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.
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Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Released: 2001 - 2011
Directed by: Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates
Directed by: Neil Burger
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemEddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston
Directed by: David Yates
Directed by: Griffin Dunne
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Directed by: George Marshall
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Mary Poppins ReturnsEmily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Directed by: Aleksandr Boguslavsky
Directed by: Don Scardino
Directed by: John Brahm
Directed by: Tay Garnett, Charles Kerr
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Directed by: Mark Waters
Directed by: Kevin Lima
Directed by: Woody Allen
Directed by: Roger Corman
Directed by: Clive Barker