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1. Heart of Darkness (1993 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A trading company manager travels up an African river to find a missing outpost head and discovers the depth of evil in humanity's soul.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Tim Roth, John Malkovich, Isaach De Bankolé, James Fox

Votes: 1,626

2. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

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: 5,675

3. 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: 19,256 | Gross: $0.65M

4. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Director: Mami Sunada | Stars: Hayao Miyazaki, Yumiko Miyoshi, Toshio Suzuki, Shinsuke Nonaka

Votes: 4,333

5. Jaws: The Inside Story (2010 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

A fascinating program that goes behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg's landmark 1975 film JAWS.

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Steven Spielberg, David Fear, Sid Sheinberg

Votes: 234

6. The Matrix Revisited (2001 Video)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary

An "extras-only" DVD, packed with documentaries and behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of the ground-breaking 1999 movie "The Matrix". Includes a rare interview with the elusive ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Oreck | Stars: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Joel Silver, Bill Pope, Owen Paterson

Votes: 2,996

7. 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: 2,416

8. 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: 2,890 | Gross: $0.80M

9. That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000 Video)

73 min | Documentary, Drama

A very in-depth documentary that follows the very over-worked director Paul Thomas Anderson through a gruelling 80+ days of shooting for the film Magnolia (1999). Very funny behind the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rance | Stars: Paul Thomas Anderson, Fiona Apple, William Arnold, Bobby Brewer

Votes: 369

10. Cinematographer Style (2006)

86 min | Documentary

110 of the world's top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do.

Director: Jon Fauer | Stars: Remi Adefarasin, Russ T. Alsobrook, Howard A. Anderson III, Howard A. Anderson

Votes: 309

11. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

Votes: 12,529 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (2004 Video)

151 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

An in-depth making of documentary about the original Star Wars trilogy, covering the productions of the three films and their impact on popular culture.

Directors: Edith Becker, Kevin Burns | Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg

Votes: 3,183

13. Full Tilt Boogie (1997)

R | 97 min | Documentary

A documentary about the production of From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and the people who made it.

Director: Sarah Kelly | Stars: Rick Stribling, Ken Bondy, Amy Minda Cohen, Elizabeth Avellan

Votes: 2,514 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Overnight (2003)

R | 82 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

A documentary on the rise and stumble of Troy Duffy, the bartender-cum-filmmaker who was swept up by Miramax's Harvey Weinstein to turn his script for The Boondock Saints into a feature film.

Directors: Tony Montana, Mark Brian Smith | Stars: Troy Duffy, Jeffrey Baxter, Chris Brinker, Jake Busey

Votes: 4,027

16. My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014)

PG-13 | 58 min | Documentary

50 Metascore

Liv Corfixen documents her husband, filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, during the production and release of his movie Only God Forgives (2013).

Director: Liv Corfixen | Stars: Liv Corfixen, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling, Johnny Andersen

Votes: 1,301

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: 10,702 | Gross: $0.73M

18. 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: 2,013

19. Poultry in Motion (2001)

Comedy, Short

Poultry in Motion Is a comedy about three separate guys who walk into a corner-shop at different intervals during the day. The difference is that they are all dressed in chicken suits and ... See full summary »

Director: John Corcoran | Stars: Ronan Cassidy, Jude Sweeney, Liam Halligan, Mick Nolan

Votes: 124

20. Under Pressure: Making 'The Abyss' (1993 Video)

59 min | Documentary

Documentary about the making of the sci-fi film _Abyss, The (1989)_, with commentary by various actors and crew, outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage of the actual shooting of the film.

Director: Ed W. Marsh | Stars: Charlie Arneson, John Bedford Lloyd, Jeff Bender, Michael Biehn

Votes: 201

21. 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: 1,727

22. Persistence of Vision (2012)

83 min | Documentary, History

A documentary about the animated film The Thief and the Cobbler (1993). Its production began in the 1960s and ended in the 1990s, but it wasn't finished by the director, Richard Williams.

Director: Kevin Schreck | Stars: Omar Ali-Shah, Art Babbitt, Howard Blake, Richard Burdett

Votes: 145

23. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

R | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson

Votes: 2,078 | Gross: $0.01M

24. The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996 Video)

88 min | Documentary

A documentary following Terry Gilliam through the creation of "12 Monkeys" (1995)

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe | Stars: Keith Fulton, Terry Gilliam, Charles Roven, Lloyd Phillips

Votes: 919

25. Century of Cinema (1995–1998)
Episode: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

225 min | Documentary

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: 4,441

26. 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: 17,010 | Gross: $1.32M

27. Kurosawa's Way (2011)

52 min | Documentary

Eleven major filmmakers from Europe, Asia and America talk about Akira Kurosawa and explore some ways on which he influenced their own work.

Director: Catherine Cadou | Stars: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Bernardo Bertolucci, Joon-ho Bong, Clint Eastwood

Votes: 57

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

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

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: 2,507

29. Living in Oblivion (1995)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck

Votes: 15,102 | Gross: $1.15M

30. Seduced and Abandoned (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death.

Director: James Toback | Stars: James Toback, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Bérénice Bejo

Votes: 1,705

31. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 6,604 | Gross: $1.43M

32. Trespassing Bergman (2013)

107 min | Documentary

A group of filmmakers visit Ingmar Bergman's house on the remote Swedish island of Faro to discuss his legacy.

Directors: Jane Magnusson, Hynek Pallas | Stars: Tomas Alfredson, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 666

33. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 15,799 | Gross: $1.16M



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