Films about theatre, ranked

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1. O Mercado de Notícias (2014)

94 min | Documentary, Drama

Discussion about journalism today in Brazil, inspired by the play "The Staple of News" (by Ben Jonson, published in 1631)

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Eduardo Cardoso, José Roberto de Toledo, Geneton Moraes Neto

Votes: 127

2. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

R | 160 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith

Votes: 11,298 | Gross: $6.20M

3. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 83,976 | Gross: $8.26M

4. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

99 Metascore

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie

Votes: 122,628 | Gross: $84.25M

5. Irma Vap: O Retorno (2006)

80 min | Comedy

After many flops, theatrical producer decides to stage a former hit, "O Mistério de Irma Vap". But he is going to face many problems to find the right actors and get the necessary permissions.

Director: Carla Camurati | Stars: Marco Nanini, Ney Latorraca, Luisa Arraes, Paulo Betti

Votes: 197

6. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

69 Metascore

An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed

Votes: 48,682 | Gross: $8.08M

7. 678 (2010)

100 min | Drama

Unfolds the poignant story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt.

Director: Mohamed Diab | Stars: Nelly Karim, Bushra, Maged El Kedwany, Bassem Samra

Votes: 3,699

One of the three leading role women and his boyfriend are stand up comedians.

8. The Play House (1921)

23 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Monte Collins, Virginia Fox

Votes: 3,591

9. Barton Fink (1991)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner

Votes: 107,545 | Gross: $6.15M

10. Cradle Will Rock (1999)

R | 132 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack

Votes: 8,601 | Gross: $2.90M

11. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 545,570 | Gross: $42.34M

12. One Froggy Evening (1955)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A man futilely struggles to make his fortune with a frog that sings and dances, but only when it is alone with the owner.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: William Roberts

Votes: 5,048

13. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 103,623

The third segment.

14. Indochine (1992)

PG-13 | 159 min | Drama, Romance, War

Eliane adopts Camille, whose Vietnamese parents were friends. In 1930, a French navy officer is interested in Eliane (owns 60km2 plantation) and later in Camille. There's an uprising in Vietnam against French colonial power.

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham, Jean Yanne

Votes: 8,828 | Gross: $5.73M

Theatre is not in the core of the film but appears interestingly.

16. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

87 Metascore

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.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 206,691 | Gross: $100.32M

17. Romance (2008)

105 min | Romance

During a remake of the play Tristan and Isolde, actors Peter and Ana fall in love. While the characters live an idealized love, the interpreters are living a true story, which they try to spice it up with the intensity of the fiction.

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: Andrea Beltrão, José Wilker, Marco Nanini, Bruno Garcia

Votes: 573

18. Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Musical

Some Argentinians, exiled in Paris, decide to put on a tango-ballet, dedicated to Carlos Gardel, a legendary Argentinian tango star.

Director: Fernando E. Solanas | Stars: Marie Laforêt, Philippe Léotard, Miguel Ángel Solá, Marina Vlady

Votes: 526

19. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 612,739 | Gross: $138.80M

Not the core of the movie, but theater has its importance to the plot.

20. A Night in the Show (1915)

Not Rated | 24 min | Comedy, Short

Mr. Pest tries several theatre seats before winding up in front in a fight with the conductor. He is thrown out. In the lobby he pushes a fat lady into a fountain and returns to sit down by... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Lloyd Bacon, Lawrence A. Bowes

Votes: 1,612

https://youtu.be/Qnp1RM6ixq8

21. Trinta (2014)

92 min | Biography, Drama

Biopic about the late Joãozinho Trinta, a self-taught classical dancer who turned Rio's Carnival into an international phenomenon in the 1970s and '80s by directing parades for samba schools and putting focus on costumes and decor.

Director: Paulo Machline | Stars: Paolla Oliveira, Matheus Nachtergaele, Fabrício Boliveira, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 195

22. Tattoo (2013)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama

The romance between a 18-year-old soldier and the cultural ringleader of an anarchist cabaret.

Director: Hilton Lacerda | Stars: Maria de Jesus Baccarelli, Jesuíta Barbosa, Ariclenes Barroso, Arthur Canavarro

Votes: 1,420

23. Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

59 Metascore

When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mira Sorvino, Pamela Blair, Rene Ceballos

Votes: 36,607 | Gross: $6.70M

Greek theatre.

24. The Serpent's Egg (1977)

R | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Berlin, 1923. Following the suicide of his brother, American circus acrobat Abel Rosenberg attempts to survive while facing unemployment, depression, alcoholism and the social decay of Germany during the Weimar Republic.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Liv Ullmann, David Carradine, Gert Fröbe, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 4,856

A cabaret, to be precise, but the shows could happen in a theatre.

25. Angels of the Night (1987)

98 min | Drama

Many exotic characters meet in São Paulo night, looking for love and adventure: Malu, a model; Mauro, the drag queen; Teddy, the hustler; Guto, the gay reporter; and Marta, an actress.

Director: Wilson Barros | Stars: Zezé Motta, Antônio Fagundes, Marco Nanini, Chiquinho Brandão

Votes: 83

What's true? What's theater?

26. If God Comes Let Him Bring A Gun (2014)

88 min | Crime, Drama

Set over 72 hours at the height of the 2012 attacks and counterattacks between military police and organized crime in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Director: Luis Dantas | Stars: Sara Antunes, Ariclenes Barroso, André Franco, Luiz Adelmo Manzano

Votes: 80

27. Still Alice (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland | Stars: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth

Votes: 121,252 | Gross: $18.75M

28. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 257,879 | Gross: $57.39M

29. The Libertine (2004)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

44 Metascore

The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

Director: Laurence Dunmore | Stars: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Paul Ritter

Votes: 34,020 | Gross: $4.84M

30. La serva Padrona (1999)

70 min | Musical, Comedy

Living in the house of Uberto as a child, Serpina is now a beautiful young woman who, seeing her master willing to marry, decides that it will be her and not any other woman. Adaptation of the Opera buffa La Serva Padrona.

Director: Carla Camurati | Stars: Thales Pan Chacon, Sylvia Klein, José Carlos Leal

Votes: 69

31. Bring It Inside (2013)

84 min | Drama

Telmo writes a play to remind him of his past and of the period he was kept prisoner in the dungeons of the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985), revealing secrets he would rather keep forgotten.

Director: Tata Amaral | Stars: Gustavo Brandão, Georgina Castro, Maria Helena Chira, Emílio Di Biasi

Votes: 39

32. Why That Actor Was Late (1908)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short

An actor, late for his production, struggles to make it.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Emile Gajean, Gallois, Henri Vilbert

Votes: 102

33. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago, Illinois.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 8,461 | Gross: $2.65M

Many references of ancient Greek theatre.

34. Simone (2013)

Not Rated | 72 min | Biography, Drama

SIMONE has made a decision: after years of relationships with women, she decides to be with a man for the first time. The film broaches sexual freedom issues through the experiences of its ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Zapata | Stars: Simone Telecchi, Roberto Birindelli, Natalia Mikeliunas, Ohana Homem

Votes: 46

35. Lara (2002)

107 min | Biography, Drama

The life of Brazilian actress Odete Lara, muse of the movement called Cinema Novo in Brazil, who exchanged stardom for a quiet and religious life.

Director: Ana Maria Magalhães | Stars: Christine Fernandes, Caco Ciocler, Maria Manoella, Tuca Andrada

Votes: 61

It is bad...

37. Marriage Story (2019)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer, Azhy Robertson

Votes: 174,545



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