The Best Dragon Movies... Ever!
Dragons have always been popular characters in movies, sometimes as fearsome and ruthless opponents, other times as powerful and much needed allies. These mighty creatures, with their immense strength and mystical abilities, have a way of turning any story into the most epic of adventures.
There's been countless movies featuring dragons, but today we've compiled what we believe to be the best dragon movies of all time. Only the cream of the crop is present in our list, so if you're looking for your next epic movie, you've come to the right place.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
"It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."
The warning comes from J.R.R. Tolkien in the pages of Bilbo the Hobbit, brought to the screen by Peter Jackson. The second part of this trilogy is named after the fearsome and ruthless dragon that slumbers on the Lonely Mountain: the infamous Smaug.
After surviving an unexpected journey, Bilbo and his group head east. On their way, they meet Beorn, the skin-changer, and a swarm of giant spiders in the heart of the Black Forest, which holds many dangers for them. After almost being captured by horrible spiders and then by the fearsome Wood Elves, the company arrives in Esgaroth and then finally to the Lonely Mountain. There they must face the most terrible of dangers, the most terrifying creature that roams the Middle-Earth: Smaug the dragon. This epic adventure will test the courage of our heroes, but also their friendship and the very meaning of their journey.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
When you're born a viking, fighting dragons is part of what you have to do if you want to survive in the world. Vikings and dragons have always fought a merciless battle, with dramatic consequences for the weakest. Hiccup, a weak little boy with a bubbly mind, knows that he will have to become strong if he wants to one day take part in the great battles of his people. But then one thing leads to another, and Hiccup finds himself unarmed in front of the most feared dragon of all: a Night Fury. Slowly, both of them come to terms with their differences and discover that it is possible to hope to someday live in peace...
In the year 934, Queen Aislinn requests the intervention of a venerable and powerful dragon to save the life of her son Einon, who has been ambushed. The dragon offers half of his heart to the young prince. However, as soon as Einon ascends to the throne, he proves to be a ruthless tyrant. His tutor, Knight Bowen, is convinced that the dragon's heart has poisoned his disciple. He leaves the court, vowing to exterminate the beast...
DragonHeart is one of the first movies to feature a very realistic dragon. Draco is powerful and has a real personality (which is rare for dragons in movies). Moreover, his motivations are very ambiguous and the film is anything but Manichean. A real treat for any dragon fan out there!
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Bastian, a ten year old, lonesome boy, is an avid reader of adventure novels. One day, he steals a wonderful book full of extraordinary creatures. He sinks feverishly into the fantastic universe of this book that fascinates him. While reading about the epic journey of Atreyu and his quest to save the kingdom of Fantasia, he forms a strong bond with the book eventually becoming part of its story...
On his adventure, he will encounter the mighty and benevolent Falkor, a luckdragon inspired by the look and mythology of Chinese dragons. Overall this movie is very well made for the time and it's aged quite well.
Under the threat of a terrible dragon, the King decides to sacrifice young virgins to the monster to protect his kingdom. A magician and his disciple volunteer to kill the beast and save his next victim, the king's own daughter...
A rather original and sometimes even violent Disney movie where young virgins are sacrificed to the flames and bloody scenes are not lacking. Moreover, the film benefits from advanced special effects, the dragon is undoubtedly very realistic and impressive. Considering the film was made long before the rise of CGI, it is truly remarkable and still a real treat to watch today.
Reign of Fire (2002)
The movie starts with the young Quinn Abercromby accompanying his mother on a building site. His mother is supervising the construction of tunnels for a new route of the underground. While digging, a wall collapses, revealing a chasm of unlimited depth. Quinn's mother descends into the tunnel to inspect it, but a huge column of fire escapes from the hole and kills everyone in its path. Standing at the entrance of the excavation site, the boy watches with horror as this tragic event unfolds. He witnesses a dragon flying out of the hole before a large ellipsis.
Twenty years later, the dragons reign supreme on a planet in ruins where every human being is just a delicacy to them. Quinn is charged with the task of eliminating them and ensuring the survival of his small community. But the battle seems to be lost. One day, Van Zan, an American soldier, appears on the scene and claims to know how to kill these fire-breathing creatures...
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Grace doesn't believe the stories her father's been telling for years. There's no such thing as dragons! One day while working as a forest ranger, she makes a strange encounter. Peter is a young boy of about ten years who obviously has no family or friends. He claims to have been raised by a giant dragon. The animal's name is said to be Elliott, and according to Peter's description, he looks like the creature Grace's father often talks about. Grace decides to find out who Peter is and what his story is. But things get more complicated when Gavin, a hunter, plans to find and kill Elliott...
That's it for today, let us know what you think about these movies or if we forgot to mention your favorite dragon film in the comment section below.