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1. Poetry in Motion (1982)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

More than 20 contemporary North American poets recite, sing, and perform their work. Several also comment. Early in the film, Charles Bukowski talks about the energy of poets and of a poem.... See full summary »

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Helen Adam, Miguel Algarín, Amiri Baraka, Ted Berrigan

Votes: 103

2. Een fotograaf filmt Amsterdam (1983)


Footage of working-class people, street children, rebellious youngsters and the photographer's own family. Shot from early 60's until early 80's against the backdrop of old neighborhoods in the city of Amsterdam.

Director: Ed Van Der Elsken

Votes: 14

3. The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1985– )

Not Rated | 240 min | Documentary

Barbet Schroeder interviews Bukowski.

Stars: Charles Bukowski, Linda Lee Bukowski, Barbet Schroeder

Votes: 408

4. Comic Book Confidential (1988)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, History

A survey of the artistic history of the comic book medium and some of the major talents associated with it.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb

Votes: 794

5. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 17,069 | Gross: $3.17M

6. Looking for Richard (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Documentary, Drama

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Frederic Kimball

Votes: 7,644 | Gross: $1.36M

7. Geen Stil Leven (2000)

Documentary, Biography

The life and work of world famous dutch photographer Anton Corbijn. A number of musicians talk about their relationship with Corbijn. Bono catches Corbijn's characteristics very accurate: "He is a real Calvinist. And he made us look cool".

Director: Dirk Jan Roeleven | Stars: Bono, Herman Brood, Anton Corbijn, Brian Eno

Votes: 7

8. They Drew Fire (2000 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

The story of World War II combat artists and their art.

Director: Brian Lanker | Stars: Jason Robards, Franklin Boggs, Howard Brodie, Manuel Bromberg

Votes: 30

9. A Mere Grain of Nothing My Death: A Life in Poetry - Ingrid Jonker (2001 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary, Biography

A study of the South African poet Ingrid Jonker, who upon her death by suicide in 1965 at age 31 left only a few works of poetry - which nevertheless have endured and recently led to a ... See full summary »

Director: Saskia van Schaik

Votes: 14

10. War Photographer (2001)

96 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt

Votes: 3,780

11. Top 10 Comic Book Heroes (2002 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

Documentary about the comic book hero, and its role in our society, featuring interviews with some of the creators of the genre.

Director: Richard Belfield | Stars: Tom Baker, John Byrne, Paul Gravett, Elizabeth Kane

Votes: 17

12. Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

R | 130 min | Documentary, Biography

77 Metascore

Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.

Director: John Dullaghan | Stars: Charles Bukowski, Bono, John Bryan, Linda Lee Bukowski

Votes: 3,203 | Gross: $0.30M

13. Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (2003 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Documentary

A history of superheroes in comic books, from the first appearance of Superman in the 1930s to today's morally-conflicted, violent anti-heroes.

Director: Steve Kroopnick | Stars: Peta Wilson, Denny O'Neil, Jim Steranko, Michael Chabon

Votes: 440

14. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (2003)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

Heinz Bütler interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) late in life. Cartier-Bresson pulls out photographs, comments briefly, and holds them up to Bütler's camera. A few others share ... See full summary »

Director: Heinz Bütler | Stars: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alexander Brooks, Robert Delpire, Elliott Erwitt

Votes: 295 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Sex, Lies & Superheroes (2003)

55 min | Animation, Documentary, Fantasy

Sex, Lies & Superheroes features the writers and artists who have helped make comic books a medium for sophisticated stories and artwork. Stan Lee discusses the origins of the industry; ... See full summary »

Director: Constantine Valhouli | Stars: Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, John Byrne

Votes: 13

16. Champion (2005)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

Danny Trejo, you know the man. He has fierce tattoos, and frequently plays a thug in your favorite movies. Behind the ink and the wicked characters he plays on screen lies the story of a ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Eckardt | Stars: Danny Trejo, Dennis Hopper, Robert Rodriguez, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 396

17. Masterclass (2005)

70 min | Drama

An actor tempts fate when he convinces a legendary but loose-cannon theatre director out of retirement to give a masterclass at a drama school.

