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1. Sleepwalk with Me (2012)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.

Directors: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish | Stars: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane

Votes: 11,295 | Gross: $2.26M

2. Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.

Director: Billy Crystal | Stars: Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, Helen Hunt

Votes: 4,340 | Gross: $13.35M

3. Give My Regards to Broadway (1948)

92 min | Musical

The Norwick family has had a successful run on the vaudeville circuit, but now some of the family wants out. Mom is ready to retire on the family's farm, and daughter June wants to quit now... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Dan Dailey, Charles Winninger, Nancy Guild, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 74

4. Babes in Arms (1939)

Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Musical

A group of vaudevillians struggling to compete with talkies hits the road hoping for a comeback. Frustrated to be left behind, all of their kids put on a show themselves to raise money for the families and to prove they've got talent, too.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 2,200

5. My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 8,275 | Gross: $20.12M

6. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The media and disaffected teens mistake the acerbic rants of an obnoxious teenage punk rocker as a rallying cry for the women of America, launching her and her talentless group to national stardom.

Director: Lou Adler | Stars: Peter Donat, Diane Lane, Marin Kanter, Laura Dern

Votes: 2,258

7. The Sunshine Boys (I) (1975)

PG | 111 min | Comedy

A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a television special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin, Lee Meredith

Votes: 5,257

8. The Impostors (1998)

R | 101 min | Comedy

In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Arthur (Stanley Tucci) and Maurice (Oliver Platt) team-up as two out-of-work actors who ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Tucci | Stars: Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Walker Jones, Jessica Walling

Votes: 4,774 | Gross: $2.20M

9. Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

Votes: 11,527

10. A Chorus Line (1985)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Music, Musical

46 Metascore

Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Michael Blevins, Yamil Borges

Votes: 8,773 | Gross: $14.20M

11. Auto Focus (2002)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The life of TV star Bob Crane and his strange friendship with electronics expert John Henry Carpenter.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello, Rita Wilson

Votes: 12,777 | Gross: $2.06M

12. Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, Larenz Tate

Votes: 3,505 | Gross: $12.41M

13. Funny Bones (1995)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

An unsuccessful comedian uncovers a family secret and learns the true price of letting inherent talent shine.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Oliver Platt, Lee Evans, Leslie Caron

Votes: 3,417 | Gross: $0.53M

14. Dead Set (2008)

141 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

During a fictional series of Big Brother, a zombie outbreak occurs, but the house-mates are unaware of the impending doom outside of the Big Brother House.

Stars: Jaime Winstone, Liz May Brice, Beth Cordingly, Adam Deacon

Votes: 17,389

15. It All Came True (1998)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A man buys a house on Manhattan, uninhabited for decades - except the ghosts of the previous owner and his wife. They meddle in his love life.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: James Spader, Polly Walker, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith

Votes: 1,044

16. Controlled Chaos (2003)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

21 Metascore

The Assistant to a world-famous film director must hide her boss' scandalous lifestyle from reporters.

Director: Azita Zendel | Stars: Amy Blomquist, Don Hughes, Erik Engstrom, Charley King

Votes: 32 | Gross: $0.04M

17. Prison (1949)

79 min | Drama

A film director tries to create the best film in history, but finds out that human abilities have their limits.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Doris Svedlund, Birger Malmsten, Eva Henning, Hasse Ekman

Votes: 1,560

18. Mad Love (1935)

Passed | 68 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

In France, an insane surgeon's obsession with an actress from England leads him to replace her pianist husband's hands that got mangled in an accident with the hands of a late knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

Director: Karl Freund | Stars: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive, Ted Healy

Votes: 4,163

19. The Country Girl (1954)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Music

A director hires an alcoholic has-been and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife, who he believes is the cause of all the man's problems.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross

Votes: 5,072

20. Stage Fright (1950)

Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman, Richard Todd, Michael Wilding

Votes: 11,809

21. A Double Life (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Anthony John is an actor whose life is strongly influenced by the characters he plays. When he's playing comedy, he's the most enjoyable person in the world, but when he's playing drama, ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Ronald Colman, Edmond O'Brien, Signe Hasso, Shelley Winters

Votes: 2,821

22. Ellie Parker (2005)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

51 Metascore

A hilarious comic portrait of a young woman's struggle for integrity, happiness and a Hollywood acting career.

Director: Scott Coffey | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jennifer Syme, Greg Freitas, Gaye Pope

Votes: 4,373 | Gross: $0.03M

23. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 207,160 | Gross: $4.24M

24. Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love (2001 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Biography

A portrait of the 30 year relationship between Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. With comments by their friends and family.

Stars: Ian McKellen, Renée Asherson, Alan Bates, Michael Blakemore

Votes: 33

25. The John Garfield Story (2003 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Biography

This documentary, aired on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable network, looks at the life and career of John Garfield, whose career was cut short when he died at age 39. His difficult ... See full summary »

Director: David Heeley | Stars: Julie Garfield, Ellen Adler, Joseph Bernard, Phoebe Brand

Votes: 190

26. Breathing Hard (2001)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

A struggling Hollywood writer takes a job as a driver for a cursing, cantankerous old British actress. She believes she has one great role left in her...and decides that it should be in his new play.

