Entertainment 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.
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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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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson
Now You See Me is a 2013 thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt .
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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 3 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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335 164
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more
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275 151
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling and the final film in the series. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron ...more
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266 147
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel ...more
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262 144
Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more
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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more
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245 142
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, ...more
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238 143
Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more
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230 146
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more
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169 119
Harry Potter Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films. A spin-off ...more
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Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer
Shazam! is a 2019 superhero film directed by David F. Sandberg, based on the DC Comics character. A boy (Asher Angel) is given the ability to become an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) in times of ...more
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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
LaChance added Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood
Practical Magic is a 1998 American romantic comedy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by Griffin Dunne and stars Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, ...more
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177 151
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the team behind the National ...more
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144 120
The Craft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
LaChance added Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor
The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film's plot centers on a group of ...more
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95 78
Houdini is listed (or ranked) 17 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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38 50
Now You See It... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Chrissygirl1010 added Aly Michalka, Frank Langella, Johnny Pacar
Now You See It... is a 2005 Disney Channel Original Movie. The film is told in Allyson's point of view, similar to a documentary.
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80 88
The Incredible Burt Wonderston... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Don Scardino and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based on a story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler ...more
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Magic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith
Magic is a 1978 American psychological horror film directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, and Burgess Meredith. The screenplay was by William Goldman, who ...more
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57 69
Next is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore
Next is a 2007 American science-fiction action thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel. The film's original script was very loosely based ...more
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44 51
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff
The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival ...more
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The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat
The 39 Steps is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John ...more
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38 51
Lord of Illusions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Magic
Famke Janssen, Scott Bakula, Carrie Ann Inaba
Lord of Illusions is a 1995 American horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his earlier short story, The Last Illusion. The film presents Barker's signature character Harry ...more
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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
The Illusionist is a 2010 French-Scottish animated comedy-drama film directed by Sylvain Chomet. The film is based on an unproduced script written by French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati ...more