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1. Monument to the Dream (1967)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Soaring above the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch stands today as the nation's tallest arch and national monument. "... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Guggenheim, L.T. Iglehart | Star: Paul Richards

Votes: 56

3. Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio (2010 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In rural Alabama, architecture students cross the threshold of poverty to build communities, not just structures, and leave snakebit to make a better world.

Director: Sam Wainwright Douglas

Votes: 38

4. My Architect (2003)

116 min | Documentary, Biography

81 Metascore

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

Director: Nathaniel Kahn | Stars: Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Balkrishna Doshi, Frank Gehry

Votes: 2,953 | Gross: $2.75M

5. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the renown architect.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Frank Gehry, Sydney Pollack, Julian Schnabel, Charles Arnoldi

Votes: 1,473 | Gross: $0.44M

6. Unfinished Spaces (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro's Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.

Directors: Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahmias | Stars: Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro

Votes: 76

7. Urbanized (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Norman Foster, Jan Gehl, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Amanda M. Burden

Votes: 1,938

8. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey | Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco, Jeannine Oppewall

Votes: 898 | Gross: $0.15M

9. Kochuu (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, History

KOCHUU is a visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. Winding its way through visions ... See full summary »

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister | Stars: Tadao Andô, Sverre Fehn, Kristian Gullichsen, Toyo Ito

Votes: 74

10. Helvetica (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Manfred Schulz, Massimo Vignelli, Rick Poynor, Wim Crouwel

Votes: 7,064 | Gross: $0.20M

11. Garbage Warrior (2007)

86 min | Documentary

Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Hodge | Stars: Michael Reynolds, Chris Reynolds, Shauna Malloy, Dave DiCicco

Votes: 723

12. Antwerpen Centraal (2011)

93 min | Documentary

ANTWERP CENTRAL takes the viewer on a journey through the physical and mental space of Antwerp's railway cathedral, from its construction to the present day. Drawing inspiration from the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Krüger | Stars: Thessa Krüger, Johan Leysen

Votes: 22

13. How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

The film traces the rise of one of the world's premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.

Directors: Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado | Stars: Norman Foster, Deyan Sudjic

Votes: 646 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations--such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library ... See full summary »

Directors: Markus Heidingsfelder, Min Tesch | Stars: Dirk Baecker, Cecil Balmond, Rene Daalder, Chris Dercon

Votes: 79

15. First Person Singular: I.M. Pei (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

90-minute special on the architect. Filmed throughout the world over a two-year period.

Director: Peter Rosen | Star: I.M. Pei

Votes: 68

16. Antonio Gaudí (1984)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

The work of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí, as seen by Japanese New Wave director Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Isidro Puig Boada, Antoni Gaudí, Seiji Miyaguchi

Votes: 1,185

17. The Belly of an Architect (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama

An architect supervising an exhibition starts to have mysterious stomach pains while his life slowly falls apart.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Chloe Webb, Lambert Wilson, Sergio Fantoni

Votes: 4,960 | Gross: $0.29M

18. Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe (2004)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

REGULAR OR SUPER is a fascinating and informative introduction to the work of Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), one of the 20th century's most influential architects, and a thought-provoking ... See full summary »

Directors: Patrick Demers, Joseph Hillel

Votes: 37

19. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

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

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: 685

20. Schindler's Houses (2007)

99 min | Documentary

Rudolph Schindler built many houses across Southern California. Today, we ask what the houses say about the architect.

Director: Heinz Emigholz | Star: Christian Reiner

Votes: 35

21. Loos Ornamental (2008)

72 min | Documentary

Austrian architect Adolf Loos was one of the pioneers of European Modernist Architecture. Here, twenty-seven of his still existing building are explored.

Director: Heinz Emigholz

Votes: 42

24. Making the Modern (2003)

60 min | Documentary

Fort Worth, Texas: a little known museum Mecca in the heart of the American West, home to three of the most important collections in the United States. Here in 1997, the Modern Art Museum ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lynch | Stars: Kevin Alter, Tadao Andô, Peter Arendt, Michael Auping

Votes: 12

25. Away from All Suns (2013)

74 min | Documentary, Drama, History

A journey through time to the revolutionary 1920s and a portrait of Russian society today.

