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Trivial Top 20 (Expanded to 50): The Best Films Set in the Film World

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The finest movie matryoshkas, ranked for ease of use



1. Contempt Jean-Luc Godard, 1963
2. The Bad and the Beautiful Vincente Minnelli, 1952
3. Singin’ in the Rain Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952
4. Irma Vep Olivier Assayas, 1996
5. Sullivan’s Travels Preston Sturges, 1941
6. Mulholland Drive David Lynch, 2001
7. Day for Night François Truffaut, 1973
8. Beware of a Holy Whore Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1971
9. The Player Robert Altman, 1992
10. Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder, 1950
11. In a Lonely Place Nicholas Ray, 1950
12. Inland Empire David Lynch, 2006
13. Ed Wood Tim Burton, 1994
14. 8 1⁄2 Federico Fellini, 1963
15. Boogie Nights Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997
16. Actress Stanley Kwan, 1992
17. Dangerous Game Abel Ferrara, 1993
18. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One William Greaves, 1968
19. Barton Fink Joel & Ethan Coen, 1991
20. The Last Movie Dennis Hopper, 1971
21. Peeping Tom Michael Powell, 1960
22. Adaptation Spike Jonze, 2002
23. The Last Command Josef von Sternberg, 1928
24. Hearts of the West Howard Zieff, 1975
25. The Big Knife Robert Aldrich, 1955
26. Body Double Brian De Palma, 1984
27. The Legend of Lylah Clare Robert Aldrich, 1968
28. The State of Things Wim Winders, 1982
29. The Cameraman Edward Sedgwick & Buster Keaton, 1928
30. Good Men, Good Women Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1995
31. The Father of My Children Mia Hansen-Løve, 2009
32. Modern Romance Albert Brooks, 1981
33. Safe Conduct Bertrand Tavernier, 2002
34. Hellzapoppin’ H.C. Potter, 1941
35. Living in Oblivion Tom DiCillo, 1995
36. The Stunt Man Richard Rush, 1980
37. A Star is Born George Cukor, 1954
38. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Michael Winterbottom, 2005
39. Sex Is Comedy Catherine Breillat, 2002
40. The Day of the Locust John Schlesinger, 1975
41. Passion Jean-Luc Godard, 1982
42. The Errand Boy Jerry Lewis, 1961
43. Camera Buff Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1979
44. Everything for Sale Andjzej Wajda, 1969
45. Inside Daisy Clover Robert Mulligan, 1965
46. Int. Trailer - Night Jim Jarmusch, 2002
47. Two Weeks in Another Town Vincente Minnelli, 1962
48. Identification of a Woman Michelangelo Antonioni, 1982
49. White Hunter Black Heart Clint Eastwood, 1990
50. I’ll Do Anything James. L. Brooks, 1994

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