Films About Films And Filmmaking

How I rated a particular film and a link to the IMDB profile can be found in the full list.


“I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille”: Great Films about Celebrity

  1. All About Eve
  2. The Bad and the Beautiful
  3. A Face in the Crowd
  4. The King of Comedy
  5. Mommy Dearest
  6. Performance
  7. Quiz Show
  8. Star 80
  9. Sunset Boulevard
  10. The Sweet Smell of Success
  11. Talk Radio
  12. To Die For

It Never Was What It Was: Great Films about Old Hollywood

  1. The Bad and the Beautiful
  2. The Barefoot Contessa
  3. Barton Fink
  4. In a Lonely Place
  5. L.A. Confidential
  6. Sunset Boulevard
  7. Day of the Locust

The Un-Steadicam: Great Fiction Films that Employ Documentary Aesthetics

  1. After…
  2. The Battle of Algiers
  3. The Battle of Haditha
  4. Breaking the Waves
  5. Cloverfield
  6. The Contenders
  7. Dead Men’s Shoes
  8. Harlan County USA
  9. Medium Cool
  10. Open Water
  11. Punishment Park
  12. The War Game

 The Eyes Have It: Some Great Films Featuring Impressive Cinematography

  1. Blade Runner
  2. Cat People
  3. Citizen Kane
  4. The Crimson Rivers
  5. El Cuerpo (The Body)
  6. Days of Heaven
  7. Dead Men’s Shoes
  8. Elizabeth
  9. Fallen
  10. The Fisher King
  11. Full Metal Jacket
  12. The Godfather
  13. The Godfather II
  14. I Walked with a Zombie
  15. King Rat
  16. Lady from Shanghai
  17. Lawrence of Arabia
  18. Medium Cool
  19. Mother Night
  20. Night of the Hunter
  21. Once Upon a Time in America
  22. Population 436
  23. Prisoners
  24. Ran
  25. Rollerball
  26. The Seven Samauri
  27. Shallow Grave
  28. Taxi Driver
  29. Terribly Happy
  30. The Third Man
  31. Throne of Blood
  32. Touch of Evil
  33. The Wages of Fear

The Kindest Cut: Some Great Films with Impressive Editing

  1. All that Jazz
  2. Bad Timing
  3. Cabaret
  4. Catch-22
  5. Citizen Kane
  6. A Clockwork Orange
  7. Cross of Iron
  8. Delicatessen
  9. Don’t Look Now
  10. From Hell
  11. Full Metal Jacket
  12. Gallipoli
  13. The Godfather
  14. The Godfather II
  15. Goodfellas
  16. The Limey
  17. Mother Night
  18. Network
  19. Performance
  20. Raging Bull
  21. Requiem for a Dream
  22. Shallow Grave
  23. Taxi Driver
  24. Touch of Evil
  25. 28 Days Later
  26. The Stunt Man
  27. The Wild Bunch

The Sound of Music: Great Scores and Soundtracks

  1. Apocalypse Now
  2. Berberian Sound Studio
  3. Chariots of Fire
  4. Deliverance
  5. Escape from New York
  6. Full Metal Jacket
  7. The Godfather
  8. The Graduate
  9. Halloween
  10. The Harder They Come
  11. Harold and Maude
  12. Lawrence of Arabia
  13. The Long Good Friday
  14. Rollerball
  15. A Soldier’s Story
  16. Taxi Driver
  17. Terribly Happy
  18. Thief
  19. The Third Man
  20. Touch of Evil
  21. 28 Days Later

Recollected in Tranquility: DVDs with Great Commentaries

  1. Ace in the Hole
  2. After Hours
  3. Alien (Director’s Cut)
  4. Aliens (Director’s Cut)
  5. ‘Breaker Morant’
  6. Cronos
  7. Dark City (Director’s Cut)
  8. Deathwatch
  9. Defiance
  10. District 9
  11. Frailty
  12. The Godfather
  13. The Godfather II
  14. The Hit
  15. Identity
  16. In the Bedroom
  17. Insomnia (American version)
  18. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  19. Last Orders
  20. The Long Good Friday
  21. Mad Max
  22. The Name of the Rose
  23. Quills
  24. Ravenous
  25. Rendition
  26. Requiem for a Dream
  27. Seven Days in May
  28. Shallow Grave
  29. Source Code
  30. Stake Land
  31. 3:10 to Yuma
  32. Twenty-Eight Days Later

Roeg’s Gallery: Nicholas Roeg’s Greatest Hits

  1. Bad Timing
  2. Don’t Look Now
  3. Eureka
  4. Performance
  5. Walkabout

All that Jazz: Great Films Directed by Revolutionary, Pill-Popping Broadway Choreographers with Natural Affinities for Cinematic Language and Editing Rhythms

  1. All that Jazz
  2. Cabaret
  3. Lenny
  4. Star 80

Seminal Films that Do Not Stand the Test of Time

  1. Battleship Potempkin
  2. Birth of a Nation
  3. Breathless
  4. The Conformist
  5. Nashville
  6. La Terra Trema
  7. Weekend
  8. Most of Hitchcock’s Oeuvre