Jim Henson's Labyrinth and similar movies and series

by Sureds | created - 11 May 2015 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

A list of movies and series which are in some way similar to Jim Henson's Labyrinth, wether it's in the storyline, theme, atmosphere, use of puppetry or visually.

Not including pure animation films here, there should at least be an element of live action involved. For a list of fantasy or stop-motion animated movies, check out some of my other lists.

Classic fantasy animation: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls031574671/ Stop-motion fantasies: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls033260587/

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1. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 121,553 | Gross: $12.73M

2. The Company of Wolves (1984)

R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Graham Crowden

Votes: 14,650 | Gross: $4.39M

3. The Dark Crystal (1982)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Votes: 61,042 | Gross: $40.58M

4. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Returns to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power, and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Stars: Neil Sterenberg, Beccy Henderson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Taron Egerton

Votes: 19,922

5. Lessons Learned (2014)

16 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Lessons Learned is a live action puppet short film. In the story, the boy is surprised by special treatment on this year's annual birthday visit with his grandfather. Instead of the regular... See full summary »

Director: Toby Froud | Stars: Bryonie Arnold, David Skelly, Brandie Sylfae, William Todd-Jones

Votes: 162

6. The Storyteller (1987–1989)

TV-Y7 | 225 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog.

Stars: John Hurt, Brian Henson, Frederick Warder, David Greenaway

Votes: 3,908

7. The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1990– )

TV-PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A storyteller (Sir Michael Gambon) in a labyrinth tells his dog (Brian Henson) the stories of Perseus (Jeremy Gilley) and Medusa (Frances Barber), Icarus (Ian Hawkes) and Daedalus (Sir ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Gambon, Brian Henson, David Greenaway, Frances Barber

Votes: 1,450

8. The Macabre World of Lavender Williams (2009)

26 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

Eight year-old Lavender Williams, who recently lost her mother to cancer, sets off on an epic journey to find her Dad, whom she's never met. Her only companion is Lester, her late pet who's... See full summary »

Director: Nick Delgado | Stars: Lily Jackson, Rex Linn, Christopher Lloyd, Kelleia Sheerin

Votes: 49

9. Yonderland (2013–2016)

22 min | Comedy, Fantasy

In a far away land hidden in her cupboard Debbie must fulfill her duties as the chosen one and save Yonder Land.

Stars: Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick

Votes: 1,230

10. Mirrormask (2005)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Fantasy

55 Metascore

In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a fifteen-year-old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home.

Director: Dave McKean | Stars: Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, Gina McKee

Votes: 22,177 | Gross: $0.86M

11. Luna (I) (2014)

106 min | Drama, Fantasy

After losing their baby, Grant and Christine visit a friend in his isolated and idyllic sea-side house. Over a long week-end, secrets are revealed and the life of the dead child is lived out in a series of fantastic dreams.

Director: Dave McKean | Stars: Ben Daniels, Dervla Kirwan, Stephanie Leonidas, Michael Maloney

Votes: 215

12. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 608,061 | Gross: $37.63M

13. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 129,758 | Gross: $20.16M

14. The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A young boy with a distant father enters a world of make-believe and magic through a portal within an antique book.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Jonathan Brandis, Kenny Morrison, Clarissa Burt, John Wesley Shipp

Votes: 23,992 | Gross: $17.37M

15. The NeverEnding Story III (1994)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A young boy must restore order when a group of bullies steal the magical book that acts as a portal between Earth and the imaginary world of Fantasia.

