Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

Beyond Toothless and Smaug - Unveiling the Most Fearsome, Friendliest, and Downright Awesome Dragons in Film and Television


Can we all grab our flame-retardant gear (just in case) as we delve into the Best Movie Dragons of All Time from Movies and TV. Dragons, those magnificent, fire-breathing beasts of myth and legend have captivated imaginations for centuries. 

And in the ever-evolving world of movies and television, these mythical creatures continue to take flight, soaring onto our screens with CGI brilliance and epic storytelling. 

Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal (Game of Thrones)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

We can’t talk dragons in recent years without acknowledging the fire-breathing trio from Westeros.  Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons, Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal, captured the hearts (and sometimes incinerated the bodies) of audiences in “Game of Thrones.”

These magnificent creatures grew from helpless hatchlings into formidable beasts, mirroring Daenerys’ own transformation.  Their fiery displays were awe-inspiring, and their bond with Daenerys, particularly Drogon, added an emotional depth to the narrative.  Just don’t get too attached to Viserion…cough (Night King) cough. 

Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon franchise)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

This adorable Night Fury from the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise is a breath of fresh air (pun intended) in the dragon world.  Toothless is a playful, mischievous creature who defies the typical image of a fearsome dragon. 

His bond with Hiccup, a young Viking who overcomes his fear of dragons, is heartwarming and central to the franchise’s themes of friendship and acceptance. 

Toothless may not be the biggest or baddest dragon on this list, but his charm and loyalty are undeniable.

Smaug (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

Smaug isn’t your cuddly bedtime story dragon.  This colossal beast from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a fire-breathing embodiment of greed and avarice.  His voice, delivered with chilling

brilliance by Benedict Cumberbatch, adds to his menacing presence.  Smaug’s attack on Laketown is a visually stunning display of dragon destruction, reminding us of the sheer power and terror these creatures can unleash. 

Saphira (The Inheritance Cycle, TV series)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

While the “Inheritance Cycle” television series hasn’t graced our screens yet, the prospect of seeing Saphira come to life is undeniably exciting.  In the book series, Saphira is Eragon’s loyal dragon companion, growing alongside him as he trains to become a Dragon Rider. 

Their bond is central to the story, and Saphira’s intelligence and fierce loyalty are sure to translate well to the screen.  Here’s hoping the wait for this epic dragon duo isn’t much longer!

The Great Protector (The House of the Dragon)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

Taking us back to the world of Westeros pre-Drogon and friends, “The House of the Dragon” introduces us to the majestic Great Protector, a formidable dragon ridden by the Targaryen king himself. 

This magnificent beast embodies the Targaryen dynasty’s power and dominance, and its presence serves as a constant reminder of the dragons’ role in shaping Westerosi history. 

While we haven’t seen as much of the Great Protector yet, its appearances have been awe-inspiring, leaving us eager for more dragon action in this prequel series.

Mushu (Mulan)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

Mushu, the tiny but fiercely loyal dragon from the Disney classic “Mulan.”  Mushu’s sassy personality and unwavering support for Mulan still shine through. 

His comedic timing and unwavering belief in Mulan add a touch of lightness to the film’s more serious themes.  Mushu may not be a fire-breathing behemoth, but his heart and determination are undeniably dragon-sized.

Rathalos (Monster Hunter movie)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

The “Monster Hunter” movie brings the iconic video game creature Rathalos to the big screen.  This majestic flying wyvern is a formidable foe, with razor-sharp claws and a devastating fiery breath.  The film’s portrayal of Rathalos captures the

creature’s ferocity and aerial prowess, making for some thrilling battle sequences.  While the human characters in “Monster Hunter” might be …forgettable, Rathalos’ presence as a terrifying apex predator is a highlight of the film.

The Storm Cloud Dragons (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

The Storm Cloud Dragons from “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” are a sight to behold.  These colossal sky serpents soar through the game’s breathtaking world, their presence adding an air of awe and mystery.  Whether Geralt of Rivia encounters them peacefully or has to face them in battle, these dragons leave a lasting impression on players, reminding them of the vast and wondrous world they inhabit.

The Skrill (How to Train Your Dragon 2)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

Not all dragons in the “How to Train Your Dragon” universe are cuddly.  The Skrill, introduced in the second film, is a lightning-spewing menace with an electrifying personality (pun intended). 

This unpredictable creature poses a unique threat to Hiccup and Toothless, forcing them to adapt their fighting tactics.  The Skrill’s design and electrical abilities are visually stunning, making it a worthy foil for our favorite dragon duo.  

The Dragon (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)

Fire and Fury: Ranking the Best Movie Dragons of All Time

The mythical creature unleashed by the Mandarin in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is a formidable force.  This unnamed dragon combines Eastern and Western dragon aesthetics, with a serpentine body and powerful claws. 

Its fiery breath and destructive power are a highlight of the film’s climactic battle.  While the dragon’s role is relatively brief, its presence adds a touch of epic fantasy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Dragons offer a unique blend of power, beauty, and danger, making them a perennial favorite in movies and television.  Whether they’re fearsome foes or loyal companions, these mythical creatures continue to inspire awe and excitement.  

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