The late 70s and early 80s was a magical time, when, owing largely to the unprecedented success of STAR WARS, there was a flood of fantasy films, many of which were actually quite good. And of course there were a few films prior to STAR WARS which may have been influential on it, and after it when the genre seemed to quickly peter out. I'd like to review each of these in turn, and I invite your comments on them as well -- either from the perspective of one who saw them in their original theatrical release, or who has only seen them on DVD or video, if at all. Here's the list: 1974 - The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (Harryhausen). 1977 - The Hobbit (animated -- Rankin/Bass). WIZARDS (animated -- Bakshi). Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (Harryhausen). The original Star Wars (Lucas). 1978 - Lord of the Rings (animated -- Bakshi). 1980 - The Empire Strikes Back (Lucas). Flash Gordon (DeLaurentiis -- which I include b/c of the swordplay and fantasy "feel"). Return of the King (animated -- Rankin/Bass). 1981 - Excalibur (Boorman). Clash of the Titans (Harryhausen). Time Bandits (Gilliam) 1982 - Conan the Barbarian (Milius/DeLaurentiis). Dragonslayer (Robbins). The Dark Crystal (Henson/Oz). The Sword and the Sorcerer (Chase/Pyun). Beastmaster (Coscarelli). The Last Unicorn (animated -- Beagle/Rankin/Bass). Hercules (Cotzi, with Lou Ferrigno). 1983 - Krull. Return of the Jedi (Lucas). 1984 - The Neverending Story. 1985 - Labyrinth (Henson/Oz/Jones/Lucas). Conan the Destroyer (Fleischer). The Black Cauldron (animated -- Disney). Ladyhawke. (Donner) 1986 - Legend (R. Scott). Red Sonja (Flesicher). Highlander. Robin Hood (BBC/Showtime). 1987 - Masters of the Universe. The Princess Bride (Reiner). 1988 - Willow (Lucas/Howard). 1989 - The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Gilliam).