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1. J. Edgar (2011)

R | 137 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life.

Writer: Dustin Lance Black | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Hamilton

2. 50 to 1 (2014)

PG-13 | Drama

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A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of ... See full summary »

Writers: Faith Conroy, Jim Wilson | Director: Jim Wilson | Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, William Devane, Madelyn Deutch

3. Directed by John Ford (1971)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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A documentary on the life and films of director John Ford.

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

4. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003 TV Special)

TV-14 | Documentary

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The American Film Institute celebrates 100 years of film by recognizing the top 50 film heroes and top 50 film villains of all time.

Writer: Bob Gazzale | Director: Gary Smith | Stars: Kathy Bates, Anthony Hopkins, Hayden Christensen, Glenn Close

5. Naked Rose (2013)

70 min | Biography

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Among the millions of victims of the Nazi madness during the Second World War, Pierre Seel was charged with homosexuality and imprisoned in the Schirmeck concentration camp... See full synopsis »

Writer: Giovanni Coda | Director: Giovanni Coda | Stars: Gianni Dettori, Italo Medda, Sergio Anro', Gianni Loi

6. Doctor Ray and the Devils (2012)

Biography, Comedy, Drama

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There is a kind of 'black hole' in biography of famous Hollywood director, Nicholas Ray, something between 1963/67. After two consecutive flops in career, he left his family, young wife and... See full summary »

Writers: Sasa Radojevic, Dinko Tucakovic, Dimitrije Vojnov | Director: Dinko Tucakovic | Stars: Paul Leonard Murray, Dragan Bjelogrlic, Bojan Dimitrijevic, Lena Bogdanovic

7. The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw (2008 Video)

32 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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Explores the true story of the notorious Jesse James, how the myth developed during his lifetime, and how the legends have persisted over 100 years after his death at the hands of his former friend, Robert Ford.

Writer: Skip Robinson | Stars: Casey Affleck, Andrew Dominik, Ralph Ganis, Ron Hansen

8. Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976)

100 min | Documentary

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A documentary on the life of the alcoholic writer Malcolm Lowry, interspersed with readings of Lowry's work by Richard Burton. Lowry was born and educated in England. He moved to Mexico in ... See full summary »

Writer: Donald Brittain | Directors: Donald Brittain, John Kramer | Stars: Marjorie Bonner, Donald Brittain, John Buchan, Richard Burton

9. Bethune (1977 TV Movie)

88 min | Biography, Drama

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Based on the true story of Canadian doctor Norman Bethune, this film traces his life from his beginnings with his deeply religious family in Ontario, through his medical studies in school, ... See full summary »

Writer: Thomas Rickman | Director: Eric Till | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, David Gardner, James Hong

10. Mel Gibson's 'Braveheart': A Filmmaker's Passion (2000 TV Movie)

Unrated | 28 min | Documentary, Short

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A very well structured making-of ducumentary for the film Braveheart (1995). We learn about how Mel Gibson got attached to the project as star, director and producer. This is a fairly ... See full summary »

Directors: Tom Shelly, Toby Reisz | Stars: Mel Gibson, Randall Wallace, Catherine McCormack, Bruce Davey

11. Parts of the Heart (2012)

90 min | Drama

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8 stories about Peter, a gay man living in Jakarta from the age of 10 to 40 and his experiences with love that help to shape the man he is today.

Writer: Paul Agusta | Director: Paul Agusta | Stars: Joko Anwar, Endy Arfian, Bobby Asmoro, Tuhdil Haqiqi

12. Andrew Jackson (2007 TV Movie)

78 min | Drama

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Through interviews, visits to historical locations and vivid reenactments, this History Channel production details the life of Andrew Jackson. It illuminates his early years as well as his ... See full summary »

Writer: Jim Lindsay | Directors: Jim Lindsay, Harlan Glenn | Stars: Edward Herrmann, Peter Kiklowicz, Ryan Proffitt, Nathan Wiederman

