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 fairy tale, exciting, stylized, serious, visually appealing and light films and TV shows about / with magic, danger, medieval, adventure, transformation, good versus evil, legends and myths, escapades, imaginary and storytelling plots mostly in Fantasy, Adventure and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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based on folk tale movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as based on folk tale: Merlin (2008), Song of the Sea (2014), Red Riding Hood (2011), Grimm (2011), White Snake (2019), Viy (1967), Kaamelott: The First Chapter (2021), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Once Upon a Time (2011).

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: exciting, epic, captivating, stylized, humorous ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: supernatural, king arthur, legends and myths, dragon, supernatural ability, witch, camelot, knight, king, friendship, magical, 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, 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, colourful, emotional, fairy tale, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, young heroes, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability, children, lighthouse, celtic, folklore, mythical creature, getting home, legends and myths ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, japan, europe, 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, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: werewolf, supernatural, dangerous attraction, legends and myths, love and romance, fall in love, village life, goth, social relations, animal attack, romance, magic ...
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: captivating, exciting, fairy tale, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, werewolf, legends and myths, monster, creature, supernatural ability, police detective, good versus evil, partners against crime, peril, police investigation, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: portland oregon, oregon, usa
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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, magical, dragon, good versus evil, legend, supernatural ability, magic, super powers, emperor ...
Place: china
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Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: King Arthur returns home after fighting the Roman Empire. His illegitimate son has corrupted the throne of Camelot and King Arthur must reunite with the wizard Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table to fight to get back his crown.
Style: exciting, humorous, captivating, epic, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: king arthur, camelot, knight, wizards and magicians, legends and myths, excalibur, medieval, castle, wizards, female prisoner, state affairs, friendship ...
Time: middle ages, 5th century
Place: england, europe
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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: witch, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, church, good versus evil, supernatural ability, surrealism, escapades, evil dead, clergy, witchcraft, monster ...
Time: middle ages
Place: ukraine, russia, kiev ukraine
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Kaamelott: The First Chapter (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Following the end of the acclaimed tv series, King Arthur will oppose Lancelot's army to get the throne back after his flee to Rome.
Style: captivating, humorous, exciting
Plot: legends and myths, knight, holy grail, arthurian legend, king arthur, castle, disagreement, showdown, battles, legendary hero, chivalry, fight for supremacy ...
Place: brittany
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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: fairy tale, dark fantasy, exciting, suspenseful, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: witch, supernatural, good versus evil, witch hunt, adventure, bounty hunter, curses spells and rituals, siblings relations, black magic, steampunk, transformation, sacrifice ...
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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, fairy tale, gothic, entertaining, dark ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: medieval, supernatural, fantasy world, curses spells and rituals, adventure, witch, wizards, magic, fairy, evil queen, sorceress, creativity ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, 1810s
Place: germany, europe, hamburg germany, frankfurt germany
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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, sentimental, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: power of love, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, true love, magical, fairy, hopes, curses spells and rituals, magic, adventure, fantasy world, prince ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: maine, seattle, usa, new england
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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, epic, sentimental, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: knight, king arthur, love triangle, arthurian legend, love story, betrayal, medieval, sword fight, romance, love, camelot, beautiful scenery ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe, britain
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Gretel & Hansel (2020)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Ireland
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: fairy tale, dark, dark fantasy, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: kids
Plot: witch, forest, witchcraft, supernatural power, child, good versus evil, villainess, black magic, brutality, cannibal, supernatural, brother sister relationship ...
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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, romantic, feel good, touching, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night, preschoolers ...
Plot: disney, love and romance, beast, opposites attract, princess, transformation, prince, fall in love, magic, power of love, castle, stockholm syndrome ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe
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Maleficent (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
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 ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: witch, disney, princess, fairy, good versus evil, fantasy world, imaginary kingdom, magical, wizards and magicians, magical creature, queen, heroine ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: france, europe, scotland
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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, romantic, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens, chick flick, kids, girls' night ...
Plot: fairy, magic, adventure, cinderella story, fall in love, imaginary kingdom, love and romance, true love, wizards and magicians, fairy godmother, prince, cinderella ...
