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The Best Movies About Magic

Updated January 7, 2021 6.4k votes 2.3k voters 215.1k views43 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies that 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? Definitely rerank this list in any order you want to try your own hand at misdirection.

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.

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

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Harry Potter Franchise

    Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

    Released2001 - 2011

    Directed byChris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates

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    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil Burger

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    Now You See Me

    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher

    Released2013

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

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    Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Practical Magic

    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock

    Released1998

    Directed byGriffin Dunne

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    The Mad Magician

    Vincent Price, Eva Gabor

    Released1954

    Directed byJohn Brahm

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    Aladdin

    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Houdini

    Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis

    Released1953

    Directed byGeorge Marshall

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    Stardust

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro

    Released2007

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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    Aladdin

    Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott

    Released2019

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Magic

    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

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    Now You See Me 2

    Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2016

    Directed byJon M. Chu

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    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Released2018

    Directed byRob Marshall

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    Magic Camp

    Adam DeVine, Jeffrey Tambor

    Released2020

    Directed byMark Waters

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    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

    Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey

    Released2013

    Directed byDon Scardino

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    Abigail

    Tinatin Dalakishvili, Gleb Bochkov

    Released2019

    Directed byAleksandr Boguslavsky

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    Eternally Yours

    David Niven, Loretta Young

    Released1939

    Directed byTay Garnett, Charles Kerr

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    Enchanted

    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

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    Next

    Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage

    Released2007

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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  • Lord of Illusions22
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    Lord of Illusions

    Famke Janssen, Scott Bakula

    Released1995

    Directed byClive Barker

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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci

    Released2010

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    The House with a Clock in Its Walls

    Jack Black, Cate Blanchett

    Released2018

    Directed byEli Roth

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    Magic in the Moonlight

    Emma Stone, Colin Firth

    Released2014

    Directed byWoody Allen

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