lisa Eilbacher, Jeff Donnell, Michael Pataki, Hilly Hicks, Dick Balduzzi, Jeff Donnell, Bob Hastings, Barry Cutler ..
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1978-03-15
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Witch's Night Out

Witch's Night Out

7.3/10 IMDB

A witch, disgruntled by the fact that no one takes Halloween seriously anymore, decides to stir things up and disrupt the social gathering in her old house as well as turn a couple of kids who love monsters into actual monsters.

Starring: Gilda Radner, Catherine O'Hara, John Leach, John Leach, John Leach, John Leach, Naomi Leach ..
Directed by: John Leach
Release date: 1978-10-27
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang

Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang

5.9/10 IMDB

Nobody ever listens to Jacob, so he always has to repeat himself. A trip to the grocery store leads to a misunderstanding and Jacob falls asleep hiding in a park. When he wakes up, he discovers that he is in trouble for insulting the store clerk. He is sent to a prison for children that is located on Slimer's Island and is run by the Hooded Fang, an ex-wrestler who outwardly hates children. Meanwhile, Child Power representatives the Intrepid Shapiro and Fearless O'Toole try to find the prison's hidden location to help free the children.

Starring: Stephen Rosenberg, Alex Karras, Guy L'Ecuyer, Joy Coghill, Earl Pennington, Claude Gai, Thor Bishopric, Victor Désy, Walter Massey, John Wildman ..
Directed by: Theodore J. Flicker
Release date: 1978-12-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : The Water Babies

The Water Babies

6.0/10 IMDB

This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel.

Starring: James Mason, Bernard Cribbins, Billie Whitelaw, Tommy Pender, Samantha Gates, Joan Greenwood, David Tomlinson, Jon Pertwee, David Jason, Una Stubbs ..
Directed by: Lionel Jeffries
Release date: 1978-01-01


6.0/10 IMDB

Queen Elizabeth I visits late 1970s England to find a depressing landscape where life has changed since her time.

Starring: Jenny Runacre, Nell Campbell, Toyah Willcox, Pamela Rooke, Ian Charleson, Karl Johnson, Linda Spurrier, Jack Birkett, Hermine Demoriane, Neil Kennedy ..
Directed by: Derek Jarman
Release date: 1978-02-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Puff, the Magic Dragon

Puff, the Magic Dragon

7.5/10 IMDB

Jackie is a boy who is so trapped by his fears and doubts that he could not communicate with anyone. Then, a magic dragon named Puff comes to help Jackie by taking his soul force on a wonderous voyage to his island of Honah Lee. Along the way, they have adventures that nurture Jackie's imagination and courage in unorthodox ways.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Philip Tanzini, Peter Yarrow, Maitzi Morgan, Robert Ridgely, Regis Cordic, Frank Nelson, Charles Woolf ..
Directed by: Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf
Release date: 1978-10-30

Circle of Iron

5.7/10 IMDB

In a mystical desert kingdom, young martial arts fighter Cord loses a contest to determine who will journey to take the powerful Book of All Knowedge from Zetan, an evil wizard. Despite his lack of a sponsor, Cord's rule-breaking nature leads him to try retrieving the book anyway. Help is offered by a mysterious blind man who gives advice as Cord fights his way through multiple opponents, discovering more about himself as he gets closer to Zetan.

Starring: David Carradine, Jeff Cooper, Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Eli Wallach, Anthony De Longis, Earl Maynard, Erica Creer, Michael M. Vendrell, Leo Whang ..
Directed by: Richard Moore
Release date: 1978-07-25

Warlords of Atlantis

5.5/10 IMDB

Searching for the lost world of Atlantis, Prof. Aitken, his son Charles and Greg Collinson are betrayed by the crew of their expedition's ship, attracted by the fabulous treasures of Atlantis. The diving bell disabled, a deep sea monster attacks the boat. They are all dragged to the bottom of the sea where they meet the inhabitants of the lost continent, an advanced alien race that makes sailors their slaves.

Starring: Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore, Shane Rimmer, Lea Brodie, John Ratzenberger, Cyd Charisse, Michael Gothard, Hal Galili, Derry Power, Donald Bisset ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1978-05-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : The Devil and Daniel Mouse

The Devil and Daniel Mouse

6.9/10 IMDB

When a young female mouse makes a deal with the devil to become a rock star and learns the price, her boyfriend has to help her avoid damnation.

