Movies like Circus

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Circus (2000)
 5.7
 2K
Circus (2000)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife. Leo does it, but then Julius shows up with the murder on tape, saying Gloria isn't his wife - it's blackmail. Leo's bookie, Troy, is also closing in, wanting to be paid. Bruno and Lily as well as Bruno and Julius have their own scams running, and Leo is their target. Maybe Leo can get Troy off his back, avoid Moose (Bruno's huge enforcer), send Gloria's corpse out of England, turn the tables on Bruno's murderous brother Caspar, and outfox Lily. Or is Lily his fox? It's a three-ring circus.
Style: clever, stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, cynical, bad ending, entertaining, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, swimming pool, wig, phone booth, strangulation, room service, broken finger, crime, gangsters, gambling, hitman, violence, neo noir, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, criminal's revenge, laptop, rope, vengeance, murder, heist, master criminal, tough law enforcer, cons and scams, gangster ...
Time: 90s
Place: brighton, england, europe, london

Most similar movies to Circus

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, murder, gangsters, betrayal, crime gone awry and greed mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Circus: City of Industry (1997), The Killers (1964), Johnny Handsome (1989), Face (1997), The Real McCoy (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
City of Industry (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.
Style: serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, murder, revenge, betrayal, stripper, crime, gangsters, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, retired, escape, brother ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.1
 6K
The Killers (1964)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A hit man and his partner try to find out why their latest victim, a former race-car driver, did not try to get away.
Style: clever, suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, corruption, betrayal, neo noir, murder, robbery, crime, gangsters, heist, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, neo-noir ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, plastic surgery, new identity, robbery, murder, crime, rehabilitation, betrayal, gangsters, vengeance, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, seaport, texas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.7
 4K
Face (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job too many. The gang dissolves in a murderous flurry of ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, gang, violence, heist, criminal's revenge, crime, criminal, hoodlum, bank robber, gangsters, crime gone awry, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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The Real McCoy (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Karen McCoy is released from prison with nothing but the clothes on her back. Before being incarcerated Karen was the bank robber of her time, but now she wishes for nothing more than to settle down and start a new life. Unfortunately between a ...
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, stylized, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: bank robbery, betrayal, bank, crime, prison, heist, gangsters, criminal's revenge, kidnapping, chase, gang, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.4
 3K
Bad Company (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: blackmail, judge, cia, cons and scams, murder, betrayal, crime, espionage, neo noir, secret agents, strong sexual content, intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Albino Alligator (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three petty thieves who the police believe to be major criminals are chased into a basement bar where they take five hostages including all the bar employees. The rest of the movie deals with the cops lurking outside the bar while the trio try to ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police, gun, bar, crime, crime gone awry, mistaken identity, hostages, neo noir, siege, heist, sibling relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, clever, stylized, witty, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, prohibition, violence, betrayal, corruption, neo noir, organized crime, mafia, love triangle, loyalty, presumed dead, mayor ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 7.4
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Point Blank (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.
Style: surreal, stylized, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, revenge, betrayal, vengeance, neo noir, alcatraz, crime, neo-noir, left to die, gangsters, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, united states, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, murder, crime, gangsters, criminal's revenge, gang, juvenile delinquency, working class, vengeance, witnessing a crime, urban ghetto, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.1
 31K
Get Carter (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Remake of the British classic. Jack Carter, a mob enforcer living in Las Vegas, travels back to his hometown of Seattle for his brother's funeral. During this visit, Carter realizes that the death of his brother was not accidental, but a ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ritual, hitman, murder, crime, gangsters, lone wolves, vengeance, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, rivalry, tough heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.4
 4K
52 Pick-Up (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Harry Mitchell is a successful Los Angeles manufacturer whose wife is running for city council. His life is turned upside down when three blackmailers confront him with a video tape of him with his young mistress and demand $100,000. Fearing that ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, infidelity, blackmail, crime, neo-noir, crime gone awry, vengeance, missing person, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, hostages ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.4
 807
Caught Up (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Daryl gets out of jail after 5 years. His mother has died, his girlfriend is married, and he can't find a job. His new girlfriend Vanessa, whom he meets when a gunman opens fire on them, gets him a job as a car driver. Hitmen are still after ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, murder, jamaican, nightclub, chase, crime, neo noir, criminal's revenge, unlikely criminals, bank, crime gone awry, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.3
 50K
