Based on folk tale movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant based on folk tale movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out stylized, exciting, fairy tale, serious, light and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with danger, magic, escapades, transformation, good versus evil, adventure, imaginary, storytelling, curses spells and rituals and fantasy world plots mostly in Fantasy, Adventure and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Ireland and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as based on folk tale: Merlin (2008), Song of the Sea (2014), Red Riding Hood (2011), Grimm (2011), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), Viy (1967), White Snake (2019), Once Upon a Time (2011), Maleficent (2014), The Brothers Grimm (2005).

List of based on folk tale movies

Merlin (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The unlikely friendship between Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, and Prince Arthur, heir to the crown of Camelot.
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, stylized, humorous ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: legends and myths, supernatural ability, king arthur, witch, magical, knight, imaginary kingdom, wizards and magicians, dragon, camelot, imaginary, prophecy ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
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Song of the Sea (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as ...
Style: touching, captivating, colourful, emotional, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, young heroes, lighthouse, supernatural, supernatural ability, mythical creature, curses spells and rituals, ocean or sea, legends and myths, danger, lighthouse keeper, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, japan, tokyo
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Red Riding Hood (2011)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Valerie is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry another man – who is wealthy. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter plan to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older ...
Style: fairy tale, gothic, dark fantasy, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: werewolf, dangerous attraction, supernatural, danger, love and romance, in the woods, legends and myths, fall in love, village life, deadly, social relations, animal attack ...
Time: middle ages
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Grimm (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, captivating, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, creature, legends and myths, werewolf, monster, police detective, police investigation, supernatural ability, life turned upside down, partners against crime, good versus evil, transformation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, portland oregon, usa
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel and Gretel have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell-bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches... their ...
Style: exciting, dark fantasy, fairy tale, suspenseful, humorous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: supernatural, witch, good versus evil, adventure, bounty hunter, black magic, witch hunt, curses spells and rituals, wizards and magicians, siblings relations, danger, gory ...
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Viy (1967)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in the church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.
Style: scary, dark fantasy, suspenseful, serious, stylized ...
Plot: supernatural, witch, curses spells and rituals, surrealism, good versus evil, supernatural ability, danger, church, escapades, evil dead, priest, clergy ...
Place: russia, ukraine, kiev ukraine
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White Snake (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: China, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: One day a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as ...
Style: exciting, captivating, fairy tale, light
Audience: family outing
Plot: ancient, snake, mythical creature, love, dragon, magical, super powers, emperor, magic, demon, good versus evil, assassin ...
Place: china
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Once Upon a Time (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: There is a town in Maine where every story book character you've ever known is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse. Only one knows the truth and only one can break the spell. Emma Swan is a 28-year-old bail bonds collector ...
Style: fairy tale, stylized, twists and turns, sentimental, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: imaginary kingdom, fantasy world, magical, princess, good versus evil, fairy, power of love, magic, legends and myths, adventure, imaginary, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: maine, usa, new england
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Maleficent (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic 'Sleeping Beauty'. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading ...
Style: fairy tale, dark fantasy, captivating, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: fairy, witch, fantasy world, magical, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, wizards and magicians, princess, disney, imaginary, villain, heroine ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, france, scotland
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The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Czech Republic, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. However, they are put to the test when they encounter a real magical curse ...
Style: dark fantasy, gothic, fairy tale, exciting, light ...
Plot: curses spells and rituals, fantasy world, wizards, adventure, supernatural, medieval, witch, danger, magic, fairy, kidnapping, creativity ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1810s, 1790s
Place: germany, europe, hamburg germany, frankfurt germany
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First Knight (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The timeless tale of King Arthur and the legend of Camelot are retold in this passionate period drama. Arthur is reluctant to hand the crown to Lancelot, and Guinevere is torn between her loyalty to her husband and her growing love for his rival. ...
