Hobbitty ScreenAnarchyes: Our Favorite Film Dragons

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now in cinemas all over half the world, an will soon arrive in the other half as well. And for those who saw the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, it will come as no surprise that the third film starts with a very pissed-off dragon attacking a very vulnerable city.

Ah, that dragon. Say what you want of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, and his Hobbit ones, but he conjured up a great, great dragon.

And dragons are special creatures indeed, appearing in legends in all countries, albeit in a vast variety of shapes, sizes, meanings and intentions. Even dinosaurs may not be able to capture the imagination as much as dragons do. In fact, their popularity is so great, they would be a lot more common in films if they weren't so difficult to achieve. Being large and non-existent, they pose a big problem for any production wanting one. Dragons may love heaps of gold in many tales, they COST heaps of gold in real life, and often prove to become the death-knell of productions.

Still, there have been some fine examples through the ages. Here is a gallery of great movie dragons, and it's not just me doing this list: several writers within ScreenAnarchy chipped in with their favorites, some of which are surprising to say the least...

Check them all (they're in no particular order), and see if your favorites are among them. And if they're not, please tell us all in the comments which ones we missed!

Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano, Michele "Izzy" Galgana, Patrick Holzapfel, Kurt Halfyard and Stuart Muller contributed to this story.

And here is Smaug, setting off for Lake Town at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

In his own words: he is fire. He is death.

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