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Ed Wood (1994)
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Ed Wood (1994)

Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director 'Edward D. Wood Jr. (I)' (qv) is a Hollywood outcast. Nevertheless, with the help of the formerly famous 'Bela Lugosi' (qv) and a devoted cast and crew of show-business misfits who believe in Ed's off-kilter vision, the filmmaker… is able to bring his oversize dreams to cinematic life. Despite a lack of critical or commercial success, Ed and his friends manage to create an oddly endearing series of extremely low-budget films. (Read More)

Subgenre:
b movie cult film gay interest 
Themes:
drug addiction hollywood celebrity wrestling filmmaking funeral love friendship 
Mood:
biographical affection breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
ghost train apartment taxi bus los angeles california cemetery church restaurant bar 
Characters:
film director director actress actor boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
director actor relationship hollywood sign hollywood california cult director bus stop funeral home reference to boris karloff reference to charlton heston jacobs ladder washed out reference to orson welles drug rehab theremin dumped by girlfriend reference to dracula β€¦chiropractor mariachi band dentures reference to frankenstein film premiere trick or treat film reel cigarette holder gender bender man wearing a wig movie poster funfair guillotine loudspeaker showbiz morphine slaughterhouse movie studio transvestism reverend sex change stage play misfit stock footage homage baptism goth wrestler war veteran dressing room film producer black and white film set amusement park black humor friendship between men phone booth movie theater death of friend heavy rain what happened to epilogue gothic transvestite newspaper headline handgun film within a film lightning drug addict confession talking to the camera bartender cigar smoking coffin suicide attempt gay slur halloween title spoken by character cigarette smoking character name in title  (See All)

The Artist (2011)
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The Artist (2011)

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is insp…ired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. (Read More)

Themes:
hollywood filmmaking friendship 
Locations:
apartment bus los angeles california restaurant bar 
Characters:
film director actress actor friend 
Story:
hollywood sign hollywood california film premiere film reel movie studio dressing room film producer black and white movie theater newspaper headline film within a film bartender cigar smoking suicide attempt cigarette smoking 

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Gods And Monsters (1998)
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Gods And Monsters (1998)

The story of 'James Whale (I)' (qv), the Director of _Frankenstein (1931)_ (qv) and _Bride of Frankenstein (1935)_ (qv), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale was homosexual, and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine.

Subgenre:
gay interest 
Themes:
filmmaking friendship love 
Locations:
los angeles california bar 
Characters:
film director director actress actor friend 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
hollywood california reference to boris karloff film set lightning bartender cigar smoking title spoken by character cigarette smoking 

S1m0ne (2002)
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S1m0ne (2002)

The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an ove…rnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world. (Read More)

Themes:
filmmaking funeral 
Locations:
los angeles california cemetery 
Characters:
film director actress 
Story:
film premiere movie studio film set movie theater newspaper headline film within a film coffin character name in title 

Chaplin (1992) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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Chaplin (1992)

The biography of Charlie Chaplin, filmmaker extraordinaire. From his formative years in England to his highest successes in America, Charlie's life, work, and loves are followed. While his screen characters were extremely hilarious, the man behind "The Little Tramp" was constantly haunted by a sense… of loss. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
filmmaking 
Characters:
film director director actress actor 
Story:
hollywood sign hollywood california showbiz what happened to epilogue film within a film title spoken by character character name in title 

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Get Shorty (1995)
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Get Shorty (1995)

Some guys get all the luck, whether they like it or not. Chili Palmer happens to be in Hollywood collecting a gambling debt when he's struck by lightning (not literally). Called a natural for the movie business, he's snagged up by a producer. The rest is history.

Subgenre:
b movie cult film 
Themes:
hollywood filmmaking 
Locations:
los angeles california restaurant 
Characters:
actress actor 
Story:
hollywood california reference to orson welles film set film within a film lightning gay slur title spoken by character 

Om Shanti Om (2007)
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Om Shanti Om (2007)