13. The Rwandan Night (2013)

107 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

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The Rwandan Night is a feature ethno-documentary that is centered around the haunting memories of one of the oldest survivor of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. One night, in the ... See full summary »

Writer: Gilbert Ndahayo | Director: Gilbert Ndahayo | Stars: Mosupyoe Boatamo, Alexandre Dauge-Roth, Andrea Grieder, Ban Ki-moon

14. The Making of 'Amadeus' (2002 Video)

60 min | Documentary

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This riveting film takes a look behind the scenes at one of the 20th century's cinema classics and at one of contemporary cinema's most maddeningly brilliant directors, Milos Forman. Using ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Jersey | Stars: Milos Forman, Peter Shaffer, Saul Zaentz, Neville Marriner

15. Carl Th. Dreyer (1966)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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At the world premiere of "Gertrud" in Paris, December 1964, Dreyer is greeted by many celebrities of the French cinema: Clouzot, Langlois, Truffaut, Godard, Anna Karina. Afterwards Dreyer ... See full summary »

Writer: Jørgen Roos | Director: Jørgen Roos | Stars: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Henri Langlois, François Truffaut

16. Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001 TV Movie)

119 min | Documentary, History

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Hosted by Robert Culp, this two-hour program combines film clips, behind the scenes footage, and recent interviews to create a look at the troubled 1958-1963 production. The interviews ... See full summary »

Writers: Brent Zacky, Kevin Burns, Monica Bider | Directors: Kevin Burns, Brent Zacky | Stars: Keith Baxter, Stephen Boyd, Jack Brodsky, David Brown

17. Filmmakers vs. Tycoons (2005)

97 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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Writers: Ferran Alberich, Carlos Benpar | Director: Carlos Benpar | Stars: Marta Belmonte, Woody Allen, Marco Bellocchio, Jack Cardiff

18. Filmmakers in Action (2005)

102 min | Documentary, Biography

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Writers: Ferran Alberich, Carlos Benpar | Director: Carlos Benpar | Stars: Marta Belmonte, Woody Allen, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Eugenie Bachelor

19. A Story of Survival: Behind the Scenes of 'The Pianist' (2003 Video)

39 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Roman Polanski, Adrien Brody, Gene Gutowski, Robert Benmussa

20. Montgomery Clift (1983)

122 min | Documentary, Biography

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The tragic life of method actor Montgomery Clift. a very talented but deeply troubled star addicted to alcohol and drugs, is recounted by friends and co-workers.

Writer: Claudio Masenza | Director: Claudio Masenza | Stars: Judy Balaban, Patricia Bosworth, Montgomery Clift, Augusta Dabney

21. Behind This Convent (2008)

66 min | Documentary

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April 10th, 1994. Killers stormed a convent in of the small hill towns of Rwanda. They selected two hundred Tutsis from the group and executed them behind this convent. Behind This Convent ... See full summary »

Writer: Gilbert Ndahayo | Director: Gilbert Ndahayo

22. Glauber o Filme, Labirinto do Brasil (2003)

80 min | Documentary

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Documentary about Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha, one of the most important names in the movement called "Cinema Novo", with interviews with some of his friends and colleagues.

Writers: Orlando Senna, Silvio Tendler | Director: Silvio Tendler | Stars: Camila Amado, Jorge Amado, Paulo Autran, Bruno Barreto

23. Wide Sargasso Sea (2011)

74 min | Documentary

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Wide Sargasso Sea is an attempt to catch the Brazilian poet Ana Cristina Cesar, who killed herself at the age of 31, in 1983. Icon of the marginal literature generation of Rio de Janeiro in... See full summary »

Writers: Letícia Simões, Márcia Watzl | Director: Letícia Simões | Stars: Ana Cristina Cesar, Chacal, Armando Freitas Filho, Augusto Guimaraens

24. Once Upon a Time in the South: Behind 'The Last Confederate' (2007 Video)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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The story behind the Adams family and the making of "The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams." Weston Adams and his son, Julian, tell the tale of making a feature film about their ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Adams | Stars: Weston Adams, Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller, Robert W. Filion

25. David Attenborough: The Early Years (2013 TV Movie)

29 min | Documentary

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Sir David Attenborough recalls key moments from his early television career.

