Film history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant film history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, talky, stylized and clever films and TV shows about / with film history, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, actor, drinking alcohol, drinking, actress, showbiz, film within a film and death plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as film history: The Aviator (2004), Mank (2020), Cantinflas (2014), The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006), Ulysses' Gaze (1995), The Current War (2017), Chaplin (1992), Angelus novus (1987), The Mongols (1973), Those Wonderful Movie Cranks (1979).

List of film history movies

The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe ...
Style: captivating, realistic, stylized, serious, epic ...
Plot: pilot, businessman, mental illness, aviation, millionaire, success, legendary, aviator, rise and fall, billionaire, corruption, obsession ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, beverly hills, washington d.c. ...
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Mank (2020)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.
Style: inspirational, intense, sentimental, nostalgic, emotional
Plot: screenwriter, alcoholic, hollywood, movie business, loneliness, friendship, film history, suicidal thoughts, car accident, film producer, father son relationship, name calling ...
Time: 1930s, year 1934, year 1940, year 1933, year 1937 ...
Place: united states, california, mojave desert, los angeles, usa
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Cantinflas (2014)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mike Todd is a Broadway producer struggling to produce the film. Around the World in 80 Days. In Mexico, Mario Moreno, a young entertainer is struggling to get some respect, and he manages to become a star. A twist of faith makes them partners. ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: filmmaking, hollywood, rise to the top, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, actor's life, artists and showbiz, celebrity, husband wife relationship, fame, friendship ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, mexico, mexico city, los angeles
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The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK, Austria, Netherlands
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The Pervert's Guide to Cinema offers an introduction into some of Žižek's most exciting ideas on fantasy, reality, sexuality, subjectivity, desire, materiality and cinematic form. Whether he is untangling the famously baffling films of ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, humorous, captivating, talky ...
Plot: filmmaking, cause and meaning, social relations, society, artists and showbiz, monologue, philosopher, film history, philosophy, archive footage, sexism, sexual identity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century
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Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Greece, France, Italy, Germany, UK, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 176 min.
Story: "A," a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend a special screening of one of his extremely controversial films. But A's real interest lies elsewhere--the mythical reels of the ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, bleak, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: greek, life is a bitch, human nature, showbiz, political unrest, introspection, siblings relations, on the road, war, politics, state affairs, obsessive quest ...
Place: sarajevo, former yugoslavia, europe, greece, balkan ...
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The Current War (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Russia, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.
Style: intellectual, clever, realistic, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: inventor, science and technology, electricity, genius, technology, science, discovery, invention, machine, historical character, ambition, competition ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1890s
Place: chicago illinois, new orleans, pittsburgh, north dakota, washington d.c. ...
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Chaplin (1992)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy, Japan, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: With the use of flashback, an elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, who urges him to be more vulnerable and emotionally honest with his memoirs while journeying through his poverty-stricken childhood, closest ...
Style: silent film, sentimental, serious, touching, emotional ...
Plot: rising to stardom, actor, actor's life, exile, hollywood, childhood, artists and showbiz, success, lifestyle, ambition, mccarthyism, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 90s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: london, england, california, switzerland
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Angelus novus (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The dramatic and scandalous life of the variously renowned and reviled poet, screenwriter and film director Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) is reportedly poorly served in this highly allegorical and intellectual film which focuses rather more on his ...
Style: intellectual
Plot: tragic event, filmmaking, death, filmmaker, boy, conspiracy theory, communist, gay, politics, politician, homosexual, murder ...
Place: rome italy
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The Mongols (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A director of a television series on the history of cinema, who has been grappling with the screenplay of his first feature film, receives an assignment to oversee the installation of a television relay station in a remote region of Zahedan ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: television, mongol, invasion, muslim, iranian, insecurity, antique, metaphor, film within a film, antique dealer, cemetery, surrealism ...
