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2. Moviedrome (1988–2000)

5 min | Documentary

Cult films receive interesting introductions from an expert, before the entire film is screened.

Stars: Alex Cox, Mark Cousins

Votes: 97

3. Cinéma, de notre temps (1988– )


A televisual memory of cinema, this documentary series about contemporary filmmakers from around the world, created by Janine Bazin and André S. Labarthe, is a follow-up to the acclaimed initial series "Filmmakers of our time" (1964-1972).

Stars: Jean-Claude Dauphin, Jean Douchet, Claude Chabrol, Luc Moullet

Votes: 80

4. The Incredibly Strange Film Show (1988–1989)

45 min | Documentary

This show is a series of documentaries focusing on the world of psychotronic movies. Episodes focus on the lives of such diverse filmakers as Hershell Gordon Lewis, Saim Raimi, Doris ... See full summary »

Stars: Jonathan Ross, Ric Meyers, David F. Friedman, Johnny Legend

Votes: 125

5. Movie Magic (1994– )

30 min | Documentary, Short, History

Documentary series dealing with every aspect of special effects in movies, from low-budget make-up to multi-million-dollar computer-generated graphics. The clear presentation includes ... See full summary »

Stars: James Cameron, Richard Edlund, Rick Baker, Ken Ralston

Votes: 138

6. At the Movies (1982–1986)

30 min | Talk-Show

The show that made Siskel and Ebert famous. These two Chicago-based movie critics sit around and review movies, giving either "Thumbs up" or "Thumbs down." Noted for the good-natured ... See full summary »

Stars: Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Elva Poznanski, Rex Reed

Votes: 776

7. 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: 54

8. Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987)

160 min | Documentary, Biography

A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.

Stars: Lindsay Anderson, Charles Lamont, William R. Cox, Loyal T. Lucas

Votes: 460

9. Silent Clowns (2006)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

A profile of some of the greatest stars of silent comedy.

Stars: Paul Merton, Neil Brand, Vic Armstrong, Sanjeev Bhaskar

Votes: 44

10. Anatomy of a Scene (2001– )

30 min | Documentary

This monthly series examines the creation of a scene from a new feature film from the point of view of the director and other key collaborators.

Stars: Tim Hopper, Edward Burns, James Lyons, Craig Armstrong

Votes: 49

11. Clapper Board (1972–1982)

25 min | Family

Children's television programme about cinema, hosted by Chris Kelly.

Stars: Chris Kelly, John Huntley, Derek Ware, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 34

13. Hollywood U.K. (1993– )

48 min | Documentary

A five-part history of British cinema in the 1960s presented by American director Richard Lester.

Stars: Richard Lester, Michael Caine, Lindsay Anderson, Dirk Bogarde

Votes: 35

14. The Year of the Rat (2003 Video)

73 min | Documentary, Horror

Making a studio film is a huge collaborative effort, whether it's an epic period blockbuster or a small horror movie about a lonely man and his pet rat. This is a behind-the-scenes ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Ng | Stars: James Wong, Robert McLachlan, Casey Hotchkiss, Bill Carraro

Votes: 79

15. Snowball Effect. The Story of Clerks (2004 Video)

91 min | Documentary

A feature-length documentary about the making of Kevin Smith's Clerks (1994) and the commercial success that followed.

Director: Phil Benson | Stars: Kevin Smith, Grace Smith, Ernest O'Donnell, Mike Belicose

Votes: 523

17. The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style (2009 Video)

57 min | Documentary

Discover what makes a Hitchcock film Hitchcockian. When it comes to thrillers and tales of suspense, there is no greater artist than Alfred Hitchcock.

Director: Gary Leva | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Lawrence, William Friedkin, Guillermo del Toro

Votes: 79

18. The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996 Video)

88 min | Documentary

A documentary following Terry Gilliam through the creation of "12 Monkeys" (1995)

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe | Stars: Keith Fulton, Terry Gilliam, Charles Roven, Lloyd Phillips

Votes: 926

19. Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' (2000 Video)

46 min | Documentary

Documentary on the making of Kubrick's classic film.

