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1. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

6.9
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65 Metascore

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

Writers: Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Heath Ledger, Andrew Garfield

2. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

Writers: Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch, Frederick Treves, Ashley Montagu | Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

3. Freaks (1932)

Unrated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Writer: Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins | Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

4. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.6
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83 Metascore

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Writers: John Logan, Brian Selznick | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

5. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, History

7.7
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55 Metascore

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Writers: John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz | Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

6. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Unrated | 67 min | Horror

8.1
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Dr. Caligari's somnambulist, Cesare, and his deadly predictions.

Writers: Carl Mayer, Hans Janowitz | Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

7. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.1
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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to implement.

Writers: Raymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde, Whitfield Cook, Patricia Highsmith | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

8. Beloved (1998)

R | 172 min | Drama, History, Horror

5.8
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57 Metascore

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter.

Writers: Toni Morrison, Akosua Busia, Richard LaGravenese, Adam Brooks | Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Yada Beener, Emil Pinnock

9. On the Town (1949)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.7
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Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Jerome Robbins | Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller

10. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Writer: Ray Bradbury | Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Royal Dano

11. Santa Sangre (1989)

NC-17 | 123 min | Drama, Horror

7.7
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A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the ... See full summary »

Writers: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roberto Leoni, Claudio Argento | Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou

12. Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.6
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An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Writer: N.B. Stone Jr. | Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr

13. Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

R | 111 min | Drama, War

7.9
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Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death --- a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, ... See full summary »

Writer: Dalton Trumbo | Director: Dalton Trumbo | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards

14. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.8
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A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

Writers: Robert Dillon, Ray Russell | Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt

15. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.2
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28 Metascore

Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising and her NY agent 'the Countess' sends her to his ... See full summary »

Writers: Tom Robbins, Gus Van Sant | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, Angie Dickinson

16. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.4
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On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he ... See full summary »

Writer: Mitch Albom | Director: Lloyd Kramer | Stars: Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels, Dagmara Dominczyk

17. Freaked (1993)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.2
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A vain actor, his best friend, and an activist end up at a mutant freak farm run by a weirdo scientist.

Writers: Tim Burns, Tom Stern, Alex Winter | Directors: Tom Stern, Alex Winter | Stars: Brooke Shields, William Sadler, Eduardo Ricard, Henry Carbo

18. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.7
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Whe Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.

Writer: Richard Matheson | Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton

19. The Circus (1928)

Unrated | 71 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.

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

20. The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.8
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When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.

Writers: Victor Hugo, J. Grubb Alexander, Walter Anthony | Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar, Olga Baclanova

21. Playboy: Voluptuous Vixens II (1998 Video)

Unrated | 56 min | Documentary

6.4
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Another series of vignettes featuring busty women in the buff, hosted by director and noted 'breast man' Russ Meyer.

Writers: Jeff Eigel, Christian Garton, Marsha Hunt | Director: Scott Allen | Stars: Russ Meyer, Barocca, Tracy Dali, Art De La Torre

22. Freakshow (2007 Video)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror

3.3
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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 ... See full summary »

Writer: Keith Leopard | Director: Drew Bell | Stars: Christopher Adamson, Rebekah Kochan, Dane Rosselli, Sharon Edrei

23. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

Passed | 100 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Western

7.3
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A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.

Writers: Charles Beaumont, Charles G. Finney | Director: George Pal | Stars: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, John Ericson

24. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Unrated | 61 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments.

Writers: Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Florey, Tom Reed, Dale Van Every, John Huston | Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Ames, Bert Roach

25. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Not Rated | 176 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.9
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This biography follows the ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld, famed producer of extravagant stage revues.

Writer: William Anthony McGuire | Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

26. Ghoulies II (1988)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

3.9
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Ghoulies II picks up a short time after the first movie, a few of the little nasties stow away on an amusement park ride and bring big bucks to a dying fair. The creatures are mad after an ... See full summary »

Writers: Charlie Dolan, Dennis Paoli | Director: Albert Band | Stars: Damon Martin, Royal Dano, Phil Fondacaro, J. Downing

27. Wolf Girl (2001 TV Movie)

R | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.1
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Tara Talbot is afflicted with the rare genetic condition hypertrichosis-- she is covered head to toe in hair. She lives her life in Harley Dune's Travelling Freak Show, on display as the '... See full summary »

Writer: Lori Lansens | Director: Thom Fitzgerald | Stars: Shelby Fenner, Shawn Ashmore, Tony Denman, Nate Dushku

28. Meridian (1990 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.2
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Two American students go to Italy after graduating from art school, one to work in restoration of paintings, the other because she's inherited her father's castle. When the restorer visits ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles Band, Dennis Paoli | Director: Charles Band | Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Malcolm Jamieson, Charlie Spradling, Hilary Mason

29. Houdini (1953)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.

Writers: Philip Yordan, Harold Kellock | Director: George Marshall | Stars: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke

30. 100 Tears (2007)

NC-17 | 90 min | Horror

4.0
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Two journalists are on the trail of a demented serial killer who may be much closer than they think.

