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1. Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.

Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Ty Burrell, Harris Yulin

Votes: 15,224 | Gross: $0.22M

2. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (2003)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

Heinz Bütler interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) late in life. Cartier-Bresson pulls out photographs, comments briefly, and holds them up to Bütler's camera. A few others share ... See full summary »

Director: Heinz Bütler | Stars: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alexander Brooks, Robert Delpire, Elliott Erwitt

Votes: 320 | Gross: $0.03M

3. McCullin (2012)

91 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer, often cited as an inspiration for today's photojournalists. For the first time, McCullin speaks candidly about his ... See full summary »

Directors: David Morris, Jacqui Morris | Stars: Harold Evans, Don McCullin, Michael Parkinson, Sue Ryder

Votes: 2,185

4. The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia (2002)

75 min | Documentary

The meaning of art itself comes into question in this documentary about Shelby Lee Adams' controversial photos of families in Appalachia.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Stars: Shelby Lee Adams, Chad Baker, Donnie Benton, Burley Childers

Votes: 226

5. Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

54 Metascore

An intimate portrait of Anton Corbijn as he travels the world as a photographer, film maker and video artist. A unique and revelatory look at the drama and conflict inherent in the man ... See full summary »

Director: Klaartje Quirijns | Stars: Anton Corbijn, Bono, Martin Gore, Herbert Grönemeyer

Votes: 526

6. Everybody Street (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

EVERYBODY STREET, directed by Cheryl Dunn, illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers - including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell... See full summary »

Director: Cheryl Dunn | Stars: Boogie, Martha Cooper, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt

Votes: 703

7. Monk with a Camera (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, News

56 Metascore

Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a ... See full summary »

Directors: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi | Stars: The Dalai Lama, Khyongla Rinpoche, Nicky Vreeland, Alexander Vreeland

Votes: 308

8. Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

A documentary on the relationship between curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and musician/poet Patti Smith.

Director: James Crump | Stars: Pierre Apraxine, Dick Cavett, Dominick Dunne, Raymond Foye

Votes: 243

9. Bert Stern: Original Madman (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

35 Metascore

"Bert Stern: Original Mad Man" is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of America's most influential photographers. Photographing the world's most alluring women in fashion ... See full summary »

Director: Shannah Laumeister Stern | Stars: Bert Stern, Shannah Laumeister Stern, Albert D'Annibale, Dorothy Tristan

Votes: 225 | Gross: $0.03M

10. Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress (2014)

94 min | Documentary, Biography

Alasdair Gray is one of the giants of Scottish Arts, gaining a reputation as a great writer, artist, notorious drunkard, irascible interviewee and controversial essayist. In this intimate ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Cameron | Stars: Jonathan Coe, Alasdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, Edwin Morgan

11. Naked States (2000)

R | 80 min | Documentary

Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits. This ... See full summary »

Director: Arlene Nelson | Stars: Spencer Tunick, Trey Anastasio, Fraya Berg, Deborah Berman

Votes: 488

12. Style Wars (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Music

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: 2,710

13. Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

A journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism. Onscreen, the nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw-an uncompromising artist... See full summary »

Directors: Marion Cajori, Amei Wallach | Stars: Pandora Tabatabai Asbaghi, Jean-Louis Bourgeois, Louise Bourgeois, Guerrilla Girls

Votes: 128

14. Under Fire (1983)

R | 128 min | Drama, War

Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Nick Nolte, Ed Harris, Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 6,885 | Gross: $5.70M

15. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, News

78 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 16,220 | Gross: $3.41M

16. Dying to Tell the Story (1998 TV Movie)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, War

This documentary studies the motivations of journalists dedicated enough to risk their lives for a story. We follow narrator Amy Eldon on a personal journey to find meaning in the death of ... See full summary »

Director: Kyra Thompson | Stars: Amy Eldon, Christiane Amanpour, Corrine Dufka, Jacqueline Arzt Larma

Votes: 50

17. The Bang Bang Club (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

48 Metascore

A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

Director: Steven Silver | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch, Neels van Jaarsveld

