With The National Endowment for the Arts (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

8.2
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82 Metascore

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 11,301 | Gross: $3.78M

2. Great Performances (1971– )

TV-G | Music

7.5
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"You Can't Take It With You" is hailed one of the greatest revivals and filmed plays for PBS television. David Woods brought stunning charm, humor, and time to this Moss Hart masterpiece. ... See full summary »

Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming

Votes: 544

3. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Ray Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 20,632 | Gross: $1.21M

4. Testament (1983)

PG | 90 min | Drama

6.9
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The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.

Director: Lynne Littman | Stars: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Rossie Harris, Roxana Zal

Votes: 5,512 | Gross: $2.04M

5. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 715

6. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson

Votes: 186

7. Girlfriends (1978)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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A photographer and her girlfriend are roommates. She is stuck with small-change shooting jobs and dreams of success. When her roommate decides to get married and leave, she feels hurt and has to learn how to deal with living alone.

Director: Claudia Weill | Stars: Melanie Mayron, Eli Wallach, Adam Cohen, Anita Skinner

Votes: 1,197

8. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

7.9
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 5,989

9. Working Girls (1986)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

6.4
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A day in the life of several prostitutes in an upscale Manhattan whore house. The film is a stark portrayal of the women prostitutes, the male customers and the motivations of both. Watch ... See full summary »

Director: Lizzie Borden | Stars: Louise Smith, Ellen McElduff, Amanda Goodwin, Deborah Banks

Votes: 697 | Gross: $1.78M

10. I Am a Sex Addict (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Romance

6.0
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62 Metascore

Autobiographical comedy about a recovering sex addict, about his obsession with prostitutes, and how that affected his relationships and his life altogether.

Director: Caveh Zahedi | Stars: Caveh Zahedi, Christoff Colas, Rebecca Lord, Lindsey Tjian

Votes: 3,125 | Gross: $0.11M

11. Animalympics (1980)

78 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.8
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The animal kingdom stages its own olympic games.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: Gilda Radner, Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, Michael Fremer

Votes: 1,788

12. Style Wars (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

Director: Tony Silver | Stars: Demon, Kase 2, Eric Haze, D. 5

Votes: 2,558

13. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama

6.6
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An alcoholic and femme fatale face troubles before a family reunion.

Director: Jack Hofsiss | Stars: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn, Kim Stanley

Votes: 476

14. Game Show Models (1977)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

5.0
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A soft-porn drama about the ins and outs within the office of a sleazy, middle sized, Hollywood PR firm.

Director: David N. Gottlieb | Stars: Gilbert DeRush, Rae Sperling, John Vickery, Diane Thomas

Votes: 86

15. Reckless (1995)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.3
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On Christmas Eve, a regretful husband admits to his high-spirited wife that he has hired a contract killer to take her out. She immediately flees. A nice couple offers her shelter, but everyone have dark secrets in this wacky movie.

Director: Norman René | Stars: Mia Farrow, Tony Goldwyn, Juana Barrios, Mike Heibeck

Votes: 414 | Gross: $0.10M

16. Young@Heart (2007)

PG | 107 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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75 Metascore

A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians.

Directors: Stephen Walker, Sally George | Stars: Joe Benoit, Helen Boston, Louise Canady, Elaine Fligman

Votes: 3,790 | Gross: $3.96M

17. Swoon (1992)

Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Kalin | Stars: Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, Ron Vawter, Michael Kirby

Votes: 1,518 | Gross: $0.34M

18. Sherman's March (1985)

Not Rated | 157 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.3
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Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee sets out to make a movie about Union General Sherman's March to the Sea towards the end of the American Civil War, but keeps getting sidetracked by his own love life.

Director: Ross McElwee | Stars: Ross McElwee, Dede McElwee, Ross McElwee Jr., Patricia Rendleman

Votes: 2,269

19. Life and Debt (2001)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.5
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67 Metascore

Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.

Director: Stephanie Black | Stars: Belinda Becker, Buju Banton, Horst Köhler, Michael Manley

Votes: 939 | Gross: $0.24M

20. Children of Darkness (1983)

57 min | Documentary

8.0
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A significant number of American children and teenagers - from all social backgrounds - suffer from mental disorders, schizophrenia, autism and emotional problems, leading them to isolation... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Thomas, Richard Kotuk, John Brooks, Billy Calhoun

Votes: 320

21. Gal Young Un (1979)

105 min | Drama

6.9
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Gal Young 'Un centers on a spinster woman who lives alone in the woods of north Florida until she is swept off her feet by an opportunistic bootlegger. He marries her for her place and her ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Nunez | Stars: Dana Preu, David Peck, J. Smith-Cameron, Gene Densmore

Votes: 115

22. Out (1982)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

2.5
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A self-styled "urban guerrilla" in Greenwich Village is sent on various assignments across the country by a mysterious "commander."

