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Dip into the Dark Arts with These 20 Best Movies about Witches

There is no denying that there is something about witches that capture the imagination. Imagine having that kind of power, and imaging living in that world where not everything is at it seems and the more sinister lurks. Witches have been both feared and respected throughout history, so it is little surprise that many films have been dedicated to them over the years.

Below you will find a list of 20 of the best films about witches. Some are sinister thrillers, others comedic takes, and some outright gory horror, but they all have a story to tell. Take note, no Harry Potter movies have been included in this list. This is not because they aren’t awesome movies about witches, but because you don’t need a list to know that…

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

IMDB Score 7.1/10

This classic Disney movie stars the amazing Angela Lansbury as a novice witch who ends up needing to look after three children fleeing the London bombings during World War II. It all starts with good fun, but then she is roped in to use her powers to help defeat a Nazi invasion of England. Sounds a bit crazy, but the good acting and fun songs make this a memorable classic.

Bell, Book & Candle (1958)

IMDB Score 6.9/10

A romantic comedy starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, Novak plays a seductive urban witch who decides to mess with Stewart’s love life out of revenge. Of course, love ensues, and Novak’s character is forced to choose between her love for him, and her witchy powers.

Black Sunday (1960)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

This film focuses on a 17th century vampire-witch, played by Barbara Steele, that is resurrected and then seeks revenge on the descendants of the people who killed her. This film was incredibly gory for the time, but the vivid black and white photography still delivers something highly unsettling.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

IMDB Score 6.5/10

While this story is more about the group of young people who set out into the woods to make a documentary about the witch, she exists as a threat throughout the film. As they unravel her story, you want to know more, but are left guessing.

The Craft (1996)

IMDB Score 6.3/10

This film focuses on four teenage girls who are also wannabe witches who find themselves tapping into power they could not imagine. While this seems to be the answer to their dreams, the power soon becomes addictive. While this was clearly designed as a vehicle for actress Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk steals the show as their goth leader.

The Crucible (1996)

IMDB Score 6.8/10

While they no be no actual witches in this movie, it will appeal to any follower of the genre. Set in Salem, Winona Ryder stars as a young woman who cries witch when her ex-lover, played by Daniel Day Lewis, rejects her. The witchcraft hysteria that follows unfolds in bleak and realistic detail.

Eve’s Bayou (1997)

IMDB Score 7.3/10

Let in 1960s Louisiana, looks at the witchcraft of Voodoo. The events of the film are set in motion when young Eve, played by Jurnee Smollett, sees her father, played by Samuel L. Jackson, cheating on her mother. She then consults her fortune telling aunt, who leads her to a local voodoo practitioner, played by Diahann Carroll.

Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

IMDB Score 7.7/10

This silent Swedish film was presented as a historical documentary designed to be a warning against witchcraft hysteria, but the result is a rather macabre true horror story. The director depicts the witch trials and the real life horrors recorded in the Malleus Maleficarum. The resulting torture scenes are gruelling today, and would have been very risky at the time.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

IMDB Score 6.8/10

Bette Midler leads this film as one of three murderous witches, alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, accidentally awakened by some children. The trio play both villains, but also offer fish out of water viewpoints on modern society to hilarious effect. Bette Midler’s sinister rendition of I Cast a Spell on You, if a highly memorable moment.

I Married a Witch (1942)

IMDB 7.2/10

This comedy does not have the following it deserves. Starring Frederic March and Veronica Lake, the movie actually centres on a father and daughter who were executed in colonial America for their dark practices, but resurrected in the 1940s. They decide to take revenge on the descendants on the man they hold responsible for their deaths. The result is a surprisingly sinister comedy.

The Love Witch (2016)

IMDB Score 6.2/10

Samantha Robinson stars as a witch named Elaine who repeatedly uses her powers to get men to fall in love with her, always with disastrous consequences. Filmed in an unmistakable 1960s retro-chic, this offers a unique take on the genre, but a sincere commentary on the dangers of being too selfish.

Merlin (1998)

IMDB Score 7.1/10

While there have been many stories set in Camelot, this film starring Sam Neill as the titular wizard looks at the magic side of the experience more than most. Helena Bonham Carter steals the show as Morgana as we dive deep into the world of druid magic and witchcraft.

Practical Magic (1998)

IMDB Score 6.3/10

More romantic comedy than serious witch fare, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman play a pair of orphaned witch sisters who struggle with the normal things of life, while also being magical. This is definitely one for those who fantasize what it would be like to have a little magic in their lives, but with few of the dark consequences.

The Skeleton Key (2005)

IMDB Score 6.5/10

Kate Hudson plays a young carer who does to live with an elderly couple in the outskirts of New Orleans to help care for the dying husband. But everything is not as it seems, and the husband seems to be making a plea for help. As Hudson’s character investigates, she discovers a world of magic and voodoo.

Suspiria (1997)

IMDB Score 7.4/10

From the great Italian horror film maker Dario Argento, an American woman travels to Germany to enrol in an elite dance academy. The academy turns out to be a front for a sinister coven, and our heroine falls into a world of magic and witchcraft. This film is visually stunning and has an amazing soundtrack by the band Goblin.

The Witch (2016)

IMDB Score 6.8/10

This slow burning thriller focusses on a family ostracised from the New England community in early America and forced to live alone and abandoned in the wilderness. However, they do not appear to be as alone as they thought in this desolate place. The sinister force is largely invisible, and looms large across the film before delivering its pay off.

Witches (1990)

IMDB Score 6.8/10

While this is a kid’s film based on the story by Roald Dahl, there is something simply terrifying about this film. Anjelica Huston stars as the witch leader of a coven of hideous witches that are trying to eradicate all children. While the film has a happy ending, the original story is a little more devastating.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

IMDB Score 6.5/10

Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer and share play a trio of witches who are toyed with by the villain Jack Nicholson. Witches were said to be brides of the devil, and Nicholson is clearly the surrogate bad guy here. Our witches are jilted lovers looking for vengeance, and they are going to have fun extracting it.

Witchfinder General (1968)

IMDB Score 6.8/10

In this historic horror, it is not the witches we should be afraid of, but Vincent Price in his role as the witch hunter. He plays Michael Hopkins, who it is thought was responsible for the deaths of more than 300 witches in the 1600s. He tortures and kills in the name of his faith.

The Worst Witch (1986)

IMDB Score 7.1/10

For many kids, this was the Harry Potter of the 1980s. Mildred, played by Faruza Balk, is at a boarding school for witches where she just doesn’t fit in. But that doesn’t stop her from foiling an evil witch plan and saving the school.

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