Favorite documentariesby jrsl88 | created - 03 Oct 2011 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
Documentaries that are my personal favorites. Arranged in ABC order. This list is my own opinion.
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1. 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997 TV Movie)
150 min | Documentary
The first half century of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation from its beginnings under Hungarian immigrant William Fox to it emergence as a major studio.
5. The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007 Video)
85 min | Documentary
The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early ... See full summary »
6. Cinerama Adventure (2002)
97 min | Documentary
A nostalgic and compelling look into the legendary three camera, three projector process that revolutionized motion pictures and led the industry into the widescreen era. Through actual ... See full summary »
Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror
A documentary on the history of the slasher film.
11. The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments (2003 TV Movie)
90 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music
This 90-minute special aired on the Lifetime network in June 2003 served as a reunion show for 3 of the 4 Golden Girls. This show has clips from the girls' favorite moments from the show, ... See full summary »
13. Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees (1997 TV Movie)
60 min | Comedy, Music
This hour-long special that aired on ABC finds Davy, Micky, Peter, and Mike loking back on the old days (with a medley of their hits) and promoting their 1996 CD "Justus" with 3 music ... See full summary »
14. His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror
A documentary exploring 30 years of the "Friday The 13th" film series featuring all new interviews with cast and crew from all 12 films and various horror fans and filmmakers.
15. Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972 TV Movie)
51 min | Documentary, History
A documentary about the glorious history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and its decline leading to the sale of its back lot and props. By extension this provides a general history of Hollywood's Golden Age and the legendary studio system.
17. I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special (2001 TV Special)
120 min | Comedy, Documentary, Family
Retrospective honoring the 50th anniversary of the debut of "I Love Lucy," one of TV's pioneer programs. Along with clips from the original series, guests recalled memories and the impact ... See full summary »
57 min | Documentary, Biography
This documentary explores the incredible life of Merian C. Cooper, from his time as a soldier and pilot in three different wars, to his exploits in Hollywood, as a director, producer and cinematic innovator.
21. Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002 TV Movie)
Unrated | 87 min | Documentary
In this documentary on the life of 'Joan Crawford', we learn why she should be remembered as the great actress she was, and not only as the "mommie dearest." caricature she has become. ... See full summary »
22. Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993 TV Movie)
70 min | Documentary, Biography
Katharine Hepburn talks about her life from the start, through all her film years, her relationship with Spencer Tracy, and what she does with her time currently.
25. Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, History
The history of the comic book superhero, Superman in his various media incarnations.
26. Married... with Children Reunion (2003 TV Movie)
60 min | Comedy, Documentary
Cast members of Married...With Children (1987-1997) reunite and share memories of working on America's most favorite ground-breaking sitcom since All in the Family.
27. The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990 TV Movie)
47 min | Documentary, Animation, Action
29. The Pixar Story (2007)
G | 87 min | Documentary
A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's ... See full summary »
31. Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation (2007 TV Special)
TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary
A retrospective of "Saturday Night Live" during the 1990's. Includes interviews with the cast and crew as well as hosts. Features memorable sketches and behind the scenes dynamics.
32. Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2010 Video)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History
A look at the history of the comic book publication that launched such legendary characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
36. That's Entertainment! (1974)
G | 135 min | Documentary, Family, Musical
Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.
Votes: 4,158 | Gross: $26.89M
37. That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)
G | 133 min | Documentary, Family, Musical
Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.
38. That's Entertainment! III (1994)
G | 113 min | Documentary, Family, Musical
Some of MGM's musical stars review the studio's history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to Brigadoon (1954), from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,203 | Gross: $0.27M
40. This Is Cinerama (1952)
G | 115 min | Documentary
A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind has attempted to create the illusion of depth & movement by artistic, mechanical and ... See full summary »
Votes: 370 | Gross: $41.60M
41. Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 68 min | Documentary
Various film historians, film makers, and cultural commentators discuss the cultural, political, economic and religious reasons for what is known as the pre-code era of Hollywood movie ... See full summary »
44. Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 77 min | Documentary
Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios. Raised by his mother and his aunt, his films often ... See full summary »
45. Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (2005 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary
Directors Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott and James Cameron discuss the science fiction movies of the 1950s that influenced them.
47. A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Celebration!: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera (1989 TV Movie)
94 min | Documentary, Animation
A 1989 live-action/animated television special, hosted by Tony Danza and Annie Potts celebrating 50 years of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's partnership in animation. It covers their ... See full summary »