Most Popular "Play Within A Play" Titles
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1. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 63,284 | Gross: $3.08M
2. Quills (2000)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama
In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.
Votes: 46,667 | Gross: $7.06M
3. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
PG | 132 min | Drama, Romance
A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.
Votes: 9,949 | Gross: $1.59M
5. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama
Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.
Votes: 18,065 | Gross: $0.74M
6. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
R | 120 min | Drama
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
Votes: 11,788 | Gross: $17.04M
7. Man of La Mancha (1972)
PG | 132 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical
The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.
Votes: 3,182 | Gross: $3.80M
8. Restoration (1995)
R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History
The exiled royal physician to King Charles II devotes himself to helping Londoners suffering from the plague, and in the process falls in love with an equally poor woman.
Votes: 7,893 | Gross: $4.10M
9. Tendres cousines (1980)
R | 90 min | Drama, Romance
With the outbreak of WWII, the sudden call to arms will send the men of a family's estate to the front, leaving a curious adolescent alone with the remaining women of the house, in need of a warm embrace and, possibly, a daring kiss.
11. Salome's Last Dance (1988)
R | 89 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Set in France Oscar Wilde (so it appears) visits a local theatre and is surprised by their retelling of his own work ""Salome'" the story line then digresses in to a VERY twisted portrayal ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,107 | Gross: $0.33M
13. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven ... See full summary »
16. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »
17. George Washington Slept Here (1942)
Approved | 93 min | Comedy
When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.
18. The Vagabond King (1956)
Approved | 86 min | Musical, Romance
Louis XI of France drafts Paris's popular "king" of criminals as Provost Marshal in his fight against usurper Charles of Burgundy and the traitorous nobles who rally around him.
19. The Tyrannical Father (1941)
114 min | Comedy
Francisco, salesman in a shoe store, is totally in love with Tatão, which sells perfume in the same street. But he is an amateur theater actor, as she hates theater and is a fan of cinema. Will this unlikely love endure?
20. The Red Shoes (1983 TV Movie)
79 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
The story of a little girl name Karen who was very poor and was given a pair of red shoes made of cloth to keep her feet warm in the winter. When her mother dies, she's adopted by a rich ... See full summary »
22. A Drunkard's Reformation (1909)
13 min | Drama, Short
A drinking man arrives home, late and sozzled as usual. His wife reminds him that he promised to take their child to a play. The play proves to be a morality tale about the evils of drink; ... See full summary »
23. Sucesos distantes (1996)
105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
One couple (Carlos & Irene) are having troubles, because he suspects that Irene's hiding something about her past in Russia. To make things worst her ex-husband goes to Mexico and tells ... See full summary »
Bob and Carol Save Christmas
TV-14 | Comedy
Bob and Carol find the quints are really sick of 'Quintsmass', which means getting no Christmas presents until the Christmas sale, just pictures on the actual holiday; they risk all their ... See full summary »
Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
Enter Two Gardeners
47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The girls are contracted to do the landscaping for a traditional amateur theatrical, but when members of the cast are murdered, Laura is forced to don greasepaint.
Home and Away (1988– )
28 min | Drama, Romance
Romeo and 'Romeo' have mixed feelings about the play finally being at hand. Xavier cutely helps Ruby over her nerves. Elijah tries to make Miles realize teaching is his vocation, not ... See full summary »
Joey and the Musical
TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Romance
Joey is trying to impress his girlfriend Candace, who he hired as interior decorator, but is instantly and intensely disliked by her grandmother Gloria, who says he resembles her hated ex ... See full summary »
Joey and the Perfect Storm
TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance
Joey is an understudy in three different plays. The lead actor from each play, cannot go on, Joey has to figure a way to be in all three plays when they're all on at the same time, in different locations.
De kotmadam (1991– )
Worried about her mother's latest health problem, the pancreas, Jeanne asks Billy to explain medically. Jef and the students help Odilon rehearse the part of Dingemans the Strangler for the... See full summary »
Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015)
Phineas and Ferb Star Wars
TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
Phineas and Ferb travel to a galaxy far far away to help out some rebel heroes.
Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The murder of the leading lady's understudy disrupts rehearsals of a play starring two previously married but now warring actors.
Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime
Four clocks surround an unidentified corpse in a blind woman's house, and a young typist is summoned to the crime scene. However, Poirot is convinced that the complicated setup is merely hiding a simpler solution.
Step by Step (1991–1998)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
To become closer to a new boyfriend, Dana auditions for - and wins - the role of Juliet in a local production of "Romeo and Juliet." However, her bid at stardom is placed in jeopardy when ... See full summary »