Film within a film movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant film within a film movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out weird, realistic, humorous, cult film, surreal and clever films and TV shows about / with film within a film, filmmaking, dialogue, storytelling, catastrophe, mentor, satire, adaptation, runaway and actor plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as film within a film: Cannibal Holocaust (1980), Hail, Caesar! (2016), The Final Girls (2015), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Tropic Thunder (2008), Bowfinger (1999), A Serbian Film (2010), The Disaster Artist (2017), The Hard Way (1991), X (2022).

List of film within a film movies

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes.
Style: brutal, disturbing, scary, macabre, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cannibalism, amazon rainforest, rape, jungle, cannibal, torture, african tribe, sexual abuse, found footage, male nudity, exploitation, revenge ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york, south america, latin america, north america, usa
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Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tells the comedic tale of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming.
Style: humorous, witty, talky, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: hollywood, movie star, ransom, kidnapping, journalist, actor, satire, dark humor, showbiz, screenwriter, film industry, uncover truth ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1951
Place: los angeles, usa, california, malibu california
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The Final Girls (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.
Style: slasher, humorous, parody, absurd, scary ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teenager, serial killer, camp, summer camp, camp counselor, survival, virginity, mother daughter relationship, satire, characters killed one by one, masked killer, teenage girl ...
Time: 80s, year 1957, year 1986, year 1987
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The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mudane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising ...
Style: romantic, humorous, feel good, surreal, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, movie star, daydreamer, writers, imagination, love story, magic realism, real world, couples, life turned upside down, unlikely couple, fish out of water ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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Tropic Thunder (2008)
Genre: Action, Comedy, War
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Vietnam veteran 'Four Leaf' Tayback's memoir, Tropic Thunder, is being made into a film, but Director Damien Cockburn can’t control the cast of prima donnas. Behind schedule and over budget, Cockburn is ordered by a studio executive ...
Style: parody, funny, humorous, intense, not serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, filmmaking, satire, adaptation, hollywood, war, stupidity, disguise, actor, peril, chaos and mayhem, helicopter crash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: vietnam, southeast asia, asia
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Bowfinger (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: On the verge of bankruptcy and desperate for his big break, aspiring filmmaker Bobby Bowfinger concocts a crazy plan to make his ultimate dream movie. Rallying a ragtag team that includes a starry-eyed ingenue, a has-been diva and a film studio ...
Style: funny, parody, humorous, witty, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: filmmaking, hollywood, satire, movie business, paranoia, actor, cameraman, dog, audition, desire for fame, deception, alien ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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A Serbian Film (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Serbia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life trying to make ends meet. Presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to financially support his family for the rest of their lives, Milos must participate in one last mysterious film. From ...
Style: disturbing, brutal, macabre, rough, scary ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, violence, torture, insanity, incest, perversion, pedophilia, sadism, murder, sexual perversion, necrophilia ...
Time: 21st century
Place: serbia, europe
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The Disaster Artist (2017)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An aspiring actor in Hollywood meets an enigmatic stranger by the name of Tommy Wiseau, the meeting leads the actor down a path nobody could have predicted; creating the worst movie ever made.
Style: feel good, light, humorous, funny, talky ...
Plot: filmmaking, hollywood, friendship, ambition, strange person, aspiring actor, friendship between men, love, promise, director, adaptation, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 2003, 2000s
Place: california, los angeles, san francisco
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The Hard Way (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Seeking to raise his credibility as an actor and to land a role as a tough cop on a new show, Hollywood action star Nick Lang works a deal with New York City Police Capt. Brix, who by chance is one of his fans. Nick will be paired with detective Lt. ...
Style: humorous, talky, suspenseful, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: buddy cop, serial killer, movie star, police investigation, crimes, odd couple, police, fish out of water, justice, undercover cop, amateur detective, dual identity ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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X (2022)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.
Style: slasher, scary, erotic, suspense, intellectual ...
Plot: serial killer, van, husband wife relationship, elderly couple, skinny dipping, farmer, televangelist, old woman, jealousy, pervert, voyeur, female voyeur ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, year 1918
Place: texas, houston texas
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Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, China
Duration: 161 min.
Story: A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.
Style: exciting, twist ending, homoerotic, entertaining, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids
Plot: hippie, nagging wife, violence, filmmaking, struggling actor, pig, hollywood, sexy woman, chinaman, knocked up, actor, friendship between men ...
Time: year 1969, 60s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, italy, usa
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State and Main (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Hollywood Film unit invades a small Vermont town leading to wholesale abandonment of values and virtue. A smart, warm and funny movie - and not just for movie buffs. Tagline: When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked ...
Style: talky, humorous, feel good, funny, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, hollywood, filmmaking, greed, movie business, lifestyle, love and romance, small town life, americana, disorder, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, england, vermont
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S1m0ne (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: entertaining, suspense, humorous, satirical, thought provoking ...
Plot: cyberpunk, hollywood, artists and showbiz, rise to the top, dishonesty, showbiz, ambition, obsession, computer, satire, virtual reality, creativity ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, taj mahal
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King Kong (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 187 min.
Story: In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.
Style: sentimental, epic, scenic, exciting, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, family outing, date night, boys' night ...
Plot: jungle, monster, dinosaur, king kong, gorilla, beast, giant animal, island, human animal relationship, rescue, adventure, dangerous animal ...
Time: 1930s, prehistoric times, 20th century, year 1933
Place: new york, empire state building manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan new york city
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Perfect Blue (1997)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
Style: surreal, scary, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, stalking, murder, mind game, woman in danger, serial killer, actress, actor's life, mentally unstable, crimes, performance, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Last Action Hero (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Danny is obsessed with a fictional movie character action hero Jack Slater. When a magical ticket transports him into Jack's latest adventure, Danny finds himself in a world where movie magic and reality collide. Now it's up to Danny to ...
Style: exciting, humorous, parody, entertaining, ridiculous ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: adventure, magic, satire, heroes, boy, chase, villain, grim reaper, fantasy world, gunfight, miraculous event, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s, year 1993, 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, new york, california, usa, new york state ...
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Scream 2 (1997)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two years after the terrifying events that occurred in Woodsboro, Sidney is now attending Windsor College in Cincinnati, and Gale Weathers' best selling book on Sidney's life has now been made into a major motion picture. When two college ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspense, sexy, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: serial killer, college, serial murder, whodunit, strong female lead, masked killer, teenager, murder, villain, mystery killer, haunted by the past, sorority ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, ohio
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The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Iran, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Orson Welles' unfinished masterpiece, restored and assembled based on Welles' own notes. During the last 15 years of his life, Welles, who died in 1985, worked obsessively on the film, which chronicles a temperamental film director—much ...
Style: parody, psychological, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: journalist, sex scene, media, comeback, death, filmmaking, director, cinema, female nudity, projectionist, ranch, birthday party ...
Time: 70s
Place: arizona
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Bedways (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A huge, run-down apartment in Berlin Mitte. Two women and a man, rehearsals for a movie about love and sex, that will never be shot. Acting and reality mingle into a dangerous melange. Berlin is the shelter, love is impossible, flesh is the law.
Style: disturbing, touching, experimental, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: adult filmmaking, coitus, eroticism, fondling, lust, sexual desire, voyeur, sex scene, bohemian life, movie business, female nudity, dance performance ...
Place: germany, berlin germany
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime ...
Style: surreal, sexy, neo noir, feel good, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, date night ...
Plot: private detective, rabbit, disney, falsely accused, femme fatale, sexy woman, cartoon rabbit, investigation, frame up, parallel world, false accusation, murder ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, 80s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: los angeles, usa, california, america
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Talk to Her (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.
Style: psychological, sexy, surreal, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: rape, friendship, tragic love, hospital, suicide, obsession, tragic event, coma, female nudity, loneliness, sex, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: spain, latin america, madrid, europe, jordan
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Beyond the Sea (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the life and career of legendary entertainer, Bobby Darin, the biopic moves back and forth between his childhood and adulthood, to tell the tale of his remarkable life. Kevin Spacey did his own singing for Beyond the Sea, recreating Bobby ...
Style: sentimental, touching, stylized, intense, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: music, musician, nightclub, family secret, musician's life, lifestyle, rise and fall, ambition, rising to stardom, rock and roll, showbiz, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, new jersey, usa, new york, pacific ocean ...
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And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1914, the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (Antonio Banderas) invites studios to shoot his actual battles against Porfírio Diaz army to raise funds for financing guns and ammunition. The Mutual Film Corporation, through producer D.W. Griffith ...
Style: captivating, serious, surreal, realistic, factual
Plot: mexican revolution, filmmaking, obsessive quest, rebelliousness, battle zone, campaign, state affairs, adventure, battles, violence, battlefield, assassination ...
Place: mexico
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Perhaps Love (2005)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: China, Malaysia, Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A love triangle develops during the making of a musical in mainland China.
Style: stylized, emotional, captivating, sentimental, psychological ...
Plot: love triangle, love affair, rivalry, showbiz, femme fatale, romance, introspection, ambition, actor's life, unfulfillment, filmmaking, movie star ...
Place: china, hong kong, asia, shanghai, beijing china
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The Dreamers (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, France, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, sexuality, sex, french, youth, brother sister incest, love triangle, rebellion, protest, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual relations, strong sexual content ...
Time: 60s, year 1968, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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The Rest is Silence (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie "Romania's Independence" - an as faithful as possible screen adaptation of the real Independence War ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching
Plot: filmmaking, obsessive quest, ambition, society, career change, showbiz, director, bittersweet, hopes, partners, blind ambition, starting over ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, romania, hungary
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The Wedding Director (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Franco Elica is a film director casting a remake of a pious melodrama in Rome. He's melancholy, heading south for a break. On a beach, he meets a man who films weddings and is roped into helping film the wedding of the daughter of a severe and ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, surreal, atmospheric, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: church, love and romance, couples, wedding, artists and showbiz, romance, forbidden love, midlife crisis, introspection, filmmaking, unfulfillment, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, sicily, europe
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Development Hell (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
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Story: The story of a failed director and his hodgepodge crew as they search, in vain, for fame and success in the crazy world of Hollywood.
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, captivating, cult film
Plot: filmmaking, director, hollywood, desire for fame, hopes, artists and showbiz, agent, film industry, film producer, satire, celebrity, fame ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Son of Rambow (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is looking for an escape from his family's stifling home life when he encounters Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school bully. Armed with a video camera and a copy of "Rambo: First Blood", Lee plans to make ...
Style: feel good, humorous, stylized, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: childhood, friendship, coming of age, youth, small town, teenager, school, family relations, filmmaking, bullying, children, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
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Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Director F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich) makes a Faustian pact with a vampire (Willem Dafoe) to get him to star in his 1922 film "Nosferatu."
Style: gothic, scary, dark, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: vampire, dracula, supernatural, obsession, megalomaniac, human nature, escapades, artists and showbiz, goth, filmmaker, filmmaking, monster ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, eastern europe, czechoslovakia
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