Witches are a lot of things to a lot of people. For some they're a figure of feminine strength, for others they symbolize a connection to the natural world. For others, they are sinister women who practice black magic in the darkest parts of the woods and worship Satan in sinister rites.
Either way, these women make for great stories.
Below, we've made a little list of our favorite witch films (and one TV show) featuring witches. So whether you're into empowered women controlling destiny through their connection to the planet or grotesque monsters using baby blood to coat their broomsticks, we have something for you.
Probably one of the best witchcraft movies ever made, as well as one of the most iconic films of the 90s, The Craft introduced legions of kids to pagan rituals, beliefs, and consequences. The film follows a new kid in school as she makes friends with a circle of aspiring witches, lead by the mentally unstable (but oh so awesome) Nancy, played by Fairuza Balk.
Trivia: what is the name of the deity Nancy worships?
One of the scariest films ever made for kids, Roald Dahl's The Witches features the hair raising tale of a little boy who discovers a convention of witches, who turn him into a tiny white mouse. The movie stars Anjelica Huston in a campy turn as the Grand High Witch.
Trivia: What famous British comedian plays the hotel manager where the film takes place?
Another delightful film about supernatural creatures who want to murder children, Hocus Pocus features three hilarious witches singing and dancing and traveling through time in their quests to become immortal.
Trivia: What are the three witches' names?
This lush and beautifully filmed Italian horror movie is about a young woman traveling to attend an isolated ballet school that is also the killing ground for a group of witches.
Trivia: What is the name of the legendary horror film director who made Suspiria?
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
A father and son team of coroners dig into the mystery of a woman's body who was found at the scene of a mass murder. As they peel back the mysteries behind her death, they discover that she might be the source of the strange events that surround them over the course of the evening.
Trivia: What is the name of the song that plays during different hauntings throughout the film?
The Witch (or The VVitch, if you want to be pedantic) is a chilling and atmospheric horror film set in Puritan New England. A family that had been outcast from the community is stalked by a sinister force lingering at the far edge of their woods.
Trivia: What's the name of the devilish goat avatar that appears in the family's home?
The Love Witch
A strange independent film from director Anna Biller, this story follows a young woman named Elaine who seduces men in her quest to find love, which leads to unfortunate ends. Gorgeously shot with a stunning use of color, The Love Wish is one of the most unique supernatural films of all time.
The Witches of Eastwick
Based on a novel by John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick stars Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer as lonely women seduced and betrayed by the Devil (Jack Nicholson) who they later use their witchy powers to exact revenge.
Trivia: What occult item do the women use to extract revenge on their paramour?
A male witch most commonly referred to as a warlock, and the 1989 cult film Warlock stars Julian Sands in a memorable turn as a time traveling warlock fleeing his Puritan persecuter to the 1980s.
Trivia: What does Kassandra, the woman who helps pursue the Warlock, do for a living?
The Wizard of Oz
No list of witch women would be complete without the Wicked Witch of the West, who was minding her own business when some Kansas yokel dropped a house on her sister.
Trivia: What is the name the actress who portrays said Kansas yokel?
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
How did this show get made? It's half teen dramedy, half open invocation of Satan and we love every weird moment of it. Happy Lupercalia, everyone!
Trivia: What's the name of the original Sabrina TV show?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This iconic 1990s TV show had one of the best witchy characters in Willow Rosenburg, brainy but sweet witch who is tempted by the dark side. She became an LGBTQ+ icon and one of the best characters in an already fantastic show.
Trivia: What is the final spell that Willow casts in the series finale of Buffy?
Have you seen any of these movies or shows? Are you pissed that I skipped your favorite? Let us know in the comment section.