Celeste loves all things magical, and she has studied the history and practice of witchcraft since childhood. She is a green witch.
What Are the Best Witch Movies?
Are you looking for an awesome movie about witches? Look no further! This list of the top five witch movies (plus a few honorable mentions that didn't make it) should help you narrow down your search and select a witchy flick to watch tonight!
- Hocus Pocus (1993)
- The Craft (1996)
- Practical Magic (1998)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
- Stardust (2007)
1. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hocus Pocus is undoubtedly a witchy Halloween favorite. Bette Midler and her iconic teeth stole the film as the leader of the three Sanderson sisters—witches resurrected 300 years after being executed in Salem for practicing dark magic.
Max and his little sister, Dani, alongside boy-turned-cat Thackery Binx, go on an epic journey to stop the witches and save the children of Salem. The ending makes me cry every time (even as an adult), but it's a movie I watch every Halloween without fail!
2. The Craft (1996)
The Craft is a classic teen coming-of-age story about four girls with magical powers who find each other and form a coven. In typical teenage fashion, the girls use their newfound powers to change their appearance, acquire fortune and material items, and exact revenge on their enemies. In a film that's ultimately about acquiring and controlling power in a world where agency is so often denied to teenage girls, it emphasizes the importance and intensity (good and bad) of female friendship in a way that other teen movies ignore.
The Craft is truly a cinematic celebration of nonconformity and self-acceptance that hasn't lost its luster. Plus, the gothy and angsty overtones of the film have held up for the past 20+ years.
3. Practical Magic (1998)
Practical Magic is an adorable film that has it all—comedy, romance, drama, horror, and of course, magic. Two witchy sisters, played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, face evil men, nosy townspeople, a police investigation, and more in this fun family movie.
Bullock and Kidman's characters are like night and day (both their personalities and appearances!) but both have faced troubles in their romantic relationships. The questions is: Will they ever find true love? Watch the movie—which is ultimately about the insurmountable love between two sisters—to find out. It's fun for the whole family, and it probably has the most heartwarming and "feel-good" ending out of all the films on this list.
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
This might be an obvious choice, but no list of witchcraft-related movies is complete without Harry Potter, the legendary tale of the boy wizard who, throughout seven books, eight movies, and numerous spinoffs, became arguably the most celebrated literary character of a generation.
The first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, is the most classic of all the Harry Potter movies. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the Hogwarts crew were just kids; John Williams bewitched audiences with his brilliant, magical score; and the special effects were just fabulous. It's hard to choose the best Harry Potter film—they were all critical commercial successes—but the first film set the bar very high for those that followed. If you don't end up watching all eight movies, at least watch this one!
5. Stardust (2007)
Stardust is relatively new compared to the other films on this list, but it's a star-studded favorite worth your time and energy! Featuring Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ricky Gervais, and Robert DeNiro (with narration by Sir Ian McKellen!), this magical film is about a star (played by Danes) who falls to Earth and must avoid a wicked witch (Pfieffer) who wants to eat her heart to attain eternal youth.
It's a cute, fun, and campy witch flick based on a fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman, author of the beloved children's book, Coraline. It has some of the same darkly magical vibes as Coraline, and has whimsical, quirky characters and sets that appeal to all audiences. A fun watch for everyone!
It's hard to narrow it down to just five films, so these are some of the movies (and miniseries) that didn't quite make the cut.
- The Crucible (1996)
- Merlin (1998 television miniseries)
- The Mists of Avalon (2001 television miniseries)
- The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
- The Witches (1990)