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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 The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy Award-winning novel of the same name. The story follows Robert ...more

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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 Now You See Me is a 2013 thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt .

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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 The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser's short story, "Eisenheim the Illusionist". ...more

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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 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the third instalment in ...more

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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 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the seventh ...more

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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the fifth instalment in the Harry ...more

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is an upcoming fantasy film adapted from the novel of J. K. Rowling, written by Steve Kloves and directed by David Yates.

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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 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the fourth instalment in the Harry ...more

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the first instalment in the ...more

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Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the sixth instalment in the Harry ...more

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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 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the second instalment in the ...more

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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
LaChance added The Craft Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film's plot centers on a group of four teenage girls who pursue witchcraft and use ...more

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Harry Potter Franchise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ...more

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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 The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the team behind the National Treasure franchise. The film stars Nicolas Cage, ...more

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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
LaChance added Practical Magic Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood Practical Magic is a 1998 American romantic comedy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by Griffin Dunne and stars Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Aidan Quinn and ...more

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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 Houdini is a 1953 biographical film about the life of the magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, played by Tony Curtis, co-starring with then-wife Janet Leigh. It was made by Paramount Pictures, directed by George Marshall and produced by ...more

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The Incredible Burt Wonderston... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Don Scardino and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based on a story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell, and Daley & Goldstein. The film follows ...more

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Next is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Next Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore Next is a 2007 American science-fiction action thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel. The film's original script was very loosely based on the science fiction short story "The Golden ...more

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Magic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Magic Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith Magic is a 1978 American psychological horror film directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, and Burgess Meredith. The screenplay was by William Goldman, who also wrote the novel upon which it was based. ...more

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Now You See It... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Chrissygirl1010 added Now You See It... Aly Michalka, Frank Langella, Johnny Pacar Now You See It... is a 2005 Disney Channel Original Movie. The film is told in Allyson's point of view, similar to a documentary.

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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Raven Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival sorcerers. It was the fifth in the so-called Corman-Poe ...more

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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 The 39 Steps is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, the film is about a man in London who ...more

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The Great Buck Howard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Great Buck Howard Tom Hanks, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart The Great Buck Howard is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by Sean McGinly that stars Colin Hanks and John Malkovich. Tom Hanks also appears as the father of his real-life son's character. The character Buck Howard is inspired by the ...more

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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
L'Illusionniste Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns, Paul Bandey The Illusionist is a 2010 French-Scottish animated comedy-drama film directed by Sylvain Chomet. The film is based on an unproduced script written by French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati in 1956. Controversy surrounds Tati's motivation ...more

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Lord of Illusions is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Lord of Illusions Famke Janssen, Scott Bakula, Carrie Ann Inaba Lord of Illusions is a 1995 American horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his earlier short story, The Last Illusion. The film presents Barker's signature character Harry D'Amour onscreen for the first time. It stars Scott ...more

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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 Magicians is a 2007 British comedy film released on 18 May 2007. It stars comic duo Robert Webb and David Mitchell as stage magicians Karl and Harry, respectively. The two magicians compete together in a magic competition, despite their ...more

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House of Games is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
House of Games William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna, J. T. Walsh House of Games is David Mamet's 1987 directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay, based on a story he wrote with Jonathan Katz. The film's cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay, and J. T. Walsh. ...more

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Scoop is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Scoop Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Woody Allen Scoop is a 2006 American-British romantic comedy/murder mystery written and directed by Woody Allen and starring Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Ian McShane, and Allen himself. The film was released in the United States by Focus Features on ...more

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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 Nightmare Alley is a 1947 film noir starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell, and directed by Edmund Goulding. The film is based on the 1946 novel of the same name, written by William Lindsay Gresham. Power, wishing to expand beyond the romantic ...more

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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 The Magician is a 1958 film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Its original Swedish title is Ansiktet, which means "the face", and it was released theatrically as The Face in the United Kingdom, although video releases have used ...more

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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 Night of the Demon is a 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. An adaptation of the M. R. James story "Casting the Runes", the plot revolves around an American ...more

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Eternally Yours is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Eternally Yours David Niven, Loretta Young, Eve Arden Eternally Yours is a 1939 American United Artists film produced and directed by Tay Garnett with Walter Wanger as executive producer, from a screenplay by C. Graham Baker and Gene Towne. It stars Loretta Young and David Niven. Composer Werner ...more

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Cast a Deadly Spell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Cast a Deadly Spell Julianne Moore, Clancy Brown, David Warner Cast a Deadly Spell is a horror/detective HBO movie with Fred Ward, Julianne Moore, David Warner and Clancy Brown. It was directed by Martin Campbell and written by Joseph Dougherty. The original music score was composed by Curt Sobel. ...more

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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 Dead of Night is a British portmanteau horror film made by Ealing Studios; the individual stories were directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer. The film stars Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers and Michael ...more

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The Geisha Boy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Geisha Boy Jerry Lewis, Alec Guinness, Suzanne Pleshette The Geisha Boy is a 1958 American comedy film starring Jerry Lewis. Filmed from June 16 to August 7, 1958, it was released on December 23, 1958 by Paramount Pictures. This film marked the film debut of Suzanne Pleshette. ...more

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Death Defying Acts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Death Defying Acts Catherine Zeta-Jones, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce Death Defying Acts is a 2007 British-Australian supernatural romance film, directed by Gillian Armstrong, and starring Guy Pearce & Catherine Zeta-Jones. It concerns an episode in the life of Hungarian-American escapologist Harry Houdini at ...more

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Magic Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Magic Man Bai Ling, Billy Zane, Robert Davi Magic Man is a thriller film directed by Stuart Cooper and starring Billy Zane and Alexander Nevsky.

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The Mad Magician is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Mad Magician Vincent Price, Eva Gabor, Patrick O'Neal The Mad Magician was a 1954 horror film in 3D, starring Vincent Price and Eva Gabor.

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The Grim Game is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Grim Game Harry Houdini, Tully Marshall, Arthur Hoyt The Grim Game is a 1919 silent film starring Harry Houdini and Ann Forrest. The basic plotline serves as a showcase for Houdini's talent as an escapologist, stunt performer and aviator.

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The Escape Artist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
The Escape Artist Teri Garr, E.G. Daily, Harry Anderson The Escape Artist is a 1982 film starring Griffin O'Neal and Raúl Juliá. It was based on a book by David Wagoner, and was the directorial debut of Caleb Deschanel. It was the final film of both Joan Hackett and Desi Arnaz. ...more

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The Great Kandinsky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Magic

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Passport to Pimlico is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Passport to Pimlico Margaret Rutherford, Hermione Baddeley, Stanley Holloway Passport to Pimlico is a 1949 British comedy film made by Ealing Studios and starring Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford and Hermione Baddeley. It was directed by Henry Cornelius. The script was written by T.E.B. Clarke and demonstrated his ...more