Top Urban Planning Filmsby bauerku | created - 05 Feb 2013 | updated - 04 Aug 2014 | Public
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1. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.
Votes: 658,763 | Gross: $7.56M
Life in favelas of Rio de Janeiro
2. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)
Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary
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 »
Votes: 766 | Gross: $0.04M
Public Housing, social justice, Modernist architecture
3. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
PG | 92 min | Documentary
A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.
Votes: 11,918 | Gross: $1.68M
Transportation, environment, GM, oil industry
4. Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980)
58 min | Documentary
This highly influential film in architecture and planning circles by William H. Whyte analyzes the success and failures of urban spaces. Observing the natural order of spaces and the way ... See full summary »
William Whyte classic. Time-lapse photography. Research methods. Plazas.
5. 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.
Transportation, public space, community, affordable housing, and the urbanization in developing countries
e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious (2006– )
Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands
TV-G | 26 min | Documentary
Dutch planners tap into their innate design sensibility and the industrial landscape to create a sustainable development in Amsterdam's abandoned dockyards, Borneo Sporenburg. Offering an ... See full summary »
88 min | Documentary
An extraordinary group of artists and musicians, in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, create an underground arts movement and transform a community.
8. Sprawling from Grace (2008)
82 min | Documentary
With more than 250 million cars and trucks on the road and the demand for oil out pacing the Earth's ability to supply it, have we now become slaves to this unsustainable freedom?
9. A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2006 Video)
Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary
There is hope! This inspirational documentary shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. The film shows innovations in the areas of transportation, recycling, ... See full summary »
11. New Urban Cowboy: Toward a New Pedestrianism (2007)
83 min | Documentary
On a sweltering day in August 2001, a stranger appeared in a crime-ridden Florida neighborhood known as "Cracktown." Armed only with his big ideas and determination, artist/urban designer/... See full summary »
12. Taken for a Ride (1996)
52 min | Documentary
How the American auto industry engineered the demise of city public-transit systems.
Demise of the Streetcar. GM
13. The New World (2011)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
This controversial epic, banned by the Vatican for over twenty years, New World is set in the 16th century. A priest decides to plot with an artist to create an icon of the Virgin Mary, ... See full summary »
Estonian documentary film about New World Society, a citizens’ initiative in Tallinn, Estonia that aims to remake neighbourhoods and change peoples' lives.
16. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )
600 min | Documentary, History
Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 ... See full summary »
17. The Big Uneasy (2010)
Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary
Follows three remarkable people--the leaders of two scientific investigation teams, and one whistleblower--as they reveal the true story of why New Orleans flooded.
18. Bill Cunningham: New York (2010)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.
Votes: 4,937 | Gross: $1.51M
19. The Parking Lot Movie (2010)
PG | 74 min | Documentary
The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows a select group of parking lot attendants and their strange rite of passage... See full summary »
20. Waste Land (2010)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.
Votes: 8,062 | Gross: $0.19M
21. Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (2011)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, News
Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. Since the 1960s the... See full summary »
22. The Garden (III) (2008)
Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy
The story of a 14-acre urban farm in South Central Los Angeles, the low-income families who farmed it for 12 years, and the struggle they faced when real estate developers decide to redevelop the land.
23. Trouble the Water (2008)
Unrated | 93 min | Documentary
A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.
Votes: 1,868 | Gross: $0.52M
24. My Winnipeg (2007)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Votes: 4,588 | Gross: $0.16M
25. Dark Days (2000)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary
A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.
Votes: 6,140 | Gross: $0.43M
NYC Homeless. Railroad tunnels.
26. Ikiru (1952)
Not Rated | 143 min | Drama
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.
Votes: 60,552 | Gross: $0.06M
A bureaucrat who learns he is dying of stomach cancer unexpectedly finds a sense of purpose in his life by cutting through red tape to get a park built for neighborhood children.
56 min | Documentary
Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late nineteenth century urban disorder, Burnham offered a ... See full summary »
Director: Judith McBrien
29. The City (II) (1939)
20 min | Documentary, Short
An analysis of the development of London
1939 housing issues
Slum clearance and the construction of new housing in Philadelphia.
31. Detroit on Fire 2010 (2010 Video)
46 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A look at the vacant home/arson problem in the city of Detroit, through the eyes of the Detroit Firefighters who face Devil's Night every night.
Director: Constance York
Detroit City on the Move
And after the King riots in 1968, the city residents were on the move to the suburbs. Such high hopes for the city in the mid 1960's. Has there been a major American city that has fallen harder than Detroit?
32. Community Responsibilities (1955)
11 min | Short
Community Growth and Crisis
Every Planner should watch this film. This is a documentary about homebuilders decrying unplanned urban sprawl. Their solution? Planned Unit Developments, Cluster Zoning, Flexible zoning controls and Pro Land Use laws... if only we had listened.
33. Sesame Street (1969– )
TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.
Wide Open Spaces http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIljhbdp0Cs&NR=1
Life in the Country and the City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp4q9K39UXk
Garden in the City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzPV65V5H3w
Sno-Cones in the City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUDf7eJDWAM
35. Samsara (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music
Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
Votes: 30,499 | Gross: $2.67M
36. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 148,223 | Gross: $1.24M
39. Detropia (2012)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary
A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.
Votes: 1,491 | Gross: $0.36M
42. King Corn (2007)
Unrated | 88 min | Documentary
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,903 | Gross: $0.08M
43. Food (II) (2011)
13 min | Short, Comedy, Horror
On a dare, a young girl enters a supposedly abandoned house. She soon finds herself being chased by a cannibalistic chef.
Food Films http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/08/serious-green-a-guide-to-environmental-food-related-movies-documentary-films.html
44. Food Matters (2008)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary
Food Matters examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on such topics as organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.
45. Ingredients (2009)
Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary
American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. ... See full summary »
46. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary
The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He ... See full summary »
Votes: 596 | Gross: $0.01M
47. The Greenhorns (2010)
Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Biography
Armed with a camcorder, farmer-filmmaker-activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming spent two years crisscrossing America, meeting and mobilizing a network of revolutionary young farmers ... See full summary »
Monoculture, monopoly, cheap food and poor diets-- these are the consequences of an agricultural system gone awry, driven by policy and corporate control. Here we are, unhealthy.
48. Fish Meat (2012)
Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Adventure, News
The age of fish meat is here. Our hunger for seafood grows and grows but the seas are running out of fish. But what exactly is farmed fish? Where does it come from, and how is it made? Two ... See full summary »
49. The Wire (2002–2008)
TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller