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1. 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: 3,639

2. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)

Not Rated | 192 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts.

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Marshall Brickman, Josh Brolin

Votes: 4,867

3. Trespassing Bergman (2013)

107 min | Documentary

A group of filmmakers visit Ingmar Bergman's house on the remote Swedish island of Faro to discuss his legacy.

Directors: Jane Magnusson, Hynek Pallas | Stars: Tomas Alfredson, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 666

4. Godard, l'amour, la poésie (2007)

53 min | Documentary

Documentary about director Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.

Director: Luc Lagier | Stars: Charles L. Bitsch, Raoul Coutard, Jean Douchet, Jean-Paul Savignac

Votes: 79

5. Room 237 (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan

Votes: 19,739 | Gross: $0.26M

7. Histoire(s) du cinéma (1989–1999)
Episode: Toutes les histoires (1989)

51 min | Documentary

An 8-part documentary chronically the history of cinema: "All the Histories", "A Single History", "Only Cinema", "Deadly "Beauty", "The Coin of the Absolute", "A New Wave", "The Control of the Universe", and "The Signs Among Us".

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 889

8. Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie (1963 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 146 min | Documentary

Vilgot Sjöman (I Am Curious -- Yellow 1967) and a crew from Swedish Television followed Ingmar Bergman during the filming of Winter Light and came away with a five-part documentary, ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Ingmar Bergman, Gunnar Björnstrand, Sven Nykvist, Vilgot Sjöman

Votes: 364

9. 1966-1988: Kieslowski, cinéaste polonais (2005 Video)

31 min | Documentary, Short

An overview of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's oeuvre with excerpts from his movies.

Director: Luc Lagier

10. Telescope (1963–1973)
Episode: A Talk with Hitchcock (1964)

52 min | Documentary

This 1964, interview of Alfred Hitchcock was part of the CBC television series Telescope with host-director Fletcher Markle. It was conducted during or immediately after the filming of ... See full summary »

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Fletcher Markle, Alfred Hitchcock, Bernard Herrmann, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 129

11. Belair (2011)

81 min | Documentary

Julio Bressane, through fragments, memories and interviews, traces the history of the production company: belair, that create in the 70s , along with Helena Ignez and Rogerio Sganzerla for fight conformism of the military regime.

Directors: Noa Bressane, Bruno Safadi | Stars: Júlio Bressane, Maria Gladys, Luiz Gonzaga, Helena Ignez

Votes: 17

12. 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: 5,682

13. Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004)

77 min | Documentary, Biography, History

58 Metascore

A documentary about the "King of B-Movies", Edgar G. Ulmer. It includes interviews with well-known filmmakers Roger Corman, Peter Bogdanovich, Wim Wenders, Joe Dante, and Ulmers's daughter, Arianne Ulmer.

Director: Michael Palm | Stars: Peter Bogdanovich, Christian Cargnelli, John Carradine, Robert Clarke

Votes: 165

15. Free Cinema (1986 TV Movie)

53 min | Documentary

Survey of the British 'Free Cinema' movement, remarkable for the narrator's wit and clarity of vision.

Directors: Lindsay Anderson, Jeremy McCracken | Star: Lindsay Anderson

Votes: 5

16. Side B (2007)

72 min | Documentary

With humor, the documentary shows the drama and struggle to produce the low-budget film "Fourth Grade B" over four years.

Director: Marcelo Galvão | Stars: Theodoro Fontes, Ugo Giorgetti, Álvaro Lima, Joel Lopes

Votes: 41

17. Cinéastes de notre temps (1964–1972)
Episode: Luis Buñuel (1964)

45 min | Documentary

The odd,enigmatic character of the Spanish director and his surrealistic films is explored by interviews with him in Toledo and with some of his collaborators over the years.

Director: Robert Valey | Stars: Luis Buñuel, Valentin Arteta Luzuriaga, Conchita Buñuel, Max Ernst

Votes: 40

18. Panorama do Cinema Brasileiro (1968)

134 min | Documentary, History

Documentary about the first years of Brazilian cinema, until the movement called Cinema Novo, in the 1960s, with photographs and scenes of rare films.

Director: Jurandyr Passos Noronha | Star: Milton Valério

Votes: 12

20. Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary about Roman Polanski, the man and filmmaker. Roman Polanski speaks about his eventful life story and career in conversation with Andrew Braunsberg, his former business partner, producer, and friend of many years.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Roman Polanski, Andrew Braunsberg, Catherine Deneuve, Pawel Edelman

Votes: 998

22. That's Entertainment! (1974)

G | 135 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford

Votes: 4,353 | Gross: $26.89M

24. Alive Inside (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

67 Metascore

Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett | Stars: Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Nell Hardie, Norman Hardie

Votes: 2,808 | Gross: $0.15M

25. 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: 2,890 | Gross: $0.80M

26. 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: 5,794

27. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relative complete bio of Hearst.