Director: David Naylor | Stars: James B. Harris, Alexander Walker, Lee Minoff, Ken Adam

Votes: 332

20. Tod Browning's 'Freaks': The Sideshow Cinema (2004 Video)

64 min | Documentary

Documentary recounting the making of Tod Browning's Freaks. Featuring interviews with experts and actual sideshow performers, this film gives a fascinating insight into the cast members, ... See full summary »

Stars: David J. Skal, Todd Robbins, Johnny Meah, Mark Povinelli

Votes: 72

21. On Screen! (2005– )

48 min | Documentary

On Screen!, is a documentary series that explores and celebrates the Canadian film industry's most important cultural milestones. Each one-hour program showcases a quintessentially Canadian... See full summary »

Stars: Iris Quinn, Piers Handling, Caelum Vatnsdal, Don Carmody

Votes: 8

24. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 17,337 | Gross: $1.32M

25. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 19,593 | Gross: $0.65M

26. 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: 9,525

27. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

Votes: 12,629 | Gross: $0.03M

28. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

R | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson

Votes: 2,113 | Gross: $0.01M

29. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,932 | Gross: $0.30M

30. I Know That Voice (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Several voice actors discuss their art and their careers.

Director: Lawrence Shapiro | Stars: Charlie Adler, Pamela Adlon, Carlos Alazraqui, Jack Angel

Votes: 2,437

31. Best Worst Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: George Hardy, Lily Hardy, Pita Ray, Micki Knox

Votes: 7,353 | Gross: $0.10M

32. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

Votes: 5,889 | Gross: $1.51M

33. Cinemania (2002)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

This documentary about the culture of intense cinephilia in New York City reveals the impassioned world of five obsessed movie buffs. The filmmakers expose this delightfully deranged cult ... See full summary »

Directors: Angela Christlieb, Stephen Kijak | Stars: Jack Angstreich, Eric Chadbourne, Bill Heidbreder, Roberta Hill

Votes: 2,174 | Gross: $0.01M

34. 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: 4,477

35. 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: 20,049 | Gross: $0.26M

36. The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell (1982 TV Movie)

94 min | Comedy, Documentary

This salute to the famous comedy team of the Marx Brothers shows clips from many of their best-known films, including Duck Soup, Horse Feathers and Animal Crackers. Also shown are rare ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Patterson | Stars: Gene Kelly, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

Votes: 101

37. Hello Cinema (1995)

75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Behzad Dorani, Feizola Gashghai, Maryam Keyhan

Votes: 1,541

38. When Comedy Was King (1960)

81 min | Comedy, Documentary

A feature-length documentary devoted to the great clowns of silent comedy.

Director: Robert Youngson | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel

Votes: 273

39. Finding Hillywood (2013)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

FINDING HILLYWOOD chronicles one man's road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. In Hillywood (Rwanda's film industry ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Towey, Leah Warshawski | Stars: Eric Kabera, Nicole Kalisa, Rodrigues Karekezi, Ayuub Kasasa Mago

Votes: 103

40. De Palma (2015)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.

Directors: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow | Star: Brian De Palma

Votes: 4,303 | Gross: $0.16M

41. Strictly Courtroom (2008 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary

A look at the portrayals of courtroom trials in film history.

Director: Georgina Harvey | Stars: Martin Shaw, Clive Stafford Smith, Derek Malcolm, Stella Bruzzi

Votes: 50

42. Wakaliwood: The Documentary (2012)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary

A loving husband and father, Isaac is an unlikely multi-hyphenate action filmmaker working from his home in the slums of Wakaliga, Uganda. This funny, touching and inspiring story ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Barenholtz | Stars: Nabwana I.G.G., Alan Hofmanis

Votes: 117

43. 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: 2,917 | Gross: $0.80M

44. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place.

Director: William Greaves | Stars: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Jonathan Gordon, Bob Rosen

Votes: 1,322

45. Directed by John Ford (1971)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on the life and films of director John Ford.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: John Ford, Peter Bogdanovich, Orson Welles, Clint Eastwood

Votes: 951

46. Scotland on Screen (2009 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary