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1. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: D.W. Griffith: Father of Film (1993)

Not Rated | 155 min | Documentary, Biography

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Directors: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill | Stars: Roy Aitken, Lindsay Anderson, William Bakewell, Evelyn Baldwin

Votes: 128

2. Unknown Chaplin (1983– )

156 min | Documentary, Comedy

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Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored.

Stars: James Mason, Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, Virginia Cherrill, Jackie Coogan

Votes: 447

3. Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003)

TV-PG | 132 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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80 Metascore

Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin. Hardcore Chaplin fans may not find ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Sydney Pollack, Bill Irwin, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 1,236

4. Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987)

160 min | Documentary, Biography

8.9
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A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.

Stars: Lindsay Anderson, Charles Lamont, William R. Cox, Loyal T. Lucas

Votes: 427

5. The Man You Loved to Hate (1979)

78 min | Documentary

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Erich von Stroheim was an director of silent movies, as well as an actor in both silents and talkies. Uncompromising and rigid, he battled the studio system for control over his pictures' ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Montgomery | Stars: Edward Binns, Paul Kohner, Marcel Dalio, Leonard Spigelgass

Votes: 143

6. Fritz Lang, le cercle du destin - Les films allemands (2004 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Jorge Dana | Stars: Fritz Lang, Artur Brauner, Claude Chabrol, Alfred Eibel

Votes: 55

7. Fritz Lang Interviewed by William Friedkin (1975)

140 min | Documentary

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Interview with the director of "M" & "Metropolis"

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Friedkin, Fritz Lang

Votes: 221

8. Regarding Buñuel (2000)

103 min | Documentary

7.4
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Documentary about spanish director Luis Buñuel.

Directors: José Luis López-Linares, Javier Rioyo | Stars: José Sancho, Carlos Fuentes, Claudio Isaac, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 284

9. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 TV Movie)

225 min | Documentary

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Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Francis Ford Coppola

Votes: 4,171

10. Directed by John Ford (1971)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography

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A documentary on the life and films of director John Ford.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: John Ford, Peter Bogdanovich, Orson Welles, Ward Bond

Votes: 838

11. Becoming John Ford (2007 Video)

93 min | Documentary

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A documentary focusing on Ford's time at Fox and his relationship with Darryl F. Zanuck.

Director: Nick Redman | Stars: Rudy Behlmer, Janet Bergstrom, James D'Arc, Lem Dobbs

Votes: 56

12. George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)

110 min | Documentary, Biography

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Biography of director George Stevens by his son. It includes clips from many of his films with commentary by the actors and by directors such as Frank Capra, John Huston and Alan Pakula, ... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Warren Beatty, Pandro S. Berman, Frank Capra

Votes: 272

13. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: On Cukor (2000)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

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Widely thought of as "a woman's director," legendary film director George Cukor is profiled in this "American Masters" 2000 documentary narrated by Jean Simmons and featuring clips from ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Trachtenberg | Stars: George Cukor, Peter Bogdanovich, Jean Simmons, Mia Farrow

Votes: 94

14. A Letter to Elia (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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A documentary on the late Elia Kazan.

Directors: Kent Jones, Martin Scorsese | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan, Elias Koteas

Votes: 743

15. Lightning Over Water (1980)

91 min | Documentary

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Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett (1982) in Hollywood, but flies to New York to ... See full summary »

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders | Stars: Gerry Bamman, Ronee Blakley, Pierre Cottrell, Stefan Czapsky

Votes: 1,038

16. Portrait of a '60% Perfect Man': Billy Wilder (1982)

59 min | Documentary

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French film critic Michel Ciment interviews Billy Wilder about his life and film-making.

Directors: Annie Tresgot, Michel Ciment | Stars: Billy Wilder, Michel Ciment, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 147

17. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

8.3
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90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,592 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002)

R | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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67 Metascore

A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Pettigrew | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Luigi 'Titta' Benzi, Italo Calvino, Dante Ferretti

Votes: 721 | Gross: $0.11M

19. Luchino Visconti (1999)

60 min | Documentary

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A chronological look at the creative life of Luchino Visconti (1906-1976). It examines his theatricality, role in the neorealist movement, use of melodrama, and relation to decadence. It ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Björn Andrésen, Laura Antonelli, Tina Apicella, Helmut Berger

Votes: 145

20. Marco Ferreri: Il regista che venne dal futuro (2007)

90 min | Documentary

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Director: Mario Canale | Stars: Michele Placido, Rafael Azcona, Nicoletta Braschi, Franco Brocani

Votes: 16

21. Antonioni su Antonioni (2008)

55 min | Documentary

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A documentary on the life, work, and character of Michelangelo Antonioni.

Director: Carlo Di Carlo | Star: Michelangelo Antonioni

Votes: 7

22. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography

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The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.

