Movies About Movies, Movie-Making, and Movie-Makers

by lora-31 | created - 02 Feb 2011 | updated - 29 Jan 2013 | Public

Here is a list of most memorable (to me) films about movies, movie-making, and movie makers and actors. Does not pretend to be exhaustive in any way. Emphasis is made on Golden Age Hollywood.

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1. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 185,476

2. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance

An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell

Votes: 11,996

3. Fedora (1978)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Romance

Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Marthe Keller, Hildegard Knef, José Ferrer

Votes: 3,206 | Gross: $2.20M

4. Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

The sprightly young assistant of a Hollywood screenwriter helps him over his writer's block by acting out his fantasies of possible plots.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Grégoire Aslan, Raymond Bussières

Votes: 7,146

5. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Votes: 22,353

6. In a Lonely Place (1950)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 23,280

7. Dreamboat (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.

Director: Claude Binyon | Stars: Clifton Webb, Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 602

8. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

75 Metascore

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 46,620 | Gross: $4.05M

9. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 159,628 | Gross: $5.89M

10. The Star (1952)

Passed | 89 min | Drama, Romance

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood, Warner Anderson

Votes: 3,031

11. On Our Merry Way (1948)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Three short stories revolving around the topic of the daily question posed by the roving reporter to the readers of a daily newspaper.

Directors: Leslie Fenton, King Vidor, John Huston, George Stevens | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, James Stewart, Henry Fonda

Votes: 547

12. The Carpetbaggers (1964)

Approved | 150 min | Drama, Romance

Jonas Cord's a disagreeable young tycoon who's building planes, directing films and catting around on the corporate make, in the 1930's Hollywood.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Carroll Baker, Robert Cummings

Votes: 1,806 | Gross: $28.41M

13. The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Music, Romance

An ice skater jeopardizes her marriage when she becomes a movie star.

Director: Reinhold Schünzel | Stars: Joan Crawford, James Stewart, Lew Ayres, Lewis Stone

Votes: 681

14. Living in Oblivion (1995)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck

Votes: 15,381 | Gross: $1.15M

15. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 220,222 | Gross: $44.67M

16. Beloved Infidel (1959)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Romance

Toward the end of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald is writing for Hollywood studios to be able to afford the cost of an asylum for his wife. He is also struggling against alcoholism. Into his life comes the famous gossip columnist.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Deborah Kerr, Eddie Albert, Philip Ober

Votes: 878

17. The Miracle of the Bells (1948)

Approved | 120 min | Drama

Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her hometown for burial. To arouse public ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Alida Valli, Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 750

18. Souls for Sale (1923)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.

Director: Rupert Hughes | Stars: Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix, Mae Busch

Votes: 771

19. The Oscar (1966)

Approved | 119 min | Drama

Snotty Hollywood actor becomes even more full of himself after he's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Director: Russell Rouse | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Elke Sommer, Milton Berle, Eleanor Parker

Votes: 922

20. The Perils of Pauline (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

The real life story of actress Pearl White during her rise to fame in silent serials.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Betty Hutton, John Lund, Billy De Wolfe, William Demarest

Votes: 951

21. The Party (1968)

PG | 99 min | Comedy

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

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, Natalia Borisova, Jean Carson

Votes: 35,567

22. My Geisha (1962)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An actress disguises herself as a geisha in order to land the lead role in her director husband's film version of 'Madam Butterfly'.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Cummings

Votes: 1,216

23. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 209,427 | Gross: $11.99M

24. A Star Is Born (1954)

Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

89 Metascore

A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford

Votes: 14,510 | Gross: $14.93M

25. Beautiful (1951)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella, Gastone Renzelli

Votes: 3,652

26. Finger of Guilt (1956)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

A married movie studio executive's life, starts to fall apart when he is intimately stalked by a beautiful woman he claims he does not know.

Directors: Joseph Losey, Alec C. Snowden | Stars: Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy, Constance Cummings, Roger Livesey

Votes: 304

27. Actors and Sin (1952)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

Two-part story--the first is about a washed-up Broadway actor and his tough daughter, who is a bigger star than he is; the second is about a literary agent whose newest client--a ... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Eddie Albert, Marsha Hunt, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 118

28. The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

The Falcon investigates the murder of an actor on a Hollywood backlot.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Tom Conway, Barbara Hale, Veda Ann Borg, John Abbott

Votes: 605



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