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1. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.5
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66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,061,670 | Gross: $53.09M

2. Now You See Me (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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50 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 551,944 | Gross: $117.72M

3. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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54 Metascore

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater

Votes: 58,968 | Gross: $10.51M

4. Magic (1978)

R | 107 min | Drama, Horror

6.8
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A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Ed Lauter

Votes: 8,010

5. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.8
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75 Metascore

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly

Votes: 21,031 | Gross: $20.34M

6. The Great Buck Howard (2008)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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63 Metascore

A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.

Director: Sean McGinly | Stars: Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Tom Hanks, Emily Blunt

Votes: 12,959 | Gross: $0.75M

7. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, including his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife and his premature death.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 2,083

8. Watch Me When I Kill (1977)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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A pharmacist is murdered, and a woman happens to see the culprit leave the scene. She soon finds herself being stalked by the killer, and when her boyfriend tries to discover who the ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Bido | Stars: Corrado Pani, Paola Tedesco, Franco Citti, Fernando Cerulli

Votes: 722

9. Carnival Magic (1981)

G | 86 min | Fantasy

2.3
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A magician in a carnival--who actually can read minds and levitate people and objects--works with a superintelligent chimp named Alex, who can also talk. The magician and the chimp soon ... See full summary »

Director: Al Adamson | Stars: Don Stewart, Jennifer Houlton, Howard Segal, Regina Carrol

Votes: 575

10. The Stooge (1951)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.9
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Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen, Marion Marshall

Votes: 1,175

11. Blind Woman's Curse (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Crime, Horror

6.7
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The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô, Hideo Sunazuka

Votes: 961

12. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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In Switzerland, German singer Willie falls in love with Jewish composer, Robert, who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks Willie is a Nazi and may be a ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,287

13. The Clairvoyant (1935)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.7
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A fake music-hall clairvoyant meets a woman, and suddenly his predictions seem to come true ...

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Claude Rains, Fay Wray, Mary Clare, Ben Field

Votes: 858

14. On Tour (2010)

111 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Joachim, a former Parisian television producer had left everything behind - his children, friends, enemies, lovers and regrets - to start a new life in America. He comes back with a team of... See full summary »

Director: Mathieu Amalric | Stars: Miranda Colclasure, Suzanne Ramsey, Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz

Votes: 2,351

15. Here Comes Trouble (1948)

Approved | 55 min | Comedy

5.6
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A newspaper publisher (Emory Parnell) is being blackmailed by a burlesque queen (Joan Woodbury), and he sends one of his reporters (William Tracy) to talk to her. The girl is murdered and ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Guiol | Stars: William Tracy, Joe Sawyer, Emory Parnell, Betty Compson

Votes: 183

16. The Red Chapel (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.3
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58 Metascore

Two Danish comedians join the director on a trip to North Korea, where they have been allowed access under the pretext of wanting to perform a vaudeville act.

Director: Mads Brügger | Stars: Mads Brügger, Simon Jul Jørgensen, Jacob Nossell

Votes: 1,646 | Gross: $0.01M

17. Le Million (1931)

Not Rated | 81 min | Musical, Comedy

7.5
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An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Annabella, René Lefèvre, Jean-Louis Allibert, Paul Ollivier

Votes: 2,939

18. Gran Casino (1947)

92 min | Drama, Musical

6.0
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After the mysterious disappearance of an oil well owner, one of his workers, Gerardo (Jorge Negrete) assumes the business management. Soon, the owner's sister (Libertad Lamarque) arrives ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Libertad Lamarque, Jorge Negrete, Meche Barba, Agustín Isunza

Votes: 620

19. Around a Small Mountain (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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63 Metascore

Biopic based on the life of author Raymond Roussel.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Jane Birkin, Sergio Castellitto, André Marcon, Jacques Bonnaffé

Votes: 615 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Just Off Broadway (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Private detective Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is serving on the jury trying Lillian Hubbard (Janis Carter) for the murder of Harley Forsythe. A witness with information that could clear ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Phil Silvers, Janis Carter

Votes: 157

21. Go Into Your Dance (1935)

Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

6.4
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Al Howard may be a star on Broadway, but he is no longer welcomed by any producer. It seems that he just trots off to Mexico any time he wants causing shows to close and producers to lose ... See full summary »

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz, Robert Florey | Stars: Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane

Votes: 277

22. You're a Sweetheart (1937)

Approved | 96 min | Musical, Romance

5.9
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Hal Adams tries to win the heart of Broadway star Betty Bradley.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Alice Faye, George Murphy, Ken Murray, Charles Winninger

Votes: 65

23. Rock Dancer (1995)

168 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

4.3
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A female dancer is injured and her sister gets trained to take over from her. Lots of songs, comic scenes, and the bad guys galore.

Director: V. Menon | Stars: Kamal Sadanah, Ritu Shivpuri, Ronit Roy, Shammi Kapoor

Votes: 39

24. The Shanghai Drama (1938)

76 min | Drama

6.5
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A Russian emigrant sings in a Shanghai nightclub under the assumed name of Kay Murphy. All she dreams of is a peaceful life with her daughter Vera. But this is only a pipe dream as she has ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Christl Mardayn, Louis Jouvet, Raymond Rouleau, Dorville

Votes: 77

25. Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case (1941)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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P. Cadwallader Jones (James Ellison), assistant district attorney and his sweetheart Terry Parker (Virginia Gilmore), a newspaper reporter, are about to be married when news comes that ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: James Ellison, Virginia Gilmore, Franklin Pangborn, Paul Harvey

Votes: 9

26. This Is the Life (1935)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

5.8
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After obtaining her from an orphanage a couple exploit entertainer Withers till she runs away and later becomes a professional.

