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    made her name in such films as 'It' (1927)

    In the Oxford Dictionary of English 3rd, it says:

    It girl

    noun informal
    A young woman who has achieved celebrity because of her socialite lifestyle.

    Origin
    Coined by the American screenwriter Elinor Glyn (1864–1943) with reference to the American actress and sex symbol Clara Bow, who made her name in such films as 'It' (1927). The current use dates from the 1960s.

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    'It' is only one film, so why does it use 'such films' instead of 'such a film'?

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    Re: made her name in such films as 'It' (1927)

    Yes, you can use it with a single example. The problem is that the "suchness" is often not clear.
    "Famous footballers, such as David Beckham, can make a lot of money." Here the characteristics that 'such' refers to are clear - famous and footballer.
    "Peter likes composers such as Beethoven and Bach." Here it's not clear. Does he like famous composers?; composers whose names begin with B?; composers from the 17th to 19th century?

    In your original example, the concept comes from the "It" film, but she also made other similar films, and one would expect that they deal with "celebrity because of a socialite lifestyle".

    I'd say that "such as" or "like" very often do not give an identifiable concept. "I usually date girls such as (like) Jane and Julie." The listener is left to work out what the common features are.
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    Re: made her name in such films as 'It' (1927)

    "such ... as" effectively means "here is an example/here are some examples". The same phrase is used whether it introduces one example or more.

    Mr Smith made his money in such companies as Amazon.
    Mr Smith made his money in such companies as Amazon and Facebook.

    I like green vegetables such as peas.
    I like green vegetables such as peas and courgettes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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