Om Prakash Makhija is a Junior Artist in the 1970's hindi film industry, who is in love with actress Shantipriya. Om rescues Shanti from a fire scene where the fire has escaped control, and they become friends. His hopes seems to be coming true, but shortly thereafter he finds out that she is marrie…d to a film producer, Mukesh Mehra, and is expecting his child. He then watches in horror as Mukesh, after luring her in an abandoned studio, sets it on fire to prevent a financial loss and protect his career. Om attempts to rescue her in vain, and he eventually is killed. 30 years later, Om has reincarnated as the only son of a Bollywood actor, Rajesh Kapoor, and is himself an actor. His memories start to return when he meets with his widowed mother, Bela, from his previous birth. He also meets with Mukesh and together they decide to make a movie 'Om Shanti Om'. Om then hires a look-alike of Shantipriya, and hopes to force a confession out of Mukesh - but things go awry and Om finds his life endangered once again. (Read More)

Themes:
filmmaking love 
Characters:
film director actress actor friend 
Story:
film premiere film reel homage film producer film set film within a film confession character name in title 

The Producers (1967)
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The Producers (1967)

Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max's accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? "Springtim…e for Hitler." (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
restaurant bar 
Characters:
director actor 
Story:
transvestism stage play friendship between men newspaper headline talking to the camera bartender cigar smoking suicide attempt gay slur 

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Big Fat Liar (2002) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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Big Fat Liar (2002)

A take on the classic tale 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', this is the story of a 14-year-old boy named Jason Shephard who lies for the fun of it. He loses an important story assignment entitled 'Big Fat Liar' in movie producer Marty Wolf's limo, which Wolf then turns into a film. When Jason sees a movie …preview of his story, he and his best friend Kaylee go to Los Angeles to make Wolf confess to using his story, to clear his name, and to get him out of having to attend summer school. The teen liar then has to match wits with Wolf, who also turns out to be a big liar. (Read More)

Themes:
hollywood filmmaking 
Characters:
actress actor friend 
Story:
hollywood sign hollywood california film premiere movie studio film producer film set movie theater cigar smoking title spoken by character 

Orgazmo (1997)
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Orgazmo (1997)

Joe Young was a simple young man trying to spread the word of the Book of Mormon when he picked the wrong house to preach at! The owner, a porn director named Maxxx Orbison, tells his henchmen to kill the guy at the door who interrupted their scene, but Joe fights off the guards with great skill, wh…ich impresses Maxxx so much that he offers Joe the lead role in the movie he's making at the moment: Orgazmo, which is about a sex superhero who fights crime with his Orgazmorator, and ChodaBoy, his sidekick. Joe, against his beliefs, takes the job so that he can pay for the wedding he plans for himself and his fiancee, whom he doesn't tell about his risque new acting job. However, when the movie becomes an amazing hit just about everywhere and he finds out that Ben (ChodaBoy) has created a real Orgazmorator, Joe is in some serious hot water! (Read More)

Themes:
filmmaking friendship 
Locations:
los angeles california 
Characters:
film director director actress actor boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Story:
hollywood sign hollywood california reference to charlton heston mariachi band dressing room newspaper headline film within a film gay slur cigarette smoking character name in title 

Hail, Caesar! (2016)
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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Hail Caesar! Follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix.

Themes:
hollywood 
Locations:
los angeles california 
Characters:
actor 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
hollywood california film premiere movie studio film within a film confession title spoken by character character name in title 

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Swingers (1996)
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Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
hollywood friendship love 
Locations:
apartment los angeles california restaurant bar 
Characters:
actress actor boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Story:
hollywood california dumped by girlfriend bartender cigar smoking gay slur cigarette smoking 

My Week With Marilyn (2011) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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My Week With Marilyn (2011)

Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggli…ng to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her. Colin's intrigue is met when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty and her desire to be a great actress. (Read More)

Themes:
filmmaking 
Characters:
film director actress 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
director actor relationship dressing room film set what happened to epilogue film within a film character name in title 

Rocky III (1982)
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Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey…. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
celebrity wrestling funeral friendship love 
Locations:
los angeles california bar 
Story:
mariachi band film reel wrestler dressing room friendship between men newspaper headline bartender cigar smoking coffin cigarette smoking character name in title 

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The Godfather (1972)
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The Godfather (1972)

When the aging head of a famous crime family decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorabl…e successor being finally chosen. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
funeral 
Locations:
los angeles california cemetery church restaurant bar 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
hollywood california movie studio baptism war veteran film producer film set movie theater title spoken by character 

We Are Your Friends (2015)
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We Are Your Friends (2015)

Cole is an aspiring DJ who spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, whe…n Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for. (Read More)

