Movies like Circus

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Circus (2000)
 5.6
 2K
Circus (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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: stylized, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, twists and turns, clever, serious, complex, cult film, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, crimes, crime, master criminal, deadly, rivalry, criminal's revenge, murder, vengeance, gambling, interracial relations, pursuit, swimming pool, phone booth, strangulation, wig, room service, broken finger, twists & turns, neo noir, crime gone awry, heist, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: brighton, england, london, europe

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Most similar movies to Circus

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and rough films with plots about crimes, murder, crime, betrayal, gangsters, rivalry and dishonesty mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Circus: Federal Protection (2002), Caught Up (1998), The Real McCoy (1993), City of Industry (1997), The Outfit (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Federal Protection (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: "Chop Chop" Frankie Carbone has made a career out of stealing cars for the mob in Chicago. An attempted assassination by a mob boss goes badly and Frankie retaliates, only to wind up in the hands of the Feds. Frankie agrees to testify ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, touching, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, hitman, rivalry, social decay, dishonesty, deadly, hidden identity, criminal's revenge, crimes, crime, crime gone awry, fish out of water ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, arkansas, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.4
 833
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: rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, chase, vengeance, crimes, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, frame up, femme fatale, crime gone awry, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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, entertaining, twists and turns, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: betrayal, bank robbery, crimes, dishonesty, chase, hostage, rivalry, disorder, heist, vengeance, bank, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: suspenseful, rough, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, murder, betrayal, neo noir, revenge, crime, crimes, gangsters, gang, stripper, chases and races, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 3K
The Outfit (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A two-bit criminal takes on the Mafia to avenge his brother's death. Earl Macklin is a small time criminal who is released from prison after an unsuccessful bank robbery only to discover that a pair of gunmen killed his brother.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, hitman, revenge, danger, crimes, crime, rivalry, crime gone awry, bookies, neo noir, murder, chase ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
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: suspenseful, serious, tense, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, crime, crimes, vengeance, gang, investigation, witnessing a crime, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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, intense, harsh, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, murder, plastic surgery, rehabilitation, robbery, vengeance, betrayal, crime, crimes, operation, money, police ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, texas, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 4.0
 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: stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: twins, murder, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gangsters, cons and scams, neo noir, crime, crimes, crime gone awry, danger, greed ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Movie in collections
 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: tense, psychological, suspenseful, clever, twists and turns ...
Plot: black man white woman relationship, murder, cons and scams, cia, blackmail, judge, crime, crimes, uncover truth, police corruption, protagonist as suspect, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.5
 733
Men of Respect (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In this modern day version of Shakespeare's Macbeth, a hitman heeds a spiritualist's prophesies that he will rise to the head of his family. He starts his ascension by clandestinely executing the heads of the family and casting the blame ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mob boss, hitman, dishonesty, rivalry, gangsters, crimes, murder, ambition, tough heroes, mafia, fortune teller, violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 18K
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, rough, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, organized crime, vengeance, revenge, betrayal, gangsters, anti hero, anti heroes, left to die, crimes, crime, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, san francisco, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
24 Hours in London (2000)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: London gangster Christian has a plan to kill off the opposition, but things get messy when a witness survives.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, stylized, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, gangsters, murder, police, criminal's revenge, witnessing a crime, police investigation, fighting crime, rivalry, police corruption, danger, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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: stylized, clever, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, neo noir, betrayal, murder, corruption, femme fatale, robbery, crimes, crime, gangsters, heist, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, los angeles, miami, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 5.2
 32K
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, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: hitman, murder, ritual, gangsters, vengeance, criminal heroes, lone wolves, crime, tough heroes, rivalry, deadly, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, seattle, las vegas, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 4.6
 440
The Box (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A disgraced former LAPD detective leads a home invasion in search of millions in stolen money. The plan goes awry and homicide detectives seeking answers interrogate the only survivors; a thief and a victim.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heist, mind game, crime gone awry, police investigation, criminal heroes, vengeance, betrayal, rivalry, confined, cons and scams, danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, stylized, tense, cynical, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, neo noir, corruption, organized crime, mafia, betrayal, violence, blackmail, love triangle, jewish, mayor, gang war ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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: serious, rough, bleak, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, heist, gang, violence, aging, crime gone awry, politics, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After Kunisada's Yakuza leader and father figure is brutally murdered, he and his best friend go on a two-man mission to avenge his death, killing other Yakuza leaders leading to a final confrontation by the old man's killers..
Style: rough, serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, danger, gangsters, betrayal, murder, police investigation, vigilantism, criminal's revenge, vengeance, deadly, partners, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Movie in collections
 6.0
 8K
Mobsters (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, betrayal, murder, crime, crimes, vengeance, criminal heroes, tough heroes, dishonesty, blind ambition, organized crime ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, las vegas, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.9
 3K
Stiletto (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The seemingly random killings of an assassin puzzle her former lover, a wealthy Greek crime boss whose organization is jeopardized by his love for her, and the detective following her rising body count
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, vengeance, police investigation, hitman, rivalry, police detective, tough heroes, danger, dishonesty, betrayal, criminal's revenge, assassin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 129K
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: twists and turns, rough, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, neo noir, money, betrayal, mafia, robbery, crimes, organized crime, criminal heroes, gangsters, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 4.4
 796
Ready 2 Die (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After a violent bank robbery, the trio of hoods make their way across East L.A. carrying a blood-soaked bag of money. When word gets out, they must fend off gangs and crooked cops alike as they strive to keep the loot and stay alive.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, murder, chase, dishonesty, heist, on the run, gangsters, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, crimes, profanity, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Fist of the Warrior (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: First-class assassin Lee Choe (Pak) has spent years working for the mob. When his handler turns on him by killing his girlfriend and framing him for the murder, Lee stops at nothing to seek revenge. He fights back with a vengeance and violently ...
Style: serious, dark, suspense, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, crimes, danger, fighting crime, gangsters, murder, violence, dark past, lone wolves, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 84K
Blood Simple. (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, cynical, serious ...
Plot: extramarital affair, neo noir, murder, crime gone awry, private detective, hitman, crimes, crime, neo-noir, deadly, dishonesty, adultery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 7K
Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crime, crimes, drug dealing, wall street, going straight, criminal heroes, cons and scams, violence, greed, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 13K
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: rough, tense, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, gang, gangsters, gang war, violence, crimes, crime, extortion, leadership, rivalry, criminal heroes, psychopath ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s, 80s ...
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: bleak, tense, emotional, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, vengeance, criminal's revenge, hitman, manhunt, mafia, betrayal, death, loss of son, bank robbery, crime, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.2
 554K
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: tense, suspenseful, bleak, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, heist, gunfight, robbery, thief, bank robbery, neo noir, group of criminals, crimes, crime, one last job, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Four Dogs Playing Poker (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: With the help of their mentor Felix, a group of the best friends and first-time thieves steal a valuable statuette for a ruthless black market art dealer. After the amateurs botch the delivery of the objet d'art, the dealer kills Felix and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: murder, friends, crime gone awry, heist, black market, betrayal, partners, crimes, dishonesty, disorder, deadly, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, usa, california, los angeles, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.6
 17K
Ripley's Game (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Tom Ripley - cool, urbane, wealthy, and murderous - lives in a villa in the Veneto with Luisa, his harpsichord-playing girlfriend. A former business associate from Berlin's underworld pays a call asking Ripley's help in killing a rival. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: hitman, human nature, crimes, cons and scams, criminal heroes, dishonesty, mind game, intrigue, danger, greed, vengeance, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, berlin germany, france, italy, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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