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1. The Prestige (2006)

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

8.5
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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: 1,120,991 | Gross: $53.09M

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

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

7.3
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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: 573,001 | Gross: $117.72M

3. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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47 Metascore

A young farmer is chosen to undertake a perilous journey in order to protect a special baby from an evil queen.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

Votes: 96,882 | Gross: $57.27M

4. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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57 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Votes: 564,710 | Gross: $209.03M

5. Now You See Me 2 (2016)

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

6.5
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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: 231,895 | Gross: $65.08M

6. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | 96 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, May Whitty

Votes: 44,706

7. It (1990)

TV-PG | 192 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.

Stars: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson

Votes: 110,580

8. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.0
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57 Metascore

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan

Votes: 39,994 | Gross: $68.55M

9. The Illusionist (2006)

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

7.6
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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: 345,232 | Gross: $39.87M

10. The Great Beauty (2013)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama

7.8
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86 Metascore

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso

Votes: 76,252 | Gross: $2.85M

11. The Immigrant (2013)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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77 Metascore

1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk

Votes: 28,238 | Gross: $2.01M

12. Lord of Illusions (1995)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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A private detective gets more that he bargains for when he encounters Philip Swan, a performer whose amazing illusions captive the world, but they are not really what everyone thinks.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, J. Trevor Edmond, Daniel von Bargen

Votes: 13,981 | Gross: $13.29M

13. Berserk (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.3
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A scheming circus owner finds her authority challenged when the show is targeted by a vicious killer.

Director: Jim O'Connolly | Stars: Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, Diana Dors, Michael Gough

Votes: 1,706

14. Mauvais Sang (1986)

Unrated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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74 Metascore

As a deadly virus which infects people who have loveless sex sweeps Paris, a lonely pariah attempts to steal a potent antidote, only to fall for the mistress of his partner-in-crime. Is the infectious young love the cure to the bad blood?

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Hans Meyer

Votes: 6,448 | Gross: $0.02M

15. The Great Buck Howard (2008)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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63 Metascore

A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.

Director: Sean McGinly | Stars: Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Tom Hanks, Emily Blunt

Votes: 13,221 | Gross: $0.75M

16. Meridian (1990 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror

5.1
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Two American girls in Italy are drugged and raped by an evil magician and his twin brother who suffer from a curse that turns them into beastmen each day. One of the girls falls for the good twin and decides to help him break the curse.

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Malcolm Jamieson, Charlie Spradling, Hilary Mason

Votes: 1,280

17. The Vault of Horror (1973)

R | 87 min | Horror

6.6
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An anthology of five horror stories shared by five men trapped in the basement of an office building.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker, Daniel Massey

Votes: 4,555

18. Human Giant (2007–2008)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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A half-hour show of edgy short films.

Stars: Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Marcus Shultz

Votes: 2,530

19. Fat Pizza (2003)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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The life at a suburban Sydney pizzeria.

Director: Paul Fenech | Stars: Paul Fenech, Tahir Bilgic, Rob Shehadie, Bill Bentley

Votes: 3,360

20. Houdini (1953)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke

Votes: 2,834

21. The Great Houdini (1976 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Paul Michael Glaser, Sally Struthers, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Vance

Votes: 343

22. The Magician of Lublin (1979)

R | 105 min | Drama

5.8
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Yasha is a Jewish stage magician who tours through eastern Europe while destroying his career through personal problems. He has one more chance at theatrical success, but he needs to do a brand new trick in a Warsaw theater.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Alan Arkin, Louise Fletcher, Valerie Perrine, Shelley Winters

Votes: 126

23. One Man and His Cow (2016)

G | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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An Algerian man's life-long dream finally comes true when he receives an invitation to take his cow Jacqueline to the Paris International Agriculture Fair.