Director: Shaun Qureshi | Star: David Attenborough

26. Michelangelo: The Early Life

Biography | Pre-production

The plot revolves around Michelangelo Buonarroti his early life in Rome and follows him at his stages in Florence - where he completes his most famous work, the Statue of David, always accompanied by his apprentice "Ascanio".

Writer: Claire Walters-Bale | Director: Walter Fort | Stars: Remo Vinzens, Gianfranco Piccione

27. The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon (1994 Video)

87 min | Documentary

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This is a detailed made-for-video documentary on the saga of the making of the movie Sound of Music, The (1965), and the story of the life of Maria von Trapp and her family which inspired it.

Director: Michael Matessino | Stars: Claire Bloom, Eleonore Von Trapp-Campbell, Johannes Von Trapp, Ted Chapin

28. Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou (2011)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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A documentary on Mou Tun-fei or T.F. Mou, the Chinese filmmaker best known for the harrowing, shockingly horrific World War II drama Men Behind the Sun.

Director: J.L. Carrozza | Stars: J.L. Carrozza, Tun Fei Mou, Deirdre Yee

29. Man on the Moon: Behind the Moonlight (2000 Video)

20 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

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Interviews with the cast from the film Man on the Moon (1999) educate us a bit on the making of the film and also information about Andy Kaufman is mentionned. Though this is yet another Universal promotion, it is still enjoyable to watch.

Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Paul Giamatti

30. Fight Against Time: Oliver Stone's Alexander (2005 Video)

76 min | Documentary

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When Sean Stone took time off from college to film behind-the-scenes on his father Oliver Stone's 2004 epic, 'Alexander', he didn't expect to work out his own feelings of alienation from a ... See full summary »

Director: Sean Stone | Stars: Moritz Borman, Elliot Cowan, Rosario Dawson, Colin Farrell

31. As Old as My Tongue: The Myth and Life of Bi Kidude (2006)

66 min | Documentary, Music

5.8
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A portrait of Bi Kidude, a living legend on her home island of Zanzibar. She has beguiled audiences around the world on her wide and varied travels.

Director: Andy Jones | Stars: Iddi Farhan, Maryam Hamdani, Nasra Hilal, Bi Kidude

32. On Profiles in Courage (2009)

68 min | Documentary

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Stories documenting achievements of remarkable women aging from 11 to 104 on International Women's Day.

Director: Beata Pozniak | Stars: Gloria Allred, Allison Anders, Brenda Blethyn, Illeana Douglas

33. The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years (2011 Video)

106 min | Documentary

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This documentary explores the musical influences of Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones, and chronicles Jagger's life during the key years of 1963-1972, while Jagger was in his 20s.

Director: Alex Westbrook | Stars: Mick Jagger, Alan Clayson, Dick Taylor, Bill Haley

34. Rock'n'roll... Of Corse! (2010)

88 min | Documentary

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Some people's fates deserved t be known by everyone. Henry Padovani, this Young 24-year old Corsican, who arrived in London in December 1976, is one of them. Actor and witness of a period ... See full summary »

Writers: Stéphane Bébert, Lionel Guedj | Directors: Stéphane Bébert, Lionel Guedj | Stars: Henri Padovani, Sting, Kim Wilde

35. Herbert de Perto (2009)

94 min | Documentary

7.1
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Herbert Up Close is the life and music of Herbert Vianna, front man of the Paralamas do Sucesso, "the most successful band in Brazillian rock", according to the Billboard magazine. In 2001,... See full summary »

Directors: Roberto Berliner, Pedro Bronz | Stars: João Barone, Lúcia Willadino Braga, Katia Bronstein, Jorge Davidson

36. Hollywood contra Franco (2008)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The Spanish Civil War made a great impression on the lives of most of the American artists of the 20th Century. Lots of films were made in Hollywood referring to this event, and the defeat ... See full summary »