Style: romantic, atmospheric, epic, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: knight, king arthur, love story, love triangle, betrayal, excalibur, romance, beauty, arthurian legend, king, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe, britain
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Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who's been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, touching, romantic, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, date night, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: opposites attract, beast, disney, love and romance, fall in love, princess, imaginary, power of love, prince, magical, curse, rose ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe
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Ella Enchanted (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Ireland, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ella lives in a magical world in which each child, at the moment of their birth, is given a virtuous "gift" from a fairy godmother. Ella's so-called gift, however, is obedience. This birthright proves itself to be quite the curse once ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, humorous, sentimental, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, pre-teens, girls' night ...
Plot: cinderella story, fairy, magic, true love, fall in love, wizards and magicians, prince, love and romance, imaginary kingdom, fairy godmother, adventure, imaginary ...
Time: middle ages
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Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The movie is about Sita, the Hindu Goddess from the epic "The Ramayana", who accompanies Lord Rama on a 14 year exile in forest. Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ruler of Lanka. This movie tells the story of Rama and Sita, along-with a ...
Style: stylized, epic, semi serious, captivating, colourful ...
Plot: mistrust, monk, jazz, duty, martyr, long distance relationship, suspicion, gossip, exile, leaving home, imaginary, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: india, asia
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Gretel & Hansel (2020)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
Style: dark, fairy tale, dark fantasy, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: witch, forest, black magic, witchcraft, supernatural power, villainess, good versus evil, child, danger, brother sister relationship, supernatural, brutality ...
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Krampus (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A horror comedy based on the ancient legend about a pagan creature who punishes children on Christmas.
Style: scary, dark fantasy, semi serious, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, christmas, legends and myths, demon, dark humor, danger, beast, monster, child in peril, creature, blizzard, power outage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, hawaii, canada, florida, alaska ...
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Merlin: The Return (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: "Merlin: The Return" is the story of the battle between good and evil. The dark forces of Mordred are pitted against the mythical sorcery of Merlin. Mordred and his mother Morgana have been imprisoned in another world for the past 1500 ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, captivating
Plot: good versus evil, heroic mission, adventure, folk hero, rivalry, rescue, danger, wizards and magicians, curses spells and rituals, friendship, true love, wooing ...
Time: 20th century, middle ages
Place: england, europe
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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, stylized, melancholic, colourful ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, emperor, coming of age, parents and children, friendship, family relations, youth, japanese woman, adolescence, female protagonist, children, dream ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Robin des Bois, la véritable histoire (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Robin des Bois, with his friend Tuck, are bad guy: they only steal poor, women and old people. They dream to get they own brothel in town, like the Pussycat. They decide to rob Nottingham's tax office, but they meet the Sherwood gang - who ...
Style: humorous, not serious, parody, light, exciting ...
Plot: crimes, adventure, folk hero, disorder, anti hero, heist, gang, escapades, anti heroes, silly humor, rich and poor, in the woods ...
Time: middle ages
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Faust (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Faust is a 2011 Russian film directed by Alexander Sokurov. Set in the 19th century, it is a free interpretation of the Faust legend and its literary adaptations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Thomas Mann. The dialogue is in German. The film won ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, contemplative, disturbing ...
Plot: temptation, life is a bitch, blind ambition, tragic hero, unfulfillment, ambition, human nature, deal with the devil, downfall, palaces castles and temples, obsessive quest, scientific research ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: germany, europe, russia
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The Dilemma (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Kishanlal marries the beautiful Lachchi, but the day after the wedding, he leaves on business for five years. When Kishanlal reappears only a few days later, Lachchi is delighted, but this new Kishanlal is in fact a spirit who has taken the form of ...
Style: fairy tale, semi serious, captivating, folk tale
Plot: impossible love, magic, ghost, hidden identity, mystery, fall in love, couples, supernatural ability, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, husband wife relationship, pregnancy ...
Place: india, asia
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Beowulf (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 6th-century Scandinavian warrior, Beowulf embarks on a mission to slay the manlike ogre Grendel, a descendant of Cain.