Themes:
wrestling funeral love friendship 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
los angeles california cemetery 
Characters:
actor boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Story:
hollywood california funfair friendship between men death of friend talking to the camera coffin 

Man On The Moon (1999) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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Man On The Moon (1999)

Man on the Moon is a biographical movie on the late comedian 'Andy Kaufman (I)' (qv). Kaufman, along with his role on _"Taxi" (1978)_ (qv), was famous for being the self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. After beating women time and time again, 'Jerry Lawler' (qv) (who plays hims…elf in the movie), a professional wrestler, got tired of seeing all of this and decided to challenge Kaufman to a match. In most of the matches the two had, Lawler prevailed with the piledriver, which is a move by spiking an opponent head-first into the mat. One of the most famous moments in this feud was in the early 80s when Kaufman threw coffee on Lawler on _"Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)_ (qv), got into fisticuffs with Lawler, and proceeded to sue NBC. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
wrestling filmmaking funeral friendship 
Mood:
biographical 
Locations:
taxi restaurant bar 
Characters:
actor boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Story:
hollywood california wrestler coffin 

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The Muppet Movie (1979)
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The Muppet Movie (1979)

While living the quiet life in a swamp, Kermit the Frog is approached by a Hollywood agent to audition for the chance of a lifetime. So Kermit takes this chance for his big break as he makes the journey to Hollywood. Along the way, Kermit comes across several quirky new friends including comedic Foz…zie Bear, beautiful but feisty Miss Piggy and the Great Gonzo. But Kermit must also watch out for ruthless Doc Hopper, who plans to use him as his spokesman for his Frog Legs food chain. (Read More)

Themes:
hollywood friendship 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
los angeles california church restaurant bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Story:
hollywood sign hollywood california movie studio movie theater 

Singin' In The Rain (1952)
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Singin' In The Rain (1952)

1927 Hollywood. Monumental Pictures' biggest stars, glamorous on-screen couple Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, are also an off-screen couple if the trade papers and gossip columns are to be believed. Both perpetuate the public perception if only to please their adoring fans and bring people into the m…ovie theaters. In reality, Don barely tolerates her, while Lina, despite thinking Don beneath her, simplemindedly believes what she sees on screen in order to bolster her own stardom and sense of self-importance. R.F. Simpson, Monumental's head, dismisses what he thinks is a flash in the pan: talking pictures. It isn't until _The Jazz Singer (1927)_ (qv) becomes a bona fide hit which results in all the movie theaters installing sound equipment that R.F. knows Monumental, most specifically in the form of Don and Lina, have to jump on the talking picture bandwagon, despite no one at the studio knowing anything about the technology. Musician Cosmo Brown, Don's best friend, gets hired as Monumental's ideas man and musical director. And by this time, Don has secretly started dating Kathy Selden, a chorus girl who is trying to make it big in pictures herself. Don and Kathy's relationship is despite their less than friendly initial meeting. Cosmo and Kathy help Don, who had worked his way up through the movie ranks to stardom, try make the leap to talking picture stardom, with Kathy following along the way. However, they have to overcome the technological issues. But the bigger problem is… (Read More)

Themes:
hollywood friendship 
Locations:
los angeles california 
Characters:
film director director actress actor friend 
Story:
hollywood california film premiere cigarette holder man wearing a wig movie studio dressing room film producer black and white film within a film title spoken by character 

The Aviator (2004)
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The Aviator (2004)

Biopic of billionaire 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv), starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA a…s a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph 'Owen Brewster (I)' (qv) accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv). From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. (Read More)

Themes:
celebrity filmmaking love 
Locations:
los angeles california 
Characters:
film director actress friend 
Story:
hollywood california film premiere movie studio film producer movie theater film within a film title spoken by character cigarette smoking 

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Inland Empire (2006) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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Inland Empire (2006)

A blonde actress is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting. Adding to her confusion is the revelation that the current film is a remake of a doomed Polish produc…tion, 47, which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
filmmaking friendship love 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
los angeles california 
Characters:
film director actress actor friend 
Story:
hollywood california film producer film within a film title spoken by character cigarette smoking 