Time: middle ages
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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, fairy tale, adult animation, dark fantasy, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: mythology, monster, dragon, legends and myths, heroic mission, good versus evil, viking, magic, beast, ancient, tragic hero, adventurer ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, europe
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Excalibur (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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: epic, exciting, serious, stylized, fairy tale ...
Plot: knight, arthurian legend, king arthur, mythology, sword fight, witch, adventure, medieval, legends and myths, good versus evil, holy grail, legend ...
Time: middle ages, future, 5th century
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, scenic, exciting, heroic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: mythology, greek mythology, ancient history, adventure, battles, cyclops, legends and myths, antiquity, good versus evil, destiny, betrayal, heroic mission ...
Place: ancient greece, greece, mediterranean sea
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Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A unique 16th century woman, Danielle possesses a love of books, and can easily quote from Sir Thomas More’s Utopia. An intriguing mix of tomboyish athleticism and physical beauty, she has more than enough charm to capture the heart of a prince ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, sentimental, light, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, kids, pre-teens ...
Plot: love and romance, romance, cinderella story, love, prince, cinderella, royalty, female protagonist, class differences, legends and myths, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, stepsister stepsister relationship ...
Time: 16th century, 50s
Place: france, europe
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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: magic, impossible love, husband wife relationship, hidden identity, mystery, fall in love, supernatural, supernatural ability, couples, curses spells and rituals, ghost, pregnancy ...
Place: india, asia
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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, disturbing, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: christmas, supernatural, monster, legends and myths, demon, dark humor, beast, mythology, holiday, folklore, survival, creature ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: usa, normandy, florida, alaska, hawaii ...
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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: disturbing, bleak, serious, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: temptation, life is a bitch, human nature, blind ambition, unfulfillment, ambition, tragic hero, deal with the devil, downfall, obsessive quest, scientific research, hunger ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 18th century
Place: germany, europe, russia
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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, female fighter, female soldier, tough girl, heroic mission, military life, martial arts, adventure, military, soldier, heroes ...
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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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, enigmatic, colourful, epic, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, mistrust, martyr, duty, monk, suspicion, gossip, long distance relationship, leaving home, exile, ancient, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: india, asia
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Beauty and the Beast (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Beauty and the Beast is the adaptation of a story by Madame de Villeneuve. Published anonymously in 1740 as La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins, it paints a portrait of Belle, a joyful and touching young girl who falls in love with the Beast, ...
Style: fairy tale, colourful, light, exciting, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: magic, beast, true love, transformation, love and romance, beauty and the beast, imaginary kingdom, beautiful scenery, castle, escapades, curse, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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The Mists of Avalon (2001)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Czech Republic, Germany, USA
Duration: 183 min.
TV show
Story: A unique re-working of the Arthurian epic, based on the novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon tells the familiar tale but with an important twist: The story is told through the eyes of the women who wielded power behind King ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, epic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: arthurian legend, medieval, wizards and magicians, incestuous sex, legends and myths, heroes, knight, sword fight, religion, magic, state affairs, siblings relations ...
Time: middle ages
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Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once ...
Style: fairy tale, exciting, stylized, captivating, enigmatic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: giant, imaginary kingdom, adventure, youth, legends and myths, magic, save the princess, heroic mission, curses spells and rituals, princess, family, good versus evil ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century
Place: england, london, tower bridge london
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Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Jack Robinson is a wealthy business man with no time for anything but work. However, a family curse is looming over him - no man in the Robinson line ever lives past the age of thirty. With his upcoming birthday appears the remains of literally ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, feel good, semi serious, epic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, magic, adventure, mysterious character, heroes, legends and myths, giant, midget, family, youth, rivalry, family relations ...
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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Red Riding Hood is training in the group of Sister Hoods, when she and the Wolf are called to examine the sudden mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.
Style: witty, feel good, humorous, parody, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: little red riding hood, investigation, heroic mission, partners, partners against crime, young heroes, imaginary kingdom, youth, goat, who done it, crimes, heroes ...
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