Circus movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant circus movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, stylized, humorous, semi serious and touching films and TV shows about / with circus, friendship, artists and showbiz, adventure, acrobat, escapades, youth, rivalry, nudity (full frontal - brief) and family plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Family genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
circus movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as circus: The Greatest Showman (2017), The First of May (1999), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), Water for Elephants (2011), Circus of the Freak (2009), Freakshow (2007), Carnival Magic (1983), Big Fish (2003), Parade (1974), Berserk (1967).

List of circus movies

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, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: circus, singing, dancing, friendship, outcast, love triangle, party, interracial love, giant, ambition, queen victoria, variety ...
Time: 2010s
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The First of May (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Cory (Dan Byrd) is a foster child nobody wants. Carlotta (Academy Award-nominee Julie Harris) is an elderly woman the world has forgotten. Together, they find friendship and family when they join a traveling circus. Also features Mickey Rooney and ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, realistic, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: circus, adoption, retirement home, baseball, adventure, youth, golden years, orphan, hopes, power relations, sport team, starting over ...
Time: 90s
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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Animal pals Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are still trying to make it back to New York's Central Park Zoo. They are forced to take a detour to Europe to find the penguins and chimps who broke the bank at a Monte Carlo casino. When French ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, sentimental, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: talking animals, circus, getting home, zebra, friendship, family, adventure, villain, uptight character, silly humor, escapades, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: madagascar, europe, atlantic ocean, africa, new york ...
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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus illusionist and con-artist, is whisked from Kansas to the Land of Oz where the inhabitants assume he's the great wizard of prophecy, there to save Oz from the clutches of evil.
Style: fairy tale, light, colourful, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: imaginary kingdom, witch, circus, good versus evil, adventure, magic trick, wizards, wizards and magicians, magic, prophecy, illusion, escapades ...
Time: 1900s
Place: kansas
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Water for Elephants (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In this captivating Depression-era melodrama, impetuous veterinary student Jacob Jankowski joins a celebrated circus as an animal caretaker but faces a wrenching dilemma when he's transfixed by angelic married performer Marlena.
Style: emotional, touching, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: forbidden love, fall in love, lovers, love and romance, circus, performer's life, veterinarian, star, animal life, love affair, older woman younger man relationship, boss and employee ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: usa
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Circus of the Freak (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Darren Shan is a regular teenage kid. He and his friend Steve find out about a Freak Show coming to town and work hard at trying to find tickets. They do, and together they go to "Cirque du Freak" where they see many strange acts including ...
Style: scary, semi serious, stylized, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: vampire, supernatural ability, young heroes, friends, uninhibited rivalry, adventure, youth, circus, antidote, chosen one, teenage life, immortality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Freakshow (2007)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In a modern retelling of Tod Browning's "Freaks" (1932), "Freakshow" tells the story of a group of criminals who chose to hide out by working security at a traveling circus. At first, they plot with an insider to steal the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: circus, revenge, mutilation, cons and scams, crimes, rivalry, dishonesty, murder, freakshow, danger, violence, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s
Place: usa
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Carnival Magic (1983)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A magician in a carnival--who actually can read minds and levitate people and objects--works with a superintelligent chimp named Alex, who can also talk. The magician and the chimp soon become the stars of the carnival, drawing in big crowds. ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, cult film
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: circus, kidnapping, chimpanzee, carnival, mind reading, magician, save the day, imaginary, manipulation, confined, workplace, animal life ...
Time: 80s
Place: india, southern usa, south carolina, north carolina
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Big Fish (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true ...
Style: surreal, feel good, sentimental, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, adventure, witch, storytelling, fantasy world, family relations, circus, human spirit, journey, fish, mermaid, escapades ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, texas, russia, morocco, miami ...
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Parade (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: France, Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Two children go behind the scenes of a small circus.
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: circus, goofy hero, family, actor's life, nothing goes right, ambition, artists and showbiz, adventure, performer's life, disorder, wizards and magicians, bankruptcy ...
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Berserk (1967)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Monica Rivers, is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus and who'll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences. When a series of mysterious murders begins to occur and some of her performers die gruesomely, her profits soar. She hires ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, mind bending, scary, realistic ...
Plot: circus, murder, serial killer, investigation, danger, mysterious character, crime, mind game, performer's life, artists and showbiz, mystery, deadly ...
Time: 60s
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Dumbo (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Australia, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Circus owner Max Medici enlists former star Holt Farrier and his children Milly and Joe to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, sweet, touching, sincere ...
Plot: elephant, circus, disney, flying, part animation, performance, children, family relations, song, boy, magical creature, dead wife ...
Time: 1910s, year 1919
Place: missouri, coney island brooklyn new york city, florida
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Free Jimmy (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Norway, UK, Denmark
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Four stoners, five vegans, three mobsters, four hunters and a million reasons to free one junkie elephant.
Style: dark humor, cynical, realistic, humorous, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: circus, computer animation, stoners, drug abuse, anti hero, anti heroes, heroin, addiction, elephant, animal abuse, vulgarity, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
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A Fox's Tale (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Country: UK, Hungary
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The film is about Little Vuk, the son of the legendary fox who proves its excellent mind and courage.
Style: semi serious, exciting, captivating, light, entertaining
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: circus, adventure, animal life, daring rescue, youth, parents and children, family relations, in the woods, friendship, society, rivalry, escapades ...
