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1. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 258,204 | Gross: $73.82M

2. Water for Elephants (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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52 Metascore

Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider

Votes: 98,369 | Gross: $58.70M

3. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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93 Metascore

A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Votes: 40,104

4. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.1
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 48,274

5. Werckmeister harmóniák (2000)

145 min | Drama, Mystery

8.3
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92 Metascore

An innocent young man witnesses violence breaks out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions, a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince".

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Stars: Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, János Derzsi

Votes: 9,423

6. Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

PG-13 | 157 min | Drama

7.9
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The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Pelle Hvenegaard, Max von Sydow, Erik Paaske, Björn Granath

Votes: 8,107 | Gross: $2.05M

7. Vampire Circus (1972)

PG | 84 min | Horror

6.5
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A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague. But their troubles are only beginning as ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins, John Moulder-Brown

Votes: 2,697

8. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

7.7
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek

Votes: 4,398

9. Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960)

G | 96 min | Family, Drama

7.1
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Taken in by distant members of his family after being orphaned, Toby Tyler runs away to join the circus.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Kevin Corcoran, Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, Bob Sweeney

Votes: 634

10. Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)

Passed | 105 min | Drama, Family

7.6
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A Norwegian farmer lovingly raises his daughter in rural World War II-era Benson Junction, Wisconsin.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, James Craig, Frances Gifford

Votes: 1,280

11. Circus of Horrors (1960)

Approved | 88 min | Horror, Drama

6.2
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In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 1,153

12. The Outback (2012)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

4.7
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Being teased for his color, Johnny the white koala joins a traveling carnival with Hamish, a Tasmanian devil, and Higgens, a photographer monkey as talent agents. On the way through the ... See full summary »

Director: Kyung Ho Lee | Stars: Charlie Bewley, Lielle Tova Blinkoff, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry

Votes: 734

13. Viva Maria! (1965)

119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

6.4
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Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus,... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton, Paulette Dubost

Votes: 2,598

14. The Greatest Show on Earth (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama, Family

8.3
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Johnny Slate is the big boss who successfully keeps the circus running as it moves from town to town. He manages to deal with the unexpected frequently and uses Otto King, the accountant, as a sounding board.

Stars: Jack Palance, Stuart Erwin, Michael Consoldane, Del Graham

Votes: 84

15. Yoyo (1965)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private entertainment troupes of musicians and dancers. He has it all - but love. When ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Étaix | Stars: Pierre Étaix, Claudine Auger, Philippe Dionnet, Luce Klein

Votes: 940

16. A Summer to Remember (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Comedy

7.5
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Silent since losing his hearing to meningitis, young Toby Wyler takes a bitter stance against the world and his family, refusing to accept his new stepfather. But when a highly trained ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Michael Lewis | Stars: James Farentino, Louise Fletcher, Tess Harper, Bridgette Andersen

Votes: 97

17. Bye Bye Brasil (1980)

R | 110 min | Drama

7.4
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The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Fábio Jr., Zaira Zambelli

Votes: 1,161

18. Captive Wild Woman (1943)

Unrated | 61 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.7
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An insane scientist doing experimentation in glandular research becomes obsessed with transforming a female gorilla into a human...even though it costs human life.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: John Carradine, Evelyn Ankers, Milburn Stone, Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 522

19. Az prijde kocour (1963)

91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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Some people with a strange cat arrive in a small village. The cat wears glasses, and when someone takes them off, she can colour people, according to their nature and mood. The grown-ups of... See full summary »

Director: Vojtech Jasný | Stars: Jan Werich, Emília Vásáryová, Vlastimil Brodský, Jirí Sovák

Votes: 613

20. Paljas (1998)

119 min | Drama

7.3
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A family's life in the Karoo (a semi-desert area in South Africa) is changed when a travelling circus leaves behind a clown.

Director: Katinka Heyns | Stars: Marius Weyers, Aletta Bezuidenhout, Ian Roberts, Ellis Pearson

Votes: 220

21. The Amazing Dobermans (1976)

G | 96 min | Family, Comedy, Crime

5.0
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An ex-con man and his five trained Dobermans help a Treasury Dept. agent stop a racketeer and his gang.

