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1. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 45,714 | Gross: $8.41M

2. Your Rock (2017)

113 min | Documentary, Music

The film shows how three rock bands from Yekaterinburg, Russia and their young leaders are looking for their path in music and in life.

Director: Evgeniy Grigorev | Stars: Nikita Bobrov, Sergei Bobunets, Ilya Kuzminykh, Vladimir Shakhrin

Votes: 9

3. Unknown Chaplin (1983– )

156 min | Documentary, Comedy

Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored.

Stars: James Mason, Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, Virginia Cherrill, Jackie Coogan

Votes: 496

4. Hollywood (1980– )
Episode: Comedy: A Serious Business (1980)

Documentary, History

The art of silent comedy is highlighted with a focus on the work of the four great clowns of the era: Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Harry Langdon.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill | Stars: James Mason, Frank Capra, Jackie Coogan, Georgie Harris

Votes: 38

5. Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987)

160 min | Documentary, Biography

A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.

Stars: Lindsay Anderson, Charles Lamont, William R. Cox, Loyal T. Lucas

Votes: 465

6. Silent Clowns (2006)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

A profile of some of the greatest stars of silent comedy.

Stars: Paul Merton, Neil Brand, Vic Armstrong, Sanjeev Bhaskar

Votes: 45

7. Hollywood (1980– )

676 min | Documentary, History

The history of the American film industry in Hollywood during the Silent era.

Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Byron Haskin, Colleen Moore

Votes: 630

8. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

TV-PG | 146 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A biography of the life and work of the American architect.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Edward Herrmann, Philip Bosco, Julie Harris, Sab Shimono

Votes: 705

9. Gray Matters (2014)

76 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Championed by a new generation of scholars, artists and collectors this iconic artist is at last emerging from the dark side as new light is shed on all aspects of the Eileen Gray phenomenon.

Director: Marco Orsini | Star: Mary McGuckian

Votes: 23

10. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 60,143 | Gross: $3.29M

11. Frank and Ollie (1995)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

A documentary about two famed Disney animators, Frank and Ollie.

Director: Theodore Thomas | Stars: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Sylvia Roemer, John Canemaker

Votes: 454

12. The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999)

G | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary on the life of the under-appreciated animator Ub Iwerks, who played a major role in the creation of Mickey Mouse.

Director: Leslie Iwerks | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Mark Kausler, John Lasseter, Russell Merritt

Votes: 204

13. The Secret World of Lewis Carroll (2015 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Documentary to mark the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Director: Clare Beavan | Stars: Martha Kearney, Richard E. Grant, Philip Pullman, Will Self

Votes: 87

15. Zhivoy Pushkin (1999– )

205 min | Biography

Parfenov's documentary, shot for Alexander Pushkin's 200th anniversary, shows a full-scale picture of the places related to the poet's life, historical materials, and excerpts from other ... See full summary »

Stars: Leonid Parfyonov, Lev Durov, Vladimir Dovzhik, Ekaterina Guseva

Votes: 21

16. Ptitsa-Gogol (2009 TV Movie)

160 min | Documentary, Biography

This biographical picture that was made for the 200th anniversary of Nikolai Gogol,is filmed in the unique style of the author Leonid Parfyonov. Documentary shows that the author of "Dead ... See full summary »

Directors: Sergey Nurmamed, Ivan Skvortsov | Stars: Liya Akhedzhakova, Aleksandr Kalyagin, Evgeniy Mironov, Leonid Parfyonov

Votes: 62

17. Rossiyskaya Imperiya (2000–2003)

60 min | History

"Russian Empire" - making of this film took many weeks of filming in the capital and dozens of trips to the former and the present territory of the country. It shows very unique places the ... See full summary »

Star: Leonid Parfyonov

Votes: 55

18. Voyna v Krymu. Vse v dymu (2005– )

160 min | History

September 9th - the day of memory of the Russian soldiers who died in the defense of Sevastopol in the Crimean War of 1853-1856. After the Crimean War remained a saying "The war in the ... See full summary »

Star: Leonid Parfyonov

Votes: 16

19. Glaz Bozhiy (2012 TV Movie)

150 min | Documentary, History

The «Eye of God» is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Pushkin Museum. It shows how progressive and pro-West Russians can be, when it comes to comprehending the essence of beauty. ... See full summary »

Directors: Sergey Nurmamed, Ivan Skvortsov | Stars: Mikhail Efremov, Vladimir Etush, Valeriy Gromovikov, Andrey Kurilov

Votes: 67

20. Russia in Bloom (2013)

79 min | Documentary

The story of Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer of color photography, and his works, which are now the most striking document of Pre-Soviet Russia.

Director: Sergey Nurmamed | Star: Leonid Parfyonov

Votes: 175

21. Khrebet Rossii (2009 TV Movie)

160 min | History

A documentary series on the history and life in Ural.

Directors: Andrey Lazarev, Sergey Nurmamed, Leonid Parfyonov, Ivan Skvortsov | Stars: Aleksei Ivanov, Leonid Parfyonov

Votes: 31

22. 300 let Novomu Godu (1999 TV Movie)

48 min | History

A documentary of Leonid Parfenov about the history of celebrating the New Year's holiday in Russia, filmed in 1999.

Director: Leonid Parfyonov | Star: Leonid Parfyonov

Votes: 8

23. Russkie evrei. Film pervyy. Do revolutsii (2016)

86 min | Documentary

The history of Jewish people in Russia up until the 1917 revolution.

Directors: Sergey Nurmamed, Leonid Parfyonov | Star: Leonid Parfyonov

Votes: 133

24. Russian Jews: Film 1918-1948 (2017)

120 min | Documentary, History

An extraordinary, creatively constructed trilogy of titanic scope, RUSSIAN JEWS charts the fascinating and complex history of Jews in Russia. Film 1 Before the Revolution spans shtetl life ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Nurmamed | Star: Leonid Parfyonov

Votes: 113

26. Kusama: Infinity (2018)

Unrated | 76 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Artist Yayoi Kusama and experts discuss her life and work, from her modest beginnings in Japan to becoming an internationally renowned artist.

Director: Heather Lenz | Star: Yayoi Kusama

Votes: 636 | Gross: $0.36M

27. Celebration (2007)

74 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

A documentary on Yves Saint-Laurent and the legendary fashion designer's final show.

Director: Olivier Meyrou | Stars: Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Laetitia Casta, Loulou De La Falaise

Votes: 111

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