With American Masters (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018)

68 min | Documentary

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Decades before Hogwarts, Ursula K. Le Guin invited young readers to wizard school in her classic Earthsea fantasy series, and dazzled the science fiction world with masterworks like The ... See full summary »

Director: Arwen Curry | Stars: Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin

Votes: 55

2. By Sidney Lumet (2015)

103 min | Documentary

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66 Metascore

In a never-before-seen interview filmed in 2008, three years before his death, Sidney Lumet discusses his life and career.

Director: Nancy Buirski | Star: Sidney Lumet

Votes: 307

3. Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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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: 403

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

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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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

5. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

Director: Samuel D. Pollard | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Humphrey Bogart, Burt Boyar

Votes: 116

6. Wyeth (2018)

Documentary

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WYETH tells the story of one of America's most popular, but least understood, artists. While his exhibitions routinely broke attendance records, art world critics continually assaulted his work.

Director: Glenn Holsten

Votes: 21

7. Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (2013)

84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.3
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This film tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman's journey from her birth in a paper thin shack in the cotton fields of Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the ... See full summary »

Director: Pratibha Parmar | Stars: Robert L. Allen, Tony Brown, Angela Davis, Jennifer DeVere Brody

Votes: 58

8. A Good Man (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

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A Good Man follows acclaimed director/choreographer Bill T. Jones for two tumultuous years, as he tackles the most ambitious work of his career, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial.

Directors: Bob Hercules, Gordon Quinn | Stars: Nana Amoah, Bill T. Jones, Lindsay Jones

Votes: 10

9. The Papp Project (2001)

Documentary

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Directors: Tracie Holder, Karen Thorsen | Stars: Tom Bird, Phoebe Brand, Lee Breuer, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 21

10. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table (1987)

TV-14 | 56 min | Documentary, Biography

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Profile of the group of writers and humorists who formed lasting friendships and collaborations centered on their daily lunches at New York City's Algonquin Hotel through the 1920s, which ... See full summary »

Director: Aviva Slesin | Stars: Heywood Hale Broun, Marc Connelly, Margalo Gillmore, Ruth Gordon

Votes: 118

11. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter (1996)

TV-14 | 62 min | Documentary, Biography

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Born in Brooklyn, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Danny Kaye went from a borscht belt comedian to one of the best known film and stage stars in the world. This tribute follows his ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Marty | Stars: Danny Kaye, Hugh Downs, Dena Kaye, Carl Reiner

Votes: 56

12. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice (1996)

TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

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Stars: Gail Lumet Buckley, Ossie Davis, Luther Henderson, Lena Horne

Votes: 57

13. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Jack Paar: 'As I Was Saying...' (1997)

TV-14 | 115 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Michael Macari Jr. | Stars: Jack Paar, Paul Keyes, Hal Gurnee, Hugh Downs

Votes: 57

14. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (1998)

TV-14 | 73 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Lou Reed, David Bowie, David Byrne, John Cale

Votes: 291

15. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood (1998)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Michael Epstein | Stars: Gene Hackman, Alfred Hitchcock, David O. Selznick, Peter Bogdanovich

Votes: 316

16. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (1989)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

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Profiles the life and work of author/civil rights activist, James Baldwin.

Director: Karen Thorsen | Stars: James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Frances Foster

Votes: 107

17. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye (2001)

TV-14 | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

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Biography of Alfred Stieglitz and his role in the early 20th century American art world.

Director: Perry Miller Adato | Stars: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Steichen, John Marin

Votes: 85

18. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Ralph Ellison: An American Journey (2002)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

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This documentary presents a portrait of African American author Ralph Ellison, one of the great American novelists of the twentieth century.

Directors: Avon Kirkland, Elise Robertson | Stars: Andre Braugher, John Amos, Paul Benjamin, Jacques C. Smith

Votes: 59

19. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

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A documentary on Gene Kelly.

Director: Robert Trachtenberg | Stars: Stanley Tucci, Fred Astaire, Jeanine Basinger, Betsy Blair

Votes: 266

20. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied (2003)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

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Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville | Stars: Chuck D, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards

Votes: 61

21. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult (1989)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Gene Lasko | Star: Peter Riegert

Votes: 51

22. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds (2001)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Roger Sherman

Votes: 60

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

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Biography

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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

24. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Henry Luce & Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire (2004)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Henry Luce co-founded Time Inc. in 1923 and presided over the company for more than 45 years, making an indelible mark on publishing in the process. This compelling look into the life of ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Stept | Stars: Scott Simon, Harris Yulin

Votes: 37

25. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Willa Cather: The Road Is All (2005)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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This documentary tells the story of a woman who invented herself from scratch. As a child, Willa Cather was taken from her comfortable home in Virginia into the wild Nebraska frontier--a ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Geyer | Stars: Joan Acocella, Willa Cather, Richard Giannone, Vivian Gornick

Votes: 56

26. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed (1994)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

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The definitive documentary on the life and work of Martha Graham.

Director: Catherine Tatge | Stars: Claire Bloom, Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, Glen Tetley

Votes: 58

27. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams (2001)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

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Director: DeWitt Sage | Stars: Laura Linney, Amy Irving, William Sandler, Campbell Scott

Votes: 54

28. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

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This film traces the artistic self-realization of Annie Leibovitz, from childhood through the death of her beloved friend, Susan Sontag, and includes snippets of Leibovitz's last visual ... See full synopsis »

Director: Barbara Leibovitz | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Graydon Carter, Hillary Clinton, George Clooney

Votes: 448

29. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (2008)

TV-14 | 83 min | Documentary, Biography

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Author Zora Neale Hurston died in poverty in 1960 but today her novels are read throughout the world. Her controversial life story is explored in this biopic.

Director: Samuel D. Pollard | Stars: Kim Brockington, Cab Calloway, Frank Robertson Jr., Marceline Hugot

Votes: 57

30. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: LennoNYC (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, Biography

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A look at the period of time musician John Lennon and his family spent living in New York City during the 1970s.

Director: Michael Epstein | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Elton John, Roy Cicala

Votes: 508

31. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Cachao: Uno Mas (2010)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

4.8
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Director: Dikayl Rimmasch

Votes: 5

32. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Lillian Gish: The Actor's Life for Me (1988)

TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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A documentary about the life and films of actress Lillian Gish.

Director: Terry Sanders | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Dorothy Gish, Lillian Gish

Votes: 40

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

Not Rated | 192 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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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

34. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Maurice Sendak: Mon Cher Papa (1987)

TV-14 | 56 min | Documentary, Biography

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Maurice Sendak,the renowned illustrator is no stranger to television. He has been featured on "magazines" such as "60 Minutes." His "Really Rosie!" published in the 1950's, was seen as an ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Swann | Star: Maurice Sendak


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