These Are George R.R. Martin's Most Favorite Fantasy and Sci-Fi Films

George R.R. Martin has captured the attention of audiences with "Game of Thrones," but which films and TV shows capture the producer/writer's attention?

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!     

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The Lawnmower Man is underrated. It's not good in the classical sense of good (because it's cheesy) but the concept it presented at the time was solid. I own three copies of it on VHS, two still in the wrapper and a copy on DVD. The Directors Cut, which is the only version worth its salt is sadly only available on VHS. I've met a few others (in real life) who also feel the same way about the movie.

July 17, 2017 at 7:02AM

Mike Tesh
Pro Video / Indie Filmmaker

The new Shout Factory Collector's Edition blu-ray includes both cuts of The Lawnmower Man.

July 17, 2017 at 8:55PM

Matthew Stephens

My best fantasy/sci-fi films are:
>The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
>District 9
>The Birds
>Jurassic Park
>Star Wars Ep 4: A New Hope

July 18, 2017 at 5:03AM, Edited July 18, 5:05AM


Some of my top 100 that are never/seldom mentioned in any list:
Le dernier combat (Luc Besson)
Element of Crime (L. v. Trier)
Prospero's Books, A walk through H, etc (Greenaway)
Duelle, Meery-Go-Round (J. Rivette)
Dark Star (Carpenter)
The Holy Mountain (Jodorowsky)
Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, ... (you know those guys)
(and a series that I've seen as a child that gave me the creeps: "Les compagnons d'Eleusis")

July 18, 2017 at 9:02AM

Jens Koenig