The Best Movies About Magic Films

The Best Movies About Magic

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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

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    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 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

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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

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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 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

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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Magic


    The Sorcerer's Apprentice Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer

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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 and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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    Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Magic

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    Practical Magic Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood

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    Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Magic

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    Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

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    Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Tor Johnson

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    Magic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Magic


    Magic Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

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    L'Illusionniste is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Magic


    L'Illusionniste Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns, Paul Bandey

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    Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Woody Allen

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    House of Games is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Magic


    House of Games William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna, J. T. Walsh

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    Andrea Riseborough, Miranda Hart, David Mitchell

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    The Incredible Burt Wonderston... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Magic


    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amanda Peet, Patricia Clarkson

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    Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray

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    Tom Hanks, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart

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    Famke Janssen, Scott Bakula, Carrie Ann Inaba

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    The Magician is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Magic


    The Magician Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson

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    Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis

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    Aly Michalka, Frank Langella, Johnny Pacar

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    David Niven, Loretta Young, Eve Arden

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    Dead of Night is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Magic


    Dead of Night Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns

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    The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Magic


    The 39 Steps Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

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    Julianne Moore, Clancy Brown, David Warner

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    Bai Ling, Billy Zane, Robert Davi

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    Vincent Price, Eva Gabor, Patrick O'Neal

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    Margaret Rutherford, Hermione Baddeley, Stanley Holloway

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    Harry Houdini, Tully Marshall, Arthur Hoyt

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    Teri Garr, E.G. Daily, Harry Anderson

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    Jerry Lewis, Alec Guinness, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce

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