Documentaries About Actor and Actress

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1. Elena (II) (2012)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.7
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81 Metascore

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the ... See full summary »

Director: Petra Costa | Stars: Li An, Elena Andrade, Petra Costa

Votes: 1,056

2. From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995)

97 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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Mark Rappaport's creative bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema,... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rappaport | Stars: Mary Beth Hurt, Jean Seberg

Votes: 217

3. God Is the Bigger Elvis (2012)

37 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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Dolores Hart left a successful Hollywood acting career to become a nun. A true story.

Director: Rebecca Cammisa | Stars: Dolores Hart, Elvis Presley

Votes: 315

4. Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen (2013)

Unrated | 120 min | Documentary

8.0
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54 Metascore

Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen is an unprecedented look at the bond between two of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.Utter opposites... nothing in common. The cowboy and the ... See full summary »

Director: John Mulholland | Stars: Sam Waterston, Len Cariou, Nancy Crawford, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 44

5. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: A Conversation with Gregory Peck (1999)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Famed and beloved actor Gregory Peck candidly delves into conversation and reflection about his on-screen roles and off-screen life.

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Gregory Peck, Cecilia Peck, Veronique Peck, Colleen Sheehy

Votes: 470

6. The Captains (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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The Captains is a feature length documentary film written and directed by William Shatner. The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors who have portrayed Starship captains within the illustrious science-fiction franchise.

Director: William Shatner | Stars: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew

Votes: 2,339

7. I Am Bruce Lee (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day ... See full summary »

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: Bruce Lee, Paul Bowman, Daniele Bolelli, Richard Bustillo

Votes: 3,201

8. Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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70 Metascore

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Justo González

Votes: 8,728 | Gross: $0.10M

9. Chi (2013)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Anyone who knew Babz Chula-a talented, larger-than-life actress-could tell you that her life force, or chi, was incredibly strong. When Babz reconnected with director Anne Wheeler in 2009, ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Wheeler | Stars: Babs Chula, Anne Wheeler, Larry Lynn, Ben Ratner

Votes: 5

10. Cinema is Everywhere (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.7
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Three narratives from around the world are woven together with insights from venerable filmmakers and ordinary moviegoers in this documentary on the universal appeal of movies. An aspiring ... See full summary »

Director: Teal Greyhavens | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Javed Akhtar, Fruit Chan, Sudhir Mishra

Votes: 12

11. Beautiful Darling (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

7.3
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69 Metascore

A documentary on Candy Darling, The Life and Times of the Andy Warhol Superstar.

Director: James Rasin | Stars: Candy Darling, Andy Warhol, Holly Woodlawn, Fran Lebowitz

Votes: 470

12. Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy on the Right (1996)

83 min | Documentary

7.2
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A documentary on the life of famed character actor and rodeo star Ben Johnson, featuring interviews with his fellow actors and cowboys, as well as directors and film critics.

Director: Tom Thurman | Stars: James Coburn, Charlton Heston, Harry Dean Stanton, John Milius

Votes: 38

13. Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000 Video)

100 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

8.2
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Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ... See full summary »

Directors: John Little, Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Archer, Sun-Man Bae

Votes: 2,316

14. Beah: A Black Woman Speaks (2003)

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Director: LisaGay Hamilton | Stars: Beah Richards, Bill Cobbs, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

Votes: 64

15. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

7.5
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81 Metascore

The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité.

Director: Chiemi Karasawa | Stars: Elaine Stritch, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, James Gandolfini

Votes: 809 | Gross: $0.30M

16. Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? (2003)

54 min | Documentary

7.0
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Whatever happened to this promising young actress from Hollywood? A search for "the woman in the car" through the never-ending suburbia of Los Angeles, where the myth of cinema reigns. A sort of thriller without a corpse.

Director: Charlotte Szlovak | Stars: Laurie Zimmer, Charlotte Szlovak, Pascal Aubier, John Carpenter

Votes: 64

17. I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.9
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A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: John Cazale, Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell, Al Pacino

Votes: 1,450

18. I Know That Voice (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.5
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Several voice actors discuss their art and their careers.

Director: Lawrence Shapiro | Stars: Charlie Adler, Pamela Adlon, Carlos Alazraqui, Jack Angel

Votes: 2,268

19. The James Dean Story (1957)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

6.3
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This documentary, which was undertaken soon after James Dean's death, looks at Dean's life through the use of still photographs with narration, and interviews with many of the people ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Altman, George W. George | Stars: Martin Gabel, James Dean, Lew Bracker, Marvin Carter

Votes: 452

20. Love, Marilyn (2012)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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51 Metascore

Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 1,391

21. Life After Tomorrow (2006)

PG-13 | 73 min | Documentary

7.4
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Women who have played orphans in "Annie" are brought together in this documentary.

Directors: Gil Cates Jr., Julie Stevens | Stars: Martha Byrne, Jennine Babo, William Berloni, Theda Stemler Blackwood

Votes: 192

22. Looking for Richard (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Documentary, Drama

7.4
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Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Frederic Kimball

Votes: 7,352 | Gross: $1.36M

23. Leuchtturm des Chaos (1983)

119 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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Documentary profile of actor Sterling Hayden.

Directors: Manfred Blank, Wolf-Eckart Bühler | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Charles Brauer, Burkhard Driest, Hannes Wader

Votes: 28

24. Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997)

Not Rated | 198 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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71 Metascore

In 1996, Marcello Mastroianni talks about life as an actor. It's an anecdotal and philosophical memoir, moving from topic to topic, fully conscious of a man ^Óof a certain age^Ô looking ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Maria Tatò | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Berta, Manoel de Oliveira, Diogo Dória

Votes: 192 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Marlene (1984)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Retrospective on the career of enigmatic screen diva Marlene Dietrich.

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Annie Albers, Bernard Hall

Votes: 620 | Gross: $0.85M

26. Sir John Mills' Moving Memories (2000 Video)

55 min | Documentary

7.5
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Director: Marcus Dillistone | Stars: Harry Andrews, Richard Attenborough, Mary Hayley Bell, Dirk Bogarde

Votes: 24

27. L'homme au chapeau de soie (1983)

75 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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A documentary with many excerpts from the films of French movie pioneer Max Linder, narrated by his daughter.

Director: Maud Linder | Stars: Max Linder, Maud Linder, Sarah Bernhardt, Benoit Constant Coquelin

Votes: 40

28. My Big Break (2009)

101 min | Documentary

8.2
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Documentary that captures celebrity in the making and the unsettling effects of fame on five friends who share a house in Hollywood.

Director: Tony Zierra | Stars: Wes Bentley, Chad Lindberg, Brad Rowe, Gregory Fawcett

Votes: 118

29. Patrick Dewaere (1992)

85 min | Documentary

6.9
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Director: Marc Esposito | Stars: Angèle Herry-Leclerc, Serge Rousseau, Sotha, Bertrand Blier

Votes: 17

30. Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.4
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An examination of the life of actor and singer Paul Robeson, from his first major triumphs on the stage in the 1920s through his gradually increasing social activism in the 1930s and 1940s,... See full summary »

Director: Saul J. Turell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Paul Robeson, Margaret Webster

Votes: 210

31. Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.2
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Before Dietrich and Garbo, there was Negri. What does it mean to be a star? Why do some actors become stars and legends for all time? This documentary film answers these questions by ... See full summary »

Director: Mariusz Kotowski | Stars: Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, A.C. Lyles, Cyndi Williams

Votes: 12

32. Orson Welles at Large: Portrait of Gina (1958 TV Short)

26 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Gina Lollobrigida, Vittorio De Sica, Anna Gruber

Votes: 43

33. Sois belle et tais-toi (1981)

115 min | Documentary

7.3
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Famous actresses talk about their role in the movie industry, and the demand to "be beautiful and shut up".

Director: Delphine Seyrig | Stars: Jenny Agutter, Juliet Berto, Ellen Burstyn, Candy Clark

Votes: 34

34. Searching for Debra Winger (2002)

R | 100 min | Documentary

6.4
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Rosanna Arquette talks to various actresses about the pressures they face as women working in the entertainment industry.

Director: Rosanna Arquette | Stars: Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Emmanuelle Béart, Katrin Cartlidge

Votes: 1,010

35. Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

8.0
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On his birthday, actor Stephen Tobolowsky shares a series of personal and professional stories.

Director: Robert Brinkmann | Stars: Stephen Tobolowsky, Ann Hearn, Mena Suvari, Gregory Wagrowski

Votes: 267

36. That Guy Dick Miller (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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63 Metascore

Documentary about veteran character actor Dick Miller, whose career in and outside of Hollywood has spanned almost 200 films across six decades, featuring a diverse range of interviews with directors, co-stars, and contemporaries.

Director: Elijah Drenner | Stars: Dick Miller, Lainie Miller, Gilbert Adler, Allan Arkush

Votes: 166

37. That Guy ... Who Was in That Thing 1 (2012)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

7.1
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Documentary about sixteen actors who detail their ups and downs as they struggle to forge careers in Hollywood. They've played cops, lawyers, bosses, best friends, psychopaths, politicians ... See full summary »

Directors: Ian Roumain, Michael Schwartz | Stars: Xander Berkeley, Bruce Davison, Craig Fairbrass, Mem Ferda

Votes: 1,497

38. To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey (2010)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.4
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The definitive and true-life story of Nancy Kwan who as a young Eurasian girl from Hong Kong captured the hearts and minds of cinemagoers around the world in her stunning motion picture ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Jamieson | Stars: Sandra Allen, Marciano Batista, Joan Chen, Edward S. Feldman

Votes: 27

39. Long de shen chu: Shi luo de pin tu (2003)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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A surprising look at the past of movie star Jackie Chan and the difficulties of Chinese families during the Culture Revolution.

Director: Mabel Cheung | Stars: Jackie Chan, Kristina Cepraga, Yuk-Lan Chan, Gui-Lan Chen

Votes: 117

40. Superstar in a Housedress (2004)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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71 Metascore

"Jackie Curtis is not a drag queen. Jackie is an artist. A pioneer without a frontier." -- Andy Warhol. Superstar in a Housedress examines the life and legend of Warhol transvestite ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Highberger | Stars: Paul Ambrose, Michael André, Penny Arcade, Michael Arian

Votes: 120 | Gross: $0.03M

41. The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield (1968)

99 min | Comedy, Documentary

5.2
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Jayne takes us on a review of her last world tour. She takes us through Rome, shares a fantasy about Roman athletes, and then is off to Cannes. She takes a trip to the nudist colony on the ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles W. Broun Jr., Joel Holt, Arthur Knight | Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Robert Jason, Fernand Aubrey, Monte Duro

Votes: 198