Now You See Me’s marvellous illusions and thrilling heists helped the film become a box office hit upon its release in 2013. We have made a list of 10 riveting movies like Now You See Me that you must check out.
Now You See Me was directed by Louis Leterrier and features a talented ensemble cast. The movie’s plot follows four magicians ‘Four Horseman’ (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) who work on an elaborate plan devised by a mysterious trickster. An inspector (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol detective (Mélanie Laurent) try to track down the magicians who pull off a bang heist in their first show.
The fun of the movie is in the clever razzle-dazzle artifice of the set pieces and the simple explanations of how and why they were done. Now You See Me symbolises the beauty of having faith in things that can’t be explained with logic. The performances by Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Mélanie Laurent are brilliant. In spite of getting mixed reviews from critics Now You See Me became a box office success, grossing $351.7 million worldwide.
List of Movies Like Now You See Me
- Now you See Me 2
- Ocean’s Eleven
- Baby Driver
- The Brother’s Bloom
- Knives Out
- The Illusionist
1. Now you See Me 2 (2016)
Now You See Me 2 is the direct sequel to Now You See Me. It was directed by Jon M. Chu. Now You See Me 2 follows the story of the magicians more than a year after the first movie’s final heist. Now that the Four Horsemen have successfully outwit the FBI and won the public’s adulation they are given the task to expose a tech prodigy Walter Marby (Daniel Radcliffe) and his unethical practices.
A new member Lula (Lizzy Caplan) joins in place of Henly Reeves (Isla Fisher) as the fourth horseman. Just like the first movie, Now You See Me 2 is not short on magical illusions and clever tricks. New discoveries are made about the mysterious death of Dylan’s (Mark Ruffalo’s) father. A sequel to a popular movie always has high expectations and while now You See Me 2 is not as good as the first film, it does perform quite well. If you are searching for films like Now You See Me and you haven’t yet seen the sequel then you should definitely check it out.
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2. Prestige (2006)
The Prestige is a Christopher Nolan film based on the 1995 novel of the same title. The Prestige follows Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale), rival stage magicians in London in the late 19th century. Robert and Alfred were stage partners once but tragedy strikes when a trick goes wrong and it creates an unhealthy competition between the two which endangers the lives of their loved ones.
Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige does not waste a single minute, every small detail is a part of the bigger story. The real-life inventor Nikola Tesla’s technology becomes the means for Broden’s obsessive competition. The Prestige is a masterfully crafted tale with extraordinary performances by the cast. If you are looking for movies like Now You See Me, The Prestige is one of the best movies you can watch.
3. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Directed by Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh, Ocean’s Eleven is an ensemble-heist movie. When Danny Ocean (George Clooney) wants to score one of the biggest heists in history, he brings together a group of men with specialised talents. Ocean’s Eleven is the first instalment of the Ocean franchise and a 2001 remake of the 1960 film by Rat Pack of the same title.
The story follows Danny and Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) who plan a 160-million dollar heist by targeting Las Vegas’ The Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand, all casinos owned by Terry Benedict so that Danny can prove Terry’s true intentions to win back Tess, his ex-wife. If you want to see charming characters and grand heists that are ultimately done for good intentions in movies like Now You See Me, Ocean’s Eleven might be the right choice for you.
You can also look at the rest of the movies in the Oceans series: Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen and the all-female instalment Ocean’s Eight.
4. Baby Driver (2017)
Baby Driver was directed by Edgar Wright and it follows the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort), a getaway driver in Atlanta. Baby survives a car crash which kills his parents and leaves him with tinnitus. Baby uses music as a cathartic tool to help him aid with his hearing issue. Baby’s job is to ferry the robbers and get rid of police chasings.
Baby falls in love with a diner waitress, Debora (Lily James) and decides to quit the criminal job, and in hopes of doing so, he begins to deliver pizzas. The mastermind of the crimes, Doc (Kevin Spacey) assembles a criminal crew consisting of Buddy (Jon Hamm), Buddy’s wife Darling (Eiza González) and Bats (Jaime Foxx) who takes an immediate dislike to Baby. Baby is forced to work on the project to protect Debora and his mate Joseph. Baby Driver is highly action-packed and entertaining, so if you are looking for movies like Now You See Me then you might like this one too.
5. 21 (2008)
21 is a card game-casino heist movie directed by Robert Luketic. The movie is based on a true story where a bunch of M.I.T. students mastermind the technique of counting cards (an illegal practice in the casino) in the game Blackjack in order to take millions from Las Vegas casinos.
