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The Best Movies About Magic

List Criteria: Movies must feature magic prominently

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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    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti

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    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine

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    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

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    Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Bess Flowers

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    Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

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    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson

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    Vincent Price, Eva Gabor, Patrick O'Neal

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    Harry Houdini, Tully Marshall, Arthur Hoyt

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    Hermione Baddeley, Stanley Holloway, Raymond Huntley

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll

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