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1. The Hero (I) (2017)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

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An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.

Director: Brett Haley | Stars: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman

Votes: 6,897 | Gross: $4.08M

2. The Sex Awards (2014 TV Special)

TV-MA | 72 min

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Who will be crowned the first Porn Star of the Year? In the first fan-voted award show to be shown on television this behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the major porn stars provides ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Fresh | Stars: Jessica Drake, Veruca James, Penny Pax, Asa Akira

Votes: 19

3. The Carer (I) (2016)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

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When the question is to be or not to be, there is only one answer.

Director: János Edelényi | Stars: Maitland Chandler, Ruth Posner, Coco König, Selina Cadell

Votes: 1,140 | Gross: $0.01M

4. And the Oscar Goes To... (2014 TV Movie)

87 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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The history of the Academy Awards.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks, Cher

Votes: 1,313

5. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney (1974 TV Special)

75 min | Documentary

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Actor James Cagney receives the Second Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award as co-workers pay tribute and clips from his films are shown.

Director: Bill Foster | Stars: James Cagney, Frank Sinatra, Mae Clarke, Doris Day

Votes: 143

6. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese (1997 TV Special)

Documentary

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The American Film Institute presents Martin Scorsese with their twenty-fifth Life Achievement Award. Director, producer, editor, writer, actor, historian, movie buff, film preservationist ... See full summary »

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 183

7. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire (1981 TV Special)

120 min | Documentary, Music

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A Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to dancer Fred Astaire by the AFI featuring highlights from his films and reminiscences from his co-workers.

Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Fred Astaire, David Niven, Mikhail Baryshnikov, James Cagney

Votes: 126

8. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep (2004 TV Special)

120 min

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Peers honor the actress for her contributions to movies.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Robert De Niro, Mike Nichols

Votes: 225

9. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery (2006 TV Special)

Reality-TV

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Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine, Jason Connery, Sean Connery

Votes: 118

10. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis (1977 TV Special)

90 min | Documentary

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Jane Fonda hosts the AFI Life Achievement Awards ceremony honoring Bette Davis featuring clips from her films and the reminiscences of many co-workers.

Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Peter Falk, Mia Farrow

Votes: 378

11. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Clint Eastwood (1996 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary

5.1
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A testimonial presented by the American Film Institute to actor/director Clint Eastwood, including reminiscences by his friends, coworkers and co-stars.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Jim Carrey, Rene Russo, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood

Votes: 221

12. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Clooney (2018 TV Special)

Biography

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2018's American Film Institute 46th Life Achievement Award recipient, George Clooney, is feted by celebrities and family at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Laura Dern, Diane Keaton

Votes: 8

13. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams (2016 TV Special)

66 min | Biography

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For the first time The American Film Institute honors a composer, John Williams, with its highest honor. Steven Spielberg presents the award in a ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Drew Barrymore, Loren Battley, Kobe Bryant

Votes: 312

14. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck (1987 TV Special)

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Director: Dwight Hemion | Stars: Ann-Margret, Eve Arden, Robert Cummings, Linda Evans

Votes: 83

15. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino (2007 TV Special)

90 min

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Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Jon Avnet, Marlon Brando, Adrien Brody

Votes: 155

16. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas (2005 TV Special)

TV-PG | 120 min

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The American Film Institute awards George Lucas with their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Melissa Disney, Warren Beatty, Tom Brink, James Cameron

Votes: 205

17. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart (1980 TV Special)

71 min | Documentary, Biography

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The American Film Institute gives its eighth Lifetime Achievment Award to James (Jimmy) Stewart in a ceremony hosted by his long-time friend Henry Fonda.

Stars: James Stewart, Don Brodie, Kathryn Grant, Henry Hathaway

Votes: 118

18. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand (2001 TV Special)

Documentary, Music

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Stars: Barbra Streisand, Lauren Bacall, Jeff Bridges, James Brolin

Votes: 144

19. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford (1973 TV Special)

75 min | Documentary

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Shortly before his death in 1973, John Ford was given the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the AFI while friends and co-workers shared reminiscences.

Stars: John Ford, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner, Clint Eastwood

Votes: 135

20. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda (1978 TV Special)

120 min | Documentary

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Henry Fonda is honored for his career in theater, television and film by friends, family, and co-workers.

Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Alexander, Lucille Ball, Richard Burton

Votes: 151

21. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock (1979 TV Special)

100 min | Documentary

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On March 7, 1979, Alfred Hitchcock becomes the seventh recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.

Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Judith Anderson, Ned Beatty, Ingrid Bergman, Mel Brooks

Votes: 192

22. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder (1986 TV Special)

Documentary

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Legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder becomes the 14th recipient of The American Film Institute Life Achievement Award as clips from a number of his classic films are unreeled: "The Major and ... See full summary »

Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Billy Wilder, Don Ameche, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett

Votes: 106

23. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon (1988 TV Special)

Documentary, Biography

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Jack Lemmon is honored by the AFI with a Life Achievement Award hosted by Julie Andrews featuring clips from his films and reminiscences from co-workers.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, James Cagney

Votes: 120

24. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty (2008 TV Special)

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Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Halle Berry, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 69

25. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Kirk Douglas (1991 TV Special)

Documentary

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Stars: Lauren Bacall, Dana Carvey, Tom Cruise, Danny DeVito

Votes: 114

26. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Lillian Gish (1984 TV Special)

113 min | Documentary

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A tribute to actress Lillian Gish, a pioneer in American cinema whose long and distinguished career began in the early silent era.

Stars: Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Sally Field, John Houseman

Votes: 143

27. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (1993 TV Special)

Documentary

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Elizabeth Taylor becomes the twenty-first recipient of The American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award hosted by Carol Burnett and featuring appearances by Michael Caine, Angela ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Kartun | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Kathy Bates, Carol Burnett, Michael Caine

Votes: 116

28. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler (1976 TV Special)

120 min | Documentary

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In 1976, William Wyler became the fourth recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, following John Ford, James Cagney and Orson Welles. The winner of three Best ... See full summary »

Stars: Eddie Albert, Henry Fonda, Greer Garson, Audrey Hepburn

Votes: 112

29. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg (1996 TV Special)

Documentary

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A biography of producer/director Steven Spielberg, showing clips from many of his films and interviews with actors and crew members he has worked with.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey, Steven Spielberg, Laura Dern

Votes: 241

30. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra (1982 TV Special)

112 min | Documentary

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Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Frank Capra, James Stewart, Richard Benjamin, Art Buchwald

Votes: 159

31. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Dustin Hoffman (1999 TV Special)

Documentary

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Director: Bruce Gowers | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Warren Beatty, Tom Cruise

Votes: 177

32. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mike Nichols (2010 TV Special)

90 min

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Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Amy Adams, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen

Votes: 40

33. Mr. Pink Goes to Hollywood (2011 Video)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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A short documentary following Yutaka Ikejima - a famous Japanese erotic film director more commonly known as "Mr. Pink" - as he comes to Los Angeles for a film festival, and receives a lifetime achievement award.

Director: Ayumu Oda | Star: Yutaka Ikejima

34. 1996 Slammy Awards (1996 TV Special)

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The World Wrestling Federation holds its own awards show, featuring such categories as "Master of Mat Mechanics," "Match of the Year," "Best Music Video," "Squared Circle Shocker" and "Best Buns."

Stars: Steve Austin, Bob Backlund, Freddie Blassie, Mark Calaway

35. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly (1985 TV Special)

Documentary

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Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Gene Kelly, Shirley MacLaine, Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov

Votes: 164

36. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show (1987 TV Special)

120 min | Music

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Director: Walter C. Miller | Stars: Beverly Sills, Dionne Warwick, Roy Acuff, Ray Charles

37. Film Pioneer Jonas Mekas Receives the B3 BEN Award (2017 Video)

4 min | Documentary, Short

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On Dec. 3, 2017, Jonas Mekas, flanked by Douglas Gordon, receives the B3 BEN Award for his life's work, category "Lifetime Achievement Award, Influential Artist Moving Image Art" (B3 ... See full summary »

Director: Dimitri Devyatkin | Stars: Douglas Gordon, Jonas Mekas

39. Matinee mit Jonas Mekas - Zu Gast: Jonas Mekas und Douglas Gordon (2017 Video)

58 min | Documentary, Talk-Show

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Conversation with Jonas Mekas and Douglas Gordon as pioneer filmmaker Mekas receives the honorary lifetime achievement prize B3 BEN Award at the B3 Biennale des bewegten Bildes, in Frankfurt, Germany, on December 3, 2017.

Stars: Jonas Mekas, Douglas Gordon, Kelly Gordon, Natascha Gikas

40. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise (1998 TV Special)

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A taping of the American Film Institute's special honoring the achievements of film director Robert Wise.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Robert Wise, Loni Anderson, Julie Andrews, Candice Bergen

Votes: 59



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