Highest-Rated Movies about 'Acting', Sort by Popularity

James Dean (2001), After the Rehearsal (1984), Persona (1966), Day for Night (1973), Festival (2005), Millennium Actress (2001), Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020), Stage Door (1937) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Acting movies.

#3. Persona (1966)

Storyline: A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona.

Plot Keywords: actress, nurse, physician, boy, brooding, dense, disturbing ...

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#4. Day for Night (1973)

Storyline: The shooting of "Je vous presente Pamela" (may I introduce Pamela) begins. This is the story of en English married wife falling in love and running away with the father of her French husband. Will be simultaneously shown the shooting, the behavior of the people (including the technical team) on the set, and a part of their private life (a factor of complication)...

Plot Keywords: actor, actress, director, crew member, fiancée, doctor, witty ...

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#5. Festival (2005)

Storyline: Following a number of performers and judges who converge at the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Several tales are interwoven as the judge of a comedy award drives his personal assistant to distraction (and the bottle), a would-be comedienne tries to get her big break, and an actress mounts her earnest and challenging one-woman play.

Plot Keywords: struggling actor, judge, television star, competitor, assistant, comedian, madcap ...

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#6. Millennium Actress (2001)

Storyline: A movie studio is being torn down. TV interviewer Genya Tachibana has tracked down its most famous star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who has been a recluse since she left acting some 30 years ago. Tachibana delivers a key to her, and it causes her to reflect on her career; as she's telling the story, Tachibana and his long-suffering cameraman are drawn in. The key was given to her as a teenager by a painter and revolutionary that she helped to escape the police. She becomes an actress because it will make it possible to track him down, and she spends the next several decades acting out that search in various genres and eras.

Plot Keywords: actress, director, love interest, mother, emotional, profound, japan ...

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#8. Stage Door (1937)

Storyline: Terry Randall, rich society beauty, has decided to see if she can break into the Broadway theatre scene without her family connections. She goes to live in a theatrical boarding house and finds her life caught up with those of the other inmates and the ever-present disappointment that theatrical hopefuls must live with. Her smart-mouth roommate, Jean, is approached by a powerful producer for more than just a role. And Terry's father has decided to give her career the shove by backing a production for her to star in, in which she's sure to flop. But his machinations hurt more than just Terry.—Kathy Li

Plot Keywords: actress, theatrical producer, father, dancer, melodramatic, rousing, sultry ...

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#9. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

Storyline: Actor Riggan Thomson is most famous for his movie role from over twenty years ago of the comic book superhero Birdman in the blockbuster movie of the same name and its two equally popular sequels. His association with the role took over his life, where Birdman is more renowned than "Riggan Thomson" the actor. Now past middle age, Riggan is trying to establish himself as a true artist by writing, directing, starring in and co-producing with his best friend Jake what is his Broadway debut, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He is staking his name, what little artistic reputation that comes with that name and his life savings on the project, and as such will do anything needed to make the play a success. As he and Jake go through the process of the previews toward opening night, Riggan runs into several issues: needing to find a replacement for the integral supporting male role the night before the first preview; hiring the talented ...

Plot Keywords: action hero, actor, broadway director, girlfriend, daughter, ex-wife, creative ...

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#10. Directed by John Ford (1971)

Storyline: In 1971, Peter Bogdanovich was, perhaps, America's most promising young filmmaker, having directed the remarkable "Targets" (1968) and "The Last Picture Show" (1971) earning him an Academy Award nomination for the latter. At this point, he chose to make a documentary about legendary film director John Ford. The result was a documentary that drew excellent reviews, following a screening at the 1971 New York Film Festival and a television broadcast. It was later withdrawn from circulation because of legal rights. It was only in early 2006 that Bogdanovich - who was reportedly never totally happy with the 1971 version - went back and revamped the documentary to his satisfaction. He recorded totally new interviews with Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg and incorporated a rare audio recording of Ford and his rumored 'significant other' Katharine Hepburn. He has integrated these new elements alongside the strongest sections from the first version - including extended interviews with Ford and collaborators such as John Wayne, Richard Widmark, James Stewart and Henry Fonda. The result is an entertaining, comprehensive and loving tribute to the man long regarded as one of America's greatest film directors. "Directed By John Ford" reminds the viewer that Peter Bogdanovich, along with Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Steven Speilberg, is one of our most prominent and respected film historians to whom we all owe a great deal of gratitude.—alfiehitchie

Plot Keywords: director, actress, john wayne, powerful, fascinating, studio, filmmaking ...

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#11. Quitting (2001)

Storyline: In the late 80s, a new film star, Jia Hongsheng, emerged in China. Labeled the thug idol; he gained fame playing gangsters and heroes in a series of Chinese B movies. Jia went on to star in a stage version of "The Kiss of the Spider Woman." This movie explores his journey, from the cutting edge of China's artistic movement in the early 90s, through a period of conflict with himself and his parents, to a mental institution and finally to the quest to rediscover himself and his family.

Plot Keywords: movie star, mother, father, addict, friend, brooding, dark ...

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#12. Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019)

Storyline: Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.

Plot Keywords: actor, struggling actor, middle-aged man, hippie, stuntman, director, cool ...

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#15. The Definition of Insanity (2004)

Storyline: Robert is an actor who may or may not be himself in this film about acting, aging and the dark side of ambition. Filmed over the course of 18 months, as a documentary crew follows Robert from one failed audition to another, recording in raw detail his every humiliation and small triumph as he searches for that elusive perfect role that will catapult his career into the next level. His vaunting optimism leaps one step ahead of a very real desperation. When he finally scores his dream role in a film directed by the Peter Bogdanovich, his life has reached a profound point of change - though what exactly will that change be?—Jamie Hook, Minnesota Film Arts

Plot Keywords: actor, husband, wife, son, father, mother, spirited ...

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