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1. Cinéma, de notre temps (1988– )

Documentary

A televisual memory of cinema, this documentary series about contemporary filmmakers from around the world, created by Janine Bazin and André S. Labarthe, is a follow-up to the acclaimed initial series "Filmmakers of our time" (1964-1972).

Stars: Jean-Claude Dauphin, Jean Douchet, Claude Chabrol, Luc Moullet

Votes: 80

3. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 3,684

4. Tales from the Script (2009)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary

War stories and life lessons from the industry's top writers.

Director: Peter Hanson | Stars: Allison Anders, Jane Anderson, Doug Atchison, John August

Votes: 1,403 | Gross: $0.01M

5. 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: 2,457

6. 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: 12,608 | Gross: $0.03M

7. 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: 9,500

9. The South Bank Show (1978– )

53 min | Documentary

ITV's long-running arts series presented by Melvyn Bragg.

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Ian McKellen, Lenny Henry, Alan Bennett

Votes: 115

10. 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: 2,912 | Gross: $0.80M

11. 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: 2,524

12. 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, Clint Eastwood

Votes: 948

13. 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: 16,026 | Gross: $1.16M

14. 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: 17,279 | Gross: $1.32M

15. 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: 5,788

16. 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: 19,528 | Gross: $0.65M

17. Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut (2009– )

54 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on the history on British comedy group Monty Python. Features interviews with the five surviving members plus other comedians and artists whose careers they have influenced.

Stars: Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 1,385

18. My Best Fiend (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Justo González

Votes: 9,707 | Gross: $0.10M

19. Century of Cinema (1995–1998)

Documentary

Personal and profound look into lives immersed in film. These documentaries about films and culture show the medium's role in love and war, nostalgia and national identity. Cinema was born ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Nagisa Ôshima, Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow

Votes: 9

20. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 239 min | Documentary, Horror

Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Stacey Alden, Erika Anderson, Marshall Bell

Votes: 3,838

21. Inferno (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, Inferno (1964), is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary.

Directors: Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea | Stars: Romy Schneider, Bérénice Bejo, Serge Reggiani, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 1,447 | Gross: $0.02M

22. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor, Victoria Anoux

Votes: 3,774 | Gross: $0.02M

23. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place.

Director: William Greaves | Stars: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Jonathan Gordon, Bob Rosen

Votes: 1,312

24. Shirkers (2018)

97 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

A woman explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

Director: Sandi Tan | Stars: Sandi Tan, Jasmine Kin Kia Ng, Philip Cheah, Sophia Siddique Harvey

Votes: 3,312

25. This Is Not a Film (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Directors: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi | Stars: Jafar Panahi, Igi, Mrs. Gheirat, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Votes: 4,405 | Gross: $0.08M

26. 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: 1,747

27. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

150 min | Documentary

Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,857

28. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,798 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)

Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stella Adler, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Borne

Votes: 6,485 | Gross: $0.43M

30. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Peter Bonerz

Votes: 20,108

31. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 689

32. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Adventure

A behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the infamous The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Richard Stanley, Kier-La Janisse, Michael Gingold, Graham Humphreys

Votes: 2,891

33. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

Votes: 5,884 | Gross: $1.51M

34. 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: 3,341

35. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)

Not Rated | 136 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,732 | Gross: $0.07M

36. Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? (2001)

104 min | Documentary

Two directors struggle to survive in the movie industry.

Directors: Pedro Costa, Thierry Lounas | Stars: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub

Votes: 300

37. The Last Bolshevik (1993)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

This documentary tells the story of film director Aleksandr Medvedkin, throughout his life a sincere believer in communism, whose films were repeatedly banned in the Soviet Union. Modern ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Léonor Graser, Nikolai Izvolov, Kira Paramonova, Viktor Dyomin

Votes: 567

38. Ways of Seeing (1972– )

30 min | Documentary, Family

John Berger presents his insights on how people see. Through examples of Art History Berger shows how our very sense of sight has been transformed. By discovering why this is so, according ... See full summary »

Stars: John Berger, Anya Bostock, Eva Figes, Jane Kenrick

Votes: 331

39. John Berger: The Wonder of Seeing (2016 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary

Art, politics and motorcycles: on the occasion of his 90th birthday John Berger or The Art of Looking is an intimate portrait of the writer and art-critic whose ground-breaking work on seeing has shaped our understanding for over five decades. How paintings become narratives and stories turn into images, rarely does anybody demonstrate this as poignantly as Berger. The seeing is his life subject,... See full summary »

Director: Cordelia Dvorak | Stars: John Berger, Selçuk Demirel, Katya Berger Andreadakis, Michael Dibb

Votes: 52

40. Film Editing Fundamentals (2014– )

3 min | Short

This Mini Web-series is covering a few basic Methods used in Film Editing and how these Procedures are assessed and uplift the Quality of the Final Movie.

Stars: Shervin Shadmehr, Ramin Shadmehr

41. Acting (1987– )

60 min | Documentary

A series workshop's led by leading actors on the techniques of acting in Film, Opera, Shakespearean Comedy, Tragedy and Restoration Comedy.

Stars: Michael Caine, Simon Callow, Jonathan Miller, Brian Cox

Votes: 24

42. The Game: Behind the Scenes (1997 Video)

38 min | Documentary, Short

a gallery with behind the scenes footage which was shot exclusively for Criterion during the filming of The Game's major set pieces, as well as on various other locations. With optional ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeffrey Beecroft, Michael Douglas, David Fincher, Kevin Tod Haug

43. The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)

115 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before.

Director: Mark Cousins | Stars: Mark Cousins, Beatrice Welles, Orson Welles

Votes: 549 | Gross: $0.01M

44. 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: 6,684 | Gross: $1.43M

45. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Sam Firstenberg, David Paulsen, Luigi Cozzi, Menahem Golan

Votes: 4,751

46. Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple yet timeless love story between a man and a woman, told using scenes edited together from hundreds of other films.

Director: György Pálfi | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Woody Allen, Agustín Almodóvar, Julie Andrews

Votes: 2,102

47. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

R | 138 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen

Votes: 2,429 | Gross: $0.03M

48. 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: 2,104 | Gross: $0.01M

49. Fårö Document (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary