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 realistic, humorous, semi serious, stylized, clever and offbeat films and TV shows about / with film within a film, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, satire, catastrophe, love and romance, storytelling, dialogue, mentor and actress plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as film within a film: Cannibal Holocaust (1980), State and Main (2000), Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003), The Rest is Silence (2007), Development Hell (2013), Son of Rambow (2007), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), S1m0ne (2002), Living in Oblivion (1995), The Caiman (2006).

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, banned film, disturbing, scary, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: amazon rainforest, cannibalism, jungle, torture, film within a film, missing person, atrocity, rape, insanity, gory, sadism, survival ...
Time: 20th century
Place: south america, latin america, usa, new york, north america
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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, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, film within a film, amateur theater, filmmaking, love and romance, lifestyle, americana, small town life, movie business, showbiz, couple relations, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, vermont, england
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Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On a dark, rainy night, an historic and regal Taipei cinema sees its final film: 1967 martial arts feature "Dragon Inn". As the film plays, the lives of the theater's various employees and patrons intersect, and two ghostly actors ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, surreal, contemplative, experimental ...
Plot: tourist, film within a film, longing, introspection, human nature, dull life, solitude, theater, watching a movie, love and romance, unfulfillment, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, taipei, asia
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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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching
Plot: filmmaking, film within a film, obsessive quest, ambition, career change, showbiz, society, director, blind ambition, artists and showbiz, hopes, state affairs ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: hungary, europe, romania
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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, hollywood, film within a film, director, desire for fame, hopes, artists and showbiz, agent, film industry, fame, film producer, satire ...
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: humorous, feel good, entertaining, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, childhood, small town, filmmaking, family relations, film within a film, youth, coming of age, school, teenager, french, theft ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
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Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA, Luxembourg
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, suspenseful, dark, serious ...
Plot: obsession, vampire, film within a film, dracula, megalomaniac, escapades, human nature, artists and showbiz, imaginary, filmmaker, gothic horror, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: eastern europe, czechoslovakia, berlin germany
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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: suspense, humorous, satirical, thought provoking, entertaining ...
Plot: hollywood, artists and showbiz, film within a film, rise to the top, showbiz, dishonesty, paparazzi, ambition, satire, cheating, virtual reality, starlet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, taj mahal, los angeles
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Living in Oblivion (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nick is the director of a low-budget indie film. He tries to keep everything together as his production is plagued with an insecure actress, a megalomaniac star, a pretentious, beret-wearing director of photography and lousy catering. Divided in ...
Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: film within a film, filmmaker, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, friends, lifestyle, actor's life, satire, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dwarf, actor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york
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The Caiman (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A skewering of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Style: disturbing, sincere, realistic, serious, surreal ...
Plot: filmmaking, politics, film within a film, bribery, relationship vs career, political intrigue, showbiz, ambition, crumbling marriage, state affairs, head of state, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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Sweet Rush (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: As an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor by chance meets a young man who makes her feel young again. All of this is films by a director making a film about her which cuts in and out of the on camera and off camera drama.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: mature woman, film within a film, small town, love and romance, tragic love, love affair, couple relations, infidelity, couples, dishonesty, dealing with death, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: poland, europe
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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, captivating, emotional, sentimental, psychological ...
Plot: love triangle, filmmaking, film within a film, rivalry, love affair, showbiz, romance, femme fatale, ambition, unfulfillment, actor's life, introspection ...
Place: china, hong kong, asia, shanghai, beijing china ...
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Silence... We're Rolling (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: France, Egypt
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A rollicking paean to the Hollywood and Bollywood musicals of yesteryear.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: family relations, film within a film, love affair, lifestyle, musician's life, romance, love and romance, actor's life, couples, comedy of errors, wooing, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, egypt, africa
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Modern Romance (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A film editor breaks up with his girlfriend, unsure if he is in love.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, neurotic, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: obsession, film within a film, romance, love and romance, couples, self discovery, fall in love, breakup, couple relations, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love, honest ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: usa
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The Woman in the Septic Tank (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Philippines
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The story of Mila, a mother from the slums, who out of desperation to survive, has sold her child to a pedophile.
Style: humorous, surreal, captivating, entertaining, light ...
Plot: filmmaking, film within a film, artists and showbiz, society, daydreamer, actress, film set, artist, arrogance, neo realism, actress playing herself, superstar ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines
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For Your Consideration (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.
Style: humorous, not serious, entertaining, talky, clever ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, film within a film, rising to stardom, showbiz, ambition, satire, actor's life, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, dysfunctional family, thanksgiving ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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Jellyfish (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) tells the story of three very different Israeli women living in Tel Aviv whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. Batya, a catering waitress, takes in a young child ...
Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: wedding, film within a film, honeymoon, family relations, estrangement, city life, friendship, parents and children, hopes, lifestyle, orphan, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: israel, asia, mediterranean sea, middle east, tel aviv israel
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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, humorous, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: church, film within a film, wedding, couples, love and romance, filmmaking, forbidden love, introspection, romance, artists and showbiz, midlife crisis, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, sicily, europe
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Black & White & Sex (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Prostitute. Hooker. Sex Worker. Whore. Candid and seductive, Angie is determined to set the record straight about sex. As she reveals herself, layer-by-layer, she also exposes the man who is interviewing her. Sometimes provocative and confronting, ...
Style: realistic, sexy, controversial, sincere, serious ...
Plot: erotic fantasy, film within a film, society, couples, sexual dysfunction, power relations, sexual relations, gender, battle of the sexes, femme fatale, artists and showbiz, eroticism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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Om Shanti Om (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In this modern remake of Karz, Om - an aspiring actor from the 1970s - is murdered, but is immediately reincarnated into the present day. He attempts to discover the mystery of his demise and find Shanti, the love of his previous life.
Style: exciting, semi serious, twists and turns, humorous, surprise ending
Audience: date night
Plot: reincarnation, bollywood, film within a film, audition, fall in love, unfulfilled love, supernatural, actor's life, romance, couple relations, crimes, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, bombay india
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The Stunt Man (1980)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director (Peter O'Toole) he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, semi serious, psychological, tense ...
Plot: stuntman, on the run, mistaken identity, danger, film within a film, disorder, fish out of water, crimes, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, self discovery, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: amsterdam, guatemala, korea, holland, california
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Millennium Actress (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Documentary filmmaker Genya Tachibana has tracked down the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who mysteriously vanished at the height of her career. When he presents her with a key she had lost and thought was gone forever, the filmmaker could not ...
Style: serious, touching, talky, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: actor's life, actress, film within a film, popularity, love and romance, haunted by the past, unfulfilled love, retired, mother daughter relationship, lost love, interview, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, 70s, 50s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: touching, sentimental, humorous, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: movie star, romance, daydreamer, film within a film, fall in love, couples, real world, life turned upside down, unlikely couple, fish out of water, dull life, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1935
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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King Kong (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand, USA, 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, exciting, suspenseful, serious, epic ...
Audience: date night, family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: monster, beast, expedition, giant animal, adventure, jungle, dangerous animal, human animal relationship, rescue, dinosaur, gorilla, island ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When Jay and Silent Bob learn that their comic-book alter egos, Bluntman and Chronic, have been sold to Hollywood as part of a big-screen movie that leaves them out of any royalties, the pair travels to Tinseltown to sabotage the production.
Style: humorous, talky, not serious, exciting, funny ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: stoners, hollywood, hitchhiker, film within a film, monkey actor, friendship, escapades, drug dealing, heist, encounter, obsessive quest, movie business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 70s
Place: usa, new jersey, california, utah
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Hollywood North (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The making of a serious, Canadian art house film descends into Hollywood farce when its producer is forced to compromise his vision to accommodate his drug-addled star, his leading lady and his venal backers.
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: hollywood, film within a film, showbiz, actor's life, obnoxious boss, love and romance, lifestyle, filmmaking, celebrity culture, satire, curses spells and rituals, movie business ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: canada
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Epidemic (1987)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Denmark
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The second of Trier's films known collectively as the Europa trilogy. The other two films in the trilogy are The Element of Crime (1984) and Europa (1991). Co-written by Niels Vørsel, the film focuses on the screenwriting process. Vørsel and ...
Style: stylized, psychological, dark humor, cynical, scary ...
Plot: plague, filmmaking, film within a film, morgue, save the world, obsession, obsessive quest, danger, partners, chaos, apocalypse, postmodernism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe
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Chillerama (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: It's the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America and Cecil B. Kaufman has planned the ultimate marathon of lost film prints to unleash upon his faithful cinephile patrons. Four films so rare that they have never been exhibited ...
Style: humorous, scary, anthology, suspense, tense ...
Plot: teenager, film within a film, zombie, supernatural, youth, deadly, gory, eaten alive, gay slur, lust, gay, werewolf ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1962
Place: usa, california, manhattan new york city, malibu california
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Baghead (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Four actors go to a cabin in the woods to write, direct, and act in a film that will jump-start their careers. Their idea is a horror film about a man with a bag over his head, but what happens when that man mysteriously shows up?
Style: suspenseful, humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: film within a film, ambition, buddies, desire for fame, showbiz, nightmare comes true, artists and showbiz, friends, stalking, danger, vandalism, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Don't Look Up (2009)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Japan, South Africa
Duration: 85 min.
Story: While filming in Transylvania, a crew unearths celluloid images of a woman’s murder and unleashes the wrath of evil spirits.
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, suspense
Plot: filmmaking, film within a film, murder, danger, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, gypsy, extrasensory perception, terminal illness, ghost, hollywood, supernatural power ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, romania, transylvania, usa, europe
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