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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Scholastic Video Collection: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Movie Poster Image
Stories of magic based on popular kids' books.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Barbie and the Secret Door Movie Poster Image
Magical tale with an engaging story and positive messages.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Frogs and Toads: Max's Magical Journey Movie Poster Image
Sweet Dutch adventure story follows kids exploring nature.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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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: 1998)
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Make Believe Movie Poster Image
Teens chase magical dreams in inspiring documentary.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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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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Big Fish Movie Poster Image
Delightful, sad father-son story for teens and up.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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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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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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