Starring: Jim Henshaw, Annabel Kershaw, Martin Lavut, John Sebastian, Valerie Carter, Dianne Lawrence, Martin Lavut, Jim Henshaw, Valerie Carter, John Sebastian ..
Directed by: Clive A. Smith
Release date: 1978-10-05

Dr. Strange

5.1/10 IMDB

A psychiatrist becomes the new Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth in order to battle an evil Sorceress from the past.

Starring: Peter Hooten, Clyde Kusatsu, Jessica Walter, Anne-Marie Martin, Philip Sterling, John Mills, June Barrett, Sarah Rush, Diana Webster, Bob Delegall ..
Directed by: Philip DeGuere Jr.
Release date: 1978-09-06
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : The Light Princess

The Light Princess

6.1/10 IMDB

Based on a short story by George MacDonald, a princess experiences constant weightlessness.

Starring: Stacy Dorning, John Fortune, Irene Handl, George A. Cooper, Gwen Taylor, Anna Quayle, Terence Bayler, Annette Robertson, Anthony Higginson, Peter Bull ..
Directed by: Andrew Gosling
Release date: 1978-12-24
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Sammy's Super T-Shirt

Sammy's Super T-Shirt

6.4/10 IMDB

A young boy's lucky t-shirt is transformed through a power surge and gives its wearer super-powers.

Starring: Reggie Winch, Julian Holloway, Patsy Rowlands, Michael Ripper, Marianne Stone, Lawrie Mark, Keith Jayne, Richard Vernon, Bella Emberg ..
Directed by: Jeremy Summers
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : 7 Into Snowy

7 Into Snowy

6.4/10 IMDB

San Francisco. Snowy is a rich and beautiful young woman, living with her stepmother Fedora, who treats her with disgust. She asks her servant and lover Rodney to seduce Snowy.

Starring: Abigail Clayton, Kay Parker, Paul Thomas, Kristine Heller, Bonnie Holiday, The Magnificent Seven, John Leslie, Richard Logan, Jeff Lyle, Turk Lyon ..
Directed by: Antonio Shepherd
Release date: 1978-01-25
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Child of Glass

Child of Glass

7.6/10 IMDB

Alexander Armsworth and his family move to an authentic antebellum mansion which once was owned by a river pirate. Alexander is drawn into a century-old mystery when he sees the ghost of a little girl and she asks for his help in finding the "child of glass" by reciting a riddle. He has only a day or two to solve the riddle...or be haunted for the rest of his life!

Starring: Barbara Barrie, Biff McGuire, Anthony Zerbe, Nina Foch, Katy Kurtzman, Steve Shaw, Olivia Barash, Denise Nickerson, Jack Rader, Irene Tedrow ..
Directed by: John Erman
Release date: 1978-05-14


6.3/10 IMDB

Several animated stories from "Metamorphoses," the Roman poet Ovid's narrative of legends, are presented.

Starring: Peter Ustinov ..
Directed by: Takashi Masunaga
Release date: 1978-05-03

The Bermuda Depths

5.6/10 IMDB

Scientists pursuing the mysteries of the deep are threatened by a beautiful girl who seems to have returned from the dead and by a prehistoric sea creature that dwells in the deadly Bermuda Triangle.

Starring: Leigh McCloskey, Carl Weathers, Connie Sellecca, Julie Woodson, Ruth Attaway, Burl Ives, Elise Frick, Nicholas Ingham, Kevin Petty, Nicole Marsh ..
Directed by: Tsugunobu Kotani
Release date: 1978-01-27

Spider-Man Strikes Back

5.0/10 IMDB

At the New York State University, one of Peter Parker's tutors has accidentally given three students all the materials they need to create an atomic bomb. While Peter Parker tries to find out what's happened, the police suspect him of the crime, and Peter has to deal with an attractive journalist determined to get an interview with Spider-Man. Then dastardly millionaire Mr. White shows up, and will stop at nothing to get his hands on the atomic bomb. Spider-Man must defeat this scheming villain and stop him blowing up the World Trade Centre.

Starring: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, JoAnna Cameron, Michael Pataki, Robert Alda, Chip Fields, Randolph Powell, Lawrence P. Casey, Simon Scott, Sidney Clute ..
Directed by: Ron Satlof
Release date: 1978-12-21

The Amazing Captain Nemo

4.7/10 IMDB

Captain Nemo (José Ferrer) is found in suspended animation under the sea and revived by modern-day Navy men in order to battle a fiendish mad scientist (Burgess Meredith).