An American Werewolf In London (1981)
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An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Two American college students are on a walking tour of Britain and are attacked by a werewolf. One is killed, the other is mauled. The werewolf is killed but reverts to its human form, and the local townspeople are unwilling to acknowledge its existence. The surviving student begins to have nightmar…es of hunting on four feet at first but then finds that his friend and other recent victims appear to him, demanding that he commit suicide to release them from their curse, being trapped between worlds because of their unnatural deaths. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
apartment taxi bus cemetery 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
bus stop homage phone booth death of friend heavy rain gothic newspaper headline film within a film lightning suicide attempt gay slur cigarette smoking 

Barton Fink (1991)
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Barton Fink (1991)

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a …bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
hollywood wrestling 
Locations:
los angeles california restaurant 
Story:
hollywood california film producer black humor film within a film title spoken by character character name in title 

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Evita (1996)
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Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity …works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
filmmaking funeral love 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
bus church restaurant bar 
Characters:
film director actress 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
film within a film coffin character name in title 

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)

The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will ever find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
funeral love friendship 
Locations:
taxi church 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
death of friend heavy rain lightning coffin 

Entourage (2015)
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Entourage (2015)

This movie picks up where the TV show ended. Vincent Chase is offered a role by his former agent now Studio boss Ari Gold in a movie he is developing. Vincent agrees on the condition that he be allowed to direct the movie also. Nearly a year later, Vince is uncertain if the movie is ready, so he ask…s Ari for money to finish the movie. But Vincent has asked for money more than once already and Ari's bosses are not happy of how much they're spending. But he goes to their backer to ask for more money and he wants to see what Vince has shot so far but Vince won't let anyone see it yet. But he's planning a screening, and asks the backer to come to L.A. with him but he can't so he sends his son instead. At the screening Vince decides not to show it. But gives out DVDS. The son after watching the movie, says he has issues with Drama, Vince's brother who has a small role in the movie. Vince is unwilling to drop him. When they appease the son, he then says he has issues with Vince. So as they try to fix the situation, Ari's catching heat both professionally and personally. And Vincent's friend, E who is expecting a baby with his ex Sloane, is trying to decide if he wants to get back with her. (Read More)

Themes:
hollywood filmmaking friendship 
Locations:
los angeles california restaurant bar 
Characters:
film director actor friend 
Story:
hollywood california movie studio film producer film set friendship between men film within a film gay slur title spoken by character 

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Don Jon (2013)
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Don Jon (2013)

Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves al…one in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship love 
Locations:
apartment church 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Story:
friendship between men movie theater film within a film confession bartender gay slur title spoken by character character name in title 

Hollywoodland (2006)
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Hollywoodland (2006)

Struggling private investigator Louis Simo treats his work more as a means to make a living than a want to do right by what few clients he has. Through connections with the investigation firm for which he used to work, Simo is hired by Helen Bessolo to investigate the death of her son, actor 'George… Reeves (I)' (qv). Reeves was best known for his title role in _"Adventures of Superman" (1952)_ (qv), a role which he always despised, in part since it typecast him as a "cartoon", despite it bringing him a certain fame. His June 16, 1959 death by a single gunshot wound while in his bedroom in his Los Angeles home was ruled a suicide by the police, the death which occurred when the house was filled with people. Reeves' story is told in part in flashback as Simo, who is trying to make a name for himself with this case, talks to or tries to talk to some of the players involved, most specifically the wife of MGM General Manager 'E.J. Mannix' (qv), Toni Mannix, with whom Reeves was having a relatively open and gift-lucrative affair (she bought him that house), and Reeves' fiancee at the time of his death, Lenore Lemmon, an aspiring actress who some felt didn't love Reeves (or vice versa). As Simo proceeds with his high-profile investigation, he learns that someone doesn't want him snooping around. Through the process, Simo evaluates his own professional and personal life, the latter of which includes a somewhat strained relationship with his wife and son. (Read More)

Themes:
hollywood wrestling filmmaking funeral love 
Locations:
los angeles california restaurant 
Characters:
film director actress actor 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
cigarette holder wrestler film set cigar smoking gay slur cigarette smoking 

Last Tango In Paris (1972) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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Last Tango In Paris (1972)

While looking for an apartment, Jeanne, a beautiful young Parisienne, encounters Paul, a mysterious American expatriate mourning his wife's recent suicide. Instantly drawn to each other, they have a stormy, passionate affair, in which they do not reveal their names to each other. Their relationship …deeply affects their lives, as Paul struggles with his wife's death and Jeanne prepares to marry her fiance, Tom, a film director making a cinema-verite documentary about her. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
filmmaking love 
Locations:
apartment restaurant 
Characters:
film director director 
Story:
dentures phone booth film within a film gay slur 

