Most Popular Play Within A Film Movies and TV Shows
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R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama
A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.
Votes: 541,882 | Gross: $42.34M
2. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Votes: 335,504 | Gross: $11.29M
3. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History
The world's greatest ever playwright, William Shakespeare, is young, out of ideas and short of cash, but meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
Votes: 205,827 | Gross: $100.32M
4. The Pacifier (2005)
PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.
Votes: 83,102 | Gross: $113.09M
5. Home Again (2017)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.
Votes: 24,849 | Gross: $27.02M
6. Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
R | 124 min | Drama
A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career.
Votes: 25,702 | Gross: $1.81M
7. Jersey Girl (2004)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blow-up, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.
Votes: 61,305 | Gross: $25.27M
8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Four college freshmen and best friends find that it may take more than a shared pair of jeans to help them stay in touch as their lives go in different directions.
Votes: 26,018 | Gross: $44.09M
9. Pretty Persuasion (2005)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.
Votes: 9,683 | Gross: $0.31M
10. American Splendor (2003)
R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Votes: 46,251 | Gross: $6.00M
11. Slings and Arrows (2003–2006)
60 min | Comedy
In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure... See full summary »
13. Flirting (1991)
R | 99 min | Drama, Romance
Two freethinking teenagers - a boy and a girl - confront with authoritarian teachers in their boarding schools. The other students treat this differently.
Votes: 5,472 | Gross: $2.42M
14. StageFright (1987)
Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
A group of stage actors lock themselves in the theater for a rehearsal of their upcoming musical production, unaware that an escaped psychopath has sneaked into the theater with them.
16. Dare (2009)
R | 92 min | Drama, Romance
A drama centered around three high school seniors - an aspiring actress, her misfit best friend, and a loner - who become engaged in an intimate and complicated relationship.
17. Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.
18. Hunky Dory (2011)
Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Votes: 1,098 | Gross: $0.02M
19. Salome's Last Dance (1988)
R | 89 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Guy Fawkes Day, 1892. Oscar Wilde goes to a performance of his controversial, banned play 'Salome'. The 'theatre's a brothel and the performers... prostitutes.
Votes: 1,331 | Gross: $0.33M
22. Big Stone Gap (2014)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Romance
In a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, self-proclaimed spinster Ave Maria Mulligan finds her life shaken up and forever changed after learning a long-buried family secret.
Votes: 2,260 | Gross: $1.01M
23. Heights (2005)
R | 93 min | Drama, Romance
Spanning twenty-four hours, Heights follows five New Yorkers challenged to choose their destiny before the sun comes up the next day.
Votes: 4,467 | Gross: $1.16M
25. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)
PG-13 | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
Paris...at the turn of the century. Inspector Vidocq investigates a series of unexplained murders at a Grand Guignol-type theatre...where the players have suddenly become real-life victims. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.
26. Driving Lessons (2006)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Votes: 10,390 | Gross: $0.24M
27. Dare (2005)
Not Rated | 16 min | Drama, Short
High school senior Ben secretly lusts after bad boy classmate Johnny. After Ben gives Johnny a ride home one night, the boys end up in Johnny's swimming pool and have an encounter that breaks the rules and blows Ben's mind.
29. Hero at Large (1980)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Romance
An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,305 | Gross: $15.93M
30. Lilies (1996)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
When a bishop comes to a prison to hear the confession of an old friend he is forced to watch a play, performed by the inmates, about their youth together, love and betrayal.
Votes: 2,535 | Gross: $0.22M
32. Delhi-6 (2009)
Not Rated | 141 min | Comedy, Drama
In the ancient walled city of Delhi, an American-born Indian finds himself on an unexpected inner journey as he learns about himself and his roots.
Votes: 6,489 | Gross: $0.88M
33. Bicycling with Molière (2013)
Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
Two actors. One play. Can the differences between the two egocentric men be put aside for the sake of friendship and theatre?
Votes: 2,598 | Gross: $0.06M
34. A Snow Globe Christmas (2013 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A cynical TV exec looks at the perfect town inside a Christmas globe and is magically transported to it. When she wakes up in a perfect snow-covered town, married to a local woodsman, she discovers it's not all just a fantasy.
36. Le voleur d'enfants (1991)
110 min | Drama
In 1925 Paris, the Colonel kidnaps unhappy or abandoned boys, providing them and his wife with comfort and joy in his rich mansion. Then things become complicated when he adopts a girl.
37. You Are a Widow, Sir (1971)
97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
After a soldier cuts off the arm of king's cousin, king decides to deactivate the army. Of course, generals don't like it at all and they try to kill the king. The assassin should be ... See full summary »
38. Insect (2018)
98 min | Comedy, Drama
Amateur actors rehearsing "Pictures from the Insects' Life". The actors find themselves living out their characters' roles and hallucinating insects. "Insects", is intercut with the ... See full summary »
40. Avenue Montaigne (2006)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young woman arrives in Paris where she finds a job as a waitress in bar next on Avenue Montaigne that caters to the surrounding theaters and the wealthy inhabitants of the area. She will meet a pianist, a famous actress and a great art collector, and become acquainted with the "luxurious" world her grandmother has told her about since her childhood.
Votes: 3,929 | Gross: $2.04M
41. Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001)
PG-13 | 154 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Quick-witted, well-read cultured types revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romanticism and theft.
Votes: 2,254 | Gross: $0.91M
42. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)
Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »
43. Ants in the Pants (2000)
95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A late bloomer, 15-year-old Flo experiences his sexual awakening, relentlessly targeting his gorgeous classmate Leonie. Flos friends eagerly try to help him out. The only problem may be Leonies boyfriend.
44. The Banquet (2006)
Not Rated | 131 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.
45. The Last Butterfly (1991)
PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, War
Stage mime Antoine Moreau (Sir Tom Courtenay) is compelled by the Gestapo to put on a performance for the children of Terezin, a "model" concentration camp, to convince the Red Cross ... See full summary »
46. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (1970)
95 min | Sci-Fi, Comedy
This futuristic science fiction comedy features an atomic bomb blast that causes women to grow beards and lose the ability to have children. A summit meeting is held at the United Nations, ... See full summary »
47. Hastrman (2018)
98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A strange nobleman returning after years abroad to a small Bohemian village in the beginning of 19th century. The nobleman feels closer to animals despite looking like a human. He is a ... See full summary »
49. Graf Porno und die liebesdurstigen Töchter (1969)
80 min | Comedy
Garibaldus lives in his inherited castle, but he has financial problems. To solve them, he wants to marry his son to a rich girl. A well-to-do widow with six daughters is a good chance. And the son tries the girls one by one.
50. L'amour fou (1969)
252 min | Drama, Romance
During the rehearsals for the production of the tragedy Andromaque, the leading actress and her director, a couple behind the scenes, can't find a way to leave their personal problems at ... See full summary »