Hollywood has been self-examining itself for years. Here are some of the best!
If you want proof that stardom and power changes someone, watch this movie. Kirk Douglas alienates everyone who cares about him on his quest for movie studio power.
A dark, sinister look at Hollywood from the POV of a struggling screenwriter. Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond is the quintessential example of what a cruel business filmmaking can be.
Even though it's one of the most famous film musicals, this film perfectly encapsulates the silent-to-talkies era and how the actors, studios, and executives had to just go with the flow.
There is a reason this story has been told over and over (and over) again. It's timeless and resonates with most people who can relate to the rising and/or the fading star.
Even though this film becomes a thriller, it is often mentioned as one of the most honest interpretations of Hollywood on screen.
Also a thriller set in the world of movies and Hollywood, this one, based on a noir-ish James Ellroy novel, maintains the noir feel throughout.
More of a comic take at the film business, based on an Elmore Leonard novel. Kind of like Goodfellas meets The Player.
This dark comedy focuses on the unsung B-movie industry and one of its biggest contributors.
Director Christopher Guest's comic docudrama style merges with Hollywood and the frantic-ness of the awards season.
This French film (it's also silent, so no worries about those pesky subtitles) is another tale set during the silent-to-talkies era. Winner of a Best Picture Academy Award!
The Coen Brothers take on Hollywood in this comic caper set in the 1950s. In the trademark Coen style, this one is filled with dry humor and dark, sad characters.
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