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Jason James Richter, Melody Kay, Jack Black, Carole Finn

Votes: 10,589

16. Storybook (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Eight-Year-Old Brandon Finds A Magical STORYBOOK That Leads Him To A Doorway In His Attic To The Enchanted Storyland. There He Meets Woody The Woodsman , Pouch The Boxing Kangaroo & Hoot ... See full summary »

Director: Lorenzo Doumani | Stars: Sean Fitzgerald, Swoosie Kurtz, Richard Moll, William McNamara

Votes: 161

17. Legend (1985)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

30 Metascore

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent

Votes: 58,682 | Gross: $15.50M

18. Kooky (2010)

95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Young Ondra has asthma and so his mom throws away his favorite toy: a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Ondrej Sverák, Jirí Machácek, Petr Ctvrtnícek

Votes: 1,089

19. Yamasong: March of the Hollows (2017)

Not Rated | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

An automated girl and tortoise warrior journey with a band of outlaws on an incredible quest. Their one hope is to find a legendary relic to defeat a sinister mechanized army and save the creatures of their world.

Director: Sam Koji Hale | Stars: Abigail Breslin, Edward Asner, Nathan Fillion, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 187

20. The Arti: The Adventure Begins (2015)

Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Mo, the son of an inventor, and his wooden robot Arti desperately seek the natural force called the Origin, which once brought life to Arti, to save the mechanical man from shutting down ... See full summary »

Director: Huang Wen Chang | Stars: Vincent Huang, Alin Huang, Ricky Hsiao, Yun-Ting Ma

Votes: 64

21. Strings (2004)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A Prince leaves his city and sets off to avenge his father, not aware his father wasn't murdered, and in reality, committed suicide, and soon learns the truth about his people from a warrior woman.

Director: Anders Rønnow Klarlund | Stars: James McAvoy, Catherine McCormack, Julian Glover, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 3,982

22. Legend of the Sacred Stone (2000)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Puppet martial arts masters fight to prevent demons from controlling the sacred stone.

Director: Chris Huang | Star: Vincent Huang

Votes: 122

23. Fantaghirò: Cave of the Golden Rose (1991–1996)
Episode: The Cave of the Golden Rose (1991)

200 min | Adventure, Fantasy

During archery in a wood Princess Fantaghiro is discovered by the hostile king's son Romualdo. He is able to take a short look at her before she can escape and immediately falls in love ... See full summary »

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Alessandra Martines, Mario Adorf, Kim Rossi Stuart, Ángela Molina

Votes: 2,450

24. Fantaghirò: Cave of the Golden Rose (1991–1996)
Episode: The Cave of the Golden Rose 2 (1992)

200 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Fantaghiro and Romualdo are preparing their marriage when the Black Queen disgusted by their deep love captures Fantaghiro's father. Romualdo and his soldiers go on their journey to free ... See full summary »

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Alessandra Martines, Kim Rossi Stuart, Stefano Davanzati, Tomás Valík

Votes: 1,250

25. Fantaghirò: Cave of the Golden Rose (1991–1996)
Episode: The Cave of the Golden Rose 3 (1993)

200 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The powerful evil wizard Tarabas gets knowledge about a prophecy that a king's child will defeat him. So he sends out his army of dead soldiers to kidnap all royal children. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Alessandra Martines, Ursula Andress, Kim Rossi Stuart, Elena D'Ippolito

Votes: 1,057

26. Fantaghirò: Cave of the Golden Rose (1991–1996)
Episode: The Cave of the Golden Rose 4 (1994)

200 min | Adventure, Fantasy

A black cloud travels across country, kills animals and plants and dries up the rivers. When the cloud reaches Fantaghiro's kingdom she meets Prince Parsel who follows the cloud to get his ... See full summary »

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Alessandra Martines, Nicholas Rogers, Horst Buchholz, Ursula Andress

Votes: 881

27. Fantaghirò: Cave of the Golden Rose (1991–1996)
Episode: The Cave of the Golden Rose 5 (1996)

200 min | Adventure, Fantasy

In this last episode princess Fantaghirò ends up in a parallel dimension fairy land full of kids. Here the princess must fight against a villain called "Nameless".

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Alessandra Martines, Remo Girone, Luca Venantini, Ludwig Briand

Votes: 733

28. Super Xuxa Contra o Baixo Astral (1988)

86 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

With the power of a magic crystal, a TV hostess becomes the only hope to defeat a malign subterranean entity, that is sick of her good, generous deeds.

