Screen depictions of the Salem witch trials (or their aftermath)

by GusF | created - 17 May 2019 | updated - 06 Feb 2020 | Public
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1. Maid of Salem (1937)

Passed | 86 min | Drama

Young lovers fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Harvey Stephens, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 347

2. I Married a Witch (1942)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward

Votes: 7,121 | Gross: $0.31M

3. You Are There (1953–1972)
Episode: The Witch Trial at Salem, Massachusetts (August 1692) (1953)

Drama, History

In Salem, Massachusetts, accused witches are sentenced to death.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Walter Cronkite, Joseph Anthony, Russ Bender, John Boruff

Votes: 7

4. The Crucible (1957)

145 min | Drama, History

Salem 1692. The young Abigail, seduced and abandoned by John Proctor, accuses John's wife of being a witch in revenge. It will be the beginning of a series of witchcraft trials and a dark moments in American history.

Director: Raymond Rouleau | Stars: Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Jean Debucourt, Alfred Adam

Votes: 570

5. Bell Book and Candle (1958)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 10,048

6. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)
Episode: The Crucible (1959)

Comedy, Drama

A Salem woman accuses her ex-lover's wife of witchcraft.

Director: Henry Kaplan | Stars: Sean Connery, Barbara Chilcott, Noel Willman, Susannah York

Votes: 16

7. Hexenjagd (1960 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama

A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Ludwig Cremer | Stars: Hans Christian Blech, Gisela Mattishent, Paul Dahlke, Beatrice Schweizer

8. The Crucible (1967 TV Movie)

135 min | Drama, History

In the Puritan New England town of Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls go dancing in the forest with a black slave named Tituba. While dancing, they are caught by the local minister, ... See full synopsis »

Director: Alex Segal | Stars: George C. Scott, Colleen Dewhurst, Melvyn Douglas, Tuesday Weld

Votes: 82

9. Bewitched (1964–1972)
Episode: Samantha's Old Salem Trip (1970)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

When Sam and Darrin abruptly return home Sam is summoned back by the Witches Council. Esmerelda hastily sends Sam back to Salem - seventeenth century Salem.

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead, David White

Votes: 163

10. In Search of... (1976–1982)
Episode: Salem Witches (1980)

23 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

A celebration of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts featuring rare looks at coven rituals and an initiation ceremony. A scientist suggests a rational explanation lurks behind the hysteria that sparked the Salem Witch Trials of 1692-93.

Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Linnda R. Caporael, Laurie Cabot, Jody Cabot

Votes: 18

11. The Time Machine (1978 TV Movie)

99 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A scientist builds a machine that will enable him to travel back and forth in time, but when he puts it in motion, he gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Henning Schellerup | Stars: John Beck, Priscilla Barnes, Andrew Duggan, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 347

12. The Crucible (1981 TV Movie)

Drama, History

An adaptation of the famous play concerning the Salem witch trials.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Michael Harbour, Lynn Dearth, Daniel Massey, Eric Porter

Votes: 35

13. Voyagers! (1982–1983)
Episode: Agents of Satan (1982)

49 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

In colonial Massachusetts, Phineas and Jeffrey must save themselves and Benjamin Franklin's mother from charges of witchcraft.

Director: Alan J. Levi | Stars: Jon-Erik Hexum, Meeno Peluce, Earl Boen, Marta DuBois

Votes: 49

14. Three Sovereigns for Sarah (1985– )

Drama, History

This is an accurate portrayal of the Salem witch trials of 1692, with real characters and original transcripts woven into the dialogue. The film is a powerful, moving story about three loving sisters accused of witchcraft.

Votes: 29

15. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Apprentice (1988)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

College sophomore Sarah McBride accepts a job at Colonial Village, a tourist attraction that recreates Puritan life in 1692 Salem and allows nothing from the 20th century. But things aren't quite what they seem.

Director: Eleanor Gaver | Stars: Wayne Tippit, Haviland Morris, Katherine Elizabeth Neuman, Gary Lahti

Votes: 142

16. Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz

Votes: 104,368 | Gross: $39.51M

18. The Crucible (1996)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, History

A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen

Votes: 35,572 | Gross: $7.34M

19. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996–2003)
Episode: The Crucible (1997)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Sabrina is put on trial for witchcraft when her class visits historical Salem, Massachusetts.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nate Richert

Votes: 250

20. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Treehouse of Horror VIII (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer battles mutants after Springfield is annihilated by a neutron bomb; Bart has his DNA mixed with a fly; Marge is revealed to be a witch in colonial Springfield.

Director: Mark Kirkland | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,994

21. Charmed (1998–2006)
Episode: The Witch Is Back (1998)

PG-13 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Prue is attacked by a warlock from the past, but Phoebe calls on an ancestor to help protect the sisters, and Piper works up her courage to ask Leo out.

Director: Richard Denault | Stars: Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Ted King

Votes: 727

23. Charmed (1998–2006)
Episode: All Halliwell's Eve (2000)

TV-PG | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

The sisters are sent back in time on Halloween to save a baby from being born into the clutches of evil. Meanwhile, Leo and Darryl are left to keep the grimlocks at bay until the sisters return.

Director: Anson Williams | Stars: Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

Votes: 695

24. Salem Witch Trials (2002 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama, History

A masterful work accurately details the current consensus of what exactly occurred to prompt the colonial witch trials.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Henry Czerny, Gloria Reuben, Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 739

25. The Lords of Salem (2012)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record - a "gift from the Lords". The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips

Votes: 28,105 | Gross: $1.16M

26. The Conjuring (2013)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Votes: 447,239 | Gross: $137.40M

27. The Secret Village (2013)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two strangers research a mysterious outbreak of mass hysteria in a small village.

Director: Swamy M. Kandan | Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Ali Faulkner, Richard Riehle, Stelio Savante

Votes: 972

28. American Horror Story (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show circus, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse, and a slasher summer camp.

Stars: Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 279,816

"American Horror Story: Coven" (2013)

29. Salem (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Supernatural horror loosely based on Salem's 17th century witch trials.

Stars: Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Tamzin Merchant

Votes: 22,246

30. Timeless (2016–2018)
Episode: The Salem Witch Hunt (2018)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

While Wyatt sneaks away from the bunker to face an unbelievable truth, Lucy, Rufus and Flynn chase the Mothership to the 1692 Salem Witch Trials.

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Paterson Joseph

Votes: 1,146

31. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016– )
Episode: Witch Hunt (2018)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Legends find themselves headed to the Salem witch trials, where they learn that a magical creature in town is causing problems they hadn’t expected.

Director: Kevin Mock | Stars: Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan

Votes: 1,418

32. The Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope (1972)

35 min | Short, Drama, History

A bizarre series of events focused on young women in the village of Salem causes paranoia in the late 1600s. It ends with the lynching of the accused and subsequent releases from jail. Dark and gritty, but not frightening.

Director: Dennis Azzarella | Stars: Alek Primrose, Roman Makarenko, Irene Bunde, Graham Jarvis

Votes: 29

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