D&D General Best on screen adaptation of D&D

What are your top three choices that emulate D&D the best and are enjoyable?

  • Dungeons and Dragons 2000

    Votes: 3 3.0%
  • D&D Wrath of the Dragon God 2005

    Votes: 4 4.0%
  • D&D Book of Vile Darkness 2012

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • D&D animated cartoon 1983-1985

    Votes: 12 12.1%
  • Dragonlance Animated 2008

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Conan The Destoyer 1984

    Votes: 18 18.2%
  • Conan the Barbarian 1981

    Votes: 27 27.3%
  • Conan the Barbarian 2011

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Avatar Last Airbender 2005-

    Votes: 8 8.1%
  • Excalibur 1981

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Witcher 2019-

    Votes: 15 15.2%
  • Clash of the Titans 1981

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Clash of the Titans 2011

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Hobbit/LOTR Peter Jackson 2000-

    Votes: 31 31.3%
  • Hobbit/LOTR animated 1977-

    Votes: 4 4.0%
  • Game of Thrones 2011-2019

    Votes: 8 8.1%
  • Princess Bride 1987

    Votes: 16 16.2%
  • Jason and the Argonauts 1963

    Votes: 8 8.1%
  • Voyage of Sinbad 1958

    Votes: 5 5.1%
  • Willow 1988

    Votes: 28 28.3%
  • Hawk the Slayer 1980

    Votes: 10 10.1%
  • Dragonslayer 1981

    Votes: 7 7.1%
  • The Black Cauldron 1985

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Chronicles of Narnia 2005

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 15 15.2%
  • The Gamers

    Votes: 13 13.1%
  • Dungeons and Dudes

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mythica series

    Votes: 5 5.1%
  • LadyHawke

    Votes: 13 13.1%

Well, the Narnia/Fillory bits are one part of a larger multi-verse that feels very much D&D and would fit into it fairly easily, IMO. I'd kill for a Magician's Sourcebook for 5e, think that would be an excellent way to introduce an urban setting.
It couldn't hurt D&D to shade into urban fantasy, it's been popular for quite a while now... well, OK, y'never know what might hurt D&D, but it'd seem like there's a potential up-side.
And of course with 5e, just about everyone now IS playing a magic-user ;)
One sort or 'nuther, I guess. ;)

Agreed, and many of the spells in the Magician's are straight out of D&D. I know the books made that connection explicitly, can't remember if the show did, though they do name check Bigby and a few others as spell creators...
They lampshaded "Magic Missile" in one episode I recall, though, it behaved nothing like the traditional spell (must've been 2008 or 2009 ;) , when you could miss ).
They've made it clear the characters are aware of D&D, too. Heck, Quintin's probably played it.

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I voted for Willow.
Then Hawk the Slayer.
Last was other because I didn’t see Krull.

They aren’t the best but IMO the most D&D without being the inspiration for D&D.

Though I love Krull and Willow. I have others I like better. Like Predator.


The 13th Warrior. It’s a game where the DM came to the group and said
‘Ok group! We’re doing a “magnificent 7” type thing but in Scandinavia. So it’s a Viking vibe, low magic...blah blah blah’. And then when everyone shows up with characters all the players have made fighters or ranger or battle masters or rogues(because it’s thematic). Except for one guy who makes a bard from Baghdad.

Jacob Lewis

Ye Olde GM


I'd add Your Highness (2011) to the list. It's the first movie that popped into my head when I read the thread title. Mind you, that might be because I rewatched it not too long ago whereas the others on the list I've seen are something of a distant memory.


Not your screen monkey (he/him)
As soon as I saw Hawk the Slayer on the list, it was my first choice. It's a far better D&D movie than any of the real D&D movies.
If you have not seen it, it is a wonderfully terrible movie. I have it on DVD but you can't borrow it.


As soon as I saw Hawk the Slayer on the list, it was my first choice. It's a far better D&D movie than any of the real D&D movies.
If you have not seen it, it is a wonderfully terrible movie. I have it on DVD but you can't borrow it.
Luckily you can stream it for free on Tubi 😉


Mythica IS a D&D campaign. It’s the best D&D movie series by a long shot but not the best fantasy film series but it’s straight up D&D.

while a weaker film, Conan the Destroyer is a better representation of AD&D adventurers than anything else in this list.

The Gamers is every D&D group I’ve played in.


It's not "Rouge"... That's makeup.
Yeah, it's interesting, because I always view Ice Pirates as THE dividing line.

Any "kid's movie" or PG movie before that, and you have to watch out.

I mean ... AIRPLANE is rated PG. It's a great movie! One of my all-time faves. Not exactly PG by today's standards. ;)

That's because PG-13 wasn't a thing until July 1984. So before that, if it wasn't R, it was PG. Hence why stuff like Airplane (1980) is rated PG but isn't kid-appropriate.

Heck, Gremlins snuck in at PG in June 1984, just before the change.

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