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.

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