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2. Eames Lounge Chair (1956)

2 min | Documentary, Short

Stop-motion animation depicts a man assembling an Eames lounge chair, sitting down to relax in it, and then disassembling it for shipment.

Directors: Charles Eames, Ray Eames | Stars: Dick Hoffman, Nan Martin, Deborah Sussman

Votes: 33

3. 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: 2,959 | Gross: $2.75M

4. Mon Oncle (1958)

Not Rated | 116 min | Comedy

Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Lucien Frégis

Votes: 17,011

5. 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: 8,650

6. Visual Acoustics (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bricker | Stars: Frances Anderton, Wim de Wit, Beth Edwards Harris, Frank Escher

Votes: 573 | Gross: $0.10M

7. 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: 1,474 | Gross: $0.44M

8. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 146,748 | Gross: $1.24M

9. 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: 686

10. 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

11. 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, Rem Koolhaas, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Tarna Klitzner

Votes: 1,942

12. 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: 7,080 | Gross: $0.20M

13. Objectified (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Andrew Blauvelt, Erwan Bouroullec

Votes: 3,267 | Gross: $0.01M

14. 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

15. The Ideal City (2012)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

A man takes his ecological lifestyle to the extreme.

Director: Luigi Lo Cascio | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Luigi Maria Burruano, Massimo Foschi, Alfonso Santagata

Votes: 271

16. Cathedrals of Culture (2014)

165 min | Documentary

Six directors tackle the question "If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?" by capturing iconic buildings with narration from the perspective of the buildings.

Directors: Karim Aïnouz, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Margreth Olin, Robert Redford, Wim Wenders | Stars: Meret Becker, Gennadi Vengerov, Benedicte C. Westin, Jonas Salk

Votes: 198

17. 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

18. 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: 122 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Abstract: The Art of Design (2017– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary

A look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.

Stars: Platon, Elisabeth Biondi, Ilse Crawford, Es Devlin

Votes: 3,503

20. The Practice of Architecture: Visiting Peter Zumthor (2012)

58 min | Documentary

The architect Peter Zumthor lives and works in the remote village of Haldenstein in the Swiss Kanton of Graubünden. Here, keeping the politics of architecture at a comfortable distance, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Kenneth Frampton, Peter Zumthor

21. 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



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