The story centres around Ben Campbell, a young, highly intelligent student at M.I.T. who wants a scholarship to help him go to Harvard. His Maths professor, Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) upon discovering Ben’s extraordinary mathematical abilities makes him join a Blackjack group as a deal so he can earn enough money for the Harvard Tuition fee. This journey challenges Ben’s morals and attitude. A brutal casino security enforcer named Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne) holds a personal grudge against Rosa and wishes to bring him down. If you just watch exciting movies similar to Now You See Me then 21’s casino counting card heist will surely entertain you.
6. The Brother’s Bloom (2009)
Rian Johnson’s The Brother’s Bloom is a caper comedy drama. The movie is about two con men, Stephen and Bloom (played by Mark Ruffalo and Adrian Brody). The brothers are orphaned at a young age and grow up playing confidence tricks in dreams to one day pull off elaborate schemes. Rachel Weisz plays the role of a beautiful and delightfully ditsy New Jersey heiress.
The scheme planned by the brothers takes them on an elaborate crooks’ tour of Europe with a mute Japanese explosives expert Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi) and a bent art connoisseur Melville (Robbie Coltrane). The con artist film The Brother’s Bloom has it all, love, deception and tricks. If you watched similar films like Now You See Me and can’t get enough of Mark Ruffalo as a con artist, then you should watch The Brother’s Bloom.
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7. Knives Out (2019)
Knives Out is a detective/murder mystery movie that truly keeps you on the edge. Rian Johnson, the director of Knives Out, brings in an unexpectedly refreshing take to the popular and evidently overdone genre of Detective Fiction. The academy award-winning Knives Out has an Agatha Christie-like ensemble cast. The story follows the death of Harlowe Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), the head of the aristocratic family of the Thrombeys. Benoit Blanc ( Daniel Craig) is anonymously hired to investigate the crime.
The story of Knives out quickly switches its pace when Harlowe’s nurse and kindhearted friend Martha Cabrera (Ana de Armas) inherits all of Harlowe’s assets. The movie reveals a shocking piece of information to the viewers that entirely changes the perceived genre of a murder mystery. Knives Out’s cinematography is genius because it shows us what to focus on but never lies, only misdirects. If you want to see movies similar to Now You See me then the stellar execution of Knives out is worth a watch or two.
8. The Illusionist (2006)
The Illusionist is a romance mystery film by Neil Burger. The movie is loosely based on the short story ‘Eisenheim the illusionist’ by Steven Milhauser. The Illusionist’s highly detailed production value is captivating to watch. The movie follows magician Eisenheim (Ed Norton) in 1900s Vienna. Eisenheim wows the crowd with his baffling magic tricks.
The movie focuses on Eisenheim’s love for Duchess Sophie von Teschen (Jessica Biel). His attempts to win Sophie’s love puts him in a dangerous situation when Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) accuses Eisenheim of necromancy. The Illusionist is a well-crafted movie about love and magic that you should check out if you want to watch movies similar to Now You See Me.
9. Hugo (2011)
Hugo was released in 2010 and was directed by the iconic director Martin Scorsese. The movie is based on a novel by Brian Selznick called The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The movie tells a story of a boy who lives alone in the Gare Montparnasse railway station in Paris in the 1930s. He maintains all the railway clocks (the job of his father) after his dad falls sick and eventually dies.
Hugo Cabret admires movie making and finds himself embroiled in a mystery surrounding his father and the real-life inventor Georges Méliès, a filmmaking pioneer. Hugo tells a heartwarming story that beautifully celebrates the art of filmmaking. If you are a lover of cinema and are looking for films like Now You See Me, Martin Scorsese’s award-winning Hugo is one of the best movies you can watch.
10. Focus (2015)
Focus is a comedy/drama movie directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. The plot revolves around the characters Nicky Spurgeon and Jess Barrett, played by Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Nicky is a con artist who takes an aspiring femme fatale named Jess under his wing.
Focus follows gorgeous protagonists who charm their way with snappy trade banter and an expensive lifestyle. The characters are alluring but there’s nothing beneath for a viewer to have any emotional investment in them. In a movie like this, the viewers will know that they are being played just as much as the characters on screen but part of the fun is trying to stay a step ahead of the action. If you are bored and are looking for more movies like Now You See Me then you might enjoy watching Focus.
Here are a few thrilling movies like Now You See Me that didn’t make the list but you can also watch them:
- The Game
- Catch Me If You Can
- The Matrix
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice