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Ed Wood (1994)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

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)

Themes:celebrity,  wrestling,  filmmaking,  funeral,  friendship,  love
Mood:biographical,  affection
Locations:apartment,  cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:director,  actress,  actor,  friend
Period:1950s
Story:director actor relationship,  hollywood sign,  hollywood california,  cult director,  film director,  bus stop,  funeral home,  reference to boris karloff,  reference to charlton heston,  jacobs ladder,  washed out,  ghost train,  reference to orson welles,  drug rehab,  dumped by girlfriend,  theremin,  reference to dracula,  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,  dressing room,  war veteran,  film producer,  black and white,  film set,  amusement park,  black humor,  friendship between men,  phone booth,  movie theater,  death of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  heavy rain,  gothic,  transvestite,  newspaper headline,  handgun,  film within a film,  drug addiction,  lightning,  drug addict,  breaking the fourth wall,  hollywood,  confession,  talking to the camera,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  coffin,  suicide attempt,  b movie,  gay slur,  halloween,  taxi,  bus,  los angeles california,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  gay interest,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title

S1m0ne (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi

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

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Gods And Monsters (1998)
Biography, Drama

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.

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

The Artist (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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

Chaplin (1992) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

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)

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

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Get Shorty (1995)
Comedy, Crime, Thriller

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. This is why Get Shorty (1995) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994). (Read More)

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

Orgazmo (1997)
Comedy, Sci-fi

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

Swingers (1996)
Comedy, Drama

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.

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

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Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Drama, Sport

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)

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

We Are Your Friends (2015)
Drama, Music, Romance

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

Man On The Moon (1999)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

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 himself 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. This is why Man On The Moon (1999) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994). (Read More)

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

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Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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)

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

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

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

Entourage (2015)
Comedy

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

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Don Jon (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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

Om Shanti Om (2007)
Action, Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, Thriller

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 married 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. This is why Om Shanti Om (2007) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994). (Read More)

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

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

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). This movie focuses on the difficult relationship between Murnau, the director, and Schreck, the lead actor. (Read More)

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

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Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)
Drama

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (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:funeral,  friendship,  love
Locations:apartment,  cemetery
Characters:actress,  actor,  friend
Story:transvestism,  dressing room,  transvestite,  drug addiction,  drug addict,  gay slur,  taxi

The Muppet Movie (1979)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical

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

Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

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 of The Beatles. (Read More)

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

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Singin' In The Rain (1952) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Comedy, Musical, Romance

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 movie 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 Lina, who will do anything to ensure she also makes the successful leap into talking pictures, despite her own inabilities and at anyone and everyone else's expense if they get in her way, especially Kathy as Don's off screen girlfriend and possibly his new talking picture leading lady. This is why Singin' In The Rain (1952) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994). (Read More)

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

An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Comedy, Horror

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 nightmares 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)

Themes:friendship
Locations:apartment,  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,  taxi,  bus,  cult film,  cigarette smoking

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

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 tracks 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)

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

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Bewitched (2005)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

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

The Producers (1967) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Comedy

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? "Springtime for Hitler." (Read More)

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

Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Comedy, Crime

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. This is why Seven Psychopaths (2012) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994). (Read More)

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

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Hollywoodland (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

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

Hitchcock (2012)
Biography, Drama

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

Evita (1996) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

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)

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

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Maps To The Stars (2014)
Comedy, Drama

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 shooting 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:celebrity,  filmmaking,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:hollywood sign,  hollywood california,  hollywood,  film director,  drug rehab,  film set,  film within a film,  drug addiction,  bus,  los angeles california,  cigarette smoking

I'm Not There. (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

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 artist 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. This is why I'm Not There. (2007) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994). (Read More)

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

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:filmmaking,  funeral,  love,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:actor,  actress,  friend
Story:hollywood,  film producer,  talking to the camera,  coffin,  gay slur,  bus,  los angeles california,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking

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Rent (2005) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  love,  friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:drug rehab,  transvestism,  transvestite,  drug addiction,  drug addict,  coffin,  halloween,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking

The Aviator (2004)
Biography, Drama, History

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 as 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
Characters:director,  actress,  friend
Story:hollywood california,  hollywood,  film director,  film premiere,  movie studio,  film producer,  movie theater,  film within a film,  los angeles california,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking

Old School (2003)
Comedy

Old School (2003)

Mitch, Frank and Beanie are disillusioned with their personal lives begining when Mitch's nymphomanic girlfriend, Heidi, cheats on him, then former party animal Frank gets married, but unwilling to let go of his wild life, and Beanie is a family man seeking to reclaim his wild and crazy youth. Beanie suggests that they form their own fraternity in Mitch's new house on a college campus to re-live their glory days by bringing together a variety of misfit college students, losers, middle-aged and elderly retirees as their new friends and later try to avoid being evicted by the new Dean of Students, Pritchard, whom still holds a personal grudge against all three of them. (Read More)

Themes:wrestling,  funeral,  friendship,  love
Locations:cemetery
Characters:friend
Story:misfit,  black humor,  death of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  gay slur,  taxi,  cult film

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Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
Comedy, Family

