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Movies about Movies

By Cecilia Cygnar

Hollywood has been self-examining itself for years. Here are some of the best!

  • The Bad and the Beautiful

    2002

    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.

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  • Sunset Boulevard

    2002

    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.

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  • Singin' in the Rain

    2002

    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.

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  • A Star Is Born

    1999

    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.

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  • The Player

    1997

    Even though this film becomes a thriller, it is often mentioned as one of the most honest interpretations of Hollywood on screen.

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  • L.A. Confidential

    1998

    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.

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  • Get Shorty

    1998

    More of a comic take at the film business, based on an Elmore Leonard novel. Kind of like Goodfellas meets The Player.

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  • Ed Wood

    2004

    This dark comedy focuses on the unsung B-movie industry and one of its biggest contributors.

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  • For your Consideration

    2007

    Director Christopher Guest's comic docudrama style merges with Hollywood and the frantic-ness of the awards season.

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  • The Artist

    2012

    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!

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  • Hail, Caesar!

    2016

    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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