Writers: Isabel Andrés, Oriol Porta, Llorenç Soler | Director: Oriol Porta | Stars: Walter Bernstein, Moe Fishman, Román Gubern, Arthur Laurents

37. The Australians (1981– )

30 min | Documentary

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Star: Peter Luck

38. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows - A Behind-the-Scenes Look (2002 TV Special)

Documentary

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Writer: Bernard Rothman | Stars: Tammy Blanchard, Judy Davis, Jayne Eastwood, Victor Garber

39. Torrella, una vida pel cinema (1997)

110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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This film is a Doc-Biography of Catalan writer Josep Torrella i Pineda, and also it's the first chapter of a Sergi Rubió's project, entitled "Sabadell, bressol d'artistes": a collection of ... See full summary »

Writer: Sergi Rubió | Director: Sergi Rubió | Stars: Josep Torrella, Josep Ache, Victorio Aguado, Juan Ainaud de Lasarte

40. Alfonso Sánchez (1980)

Documentary, Biography

5.4
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Autobiography of the Spanish cinema critic Alfonso Sánchez.

Writer: José Luis Garci | Director: José Luis Garci | Stars: Anouk Aimée, Alfonso Sánchez

41. Elizabeth & Essex: Battle Royale (2005 Video)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short

8.3
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Stars: Lincoln Hurst, Rudy Behlmer, Bob Thomas, Nanette Fabray

42. Tien (2012)

85 min | Documentary

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The rise and fall of the largest orchestra and production company in the Netherlands: Holland Symfonia. From its origin in 1813 to the ending in 2013, this documentary film displays a truly... See full summary »

Writer: Arthur van Ooyen | Director: Arthur van Ooyen | Stars: Ali B., Antonie Kamerling, Geert Lageveen, Nynke Laverman

43. Les vies de mon père: Yvan Ducharme (2013)

69 min | Documentary, Biography

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A moving portrait of a fantastic Canadian artist: Yvan Ducharme, who has thwarted death repeatedly.

Writer: Nathalie Ducharme | Director: Nathalie Ducharme | Stars: Claudine Chatel, André Ducharme, Nathalie Ducharme, Yvan Ducharme

44. Cinemacat.cat (2008)

120 min | Documentary

5.4
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Writer: Antoni Verdaguer | Director: Antoni Verdaguer | Stars: Roser Aguilar, Vicente Aranda, Imanol Arias, Xavier Atance

45. Night in Olympia (2009)

15 min | Short

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Writer: Timo Schierhorn | Director: Timo Schierhorn | Stars: Joachim Kappl, Michael Schreiner, Timo Schierhorn, Adrian Alecu

46. Lááásky Jirího Brdecky (1986)

16 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Writer: Miroslava Humplíková | Director: Miroslava Humplíková | Stars: Jirí Brdecka, Miroslav Hornícek, Frantisek Braun, Jitka Walterova

47. Remo Usai - Um Músico Para O Cinema (2008)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Writer: Bernardo Uzeda | Director: Bernardo Uzeda | Stars: Roberto Farias, Hernani Heffner, Remo Usai

48. Who's That Stranger (2006)

29 min | Documentary, Short

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At 95, Kasper 'Stranger' Malone holds the Guinness World Record for the longest recording career in history (1926-2005). As the baby boomers prepare to retire, this film presents an ... See full summary »

Writer: George King | Director: George King

49. Anatomy of a Composite Shot: The Brewing of Prophecy Beer (2008)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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The more-complicated-than-expected story of the making of the short film "Prophecy Beer"

Writer: Vance Kotrla | Director: Vance Kotrla | Stars: Raighne Davidson, Vance Kotrla

50. Anatomy of Failure (2008)

53 min | Documentary

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Filmmaker Minou Norouzi goes in search of five disappeared women who formed Carlos Castaneda's 'harem'. Trying to find out what hooked these women on the cultish guru figure she unveils ... See full summary »

Director: Minou Norouzi