Place: iran, tehran iran, eastern europe, persia
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Those Wonderful Movie Cranks (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Returning home to Prague, the magician Pasparte, an owner of a circus caravan, meets his dying colleague who entrusts his beautiful daughter Aloisie to his care. In Prague they all take up their lodgings at the house At Blue Fish in which they ...
Plot: watching a movie, film history, theatre audience, dream, filmmaker, reenactment, movie theatre
Time: 20th century, pre world war one, 1900s, turn of the century
Place: prague, prague czechoslovakia
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The Hearst and Davies Affair (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dramatization of the scandalous, long-time love affair between the powerful but married publisher and the chorus girl he helped turn into a Ziegfeld star and 1930s film personality.
Style: nostalgic
Plot: newspaper publisher, power, extramarital affair, yacht, scandal, mogul, rich, business tycoon, film history, wealth, newspaper, age difference ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
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Special Collector's Edition (2010)
Genre: Comedy, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 9 min.
TV show
Story: A Special Collector's Edition.
Style: silent film, christmas special
Plot: craziness, looking at the camera, irony, internet, critic, analysis, film history, farce, film critic
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Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: Canada, Germany, USA
Duration: 170 min.
TV show
Story: The film, which chronicles Garland's life from her first public performance in 1924 until her death in 1969, is divided into two parts: the first part depicts her rise to fame in the 1930s, her descent into drugs, and her fall from grace in the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: music, filmmaking, showbiz, actor's life, rising to stardom, ambition, lifestyle, addiction, celebrity culture, couple relations, crumbling marriage, rise and fall ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1930s, 50s
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city, london, new york
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Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Mexico, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In 1931, following the success of the film Battleship Potemkin, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, to shoot a new film. Freshly rejected by Hollywood, Eisenstein soon falls under Mexico’s spell. ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: filmmaking, movie business, love and romance, artists and showbiz, fall in love, director, love triangle, husband wife relationship, day of the dead, hollywood, thunderstorm, folk music ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1917, year 1936 ...
Place: mexico, ussr, latin america, soviet union, moscow russia
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Hitchcock (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Hitchcock follows the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the making of his most famous film "Psycho" - and the trials and tribulations the director faced from Hollywood censors.
Style: serious, suspense, captivating, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: obsession, showbiz, director, filmmaking, talented, love and romance, couple relations, dreams, artists and showbiz, censorship, husband wife relationship, film within a film ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 72 min.
Story: While their mother is dying in the modern Gimli, Manitoba hospital, two young children are told an important tale by their Icelandic grandmother about Ainar the lonely, his friend Gunnar, and the angelic Snjofrieder in a Gimli of old.
Style: surreal, mind bending, serious, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: hospital, expressionism, power relations, dark humor, family relations, deadly, parents and children, human nature, plague, village life, doctors and patients, avant-garde ...
Time: 20th century, turn of the century
Place: iceland, canada
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Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: childhood, haunted by the past, coming of age, first love, filmmaking, village, friendship, censorship, generation gap, funeral, fictional biography, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, twentieth century, 80s
Place: sicily, italy, europe, rome italy, sicily italy
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Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Argentina
Duration: 130 min.
Story: It is the fantastic story of Leopoldo, a lonely film projectionist who has invented a machine to record his dreams. Through a series of odd events, Leopoldo discovers that he is the reincarnation of one of the inventors of cinema, and that a woman ...
Style: serious, offbeat, atmospheric
Audience: date night
Plot: obsession, reincarnation, supernatural, love and romance, unfulfillment, romance, couple relations, haunted by the past, true love, human nature, impossible love, fall in love ...
Place: latin america, argentina, colombia
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Klimt (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Austria, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Style: thought provoking, stylized, based on true events, realistic, serious ...
Plot: painter, artist, prodigy, obsession, sexual relations, ambition, lifestyle, against the rules, society, painting, dying man, dying ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, year 1918, turn of the century, year 1900
Place: austria, paris france, europe, france, vienna
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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An acclaimed stage performer, Dorothy still struggled with the challenge of her color, in a time that wouldn't let some stars in by the front door. Yet against the odds she beat out many more famous rivals for the role of "Carmen ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, emotional, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: racism, showbiz, overdose, hollywood, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, society, ambition, performer's life, music, actor's life, rising to stardom ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, new york, miami, las vegas, los angeles ...
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Hugo (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and ...
Style: visually appealing, touching, sentimental, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, adventure, filmmaking, steampunk, magical, friendship, street kid, kids in trouble, hopes, toys, destiny, robot ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, post world war one, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Gods and Monsters (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It's 1957, and Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sentimental, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, seduction, maid, haunted by the past, homosexuality, artists and showbiz, introspection, naivete, gardener, art, death, dirty old man ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean
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One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
Genre: Comedy, History, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Monsieur Cinema, a hundred years old, lives alone in a large villa. His memories fade away, so he engages a young woman to tell him stories about all the movies ever made. Also a line of movie stars comes to visit him giving him back the pleasure of ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: writer's life, filmmaking, celebrity culture, showbiz, love and romance, dishonesty, friendship, couples, siblings relations, cons and scams, artists and showbiz, golden years ...
Time: 90s
Place: rome italy, india, paris france
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Blonde (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, Canada, USA
Duration: 165 min.
TV show
Story: A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, contemplative
Plot: hollywood, rise and fall, showbiz, actor's life, ambition, historical figure, rising to stardom, desire for fame, starlet, filmmaking, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s ...
Place: usa, venice beach california, maine
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The Artist (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.
Style: silent film, sentimental, emotional, feel good, light ...
Audience: date night
Plot: actor, hollywood, ambition, actor's life, love and romance, actress, movie star, dog, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, showbiz, fame ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s, year 1929 ...
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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Actors (2000)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Les Acteurs is the absurd story of Jean-Pierre Marielle desperately waiting for a cup of hot water, the story of a conspiracy against actors, the story of aging actors whose careers are slowly less active than they used to be, but a stunning tribute ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, witty, clever ...
Plot: filmmaking, actor's life, lifestyle, showbiz, artists and showbiz, actress, actor, film industry, jazz, television, midlife crisis, actress playing herself ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, europe, france
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Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The movie depicts efforts and struggle by Dadasaheb Falke for creating first motion picture in India - Raja Harishchandra.
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, realistic, cult film
Plot: optimism, against the odds, filmmaking, ambition, showbiz, artists and showbiz, friendship, visionary, film within a film, actor playing female role, husband wife relationship, passion ...
Time: 1910s
Place: india, asia, london
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Jew Suss: Rise and Fall (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This intricate historical drama tells the story of actor Ferdinand Marian (Tobias Moretti), who is ordered by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels to star in the 1940 anti-Semitic film Jew Suss. Despite his cooperation, Ferdinand's actions have ...
Style: realistic, captivating, factual, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: nazi germany, anti semitism, propaganda, actor's life, rise and fall, filmmaking, showbiz, introspection, political unrest, politics, movie business, society ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: europe, austria, berlin germany
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The Happiest Place on Earth (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of Robert Hughes-Lambert, who was captured by Nazis when his active homosexuality was discovered during the filming of Mermoz (1943).
Style: disturbing, biting, witty, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, filmmaking, wartime life, against humanity, anti semitism, politics, satire, holocaust, showbiz, state affairs, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: paris france, france, vichy
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The Son of Gascogne (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: You're a provincial kid in Paris and suddenly you're the center of attention: Movie stars, famous directors and sexy women are doting on you because they all think you're the son of their long-dead legendary friend. You never knew ...
Style: feel good, offbeat, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: chase, mistaken identity, restaurant, filmmaking, tour guide, film within a film, artists and showbiz, romance, twins, hidden identity, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, france, europe, moscow russia
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