The Best Movies Inside Other Movies

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Vote for the fake movies that you'd want to see

World-building in a film can be accomplished in many different ways, but one of the best is when a movie makes references to movies that only exist in the universe of the real movie. These fake films within actual films often steal the show, even if just discussing them is about as confusing as doing trigonometry without a calculator. Since it's so hard to talk about the concept of films within films, why not just peruse this list of the best movies that exist within other movies? You can avoid tying your brain into knots this way.

Some of the movies within movies that would be on this list, like Machete or Hobo With a Shotgun, have actually gone into production, becoming movies within movies that are now movies. It's a weird world that we live in. It could only get weirder if those movies then had fake movies in them. Ugh. We have a headache. For years, filmmakers have loved putting these Easter eggs into their movies as a way to either put a cap on a scene, to build the world of their characters, or to spoof actual movies.

Vote up your favorite movies that only exist inside of real movies. Think about which non-movies you'd actually pay to see if they were feature-length films. And if you have a favorite piece of fictitious cinema, tell us about it in the comments. Or if you can leave a comment inside of a comment, that would be more appropriate.

Photo: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back / Miramax Films

  • 'Angels with Filthy Souls' In 'Home Alone'
    Video: YouTube

    Angels with Filthy Souls is a classic tale of betrayal featuring a power struggle between local mob bosses Johnny and Acey. Angels with Filthy Souls throws out noir era mobster dialogue and slings out enough brutal violence to scare a 9-year-old, a pizza delivery guy, and the fierce twosome known only as the Sticky Bandits.  

    1,382 votes
  • 'Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season' In 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back'
    Video: YouTube

    Kevin Smith has his moments (Clerks, MallratsDogma). Although in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, the New Jersey auteur teases a sequel to Good Will Hunting that makes us wonder if he's a secret comedic genius. 

    1,180 votes
  • 'Rain of Madness' In 'Tropic Thunder'
    Video: YouTube
    Tropic Thunder squeezed every drop of comedy out of the fake movie trope that it could, and that included fake trailers. Our favorite is Satan's Alley, a film starring Downey Jr.'s Kirk Lazarus and Tobey Maguire as a pair of gay monks in a 12th-century Irish monastery. 
    921 votes
  • You know you would pay all the money in the world to see Arnold Schwarzenegger clumsily dish out Shakespearean quips while he blows up a castle or two. Thank goodness for the underloved Last Action Hero for staging the best scenes for us. 
    763 votes
  • 'The Night the Reindeer Died' In 'Scrooged'
    Video: YouTube

    More often than not, Christmas movies are a joke. If there were more seasonally-appropriate films the Roger Moore action-rescue flick within Scrooged, audiences might just be more inclined to deck the halls. 

    563 votes
  • 'Gandhi II' In 'UHF'
    Video: YouTube

    Sure, we could tell you about the plot to Weird Al's UHF, but we don't really care about any of that noise. The portions of the film that really made the cult classic pop were the far-out film parodies. Our favorite is the blacksploitation film starring Gandhi.

    Who doesn't want to see the man who said: "Be the change you want to see in the world" punch a hole in a thug's stomach?

    549 votes