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Mulholland Dr. (2001)
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Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, …and the mysterious night club Silencio. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
hollywood filmmaking 
Locations:
taxi los angeles california 
Characters:
director actress 
Story:
hollywood california showbiz film set title spoken by character cigarette smoking 

All About My Mother (1999)
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All About My Mother (1999)

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and… decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. (Read More)

Themes:
drug addiction funeral friendship love 
Locations:
apartment taxi cemetery 
Characters:
actress actor friend 
Story:
transvestism dressing room transvestite drug addict gay slur 

The Rainmaker (1997)
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The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woma…n. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:
funeral friendship love 
Locations:
apartment restaurant bar 
Story:
movie theater heavy rain newspaper headline lightning bartender cigar smoking cigarette smoking 

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Shadow Of The Vampire (2000) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)

Shadow of the Vampire is a film about the making of a German all time classic silent horror-movie from 1922 called Nosferatu-Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu-a Symphony of Horror). The production of Nosferatu had to deal with a lot of strange things (some crew members disappeared, some died). T…his movie focuses on the difficult relationship between Murnau, the director, and Schreck, the lead actor. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
filmmaking 
Characters:
film director director actress actor 
Story:
morphine film producer film within a film coffin 

Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Texas greenhorn Joe Buck arrives in New York for the first time. Preening himself as a real 'hustler', he finds that he is the one getting 'hustled' until he teams up with a down-and-out but resilient outcast named Ratso Rizzo. The initial 'country cousin meets city cousin' relationship deepens. In …their efforts to bilk a hostile world rebuffing them at every turn, this unlikely pair progress from partners in shady business to comrades. Each has found his first real friend. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
bus cemetery bar 
Characters:
actress boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
baptism friendship between men death of friend film within a film confession bartender gay slur cigarette smoking 

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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Sunset Blvd. (1950)

In Hollywood of the 50's, the obscure screenplay writer Joe Gillis is not able to sell his work to the studios, is full of debts and is thinking in returning to his hometown to work in an office. While trying to escape from his creditors, he has a flat tire and parks his car in a decadent mansion in… Sunset Boulevard. He meets the owner and former silent-movie star Norma Desmond, who lives alone with her butler and driver Max Von Mayerling. Norma is demented and believes she will return to the cinema industry, and is protected and isolated from the world by Max, who was her director and husband in the past and still loves her. Norma proposes Joe to move to the mansion and help her in writing a screenplay for her comeback to the cinema, and the small-time writer becomes her lover and gigolo. When Joe falls in love for the young aspirant writer Betty Schaefer, Norma becomes jealous and completely insane and her madness leads to a tragic end. (Read More)

Themes:
hollywood filmmaking love 
Characters:
film director director actress actor 
Story:
hollywood california film producer film set film within a film suicide attempt 

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Nowhere Boy (2009)
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Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth o…f The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:
funeral friendship love 
Mood:
affection 
Locations:
bus cemetery restaurant 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
bus stop dressing room black humor what happened to epilogue cigarette smoking 

I'm Not There (2007) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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I'm Not There (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the a…rtist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drug addiction celebrity filmmaking love 
Locations:
taxi bus restaurant bar 
Characters:
actor 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
film set film within a film drug addict talking to the camera coffin cigarette smoking 

Hitchcock (2012)
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Hitchcock (2012)

In 1959, 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv) and his wife, 'Alma Reville' (qv), are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, _Psycho (…1960)_ (qv), over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Alfred's work even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams. (Read More)

Themes:
hollywood filmmaking 
Locations:
los angeles california 
Characters:
film director director friend 
Story:
movie studio film set movie theater talking to the camera 

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King Kong (2005)
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King Kong (2005)

Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This 'soon-to-be-unfortunate' soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find… out. Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Ann is its grasps. Carl and Ann's new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Ann, whilst avoiding all sorts of creatures and beasts. But Carl has another plan in mind. (Read More)

Themes:
wrestling filmmaking love 
Locations:
taxi 
Characters:
film director actress actor 
Story:
director actor relationship film producer death of friend film within a film character name in title 