Director: Eli Hollander | Stars: Peter Coyote, O-Lan Jones, Jim Haynie, Grandfather Semu Haute

Votes: 286

23. Vortex (1982)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller

5.4
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A film noirish atmosphere is created to show detective Lunch (a popular underground musician and poet) plow her way through the plans of a corporate businessman who seeks government defense... See full summary »

Directors: Beth B, Scott B | Stars: James Russo, Lydia Lunch, William Rice, Ann Magnuson

Votes: 76

24. Chicken Ranch (1983)

Unrated | 74 min | Documentary

6.6
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Documentary on the "Chicken Ranch," a legal Nevada brothel.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Sandi Sissel | Stars: Fran, Walter Plankinton, Connie, Claudia

Votes: 291

25. Seeing Red (1983)

100 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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A unique documentary that looks at the political activities of the American Communist Party in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Directors: Jim Klein, Julia Reichert | Stars: Oscar Hunter, Rose Podmaka, Sylvia Woods, Howard 'Stretch' Johnson

Votes: 118

26. Rock & Roll (1995– )

Documentary, Music

8.3
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A history of rock and roll music.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Hoss Allen, Al Aronowitz, Joan Baez

Votes: 68

27. Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees (1991)

85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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A man recalls the story of how his bees implanted in him a bee television, causing him to lose all perception of space, time, and self in the deserts of the American West.

Director: David Blair | Stars: Father Bessarion, David Blair, William S. Burroughs, Florence Ormezzano

Votes: 282

28. Alive from Off Center (1984–1991)

Drama

8.5
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An avant-garde omnibus that features works by off-the-wall artists in many different disciplines.

Stars: Laurie Anderson, Eric Bogosian, Spalding Gray, Ann Magnuson

Votes: 43

29. Flag Wars (2003)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.0
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"Flag Wars" is a cinema verite documentary that follows the conflicts that arise when gay white professionals move into a black working-class neighborhood. Filmed over a four years in ... See full summary »

Directors: Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras | Stars: Nina Masseria, Floyd Goode, Josephine Goode, Shango Baba Olugbala

Votes: 195

30. George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)

110 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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Biography of director George Stevens by his son. It includes clips from many of his films with commentary by the actors and by directors such as Frank Capra, John Huston and Alan Pakula, ... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Warren Beatty, Pandro S. Berman, Frank Capra

Votes: 299

31. Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001– )

TV-PG | 58 min | Documentary

7.1
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A look at contemporary art and artists.

Stars: Charles Atlas, Brienne Arrington, Erika Fortner, Larry Little

Votes: 52

32. Living on Tokyo Time (1987)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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When her visa expires, a young Japanese immigrant in San Francisco agrees to marry a Japanese-American boy to avoid being deported back to Japan.

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Minako Ohashi, Ken Nakagawa, Mitzi Abe, Bill Bonham

Votes: 157 | Gross: $0.29M

33. An American Love Story (1999– )

300 min | Documentary

6.5
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A year-and-a-half in the lives of an interracial couple and their two biracial daughters.

Stars: Bill Sims, Chaney Sims, Cicily Wilson, Karen Wilson

Votes: 26

34. Time Indefinite (1993)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography

7.6
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Forty year old documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee has a penchant for filming everything around him. Following the announcement of his impending marriage to his film-making partner Marilyn ... See full summary »

Director: Ross McElwee | Stars: Steve Ascher, Michael Blumenthal, Robert Gardner, Dee Dee Geraty

Votes: 338

35. The Phantom of the Open Hearth (1976 TV Movie)

Family

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Ralph Parker a teenager in the early 1950's faces his junior prom while fantasying of one Daphne Bigelow his dream date. The ups and downs of life as a teen in a working class neighborhood in the 1950's Midwest.

Directors: Fred Barzyk, David R. Loxton | Stars: David Elliott, Barbara Bolton, James Bonnell, James Broderick

Votes: 84

36. Coming Out Under Fire (1994)

72 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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A historical account of military policy regarding homosexuals during World War II. The documentary includes interviews with several gay WWII veterans.

