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25 Best Advertising Movies Ever Made

How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)8


When an ad exec begins to have ethical dilemmas over his work, he sprouts a second head that encourages him to be ruthless.
• AdFreak rating: 6.82

Advertising Rules! (2001)7


A young man critiques an agency's proposed campaign for automaker Opel and ends up being hired to work on it himself. He quickly tries the classic ad solution: steal an idea.
• AdFreak rating: 6.83

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)6


Account executive Jim Blandings (Cary Grant) faces a series of home-building disasters, which make it hard to focus on his new slogan for WHAM brand ham.
• AdFreak rating: 7.46

Lover Come Back (1961)5


Advertising rivals played by Rock Hudson and Doris Day fight for the same clients and find themselves further entangled after a one-night stand fueled by intoxicating candy.
• AdFreak rating: 7.50

Lost in America (1985)4


Albert Brooks co-wrote, directed and starred in this razor-sharp comedy about the perils of quitting your day job in advertising for life on the open road.
• AdFreak rating: 7.72

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)3


TV ad writer Rockwell Hunter (Tony Randall) finds the perfect model (Jayne Mansfield) for his new campaign but must feign a romance with her to make her boyfriend jealous.
• AdFreak rating: 7.86

Bliss (1985)2


Has adman Harry Joy died and gone to hell, or is he just seeing the world how it really is? This controversial Australian film won awards but also saw hundreds walk out at Cannes.
• AdFreak rating: 7.90

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)1


When a client dithers too long over picking a new campaign, ad executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) misses his flight home for Thanksgiving and ends up on a misadventure with a shower ring salesman (John Candy).
• AdFreak rating: 7.94

Methodology: The AdFreak Ad Flick Index is an average of the following scores:
• Rotten Tomatoes "Tomatometer" percentage x 10
• Rotten Tomatoes average critic rating
• Rotten Tomatoes average audience rating x 2
• Rotten Tomatoes percentage of audience who "Liked It" x 10
• IMDB average user rating

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