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The Best Movies About Magic 

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List Rules Movies must prominently feature magic or magicians

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.

If you like these films, be sure to check out our list of the best sorcerer movies.

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Harry Potter Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2006

Directed by: Neil Burger

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Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer

Released: 2019

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Griffin Dunne

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Fantastic Beasts and Whe... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler

Released: 2016

Directed by: David Yates

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Houdini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Tor Johnson

Released: 1953

Directed by: George Marshall

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Magic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Attenborough

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Released: 1964

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Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith

Released: 2019

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The Sorcerer's Apprentic... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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The Incredible Burt Wond... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell

Released: 2013

Directed by: Don Scardino

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Mary Poppins Returns is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Released: 1996

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Next is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Released: 2007

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Onward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Released: 2020

Directed by: Dan Scanlon

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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Released: 1963

Directed by: Roger Corman

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Eternally Yours is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
David Niven, Loretta Young, Eve Arden

Released: 1939

Directed by: Tay Garnett, Charles Kerr

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Abigail is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Tinatin Dalakishvili, Gleb Bochkov, Rinal Mukhametov

Released: 2019

Directed by: Aleksandr Boguslavsky

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Lord of Illusions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Famke Janssen, Scott Bakula, Carrie Ann Inaba

Released: 1995

Directed by: Clive Barker

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The Mad Magician is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Vincent Price, Eva Gabor, Patrick O'Neal

Released: 1954

Directed by: John Brahm

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Now You See It... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns, Paul Bandey

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sylvain Chomet

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