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1. 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: 19,864 | Gross: $1.32M

2. The Last Waltz (1978)

PG | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

88 Metascore

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Van Morrison

Votes: 16,888 | Gross: $0.32M

3. Gimme Shelter (1970)

GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

80 Metascore

When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco's Altamont Speedway, the bloody slash that transformed a decade's dreams into disillusionment was immortalized on this film.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 11,238 | Gross: $0.25M

4. American Boy: A Profile of - Steven Prince (1978)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

Director Martin Scorsese talks to actor Steven Prince about his past. As the night goes on, Prince reveals some very amusing and moving stories of his experiences with drugs and violence.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Steven Prince, Julia Cameron, Mardik Martin, Kathi McGinnis

Votes: 1,323

5. Pavarotti (2019)

PG-13 | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

66 Metascore

Life, works and achievements of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Griminelli, Nicoletta Mantovani, Plácido Domingo

Votes: 2,994 | Gross: $4.60M

6. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as a U.S. naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Viet Cong, recreating many events for the camera.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick

Votes: 5,992

7. The Magnificent Rebel (1973)

Not Rated | 12 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary short featuring behind the scenes footage of the 1973 film Papillon. The film stars Steve McQueen and is based on the life story of Henri Charriere, both whom can be seen on set in The Magnificent Rebel.

Directors: Ed Apfel, Lawrence Tetenbaum | Stars: Fred Foy, Beau Billingslea, Franklin J. Schaffner, Steve McQueen

Votes: 47

8. Italianamerican (1974)

Not Rated | 49 min | Documentary

Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York City and the family history back in Sicily. These are two people who have lived together for a long time and know each other very well.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,533

9. Feast of Friends (1969)

Unrated | 38 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A documentary about the Doors, made by the Doors. It is filmed by two UCLA mates of Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrisson. It shows the atmosphere between the members and a live version of The End.

Directors: The Doors, Paul Ferrara, Babe Hill | Stars: The Doors, Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger

Votes: 326

10. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary following German auteur Werner Herzog as he deals with difficult actors, bad weather and getting a boat over a mountain, all in an effort to make his film Fitzcarraldo (1982).

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 6,790



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