The second-most popular book (it was actually 3 separate books) of all time is J.R.R. Tolkien's “Lord of the Ring,” and the movie adaptations became extremely popular. In them, two wizards of note, Gandalf and Saruman (who betrayed Gandalf and his order, the Istari), do battle with each other. Gandalf is one of several main characters in the movie and he, his sword and his staff all have a great impact on those around them.
A 1988 movie that featured a very small person who did great and wizardly things was “Willow.” In the movie, Willow Ufgood is a Nelwyn (who are a race of dwarf-like humans) who must protect the baby Elora Danan from the evil Queen Bavmorda. Bavmorda is a powerful sorceress who needs Elora so that she herself can become immortal. The adventures that Willow goes through are very interesting and the ending is satisfying.
The movie “Wizards,” which was an animated story that appeared on the silver screen in 1977, is probably one of the most interesting of all tales that have to do with when wizards battle each other. It is about Avatar, a good and wise wizard, and his twin brother Blackwolf, who is a mutant and who wants only to rule the world his way (which is a very dark and twisted way).
Avatar stands for the goodness of magic while Blackwolf wants to use the modern technology of the planet over 2,000,000 years from now. This is after Earth has begun to recover from the effects of a terrible nuclear war.
Wizards is rated PG and may not be suitable for younger children, who might not understand the struggle between the two wizards. But still; it’s a very involved movie with groundbreaking animation for the era in which is what made. It was also cleaned up and sharpened for DVD in 2004, when it first came out in that format.
There are countless wizard movies that have been made over the years, including a fine made-for-TV movie of the popular Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place.” So sit back, pick out any wizard movie made and enjoy it for what it is.