Top 10 Movies About Magicians and Mentalists

by AnonymousCritic | created - 19 Feb 2016 | updated - 23 Sep 2018 | Public

Top films about Stage Magicians, plus a view series and episodes about a magician or stage mentalist.

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1. The Illusionist (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

68 Metascore

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 340,232 | Gross: $39.87M

2. The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Romance

41 Metascore

A master monk tries to protect a naive young physician from a thousand-year-old snake demon. A contest of psychic powers results in mayhem.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Jet Li, Shengyi Huang, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi

Votes: 7,771 | Gross: $0.02M

3. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,090,665 | Gross: $53.09M

4. Leap of Faith (1992)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Fake faith healer Jonas Nightingale is stranded in a small town where he finds he can't fool all of the people all of the time.

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson

Votes: 11,513 | Gross: $23.37M

5. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

PG | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Family

46 Metascore

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin's descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana la Fée.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 145,746 | Gross: $63.15M

6. Red Lights (2012)

R | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

36 Metascore

Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen

Votes: 55,932 | Gross: $0.05M

7. Woochi (2009)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Jeon Woo-chi, an undisciplined womanizing Taoist from the Joseon era, ends up in present day Korea causing mayhem with his knack for magic.

Director: Dong-hoon Choi | Stars: Dong-won Gang, Soo-jung Lim, Yoon-seok Kim, Hae-jin Yoo

Votes: 2,788

8. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

60 min | Fantasy, History, Sci-Fi

In an alternate history, during the time of real life Napoleonic Wars, two men of destiny, the gifted recluse Mr. Norrell and daring spellcasting novice Jonathan Strange, use magic to help England.

Stars: Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Marc Warren, Charlotte Riley

Votes: 10,910

9. Now You See Me (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

50 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 561,591 | Gross: $117.72M

10. Now You See Me 2 (2016)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

46 Metascore

The Four Horsemen resurface, and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco

Votes: 222,974 | Gross: $65.08M

11. The Great Magician (2011)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

In the years after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China and established the republic, China broken up into fiefdoms held by warlords, who are busy fighting each other. A ... See full summary »

Director: Tung-Shing Yee | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ching Wan Lau, Xun Zhou, Ni Yan

Votes: 1,464

12. The Magician (1958)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

A traveling magician and his assistants are persecuted by authorities in Sweden of the 19th century. Their captures, however, didn't bring victory to those in power.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Naima Wifstrand

Votes: 7,996

13. Death Defying Acts (2007)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History, Romance

48 Metascore

On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con the famous magician.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 9,384 | Gross: $0.00M

14. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

54 Metascore

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater

Votes: 60,047 | Gross: $10.51M

15. Houdini (2014)

TV-14 | 174 min | Biography, Drama

Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin.

Stars: Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly, Evan Jones, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 10,577

16. Sleight (2016)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents' passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in... See full summary »

Director: J.D. Dillard | Stars: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Storm Reid, Donzaleigh Abernathy

Votes: 7,283 | Gross: $3.85M

17. The Escape Artist (1982)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The young and self-confident Danny bluffs at the local police-station that he will escape out of prison within one hour. What follows is a flashback about his childhood with his uncle and ... See full summary »

Director: Caleb Deschanel | Stars: Raul Julia, Griffin O'Neal, Desi Arnaz, Teri Garr

Votes: 576 | Gross: $0.14M

18. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

A veteran Vegas magician tries to revive his career after his longtime partner quits, he gets fired from his casino act, and an edgy new "street magician" steals his thunder.

Director: Don Scardino | Stars: Steve Carell, Luke Vanek, Steve Buscemi, Mason Cook

Votes: 68,337 | Gross: $22.53M

19. Magicians (2007)

90 min | Comedy

A pair of rivaling stage magicians are forced to confront their falling out over a guillotine mishap when they compete in a magic competition.

Director: Andrew O'Connor | Stars: Robert Webb, David Mitchell, Sarah Hadland, Paul Mark Elliott

Votes: 5,339

20. Desperate Acts of Magic (2013)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy

43 Metascore

A magician competes in an international magic competition where he goes head to head with a female street magician he has fallen in love with. This film shows great magic performed by a ... See full summary »

Directors: Tammy Caplan, Joe Tyler Gold | Stars: Joe Tyler Gold, Valerie Dillman, Jonathan Levit, Sascha Alexander

Votes: 110

21. The Magician (2006)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

Failed magician Iskender decides to do a tour to save his career, but has to bring his grumpy and senile father along. The tour is quite unexpectedly interrupted when a bride actually disappears from the stage.

