Since the beginning of Hollywood, one thing filmmakers have gotten right more than wrong is when they turn the camera on themselves.
From the early days until modern days, movies about making movies or even about the people who make movies are a compelling view.
But, which ones stand out?
Click through and check out our 15 best movies about Hollywood!
Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, who clearly did his homework, the movie starring John Travolta totally nailed the sheep herd attitude here in Hollywood. Love it when Travolta drives a mini-van, then soon after every studio exec and power player is driving a... mini-van!
Where to start with Tropic Thunder? Whether the actors making a movie (including Robert Downey Jr., Ben Stiller and Jack Black) who get sucked into a real life battle, or the look at Hollywood executives (like Tom Cruise's pitch perfect Len Grossman), or even characters like the one played by Matthew McConaughey -- it is cinematic Hollywood perfection.
Robert Altman sure can capture a city and what it does. He did it with Nashville and his look at country music, and Altman did it with Hollywood with The Player. Tim Robbins plays a Hollywood exec who accidentally murders a screenwriter. And then he gets away with it. They often say people in Hollywood get away with murder -- Robbins' character literally did.
The Stunt Man
The Stunt Man is a classic starring Peter O'Toole as a director who thinks he is helming the next big seismic Hollywood hit. The story is told through the eyes of the stunt man and it is powerful, unique and awesome.
She was ready for her close-up, Mr. DeVille, but surely not in how she imagined it! An impeccable look at the enormous change Hollywood went through when silent stars were sent to the curb in favor of other actors when sound came into flavor with moviemaking. It is a stunner.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Sure it combined a Hollywood cartoon world with the real one, but few films capture the spirit of this town that lives for making movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
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