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1. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden

Votes: 200,457 | Gross: $24.79M

2. Hollywood Story (1951)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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During the 1950s Hollywood, an independent producer unwisely opens an old can of worms when he decides to make a movie about the 1930s unsolved murder of a famous silent-film director.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Richard Conte, Julie Adams, Richard Egan, Henry Hull

Votes: 206

3. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2016)

Documentary | Post-production

7.0
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An exploration of the history, artistry, and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look... See full summary »

Director: Midge Costin | Stars: Christopher Nolan, Ryan Coogler, Robert Redford, David Lynch

Votes: 5

4. A Tribute to the Westmores (2010 Video)

PG | 30 min | Documentary, Short

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Docudrama in which the case is made for the Westmore family receiving a "star" on Hollywood Boulevard.

Director: Scott Essman | Star: Mark Arnott

5. Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

7.7
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A chronicle of the life and career of silent film star Mary Pickford.

Director: Nicholas Eliopoulos | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 149

6. Complicated Women (2003 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary

8.1
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A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1929-1934 - before the Hollywood Production Code was enforced.

Director: Hugh Munro Neely | Stars: Jane Fonda, Frances Dee, Kitty Carlisle, Molly Haskell

Votes: 303

7. Star Power: The Creation of United Artists (1998 Video)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

6.5
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The careers of D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin are chronicled culminating in the formation of United Artists and 1919.

Director: Hugh Munro Neely | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Marc Wanamaker, Christopher Sanders, Joy Noe

Votes: 13

8. Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary, History

4.0
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Host Henry Fonda follows the creation of the star system with Mary Pickford in the Silent Era through its demise in the early Sixties.

Director: Marshall Flaum | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Abel, June Allyson, George Arliss

Votes: 48

9. 1M1: Hollywood Horns of the Golden Years (2015)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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1M1: Hollywood Horns of the Golden Years is the first documentary about the history of the Los Angeles studio musicians that follows the development of the motion picture industry and its battles with the mob influenced musicians' union.

Director: Annie Bosler | Stars: Gale Robinson, Vince De Rosa, Jim Decker, Gene Sherry

10. Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines (2001)

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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In 1930, Billy Haines was America's number one box office star. Then he came out. When Louis B. Mayer ordered him to dump his lover, Jimmie Shields, Haines refused and started a second ... See full summary »

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: William Haines, Chris Allen, Stockard Channing, Christina Crawford

Votes: 40

11. Checking Out: Grand Hotel (2004 Video)

12 min | Documentary, Short

3.1
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The making of the Oscar-winning classic, "Grand Hotel" was rife with blazing egos and star behavior unlike anything else in Hollywood history. Never before had there existed an all-star, ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fitzgerald | Stars: Tom Kane, Maureen O'Sullivan, Sydney Guilaroff, J.J. Cohn

Votes: 67

12. Hollywood: The Golden Years (1961 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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Host Gene Kelly takes a nostalgic look at silent films from their earliest beginnings to the introduction of sound with "The Jazz Singer."

Director: David L. Wolper | Stars: Gene Kelly, D.W. Griffith, Renée Adorée, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Votes: 36

13. Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane (2007 Video)

13 min | Documentary, Short, Musical

1.5
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When Arthur Freed brought Alan Jay Lerner to Hollywood to compose a new Fred Astaire musical (based on Fred's life,) little did he know he would have to recast it's leading lady not once, but twice.

Director: Peter Fitzgerald | Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Jane Powell, June Allyson, Richard Barrios

Votes: 44

14. Katharine Hepburn: Woman of the Century (2017 Video)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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An interview with author and journalist Claudia Roth Pierpont on the significance of Woman of the Year (George Stevens, 1942) on actor Katharine Hepburn's acting career and the evolution of... See full summary »

Star: Claudia Roth Pierpont

15. You've Got Chemistry (2008 Video)

27 min | Documentary, Short

4.7
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You've Got Mail (1998) Deluxe Edition DVD featurette that likens the enduring chemistry between Tom Hanks and 'Meg Ryan (I)' to that of classic Hollywood on-screen couples whose timeless ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeanine Basinger, Rudy Behlmer, John Fricke, Patricia King Hanson

Votes: 6

16. Sugarfoot Photo Shoot (2015)

Approved | 3 min | Short

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Memories of a publicity photo shoot in 1956 inspires a man to become a filmmaker as an adult.

Director: R. Christian Anderson | Star: R. Christian Anderson

17. Kisses (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary, Romance

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A retrospective on the importance of the kiss in the classic films of the 20s through the 50s.

Director: Neil Steinberg | Stars: Thomas A. Edison, Will Hays, Robert Young

18. American Cinema (1995– )
Episode: The Studio System

60 min | Documentary

The studio system created the Golden Age of Hollywood, its classic film stars and big budget hits that captivated generations all across the world. However, the following decades proved that nothing lasts forever, even in Hollywood.

Stars: John Lithgow, Peter Coyote

19. Histoire(s) du cinéma (1989–1999)
Episode: Toutes les histoires (1989)

51 min

7.2
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An 8-part documentary chronically the history of cinema: "All the Histories", "A Single History", "Only Cinema", "Deadly "Beauty", "The Coin of the Absolute", "A New Wave", "The Control of the Universe", and "The Signs Among Us".

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 861