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1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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64 Metascore

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 593,056 | Gross: $317.58M

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.9
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82 Metascore

It's Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe's) third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, Professor Lupin (David Thewlis), but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Griffiths

Votes: 510,262 | Gross: $249.36M

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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63 Metascore

An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris

Votes: 513,417 | Gross: $261.99M

4. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 124,556 | Gross: $20.16M

5. Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz

Votes: 88,765 | Gross: $39.51M

6. Ella Enchanted (2004)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.3
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53 Metascore

Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Joanna Lumley

Votes: 58,859 | Gross: $22.92M

7. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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62 Metascore

When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back.

Directors: Paul Tibbitt, Mike Mitchell | Stars: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown

Votes: 45,608 | Gross: $162.99M

8. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.7
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48 Metascore

The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.

Directors: Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson | Stars: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joseph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 46,320 | Gross: $26.48M

9. The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

5.2
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A young boy with a distant father enters a world of make-believe and magic through a portal within an antique book.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Jonathan Brandis, Kenny Morrison, Clarissa Burt, John Wesley Shipp

Votes: 23,192 | Gross: $17.37M

10. Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

3.6
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14 Metascore

Profion, a tyrant, attempts to overthrow a peaceful kingdom ruled by a tough empress.

Director: Courtney Solomon | Stars: Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan, Bruce Payne

Votes: 31,074 | Gross: $15.22M

11. The NeverEnding Story III (1994)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

3.2
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A young boy must restore order when a group of bullies steal the magical book that acts as a portal between Earth and the imaginary world of Fantasia.

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Jason James Richter, Melody Kay, Jack Black, Carole Finn

Votes: 10,549

12. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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48 Metascore

Molly Mahoney is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium, the 243-year-old eccentric who owns the store, bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once-remarkable Emporium.

Director: Zach Helm | Stars: Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Bateman, Ted Ludzik

Votes: 41,209 | Gross: $32.06M

13. The Color of Magic (2008)

Not Rated | 137 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.1
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A cowardly wizard is roped into a life of adventure. A tale from the first two books of Terry Pratchett's fantasy series "Discworld".

Stars: David Jason, Sean Astin, Tim Curry, Jeremy Irons

Votes: 8,821

14. Magic Island (1995 Video)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.0
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A bored teenager receives a pirate adventure book from his nanny-housekeeper and is sucked into the magic story book after reading it.

Director: Sam Irvin | Stars: Zachery Ty Bryan, Andrew Divoff, Edward Kerr, Lee Armstrong

Votes: 530

15. Tales from the Neverending Story (2001– )

375 min | Drama, Family, Adventure

5.0
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Twelve-year-old Bastian Balthazar Bux had lost the wonderful imagination he had as a child somewhere between growing older, watching TV, going to school and playing with his Gameboy. But ... See full summary »

Stars: Johnny Griffin, Brittany Drisdelle, Valérie Chiniara, Stefano Faustini

Votes: 740

16. Merlin and the Book of Beasts (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Fantasy, Thriller

3.7
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Sorcerer Arkadian has taken over Camelot with a zoo of beasts from his magical book. King Arthur's daughter Avlynn asks Merlin to help her take back Camelot. She also has to find the sacred... See full summary »

Director: Warren P. Sonoda | Stars: James Callis, Laura Harris, Jesse Moss, Patrick Sabongui

Votes: 1,017

17. Doctor Mordrid (1992)

R | 74 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

5.6
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An unspeakable evil has come into our dimension and wants to rule over Earth, and only a mysterious sorceror known as Doctor Mordrid can stop him.

Directors: Albert Band, Charles Band | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Yvette Nipar, Jay Acovone, Keith Coulouris

Votes: 1,233

18. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978)

73 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

7.6
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A young boy becomes an apprentice for a mysterious sorcerer, working at the sorcerer's strange and sinister mill where secretive black magic is being taught and performed at a very heavy price.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Ludek Munzar, Jaroslav Moucka, Christian Brückner, Friedrich Schütter

Votes: 887

19. The Girl on the Broomstick (1972)

76 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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Saxana has the enthusiasm, but lacks the right talent to become a witch. So she's kept in for 300 years - nothing unusual for a sorceress' school. Being bored, she skims through the ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Petra Cernocká, Jan Hrusínský, Jan Kraus, Vlastimil Zavrel

Votes: 1,030

20. Storybook (1996)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Family, Animation

5.0
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Eight-Year-Old Brandon Finds A Magical STORYBOOK That Leads Him To A Doorway In His Attic To The Enchanted Storyland. There He Meets Woody The Woodsman , Pouch The Boxing Kangaroo & Hoot ... See full summary »

Director: Lorenzo Doumani | Stars: Sean Fitzgerald, Swoosie Kurtz, Richard Moll, William McNamara

Votes: 152

21. Fushigi Yûgi - The Mysterious Play (1995–2002)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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A girl named Miaka Yuuki and her friend Yui Hongo are taken into the book called The Universe of the Four Gods. There they battle many hardships including each other in order to become the ... See full summary »

Stars: Kae Araki, Nobutoshi Canna, Tôru Furusawa, Nobuyuki Hiyama

Votes: 793

22. Nachtwacht: De Poort der Zielen (2018)

88 min | Family, Fantasy

7.1
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The residents of the little village called 'Schemermeer', prepare themselves for a large village festival. Vladimir, Wilko and Keelin, the members of the Nachtwacht, have extra reason to ... See full summary »

Director: Gertjan Booy | Stars: Celine Verbeeck, Sven De Ridder, Hilde De Baerdemaeker, Peter Van De Velde

Votes: 55

23. Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008 TV Movie)

84 min | Family, Fantasy

6.2
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It's three days before Christmas, and Nick Snowden forgets about spending early Christmas with his wife, Sandy due to pressure at work. After a fight, Nick walks through a magical mirror ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rosman | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, Lynley Hall, Janelle Cooper

Votes: 876

24. Simsala Grimm - Die Märchen der Brüder Grimm (1999–2010)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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In each episode of this German animated series, one of the famous Classical fairy tales of the brothers Grimm is told in the magical land of Simsala. The local characters Doc Croc and Yoyo ... See full summary »

Stars: Nigel Greaves, Nigel Pegram, Bert Franzke, Jörg Stuttmann

Votes: 525

25. Transylvanian Curse (2015)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

3.3
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A group of actors and actresses gather in a remote Northeastern town to rehearse for a mysterious stage production, only to be plunged into a hellish world where their real lives mirror the grisly story of the play.