Directors: Ali Taner Baltaci, Cem Yilmaz | Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Mazhar Alanson, Özlem Tekin, Tuna Orhan

Votes: 26,990

22. The Young Magician (1987)

106 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A 12-year boy feels left out by his classmates because he wasn't given ice time in the big hockey game. He finally discovers his calling when his parents take him to a magic show. Picked by... See full summary »

Director: Waldemar Dziki | Stars: Rusty Jedwab, Natasza Maraszek, Edward Garson, Tomasz Klimasiewicz

Votes: 187

23. The Illusionist (2010)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Drama

82 Metascore

A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Duncan MacNeil, Raymond Mearns

Votes: 32,108 | Gross: $2.23M

24. Thunder and the House of Magic (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

47 Metascore

Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm, stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos.

Directors: Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen, Mimi Maynard | Stars: Cinda Adams, George Babbit, Brianne Brozey, Kathleen Gati

Votes: 5,741 | Gross: $0.00M

25. Magic Man (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In order to see magic idol Krell Darius perform his world-famous magic act, a beautiful aspiring young-magician, Tatiana, travels from New York to Las Vegas with her closest friends, BFFs, Elena and Vera. As the layers of illusion unfold, so too do the dark windows into Tatiana's past.

Director: Stuart Cooper | Stars: Billy Zane, Alexander Nevsky, Robert Davi, Bai Ling

Votes: 913

26. The Magicians (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

After being recruited to a secretive academy, a group of students discover that the magic they read about as children is very real-and more dangerous than they ever imagined.

Stars: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta

Votes: 36,890

27. The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)
Episode: The Pharaoh's Curse (2003)

TV-14 | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

An up-and-coming magician attempts to learn the secret behind a famous centuries old trick from an older magician.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Shawn Hatosy, Lindy Booth, Xander Berkeley

Votes: 165

28. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
Episode: Well Cooked Hams (1993)

Not Rated | 27 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

A ruthless young magician kills an elderly rival magician for his grand prop: the box of death.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Martin Sheen, Billy Zane, Maryam d'Abo, John Kassir

Votes: 391

29. CSI: NY (2004–2013)
Episode: Sleight Out of Hand (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A famous magician plans three death-defying stunts on three consecutive nights. But on the first two nights, two of his assistants die in ways that eerily resemble his stunts. Can CSI solve the mystery before there's a third victim?

Director: Rob Bailey | Stars: Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Anna Belknap

Votes: 250

30. Royal Pains (2009–2016)
Episode: Ta Da For (2011)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

Hank helps a magician who is struggling with anxiety, Evan tries to hit up Matt Lauer for some free publicity for HankMed, and Divya gets in trouble at her second job.

Director: Ed Fraiman | Stars: Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint, Reshma Shetty

Votes: 96

31. Friday the 13th: The Series (1987–1990)
Episode: The Great Montarro (1987)

TV-14 | 46 min | Horror

Micki and Ryan track down a box used to perform a dangerous magic trick.

Director: Richard Friedman | Stars: John D. LeMay, Louise Robey, Chris Wiggins, Graeme Campbell

Votes: 131

32. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Amazing Maleeni (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Scully investigate the apparent murder of a magician who was decapitated just minutes after he was able to perform the trick of turning his head around 360 degrees. The agents ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Ricky Jay, Jonathan Levit

Votes: 2,291

33. Now You See It... (2005 TV Movie)

TV-G | 83 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A budding producer searches for the country's best young magician.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Aly Michalka, Johnny Pacar, Frank Langella, Chris Olivero

Votes: 1,997

34. Magicians (2000)

108 min | Comedy

A con-man and a wannabe professional magician team up with a waitress and an old professional on their way to Vegas.

Director: James Merendino | Stars: Til Schweiger, Claire Forlani, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Alan Arkin

Votes: 263

35. Harriet Houdini

Family | Announced

A shy teenage girl dreams of being a professional magician, but when her single mom loses her job, Harriet must overcome her crippling stage fright to compete in a talent show in order to save the family horse.

Director: Andrew P. Jones

36. Now You See Me 3 (2020)

Crime, Thriller | Announced

A third installment of the 'Now You See Me' franchise. Plot undisclosed.

Directors: Jon M. Chu, David Gould



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