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1. Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

TV-MA | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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74 Metascore

Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Cat Power, Janis Joplin, Karleen Bennett, Laura Joplin

Votes: 4,610 | Gross: $0.41M

2. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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70 Metascore

The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.

Director: Alexandra Dean | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Jennifer Hom, Anthony Loder

Votes: 2,608 | Gross: $0.82M

3. The West (1996)

537 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min.

Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, Murphy Guyer, John Trudell

Votes: 1,554

4. American Experience (1988– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Oliver Platt, Michael Murphy

Votes: 1,414

5. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )

600 min | Documentary, History

9.0
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Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, John Steele Gordon, Kenneth Jackson, Robert A.M. Stern

Votes: 813

6. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

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

7.7
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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: 689

7. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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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: 680

8. Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013– )

TV-PG | 180 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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A comprehensive history of the superhero comic book fantasy genre and its influence on American culture.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Danny Fingeroth, Mark Waid, Stan Lee

Votes: 645

9. Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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66 Metascore

The first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou.

Directors: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Guy Johnson, Diahann Carroll, Don Martin

Votes: 411

10. Bad Girl (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

5.6
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Bad girl Amy, 17, is given one last chance by her adoptive parents, who think Amy's friendship with local girl Chloe is a step in the right direction. But when Amy discovers Chloe's secret ... See full summary »

Director: Fin Edquist | Stars: Sara West, Samara Weaving, Benjamin Winspear, Felicity Price

Votes: 349

11. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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66 Metascore

A look at the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Norman Lear, John Amos, Bea Arthur, Adrienne Barbeau

Votes: 315 | Gross: $0.07M

12. By Sidney Lumet (2015)

103 min | Documentary

7.1
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66 Metascore

In a never-before-seen interview filmed in 2008, three years before his death, Sidney Lumet discusses his life and career.

Director: Nancy Buirski | Star: Sidney Lumet

Votes: 313

13. Broadway: The American Musical (2004)

360 min | Documentary, Music

8.6
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A six-part documentary about the Broadway musical

Stars: Julie Andrews, John Lahr, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Furia

Votes: 301

14. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)

115 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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76 Metascore

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis' life, and of this film is Davis' ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Stanley Crouch, Betty Davis

Votes: 278 | Gross: $0.19M

15. Itzhak (2017)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

7.3
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69 Metascore

A look at the life, work and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Director: Alison Chernick | Stars: Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Alan Alda, Billy Joel

Votes: 207 | Gross: $0.61M

16. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary

6.7
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80 Metascore

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Toni Morrison, Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Banks

Votes: 196 | Gross: $0.88M

17. Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (2009– )

55 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.5
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Stars: Billy Crystal, Amy Sedaris, Leonard Maltin, Robert Klein

Votes: 134

18. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

Director: Samuel D. Pollard | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Humphrey Bogart, Burt Boyar

Votes: 119

19. The West (1996)
Episode: The People (1996)

83 min | Documentary, History, War

7.8
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This series chronicles the saga of the American West, tracing the lives of a diverse cast of characters, from explorers, soldiers and Indian warriors to settlers, railroad builders and ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, T.H. Watkins, J.S. Holliday

Votes: 97

20. Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018)

90 min | Documentary

7.5
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76 Metascore

A documentary about an important American still photographer who captured New York City in the 1960s (his work there is said to have influenced the TV show Mad Men) and later the West in Texas and Los Angeles.

Director: Sasha Waters Freyer | Stars: Geoff Dyer, Jeffrey Fraenkel, Susan Kismaric, Erin O'Toole

Votes: 95

21. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Ted Williams: "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived" (2018)

TV-14 | 57 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Ted Williams, the iconic Hall of Fame hitter, fighter pilot and fisherman, will have his life profiled in the renowned American Masters Documentary series on PBS in a documentary that will premiere in the summer of 2018.

Director: Nick Davis | Stars: Roger Angell, Stu Apte, Wade Boggs, Ben Bradlee Jr.

Votes: 94

22. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (2014)

TV-PG | 112 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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From PBS and American Masters - More than four decades of 20th-century America are filtered through Lange's life and lens -- her creations and achievements; her tragedies and losses. Known ... See full summary »

Director: Dyanna Taylor | Stars: Dyanna Taylor, Dorothea Lange, Clair Brown, Richard Conrad

Votes: 88

23. The Impressionists (2001– )

200 min | Documentary, Biography

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Stars: Edward Herrmann, Victor Garber, Josef Sommer, Amy Irving

Votes: 87

24. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character (2007)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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Comedienne Carol Burnett's early show business aspirations were to perform in live theater on Broadway, craving the instant gratification from a live audience. Her sensibilities were shaped... See full summary »

Director: Kyra Thompson | Stars: Carol Burnett, Betty White, Kenny Solms, Tim Conway

Votes: 87

25. Give Me the Banjo (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.2
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A comprehensive look at a quintessential American musical instrument, the banjo, from its African roots to contemporary jazz and into the 21st century.

Director: Marc Fields | Stars: Greg Adams, Stevie Barr, James Bollman, Gus Cannon

Votes: 84

26. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: This Is Bob Hope... (2017)

TV-14 | 115 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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A look at the life and career of Bob Hope.

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Gracie Allen, Woody Allen, Ann-Margret, Pearl Bailey

Votes: 83

27. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Bing Crosby Rediscovered (2014)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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American Masters looks at one of the most prolific entertainers in history; Bing Crosby. The special looks into his family life and into a career that spanned decades over film, music, and live entertainment.

Director: Robert Trachtenberg | Stars: Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Pearl Bailey, Tony Bennett

Votes: 81

28. The West (1996)
Episode: Empire Upon the Trails (1996)

85 min | Documentary, History, War

7.9
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In the early 1800's, no one knew who would control the seemingly infinite spaces of the West.

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, Richard White, Fred Gowans, N. Scott Momaday

Votes: 77

29. The West (1996)
Episode: Speck of the Future (1996)

86 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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In 1848, a sawmill worker named James Marshall reached down into the stream bed of the American River in California -- and came up with the future of the West in the palm of his hand. He had discovered gold.

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, J.S. Holliday, T.H. Watkins, Richard White

Votes: 74

30. Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013– )
Episode: Truth, Justice and the American Way (2013)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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The fantasy genre's beginnings in 1930s comic books, its rise in the 1940s until its decline during the popular blacklash against the medium in the 1950s.

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Vincent Zurzolo, Gerard Jones, Jenette Kahn

Votes: 72

31. The West (1996)
Episode: Fight No More Forever (1996)

86 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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By the 1870s, only a few groups resisted the nation's push to conquer the West.

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, Stephen Ambrose, Jo Allyn Archambault

Votes: 67

32. The West (1996)
Episode: Death Runs Riot (1996)

85 min | Documentary, History, War

8.1
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The West had always symbolized hope and new beginnings, but in the 1850s, as more American pioneers poured west to start over, they brought with them the nation's oldest, most divisive issue -- slavery.

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, Dayton Duncan, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Martin Ridge

Votes: 66

33. Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

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Engaging, humorous, and provocative, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Mary Ellen Barrett, Jamie Bernstein, Jerry Bock, Matthew Broderick

Votes: 65

34. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Mike Nichols (2016)

TV-14 | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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The life and 50th-year of director Mike Nichols, one of only two people who have won Peabody, Emmy,Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

Director: Elaine May | Stars: Bob Balaban, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, James L. Brooks

Votes: 65

35. The West (1996)
Episode: The Grandest Enterprise Under God (1996)

85 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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After the Civil War reunited North and South, Americans set out with renewed energy and optimism to finally unite the nation, East and West.