Director: Hans Teeuwen | Stars: Pierre Bokma, Peer Mascini, Sacha Bulthuis, Martijn Crins

Votes: 197

18. Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Twenty male inmates in a Kentucky prison form an unlikely Shakespearean acting troupe.

Director: Hank Rogerson

Votes: 343 | Gross: $0.05M

19. Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist (2007)

Not Rated | 143 min | Documentary

A documentary about the legendary sequential artist, Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit.

Director: Andrew D. Cooke | Stars: Michael Chabon, Max Allan Collins, Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer

Votes: 29

20. The Last Straw (2008 Video)

74 min | Documentary

This film is a live reading by beat-era poet Charles Bukowski. His readings were legendary for their riotous interactions between him and the audience. This was his very last reading, even though he lived and wrote for another 14 years.

Director: Jon Monday | Star: Charles Bukowski

Votes: 11

21. I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: John Cazale, Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell, Al Pacino

Votes: 1,581

22. Views on Vermeer (2009)

52 min | Documentary

Contemporary artists, photographers and opinion leaders unravel the extraordinary and mysterious impact of Johannes Vermeer in our day and age.

Director: Hans Pool | Stars: Tracy Chevalier, Chuck Close, Alain de Botton, Philip-Lorca Di Corcia

23. 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: 59,163 | Gross: $3.29M

24. Marwencol (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 3,172 | Gross: $0.11M

25. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 13,632 | Gross: $3.52M

26. The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

The story about the rocky movies and the hard work that gained awards.

Stars: John G. Avildsen, Garrett Brown, Tony Burton, Robert Chartoff

Votes: 96

27. You Laugh But It's True (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

In the world of stand-up comedy in South Africa, Trevor Noah uses his childhood experiences in a biracial family during apartheid to prepare for his first one-man show.

Director: David Paul Meyer | Stars: Loyiso Gola, Rabin Harduth, Kagiso Lediga, David Newton

Votes: 949

28. Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

54 Metascore

An intimate portrait of Anton Corbijn as he travels the world as a photographer, film maker and video artist. A unique and revelatory look at the drama and conflict inherent in the man ... See full summary »

Director: Klaartje Quirijns | Stars: Anton Corbijn, Bono, Martin Gore, Herbert Grönemeyer

Votes: 511

29. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) -- and a performer who regularly ... See full summary »

Director: Molly Bernstein | Stars: Ricky Jay, Winston Simone, Dick Cavett, David Mamet

Votes: 885 | Gross: $0.15M

30. The Godfather Legacy (2012 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary

THE GODFATHER LEGACY goes deep inside Francis Ford Coppola's epic saga about the Corleone crime family and reveals how the Academy Award-winning film and its sequels became one of the most ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Burns | Stars: Peter Bart, Todd Boyd, James Caan, Francis Ford Coppola

Votes: 301

31. Quentin Tarantino: 20 Years of Filmmaking (2012)

125 min | Documentary

A look at Tarantino's career from the beginning, with interviews from co-workers, critics, stars and master filmmakers alike as well as a tribute to his greatest collaborator, Sally Menke.

Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Lawrence Bender, Robert Forster, Richard N. Gladstein

Votes: 97

32. Cavedigger (2013)

TV-G | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

In this OSCAR® NOMINATED documentary short, artist Ra Paulette digs other-worldly, sculptural caves using nothing but hand tools. But, as patrons cut off his projects due to lack of funds ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Karoff | Stars: Ra Paulette, Pierre Delattre, Suzanne Eliel, David Heath

Votes: 278

33. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,191 | Gross: $1.51M

34. James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend (2013 TV Special)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

the cast off the sopranos talk about james gandolfini as a friend and a actor

Stars: Jon Alpert, Shari Springer Berman, Lorraine Bracco, Erin Burnett

Votes: 191

35. Tattoo Nation (2013)

86 min | Documentary, History

How did tattoos go from something that was put on you to an expression that comes from within you? That transformation is the subject of a new groundbreaking documentary film, TATTOO NATION.