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tra…cks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
apartment taxi los angeles california church restaurant bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
hollywood california phone booth movie theater what happened to epilogue heavy rain handgun lightning confession cigarette smoking 

Last Action Hero (1993) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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Last Action Hero (1993)

Young Danny Madigan is a big fan of Jack Slater, a larger-than-life action hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. When his best friend, Nick the projectionist, gives him a magic ticket to the new Jack Slater film, Danny is transported into Slater's world, where the good guys always win. One of Slater…'s enemies, Benedict the hitman, gets hold of the ticket and ends up in Danny's world, where he realises that if he can kill Schwarzenegger, Slater will be no more. Slater and Danny must travel back and stop him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
b movie cult film 
Themes:
funeral love 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
taxi los angeles california 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
hollywood sign film premiere movie poster movie theater film within a film cigar smoking 

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Maps To The Stars (2014)
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Maps To The Stars (2014)

The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shoo…ting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night... Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania and befriended a limo driver Jerome who is also an aspiring actor. (Read More)

Themes:
drug addiction hollywood filmmaking 
Locations:
bus los angeles california restaurant 
Characters:
film director actress actor 
Story:
hollywood sign hollywood california film set film within a film cigarette smoking 

Boogie Nights (1997)
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Boogie Nights (1997)

Adult film director Jack Horner is always on the lookout for new talent and it's only by chance that he meets Eddie Adams who is working as a busboy in a restaurant. Eddie is young, good looking and plenty of libido to spare. Using the screen name Dirk Diggler, he quickly rises to the top of his ind…ustry winning awards year after year. Drugs and ego however come between Dirk and those around him and he soon finds that fame is fleeting. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
filmmaking love 
Locations:
los angeles california restaurant 
Characters:
film director director actress actor 
Story:
dressing room film producer film within a film cigar smoking gay slur 

Bewitched (2005)
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Bewitched (2005)

Out in California's San Fernando Valley, Isabel is trying to reinvent herself. A naive, good-natured witch, she is determined to disavow her supernatural powers and lead a normal life. At the same time, across town, Jack Wyatt a tall, charming actor is trying to get his career back on track. He sets… his sights on an updated version of the beloved 1960s situation comedy Bewitched, re-conceived as a starring vehicle for himself in the role of the mere-mortal Darrin. Fate steps in when Jack accidentally runs into Isabel. He is immediately attracted to her and her nose, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the nose of Elizabeth Montgomery, who played Samantha in the original TV version of Bewitched. He becomes convinced she could play the witch Samantha in his new series. Isabel is also taken with Jack, seeing him as the quintessential mortal man with whom she can settle down and lead the normal life she so desires. It turns out they're both right--but in ways neither of them ever imagined. (Read More)

Themes:
hollywood love 
Locations:
los angeles california 
Characters:
director actress actor 
Story:
hollywood sign trick or treat movie studio halloween title spoken by character 

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New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miser…ably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drug addiction funeral friendship 
Locations:
apartment cemetery restaurant bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Story:
reverend death of friend heavy rain lightning drug addict gay slur title spoken by character 

Seven Psychopaths (2012)
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Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu.

Locations:
los angeles california cemetery bar 
Characters:
actor boyfriend girlfriend relationship friend 
Story:
hollywood sign hollywood california phone booth movie theater gay slur title spoken by character 

Forrest Gump (1994)
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Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His 'mama' teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba…, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people and meets the president several times. However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
friendship love 
Locations:
bus church bar 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
bus stop stock footage friendship between men death of friend heavy rain drug addict suicide attempt title spoken by character character name in title 

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The Player (1992)
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The Player (1992)

Events in the life of a Hollywood studio executive, unfold with the same unrealistic positive coincidences ultimately culminating to a 'happy-ending' - much like the movie scripts he works day in and out with, after he accidentally murders someone.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
hollywood filmmaking 
Characters:
film director boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
cult director movie studio film within a film 

Trumbo (2015) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
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Trumbo (2015)

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under th…e blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. (Read More)

Themes:
filmmaking funeral friendship 
Characters:
film director friend 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
hollywood california cigarette holder film producer title spoken by character cigarette smoking character name in title 

The Invention Of Lying (2009)
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The Invention Of Lying (2009)

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the mome…nt he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? (Read More)

Themes:
filmmaking friendship 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
cemetery church restaurant bar 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
film premiere film producer film set newspaper headline film within a film bartender gay slur 

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