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1. Broadway: The American Musical (2004)
Episode: Tradition: 1957-1979 (2004)

Documentary, Music

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The new innovative musical on Broadway starting this era was "West Side Story", the first musical to integrate dance movement into the everyday movement of the characters. The movement was ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Julie Andrews, Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, The Beatles

Votes: 14

2. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Tyrus (2017)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

9.2
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The multi-faceted career of pioneering Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong who overcame prejudice and racism to inspire other Asian-Americans and innovate the craft of movie storyboarding.

Stars: Tyrus Wong, Roy O. Disney

Votes: 9

3. 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

4. Broadway: The American Musical (2004)
Episode: Give My Regards to Broadway: 1893-1927 (2004)

Documentary, Music

9.1
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At the beginning of the twentieth century, Broadway was dominated by two names: George M. Cohan and Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. Cohan wrote and starred in his own shows. Ziegfeld pioneered the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Nancy Kathryn Anderson, Julie Andrews, Mary Ellen Barrett, Irving Berlin

Votes: 17

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. The Impressionists (2001– )

200 min | Documentary, Biography

8.7
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Stars: Edward Herrmann, Victor Garber, Josef Sommer, Amy Irving

Votes: 87

7. Broadway: The American Musical (2004)
Episode: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin': 1943-1960 (2004)

Documentary, Music

8.7
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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II - a newly formed songwriting team due to Lorenz Hart's ill health - ushered in a new era of the Broadway musical with the revolutionary production ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Cris Alexander, Julie Andrews, Jack Benny, Irving Berlin

Votes: 12

8. Broadway: The American Musical (2004)
Episode: Syncopated City: 1919-1933 (2004)

Documentary, Music

8.7
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The radical cultural changes that occurred in the 1920's were reflected in the Broadway musical. Musically, jazz ruled the Broadway musical stage. There was also a sense of liberation in ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Nancy Kathryn Anderson, Julie Andrews, Warner Baxter, Eubie Blake

Votes: 13

9. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019)

111 min | Documentary

8.6
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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Oliver Sacks, Roberto Calasso, Kate Edgar, Shane Fistell

Votes: 5

10. 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

11. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny (2017)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

8.6
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Slacker. Indie filmmaker. Oscar nominee. Writer, director, producer, actor Richard Linklater is all these things and more, a poster boy for the fiercely independent style of filmmaking emerging out of Austin in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Votes: 9

12. 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

13. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft (2017)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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Discover the story of chef Jacques Pépin, a young immigrant with movie-star looks, a charming Gallic accent, and a mastery of cooking and teaching so breathtaking he became an American food icon.

Director: Peter L. Stein | Stars: Jacques Pepin, Stanley Tucci, José Andrés, Daniel Boulud

Votes: 33

14. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (2018)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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The life and work of playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry, and her role in the civil rights movement.

Director: Tracy Heather Strain | Stars: LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Lorraine Hansberry, Alexandria King

Votes: 26

15. 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

16. 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: 1,553

17. Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (2017)

118 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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A documentary feature about Lorraine Hansberry, whose play Raisin in the Sun was the first by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. A passionate artist, she was also a committed ... See full summary »

Director: Tracy Heather Strain | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett Jr., Lorraine Hansberry

Votes: 25

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

21. 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

22. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey (2015)

TV-14 | 63 min | Documentary, Biography

8.2
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Through His Lens captures the remarkable life and work of Pedro E. Guerrero. Guerrero left behind thousands of photographs and nearly 15 hours of interviews beautifully shot in 2011. This ... See full summary »

Directors: Yvan Iturriaga, Raymond Telles

Votes: 5

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

TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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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

24. 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

25. Broadway: The American Musical (2004)
Episode: I Got Plenty o' Nuttin': 1929-1942 (2004)

Documentary, Music

8.1
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The Great Depression ushered in a new era of the Broadway musical. Gone were the frothy, nonsensical shows of the 1920s. Broadway musicals were now either reflective of the harsh times (... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Hank Azaria, Mary Ellen Barrett

Votes: 14

26. 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

27. 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

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

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

8.0
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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

30. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: By Sidney Lumet (2017)

TV-14 | 116 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Film legend Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) tells his own story in a never-before-seen interview shot in 2008. With candor, humor and grace, Lumet reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being.

Stars: Sidney Lumet, Treat Williams, Nancy Buirski

Votes: 25

31. 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

32. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Raul Julia: The World's a Stage (2019)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Raúl Juliá: The World's a Stage is a revealing portrait of the charismatic, groundbreaking actor's journey from his native Puerto Rico to the creative hotbed of 1960s New York City, to ... See full summary »

Director: Ben DeJesus | Stars: Orson Bean, Rubén Blades, Sônia Braga, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 25

33. 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

34. 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

35. 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

36. 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

37. 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

38. Theater Talk (1996– )

30 min | Talk-Show

7.9
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Stars: Susan Haskins, Michael Riedel, Jesse Green, Patrick Pacheco

Votes: 19

39. 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

40. 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

41. 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

42. 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

43. 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

44. 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: 57

45. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (2016)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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Saarinen designed National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis Gateway Arch and General Motors Technical Center and also modernist pedestal furniture. This influential American architect's life was cut short by his sudden death at age 51.

Stars: Blythe Danner, Peter Franzén

Votes: 17

46. 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

47. 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

48. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Janis: Little Girl Blue (2016)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, Karleen Bennett, Brad Campbell

Votes: 38

49. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2017)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Singer, dancer, activist and writer Maya Angelou inspired generations with boundary-pushing African-American writings. Trace her incredible journey as she unwraps untold aspects of her life with rare footage, photographs and her own words.

Directors: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack | Stars: Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Diahann Carroll, Bill Clinton

Votes: 16

50. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Patsy Cline (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Pasty Cline defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart-wrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class and genre. In her life she set a standard of authenticity towards which artists still strive.

Directors: Barbara Hall, Barbara J. Hall | Stars: Mandy Barnett, Rosanne Cash

Votes: 20



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