Director: Mohamed Hamidi | Stars: Fatsah Bouyahmed, Lambert Wilson, Jamel Debbouze, Hajar Masdouki

Votes: 2,022

24. Loners (2000)

103 min | Comedy

7.6
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33 Metascore

Robert works for a travel agency and helps to arrange scenes from the everyday lives of "ordinary" Czech families as an attraction for Japanese tourists. He also works as a kind of ... See full summary »

Director: David Ondrícek | Stars: Labina Mitevska, Jitka Schneiderová, Sasa Rasilov, Jirí Machácek

Votes: 2,688

25. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

PG-13 | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.2
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Paris...at the turn of the century. Inspector Vidocq investigates a series of unexplained murders at a Grand Guignol-type theatre...where the players have suddenly become real-life victims. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Jason Robards, Herbert Lom, Christine Kaufmann, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 1,084

26. The Magician (2015)

122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

5.9
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During the joseon dynasty in Korea, the princess travels to the Qing to have a beneficial marriage. On her journey to the Qing, she meets and falls in love with a magician.

Director: Dae-seung Kim | Stars: Ara Go, Dal-hwan Jo, Yun-hie Jo, Do-won Kwak

Votes: 542

27. Duel of Hearts (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.7
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Lady Caroline Faye (Alison Doody) meets Lord Vane Brecon (Benedict Taylor) and is attracted to him. When she finds out that he is being accused of a murder he did not commit, she sets out ... See full summary »

Director: John Hough | Stars: Alison Doody, Michael York, Geraldine Chaplin, Benedict Taylor

Votes: 310

28. The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery

6.6
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A private detective gets mixed up with a phony spiritualist racket.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Helene Reynolds, Henry Wilcoxon

Votes: 454

29. David Blaine: Real or Magic (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Mystery

7.6
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Magician David Blaine ventures across America from New York to Los Angeles, performing to various celebrities and the general public.

Director: Matthew Akers | Stars: David Blaine, Hadji Ali, Woody Allen, Will Arnett

Votes: 1,343

30. Daughter of the Mind (1969 TV Movie)

90 min | Thriller, Horror

6.3
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A professor of cybernetics comes to believe that his dead daughter is communicating with him from the netherworld.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Don Murray, Ray Milland, Gene Tierney, Barbara Dana

Votes: 305

31. Doctor Mabuse (2013)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse returns from exile to begin a new reign of terror, and only young Inspector Carl Lohemann stands in his way.

Director: Ansel Faraj | Stars: Jerry Lacy, Nathan Wilson, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker

Votes: 80

32. Miracles of Thursday (1957)

84 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.4
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In the village of Fuentecilla, there is a medicinal spa which was very popular in the past but that now has been forgotten by the public. In order to bring back the tourists, the "prominent... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Richard Basehart, José Isbert, Paolo Stoppa, Juan Calvo

Votes: 526

33. Daïnah la métisse (1932)

51 min | Drama

7.1
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Shades of Othello loom in this engrossing exploration of class, race, and murder set on an ocean liner. Young Dainah encounters an engineer on board who mistakes pleasantries for flirtation... See full summary »

Director: Jean Grémillon | Stars: Charles Vanel, Habib Benglia, Gaston Dubosc, Lucien Guérard

Votes: 161

34. Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

7.5
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Much to our amazement, an elegant and masterful illusionist detaches his own head effortlessly from his shoulders for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,762

35. The Illusionist (1983)

90 min | Comedy

7.0
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At the center of this extremely visualized narrative are the illusionist and his brother, who is lazy on the basis of either great love, or exorbitant envy of the brother. Having spoiled ... See full summary »

Director: Jos Stelling | Stars: Freek de Jonge, Jim van der Woude, Catrien Wolthuizen, Gerard Thoolen

Votes: 620

36. Miracles for Sale (1939)

Not Rated | 71 min | Crime, Mystery

6.3
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Retired performer Mike Morgan sells original illusions to fellow magicians, and although he believes in the supernatural, likes to expose sham psychics. This involves him in some mysterious murders.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Robert Young, Florence Rice, Frank Craven, Henry Hull

