OTB’s Top 10 Dragon Movies

This week sees the release of Age Of The Dragons; a reworked version of the Herman Melville classic Moby Dick which takes place in a world where Captain Ahab and his crew search for – you guessed it – a dragon. It got us thinking here at OTB: were a list of ultimate dragon movies to be compiled, what films would be worthy of making the top ten? Then we thought, stuff it – let’s just make that list and find out. Read on for the countdown…

10. Dungeons & Dragons

As well as being a role-playing game for geeks and nerds the world over, Dungeons & Dragons is also a 2000 American fantasy film about a tyrant who tries to overthrow a peaceful kingdom ruled by a tough empress. It has dwarves, wizards, and it even features Richard O’Brien (he of The Crystal Maze fame) and voice of Little Britain Tom Baker. Sadly, despite these amazing cameos, the film was pretty much panned and a sequel was made straight for DVD. Still, the real fans don’t care: who needs cinemas anyway?

9. DragonHeart

DragonHeart was released in 1996 and featured a bevy of well known names, including Dennis Quaid, the late Pete Postlewaite and Sean Connery – who voiced the dragon. It has knights, Saxons and peasants which makes it an ultimate dragon film in itself, let alone the fact that it’s a lovely tale of humans and fire-breathing beasts coming together and working side by side to defeat an evil king. See, it is possible for dragons to be helpful…

8. The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo

Well it’s not exactly about dragons… but seeing as it’s about a girl with a tattoo of a dragon and it has dragon in its title, surely it’s a contender, no? The Swedish film – based on the hugely successful first novel of the late Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series achieved worldwide success, but naturally, there simply must be a Hollywood version of such a hugely successful book franchise (over 50 million copies sold worldwide – yikes!) The American adaptation is helmed by David Fincher and will star Daniel Craig and newby Hollywood star Rooney Mara as its heroine Lisbeth Salander – a bisexual and androgynous computer hacker with a rather distinctive tattoo on her back…


7. How To Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon is a computer animated 3D film based on the book of the same name. It’s a moral tale of a young ‘wannabe dragon hunter’ Viking, who ends up befriending a dragon and realising that the dragon species are actually some pretty cool guys. Lesson learned kids; never judge a book by its cover.


6. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

What can you say about 1958’s The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, other than it’s a classic? Our hero Sinbad sets out on a quest to cure a princess who has been shrunken by an evil wizard, and on the way encounters a dragon that he must slay. Even more impressive, is the fact that Ray Harryhausen did this all in stop-motion, mostly by himself.

5. Pete’s Dragon

Pete’s Dragon was made by Disney back in 1977, and was the first Disney film to be recorded in the Dolby Stereo sound system. Nice. It tells the story of an orphan boy and his magical dragon who try to flee from the boy’s abusive ‘hillbilly’ adoptive parents. Some evil critics tried to say that Disney were trying to recreate the success of Mary Poppins – and failing – what with the mix of live action and animation, but a generation of eighties kids will fondly remember it as the film that had classic songs such as ‘Brazzle Dazzle Day’ and ‘Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I love you, too)’.


4. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, everyone’s favourite boy wizard (though not for much longer *sob*) finds himself as a competitor in a wizardry school competition. It’s pretty dangerous, but luckily there are some dragons on hand to help with Harry’s training. See, they can be such helpful creatures when given the chance… Just one word of advice though Harry, courtesy of Hogwarts’ motto: “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus” (Latin for “Never tickle a sleeping dragon”) Got that?


3. Reign Of Fire

Set twenty years in the future, 2002’s Reign of Fire features a brood of evil fire-breathing dragons intent on setting fire to everything and generally ruining that place we all live on, earth. It stars everyone’s favourite method actor Christian Bale, who ranted at everyone on set for not being able to provide him with a real dragon for his ‘preparation process’. Probably.

2. Sleeping Beauty

Another Disney nod we just couldn’t resist goes to 1959’s Sleeping Beauty, a tale of a malevolent fairy who casts a curse on a princess that only a prince can break (with a little help from three good fairies, of course). Said evil fairy Maleficient (who incidentally, was voted the most evil Disney villain EVER by our team..) resorts to doing everything in her power to stop the prince from getting to the sleeping beauty, including a a forest of forns and her final pièce de résistance: tranforming herself into a mahoo-sive giant dragon.

1. Dragonslayer

If there’s ever a powerful title for a dragon film, it would be Dragonslayer. Go on just say it out loud: feels good doesn’t it? The 1981 film pretty much set the standard for dragon films in an era before CGI, though at the time, the film – a Walt Disney/Paramount pairing – was a bit controversial for its violence and adult themes. The plot saw a King make a pact with a dragon where he must sacrifice virgins in order for the dragon to leave his kingdom alone, cue lots of “mummy, what’s a virgin type questions?” Though what with Christmas and the whole Virgin Mary thing, it was a question bound to come up at some point…