Conan the Barbarian (1982)
One of best fantasy film ever. It is dark, much darker than star wars and lord of the rings, but it is not depressing it is tough. You can even say inspiring.
It has very strong images and great soundtrack. Schwarzenegger is very convincing as man who survives in this tough world.
Maybe it isnt as perfect as Lord of the rings but i love fantasy and just have to give it 4 stars.