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Jane Withers, John McGuire, Sally Blane, Sidney Toler

Votes: 38

27. Bosko in Person (1933)

8 min | Family, Animation, Short

5.4
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Bosko and Honey perform a wacky stage act that includes doing imitations of Maurice Chevalier, Greta Garbo and 'Jimmy Durante'.

Directors: Friz Freleng, Hugh Harman | Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray

Votes: 129

28. Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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Dizzy Carmelita and Uncle Matt inadvertently become involved with thieves smuggling jewels inside a ceramic elephant.

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Lupe Velez, Leon Errol, Walter Reed, Elisabeth Risdon

Votes: 148

29. Dizzy Dames (1935)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.4
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Lillian Bennett runs a theatrical boarding house in New York City. She doesn't want her débutante daughter Helen Bennett, reared in finishing schools away from New York, to know of her own ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Marjorie Rambeau, Florine McKinney, Lawrence Gray, Inez Courtney

Votes: 20

30. Little Miss Roughneck (1938)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

4.7
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A talented 10-year-old singing prodigy, Foxine LaRue, who is only slightly less artificial and theatrical than her name, is pushed into vaudeville by her stage-mother mama, Gert LaRue, who ... See full summary »

Director: Aubrey Scotto | Stars: Edith Fellows, Leo Carrillo, Scott Kolk, Julie Bishop

Votes: 6

31. Naked Nights (1963)

Documentary

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Sketches, with titles in Italian, Spanish, French, and English, according to, and in order of, the Italian version: (1) Strip in the moon; (2) Mistery dance; (3) First ball; (4) Censored; (... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Fecchi | Stars: Annuck, Marilù Asaro, Anna Maria Belardinelli, Les Beverly

32. Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet (1930)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

5.4
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Early Vitaphone-Warner Bros. short film introduced as part of the Vitaphone Varieties series featuring Jack Buchanan who announces to the audience that he will be replacing a member of the ... See full summary »

Star: Jack Buchanan

Votes: 47

33. Lawrence Welk and His Champagne Music (1950)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Music

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Lawrence Welk and his Champagne Music (and Orchestra) are playing their music in a fictional nightclub setting in which one of the band musicians is out in the audience playing a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Skinner | Stars: Lawrence Welk, Helen Ramsay, Roy Woldum, Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra

34. Hot Rumba (1952)

91 min | Musical, Comedy

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Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares | Stars: Adalberto Martínez, Lilia Prado, Óscar Pulido, Gloria Mestre

35. The Talking Dog (1956)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short

5.1
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Maggie and Sam have finally saved enough money to be able to pay off the mortgage on their home, and Maggie warns Sam to be careful on his way to the bank. Sam immediately runs into a shady... See full summary »

Director: Alex Lovy | Stars: Daws Butler, Grace Stafford

Votes: 9

36. Laughing Matters (2004 Video)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy, Romance

6.8
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Documentary film about these 4 ground-breaking lesbian comediennes. Interviews are interspersed with stand-up material.

Director: Andrea Meyerson | Stars: Kate Clinton, Marga Gómez, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Karen Williams

Votes: 42

37. Troubles of a Manager of a Burlesque Show (1904)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

4.5
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Facing a stationary camera, sitting at a desk, a man works busily. Posters of burlesque queens are on the wall behind him. A single woman, followed later by later two others, comes into the... See full summary »

Votes: 156

38. A Fire in a Burlesque Theatre (1904)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Drama

4.4
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A man runs out the stage door of a burlesque theater, followed by billowing smoke. Firefighters run up. One places a ladder up to a second-story window beside the door, and he helps several... See full summary »

Votes: 169

39. Chirgwin in His Humorous Business (1896)

Short

4.4
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'The White Eyed Kaffir' performs with top hat.

Star: G.H. Chirgwin

Votes: 32

40. Chirgwin Plays a Scotch Reel (1896)

Short

4.8
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'The White Eyed Kaffir' performs a sword dance with tobacco pipes.

Star: G.H. Chirgwin

Votes: 8

41. The Egg-Laying Man (1896)

Short

5.9
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Conjuror produces eggs from head and arms.

Director: Cecil M. Hepworth | Star: David Devant

Votes: 9

42. Norah Mayer the Quick-Change Dancer (1898)

Short

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Eccentric dances. National dances. Spanish and Japanese dances.

Director: James Williamson | Star: Norah Mayer

43. Serpentello (1897)

Short

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44. Stage Struck (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short

3.8
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Half-Pint, a stage-struck baby circus elephant, is forever getting into and messing up somebody's act. Although the ringmaster thinks he is too young to perform, Half-Pint cannot resist the... See full summary »

Director: Mannie Davis

Votes: 5

45. Devant's Hand Shadows (1896)

Short

5.1
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Two scenes of conjuror demonstrating shadowgraphy.

Stars: David Devant, Robert W. Paul

Votes: 7

46. The Mysterious Rabbit (1896)

Short

3.8
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Conjuror produces rabbit from hat and duplicates it.

Star: David Devant

Votes: 26

47. Cronin, American Club Manipulator (1896)

Short

5.2
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Juggler performs with Indian clubs.

Star: Morris Cronin

Votes: 5

48. Geld oder Leben - Vier heitere Geschichten (1984 TV Movie)

59 min | Comedy, Romance

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Director: Franz Peter Wirth | Stars: Heidelinde Weis, Robert Atzorn, Wolfgang Kieling, Karl Lieffen

49. Tom Merry, Lightning Cartoonist (1895)

Short

5.1
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Director: Birt Acres | Star: Tom Merry

Votes: 8

50. Cronin with Three Clubs (1896)

Short

5.2
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Juggler performs with Indian clubs.

Star: Morris Cronin

Votes: 5



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