Clowns in family films and comedies

by greenbudgie | created - 27 Jul 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

In year of release order. From 2019 going back in time to 1892.

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2. The Boy, the Dog and the Clown (2019)

90 min | Family

A young boy, Adrien, grieving over the loss of his father, meets a sad, down-on-his-luck clown who can perform incredible feats of magic. After Adrien gets lost in the woods, the boy learns... See full summary »

Director: Nick Lyon | Stars: Adrien Lyon, Gabriel Dell Jr., Foxy The Dog, Kiki del Vecchio

Votes: 337

3. Yova

Fantasy | Post-production

A young elf runs away from her kingdom in the forest to meet her icon, a famous clown of the local Circus.

Director: Charlie Luccini | Stars: Angélique Meyns, Alex Dey, Derek Simon Robin, Lydie Misiek

4. Wrinkles the Clown (2019)

75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Horror

53 Metascore

In Florida, parents can hire Wrinkles the Clown to scare their misbehaving children.

Director: Michael Beach Nichols | Stars: Christopher Barcia, Trevor J. Blank, Andrew Caldwell, George Holden

Votes: 772

5. The Clowns (2019)

68 min | Documentary

Three young aspiring artists fly to Brazil to present their film at the Shortfilm World Cup. Reality and fiction merge to the point where the viewer might wonder if anything is actually real when there's a camera recording it.

Directors: Lucas Bucci, Tomas Sposato | Stars: Lucas Bucci, Jeronimo Freixas, Tomas Sposato

Votes: 27

7. Clowning

Crime, Romance | Post-production

With his girlfriend pregnant, Dante, a pacifist hippie who makes lip balm called, Mama Earth; is struggling to keep his bills paid. After finding a mysterious flyer for a Birthday Clown ... See full summary »

Director: P.M. Lipscomb | Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mike Starr, Dashiell Connery, Sharyn Wynters

8. Scary Stories for Kids (2019– )

Unrated | 15 min | Animation, Family, Horror

An anthology series consisting of several original creepy stories of scary clowns, monsters and ghouls.

Stars: Alex Velazquez, Angie Velazquez, Manny Velazquez, Noemi Burgos Velazquez

9. Pirouette (II)

5 min | Animation, Short, Adventure | Post-production

When a clown crippled with anxiety auditions at his local dance company for the role of a lifetime, he is forced to confront the only thing holding him back.

Director: Adina Cohen

10. Clowns & Robbers (2018)

87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Marvin is struggling to make a living in the family business of clowning. When he drunkenly gets coerced into robbing a bank, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery to Mexico with his ... See full summary »

Director: Evan Falbaum | Stars: Kemerton Hargrove Jr., Mitch Landry, Erica Callais, Thomas Avallone

Votes: 10

11. Pagliacci (2018)

73 min | Documentary

"Pagliacci", the documentary serves as both an homage to La Minima's 20 years anniversary, a meditation on the laugh and also a memory of Domingos Montagner great work as a Circus artist. ... See full summary »

Directors: Chico Gomes, Julio Hey, Luiza Villaça Moreira, Pedro Moscalcoff, Luiz Villaça | Stars: Carla Candiotto, Alice Viveiros de Castro, Fernando Paz, Chico Pelucio

Votes: 7

12. Coulrophobia (I) (2018)

Short, Comedy, Horror

When looking for a party spot, three friends encounter a group of clowns that may not be as friendly as they hoped.

Director: Greg Vogt | Stars: Jason Burke, Lou Consolo, Mary Houle, David Ogrodowski

13. Fools & Gold (2018)

10 min | Short, Comedy

A charming, beautiful thief and her deadly, charismatic partner pursue the fortune of an eccentric clown.

Director: Nate Nguepsi | Stars: McKenzie Moser, Shawn Holt, Scott Michael Dunn, Joe Hammerstone

14. MouthBreather: Feeding Time (2018)

1 min | Short

A clown gets in over his head.

Director: Jesse Dampolo | Stars: MouthBreather, Michael Testa

15. Roger, Lilly And Bob Too: An Interview With A Couple Of Clowns (2018)

6 min | Short, Comedy

A mockumentary highlighting the plight of ordinary everyday clowns amidst the alarming upsurge of Scare Clowns.

Directors: Trevor Bishop, Alan Wright | Stars: Trevor Bishop, Alan Wright

16. The Magic Lantern (2018)

20 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Handcrafted landscapes and 3D printed puppets come to life in a dreamlike story built upon a kid's fear of growing up.

