Best Magical Movies

We love Harry Potter as much as the next person, but he's not the only magical character the movies have to offer. In fact, magic in cinema has thrilled us for generations. The glittering Technicolor of the yellow brick road was just the beginning, as Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka, Atreyu, Gandalf, and Aslan showed us more fantastical worlds and faraway places over the years. Kids who can't get enough of spells and sorcery are sure to enjoy this list of favorites and should also check out Books About Magic.

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The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special Movie Poster Image
Elmo, Abby and gang celebrate neighborhood diversity.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Kiki's Delivery Service Movie Poster Image
A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Ponyo Movie Poster Image
Miyazaki's stunning adventure is geared to younger kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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The Sword in the Stone Movie Poster Image
Delightful classic brings King Arthur legend to life.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Thunder and the House of Magic Movie Poster Image
Charming animated adventure is magical for little kids.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Disney fave has great music, strong messages, some scares.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Cinderella (2015) Movie Poster Image
Easy-on-the-eyes fairy tale promotes kindness.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Fantasia Movie Poster Image
Breathtaking animation feat -- with some creepy visuals.
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(Release Year: 1940)
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Mary Poppins Movie Poster Image
World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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Mary Poppins Returns Movie Poster Image
Blunt is a delight in sweet, nostalgic, toe-tapping sequel.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Movie Poster Image
Sweet magical tale will feed kids' toy cravings.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The Polar Express Movie Poster Image
Book-based treat is full of adventure and positive messages.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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The Wizard of Oz Movie Poster Image
Even decades later, one of the best family films ever made.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks Movie Poster Image
Delightful Disney charmer may be too long for youngest.
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(Release Year: 1971)
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How to Train Your Dragon Movie Poster Image
Thrilling adventure sends brains-over-brawn message.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Poster Image
Epic, thrilling 3D adventure sequel is outstanding.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Nanny McPhee Movie Poster Image
Charming adaptation of kids' books; some potty humor.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Night at the Museum Movie Poster Image
Cute adventure; OK for tweens, but a little scary for kids.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Movie Poster Image
Fun, fast-paced sequel is more upbeat than the original.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Onward Movie Poster Image
Original, heartfelt sibling adventure about love and loss.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Movie Poster Image
Fun-packed fairy-tale parody challenges stereotypes.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Upside-Down Magic Movie Poster Image
Confident female lead stands out in book series adaptation.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Aladdin Movie Poster Image
Live-action remake has charming stars, intense moments.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Fantastic but scarier remake of the "tale as old as time."
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Movie Poster Image
Bright, spirited, and edgy version of Willy Wonka.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Freaky Friday Movie Poster Image
Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Maleficent Movie Poster Image
Visually beautiful but dark retelling of classic fairytale.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Mary and the Witch's Flower Movie Poster Image
Magical, intense adventure should delight tween Potter fans.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The NeverEnding Story Movie Poster Image
Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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The Odd Life of Timothy Green Movie Poster Image
Tearjerking family drama about the magic of raising a kid.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Poster Image
Book-based family fantasy is magical fun but also scary.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Willow Movie Poster Image
Magic-filled fantasy adventure with a few battle scenes.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Movie Poster Image
Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.
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(Release Year: 1971)
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Movie Poster Image
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Poster Image
Beautiful epic about storytelling hero can be dark, scary.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Last Unicorn Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s animated fantasy has some scary moments.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Matilda Movie Poster Image
Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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The Secret of Kells Movie Poster Image
Magical animated adventure is intense but beautiful.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Spirited Away Movie Poster Image
Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice Movie Poster Image
Kid-friendly thriller is fun, if lacking in real magic.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Alice in Wonderland (2010) Movie Poster Image
All-new 3-D Alice story is trippy and intense.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Illusionist Movie Poster Image
Touching, beautiful drama about the magic of friendship.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Poster Image
Fantastic, but kids are older, themes are darker.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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The Kid Who Would Be King Movie Poster Image
"Goonies" meets "LOTR" in fun but sometimes scary adventure.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Make Believe Movie Poster Image
Teens chase magical dreams in inspiring documentary.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Movie Poster Image
Powerful queens go to war in intense, dark fantasy sequel.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Oz the Great and Powerful Movie Poster Image
Colorful prequel is scarier, less magical than the original.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Hocus Pocus Movie Poster Image
Rollicking Halloween fun for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Poster Image
Tolkien tale isn't as great as LOTR, but better for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Poster Image
Sequel bolstered by brave elves, scary dragon, big spiders.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Dragonheart Movie Poster Image
A kid-friendly fantasy adventure.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Poster Image
Delightful but dark Potter prequel is more grown-up.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Movie Poster Image
Trilogy conclusion has thrilling, violent battle scenes.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, but also violent and scary.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire Movie Poster Image
Medieval fantasy has some battle violence, sorcery.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse Movie Poster Image
Frequent medieval violence in engaging stand-alone sequel.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Prestige Movie Poster Image
Rival magicians battle in smart, dark period tale.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie Poster Image
Compelling drama takes on big life questions.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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