Director: Eric Neal Young | Stars: John Rafter Lee, June Claman, John Billingsley, Laura D'Arista Adam

Votes: 25

27. Typecasted (2006)

20 min | Short, Comedy

Angelo (Frank Fata) and Tony (Adam Piacente) will do just about anything to make it in showbiz. Even if that means constantly playing characters that portray the stereotype they worked ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Roberts | Stars: Marcus Black, Brian Demaseo, Tory Eletto, Frank Fata

Votes: 8

28. Broken Hearts of Hollywood (1926)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance

Virginia Perry, a former movie star, leaves her family and returns to Hollywood to make a comeback, but age has taken its toll and she is cast in small character roles. Meanwhile, her ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Patsy Ruth Miller, Louise Dresser, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jerry Miley

Votes: 7

29. The Mysterious Miss X (1939)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Keith Neville and Dan Casey, two small-time stage actors, are traveling by bus back two New York City, and have an overnight stay in a small town. They take a room in a local hotel and a ... See full summary »

Director: Gus Meins | Stars: Michael Whalen, Lynne Roberts, Chick Chandler, Mabel Todd

Votes: 21

30. Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl (1999 TV Movie)

Unrated | 57 min | Documentary, Biography

Clara Bow: Discovering the 'It' Girl features scenes from 25 of her films, as well as interviews with family members an acquaintances. Including seven minutes of additional material not seen in the TV version.

Director: Hugh Munro Neely | Stars: Courtney Love, David Stenn, Budd Schulberg, Catherine Mulligan

Votes: 191

31. Painted Faces (1929)

Passed | 74 min | Crime, Mystery

A vaudeville performer is murdered backstage and another performer is tried for the crime.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Helen Foster, Barton Hepburn, Dorothy Gulliver

Votes: 36

32. Dance Charlie Dance (1937)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy

A stage-struck small-towner is tricked in backing a bad straight play, but it turns out to be a unintentional comedy hit. Problems arise, when he is sued for plagiarism.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Stuart Erwin, Jean Muir, Glenda Farrell, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 102

33. Festa (1989)

82 min | Comedy, Drama

Hired to entertain a party in a luxury home, in São Paulo, a musician, a snooker player, and an old decadent actor keep waiting downstairs, never being invited to the party upstairs to perform their acts.

Director: Ugo Giorgetti | Stars: Antonio Abujamra, Otávio Augusto, Lala Deheinzelin, Iara Jamra

Votes: 130

34. I'm Still Alive (1940)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Steve Bennett is a daring flier who crashes airplanes for the movies, and Laura Marley is an arrogant movie star who is transformed into a very likable woman when she marries Steve. But she... See full summary »

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: Kent Taylor, Linda Hayes, Howard Da Silva, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 62

35. I Live for Love (1935)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Donna (Del Rio) is a diva of the stage and wants her lover Rico (Alvarado) as her leading man. To keep this from happening, the producers (Churchill, Cavanaugh) grab Roger Kerry (Marshall) off the street and say he has a contract.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Everett Marshall, Guy Kibbee, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 82

36. Alan Ladd: The True Quiet Man (1999 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Biography

In the 1942 This Gun For Hire, he was only a supporting actor. But his portrayal of a cold, ruthless killer with a core of gentle sadness had an impact on audiences everywhere. Teamed with ... See full summary »

Directors: Gene Feldman, Suzette Winter | Stars: Anthony Caruso, Jeff Corey, Edward Dmytryk, Edith Fellows

Votes: 13

37. The Happiest Place on Earth (1999)

120 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Robert Hughes-Lambert, who was captured by Nazis when his active homosexuality was discovered during the filming of Mermoz (1943).

Director: Marcel Bluwal | Stars: Claude Brasseur, Marianne Denicourt, Jean-Claude Adelin, Jacques Bonnaffé

Votes: 34

38. Acropole (1996)

125 min | Musical, Drama

This musical shows of the Acropole dominated Greek theater during the 1950s and 60s. Acropole follows Prince, the self-made producer of this unusual and mythic theater, and Lakis, the ... See full summary »

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris | Stars: Lefteris Voyatzis, Stavros Paravas, Konstantinos Tzoumas, Themis Bazaka

Votes: 137

39. Ginger (1935)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ginger, an orphan, is living with her foster-uncle, Rexford Whittington, a broken-down Shakesperian actor. Although denied the love of a mother and father, Ginger looks after her uncle, ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Jane Withers, O.P. Heggie, Jackie Searl, Katharine Alexander

Votes: 26

40. Accent on Youth (1935)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

A young secretary falls in love with her boss, a middle-aged playwright. Complications ensue when her boss' son falls for her.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Herbert Marshall, Phillip Reed, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 51

41. Sons o' Guns (1936)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy

Broadway star Jimmy Canfield stars in a patriotic show on the great white way during WWI. He plays the heroic soldier, but he is doesn't want to join the Army. To evade some troubles with ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Joan Blondell, Beverly Roberts, Eric Blore

Votes: 120

42. Quadrille (1938)

95 min | Comedy, Romance

The battle of the sexes as drawing room social satire. Philippe, a middle-aged newspaper editor, has lived for six years with Paulette, a successful stage actress. He tells her friend ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Sacha Guitry, Gaby Morlay, Jacqueline Delubac, Georges Grey

Votes: 267

43. Till We Meet Again (1936)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, Romance, War