Movies like Barnum

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Barnum (1986)
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Barnum (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The amazing biography of legendary circus impresario and unparalleled showman, P.T. Barnum.
Plot: circus, family, memory, show, entertainment, mob, circus performer, flashback, talking to the camera, clapping, breaking the fourth wall, impresario, auditorium
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s

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Most similar movies to Barnum

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and captivating films with plots about flashback, father daughter relationship, circus, death, hospital, friendship and husband wife relationship mostly in Drama, Biography and Musical genres. Some movies like Barnum: Eadweard (2015), The Elephant Man (1982), Alex: The Life of a Child (1986), Cezanne and I (2016), Chocolat (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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P.T. Barnum (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This series illustrates the life and career of P.T. Barnum, America's greatest showman and promoter. Starting as a young man who managed an old woman who was supposedly George Washington's nursemaid, we see his career as he finds success ...
Style: captivating, humorous, realistic, serious
Plot: circus, couples, artists and showbiz, ambition, relationship vs career, family life, showbiz, performer's life, hoax, promotion, midget
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95%
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 489
Eadweard (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the second half of the 19th century, Eadweard Muybridge, the father of motion pictures, embarks on an obsessive project to record on film "the motion of life" in all of its abundance. His epic quest is eclipsed only by the depth of his ...
Plot: photograph, murder, older man younger woman marriage, anatomy, inventor, photographer, science, sexuality, filmmaker, male nudity, female nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Antonio Gramsci: The Days of Prison (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Antonio Gramsci: The Days of Prison is a 1977 Italian drama directed by Lino Del Fra.
Plot: prison, communism, marxism, flashback, breaking the fourth wall, archival footage, talking to the camera, philosopher, marxist, imprisonment
Place: italy
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83%
The Elephant Man (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.
Style: realistic, serious, talky, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: misfit, human host, physical appearance, human nature, doctors and patients, human spirit, against the odds, disability, circus, power relations, society, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1800s, 1880s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Alex: The Life of a Child (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on true events, 'Alex: The Life of a Child' follows former 'Sports Illustrated' writer Frank Deford and his wife Carole when their happy, all-American family is rocked to the core when their baby daughter Alex is diagnosed ...
Plot: death of daughter, terminal illness, sibling relationship, family, parent child relationship, adoption, death, doctor, baby, little girl, nurse, italian opera ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Cezanne and I (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: They loved each other with the ardor of thirteen-year-old boys. Rebellion and curiosity, hopes and doubts, girls and dreams of glory – they shared it all. Paul was rich, Emile poor. They went skinny-dipping, drank absinthe, starved, only to ...
Style: contemplative, captivating, factual, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, painting, painter, infidelity, art, nude painting, novelist, portrait, end of friendship, seaside, portrait painting, artist ...
Time: 1890s, 1870s, 19th century, 1860s, 1880s
Place: paris france, south of france, france, europe
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62%
 7.0
 7K
Chocolat (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The history of the clown Chocolate, the first black circus artist in France, which has a great success in the late 19th century.
Style: factual, feel good, thought provoking, humorous, touching ...
Plot: black man, clown, circus, gambling, racism, colleague colleague relationship, rise to the top, coworker relationship, fame, comedy duo, glory, social relations ...
Time: year 1917, 1890s, 1910s
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Story of Piera (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This sometimes confusing erotic drama about the incestuous relationship of a mother and daughter is based on the autobiography of Italian theater actress Piera Degli Esposti though it focuses more on her mother Eugenia.
Style: grotesque
Plot: incest, lesbian lover, mother daughter relationship, beach, father daughter relationship, eroticism, lesbian relationship, sex, infidelity, mental institution, male homosexuality, doctor ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 1960s, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Balloon Vendor (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young boy tries to make living out of a puppet show when his mother abandons him and his father.
Plot: circus, parent child relationship, blond boy, hospital, balloon, death, loss of son, father son relationship
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57%
Joseph Smith: Plates of Gold (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In 1827, Joseph Smith, Jr. was only 21 years old when he received a prophetic calling to translate ancient scriptures that would soon be published as The Book of Mormon. Less than three years later, he founded The Church of Jesus Christ of ...
Plot: mormon, latter day saints, religion
Time: 19th century, 1820s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Greatest Showman (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Style: uplifting, sincere, captivating, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: circus, singing, dancing, friendship, outcast, love triangle, party, interracial love, giant, ambition, variety, daydreamer ...
Time: 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Karl May (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: West Germany
Duration: 187 min.
Story: This ethereal, three-hour biopic is the middle film in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s “German Trilogy” on the mythological foundations of the Third Reich. By fusing theater, music, and cinema, Syberberg conjures up Karl May (1842-1912), the ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: memory, court, journalist, death, flashback, literature, trial, defamation, writing, divorce, artistic creation, kitsch ...
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Aglaya (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Hungary, Romania, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This film is about the relationship of a mother and her daughter, the split-up of their family, the blessing and curse of belonging together and about coming of age - all this from the perspective of the young girl Aglaja. The story is based on ...
Style: atmospheric, sentimental, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: circus, dysfunctional family, performer's life, ambition, desire for fame, self discovery, youth, family problems, parents and children, eccentric family, artists and showbiz, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: father son relationship, reconciliation, family relations, terminal illness, memory, parents and children, infidelity, coming of age, illness, family, teenager, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 80s, year 1962, 1960s ...
