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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
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 ...more

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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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 ...more

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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
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Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer
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Harry Potter Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Houdini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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 ...more
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Fantastic Beasts and Whe... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Magic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker
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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith
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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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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
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The Sorcerer's Apprentic... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer
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Now You See It... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Mary Poppins Returns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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Next is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore
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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff
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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
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The Mad Magician is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Vincent Price, Eva Gabor, Patrick O'Neal
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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
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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns, Paul Bandey
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The Magician is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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 ...more
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Nightmare Alley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
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