Nice films about circus

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1. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 396,357 | Gross: $66.26M

2. Behind the Sun (2001)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 6,435 | Gross: $0.06M

3. Limelight (1952)

G | 137 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find purpose and hope in their lives.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton

Votes: 16,595 | Gross: $1.00M

4. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 111,618 | Gross: $1.60M

5. The Mercenary (1968)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Western

A greedy Polish mercenary aids a mine worker and peasant girl as they lead a revolution against the oppressive Mexican Government, and are pursued by an American rival.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Franco Giacobini, Eduardo Fajardo

Votes: 3,723

6. Lisbela and the Prisoner (2003)

106 min | Comedy, Romance

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia, Carlos Casagrande

Votes: 5,095

7. The Circus (1928)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

90 Metascore

The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia, Harry Crocker

Votes: 23,719

8. Leningrad: Kolshchik (2017 Video)

4 min | Short, Action, Comedy

Going on in reverse this music video reveals step by step a bizarre chain reaction of catastrophic events in an ordinary Russian circus.

Director: Ilya Naishuller | Stars: Leningrad, Aleksei Velikotnyi, Anna Baranovskaya, Alena Ermolaeva

Votes: 196

https://youtu.be/ktiONWfSL48

9. A Luneta do Tempo (2014)

99 min | Drama, Musical, Western

In arid and treacherous lands, Lampião and his band are pursued by Antero Tenente and his troop, which faces the capture of the bandit as a matter of honor.

Director: Alceu Valença | Stars: Hermila Guedes, Irandhir Santos, Alceu Valença, Ari de Arimateia

Votes: 74

10. Bye Bye Brasil (1980)

R | 110 min | Drama

The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Fábio Jr., Zaira Zambelli

Votes: 1,361

11. Dumbo (2019)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green

Votes: 51,159 | Gross: $114.77M

12. La Yuma (2009)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

This is the story of Yuma a strong-willed and rebellious girl from the poor neighborhoods of Managua who dreams of being a boxer.

Director: Florence Jaugey | Stars: Alma Blanco, Rigoberto Mayorga, Gabriel Benavides, Juan Carlos García

Votes: 192

13. The Serpent's Egg (1977)

R | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Berlin, 1923. Following the suicide of his brother, American circus acrobat Abel Rosenberg attempts to survive while facing unemployment, depression, alcoholism and the social decay of Germany during the Weimar Republic.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Liv Ullmann, David Carradine, Gert Fröbe, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 4,788

The main characters are former circus artists.

14. Gotham (2014–2019)
Episode: The Blind Fortune Teller (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The circus comes under attack while Gordon and Dr. Thompkins are in attendance.

Director: Jeffrey G. Hunt | Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara

Votes: 3,418

16. Historia de un oso (2014)

G | 11 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.

Director: Gabriel Osorio Vargas

Votes: 2,896

17. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

PG | 130 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

44 Metascore

A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis

Votes: 194,099 | Gross: $234.91M

18. Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

R | 76 min | Animation, Action, Crime

As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Ray Wise

Votes: 45,179 | Gross: $3.78M

There is a mix of amusement park and freak circus.

19. The Clown (2011)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

Father and son work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar and Pangare/Benjamin in a circus in the Brazilian countryside. Benjamin decides to follow a different path and meets several people on the way.

Director: Selton Mello | Stars: Selton Mello, Paulo José, Larissa Manoela, Giselle Motta

Votes: 4,336

20. Mr. Go (2013)

132 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Story about the first gorilla playing baseball in Korean Baseball League.

Director: Yong-hwa Kim | Stars: Dong-il Sung, Jiao Xu, Hee-won Kim, Kang-woo Kim

Votes: 746

21. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith

Votes: 11,225 | Gross: $6.20M

22. Water for Elephants (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a travelling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider

Votes: 107,116 | Gross: $58.71M

23. Os Saltimbancos Trapalhões (1981)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Four humble and goofy employees of a prominent circus, all of them with a natural comedic talent, rebel against their tyrannical boss and his unscrupulous illusionist assistant.

Director: J.B. Tanko | Stars: Renato Aragão, Baiaco, Mário Cardoso, Maria Cláudia

Votes: 499

24. BloodRayne (2005)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

18 Metascore

In the eighteenth century, a vampire escapes from the freak show, in which she once participated, and teams up with a group of vampire slayers to kill the man who raped her mother.

Director: Uwe Boll | Stars: Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Madsen

Votes: 33,245 | Gross: $2.41M

25. Batman Forever (1995)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman

Votes: 225,136 | Gross: $184.03M

The film is awful, but the Flying Graysons' scene is nice.

26. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

Teenager Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a vampire. After a series of events, Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque du Freak and become a vampire.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Josh Hutcherson

Votes: 41,556 | Gross: $14.05M

27. The Great Mystical Circus (2018)

105 min | Drama

Follows a century in the lives of the Knieps, an Austrian family of circus owners.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Nuno Lopes, Albano Jerónimo, Antonio de la Cruz

Votes: 375

28. O Grande Monteleone (2011)

15 min | Short, Drama

Old Monteleone lives alone in a house littered with the relics of his past life in the circus. He hasn't worn his clown suit in years, but now he has good reason to. Today he'll wear his old makeup one last time.

Director: João Leitão | Star: José Pinto

Votes: 28

Honorable mention: Not a movie about circus, but a nice short film on clowns.



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