Director: Arthur Dong | Stars: Salome Jens, Phillis Abry, David Barrett, Alan Bergreen

Votes: 119

37. Green Fields (1937)

Passed | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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Ulmer's soulful, open-air adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein's classic play heralded the Golden Age of Yiddish cinema. When an ascetic young scholar ventures into the countryside, searching for... See full summary »

Directors: Jacob Ben-Ami, Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Michael Gorrin, Helen Beverley, Isidore Cashier, Anna Appel

Votes: 83 | Gross: $0.08M

38. Solly's Diner (1980)

PG | 10 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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Jones, A homeless street character (Larry Hankin) tries to talk the night waitress in Solly's Diner (Ruth Silvera). He's plea is interrupted by a desperate business man (Roger Bowen) who ... See full synopsis »

Director: Larry Hankin | Stars: Ruth Silveira, Paul Willson, Larry Hankin, Roger Bowen

Votes: 54

39. Soldier Girls (1981)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.0
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A documentary about women's basic training in Fort Georgia.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Gregory Abing, Clara Alves, Jackie Hall, Joann Johnson

Votes: 232

40. Tattooed Tears (1979)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

7.0
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An intimate, hands on encounter with a maximum security juvenile correctional facility in Chino California.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Brian, Marcus, Pedro, Ronnie

Votes: 144

41. Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase (1992)

TV-G | 7 min | Animation, Short

6.9
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Two-dimensional clay animations melding and merging the work of 35 famous artists.

Director: Joan C. Gratz | Star: Jean G. Poulot

Votes: 685

42. The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa (1977)

G | 10 min | Animation, Short

6.7
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A traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes up to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature.

Director: Caroline Leaf

Votes: 286

43. Americaner Shadchen (1940)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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Nat Silver has been engaged 7 times already. This time, his 8th, he's really going to get married. But a visitor shows up, Shirley's old boyfriend. With a gun ! He'll kill himself unless he... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Leo Fuchs, Judith Abarbanel, Judel Dubinsky, Anna Guskin

Votes: 68

44. Black Sheep Boy (1995)

Unrated | 37 min | Short, Fantasy

5.3
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The psychological and emotional motivations of gay sexual fetish, especially relating to gay male teens maturing into men and their sexual exploits.

Director: Michael Wallin | Stars: Stuart Cataldo, Drew Daniel, Peter Dunaj, Andrew Durham

Votes: 74

45. The Dragon Painter (1919)

TV-PG | 53 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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A wild man and genius becomes a master painter's disciple, but loses his divine gift when he finds love.

Director: William Worthington | Stars: Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki, Edward Peil Sr., Toyo Fujita

Votes: 432

46. Heart Full of Soul (1990)

76 min | Drama

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Director: Eagle Pennell | Stars: Jim Barham, Hi Bice, Terry Cochran, Allen Dorris

47. The Garden of Earthly Delights (1981)

G | 3 min | Short

6.4
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A collage of two-dimensional images of vegetation, each appearing only for a moment, sometimes as a single image, more often with other bits of stem, leaf, bud, or petal. Often we see only ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 707

48. The Passing (1991 Video)

54 min

7.1
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Artist Bill Viola juxtaposes personal pictures of his mother's death with images of his own son's birth to explore foundational and potent themes of beginnings and endings, the cycle of life and the movement of generations.

Director: Bill Viola | Stars: Andrei Viola, Blake Viola, Wynne Lee Viola

Votes: 96

49. The Singing Blacksmith (1938)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Musical

6.6
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Moishe Oysher gives his most robust performance as a passionate shtetl blacksmith who must struggle against temptation to become a mensch. Ulmer's film is a musical version of David Pinski's classic 1906 play Yankl der Schmid.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Ben-Zvi Baratoff, Ossip Dymow | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Miriam Riselle, Florence Weiss, Anna Appel

Votes: 39

50. Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust (2004)

Unrated | 97 min | Documentary

7.8
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67 Metascore

Menachem Daum, the son of holocaust survivors, and a New York Orthodox Jew worries that both of his sons, full time yeshiva students who live with their families in Israel, are becoming ... See full summary »

Directors: Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky | Stars: Akiva Daum, Menachem Daum, Rifka Daum, Tzvi Dovid Daum

Votes: 157 | Gross: $0.05M


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