8. Pan’s Labyrinth
Written by Guillermo del Toro
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Why It’s Innovative: The script could have been a strong WWII story of survival and war-torn despair, but the writer masterfully blended the fantasy genre into the story as a way to explore themes of escapism amidst the horror of war.