Sexy Beast (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The idyllic life of retired safecracker Gal is put at risk when a psychotic gangster from his past arrives at his villa in southern Spain, intent on bringing him out of retirement for one last job.
Style: stylized, brutal, clever, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, safecracker, violence, retired, psychopath, murder, hunting, crime, gangsters, one last job, gay slur, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain, england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.8
 12K
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk, who joined Freddie Mays' gang, a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.
Style: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, violence, revenge, casino, gang, stabbed to death, extortion, pub, machete, crime, gangsters, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 3K
Phoenix (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Gambling fever -- along with a brutal bookie -- leads three crooked cops into a double-dealing scheme that lands them in hot water way over their heads.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: gambling, police corruption, neo noir, crime, betrayal, crime gone awry, addiction, heist, rock, tough law enforcer, moral dilemma, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Long Good Friday (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future ...
Style: bleak, stylized, clever, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ira, crime, gangsters, danger, gang war, irish, criminal's revenge, neo-noir, bombing, criminal heroes, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Trial by Jury (1994)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Valerie is a juror in the trail of a mob boss. When her young son's life is threatened, she has no option other than to see that justice isn't done.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, legal action, legal investigation, who done it, crime, mob boss, organized crime, false accusation, law enforcement, legal, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 2K
Body Count (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of thieves attempt to rob an art gallery, but when plans backfire and one of the men winds up dead, the group head down south, running afoul of the law. Along the way, they meet up with a seductive con artist with ideas of her own.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, on the road, murder, criminal heroes, crime, crime gone awry, neo-noir, on the run, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.2
 518K
Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, crime, robbery, heist, group of criminals, thief, tough law enforcer, one last job, chase, police detective, obsession, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
Style: cynical, serious, tense, clever, realistic ...
Plot: strip club, hitman, crime, gangsters, murder, crime gone awry, gang, gambling, crimes, addiction, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 151K
Layer Cake (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
Style: realistic, stylized, rough, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cocaine, drug dealing, violence, murder, hitman, drug lord, neo noir, betrayal, organized crime, cafe, crime, rooftop ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: england, london, europe, netherlands, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.5
 277K
Jackie Brown (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan—with help from a bail bondsman—to keep the money ...
Style: serious, talky, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, heist, crime, airport, stewardess, racial slur, cons and scams, deception, greed, crimes, gangster, deal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 26K
Get Carter (1971)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Michael Caine is Jack Carter, a small-time hood working in London. When word reaches him of his brothers death, he travels to Newcastle to attend the funeral. Refusing to accept the police report of suicide, Carter seeks out his brother’s friends ...
Style: bleak, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: pornography, hitman, british, neo noir, crime, gangsters, neo-noir, vengeance, criminal's revenge, investigation, brother, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, northern england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 23K
The Grifters (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.
Style: tense, bleak, suspense, cynical, twists and turns ...
Plot: betrayal, neo noir, train ride, crime, neo-noir, intrigue, manipulations, parents and children, cons and scams, estrangement, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Blood and Wine (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.
Style: clever, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, robbery, murder, fight, love, crime, dysfunctional family, neo-noir, nanny, safecracker, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Underneath (1995)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Michael Chambers has come home to Austin, Texas. To the mother who's starting a new life and the brother driven by old jealousies. To the places he remembers and the memories he can't forget. And to Rachel, the woman he married and then ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: neo noir, betrayal, crime, murder, heist, armored car, noir, couple relations, city, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 124K
Payback (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: With friends like these, who needs enemies? That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead -- or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, ...
Style: rough, serious, twists and turns, clever, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal's revenge, neo noir, vengeance, betrayal, money, criminal, heroin, mafia, robbery, crime, trap, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 18K
Red Rock West (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, clever, serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, neo-noir, small town, neo noir, money, mistaken identity, betrayal, gas station, sheriff, bar, unemployment, criminal ...
Time: 90s
Place: wyoming, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 3.8
 3K
Deadfall (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After he accidentally kills his father, Mike, during a sting, Joe tries to carry out Mike's dying wish by recovering valuables that Mike's twin brother Lou stole from him years earlier. But Uncle Lou is also a confidence artist, and Joe is ...
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: twins, murder, neo noir, criminal's revenge, gangsters, crime, danger, neo-noir, betrayal, crime gone awry, forgery, going straight ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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