Starring: José Ferrer, Burgess Meredith, Mel Ferrer, Horst Buchholz, Tom Hallick, Med Flory, Burr DeBenning, Yale Summers, Warren Stevens, Lynda Day George ..
Directed by: Alex March
Release date: 1978-03-08

Alex and the Wonderful Doo-Wah Lamp

7.4/10 IMDB

Alex is annoyed when he loses out on being picked as class president. When visiting a local antique shop he finds a magic lamp, with three singing Genies, who grant him three magical wishes.

Starring: Alex Paez, Jesse M. Cohen, Robin G. Cooley, Kathy Ingraham, Bill Drew, Ava Haddad, Warren Parker, Elise Stiefel, Phil Black, Dennis Ferden ..
Directed by: Nick De Noia
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : The Dancing Princesses

The Dancing Princesses

7.7/10 IMDB

A made-for-TV retelling of the story "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," directed by Ben Rea, featuring Jim Dale as the Soldier, Freddie Jones as the destitute King, and Gloria Grahame as the Witch. Significant changes were made to the story, including reducing the number of princesses to six, and the soldier ultimately declining to marry any of the princesses due to their deceitful nature.

Starring: Jim Dale, Gloria Grahame, Freddie Jones, Peter Butterworth, Lesley Collier, Jane Darling, Lavinia Lang, Lorna Nathan, Maureen Willsher, Jane Winchester ..
Directed by: Jon Scoffield
Release date: 1978-01-01

Big Apple Birthday

6.8/10 IMDB

Every day is boring and the same to Amy, even her birthday. All the evidence her family puts forth that each day is different she rebuts with well-thought out responses of sameness. She is supposed to visit her Aunt Lucy to pick up her present from her, and instead meets weird characters who insist that her aunt has a beagle named Charlie and that she has turned into a butterfly. Eventually she encounters fairytale folk who thought their lives were normal before the events in their stories occurred. (IMDb)

Starring: Kelly Ellen Collins, Lea Collins, Bill Drew, Warren Ball, Ira Lee Collings, Trini Alvarado, Alex Paez, Jay May, Steven Williams, Kelly Ellen Collins ..
Directed by: Nick De Noia
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Four Journeys Into Mystic Time: Trans

Four Journeys Into Mystic Time: Trans

6.9/10 IMDB

Part of the larger filmic Four Journeys Into Mystic Time, in this work director Shirley Clarke makes use of a dancer’s body not only as the primary performer, but also as a canvas on which to paint projected images. Further enhanced by editing and effective use of shadows, the film is a transformative experience.

Starring: Carol Warner ..
Directed by: Shirley Clarke
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Four Journeys Into Mystic Time: One Two Three

Four Journeys Into Mystic Time: One Two Three

6.6/10 IMDB

An abstract work featuring three dancers, the performers interact with large screens as well as each other. Included in Shirley Clarke’s Four Journeys Into Mystic Time, costuming and color play an integral role in this piece.

Starring: Lynda Davis, Clay Taliaferro, Carol Warner ..
Directed by: Shirley Clarke
Release date: 1978-01-01

Over Easy

5.8/10 IMDB

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Starring: Mandy Ashley, Liza Dwyer, Don Fernando, Fernando Fortes, Blair Harris, Sharon Kane, Kathy Kaufman, Vicky Lindsay, Brigit Olsen, Connie Peterson ..
Release date: 1978-07-06
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Return to Fantasy Island

Return to Fantasy Island

5.9/10 IMDB

A second feature-length pilot film for the wish-fulfillment series sees six lucky people having their dreams fulfilled on the luxury resort island. Career woman Margo Dean's assistant, Lowell Benson, hopes to romance her; Brian and Lucy Faber want to see the daughter they gave up for adoption; Janet Fleming, who lost her memory on her honeymoon, wants to relive it to cure her amnesia.

Starring: Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Adrienne Barbeau, Horst Buchholz, Joseph Campanella, George Chakiris, Joseph Cotten, Pat Crowley, Laraine Day, George Maharis ..
Directed by: George McCowan
Release date: 1978-01-20

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

5.5/10 IMDB

A modern-day scientist gets teleported to Medieval England in King Arthur's Court! He has to adapt to the current times and tries to make improvements as they come.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Bill Bixby, Roscoe Lee Browne, Frederick Coffin, Tovah Feldshuh, Dan Shor, Paul Rudd ..
Directed by: Ben Bolt
Release date: 1978-05-23
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Tarry-Dan Tarry-Dan Scarey Old Spooky Man

Tarry-Dan Tarry-Dan Scarey Old Spooky Man

5.8/10 IMDB

When he finds himself plagued with nightmares about a historic battle fought on the site of the village he lives in, delinquent Cornish teenager Jonah Grattan becomes obsessed with a potential link to a local homeless man.

