13.6 The Circusby Alex DuVon | created - 10 Apr 2012 | updated - 18 Apr 2017 | Public
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2. Freaks (1932)
Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror
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.
3. Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received.
5. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Family, Romance
The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.
Votes: 10,801 | Gross: $36.00M
8. 3 Ring Circus (1954)
Approved | 103 min | Comedy
Jerry and Pete are two friends with no money, looking for some job. They finally find one as workers in a circus, but Jerry has different dreams. He wants to become a clown.
9. Carousel (1956)
Approved | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Fifteen years after his death, a carousel barker is granted permission to return to Earth for one day to make amends to his widow and their daughter.
10. Trapeze (1956)
Approved | 105 min | Drama, Romance
A crippled circus acrobat is torn emotionally between two ambitious young trapeze artists, one a talented young American and a less-gifted but beautiful Italian.
13. Circus World (1964)
Approved | 135 min | Drama, Western
When circus proprietor Matt Masters decides to take his show on a European tour, it is beset by problems, while he searches for Lili, the mother of his adopted daughter, who disappeared years before.
16. The Great Wallendas (1978 TV Movie)
98 min | Drama
Made-for-TV movie, tells the true story of the Great Wallendas, a family of circus acrobats famous for their seven-person high wire pyramid act, that one night ended in tragedy.
17. Bronco Billy (1980)
PG | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.
Votes: 9,208 | Gross: $24.27M
19. Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
PG | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Pee-wee Herman is now a small-town farmer with a fiancée, but when a traveling circus comes to town, he finds himself falling for the trapeze artist.
Votes: 7,880 | Gross: $15.12M
22. Carnivàle (2003–2005)
TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.
23. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other.
Votes: 988,395 | Gross: $53.09M
24. The Illusionist (2006)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.
Votes: 324,711 | Gross: $39.87M
25. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)
G | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Molly Mahoney is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium, the 243-year-old eccentric who owns the store, bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once-remarkable Emporium.
Votes: 38,451 | Gross: $32.06M
26. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
Votes: 134,146 | Gross: $7.69M
27. The Butterfly Circus (2009)
Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Drama
The Butterfly Circus is the story of a renowned circus troupe traveling through the devastated American landscape at the height of the Great Depression, lifting the spirits of audiences ... See full summary »
28. Water for Elephants (2011)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance
Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.
Votes: 102,333 | Gross: $58.71M
29. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)
PG | 91 min | Fantasy
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 each other.
Votes: 7,474 | Gross: $12.50M
30. Now You See Me (I) (2013)
PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
An F.B.I. Agent, and an Interpol Detective, track a team of illusionists, who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.
Votes: 522,184 | Gross: $117.72M