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Have you ever wanted to try running your own movies studio?

The Movies gives you that opportunity by putting you in the shoes of an aspiring movie mogul starting in 1920s Hollywood. Hire directors and actors for your films, ensuring they get enough acting/directing practice to ensure they'll give their best performances. Be careful not to stress them too much though or next thing you'll know, they'll be drowning their sorrows with alcohol (or food). Don't forget to recruit builders, janitors, film crew, scientists, scriptwriters and personal assistants too, they're also just as important to ensuring the success of your studio.

Once you've hired the actors, directors and ancillary staff you require to make movies, you'll also need to construct places for them to work and relax. A majority of your studio lot will be occupied by sets of one of five genres (Action, Sci-Fi, Horror, Romance and Comedy) which you can research and then build to be used for filming your movies. While your scriptwriters are making the final touches to that 5-star film script, you can get your directors and actors to practice their roles on the set.

Eventually the script is complete and you must then decide which actors and directors would make the best fit for the film as the game takes into account not only how much experience the actors/directors have, but how good-looking they are (important for actors) and how well they get along with the rest of the crew. Filming then starts and it's your job to make sure that the actors and directors don't throw tantrums on the set or this could adversely affect the quality of the movie (not to mention prove expensive due to delays). Usually you would do so by making sure they pay a visit to the bar or restaurant beforehand (but don't make this too often or else they may get addicted and a visit to the Rehab Centre is in order)!

When the last scene is finally shot, your movie is then ready to be released to the world! Keep an eye on movie critic reviews to gauge what can be improved next time you make a film if you want to ensure your studio isn't making B-grade movies indefinitely!


The Movies Windows The billboards in the game change to reflect the time period.  This is from 1929.
The Movies Windows 1965 awards ceremony
The Movies Windows 1950 awards ceremony
The Movies Windows The studio lot is where you build up your empire.

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The Movies Wallpaper
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Alternate Titles

  • "电影" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "The Movies: Фабрика грез" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Lights, Camera, Action! Windows MasterMegid (902)
the movies, a unique gem set to be put down by mere-sighted fat cats Windows phil buckley (22)

Critic Reviews

Detroit Free Press (Freep) Windows Dec 11, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Games Finder Windows Aug 23, 2014 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Nov 15, 2005 89 out of 100 89 Windows Nov 14, 2005 17 out of 20 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 26, 2005 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Windows Nov 08, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82 (UK) Windows Nov 16, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Windows Dec 16, 2005 B 75
Playfuls Windows Dec 16, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Windows Nov 08, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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1001 Video Games

The Movies appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled ports

A console version was announced, but later cancelled after the disappointing sales of the PC release.


Many of the decade-specific songs that can be heard and used in the game are thinly-disguised imitations of actual songs released throughout history. During the 60s and 70s some music sounds very similar to Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child and in the 80s one may recognize the theme to Terminator.


There are some interesting references in the set decor in The Movies. On the "Shabby Hotel" set, a picture of a girl on the beach can be seen. This is the same picture that haunted Barton Fink in Joel and Ethan Coen's film of the same name. On the "Living Room" set, there is a picture on the wall depicting the wedding scene from Fable.


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – Best Music of the Year (PC)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2006 - #2 Strategy Game in 2005
    • Issue 04/2006 - #3 Strategy Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by MasterMegid and Sciere.

Related Web Sites

  • Develop Your Inner Mogul (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of The Movies (January, 2007).)
  • Official Webpage (Mac) (The official product page for the Mac version of The Movies on the publisher's website, which provides a profile of the game, an overview of the essential gameplay elements, a collection of desktop wallpapers, an explanation of the Mac exclusive features, and ordering information, among other such things.)
  • The Movies™ (The official game website and the online community)
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