Ever since we were kids, our grandmother would tell us stories about a dragon terrorizing a land and a hero eventually rising to challenge it. Those stories entertained us back then and not much has changed now, for dragon stories are still a popular theme in Hollywood. Most movies depict dragons as a danger to human society, but recently some films have also shown them as man’s best friend. Here is a list of the 15 best dragon movies of all time, that surely deserve a watch if you are in a mood to enjoy some fire breathing creatures:
15. Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005)
Based on the D&D games, the movie was a sequel to the original Dragons and Dungeons. Although an extremely low budget production, the movie still managed to do everything its predecessor failed to do: build a dramatic environment, extract a worthy performance from a handful of unknowns and suitable dialogues at all times.
The film is set 100 years after the events of the original film. Damodar survived the attack of Freeborn and now remains on the Earth as an undead. Left with nothing but the pain of his pitiful existence, he seeks revenge on the descendants of the kingdom of Izmir by waking up the mighty dragon named, Faluzure. Now Lord Berek and Melora must stop Damodar from accomplishing his sinister objective before its too late.
14. Mulan (1998)
It was always doubted if animated films could deliver a story targeted for a more mature audience, and the animation studios have proved themselves time and again. Mulan is one example. The movie was a perfect mix of a darker war theme and surreal humor.
As the Huns prepare to attack China, one man from each family is called to fight in the imperial army. The Fa Family doesn’t have a son and the father decides to go himself. Mulan, his daughter, steals his armor and joins the army dressed as a man. The ancestors send a dragon to protect the fate of the Fa family and bring Mulan home safe. What follows is an epic journey of bravery, trust and love.
13. Dragon Hunters (2008)
Every 30 seasons, a dragon known as “the world gobbler” rises to wreak havoc on Earth. It is about time for the dragon to rise again and pair of con men, who are pretending to be dragon hunters, appear. The princess of the valley asks them to go on this “end of the world” journey and save humanity from the deadly beast.
Even though the movie never really sets its bar as high as How to Train Your Dragon does, it still has plenty of creative visual imagery and an interesting plot to keep you engaged, at least, for once.
12. George and the Dragon (2004)
After the end of the First Crusade, George, along with his fellow crusaders, is returning home to a less violent life. Back home, the king’s daughter has been missing by what appears to be the last dragon left on Earth. Now George must find the princess in return for a piece of land on which he would continue his life.
This dragon movie is kept particularly light with character depth and suits best to younger audience. However, it won’t be a disappointing watch for anybody with not-so-high expectations.
11. Dragons II: The Metal Ages (2005)
One of the rarest events at Hollywood is a sequel being better than the original. Dragons II managed to accomplish this feat quite easily. The storyline is much more creative, the characters have more depth, and the action sequences are well edited and put together.
After the events of the first film, Prince Dev and Princess Kyra face another major problem: Queen Cila has made a deal with the Shadow Dragon to help her win the war and rule the Earth; in return she would open the portal to Dragon World. Now both the prince and the princess must work with one of Queen Cila’s outlaw to defeat her evil plans.
10. The Pagemaster (1994)
A young Richard Tyler gets caught up in a storm while going on a bike ride and takes refuge in a library with a strange librarian. While he is still there, Richard takes a fall and gets a bump on his head which transfers him to a fantasy world with three books to keep him company: Adventure, Fantasy and Horror. Now Richard must find his way back to the library.
Although this dragon movie had an interesting plot, the animation quality was a little disappointing even for 1994 standards.
9. Pete’s Dragon (1977)
One of the lesser known Disney productions, Pete’s Dragon is a story of a young boy named Pete who runs away to avoid labor activities with his new friend Elliot (a fire breathing Dragon). They befriend Nora and her father who work at a lighthouse at the edge of Passamaquoddy.
Problems begin when the people of the town realize that Elliot is not merely a figment of Pete’s imagination, while Pete and Elliot buckle up to save the town from a calamity that lies ahead.
8. Eragon (2006)
A poor adaptation of the famous novel Eragon. The movie doesn’t have much to boast about other than some really impressive dragon visuals, but it was a success nevertheless (thanks to its highly successful novel).
The story revolves around a 17 year old Eragon living in the farms with his uncle Garrow. Eragon finds a blue egg in the forest and keeps it. A dragon is born out of the egg, which he names Saphira. But when the king of the land learns about the egg, he decides to claim it for himself. Things go bad for Eragon as he tries to protect the dragon and his uncle.