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

Mr. Bean enters a church raffle and wins a vacation trip to France as well as a camcorder. After boarding a Eurostar train and arriving in Paris, the French language proves a barrier for Bean, as he struggles to get across the city to catch a train to the south of France from the Gare de Lyon. Taking time to order a meal, he finds the consumption of a seafood platter to be a challenge. Just before catching his train, he asks Emil, a Russian film director on his way to be a judge at the Cannes Film festival to use his camcorder to record his boarding, but accidentally causes Emil being left behind at the station. Bean attempts to cheer up the director's son Stepan as the train continues south but matters are made more hectic by the fact that Emil has reported his son to have been kidnapped and Bean losing his wallet and essential travel documents at a pay phone where he and Stepan attempt to contact Emil. Heading in the direction of Cannes, Bean finds himself in the cast and disrupting the flow of a commercial being shot by the egotistical director Carson Clay. He and Stepan finally hitch a ride with the young and vivacious actress Sabine who is heading to Cannes to attend the premiere of Clay's film, in which she appears. After Bean sneaks into the showing, his camcorder images are destined to enliven the proceedings. This is why Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994). (Read More)

Locations:church,  restaurant
Characters:director,  actress
Story:film director,  film within a film,  breaking the fourth wall,  taxi,  bus,  cult film,  character name in title

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Comedy

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a tale of adventure on the open road. When Dante and Randal (of Clerks fame) get a restraining order to keep the punchy Jay and his hetero life-mate, Silent Bob, from selling drugs in front of the Quick Stop convenience store, their lives are suddenly empty. They find new purpose when their friend, Brodie, informs them a movie is being made featuring two infamous characters based on their likenesses. After visiting one of the creators of the Bluntman and Chronic, Holden McNeil, they set out to get what fat movie cash they deserve and hopefully put an end to people slandering them on the Internet. Along the way, they learn the rules of the road from a hitchhiking George Carlin, ride with a group of gorgeous jewel thieves, and incur the wrath of a hapless wildlife marshal for liberating an orangutan named Suzanne. The quest takes them from New Jersey to Hollywood where a showdown involving the police, the jewel thieves, and the Bluntman and Chronic filmmakers will decide the fate of Suzanne, Jay, Silent Bob, and their good names. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking
Characters:friend
Story:hollywood sign,  hollywood california,  movie studio,  film within a film,  breaking the fourth wall,  hollywood,  gay slur,  cult film,  character name in title

Boogie Nights (1997)
Drama

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 industry 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)

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

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Seed Of Chucky (2004)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Seed Of Chucky (2004)

The killer doll is back! Glen, the orphan doll offspring of the irrepressible devilish-doll-come-to-life Chucky and his equally twisted bride Tiffany. When production starts on a movie detailing the urban legend of his parents' lethal exploits, Glen heads for Hollywood where he brings his bloodthirsty parents back from the dead. The family dynamics are far from perfect as Chucky and Tiffany go Hollywood and get rolling on a new spree of murderous mayhem; much to gentle Glen's horror. Chucky can't believe that his child doesn't want to walk in his murdering footsteps, and star-struck Tiffany can't believe that the movie will star her favorite actress, Jennifer Tilly, who soon becomes an unwitting hostess to this new family in more ways than one... (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking
Locations:cemetery
Characters:director,  actress
Story:hollywood sign,  gothic,  hollywood,  los angeles california,  character name in title

The Black Dahlia (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Black Dahlia (2006)

In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths. (Read More)

Themes:love,  friendship
Characters:actress,  friend
Story:hollywood sign,  hollywood california,  cigarette holder,  death of friend,  newspaper headline,  film within a film,  confession,  bartender,  los angeles california,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking

Inland Empire (2006) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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 production, 47, which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. This is why Inland Empire (2006) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994). (Read More)

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

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Cursed (2005)
Comedy, Horror

Cursed (2005)

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

Themes:wrestling
Locations:bar
Story:hollywood sign,  hollywood california,  cult director,  wrestler,  gay slur,  los angeles california,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

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

Barton Fink (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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)

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

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Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:friendship,  love
Mood:affection
Characters:friend
Story:death of friend,  heavy rain,  lightning,  drug addict,  gay slur,  los angeles california,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. This is why The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:apartment,  church,  restaurant
Characters:friend
Story:drug addiction,  death of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  lightning,  drug addict,  confession,  talking to the camera,  coffin,  bus,  cigarette smoking

Ultimo Tango A Parigi (1972)
Drama, Romance

Ultimo Tango A Parigi (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)

Themes:filmmaking,  funeral,  love
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:director
Story:film director,  dentures,  phone booth,  film within a film

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Los Abrazos Rotos (2009)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

Los Abrazos Rotos (2009)

Passion, obsession, wealth, jealousy, family, guilt, and creativity. In Madrid, Harry Caine is a blind screenwriter, assisted by Judit and her son Diego. The past comes rushing in when Harry learns of the death of Ernesto Martel, a wealthy businessman, and Ernesto's son pays Harry a visit. In a series of flashbacks to the 1990s, we see Harry, who was then Mateo Blanco, a director; he falls in love with Ernesto's mistress, Lena, and casts her in a film, which Ernesto finances. Ernesto is jealous and obsessive, sending his son to film the making of the movie, to follow Lena and Mateo, and to give him the daily footage. Judit doesn't like Lena. It's a collision course. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking,  love
Characters:director,  actress
Story:film director,  film producer,  film set,  film within a film,  confession

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Ed Wood (1994)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:apartment,  bar
Characters:actress
Story:hollywood sign,  hollywood california,  film reel,  film producer,  phone booth,  newspaper headline,  handgun,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  gay slur,  taxi,  los angeles california,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:celebrity,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:actress,  actor,  friend
Story:hollywood california,  newspaper headline,  bartender,  gay slur,  los angeles california,  cult film,  character name in title

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