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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)
Genre: Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An original story featuring performances by Cirque du Soleil. A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, surreal
Plot: circus, clown, imaginary, young lovers, fall in love, disorder, performance, dancer, oldies, fish out of water, artists and showbiz, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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La feria ambulante (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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Story: Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching story depicts the battle between good and evil and the struggle ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: god or devil, dwarf, healing power, prophecy, psychic, supernatural ability, chosen one, evil, good versus evil, self discovery, clergy, circus ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935, year 1934
Place: california, usa
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King of Thieves (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two amateur circus kids from a poor Ukrainian village, ten-year-old Barbu and his older sister Mimma, are sold to a circus artist called Caruso who promises them a career in the West.
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: child prostitution, circus, kids in trouble, kidnapping, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth, siblings relations, sexual abuse, dishonesty, crimes, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, berlin germany, europe, germany, eastern europe
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The Last Circus (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The journey of Javier, the obese Sad Clown, starts during his childhood in the midst of the Spanish civil war in 1937. His father, one of Spain’s most prominent jesters, is detained and tortured by the fascist regime.
Style: dark humor, bleak, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: clown, graphic violence, circus, circus performer, uninhibited rivalry, life is a bitch, performer's life, rivalry, mad, narcissism, sadism, revenge ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1937
Place: europe, spain, madrid
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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, serious, realistic, gloomy, stylized ...
Plot: circus, animal training, showbiz, down on your luck, workplace situations, performer's life, hopes, artists and showbiz, human spirit, workplace, female nudity, dressing ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe
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Capricious Summer (1968)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Middle-aged Antonin and his friends, the major, now retired, and the canon, are in the river, swimming and philosophizing. Then it starts to rain. It just seems to be that sort of summer. Antonin runs the swimming bath with his portly wife ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, humorous, feel good
Audience: date night
Plot: circus, middle aged, tightrope, summer, bathtub, magic, military officer, young woman, wine, adultery, couples, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1920s
Place: central europe
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Roselyne and the Lions (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Thierry drops out of school to apprentice as a lion tamer at the zoo where he meets Roselyne, who shares his passion. They fall in love and when he loses his job, the young lovers journey across France finding odd jobs at several circuses. In ...
Style: offbeat, touching, humorous, realistic, contemplative
Plot: circus, dangerous animal, fall in love, infidelity, love affair, couple relations, love and romance, unsupportive spouse, unfulfillment, romance, crumbling marriage, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: france, munich germany
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Itinerary of a Spoiled Child (1988)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Comedy
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A foundling, raised in the circus, Sam Lion becomes a businessman after a trapeze accident. However, when he reaches fifty and becomes tired of his responsibilities and of his son Jean-Philippe, he decides to disappear at sea. However, he runs into ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: starting over, circus, midlife crisis, parents and children, human nature, family relations, hopes, assumed dead, father daughter relationship, reunion, safari, lion ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: africa, singapore, paris france
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Psycho-Circus (1966)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, scary ...
Plot: murder, circus, manhunt, criminal heroes, serial killer, vampire, police investigation, amateur detective, unlikely criminals, deadly, gang, legends and myths ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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Bye Bye Blackbird (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A period drama set in the early years of the 20th century. Josef, a former construction worker who delighted in dancing on girders high above the city, who now sweeps up at the circus. Once the big top's owner spots the young roustabout defying ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: circus, workplace romance, love affair, couples, romance, working class, artists and showbiz, fall in love, travel, trapeze, love, friendship ...
Time: 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, london, rome italy
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Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Paul Reubens stars as Pee-wee Herman in his second full-length film about a farmer who joins the circus after a storm drops a big tent in his front yard. Pee-wee, along with an outlandish cast of animals and circus performers, puts on the best show ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: circus, small town, farm, adventure, misfit, workplace, love triangle, trapeze, pig, romance, fall in love, family ...
Place: california
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Cirque du Soleil: Dralion (2001)
Genre: Family, Musical
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Chinese consider the lion a symbol of good luck, so it's a half-dragon, half-lion – a dralion – that is the symbol of the East-meets-West fusion of this performance in which 36 Chinese acrobats join the renowned Canadian troupe. ...
Style: captivating, exciting, stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: trapeze, circus, juggler, artists and showbiz, arts and culture, spectacle, juggling, live performance, acrobat, music, concert, crown
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, serious ...
Plot: circus, dysfunctional family, self discovery, performer's life, desire for fame, ambition, parents and children, youth, artists and showbiz, eccentric family, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: hungary
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Escape to Grizzly Mountain (2000)
Genre: Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jimmy, a young boy trying to gain acceptance from his peers, is horrified when he sees a circus trainer abusing a bear cub. One of the circus employees tells Jimmy that there is a magic cave in the hills nearby that can transport people to another ...
Style: semi serious, touching, sentimental, feel good, surprise ending
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: circus, time travel, wilderness, grizzly bear, rescue, young heroes, heroes, adventure, survival, animal life, escapades, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 2000s, 21st century, 19th century
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Open Season 3 (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Boog, Elliot, and their forest friends return with an all-new adventure, this time in a Big Top Circus! The comedy begins when Boog's pals choose their family obligations over the annual guy's trip, and a disappointed Boog decides to take ...
Style: not serious, humorous, feel good
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: switching roles, circus, animal life, friendship, rescue, escapades, goofy hero, buddies, nothing goes right, friends, disorder, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Tin Drum (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France, Poland, Yugoslavia
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.
Style: surreal, realistic, serious, clever, epic ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, circus, war, life is a bitch, political unrest, wartime life, dishonesty, against humanity, coming of age, grownups, toys ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, central europe, paris france ...
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