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, T.H. Watkins, Marc Reisner, N. Scott Momaday

Votes: 62

36. Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013– )
Episode: Great Power, Great Responsibility (2013)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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With Cold War America finding its self-identity challenged, the superhero genre is reinvented with more complex characters and storytelling artistry.

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Stan Lee, Len Wein, Mark Waid

Votes: 60

37. The West (1996)
Episode: The Geography of Hope (1996)

86 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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The conquest of the West was nearly complete by the 1870s. In one remarkable decade, with Indians effectively confined to reservations, over four million new settlers arrived to stake their claim to the future.

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, Richard White, Bertha Calloway, William Gwaltney

Votes: 60

38. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: The Women's List (2015)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders spotlights 15 women who define contemporary American culture; included are Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez and Wendy Williams.

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Madeleine Albright, Gloria Allred, Laurie Anderson, Sara Blakely

Votes: 59

39. Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013– )
Episode: A Hero Can Be Anyone (2013)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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The superhero genre evolves further to become a respected part of global mainstream culture in various media.

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Christopher Reeve, Gary Phillips, Jeph Loeb

Votes: 58

40. Wicked: The Road to Broadway (2004 Video)

16 min | Documentary, Short

9.1
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Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Norbert Leo Butz, Cristy Candler, Kristin Chenoweth, Wayne Cilento

Votes: 56

41. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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With unprecedented access to Norman Lear, his work and his massive personal archives, this documentary combines stories from his turbulent childhood and early career with his groundbreaking TV success and social activism.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Annette Jolles | Stars: John Amos, Bea Arthur, Adrienne Barbeau, Valerie Bertinelli

Votes: 53

42. The West (1996)
Episode: One Sky Above Us (1996)

64 min | Documentary, History, War

7.9
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Los Angeles steals its water supply, millions of Mexicans migrate north, and Hollywood begins to shape the West and the nation's image of it.

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, Richard White, T.H. Watkins, Marc Reisner

Votes: 53

43. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Carole King: Natural Woman (2016)

TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

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Rare home movies, performances and photos help illustrate the life and career of songwriter-singer Carole King, from 1960s New York to Los Angeles in the 1970s to extensive present-day interviews with King and and those who know her best.

Director: George Scott | Stars: Carole King, Eugenia Klein, Sidney N. Klein, Joel Zwick

Votes: 52

44. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: The Boomer List (2014)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Erin Brockovich-Ellis, Kim Cattrall, Deepak Chopra, Eve Ensler

Votes: 52

45. Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (2017)

G | 70 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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A renewed interest is emerging in mid-20th century architects and artists who exploded the comfortable constraints of the past to create a robust and daring modernist America. Eero Saarinen... See full summary »

Director: Peter Rosen | Stars: Eric Saarinen, Jayne Merkel, Paul Goldberger, Niels Diffrient

Votes: 44

46. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Salinger (2014)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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Director: Shane Salerno

Votes: 44

47. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Maya Angelou, Bill Clinton, Peggy Lipton, Sidney Poitier

Votes: 43

48. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll (2016)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

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The New Orleans rhythm and blues of Fats Domino helped aid integration in the South.

Director: Joe Lauro | Stars: David Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Cosimo Matassa, Clarke Peters

Votes: 41

49. The West (1996)
Episode: Ghost Dance (1996)

59 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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By the late 1880's, American settlers continue to claim tribal lands while the Dawes Act tries to break up the tribal structure of the Native American nations. The Native Americans take up the Ghost Dance putting their faith in religion until their hopes are crushed at the Massacre of Wounded Knee.

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, Ann Richards, Charlotte Black Elk, T.H. Watkins

Votes: 41

50. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive (2017)

TV-14 | 84 min | Documentary, Biography

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The life of noted American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe is examined in this PBS documentary.

Director: Eric Stange | Stars: Chris Sarandon, Ben Schnetzer, Kathleen Turner, Denis O'Hare

Votes: 38



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