Writer: Joe Davison | Director: Marcus Koch | Stars: Georgia Chris, Joe Davison, Raine Brown, Jack Amos

31. Basket Case 2 (1990)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

5.2
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Duane and his basket-bound mutant brother are taken in by a secret home for wayward freaks with journalists hot on their tail.

Writer: Frank Henenlotter | Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Judy Grafe, Annie Ross, Heather Rattray

32. Nightmare Alley (1947)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.8
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The ambitious Stanton "Stan" Carlisle works in a sideshow as carny and assistant of the mentalist Zeena Krumbein, who is married with the alcoholic Pete. The couple had developed a secret ... See full summary »

Writers: Jules Furthman, William Lindsay Gresham | Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker

33. The Offspring (1987)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Horror

5.9
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In a small Tennessee town, an historian relates four horror stories to a reporter.

Writers: C. Courtney Joyner, Mike Malone, Darin Scott, Jeff Burr | Director: Jeff Burr | Stars: Vincent Price, Clu Gulager, Terry Kiser, Harry Caesar

34. Dante's Inferno (1935)

Approved | 89 min | Drama

6.7
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Jim Carter moves in on the McWade's carnival concession which shows scenes from Dante's "Inferno". He makes it a going concern, marrying Betty along the way. An inspector calls the ... See full summary »

Writers: Philip Klein, Robert Yost | Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, Henry B. Walthall, Alan Dinehart

35. Sssssss (1973)

PG | 99 min | Horror

5.3
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David, a college student, is looking for a job. He is hired by Dr. Stoner as a lab assistant for his research and experiments on snakes. David also begins to fall for Stoner's young ... See full summary »

Writers: Hal Dresner, Daniel C. Striepeke | Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies-Urich, Richard B. Shull

36. The Ring (I) (1927)

72 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.3
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Two boxers compete for the love of a woman.

Writer: Alfred Hitchcock | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey

37. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.9
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Zachary Beaver, a sideshow attraction known as the world's fattest boy, arrives in the sleepy town of Granger, Texas.

Writers: John Schultz, Kimberly Willis Holt | Director: John Schultz | Stars: Jonathan Lipnicki, Cody Linley, Jesse Pennington, Jane Krakowski

38. The Rainbow Thief (1990)

R | 87 min | Fantasy, Drama

6.3
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A petty crook, in search of the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hopes to cash in by befriending the heir to a huge fortune.

Writer: Berta Domínguez D. | Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Jude Alderson, Brigitte Barclay, David Boyce, Jane Chaplin

39. Gun Crazy (1950)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.7
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A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is.

Writers: MacKinlay Kantor, Dalton Trumbo, Millard Kaufman | Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: John Dall, Peggy Cummins, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky

40. The Pied Piper (1972)

G | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

6.7
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Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. Minstrels go to Hamelin for the Mayor's daughter's wedding to the Baron's son. He wants... See full summary »

Writers: Jacques Demy, Andrew Birkin, Mark Peploe | Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Jack Wild, Donald Pleasence, John Hurt, Donovan

41. The Fantasticks (1995)

PG | 86 min | Musical, Romance

5.8
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48 Metascore

A mysterious fair come to a small community in the countryside, which could make real the illusions of two kids.

Writers: Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt | Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Joel Grey, Barnard Hughes, Jean Louisa Kelly, Joey McIntyre

42. Wetherby (1985)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

Writer: David Hare | Director: David Hare | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Judi Dench, Marjorie Yates

43. The Spider Woman (1944)

Approved | 63 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider.

Writers: Bertram Millhauser, Arthur Conan Doyle | Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Dennis Hoey

44. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Unrated | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

6.0
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Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. ... See full summary »

Writer: Anthony Hinds | Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont, Kiwi Kingston

45. Buffalo Bill (1944)

TV-G | 90 min | Biography, Western

6.5
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The story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, legendary westerner, from his days as an army scout to his later activities as owner of a Wild West show.

Writers: Æneas MacKenzie, Clements Ripley, Cecile Kramer, Frank Winch | Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Joel McCrea, Maureen O'Hara, Linda Darnell, Thomas Mitchell

46. Firecracker (2005)

112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.7
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A tale of murder in small-town Kansas. When Jimmy is lured away from his abusive family by a traveling sideshow carnival, he encounters Sandra, one of the main attractions. The happiness ... See full summary »

Writers: Steve Balderson, Clark Balderson | Director: Steve Balderson | Stars: Karen Black, Mike Patton, Susan Traylor, Kathleen Wilhoite

47. Road to Rio (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

7.4
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Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.

Writers: Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose | Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard

48. The She-Creature (1956)

Approved | 77 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

3.0
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A mysterious hypnotist reverts his beautiful assistant back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life.

Writers: Lou Rusoff, Jerry Zigmond | Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Chester Morris, Tom Conway, Cathy Downs, Lance Fuller

49. The Unholy Three (1925)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies.

Writers: Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins, Waldemar Young | Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matt Moore, Victor McLaglen

50. The Elephant Man (1982 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.

Writers: Steve Lawson, Bernard Pomerance | Director: Jack Hofsiss | Stars: Philip Anglim, Kevin Conway, Penny Fuller, Richard Clarke