Last Updated on 28 March 2024

The following list is the Official Definitive List of the 100 best movies about movies of all time.

I found 19 different ranked lists online of “best movies about making a movie” and pulled them all into Excel and merged them all to get this definitive compilation. See my Methodology page for the research process that was used, including links to all 19 lists that were averaged. Below is a checklist you can print to track which ones you’ve seen, followed by the ranked list.

  1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  2. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  3. Ed Wood (1994)
  4. Boogie Nights (1997)
  5. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  6. The Player (1992)
  7. 8½ (1963)
  8. The Artist (2011)
  9. Adaptation (2002)
  10. Day for Night (1973)
  11. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
  12. Hail, Caesar! (2016)
  13. Tropic Thunder (2008)
  14. Barton Fink (1991)
  15. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
  16. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
  17. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  18. Argo (2012)
  19. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
  20. Millennium Actress (2001)
  21. The Aviator (2004)
  22. Bowfinger (1999)
  23. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
  24. The Disaster Artist (2017)
  25. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
  26. The Big Picture (1989)
  27. Hugo (2011)
  28. Mulholland Drive (2001)
  29. Get Shorty (1995)
  30. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
  31. Mank (2020)
  32. Living in Oblivion (1995)
  33. State and Main (2000)
  34. Be Kind Rewind (2008)
  35. Hitchcock (2012)
  36. The Muppet Movie (1979)
  37. Inception (2010)
  38. Contempt (1963)
  39. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  40. Pain and Glory (2019)
  41. Scream 3 (2000)
  42. Chaplin (1992)
  43. The Fabelmans (2022)
  44. Super 8 (2011)
  45. King Kong (2005)
  46. All About Eve (1950)
  47. Son of Rambow (2007)
  48. The Stunt Man (1980)
  49. Silent Movie (1976)
  50. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
  51. King Kong (1933)
  52. Perfect Blue (1997)
  53. Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
  54. Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)
  55. Babylon (2022)
  56. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
  57. Hollywood Ending (2002)
  58. One Cut of the Dead (2017)
  59. My Week with Marilyn (2011)
  60. Souls for Sale (1923)
  61. Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
  62. The Producers (1968)
  63. Brigsby Bear (2017)
  64. Gods and Monsters (1998)
  65. Irma Vep (1996)
  66. All That Jazz (1979)
  67. La La Land (2016)
  68. Baadasssss! (2003)
  69. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  70. Hooper (1978)
  71. Blazing Saddles (1974)
  72. Trumbo (2015)
  73. The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
  74. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
  75. F for Fake (1973)
  76. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  77. Through the Olive Trees (1994)
  78. Close-Up (1990)
  79. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  80. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
  81. Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
  82. She Said (2022)
  83. Stardust Memories (1980)
  84. A Star Is Born (1954)
  85. Matinee (1993)
  86. Blow Out (1981)
  87. Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (2013)
  88. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
  89. Man Bites Dog (1992)
  90. S.O.B.! (1981)
  91. The Party (1968)
  92. The Dirties (2013)
  93. Three Amigos (1986)
  94. Even the Rain (2010)
  95. Targets (1968)
  96. City Island (2009)
  97. Notting Hill (1999)
  98. The Last Picture Show (1971)
  99. Broken Embraces (2009)
  100. The Bodyguard (1992)

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