Movies about the circus

Movies about the circus
List of the best circus movies selected by visitors to our site: Dumbo, The Butterfly Circus, The Circus, Water for Elephants, The Greatest Show on Earth, Bear's Kiss, The Greatest Showman, La Strada, Sawdust and Tinsel, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Genre
Country
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantasy, adventure, family
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada
Duration02:10
CharactersDogs, Animals, Horses, Snake, Monkeys
PlotDeath
PlaceTrains, Circus
StyleFor children, Kind, Cute, Soulful, Atmospheric

A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, short
CountryUSA
Duration00:23
PlotTravel
PlaceCircus

At the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus leads his troupe through the devastated American landscape, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover a man without limbs at a carnival sideshow. However, after an intriguing encounter with the showman he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:11
CharactersArtists, Good people
PlotAdventure, Wedding, Love triangle
PlaceCircus, USA
StyleRomantic, Fancy, Touching

Charlie, a wandering tramp, becomes a circus handyman and falls in love with the circus owner's daughter. Unaware of Charlie's affection, the girl falls in love with a handsome young performer. Charlie's versatility makes him star of the show when he substitutes for an ailing tightwire walker. He is discharged from the company when he protects the girl from her father's abuse, but he returns and appeals to the handsome performer to marry the girl. After the wedding the father prevails upon them to rejoin the circus. Charlie is hired again, but he stays behind when the caravan moves on.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersClowns, Elephants, Artists
PlotLove, Adventure, Love triangle, Fear
PlaceTrains, Circus, USA
StyleTouching, Retro

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.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
PlaceCircus

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CountryGermany, Sweden, Russia, Spain, France, Italy
Duration01:41
CharactersBears
PlotLove, Curses
StyleRomantic, Atmospheric, Touching

A fairy tale-like love story between young circus artist Lola and the bear Misha, who one day transforms into a human being.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, musical, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:25
CharactersGiants, Lions, Businessmen, Singers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Fight, Friendship, Ballet
PlaceParty, Beach, USA
StyleExciting, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Tense

The story of American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama
CountryItaly
Duration01:48
CharactersHeroes, Poor
PlotLove triangle
PlaceItaly, Circus
StyleRomantic, Exciting, To cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating

When Gelsomina, a naïve young woman, is purchased from her impoverished mother by brutish circus strongman Zampanò to be his wife and partner, she loyally endures her husband's coldness and abuse as they travel the Italian countryside performing together. Soon Zampanò must deal with his jealousy and conflicted feelings about Gelsomina when she finds a kindred spirit in Il Matto, the carefree circus fool, and contemplates leaving Zampanò.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountrySweden
Duration01:35
PlaceSweden
StyleGloomy, Depressive

The complicated relationships between a circus ringmaster, his estranged wife and his lover.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantasy
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersClowns
PlotDancing, Music
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Serious

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 each other.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography
CountryFrance
Duration02:11
CharactersBears, Giants, Clowns
PlotOn real events, Gambling, Cars
PlacePrison, Paris, Circus
StyleTo cry, Makes me think, Touching

The history of the clown Chocolate, the first black circus artist in France, which has a great success in the late 19th century.

Markimdb: 8
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersWitch, Mermaids, Fish
PlotAdventure, Travel, Loneliness, Death, Cancer
PlaceCircus, USA, New York
StyleTo cry, Fancy, Touching

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 picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adventures.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrefamily
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersDogs, Single mothers
PlaceCastle

The adventures of Shetland pony Poly in the South of France.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, adventure
CountryRussia
Duration01:28
CharactersTruckers, Elephants, Drivers
PlotAdventure, Travel
PlaceParis
StyleSerious

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Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, musical, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersWitch, Magician, Heroes, Family, Wizards
PlotLove, Time travel, Adventure, Magic
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleExciting, Light, Fairy tales

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.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, military
CountryWest Germany, France, Yugoslavia, Poland
Duration02:22
PlotWar, Toys, Growing up
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Smart, Black humor, Epic, Makes me think

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.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genredrama
CountryBrazil, Portugal, France
Duration01:23
CharactersMagician
PlotLove
PlaceCircus

The story of five generations of the same family-owned circus. From the inauguration of The Great Mystical Circus in 1910 up to present day, the adventures and loves of the Knieps family, from their prime through to their decadence, up until the surprise ending. A film in which reality and fantasy come together in a mystical universe.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersDisabled people, Soldier, Mute
PlotWar, Mental disorders, Dreams
PlaceFrance, Hospitals, Tomb, Los Angeles
TimeNew Year, World War I
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Makes me think, Serious

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 with a fate worse than death as a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he remains conscious and able to think, thereby reliving his life through strange dreams and memories.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, adventure, western
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersHorses, Cowboys, Friends, Hunters, Partners
PlotAdventure, Skirmishes, Revenge, Friendship, Pursuit
PlaceWild West, Court, Texas
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and adventure on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, western
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersCowboys, Friends, Orphans
PlotAdventure, Friendship, False accusations
PlaceSmall cities, New York
StyleTo cry, Touching

An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantasy, drama, musical, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:04
CharactersClowns, Family, Losers, Mice, Elephants
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Dreams
StyleCute, By books, Touching

Dumbo is a baby elephant born with over-sized ears and a supreme lack of confidence. But thanks to his even more diminutive buddy Timothy the Mouse, the pint-sized pachyderm learns to surmount all obstacles.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantasy, adventure, family
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:41
CharactersZombie, Giants, Heroes, Family
PlotAdventure, Magic, Investigation, Hypnosis
PlaceVillage, Parallel worlds
StyleExciting, Light, Atmospheric, Fancy, Serious

In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersVampire, Teens, Werewolf, Immortals, Friends
PlotAdventure, Superpowers, Passion, Friendship, Supernatural
StyleFancy

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 a wolf-man and a bearded lady

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrehorror, action, thriller
CountryUSA
CharactersClowns
PlaceTexas

A sadistic group of clowns kidnap an unsuspecting man and his daughters, forcing him to play a deadly game in order to save his family.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryFrance
Duration01:30
PlotLove, Dancing, Gambling
PlaceShips, Paris, France, Casino
StyleRomantic, To cry, Fancy, Gloomy, Touching

It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. He is Gabor, a knife thrower who needs a human target for his show. The girl, Adele, has never been lucky and nowhere else to go. So she follows him. They travel along the northern bank of the Mediterranean to perform.

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Genrecomedy
CountrySoviet Union

Story of animal trainers at a circus.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, musical
CountryUSA
Duration01:27
CharactersClowns, Lions, Lawyers
PlotDancing, Money
PlaceEngland

Jeff Wilson, the owner of a small circus, owes his partner Carter $10,000. Before Jeff can pay, Carter lets his accomplices steal the money, so he can take over the circus. Antonio Pirelli and Punchy, who work at the circus, together with lawyer Loophole try to find the thief and get the money back.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:46
CharactersLosers, Old man
PlotLove, Adventure, Travel, Relationship, Mystery
StyleTo cry, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrecomedy, western
CountryItaly, Spain

Victims of oppressive town boss Honey are offered help by an unusual alliance of gunmen and circus performers

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrehorror, comedy, drama
CountrySpain, France
Duration01:47
CharactersClowns, Soldier, Artists
PlotPassion, Love triangle, Rivalry
PlaceSpain
StyleHeavy, Black humor, Depressive, Serious

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.





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