While Hollywood movies often explore exciting and important themes like race, class, love or war, what Hollywood does best is all of the above rolled into one riveting story about itself. Movies have become a comfort that many have indulged in since the start of the coronavirus pandemic – so why not watch some Hollywood movies about Hollywood?
- Tropic Thunder
Tropic Thunder is a classic Hollywood meta-movie. As a satire about making a Hollywood war movie, Tropic Thunder makes fun of everything about the Hollywood biz. This comedy movie especially highlights how ridiculous Hollywood egos can be – especially among actors who see themselves as closer to God than a mere mortal. Tropic Thunder also really points out the massive problem Hollywood has with diversity by doing what it knows best – making fun of it.
- Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt join forces in their one and only Hollywood movie together: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood! This classic Quentin Tarantino movie is a slow-paced film takes an unexpected twist on the realities of 1960s Hollywood and an interesting dive into the Manson Family.
- Mulholland Drive
Mullholland Drive is one of the first Hollywood movies about Hollywood but also an extremely twisted movie that is totally unforgettable. The movie – which is also named after a street name in the Hollywood hills – is an uber-trippy topic of controversy. Much has been written about this David Lynch movie; most of it is just trying to figure out what happened!
- La La Land
There cannot be a list of Hollywood movies about Hollywood that does not feature the Damien Chazelle extravaganza – La La Land. He tells this story about music through dream sequence, piano-playing and pure musical beauty. This movie is a homage to Hollywood’s past and the dream of moving out to Hollywood in pursuit of silver screen fame – even if the dream isn’t quite what you thought it would be.