Metamovies

This list does include movies whose main subject is the filming of a movie or making of a theatre production within the movie. Movie within a movie!

It does not include stories on Hollywood actors biopics, or movies whose main characters/subject are actors/the movies.


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1.
Adaptation. (2002)
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A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean for the screen. (114 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
2.
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
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Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman." (94 mins.)
 
3.
The Sea That Thinks (2000)
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Incredible optical illusions in a story in a story in a story helps the surprised viewer finally to find out that he has been watching himself all along. (100 mins.)
Director: Gert de Graaff
 
4.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
5.
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
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A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married... (124 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
6.
Ed Wood (1994)
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An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support. (127 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
7.
Broken Embraces (2009)
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Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie. (127 mins.)
 
8.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
 
9.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
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Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars. (102 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
10.
Day for Night (1973)
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A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. (115 mins.)
 
11.
Baadasssss! (2003)
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Mario Van Peebles's half documentary/half homage to his father Melvin's 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. (109 mins.)
 
12.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
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A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (124 mins.)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
 
13.
Corroboree (2007)
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A beautiful young man has been summoned to an eerie meditation retreat by a dying theatre director.... (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Hackworth
 
14.
CQ (2001)
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A young filmmaker in 1960s Paris juggles directing a cheesy sci-fi debacle, directing his own personal art film, coping with his crumbling relationship with his girlfriend, and a new-found infatuation with the sci-fi film's starlet. (88 mins.)
Director: Roman Coppola
 
15.
Offscreen (2006)
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Actor Nicolas Bro reigns supreme in the role of Nicolas Bro # a man intent on making a film about himself. After his director friend Christoffer Boe lends him a camera, his selfmonitoring is so hair-raisingly private that it becomes impossible to separate fact from fiction. (93 mins.)
Director: Christoffer Boe
 
16.
Ararat (2002)
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Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide. (115 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
17.
Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
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New York actors rehearse Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a dilapidated theatre. (119 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
18.
The Big Picture (1989)
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Film school grad Nick Chapman thought his career was made after his award winning short film, but discovered Hollywood wasn't as easy as it seems. (100 mins.)
 
19.
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
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After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado". (154 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
20.
S.O.B. (1981)
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A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off. (122 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
21.
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
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A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa. (112 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
22.
V.O.S. (2009)
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A game between four characters. A comedy about love and friendship. A film about the great lie of story telling that moves between reality and fiction. (87 mins.)
Director: Cesc Gay
 
23.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
24.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
 
25.
The Truman Show (1998)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
26.
The Stunt Man (1980)
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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. (131 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
 
27.
Barton Fink (1991)
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A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
28.
Bowfinger (1999)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
29.
The Caiman (2006)
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A skewering of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. (112 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
30.
For Your Consideration (2006)
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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. (86 mins.)
 
31.
Living in Oblivion (1995)
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Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers. (90 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
 
32.
Silent Movie (1976)
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A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years. (87 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
33.
Son of Rambow (2007)
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During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood. (96 mins.)
Director: Garth Jennings
 
34.
Road to Nowhere (2010)
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A young filmmaker gets wrapped up in a crime while shooting his new project on location. (121 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
 
35.
The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (115 mins.)
 
36.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
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Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. (125 mins.)
 
37.
Even the Rain (2010)
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As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. (103 mins.)
Director: Icíar Bollaín
 
38.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
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A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line. (106 mins.)