Directors: Mariana Ospina-Arteaga, Youp Zondag | Stars: Tyler Barish, Carson Gale, Paulo Ospina, Mike Petersen

17. Animal Crackers (2017)

94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A family must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil uncle Horatio P. Huntington.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Scott Christian Sava, Jaime Maestro | Stars: Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, John Krasinski, Ian McKellen

Votes: 521

18. Curtis the Clown (2017 Video)

2 min | Comedy

A young Muggle boy is suddenly whisked away to learn how to become a CLOWN!?

Director: John Willis Wassel | Stars: Christopher Gilstrap, Joe Crowder, Bill Christie, Joe Williams

19. Treasure (2016)

96 min | Adventure, Family

Gosha, a clever and inquisitive boy from a small town, and Katya, a girl from Moscow, who is a friend of his and together they crack the case of a burglary at the Museum of Local History. ... See full summary »

Director: Irina Volkova | Stars: Vladimir Kapustin, Olga Kavalay-Aksyonova, Natalya Kolyakanova, Efrosiniya Kushnir

Votes: 6

20. Rush Call Clown (2016)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A story about a man's life turning upside down when a celebrity's social media post portrays the man's clown self as scary and violent, which sparks a negative spiral for his career as a children's clown entertainer.

Director: Olan Montgomery | Stars: Wisullah Ali, Wendy Callard-Booz, Raina Cheng, Michael Cramer

21. Mime (I) (2016)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

When an everyday mime witnesses a murder, he must help two detectives take down one of the city's biggest crime organizations.

Director: Anthony Gabriele | Stars: Jared Biunno, Samuel Checo, Tyler Downey, Anthony Gabriele

22. Duo (I) (2015)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

When Melanie begrudgingly agrees to give Marcel, a French mime who doesn't speak english, a ride to his audition in Las Vegas, they both have to overcome their differences to prevent this trip from being a disaster.

Director: Karl E. Landler | Stars: Marem Hassler, Karl E. Landler, Danny Goler, Lada Nikolska

Votes: 14

23. The Embalmo the Clown Show (2015)

15 min | Short, Comedy

Embalmo was groomed to be a funeral director/mortician, but that didn't work out. He then went to clown college. He tried to be a successful clown, but that didn't work out. Now he drinks ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Mackner | Stars: J.D. Korejko, Mark Mackner, Shoshanna Hill, Susanna D'Arcy

24. The Clowning (2015)

19 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The participants of a class in clown-technique struggle to find their inner vulnerability and ultimately also their inner clown.

Director: Martin Åhlin | Stars: Jimmy Backman, Maria Gotfredsen, Elin Hugoson, Michael Odhag

25. Funny Bone (I) (2015)

9 min | Short, Comedy

Young Jayden at a birthday party, stands unenthused until a hired clown arrives, following him into the house to discover him stealing.

Director: James Werrett | Stars: Emily Ciccarelli, Daniel McGill, Ashleigh-Rose Nicholson, Elizabeth O'Callaghan

26. The Astronaut Forgot (2015)

3 min | Short, Music

While trying to treat a mental patient, a scientist struggles with his own mental stability.

Director: Matthew Angle | Star: Russ Carrick

27. Deadtime Stories (2012– )
Episode: Who's Giggling Now? (2014)

23 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

Nancy and her friend babysit in the house that was once home to Giggles, the perfect killer clown.

Directors: David Hillenbrand, Scott Hillenbrand | Stars: Jennifer Stone, Piper Reese, Franchesca Maia, Jacob Melton

Votes: 170

28. Black Dynamite (2011–2015)
Episode: Warriors Come Out or The Mean Queens of Halloween (2014)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

It's Halloween in LA and Cream Corn convinces BD and the Crew to go to a street party where, let's just say, ain't nobody in the closet. Everything's gay (as in happy) and gay (as in gay) ... See full summary »

Directors: Carl Jones, Lesean Thomas | Stars: Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, Kym Whitley, Tommy Davidson

Votes: 27

29. Worst Year of My Life, Again! (2014– )
Episode: Halloween (2014)


Alex creates a cool costume to wear to Nicola's Halloween celebrations, but will he get to the party without getting trick or treated?

Director: John Hartley | Stars: Ned Napier, Tiarnie Coupland, Laurence Boxhall, Xander Speight

Votes: 7

31. Lucky Devils (2013)

96 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

A magical circus spectacle performed by former street kids from St. Petersburg, Russia and how growing up can bee hard as a rock.

