Every year, filmmakers, artists, and writers of fiction do their best to think up increasingly wondrous and terrifying monsters to haunt the nightmares and daydreams of their audiences. But few fictional beasts have proven as lasting – or as awe-inspiring – as the wing-flapping, fire-breathing dragon.

While the passage of time has seen dragons on film and in literature become bigger, meaner, more dangerous (and even smarter), a few instances have managed to stand out above the rest. With The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug bringing yet another to life, the creatures show no signs of vacating the big screen any time soon.

Whether remembered for their ferocity, their tenacity, or even their friendly demeanor, here is our list of Our 10 Favorite Movie Dragons.

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