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Ed Wood

Tim Burton's ED WOOD takes the runner-up spot in the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film's Best Movies about Movies!

Last updated: January 10, 2010
Copyright 2006 Michael R. Colford.
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Chlotrudis Society Picks:
50 Best Movies About Movies!

To celebrate its 20th annual awards ceremony, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film will be publishing a series of Top 20 lists on its Facebook page. For the website however, we've expanded this first list to a Top 50. For our second such list, we've chosen to highlight movies about movies!  We all love the movies, and from that, you might expect we love movies about movies!  The number of films people singled out was astouding.  Watch for more lists leading up to our 20th annual Chlotrudis Awards, to be held on Sunday, March 16 at the Brattle Theatre. The entire list of films chosen by Chlotrudis members topped 140.  Check out our first list for the year, the 50 Best French-Language Films as chosen by Chlotrudis.

Billy Wilder's classic 1950 film, SUNSET BLVD., about a hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity tops the Chlotrudis list of the Best Movies About Movies. The list skews fairly American, and fairly modern, although the Society does reach all the way back to 1929 to note the documentary from the Soviet Union, MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA coming in at #29.  Last year's Chlotrudis winner, THE ARTIST, coming in at #4 is the first film from another country, although it was a U.S. co-production.  Fellini's classic film 8 1/2 comes in at #7, and is the highest ranking international film.  Three filmmakers made the list more than once, and it's no surprise as these directors have a fascination for the medium.  David Lynch's MULHOLLAND DR. hits at #9, and his tour de force INLAND EMPIRE shows up at #31.  Woody Allen anchors the top 10 with THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, and makes another appereance at #49 with STARDUST MEMORIES.  Pedro Almodóvar's BAD EDUCATION shows up at #18, and  BROKEN EMBRACES shows up at #42 (what about LAW OF DESIRE - a far better film in this member's opinion).  Documentaries about film are represented 7 times, lead by Kirby Dick's incendiary THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED.

We hope you enjoy our list of the 50 Best Movies About Movies!

01 Sunset Blvd.
Billy Wilder
1950
02 Ed Wood
Tim Burton
1994
03 Boogie Nights
Paul Thomas Anderson
1997
04 The Artist
Michel Hazanavicius 2011
05 The Player
Robert Altman
1992
06 Gods and Monsters
Bill Condon
1998
07 8 1/2
Federico Fellini
1963
08 Singin' in the Rain Stanley Donen; Gene Kelly
1952
09 Mulholland Dr.
David Lynch
2001
10 The Purple Rose of Cairo
Woody Allen
1985
11 Cinema Paradiso
Giuseppe Tornatore 1988
12 This Film Is Not Yet Rated (d)
Kirby Dick
2006
13 Good Bye, Dragon Inn
Tsai Ming-liang
2003
14 Adaptation
Spike Jonze
2002
15 Millennium Actress
Satoshi Kon
2001
16 Barton Fink
Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
2001
17 Day for Night
François Truffaut 1973
18 Bad Education
Pedro Almodóvar 2004
19 State and Main
David Mamet
2000
20 A Star Is Born
George Cukor
1954
21 Living in Oblivion
Tom DiCillo
1995
22 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Robert Zemeckis
1988
23 Hitchcock Sacha Gervasi 2012
24 For Your Consideration
Christopher Guest
2006
25 Best Worst Movie (d)
Michael Stephenson
2009
26 Sullivan's Travels
Preston Sturges
1941
27 Ararat
Atom Egoyan
2002
28 American Movie (d)
Chris Smith
1999
29 Man With a Movie Camera (d)
Dziga Vertov 1929
30 Hugo
Martin Scorsese
2011
31 Inland Empire
David Lynch
2006
32 Lost in La Mancha (d)
Keith Fulton; Luis Pepe
2002
33 Shadow of the Vampire
E. Elias Merhige 2000
34 Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Michaël Winterbottom 2005
35 L.A. Confidential
Curtis Hanson
1997
36 CQ
Roman Coppola
2001
37 Double Dare (d)
Amanda Michell
2004
38 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Robert Aldrich
1962
39 Argo
Ben Affleck
2012
40 Tropic Thunder
Ben Stiller
2008
41 The Bad and the Beautiful
Vincente Minnelli
1952
42 Broken Embraces Pedro Almodóvar 2000
43 Peeping Tom
Michael Powell
1960
44 Contempt
Jon-Luc Godard
1963
45 Torremolinos 73
Pablo Berger
2003
46 The Day of the Locust
John Schlessinger
1975
47 The Blair Witch Project
Daniel Myrick; Eduardo Sánchez 1999
48 Casting By (d)
Tom Donahue
2012
49 Stardust Memories
Woody Allen
1980
50 Sex Is Comedy
Catherine Breillat
2002