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The best movies about magic include some of the most riveting and fascinating films ever made. From the bravado and intrigue of magic movies like The Prestige and The Illusionist, to the hilarity of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, the films about magic listed here are worth a watch (or two, and watch very carefully). These movies feature some of the best fictional magicians of all time, too. What's your favorite movie about magic? If it isn't listed here, feel free to add it, and definitely rerank this list in any order you want.

Not all magic movies are lighthearted. Some, like Richard Attenborough's 1978 movie Magic (starring Anthony Hopkins), are actually quite creepy. The life of a magician isn't always a happy one. Making a living selling illusions to the world can lead to madness, and deadly competition (The Prestige).

Some of the films on this list are fictional accounts of the lives of some of the world's greatest and most famous magicians, especially Harry Houdini. In the 1953 classic biographical film Houdini, Tony Curtis plays the late, great escapologist and Janet Leigh plays his wife, Bess Houdini. If you're interested in movies about magic, this one is a must see.

In 2013, the thriller movie Now You See Me, about a group of thieving illusionists, was released. The film featured an all-star cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman, among them. Year after year, movies about illusionists and magic continue to capture audiences' imaginations.
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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Now You See Me Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson

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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Illusionist Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

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Harry Potter Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Magic

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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Craft Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer

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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Practical Magic Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood

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Houdini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Houdini Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Tor Johnson

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Sleight Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill

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Now You See It... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Now You See It... Aly Michalka, Frank Langella, Johnny Pacar

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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Raven Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

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The Incredible Burt Wonderston... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell

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Next is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Next Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore

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Magic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Magic Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

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The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The 39 Steps Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
L'Illusionniste Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns, Paul Bandey

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House of Games is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
House of Games William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna, J. T. Walsh

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Scoop is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Scoop Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Woody Allen

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Magicians is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Magicians Andrea Riseborough, Miranda Hart, David Mitchell

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The Great Buck Howard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Great Buck Howard Tom Hanks, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart

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Lord of Illusions is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Lord of Illusions Famke Janssen, Scott Bakula, Carrie Ann Inaba

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Nightmare Alley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Nightmare Alley Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray

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The Magician is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Magician Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson

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Night of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Night of the Demon Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis

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Cast a Deadly Spell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Cast a Deadly Spell Julianne Moore, Clancy Brown, David Warner

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Eternally Yours is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Eternally Yours David Niven, Loretta Young, Eve Arden

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Dead of Night is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Dead of Night Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns

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Magic Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Magic Man Bai Ling, Billy Zane, Robert Davi

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The Mad Magician is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Mad Magician Vincent Price, Eva Gabor, Patrick O'Neal

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Death Defying Acts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Death Defying Acts Catherine Zeta-Jones, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce

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The Grim Game is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Grim Game Harry Houdini, Tully Marshall, Arthur Hoyt

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The Great Kandinsky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Magic

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The Geisha Boy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Geisha Boy Jerry Lewis, Alec Guinness, Suzanne Pleshette

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Passport to Pimlico is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Passport to Pimlico Margaret Rutherford, Hermione Baddeley, Stanley Holloway

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The Escape Artist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Escape Artist Teri Garr, E.G. Daily, Harry Anderson