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Movies About Movies

We all love our trade, so why not post a groovy representation of that love through film?  As such, I have compiled a list of the top movies about making movies:

Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

S.O.B.

S.O.B.

A film-within-a-film: a fading movie producer has a plan for a successful movie: get a actress famous for her wholesome image to appear in the nude on the screen…. much like this film itself.

The Deal

The Deal

A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew’s film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli, but can only get financing if he casts a well-known action star. Production is halted however, when the lead actor is kidnapped from the European film set, so the producer hatches a scheme with a struggling creative executive to save the star and the movie.

Ed Wood

Ed Wood

The mostly true story of the legendary director of awful movies and his strange group of friends and actors.

Bowfinger

Bowfinger

When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd.

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

The Last Tycoon

The Last Tycoon

F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

The Player

The Player

A studio executive is being blackmailed by a writer whose script he rejected but which one? Loaded with Hollywood insider jokes.

Swimming With Sharks

Swimming With Sharks

A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.

The Party

The Party

A clerical mistake results in a bumbling film extra being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

Hollywood Ending

Hollywood Ending

A has-been filmmaker is hired to direct his ex-wife, who’s now dating the studio boss. But when he arrives on the set, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.

Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels

A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about Life…which gives him a rude awakening.

Chaplin

Chaplin

A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker.

Adaptation

Adaptation

A lovelorn screenwriter turns to his less talented twin brother for help when his efforts to adapt a non-fiction book go nowhere.

The Purple Rose of Cairo

The Purple Rose of Cairo

In 1930s New Jersey, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

Get Shorty

Get Shorty

A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.

The Muse

The Muse

A comedy about a neurotic screenwriter and his modern-day muse.

The Bad and the Beautiful

The Bad and the Beautiful

An actress, a director, and a writer are asked to help revive the career of ruthless Hollywood studio bigwig Jonathan Shields. However, all three are reluctant because they have all been used and betrayed by him in the past.

Barton Fink

Barton Fink

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer’s block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task.

Day For Night

Day For Night

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

8 ½

8 ½

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland

A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, TV’s Superman.

Last Action Hero

Last Action Hero

A young movie fan gets thrown into the movie world of his favourite action film character.

Man Bites Dog

Man Bites Dog

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people.

The Stuntman

The Stuntman

A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady.

State and Main

State and Main

A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.

Ulysses Gaze

Ulysses Gaze

“A,” a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend a special screening of one of his extremely controversial films.

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist.

For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film “Home for Purim,” a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.

JCVD

JCVD

Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! In JCVD, Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the country of his birth to seek the peace and tranquility he can no longer enjoy in the United States.

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who’s been training him for his upcoming role…

*All of the descriptions are provided via IMDB

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