Votes: 10,199

18. Imagine (2003– )
Episode: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2008)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, History

Barbara Leibovitz's intimate biography of her sister the photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Director: Barbara Leibovitz | Stars: Alan Yentob, Paula Abdul, Ruth Ansel, Mikhail Baryshnikov

Votes: 212

19. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 8,915 | Gross: $20.00M

20. Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

A camera crew follows Helmut Newton, the fashion and ad photographer whose images of tall, blond, big-breasted women are part of the iconography of twentieth-century erotic fantasy. He's on... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Maben | Stars: Adrian Maben, Candice Bergen, Tina Brown, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 209

21. Blow-Up (1966)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

A fashion photographer unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle

Votes: 56,358

22. One Hour Photo (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

Votes: 114,544 | Gross: $31.60M

23. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (1995)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Helen Whitney | Stars: Richard Avedon, John Lahr, Mike Nichols

Votes: 118

24. The Cameraman (1928)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.

Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey

Votes: 10,433

25. Triage (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, War

The wife of a photojournalist sets out to discover why he came home from a recent assignment without his colleague.

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Sives, Paz Vega, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 9,969

26. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Robert Capa: In Love and War (2003)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary about the life of famed war photographer Robert Capa.

Director: Anne Makepeace | Stars: Steven Spielberg, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 162

28. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields

Votes: 60,120 | Gross: $0.08M

30. The Decisive Moment (1973)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Cornell Capa | Star: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Votes: 50

31. War Photographer (2001)

96 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt

Votes: 3,967

32. Salvador (1986)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, Thriller

69 Metascore

A burnt-out photojournalist becomes involved in a Central American revolution.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage

Votes: 19,322

33. The Photographer (1974)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A murder story with a comedic twist. A famous photographer uses his models for more than taking pictures. He needs them as victims to satisfy his blood-lust. Each murder becomes more bizarre than the next.

Director: William Byron Hillman | Stars: Michael Callan, Barbara Nichols, Harold J. Stone, Edward Andrews

Votes: 51

34. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 51,504 | Gross: $34.70M

35. Going Where I've Never Been: The Photography of Diane Arbus (1972 TV Short)

28 min | Documentary, Short

The work of photographer Diane Arbus as explained by her daughter, friends, critics, and in her own words as recorded in her journals. Illustrated with many of her photographs. Mary Clare ... See full summary »

Director: John Musilli | Stars: Diane Arbus, Doon Arbus, Mariclare Costello, Mary Clare Costello

Votes: 34

36. Beyond Assignment (2012)

36 min | Documentary, Short, News

In Beyond Assignment, we see the approaches and personalities of three photographers as they work on longterm projects in their respective countries of Mexico, South Africa and Israel. That... See full summary »

Director: Jim Virga

37. Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2004)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A documentary on the photographer Robert Frank.

Director: Gerald Fox | Star: Robert Frank

Votes: 52 | Gross: $0.03M

38. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 13,164 | Gross: $1.51M

39. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

A documentary shot over a decade with unprecedented access to photographer Gregory Crewdson that bares the artist's process.

Director: Ben Shapiro | Stars: Costanza Theodoli Braschi, Gregory Crewdson, Samantha Ressler, Richard Sands

Votes: 564 | Gross: $0.06M

40. Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman.

Directors: Tom Donahue, Paul Hasegawa-Overacker | Stars: Cindy Sherman, John Waters, Eric Bogosian, Danny DeVito

Votes: 206

42. Life Through a Lens (2011)

17 min | Short, Drama

50 years of struggling with her own family's identity, Rose realizes she must conquer her fears of rejection or continue living her photographic fantasy, hiding behind the strangers she ... See full summary »

Director: Ellenor Argyropoulos | Stars: Rowan Davie, Kath Gordon, Jaime Enrique Gutierrez Pérez, Lily Hall

Votes: 15

43. Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (1994)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

An intimate portrait of the photographer and the complex, enigmatic pictures she takes of her children

Directors: Steven Cantor, Peter Spirer | Star: Sally Mann

Votes: 118

45. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 697,906 | Gross: $7.56M

46. High Art (1998)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

6.6