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The Best Movies About Witches 

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Updated March 11, 2020 4.1k votes 487 voters 16.1k views 49 items

List Rules Films about witches, warlocks, and witchcraft. Spooky, scary, and benevolent witches are all welcome.

The idea of witches, those warty ladies who practice witchcraft, has been around for as long as people have. There have always been tales of magic, curses and deals with the devil. What better story is there than those full of intrigue, of right and wrong, good and evil, and humans associating with manifestations of the devil himself?

Naturally, these stories and themes also lend themselves well to the silver screen. Be it a young boy learning about the magic for the first time, a teenage witch learning to control her powers, a young girl and her companions cursed by an evil witch, or the dozens of dramatizations of the true atrocities that occurred in Salem, all of these stories made for wonderful film lore.

This list features the best movies about witches. Vote up your favorite of the witchy films below or add one you love that isn't already on the list. Then grab your broom and hat and fly off into the night!
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

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Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood

Released: 1998

Directed by: Griffin Dunne

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Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

Released: 1996

Directed by: Andrew Fleming

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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher

Released: 1987

Directed by: George Miller

The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-fantasy film based on John Updike's novel of the same name. Directed by George Miller, the film stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne, ...more

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Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston, Brenda Blethyn

Released: 1990

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg

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Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Adamson

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

Released: 1939

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Released: 2015

Directed by: Robert Eggers

The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 historical period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut and stars ...more

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Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2013

Directed by: Richard LaGravenese

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Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1996

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

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Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2013

Directed by: Tommy Wirkola

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 American-German action-horror comedy film written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. It is a continuation to the German folklore fairy tale "Hansel ...more

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Ryan Reynolds, Melissa Joan Hart, Laura Harris

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tibor Takács

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Halloweentown Debbie Reynolds, Rino Romano, Kimberly J. Brown

Released: 1998

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

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Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

Released: 1963

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Rich, Ted Berman

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Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

Released: 2012

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka

Released: 1989

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

Released: 1999

Directed by: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Released: 2020

Directed by: Oz Perkins

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Released: 2011

Directed by: Brett Ratner, Dominic Sena

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