Director: Jan Harlan | Stars: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kroner

Votes: 8,998

23. Eastwood on Eastwood (1997 TV Movie)

68 min | Documentary, Biography

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Autobiography of Clint Eastwood up to his movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: John Cusack, Clint Eastwood

Votes: 214

24. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Kurosawa (2000)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Director: Adam Low | Stars: Akira Kurosawa, Sam Shepard, Paul Scofield, James Coburn

Votes: 358

25. A.K. (1985)

71 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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A documentary that shows the production of Ran and discusses the film techniques of Kurosawa himself.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Shigehiko Hasumi, Chris Marker, Akira Kurosawa, Tatsuya Nakadai

Votes: 670

26. Bergman Island (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

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71 Metascore

All three documentaries is mainly shot in the home of Ingmar Bergman. This is the first time ever that a film maker has access to Ingmar Bergman in his home at the small island Fårö in the ... See full summary »

Director: Marie Nyreröd | Stars: Ingmar Bergman, Erland Josephson, Marie Nyreröd

Votes: 695

27. Deux de la Vague (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

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59 Metascore

Two in the Wave is the story of a friendship. Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930; Francois Truffaut two years later. Love of movies brings them together. They write in the same magazines, ... See full summary »

Director: Emmanuel Laurent | Stars: Isild Le Besco, Anouk Aimée, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Charles Aznavour

Votes: 718 | Gross: $0.03M

28. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

R | 138 min | Documentary

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67 Metascore

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen

Votes: 2,323 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 15,548 | Gross: $1.32M

30. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 5,045

31. Chambre 666 (1982 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

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During the '35th Cannes International Film Festival' (14th-26th May 1982), German director Wim Wenders asked a sample of 15 other international film directors to get, each one at a time, ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Wim Wenders, Michelangelo Antonioni, Maroun Bagdadi, Ana Carolina

Votes: 875

32. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)

Not Rated | 192 min | Documentary, Biography

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A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts.

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Marshall Brickman, Josh Brolin

Votes: 4,736

33. Scorsese on Scorsese (2004 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director Martin Scorsese discusses his life growing up in Manhattan and his filmmaking career.

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Catherine Scorsese

Votes: 324

34. Spielberg on Spielberg (2007 TV Movie)

86 min | Documentary, Biography

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Considered to be one of the most respected film critics in the country, as evidenced by his work with Time magazine, Richard Schickel is widely known for writing, producing and directing a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Schickel | Star: Steven Spielberg

Votes: 263

35. Krzysztof Kieslowski: I'm So-So... (1995)

56 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director/Writer Krzysztof Kieslowski shares his views on life, people, politics and comments a little about some of his films in a very casual conversation.

Director: Krzysztof Wierzbicki | Stars: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jacek Petrycki, Krzysztof Wierzbicki

Votes: 386

36. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1988)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

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Documentary on the making of "The Sacrifice."

Director: Michal Leszczylowski | Stars: Brian Cox, Erland Josephson, Andrei Tarkovsky

Votes: 455

37. Carl Th. Dreyer: My Métier (1995)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

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Carl Theodor Dreyer is a young journalist in Copenhagen when he gets involved in the early Danish film industry. He writes scripts and inter-titles, and for some years he is the main editor... See full summary »

Director: Torben Skjødt Jensen | Stars: Clara Pontoppidan, Hélène Falconetti, Lisbeth Movin, Preben Lerdorff Rye

Votes: 363

38. The Road to Bresson (1984)

54 min | Documentary

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Directors: Leo De Boer, Jurriën Rood | Stars: Robert Bresson, Louis Malle, Dominique Sanda, Paul Schrader

Votes: 138

39. The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli (1973 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

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Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Vincente Minnelli

Votes: 138

40. The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks (1973 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

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A documentary filmography of Howard Hawks, including lengthy footage of Hawks himself discussing his films and many clips from his best-known pictures.

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Howard Hawks, Sydney Pollack, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 250

41. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Directed by William Wyler (1986)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

9.0
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A tribute to director William Wyler consisting of interviews and excerpts from his many classic films.

Director: Aviva Slesin | Stars: A. Scott Berg, Bette Davis, Samantha Eggar, Greer Garson

Votes: 365

42. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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67 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the great theatre, radio and film artist.

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Orson Welles, Simon Callow, Christopher Welles, Joanne Hill Styles

Votes: 670 | Gross: $0.02M

Excellent.

43. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,444 | Gross: $0.06M

Good.

44. Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

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A documentary about Roman Polanski, the man and filmmaker. Roman Polanski speaks about his eventful life story and career in conversation with Andrew Braunsberg, his former business partner, producer, and friend of many years.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Roman Polanski, Andrew Braunsberg, Catherine Deneuve, Pawel Edelman

Votes: 896

Very Good.

45. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

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A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.

Director: Kenneth Bowser | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Sam Peckinpah

Votes: 2,400

Good

46. Altman (2014)

TV-PG | 96 min | Documentary

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A look at the life and work of American film-maker Robert Altman.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Michael Murphy, Robert Altman, Kathryn Reed, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 1,031

Good

47. Wild Man Blues (1997)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Music, Romance

7.0
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Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary portrait of Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Woody Allen, seen traveling with friends and fellow musicians during their New... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Soon-Yi Previn, Dan Barrett

Votes: 1,986 | Gross: $0.43M

48. Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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A few years after his death, the widow of Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) asks Jon Ronson to look through the contents of about 1,000 boxes of meticulously sorted materials Kubrick left. Ronson... See full summary »

Director: Jon Ronson | Stars: Jon Ronson, Anthony Frewin, Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick

Votes: 997