Though the widespread appeal of obsession over HBO's fantasy drama series Game of Thrones is undeniable, it was hardly predictable. What started out as a epic fantasy series by already successful novelist George R.R. Martin grew into a cultural phenomenon after it was adapted into one of HBO's most successful TV shows ever.

Whether you've been a fan of Martin's work since the release of the first installment of A Song of Ice and Fire in 1996 or are just a die-hard Game of Thrones nut, Fandor has put together a video revealing the fantasy and science fiction films that GRRM holds dear.

Here's a list of Martin's favorite fantasy/sci-fi films:

  • Aliens
  • The Princess Bride
  • Blade Runner
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Dark City
  • ​Pan's Labyrinth

​First of all, can we just do a joyous slow clap for the fact that Dark City made it onto GRRM's list? I mean, that absolutely made my day. Second, these films basically lay the foundation for any fantasy/sci-fi fan worth their salt. They're your standard fare, sure, but these films are largely responsible for so many of those from this generation turning into bonafide fantasy and science fiction lovers. 

Though I'm not a huge fan of these genres, I remember staring at amazement watching LabyrinthThe Dark Crystal, and Willow, as well as Tank GirlTotal Recall, and The Lawnmower Man. (Don't judge me, alright. I know my taste in sci-fi is questionable at best.) What are some of your favorite fantasy/sci-fi films? Let us know down in the comments!

Source: Fandor