Directors: Anna Penido, David Sonnenschein | Stars: Xuxa, Nair Amorim, Tuca Andrada, Manfredo Bahia

Votes: 759

29. Return to Oz (1985)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

42 Metascore

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

Director: Walter Murch | Stars: Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie

Votes: 24,167

30. Alice in Wonderland (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 150 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Alice (Tina Majorino) falls down a rabbit hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a fantasy land of strange characters and ideas.

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Coltrane, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 7,544

31. Dreamchild (1985)

PG | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell Hargreaves (Coral Browne) (the book's inspiration) as an old woman ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Caris Corfman

Votes: 1,437 | Gross: $1.22M

32. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Max Records, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker, Pepita Emmerichs

Votes: 99,694 | Gross: $77.23M

33. Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (2010 Video)

24 min | Animation, Short, Family

Jennie the terrier has everything a dog could ever wish for, but still feels that something is missing. She leaves home to discover what that is.

Directors: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski | Stars: Meryl Streep, Spike Jonze, Alain Goulem, Al Tuck

Votes: 238

34. Must Feed and Water (2015)

TV-PG | 16 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Imagine love is a little monster that follows you and your loved one everywhere you go. Imagine this creature's survival is tied to the way you treat each other. Every time you fight, the ... See full summary »

Director: Raphe Wolfgang | Stars: Italia Ricci, Scott Michael Foster, Dorien Davies

Votes: 9

35. The Captured Bird (2012)

10 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A darkly poetic fable that begins with a little girl drawing figures of people with chalk on the cement of a playground. She takes notice of an unusual crack in the pavement that is seeping... See full summary »

Director: Jovanka Vuckovic | Star: Skyler Wexler

Votes: 288

36. Lost for Words (I) (2010)

10 min | Animation, Short, Family

An ode to libraries and the magic of storytelling, "Lost for Words" is the tale of an odd little boy who wanders into a fantastic forest filled with curious creatures...none more so than the little girl he befriends.

Director: Sean Wainsteim | Stars: Owen Lock, Daphne De Baat

Votes: 17

37. The Monster of Nix (2011)

30 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Life is good in the idyllic fairytale village of Nix... until an all-devouring monster appears. Young Willy has to fight it. Alone.

Director: Rosto | Stars: Joe Eshuis, Terry Gilliam, Charles Hubbell, Olivia Merilahti

Votes: 192

38. Within the Shadow of the Tree: Dark Dreams (2005)

48 min | Fantasy

A little character named The Small One must try and set a spell right that was cast by his adopted father, a powerful wizard, who was once the protector of the land Marimdorph before he died.

Director: Carl B. Harrison | Stars: Jim Calanan, Jenny Duncan, Carl B. Harrison, John Morris

39. The Goblin (2017)

PG-13 | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

A boy imprisoned by an abusive recluse mother alone in a mansion in the 1920s begins to get ideas of his own when a goblin in his closet comforts him in the dark.

Director: Wyatt Michael | Stars: Robert Levey II, Nicole Hargrove, Josh Collins, Wyatt Michael

Votes: 46

40. Middle Witch (2015)

20 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

When a giant bird snatches her little sister from the backyard, teen witch-in-training Tasha must race to the rescue across a vast, mystical wasteland.

Director: Amanda Gotera | Stars: Paeka Campos, Paulet Del Castillo, Alessandra Mañon, Eva McQuade

41. The Wraith (2011)

15 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

From director Tom Walsh and narrated by Bernard Hill, The Wraith tells the story of a young woman trapped in limbo between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Her only ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Walsh | Stars: Mark Burman, David Clayton, Bernard Hill, Angharad Jones

Votes: 18

42. The Magic Toyshop (1987)

107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After her parents are killed in a plane crash over the Grand Canyon, Melanie, a teenager girl and her younger brother and sister are sent to London to live with their uncle, Philip. There, ... See full summary »

Director: David Wheatley | Stars: Caroline Milmoe, Tom Bell, Kilian McKenna, Patricia Kerrigan

Votes: 167