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List Rules Films about filmmaking or that have a show-within-a-show

The best movies about movies are those which capture the magic of film making in an actual film. That's no easy task, but some of the films listed here are indeed a movie within a movie, taking viewers on a wild and sometimes confusing ride. Some of the movies that earned a spot on the list are critically acclaimed films, considered among the best movies of all time, and with good reason. Vote for the movies about movies that you loved the most, vote down any that you didn't like, and rerank this list in any order you want.

Some of the most iconic films in cinema history were actually movies about movies. The classic musical 'Singin' in the Rain' and the brilliant Sunset Boulevard, arguably one of the greatest film noir movies ever made, are great examples. In recent years, two films: 'The Artist' and 'Argo' won Academy Awards for best picture. What do they have in common? They were both movies essentially about movies (though the subject matter was vastly different).

Once you start thinking about it, a lot of major Hollywood films are about making movies. Is it any wonder? Filmmakers know their craft, so why not make a personal movie about the process? Some of the best living directors like Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Christopher Guest have made films about films.

Some of these films are comedies, others are suspenseful, tension-filled nail-biters, but all of the films on this list are, in some way, about the magic of making movies. What is the greatest movie about a movie ever made? That's subjective, though this list offers more than a few excellent choices. It is, however, not complete, so feel free to add your suggestions as well.

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Sunset Boulevard William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Ed Wood Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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The Artist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Artist John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Argo Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Tropic Thunder Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr.

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Boogie Nights Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

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8½ is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Barbara Steele

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Cinema Paradiso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Cinema Paradiso Brigitte Bardot, John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin

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The Player is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Player Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Whoopi Goldberg

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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Hugo Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

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The Bad and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Bad and the Beautiful Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon

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Day for Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Day for Night Jacqueline Bissett, Graham Greene, François Truffaut

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Adaptation Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Sullivan's Travels is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Sullivan's Travels Veronica Lake, Preston Sturges, Elsa Lanchester

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Producers Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel

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Silent Movie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Silent Movie Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Mel Brooks

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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Get Shorty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Get Shorty John Travolta, John Wayne, Danny DeVito

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The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Aviator Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

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The Purple Rose of Cairo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Purple Rose of Cairo Viggo Mortensen, Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels

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Harlow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Harlow Angela Lansbury, Ginger Rogers, Leslie Nielsen

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Birdman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Birdman Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton

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Bowfinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Bowfinger Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham

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Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

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¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
¡Three Amigos! Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Phil Hartman

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Man with a Movie Camera is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Movies

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Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Hitchcock Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Helen Mirren

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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
This Is Spinal Tap Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston

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Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Muppet Movie Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

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Targets is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Targets Randy Quaid, Boris Karloff, Peter Bogdanovich

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Wag the Dog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Wag the Dog Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Raging Bull Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Bodyguard Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds

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What Just Happened is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
What Just Happened Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Robert De Niro

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The Party is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Party Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Gavin MacLeod

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The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The First Wives Club Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear

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RKO 281 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
RKO 281 Liev Schreiber, John Malkovich, Melanie Griffith

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Real Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Real Life Albert Brooks, Harry Shearer, Charles Grodin

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Movie Movie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Movie Movie Eli Wallach, George Burns, George C. Scott

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Man Bites Dog is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Man Bites Dog Bernard Frédéric, Edith Lemerdy, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert

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After the Fox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
After the Fox Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Martin Balsam

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Star! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Star! Julie Andrews, Bruce Forsyth, Robert Reed

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Blow Out is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
Blow Out John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

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The Stunt Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Movies
The Stunt Man Peter O'Toole, Barbara Hershey, Alex Rocco