Director: Isabella Willinger

Votes: 8

26. The Architect (2006)

R | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

An architect engages in conflict with an activist who lives in a dangerous complex the architect designed.

Director: Matt Tauber | Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Viola Davis, Isabella Rossellini, Hayden Panettiere

Votes: 1,075 | Gross: $0.01M

27. The Fountainhead (1949)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Romance

An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith

Votes: 8,617

28. The Human Scale (2012)

83 min | Documentary, News

50 Metascore

Half of the human population lives in urban areas. By 2050, this will increase to 80%. Life in a megacity is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, ... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Dalsgaard | Stars: Jan Gehl, Rob Adams, Robert Doyle, Lars Gemzøe

Votes: 660

29. Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994)

105 min | Documentary, Biography

A film about the work of the artist most famous for her monuments such as the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Civil Rights Fountain Memorial.

Director: Freida Lee Mock | Star: Maya Lin

Votes: 399 | Gross: $0.06M

30. Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

Documentary about the revolutionary and brilliant Chicago architect Louis Sullivan (1856-1924); his rapid rise to fame, tragic decline, and the ultimate triumph of his creative spirit.

Director: Mark Richard Smith | Stars: Madolyn Smith Osborne, Mark Richard Smith

Votes: 9

31. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. ... See full summary »

Director: Chad Freidrichs | Stars: Slyvester Brown, Irvin Dagen, Elmer Fiedler, Robert Fishman

Votes: 760 | Gross: $0.04M

33. Design Is One: The Vignellis (2012)

86 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

Italian-born Massimo and Lella Vignelli are among the world's most influential designers. Throughout their long career, their motto has been, 'If you can't find it, design it' The work ... See full summary »

Directors: Kathy Brew, Roberto Guerra | Stars: Paola Antonelli, Barry Bergdoll, Michael Bierut, Peter Eisenman

Votes: 121 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Oscar Niemeyer: A Vida é um Sopro (2009)

90 min | Documentary

A documentary on the life, works and philosophy of a genius and a human being of unique "largesse d'esprit".

Director: Fabiano Maciel | Stars: Chico Buarque, Carlos Heitor Cony, Le Corbusier, Lúcio Costa

Votes: 194

35. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,654 | Gross: $0.24M

36. Design & Thinking (2012)

74 min | Documentary

A documentary on design thinking and its impact on society and businesses.

Director: Mu-Ming Tsai | Stars: Sal Alito, Sara Beckman, George Beylerian, Andrew Brandeis

Votes: 64

37. All the World in a Design School (2015)

59 min | Documentary, Drama, News

What happens when traditionally generous and export-driven Sweden imposes steep tuition fees for non-Europeans students?

Director: Mattias Löw | Stars: Peter Alwin, Tony Catignani, Anna Costamagna, Thomas Degn

Votes: 1,272

38. Architectures (2001–2017)

28 min | Documentary

23 episode documentary, each focusing on one distinguished building and its architect, from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Stars: François Marthouret, Guy Chapelier, Santiago Calatrava, Jean Nouvel

Votes: 73

39. The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect (2014)

79 min | Documentary, Biography

E. Stewart Williams was a prolic modernist architect based in Palm Springs, California. Follow Williams' history and professional career, from the early days designing a home for Frank ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Gorst | Stars: Lauren Bricker, Tracy Conrad, Beth Edwards Harris, Amanda Erlinger

40. Joe Building: The Stalin Memorial Lecture (2006 TV Movie)

78 min | Documentary, History

Jonathan Meades examines the cult of Stalinism through its buildings and monuments.

Star: Jonathan Meades

Votes: 15

41. Ben Building: Mussolini, Monuments and Modernism (2016 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Having previously investigated the architecture of Hitler and Stalin's regimes, Jonathan Meades turns his attention to another notorious 20th-century European dictator, Mussolini. His ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Hanly | Star: Jonathan Meades

Votes: 25

42. Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2008)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography

Profiles Milton Glaser (1929- ), America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I [heart] N.Y." logo, teacher, and humanitarian. Interviews with Glaser are arranged to take ... See full summary »

Director: Wendy Keys

Votes: 185

43. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 32,249 | Gross: $1.72M

44. 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: 13,572 | Gross: $3.52M



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