Documentaries For Film Buffs

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1. Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.

Director: Matt Schrader | Stars: David Arnold, Tyler Bates, Christophe Beck, Marco Beltrami

Votes: 2,760 | Gross: $0.10M

If you love film scores from some of the best movies ever made.. please check this amazing documentary out!

2. John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)

Documentary

An examination of the Oscar-winning director who brought to life some of cinema's most beloved motion pictures.

Director: Derek Wayne Johnson | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey, Sylvester Stallone

Votes: 78

Fantastic doc on John G. Avildsen who brought to life such classics as Rocky and The Karate Kid films.

3. Back in Time (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Family, History

An amazing look at the immense cultural impact of the Back to the Future trilogy 30 years after McFly and Brown went on an epic adventure.

Director: Jason Aron | Stars: Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, Robert Zemeckis, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 3,601

The official 'Back To The Future' 30th anniversary documentary that premiered on October 21, 2015!

4. Ghostheads (2016)

73 min | Documentary

A look at the intense fandom for the media franchise, Ghostbusters (1984)

Director: Brendan Mertens | Stars: Chace Ambrose, William Atherton, Dan Aykroyd, Brandon Balentine

Votes: 545

Watch it on Netflix on July 15th .. the same day that the new Ghostbusters movie premieres

5. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 18,042 | Gross: $0.65M

6. From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga (1983 TV Movie)

Unrated | 65 min | Documentary

Ever wonder how they ever made Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi? Well this documentary explains it all as we're taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the making of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Hamill, George Lucas, Anthony Daniels, Harrison Ford

Votes: 535

7. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 13,748 | Gross: $0.81M

8. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

TV-PG | 98 min | Documentary

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Director: Wendy Apple | Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster, Michael Tronick

Votes: 2,309

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

R | 96 min | Documentary

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: 16,218 | Gross: $1.32M

10. Directed by John Ford (1971)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography

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

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

Votes: 881

11. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,812 | Gross: $0.80M

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

Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography

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: 9,202

13. VH-1 Behind the Movie (1999–2003)
Episode: Saturday Night Fever (2002)

Documentary, Biography

Behind The Movie looks at the definitive disco film that captured a generation. The story of a dead end kid who finds glory on the dance floor was a dark tale; however, its soundtrack ... See full summary »

Stars: James Curreri, John Travolta, John Badham, Ernest Borgnine

Votes: 6

14. The Wolfpack (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes.

Director: Crystal Moselle | Stars: Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Krsna Angulo

Votes: 10,612 | Gross: $1.30M

15. The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990 TV Movie)

73 min | Documentary

A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast. This feature also includes the original screen tests of some of ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Werner | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Marlon Brando, James Caan

Votes: 896

16. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relative complete bio of Hearst.

Directors: Michael Epstein, Thomas Lennon | Stars: Richard Ben Cramer, William Alland, Thomas Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich

Votes: 1,194

17. Lost in La Mancha (2002)

R | 89 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe | Stars: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges, Tony Grisoni

Votes: 10,320 | Gross: $0.73M

18. The Shark Is Still Working (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

After three decades, Jaws continues to intrigue, thrill and frighten viewers. This documentary focuses on the many ways Jaws has helped to shape common elements of pop culture.

Director: Erik Hollander | Stars: Steve Alten, Joe Alves, Roy Arbogast, Steven Awalt

Votes: 559

19. Making 'The Shining' (1980 TV Short)

35 min | Documentary, Short

A look behind the scenes during the making of 'Stanley Kubrick (I)''s The Shining (1980).

Director: Vivian Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Vivian Kubrick, Terry Needham, Stanley Kubrick

Votes: 1,912

20. Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007 Video)

214 min | Documentary

The definitive three-and-a-half hour documentary about the troubled creation and enduring legacy of the science fiction classic Blade Runner (1982), culled from 80 interviews and hours of never-before-seen outtakes and lost footage.

Director: Charles de Lauzirika | Stars: Daryl Hannah, Michael Deeley, Harrison Ford, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 1,645

21. The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998 Video)

83 min | Documentary

A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film.

Director: Michael Matessino | Stars: John Carpenter, David Foster, Bill Lancaster, John J. Lloyd

Votes: 740

22. Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2017 Video)

90 min | Documentary

The documentary that tells us the full story from where it all started through to the future of the Ghostbusters franchise.

Director: Anthony Bueno | Stars: William Atherton, Dan Aykroyd, Richard Beggs, Peter Bernstein



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