Director: Byron Chudnow | Stars: James Franciscus, Barbara Eden, Fred Astaire, Jack Carter

Votes: 298

22. Chad Hanna (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Linda Darnell, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 200

23. Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes (1988)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy

5.9
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Director: Fernando Birri | Stars: Daisy Granados, Asdrúbal Meléndez, Luis Alberto Ramírez, Adolfo Llauradó

Votes: 94

24. Honey Baby (2004)

105 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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A road movie based on the Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice...

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Henry Thomas, Irina Björklund, Helmut Berger, Kari Väänänen

Votes: 320

25. The Quarry (1998)

112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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This thriller investigates the mysterious assassination of a gay pastor in rural South Africa. Without witnesses or explanations, the crime appears to the police and others as a jigsaw ... See full summary »

Director: Marion Hänsel | Stars: John Lynch, Jonny Phillips, Oscar Petersen, Sylvia Esau

Votes: 149 | Gross: $0.00M

26. The Boy Who Stole the Elephant (1970 TV Movie)

120 min | Family, Comedy

7.1
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A boy working in a struggling circus troupe develops a great rapport with an elephant on loan from a more successful circus. When he learns that his boss has just bet the elephant in a card... See full summary »

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: David Wayne, June Havoc, Dabbs Greer, Parley Baer

Votes: 21

27. The Countess of Baton Rouge (1997)

94 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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Montreal film-maker Rex Prince travels to Louisiana to search for his first love Paula Paul, the Countess of the title: the loveliest bearded lady ever to grace a circus sideshow. To win ... See full summary »

Director: André Forcier | Stars: Robin Aubert, Geneviève Brouillette, Isabel Richer, David Boutin

Votes: 128

28. Ésta que lo es... (1977)

98 min | Comedy

4.5
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Director: Ramón Fernández | Stars: Lina Morgan, Arturo Fernández, Florinda Chico, Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro

Votes: 24

29. Caruta cu mere (1983)

93 min | Drama

7.1
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Romania in the year 1947: two years after the end of the second World War, the King (Mihai of Hohenzollern and Romania) has to leave the country, the communism is knocking at the door, and ... See full summary »

Director: Mircea George Cornea | Stars: Ion Dichiseanu, Dinu Manolache, Radu Gheorghe, Florina Cercel

Votes: 21

30. Circus Friends (1956)

63 min | Family, Drama

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When Marlow's circus comes to town they find that the field they usually use is not available because they didn't pay the farmer last year. They have to promise most of their equipment to ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Alan Coleshill, Carol White, David Tilley, Pat Belcher

31. Aria dla atlety (1979)

108 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.5
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Set at the turn of the century it presents a story of a famous Polish athlete, Zbyszko Cyganiewicz. It begins in a small town where a traveling circus attracts a shy boy into a phony ... See full summary »

Director: Filip Bajon | Stars: Krzysztof Majchrzak, Pola Raksa, Roman Wilhelmi, Bogusz Bilewski

Votes: 63

32. Salto mortal (1962)

94 min | Drama

5.4
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Director: Mariano Ozores | Stars: José Luis Ozores, Antonio Ozores, Diana Lorys, Goyo Lebrero

Votes: 9

33. The Mouse and the Lion (1953)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.5
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The Lion, the King of the Jungle, is taking his royal snooze when a mouse comes on a safari to his royal hideaway. The mouse is from Bungling Brothers Circus [us], and his mission is to ... See full summary »

Director: Paul J. Smith | Star: Dal McKennon

Votes: 10

34. Sipur Shematchil Belevaya Shel Nachash (1994)

85 min | Drama

6.1
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Little Benjamin and Margalit are raised in the boondocks of Israel by their long-suffering mother, but they have in them something of their father, who can't stay in a place with no prospect of riches and excitement.

