Have you been looking for movies like The Lords of the Rings? You are definitely not alone. Millions of fans across the globe have been captivated by the exciting adventure of Bilbo Baggins and his cousin Frodo Baggins as they discover the power of the One Ring, trying to suppress the tempting supremacy that comes with it. The trilogy is not only among the highest-grossing films of all time, but also among the best-selling novels ever. Its commercial success has led to the movie adaptation of The Hobbit.
The following is a list of movies similar to The Lord of the Rings that will immerse you in a whole new world full of thrilling and epic adventures.
1. The NeverEnding Story
A fantasy, drama movie like The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: July 20, 1984
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Cast: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach
Bastian is a 10-year-old boy who gets bullied by upper classmen in his school. He goes to a bookstore to seek refuge and there he finds a leather-bound book that catches his attention. The owner warns him that the book is dangerous, but the young boy gives in to temptation and steals the book. After heading to the school attic, he starts reading the book and gets immersed in the world of Fantasia. He finds out that a boy named Atreyu is trying to save Fantasia, but he needs the help of an earthling. Bastian soon learns that the characters in the book can see and hear him, and that the fate of their world lies in his hands.
An action-adventure film like The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: May 20, 1988
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis
The reign of evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda is threatened when one of the prisoners in her castle gives birth to a child who is destined to dethrone her. The Queen tries to kill the child, but a midwife saves the baby. However, she is forced to throw the cradle in a river, bringing it to the family of Willow Ufgood. Willow discovers that the baby is Elora Danan, the baby written in the ancient prophecy. He enlists the help of others and makes it his mission to protect Elora from the evil Queen and her men. Will the Queen continue to reign or can Willow help fulfill the prophecy?
A fantasy, romance movie similar to The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: April 18, 1986
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry
This movie tells of the unrelenting clash between the Lord of Darkness and the mythical creatures that try to stop him from conquering the entire world. The demon wants to spread eternal night by slaughtering the last of the unicorns. Jack, a forest boy, takes it upon himself to battle the Lord of Darkness. He doesn’t only desire to save the world but also the fairy princess named Lili whom the demon wants to make his wife. Jack is backed up by his elven brothers and sets out for an all-out war to bring back light in their world.
A fantasy, adventure movie like The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: May 31, 1996
Director: Rob Cohen
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery, Dina Meyer
Bowen is an English knight who trains a young prince named Einon so that he will not grow up emulating the ways of his oppressive father. During a fierce battle the king dies and Einon claims the crown, but a peasant girl severely wounds him, almost taking his life. Einon’s mother takes him to a dragon, begging that his son be saved. The dragon offers a piece of his heart to save Einon under the condition that he will be a fair king. But as Einon gains power, he becomes even worse than his father. Bowen believes that the dragon is the one to blame, so he becomes a dragon-slayer. A strange encounter, however, sees him befriending a dragon named Draco, which he doesn’t know was the one who saved Einon.
An epic adventure film similar to The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: December 15, 2006
Director: Stefen Fangmeier
Cast: Ed Speleers, Sienna Guillory, Jeremy Irons
Eragon is a young boy who stumbles upon a mystical blue stone in the forest. He mistakes it for something that will bring wealth to his family. But it turns out that the stone is actually a dragon egg, and it has chosen him to be its keeper. He becomes the dragon-rider as seen in the ancient prophecy, destined to dethrone the evil Galbatorix—a former dragon-rider himself but has turned to evil ways alongside the wicked wizard Durza. Eragon and his dragon Saphira must now work together to bring an end to evil and give new hope to the suppressed people of the land.
6. Chronicles of Narnia
One of the best movies like The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: December 9, 2005
Director: Andrew Adamson
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley
Because of World War I, the Pevensie family is forced to move out to the country. Little did they know that this will bring them to a life full of wonderful adventures. While playing hide and seek, Lucy—the youngest among the siblings—discovers a mysterious wardrobe. It transports her to the world of Narnia where she sees various mystical creatures. Her other siblings also soon discover the wardrobe, and they reunite inside their newly-discovered world. They join forces with the mighty lion Aslan as they try to defeat the White Witch, the evil creature that governs the land.
7. The Fall
An adventure, drama movie similar to The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: January 3, 2008
Director: Tarsem Singh
Cast: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell
Alexandria is a talkative girl who recovers from a broken arm in a Los Angeles hospital. There she meets Roy Walker, a stuntman who has injured himself after falling in the set. Roy begins telling stories to Alexandria, including the tale of six men who are battling a common enemy named Governor Odious. Alexandria gets so immersed in the story that she starts to mix up reality with fiction. She imagines her real life acquaintances to be the characters in the story. Alexandria doesn’t realize that she is being tricked by Roy to steal a drug he intends to use to commit suicide.
8. Jason and the Argonauts
A classic film similar to The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: June 19, 1963
Director: Don Chaffey
Cast: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond
According to a prophecy, Jason is destined to become the new ruler of the Kingdom of Thessaly. He returns to the kingdom following a 20-year voyage, but before he can claim the throne, he must travel to Colchis and retrieve the Golden Fleece. Jason finds the most capable of men to accompany him. Together with Polydeuces, Hercules, and Hera—the Queen of the Gods—Jason embarks on a journey that sees him and his crew fighting against the giant bronze Talos, a swarm of harpies and a formidable army of skeletons.
9. Clash of the Titans
An epic movie like The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: June 12, 1981
Director: Desmond Davis
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom
Perseus, son of Zeus, answers a seemingly impossible riddle. This earns him the hand of Princess Andromeda, much to the dismay of the Goddess Thetis and her son Calibos, who is the former lover of the princess. Andromeda finds herself in huge trouble when she is offered as sacrifice to stop the Kraken from getting released. Perseus then sets out on a mission to kill Medusa, whose head is the only weapon that can destroy the Kraken, thus saving the love of his life.
A timeless classic movie similar to The Lord of the Rings
Release Date: April 10, 1981
Director: John Boorman
Cast: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay
The magician Merlin retrieves Excalibur and gives it to Uther Pendragon, whose lustful desires towards a married woman has tarnished his reputation as king. Merlin helps him seduce the woman on the condition that he gets whatever results from their affair. Merlin takes the baby Arthur and Uther thrusts Excalibur into a stone before he dies. At the age of 18, Arthur successfully pulls out the sword, granting him the power to be King. He rules the land with peace and fairness, but he soon learns that his wife Guenevere has an affair with the Knight Lancelot. Morgana, his evil half-sister, steals Merlin’s magic and disguises as Guenevere, eventually giving birth to Mordred. Arthur must now defeat Mordred, his own body and blood, in order to bring back harmony to the land.
Craig McCallaway (author) on December 27, 2017:
Yes, I agree. The Lord of the Rings is still my favorite trilogy by far!
Dreammore from British Empire on December 08, 2017:
Hello, Craig McCallaway
Great suggestions. In my opinion, there really are no movies quite like The Lord of the Rings, as this was a trilogy that people couldn't get over, still can't get over: 14 years on.
Anonymous on June 22, 2015:
Wow, these movies look great. I have already seen a few of them but I am excited to check the others out!