Place: london, brighton, england
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51%
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After Thomas (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Television film adaptation of the true story ("A Friend Like Henry" by Nuala Gardner) of a young autistic boy and his extraordinary friendship with his dog, Thomas.
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: autism, parenthood, little boy, coping, fighting illness, relationship problems, couple relations, family relations, problem, problem solving, relationships, family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mute or deaf, teacher, human spirit, blind character, disability, family relations, railway station, tutor, institution, tantrum, struggle, handicapped ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK
Duration: 442 min.
Story: Documentary film that examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich, incorporating puppetry, rear-screen projection, and a Wagnerian score into a singular epic vision. The director, who grew up under Nazi tyranny, ruminates on good and evil and the ...
Style: experimental, contemplative, suspense, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: megalomaniac, anti semitism, dehumanization, world war two, society, ambition, unfulfillment, against humanity, life is a bitch, rise and fall, downfall, idealism ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, east germany, bavaria, prussia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, Switzerland, UK, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.
Style: melancholic, touching, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: loneliness, painter, brother brother relationship, insanity, art gallery, obsession, genius, priest, art dealer, hospital, nature, doctor ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Mela (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Govindan Kutty (Raghu) is a clown who works in the circus. He comes to his village looking for a bride. Sharada (Anjali Naidu) is impressed by his charms and seemingly rich lifestyle and agrees to marry him. When they reach back the circus after ...
Plot: clown, stuntman, circus, suicide, dwarf, attraction, malayalam
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46%
 5.0
 7K
Tesla (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of the Promethean struggles of Nikola Tesla, as he attempts to transcend entrenched technology—including his own previous work—by pioneering a system of wireless energy that would change the world.
Style: clever, factual, stylized, serious, intellectual
Plot: inventor, electricity, genius, scientific experiment, rivalry, storytelling, inventions and discoveries, invention, science, progress, discovery, business partner ...
Time: 19th century, future, year 1943
Place: colorado, pittsburgh, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
A Quiet Passion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Belgium, USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.
Plot: poet, recluse, heaven, ecstasy, chloroform, singer, dying, ridicule, fan, reverend, aunt nephew relationship, cemetery ...
Time: 19th century
Place: massachusetts, boston
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44%
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Steve Jobs (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, factual ...
Plot: technology, computers and web, prodigy, computer, apple computer, genius, ambition, rise to the top, inventions and discoveries, workplace situations, dialogue driven, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young circus director ends up going into television after her father, a trapeze performer, dies in a circus accident.
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, gloomy, stylized ...
Plot: circus, performer's life, animal training, down on your luck, workplace, showbiz, human spirit, artists and showbiz, hopes, workplace situations, female nudity, dressing ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Father Damien (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The true story of the 19th century Belgian priest, Father Damien, who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: against the odds, power relations, injustice, clergy, tragic hero, hopes, social misfits, fighting the system, heroes, society, life is a bitch, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Happy Prince (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: THE HAPPY PRINCE tells the story of the last days of Oscar Wilde. This great man of letters, once one of the most famous authors in England, is now a superstar on the skids. As Oscar lies on his death bed, the past comes flooding back to him, ...
Style: suspenseful, touching, exciting, suspense, tense ...
Plot: gay, gay lead character, victorian england, downfall, portrait of an artist, gay romance, lgbt, love, writers, artist, death, death of wife ...
Time: 19th century
Place: paris france, naples italy, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.0
 221K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA, India
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: motivational, sentimental, emotional, touching, based on true events ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, childhood, missing child, loneliness, survival, courage, destiny, foster home, long lost relative, childhood memory, childhood flashback ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1986, year 2010, year 2012 ...
Place: india, australia, tasmania, kolkata, melbourne australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 421
Stevie (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Portrayal of British poet/author Stevie Smith and her life with her beloved aunt through direct dialogue with the audience by Stevie, as well as flashbacks, and narration by a friend. The movie mainly focuses on her relationship with her aunt, ...
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, sexual, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, friendship, drowning, coffin, loneliness, poet, hopes, love and romance, life is a bitch, social misfits, forbidden love, workplace situations ...
Time: 70s
Place: yorkshire, london, paris france, moscow russia, buckingham palace ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 429
Starfish (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Based on the real story of Tom and Nicola Ray from Rutland. Their perfect life is totally ruined in a single moment after Tom had developed sepsis. While her husband was in coma, Nicola gave birth to their second child on the other side of the same ...
Plot: disabled person, handicapped, cripple, true love, compassion, coma, rehabilitation, infection, disfigured face, amputee, public health, family ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Elegant Criminal (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On 9 January 1836, Pierre Lacenaire goes to the guillotine, a murderer and a thief. He gives Allard, a police inspector, his life story, written while awaiting execution. He also asks Allard to care for Hermine, a lass to whom he has been guardian ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, stylized, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, legal, society, rise and fall, deadly, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, confined, death row, gay subtext, writing ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Professor and the Madman (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, France, Iceland, USA, Mexico, Belgium, UK, Hong Kong
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.
Style: thought provoking, based on true events, captivating, disturbing, atmospheric
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: mental patient, professor, winston churchill, dictionary, direction and purpose, friendship, society, shared dream, book, insanity
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%