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The Best Movies About Magic

Updated November 18, 2020 6.2k votes 2.3k voters 213.0k views38 items

List RulesMovies 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
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Harry Potter
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    The Illusionist
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    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil Burger

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    Now You See Me
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    Now You See Me

    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher

    Released2013

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

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  • 5
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Yates

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  • 6
    Practical Magic
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    Practical Magic

    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock

    Released1998

    Directed byGriffin Dunne

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  • 7
    Aladdin
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    Aladdin

    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 8
    Mary Poppins
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    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 9
    Aladdin
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    Aladdin

    Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott

    Released2019

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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  • 10
    Houdini
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    Houdini

    Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis

    Released1953

    Directed byGeorge Marshall

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  • 11
    Magic
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    Magic

    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

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  • 12
    Mary Poppins Returns
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    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Directed byRob Marshall

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    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
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    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

    Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey

    Released2013

    Directed byDon Scardino

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  • 14
    The Mad Magician
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    The Mad Magician

    Vincent Price, Eva Gabor

    Released1954

    Directed byJohn Brahm

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  • 15
    Eternally Yours
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    Eternally Yours

    David Niven, Loretta Young

    Released1939

    Directed byTay Garnett, Charles Kerr

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    Next
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    Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage

    Released2007

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • 18
    The Raven
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    Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price

    Released1963

    Directed byRoger Corman

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    Now You See Me 2
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    Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo

    Directed byJon M. Chu

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    Lord of Illusions
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    Lord of Illusions

    Famke Janssen, Scott Bakula

    Released1995

    Directed byClive Barker

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  • 21
    Magic Camp
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    Mark Waters

    Released2020

    Directed byAdam DeVine, Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Jacobs

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  • 22
    Celine and Julie Go Boating
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    Dominique Labourier, Juliet Berto

    Released1974

    Directed byJacques Rivette

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    Now You See It...
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    Aly Michalka, Frank Langella

    Released2005

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

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  • 24
    Bewitched
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    Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell

    Released2005

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    Enchanted
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    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

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