The cinematic spectre of the witch — the most prominent archetype of unruly female power — has been both a genuine accusation that meant a death sentence for women throughout history, and also a dark, fanciful identity that many modern women find empowering.
This list includes both varieties, and even includes a few movies (’Firestarter’, ’Lucy’, and Disney's 'Frozen') where the word “witch” might not be spoken aloud, but otherworldly feminine powers are on full display nonetheless.
The AVClub is celebrating 'Horrors Week', and just posted an article on the cultural resurgence of witches:
Witches are as synonymous with Halloween as are pumpkins and black cats, and so with October rapidly approaching, we got to thinking about Witch movies, and how great they can be when done right.
Some movie Witches are benevolent and use their powers for good, but in the Horror Genre, most tend to be wizened old crones who are out to kill or eat people, or even worse, take their souls. Most Witches serve Satan you see, so sacrifice is a big part of their daily lives.
For the first 6 movies in the list:
If you're in the mood for a truly quality Witch flick, any of the movies in our Top Six will do you right. For our money, Suspiria and Black Sunday are probably the best of them, but then again they all bring their own unique and terrifying vision to the Witch Flick Sub-Genre, so why not just enjoy them all!
For the remaining:
Below are the rest of our 30 Best Witch flicks, and of course, a few Honorable Mentions thrown in for good measure. Keep in mind that no "Best of" list is ever perfect, but merely a solid starting point for anyone looking to watch some great flicks.
The last 6 being "Honorable Mentions".