Director: Eric Schwartz | Stars: Don Ed Hardy, Freddy Negrete, Travis Barker, Joe Bauman

Votes: 336

36. Banksy Does New York (2014)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

Documentary chronicling the famed street artist's "31 works of art in 31 days" in New York city.

Director: Chris Moukarbel | Stars: Beth Stebner, Keegan Hamilton, Jaime Rojo, Steven P. Harrington

Votes: 1,871

37. Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop! (2014 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary, History

Emily Vancamp hosts this one of a kind experience showing the history and development of Marvel from the first comic book to the latest blockbuster hit.

Director: Zak Knutson | Stars: Axel Alonso, Hayley Atwell, Gerry Conway, Louis D'Esposito

Votes: 580

38. Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule (2014 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary tribute to comedian Rik Mayall, and his four-decade body of work.

Director: Andy Humphries | Stars: Simon Callow, Rik Mayall, Ben Elton, Greg Davies

Votes: 70

39. Sluizer Speaks (2014)

90 min | Documentary

Some doctors say he won't last another day but still he keeps making films. Sluizer Speaks tells the story of George Sluizer, director of such films as The Vanishing and Dark Blood who ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Alink | Stars: Dennis Alink, Gene Bervoets, Edward Lachman, Anne Lordon

Votes: 29

40. Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2015)

82 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

Robert Frank revolutionized photography and independent film. He documented the Beats, Welsh coal miners, Peruvian Indians, The Stones, London bankers, and the Americans. This is the bumpy ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Israel | Stars: Robert Frank, Sid Kaplan, June Leaf, William S. Burroughs

Votes: 250

41. From Rocky to Creed: The Legacy Continues (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

In this one-hour documentary event narrated by Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, the filmmakers and past cast members share Rocky's Cinderella story from the Oscar®-winning first film to the sixth film.

Stars: Robert Chartoff, Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Dolph Lundgren

Votes: 134

42. Misery Loves Comedy (2015)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy

51 Metascore

Over fifty very famous American, Canadian, British and Australian funny people (filmmakers, writers, actors and comedians) share life and professional journeys and insights, in an effort to shed light on the thesis: Do you have to be miserable to be funny?

Director: Kevin Pollak | Stars: Amy Schumer, James L. Brooks, Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 1,032 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Strange & Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island (2015 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

This award-winning film documents a bold architecture project on remote Fogo Island, Newfoundland that embraces the excitement of living on the edge in relation to nature and contemporary design.

Directors: Marcia Connolly, Katherine Knight

Votes: 15

44. David Blaine: Beyond Magic (2016 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary, Mystery

Magic meets documentary in the one-hour special, as Blaine blows the minds of the most recognizable celebrities in the world, including David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Drake, Steph Curry, Dave ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Akers | Stars: David Beckham, David Blaine, Dave Chappelle, Stephen Curry

Votes: 275

45. Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary celebrating the life and career of the veteran actress, looking back at the high points of her 60-year career on stage and screen. With clips of her greatest performances and tributes from those she has worked with.

Director: Francis Whately | Stars: Samantha Bond, Pierce Brosnan, Billy Connolly, Daniel Craig

Votes: 23

46. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

TV-MA | 108 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

An examination of the life and work of the revered and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Nancy Rooney, Harry Mapplethorpe, George Stack, Robert Mapplethorpe

Votes: 1,126

47. To Stay Alive: A Method (2016)

70 min | Documentary

Based on Michel Houellebecq's 1991 essay "To Stay Alive", about struggling artists, the role of the poet, and mental health problems. Featuring marginal artists as well as Houellebecq and Iggy Pop.

Directors: Arno Hagers, Erik Lieshout, Reinier van Brummelen | Stars: Anne Claire Bourdin, Jérôme Tessier, Robert Combas, Michel Houellebecq

Votes: 221

48. Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016)

93 min | Documentary

Documentary on the life and times of Ken Loach. His politics in British TV and Cinema and the chaos he has caused the establishment for 50 years.

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Ken Loach, Jim Allen, Lesley Ashton, David Bradley

Votes: 329