Style: epic, exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mythology, legends and myths, dragon, monster, heroic mission, good versus evil, sin, tragic hero, adventurer, magic, viking, escapades ...
Time: middle ages, ancient world
Place: denmark, europe
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Excalibur (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A surreal adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur", chronicling Arthur Pendragon's conception, his rise to the throne, the search by his Knights of the Round Table for the Holy Grail, and ultimately his death.
Style: stylized, serious, exciting, epic, captivating ...
Plot: knight, mythology, king arthur, witch, arthurian legend, adventure, good versus evil, holy grail, legends and myths, folk hero, sword fight, magic ...
Time: middle ages, 5th century, future
Place: england, europe, britain
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The Odyssey (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: UK, Italy, Germany, USA, Turkey, South Africa
Duration: 176 min.
TV show
Story: This lavish small-screen adaptation of Homer's ancient epic--replete with exotic Maltese and Turkish locations, state-of-the-art special effects, and many bronzed muscles gleaming with sweat--chronicles the voyage home of a Trojan hero, ...
Style: breathtaking, epic, exciting, scenic, enigmatic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: mythology, greek mythology, adventure, battles, heroic mission, legends and myths, rescue, friendship, cyclops, good versus evil, deadly creature, getting home ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient greece, mediterranean sea, greece
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Saigon Eclipse (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Vietnam
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Saigon Eclipse is inspired by the "Story of Kieu", the classic Vietnamese epic poem written by Nguyen Du in the early 19th century. Our story revisits and updates the poem's principal themes of filial devotion, redemption and ...
Style: neo noir, sentimental, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: woman in danger, true love, heroes, romance, crimes, family problems, destiny, impossible love, love and romance, lovers on the run, young lovers, chases and races ...
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
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Resurrection Mary (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: On a dark and creepy road, teenager Jeff Pryce nearly runs down a beautiful, yet mysterious young girl walking alone by Resurrection Cemetery. Jeff offers to give her a ride and by the time he drops her off, a mutual attraction is obvious. But ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, slasher, enigmatic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural romance, ghost, supernatural, romance, danger, deadly, teenage life, reincarnation, homecoming, legends and myths, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, paranormal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois
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The Legend of La Llorona (2011)
Genre: Animation, Family
Country: Mexico
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Leo San Juan, el joven héroe de "La Leyenda de la Nahuala", está de regreso en una tenebrosa misión: atrapar a La Llorona, el maléfico espectro que desde hace siglos mantiene aterrorizado al pueblo de Xochimilco. Utilizando su ...
Style: humorous, captivating, entertaining, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, horror for children
Plot: ghost, kidnapping, adventure, rescue, supernatural, heroic mission, danger, youth, escapades, mischievous children, family, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: China, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When barbarian hordes threaten her homeland, the brave and cunning Mulan disguises herself as a male soldier to swell the ranks in her aging father's stead. The warrior's remarkable courage drives her through powerful battle scenes and ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, epic, realistic
Plot: female warrior, cross dressing, tough girl, female fighter, military life, female soldier, heroic mission, military, adventure, escapades, gender, soldier ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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The True Story of Puss'N Boots (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A free adaptation of Charles Perrault's famous Puss'n Boots, "The True Story of Puss'n Boots" is a story for young and old for the first time on cinema screens.
Style: feel good, stylized, not serious, humorous
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: cartoon cat, escapades, disorder, animal life, imaginary, family, wizards and magicians, fall in love, imaginary kingdom, royal family, surrealism, cat ...
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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 127 min.
Story: After the Evil Queen marries the King, she performs a violent coup in which the King is murdered and his daughter, Snow White, is taken captive. Almost a decade later, a grown Snow White is still in the clutches of the Queen. In order to obtain ...
Style: fairy tale, dark fantasy, exciting, serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: good versus evil, princess, magic, evil queen, snow white, witch, adventure, sorceress, queen, imaginary kingdom, deception, fantasy world ...
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