Director: Ben Samuels | Stars: Robert Englund, Diane Cary, Daniel Gadi, Justine Griffiths

Votes: 400

26. Little Witch on a Broomstick (2011)

90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

3.2
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A sequel to a cult Czech fantasy comedy The Girl on the Broomstick (1972). Once upon a time, there was a young and very stubborn pupil of magic, Saxana (Petra Cernocká), who escaped from ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Petra Cernocká, Jan Hrusínský, Jirina Bohdalová, Helena Novackova

Votes: 161

27. Das Zauberbuch (1996)

80 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.0
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An evil witch is trying to steal a magic purse possessed by the local ruler. Thanks to Princess Blanka's love, Prince Petr wins out over the witch.

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Mahulena Bocanová, Tina Ruland, Rudolf Hrusínský, Sasa Rasilov

Votes: 129

28. Reinbou (2017)

TV-PG | 100 min | Drama

7.3
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Angel Maceta searches for the father he never knew, who fought in the 1965 Dominican civil war.

Directors: Andrés Curbelo, David Maler | Stars: Nashla Bogaert, Héctor Aníbal, David Maler, Katherine Castro

Votes: 77

29. Paco and the Magical Book (2008)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.9
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Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Ayaka Wilson, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Anna Tsuchiya

Votes: 449

30. Read You Like a Book (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

5.0
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A magical book transforms all who come into contact with it. Meet Dante, a bookstore manager with a crippling secret; Gina, a customer, who knows everything but love; Zoe, Dante's former ... See full summary »

Director: Robert N. Zagone | Stars: Tony Amendola, Joe Bellan, Karen Black, Darren Bridgett

Votes: 91

31. Björk: Bachelorette (1997 Video)

5 min | Short, Drama, Music

8.3
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Video promo for Björk: Bachelorette.

Director: Michel Gondry | Star: Björk

Votes: 139

32. Shadow Man: 2econd Coming (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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Michael LeRoi returns as Shadow Man to stop demon lord Asmodeus from completing the end times prophecy from the Book of Revelation. To do so, Mike must defeat Asmodeus' demon lieutenants, save his leprechaun friend Jaunty and reach Hell.

Stars: Redd Pepper, Corey Johnson, Sean Pertwee, Barry Meade

Votes: 39

33. Good Night Malie (2018 Video Game)

Adventure

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When young Malie discovers a mysterious book in grandpa's attic, she doesn't realize its magical powers until its too late.

Star: Vincent van Ommen

34. Defenders of the Earth (1986– )
Episode: Kshin and the Ghost Ship (1986)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.0
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Kshin discovers a ghost ship whose crew needs to locate a compass to free themselves from centuries of aimless wandering.

Stars: William Callaway, Adam Carl, Buster Jones, Loren Lester

Votes: 5

35. The Worst Witch (2017– )
Episode: Magic Mum (2019)

TV-Y7 | 28 min | Family, Fantasy

8.1
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Mildred frets after deciding to make her mother a witch. Beatrice is tutored by Miss Tapioca and comes up with a surprising recipe.

Director: Dirk Campbell | Stars: Bella Ramsey, Nicola Stephenson, Zita Sattar, Trixie Hyde

Votes: 15

36. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Bard (1963)

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.0
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Julius Moomer, a talentless self-promoting hack who dreams of becoming a successful television writer, uses a book of magic to summon William Shakespeare to write dramatic teleplays that ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Jack Weston, John McGiver, Doro Merande, John Williams

Votes: 823

37. Defenders of the Earth (1986– )
Episode: The Book of Mysteries (1989)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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The Defenders face certain death inside an ancient shrine in Morocco while Kshin discovers a mysterious book of enigmas.

Stars: Adam Carl, Buster Jones, Loren Lester, Sarah Partridge

Votes: 6

38. Defenders of the Earth (1986– )
Episode: The Carnival of Doctor Kalihari (1989)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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On a family outing to a traveling carnival, the older Defenders become part of the freak show when they shrink to three inches!

Stars: Adam Carl, Buster Jones, Loren Lester, Sarah Partridge

Votes: 5

39. Defenders of the Earth (1986– )
Episode: The Mystery of the Book (1989)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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Once again guided by the book, Enigma, Kshin faces an evil monster who is out to conquer and destroy first the Defenders then the Earth.

Stars: Adam Carl, Buster Jones, Loren Lester, Sarah Partridge

Votes: 5

40. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990–2000)
Episode: The Tale of Many Faces (2000)

Not Rated | Drama, Family, Fantasy

3.1
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A self-conscious teen model discovers a cult of girls run by an old crone who steals their beauty for herself.

Director: Lorette Leblanc | Stars: Sarah Edmondson, Jessica Welch, Martin Watier, Mandy Schaffer

Votes: 441

41. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014)
Episode: Trust Me (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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A flashback reveals how Alice and Cyrus fell in love.

Director: Romeo Tirone | Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby

Votes: 283



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