Great Documentaries About Filmmaking

Great documentaries about the art of filmmaking or some specific aspects of it.
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Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 Documentary)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Pavich
 
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Burden of Dreams (1982 Documentary)
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo, showing how the film... (95 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
3.
Room 666 (1982 Documentary)
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During the '35th Cannes International Film Festival' (14th-26th May 1982), German director Wim Wenders... (45 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
4.
Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? (2001 Documentary)
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Two directors struggle to survive in the movie industry. (104 mins.)
 
5.
These Amazing Shadows (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself. (88 mins.)
 
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Hello Cinema (1995 Documentary)
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Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up... (75 mins.)
 
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The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993 Documentary)
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A documentary about the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl, a German film director most notorious for making the most effective propaganda films for the Nazis. (180 mins.)
Director: Ray Müller
 
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Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief... (120 mins.)
Director: Xan Cassavetes
 
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Casting By (2012 Documentary)
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The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood. (89 mins.)
Director: Tom Donahue
 
10.
Listen to Me Marlon (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story. (103 mins.)
Director: Stevan Riley
 
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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010 Documentary)
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In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar... (86 mins.)
Director: Craig McCall
 
12.
Sopralluoghi in Palestina per il vangelo secondo Matteo (1965 Documentary)
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While scouting locations for his classic "The Gospel According to St. Matthew", director Pier Paolo... (54 mins.)
 
13.
My Best Fiend (1999 Documentary)
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In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski... (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
14.
That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000 Documentary)
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A very in-depth documentary that follows the very over-worked director Paul Thomas Anderson through... (73 mins.)
Director: Mark Rance
 
15.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003 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. (119 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Bowser
 
16.
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008 Documentary)
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The lifelong friendship of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond and their impact on American cinema. (86 mins.)
 
17.
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014 Documentary)
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A behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the infamous The Island of Dr. Moreau. (97 mins.)
Director: David Gregory
 
18.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
19.
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014 Documentary)
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The history of the Academy Awards. (87 mins.)
 
20.
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood. (95 mins.)
Director: Alex Stapleton
 
21.
De Palma (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma. (110 mins.)
 
22.
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 Documentary)
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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. (142 mins.)
Director: Jan Harlan
 
23.
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 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. (225 mins.)
 
24.
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography). (93 mins.)
 
25.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (96 mins.)
 
26.
A Decade Under the Influence (2003 Documentary)
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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. (138 mins.)
 
27.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures. (60 mins.)
 
28.
Visions of Light (1992 Documentary)
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Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography)... (92 mins.)
 
29.
Side by Side (2012 Documentary)
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris Kenneally
 
30.
Lost in La Mancha (2002 Documentary)
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Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, off the ground. (93 mins.)
 
31.
Lumière and Company (1995 Documentary)
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40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière brothers. (88 mins.)
 
32.
Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015 Documentary)
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Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work. (79 mins.)
Director: Kent Jones
 
33.
Life Itself (2014 Documentary)
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The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert. (120 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
34.
Lightning Over Water (1980 Documentary)
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Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders... (91 mins.)
 
35.
Spielberg (2017 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg. (147 mins.)
Director: Susan Lacy