Votes: 488

37. Salut l'artiste (1973)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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Nicolas is an actor who only manages to get small roles in films, theatre and commericals. His domestic life does not fare much better as his mistress leaves him and he tries to return to ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Françoise Fabian, Jean Rochefort, Evelyne Buyle

Votes: 205

38. Life Together (1958)

100 min | Comedy

6.3
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The writer Pierre Carot became rich and famous with his book "Life as a Couple", which was based on the loving relationships of four couples. Now he's setting up his will and wants to leave... See full summary »

Director: Clément Duhour | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Danielle Darrieux, Sophie Desmarets, Fernandel

Votes: 153

39. The Gift (X) (2014)

8 min | Short, Drama, Romance

6.7
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The gift wrapper of a department store works after hours to serve a stage magician.

Director: Ivan Petukhov | Stars: Uma Thurman, Andrew Bowen, Edie McClurg, Patricia Rust

Votes: 172

40. The Last Trick of Mr. Schwarcewallde and Mr. Edgar (1964)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.9
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Two magicians, Mr. Schwarzwald and Mr. Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 823

41. Day for My Love (1977)

91 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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The young married couple - photographer Marie (Marta Vancurová) and civil engineering student Petr (Vlastimil Harapes) - live in a cozy attic flat with their four-year-old daughter Maruska.... See full summary »

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Marta Vancurová, Vlastimil Harapes, Sylva Kamenická, Dana Medrická

Votes: 110

42. The Third Wish (2017)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.3
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Kindly, mischievous and humorous story about the troubles of a lovesick teenager called Albert.

Director: Vít Karas | Stars: Filip Antonio, Lukás Brezina, Jitka Cvancarová, Martin Mysicka

Votes: 64

43. Of Things Supernatural (1959)

104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

7.5
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Directors: Jirí Krejcík, Jaroslav Mach, Milos Makovec | Stars: Ladislav Pesek, Vlastimil Brodský, Felix Le Breux, Bohus Záhorský

Votes: 53

44. Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjuror (1904)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy

5.5
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As we are treated with a rare appearance from a true master of the miraculous Asian thaumaturgy, a fine display of multiplication commences, and a serene young geisha completes the enchantment. What does the Chinese conjurer have in mind?

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 689

45. Psilos, lignos kai pseftaros (1985)

89 min | Comedy

4.8
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The life and times of now elderly Pipis Parlapipas, the biggest liar ever existed, whose Munchausen-like adventures have become a TV series, left as a heritage for his relatives.

Director: Yiannis Hartomatzidis | Stars: Stathis Psaltis, Kaiti Finou, Giannis Rotas, Teta Douzou

Votes: 145

46. David Copperfield: 15 Years of Magic (1994 TV Special)

130 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

7.8
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This is a TV special/documentary in which David Copperfield is interviewed in his Magic Warehouse by his girlfriend, the German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, about his career as an ... See full summary »

Directors: David Copperfield, Peter Care | Stars: David Copperfield, Claudia Schiffer, Kim Alexis, James Earl Jones

Votes: 198

47. Blind Venus (1941)

140 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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The imaginary voyage of a woman gone blind on her former lover's boat.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Viviane Romance, Georges Flamant, Lucienne Le Marchand, Jean Aquistapace

Votes: 93

48. The Mask of Diijon (1946)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

5.6
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A stage illusionist's comeback attempt results in his humiliation. He plots to revenge himself by hypnotizing people into committing murders for him.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Jeanne Bates, William Wright, Denise Vernac

Votes: 169

49. The World's Greatest Magic 2 (1995 TV Special)

Family, Fantasy

8.7
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Director: Kent Weed | Stars: The Amazing Johnathan, Dirk Arthur, Scott Beringer, Jason Byrne

Votes: 18

50. The Magic of David Copperfield IX: The Escape from Alcatraz (1987 TV Special)

49 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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This is the 9th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Ann Jillian after a short presentation by David Copperfield himself from the Alcatraz prison's beacon. It is the first one... See full summary »

Directors: David Copperfield, Gary Halvorson | Stars: David Copperfield, Ann Jillian, Al Capone, George Kelly

Votes: 33



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