Starring: Paul Curran, Colin Mayes, Michael Deeks, Simon Gipps-Kent, Gareth Shiels, Colin Jeavons ..
Directed by: John Reardon
Release date: 1978-05-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Blue Voodoo

Blue Voodoo

5.0/10 IMDB

A woman uses voodoo to exact vengeance on the man she loved.

Starring: Heather Young, Jean Dalton, Vanessa del Rio, Samantha Fox, Jamie Gillis, Robert Kerman, Lisa Marks, Sharon Mitchell, David Morris, Wade Nichols ..
Directed by: Armand Weston, Romeo Davis
Release date: 1978-01-01

Human Feelings

5.1/10 IMDB

A pilot movie dealing with the day-to-day workings of God herself, here threatening to destroy Las Vegas if six righteous people cannot be found there in seven days, and it's all up to an eager-to-please young angel, a frustrated clerk-typist in the heavenly music department, to try to hold off the devastation while disguised as a mortal.

Starring: Nancy Walker, Billy Crystal, Squire Fridell, Armand Assante, Richard Dimitri, Jack Carter, Pat Morita, John Fiedler, Pamela Sue Martin, Donna Pescow ..
Directed by: Ernest Pintoff
Release date: 1978-10-16

Legend of the White Snake

0.0/10 IMDB

Based on the reincarnation theory of Buddhism, Heo Sun rescued a little white snake. Afterwards, a thousand-year-old white snake comes out to watch the May Festival when he discovers Heo Sun living in poverty. In order to thank him, the white snake takes the form of the maiden, Baek-ryang, and marries him, making a wealthy life for them. One day, the spiritual Buddhist priest Mo-san tells Heo Sun that Baek-ryang is a ghost. He tells him how to get rid of the woman but when he finds out that Baek-ryang is pregnant, he decides to wait a year. On the baby's 100th day celebration, Baek-ryang is buried in the gourd that Mo-san has made and she is unable to do any more magic.

Starring: Lee Yae-sung, Jin Ji-min, Ye-seong Lee, Lim Jeong-ha, Sang-rim Jin ..
Directed by: Choi Dong-joon
Release date: 1978-08-06
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Trolls of Norway

Trolls of Norway

0.0/10 IMDB

Arthur (Grandpa) Stavig takes us on a journey through the various trolls which once called Norway their home.

Starring: Arthur Stavig ..
Directed by: Richard L. Hawk
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

0.0/10 IMDB

Set after the unification of the Three Kingdoms, the film opens with a description of some of the lawlessness due to the threat of the Tang Dynasty, which was involved in the violent unification. During this time, a messianic prophecy arose in the countryside of an infant warrior that would be born that could overthrow the conquering Tang, heralded by a flying horse. Into this situation we meet a peasant, A Sadal, who we first discover stealing a Buddha statue from temple and stealing food from an old man dying of hunger. We then meet his wife, Sae Onyeo, and the happily married pair soon conceive and bear a child. However, reports of a flying horse abound and the Tang start a campaign to find the infant warrior, with potential consequences for the new parents in addition to the rest of their village.

Starring: Baek Il-seob ..
Directed by: Yu Hyun-mok
Release date: 1978-10-19
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : Ancestors


0.0/10 IMDB

Ancestors is a film about spiritual forefathers and mothers in a purely fanciful sense. These are classical figures, anatomical figures, fairy tale figures and romantic figures all thrown in together - all my creative root-sources, in a kind of playful tribute. Like part 2 of Duo Concertantes, it's a moving single picture, now doubled.

Directed by: Lawrence Jordan
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1978 : The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

0.0/10 IMDB

Clara is given a nutcracker in the form of a toy soldier for Christmas. That night she sees the nutcracker in battle with the terrible Seven-headed Mouse King. The nutcracker turns into a young Prince and takes Clara to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Starring: Geoffrey Bayldon ..
Directed by: Alan Platt
Release date: 1978-12-23

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