Director: Verena Endtner | Star: Larissa

Votes: 14

32. Clownwise (2013)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

At the beginning of their careers Oskar, Max and Viktor created a superstar clown trio called The Busters. Their clownery personified little islands of freedom in the midst of a motionless ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Taus | Stars: Didier Flamand, Oldrich Kaiser, Jirí Lábus, Kati Outinen

Votes: 156

33. Pompon le clown (2013– )


Series of commercials for a circus company.

Stars: François Dupont, Brian Harrison, Simon Lavenne, Etienne Van De Walle

Votes: 7

34. Noches con Platanito (2013– )

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

Interviews and games with celebrities.

Stars: Sergio Verduzco, David Villalpando, Luis Coronel, Giselle Mendoza

Votes: 59

35. Jelger de Goochelaar en de Geheimzinnige Kist (2012)

157 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

Jelger finds a mysterious chest on his attic.

Director: Jelger Dees | Stars: Jelger Dees, Sebastiaan van Baar, Claire Segijn, Anne Junggeburt

37. Red Nose (2011)

50 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

During 2008, under the barrage of Kassam rockets, a clown was wandering around the streets of the city of Shderot. The clown nurtured special relationships with an Ethiopian kid named ... See full summary »

Directors: Eldad Prives, Asaf Oren | Stars: Eldad Prives, Yaakov Sabhat

38. Jelger de Goochelaar en de jacht op de Juwelendief (2011)

92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

People in Belderplons are being robbed in broad daylight. When the police suspect Jelger, he's doing whatever he can to catch the real thief, while being chased by the evil wizard who seeks revenge.

Director: Jelger Dees | Stars: Jelger Dees, Sebastiaan van Baar, Dan Segijn, Claire Segijn

40. Unmasked (II) (2011)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

A bank robbery goes south when one of the gang reveals his secret aspirations.

Director: Michael Boas | Stars: Jesse Conklin, Chris Clark, Mike Russo, Rachel Oshlag

41. The Amazing Race (2001– )
Episode: I Want to Be in the Circus, That's Where I Belong (2010)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Family, Game-Show

The seven teams stay in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they join the circus. Some teams find the leg to be anything but fun and games when they misread an important clue.

Director: Bertram van Munster | Stars: Phil Keoghan, Nick DeCarlo, Vicki Casciola, Nat Strand

Votes: 40

42. The Girl Is Mime (2010)

7 min | Short, Comedy

Did the mime commit the crime? Clive Buckle is being questioned about the murder of his wife. Interrogation brings back a slew of memories, some good, some bad...some sexy. The police are ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Bunn | Stars: Martin Freeman, Jennifer Short, Daniel Caren

Votes: 426

43. Modern Family (2009–2020)
Episode: Fizbo (2009)

TV-14 | 27 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cameron breaks out his favorite clown costume to make Luke's birthday party a hit. However, a series of accidents causes the party to break into chaos and leads to an unfortunate injury.

Director: Jason Winer | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 2,101

44. Clownfest: Five Days in the Alley (2009)

38 min | Documentary, Short

In 1981, Vince Pagliano produced the first clown convention on the shores of New Jersey. Twenty-seven years later, the festival is continuing to attract hundreds of professional clowns from... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Weber | Stars: Joe Barney, Greg DeSanto, Karen DeSanto, Claire Fogarty

45. Clown Hunt (2008)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy

A group of men hunt clowns.

Director: Barry Tubb | Stars: Tanner Beard, Eloise DeJoria, Jamison Driskill, Callisto Griffith

Votes: 37

46. The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–2020)
Episode: Day of the Clown: Part 2 (2008)

TV-PG | 28 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi

After Sarah Jane has told Luke she has a fear of clowns dating from a childhood incident, balloons rain from the sky into the school playground. Children who touch them fall under Odd Bob's... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kerrigan | Stars: Elisabeth Sladen, Bradley Walsh, Anjli Mohindra, Tommy Knight

Votes: 181

47. Happiending (2008)

Not Rated | 27 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Arrived in Hollywood forty years ago with nothing but the dream to become a big star, this old clown finds himself hopeless, working on a street corner holding a sign to advertise a restaurant. Even ending it all doesn't prove so easy.

Director: Matias Masucci | Stars: Matias Masucci, Dov Tiefenbach, Ugo Bianchi, Travis Case