Directors: Michael Epstein, Thomas Lennon | Stars: Richard Ben Cramer, William Alland, Thomas Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich

Votes: 1,220

28. 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: 9,433

29. Pasolini prossimo nostro (2006)

58 min | Documentary

We are on the set of "Salò or the 120 days of Sodom". Pasolini lets a small camera team led by the journalist Gideon Bachmann follow him around engaging him in a long and extraordinary ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Bertolucci | Stars: Franco Merli, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salò Cast & Crew

Votes: 125

30. The Century of the Self (2002)

235 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Stars: Adam Curtis, Ann Bernays, Robert Reich, Alfred Pritz

Votes: 4,316

31. What Is Cinema? (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History

Amidst a constant stream of hundreds of film clips, dozens of filmmakers voice their opinions on the titular question while primarily looking beyond the Hollywood mainstream to independent, experimental, documentary and avant-garde films.

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Chantal Akerman, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Bresson

Votes: 284

32. The Thorn in the Heart (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

Michel Gondry chronicles the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Suzette Gondry, Jean-Yves Gondry, Michel Gondry, Sasha Allard

Votes: 398 | Gross: $0.01M

33. 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: 2,759 | Gross: $0.01M

34. 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: 1,431 | Gross: $0.02M

36. Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002)

R | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Pettigrew | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Luigi 'Titta' Benzi, Italo Calvino, Dante Ferretti

Votes: 763 | Gross: $0.11M

37. Dogville Confessions (2003)

52 min | Documentary

This film depicts the intense drama that takes place during the making of Dogville. Lars von Trier and Nicole Kidman work through this creative process under very extreme conditions.

Director: Sami Saif | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Paul Bettany, Blair Brown

Votes: 600

38. Two in the Wave (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, their careers, their friendship and their impact on the French New Wave of the 1960s.

Director: Emmanuel Laurent | Stars: Isild Le Besco, Anouk Aimée, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Charles Aznavour

Votes: 764 | Gross: $0.03M

39. Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000 TV Movie)

R | 57 min | Documentary, Horror

Documentary that explores Argento's film career.

Director: Leon Ferguson | Stars: Mark Kermode, Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Michael Brandon

Votes: 568

40. 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: 1,727

41. The Jodorowsky Constellation (1994)

91 min | Documentary, Biography

The quest for the true personality of multi-talented cult artist and psycho-magician Alexandro Jodorowsky

Director: Louis Mouchet | Stars: Fernando Arrabal, Peter Gabriel, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Marcel Marceau

Votes: 475

42. Cinéastes de notre temps (1964–1972)


In-depth documentaries about the greatest filmmakers from around the world, all in the form of candid face-to-face interviews, conducted, created and produced by former critics for Les Cahiers du Cinéma, Janine Bazin and André S. Labarthe.

Stars: André S. Labarthe, Jacques Rivette, Michel Simon, Jean Renoir

Votes: 52

43. Six Degrees of Separation (2003 TV Movie)

30 min | Documentary

How many acquaintances separate a young Londoner from a herdsman living in outer Mongolia? In this documentary, Lucy Leveugle puts the decades-old "Six Degrees of Separation" theory to the test.

Director: Lucy Leveugle | Stars: Lucy Leveugle, Purev-Ochir Gungaa

Votes: 7

45. Century of Cinema (1995–1998)
Episode: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

225 min | Documentary

Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Francis Ford Coppola

Votes: 4,442

46. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

78 Metascore

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, was one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking

Votes: 4,848 | Gross: $2.28M

47. Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Film Maker's Life (1971)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Documentary about Italian movie director Pier Paolo Pasolini, with interviews with some of his actors and friends.

Director: Carlo Hayman-Chaffey | Stars: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Giancarlo Arnao

Votes: 62

48. 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997 TV Movie)

150 min | Documentary

The first half century of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation from its beginnings under Hungarian immigrant William Fox to it emergence as a major studio.

Director: Kevin Burns | Stars: James Coburn, Julie Andrews, David Brown, Red Buttons

Votes: 96

49. Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (2013)

Not Rated | 141 min | Documentary

This is a wonderful and revealing film about famed horror and suspense director Alfred Hitchcock. You'll see behind-the-scenes footage of some of his most famous films including Psycho, ... See full summary »

Director: Lindsay Luecht | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

Votes: 40

50. Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials (1965 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary