My Top 30 Films About Cinema

Recently, I came across Taste of Cinema’s “20 Of The Best Movies That Are About Movies” and was compelled to come up with my own list. So here it is. I’ve divided it into two parts: Feature Films and Documentaries. They are listed in no specific order so please be kind enough to not ask me why this film is ranked so high or why that film is ranked so low. There is no ranking here as I am beginning to dislike the ranking/rating game. It is what it is: a list of what I feel are the 30 best films about cinema.

 

Feature films:

1. Cinema Paradiso (1988) [Director: Giuseppe Tornatore] [Country: Italy]

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2. The Aviator (2004) [Director: Martin Scorsese] [Country: United States]

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3. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) [Director: Woody Allen] [Country: United States]

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4. The Player (1992) [Director: Robert Altman] [Country: United States]

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5. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) [Director: Vincente Minnelli] [Country: United States]

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6. Sullivan’s Travels (1941) [Director:Preston Surges] [Country: United States]

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7. The Long Day Closes (1992) [Director: Terence Davies] [Country: United Kingdom]

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8. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) [Director: Tsai Ming-liang] [Country: China]

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9. Close-Up (1990) [Director: Abbas Kiarastomi] [Country: Iran]

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10. Hugo (2011) [Director: Martin Scorsese] [Country: United States]

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11. Living in Oblivion (1995) [Directed by: Tom DiCillo] [Country: United States]

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12. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) [Director: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen] [Country: United States]

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13. Sunset Boulevard (1950) [Director: Billy Wilder] [Country: United States]

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14. Peeping Tom (1960) [Director: Michael Powell] [Country: United Kingdom]

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15. Camera Buff (1979) [Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski] [Country: Poland]

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16. Ed Wood (1994) [Director: Tim Burton] [Country: United States]

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17. Day For Night (1973) [Director: Francois Truffaut] [Country: France]

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18) The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) [Director: Victor Erice] [Country: Spain]

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19) Shadow of the Vampire (2000) [Director: E. Elias Merhige] [Country: United States]

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20) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) [Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon] [Country: United States]

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21) The State of Things (1982) [Director: Wim Wenders] [Country: United States]

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22) Harischandrachi Factory (2009) [Director: Paresh Mokashi] [Country: India]

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Documentaries:

23) Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (1993)

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24) Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1991)

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25) Life Itself (2014)

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26) Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

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27) Side by Side (2012)

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28) Man With a Movie Camera (1929)

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29) A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

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30) Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (2003)

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