Director: Dina Zvi-Riklis | Stars: Efrat Aviv, Maya De-Fries, Tomer Even, Levana Finkelstein

Votes: 8

35. The Wrestler and the Clown (1957)

95 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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It's a story about two of the most famous russian personages. They become friends, and then go along on the path of glory in parallel.

Directors: Boris Barnet, Konstantin Yudin | Stars: Stanislav Chekan, Aleksandr Mikhaylov, Yuri Medvedev, Iya Arepina

Votes: 89

36. Ludzie w drodze (1960)

10 min | Documentary, Short

7.0
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A portrait of a traveling circus.

Director: Kazimierz Karabasz

Votes: 17

37. Janete (1983)

95 min | Drama

3.8
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Director: Chico Botelho | Stars: Nice Marinelli, Flávio Guarnieri, Luiz Armando Queiroz, Lélia Abramo

Votes: 6

38. Eugenio (1999)

37 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Jean-Jacques Prunès

Votes: 5

39. Chapiteau (1984)

90 min | Drama

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Director: Johannes Flütsch | Stars: Thomas Ott, Otto Mächtlinger, Ingeborg Engelmann, Andreas Löffel

40. When the Circus Came to Town (1916)

Short

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The small village of Bloom Center is excited when Foolpaugh's Mammoth Circus and Menagerie comes to town. The circus manager picks two locals, Ezra Pash and Phil Pickle, to play Ben-Hur and... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Smith | Stars: William Hutchinson, John Lancaster, Lee Morris, Sidney Smith

41. Sirkus tulee kaupunkiin (1961)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Erkki Eronen | Star: Erkki Eronen

42. Un cirque passe (1950)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Family

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Directors: Jacques Letellier, Jean-François Méhu | Stars: Achille Zavatta, Serge Reggiani, Les Artistes et Ouvriers du Chapiteau du Cirque Zavatta, Romuald

43. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)
Episode: Annabelle (1979)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.5
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Nels becomes apprehensive when he learns that a traveling circus - in which his estranged sister, an obese woman named Annabelle, is one of the stars - is coming to Walnut Grove. Nels ... See full summary »

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson

Votes: 103

44. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
Episode: Blood and Circuses (2010)

48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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When a traveling circus comes to town a series of murders starting with the beautiful tiger trainer take center ring with Murdoch and Brackenreid.

Director: Sudz Sutherland | Stars: Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, Thomas Craig, Jonny Harris

Votes: 115

45. Mod Squad (1968–1973)
Episode: Color of Laughter, Color of Tears (1971)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A circus owner asks the trio for help in finding out who's committed sabotage and murder in the big top.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews

Votes: 16

46. Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy (2011– )
Episode: Larry Goes to the Swamp (2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

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Larry visits people who live in the Atchafalaya Swamp in Louisiana, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey traveling circus in Virginia, and a soap box derby in Oregon.

Star: Larry the Cable Guy

47. Robin Hood (2006–2009)
Episode: Let the Games Commence (2009)

45 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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Gisborne is back, and he is not alone; by his side are Prince John's Elite Guards and a mysterious weapon. This time, he is determined to catch Hood. As the gang run for their lives, Little... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Lau | Stars: Jonas Armstrong, Richard Armitage, David Harewood, Keith Allen

Votes: 78

48. Lost Girl (2010–2016)
Episode: Something Wicked This Fae Comes (2011)

45 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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With the world of Fae in chaos following Bo's explosive reunion with her mother, Bo must learn to "play the game" and navigate the inner workings of Faedom in order to protect those who have helped to protect her.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer

Votes: 228

49. Land of the Giants (1968–1970)
Episode: Terror-Go-Round (1968)

60 min | Sci-Fi

7.0
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Fitzhugh and Barry get caught by a traveling circus act, using a bear to keep other little people to make them escape. Mark and Commander Burton must find a way to divert the kidnappers ... See full summary »

Director: Sobey Martin | Stars: Gary Conway, Don Matheson, Stefan Arngrim, Don Marshall

Votes: 31

50. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1991)
Episode: The Boy Who Stole the Elephant: Part 1 (1970)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: David Wayne, June Havoc, Dabbs Greer, Parley Baer