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1. 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: 19,715 | Gross: $1.32M

2. Lost in La Mancha (2002)

R | 89 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe | Stars: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges, Tony Grisoni

Votes: 11,393 | Gross: $0.73M

3. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary following German auteur Werner Herzog as he deals with difficult actors, bad weather and getting a boat over a mountain, all in an effort to make his film Fitzcarraldo (1982).

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

Votes: 6,732

4. 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: 22,494 | Gross: $0.65M

5. 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: 1,002

6. Project Greenlight (2001–2015)

TV-MA | 453 min | Reality-TV

The second season of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's movie making reality series goes a different route when it's two professionals realizing their vision on screen instead of just one: writer and director.

Stars: Chris Moore, Jeff Balis, Ben Affleck, Pete Jones

Votes: 819

7. 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: 13,145 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen (2010 Video)

59 min | Documentary

The story of how a number of improbable circumstances combined with some exceptionally creative people to bring about the unlikely critical and commercial success of The African Queen.

Director: Eric Neal Young | Stars: Angela Allen, Lauren Bacall, Rudy Behlmer, Laurence Bergreen

Votes: 66

9. Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

A documentary that shows how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot his seminal film: Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Director: Rob Kuhns | Stars: George A. Romero, Fred Rogers, H. Rap Brown, Mark Harris

Votes: 1,601 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone (2001 Video)

20 min | Documentary

Personalities, enthusiasts, actors, writers and others take a look back at Sergio Leone's final film "Once Upon a Time in America", sharing good stories and also sad ones about one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hill | Stars: Carla Leone, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Arnon Milchan

Votes: 200

11. 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: 10,506

12. The Brothers Warner (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

An intimate portrait and saga of four film pioneers--Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack who rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies persevering to create a major studio with a social conscience.

Director: Cass Warner | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Cass Warner, Bette-Ann Warner, Harry M. Warner

Votes: 430

14. Getting Gilliam (2005)

45 min | Documentary

Follows director Terry Gilliam through the process of making his film Tideland (2005).

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Mitch Cullin, Brendan Fletcher, Terry Gilliam, Gabriella Martinelli

Votes: 181

15. Capturing Reality (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

From cinema-verite pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill, to maverick movie makers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, and Nick Broomfield, the world's best documentarians reflect upon ... See full summary »

Director: Pepita Ferrari | Stars: Jennifer Baichwal, Manfred Becker, Michel Brault, Nick Broomfield

Votes: 228

16. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 17,064 | Gross: $1.16M

17. O Lucky Malcolm! (2006)

86 min | Documentary, Biography

Actor Malcolm McDowell talks about his life and career. With interviews featuring his friends, family, directors and co-stars.

Director: Jan Harlan | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Christiane Kubrick, Lilly McDowell, Charlie McDowell

Votes: 347

18. Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making 'A Clockwork Orange' (2007 Video)

28 min | Documentary, Short

In this documentary, we follow Stanely Kubrick as he creates one of the most controversial films of all time, one that retains its power to shock audiences, even after 35 years. At the time... See full summary »

Director: Gary Leva | Stars: Steven Spielberg, Bernard Williams, Paul Duncan, John Baxter

Votes: 167

20. 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: 21,402 | Gross: $0.26M

21. Inside the Labyrinth (1986 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, Music

A behind-the-scenes look at the David Bowie film Labyrinth (1986), also featuring director Jim Henson and co-star Jennifer Connelly.

Director: Desmond Saunders | Stars: Jim Henson, David Bowie, Charles Augins, Brian Henson

Votes: 510

22. The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove (2000 Video)

14 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary on the making of Stanley Kubrick's classic film 'Dr. Strangelove'.

Director: David Naylor | Stars: James Earl Jones, Lee Minoff, John Baxter, Alexander Walker

Votes: 291

23. Arena (1975– )
Episode: Making 'the Shining' (1980)

35 min | Documentary

A look behind the scenes during the making of The Shining (1980).

Director: Vivian Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Vivian Kubrick, Terry Needham, Stanley Kubrick

Votes: 2,265

25. 2001: The Making of a Myth (2001 TV Movie)

43 min | Documentary

The geniality of the mythical Kubrick's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" is explored and debated here by scholars, author Arthur C. Clarke and some members of the cast and crew who were ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Joyce | Stars: James Cameron, Arthur C. Clarke, Con Pederson, Douglas Trumbull

Votes: 444

28. Groundhog Day: The Weight of Time (2002 Video)

25 min | Documentary, Short

The making of the motion picture "Groundhog Day".

Director: Michael Gillis | Stars: Danny Rubin, Trevor Albert, Harold Ramis, Andie MacDowell

Votes: 165

29. 'Dog Day Afternoon': The Story (2006 Video)

12 min | Short

Writer Frank Pierson discusses the concept and the difficulties he faced while developing the iconic Dog Day Afternoon (1975), and how to transform a great yet controversial real life story... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Martin Bregman, John Cazale, Al Pacino, Frank Pierson

Votes: 41

30. Minnesota Nice (2003 Video)

28 min | Short, Documentary

A special behind the scenes documentary about one of the greatest films of all time, with actors and the directors revealing stories and curiosities about the film and also about the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, William H. Macy

Votes: 187

31. The Alien Legacy (1999 Video)

68 min | Documentary

The best bits of the Alien franchise.

Director: Michael Matessino | Stars: Nick Allder, Bolaji Badejo, Mia Bonzanigo, Bob Burns

Votes: 343

33. The Making of 'the Big Lebowski' (1998 Video)

25 min | Documentary, Short

A short documentary about the production of The Big Lebowski (1998).

Director: Richard Leyland | Stars: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman

Votes: 153

34. Chaos Rising: The Storm Around 'Natural Born Killers' (2001 Video)

27 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary about the making of Natural Born Killers (1994).

Director: Charles Kiselyak | Stars: Hank Corwin, Robert Downey Jr., Jane Hamsher, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 86

36. Day for Night: The Making of 'Insomnia' (2002 Video)

8 min | Documentary, Short

A very brief making-of documentary featuring interviews with a few cast members and filmmakers. Learn about how this movie came to be, and why it was remade from another film that was only four years old at the time.

Stars: Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, Hilary Swank, Robin Williams

Votes: 62

37. The Making of 'Alien 3' (1992 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 22 min | Documentary

This made-for-TV documentary details the work that went into the production of Alien 3, David Fincher's 1992 continuation of the classic series about the battle between starship crewman ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bernard | Stars: Michael Biehn, Ralph Brown, James Cameron, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 109

38. Destination Hitchcock: The Making of 'North by Northwest' (2000 Video)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Hosted by Eva Marie Saint, the film's leading lady, this 40-minute documentary of Alfred Hitchcock's only M-G-M film combines interviews (Martin Landau, Patricia Hitchcock, production ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fitzgerald | Stars: Eva Marie Saint, Patricia Hitchcock, Ernest Lehman, Robert F. Boyle

Votes: 283

39. Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work (1998 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary

Sitting together on a sound stage, Donner interviews Ingmar Bergman in depth, with an emphasis put on on his Bergman's film and theater work. Bergman's personal life and thoughts on religion, family, and loss are also discussed.

Director: Jörn Donner | Stars: Ingmar Bergman, Jörn Donner

Votes: 195

41. Faro Island Mystique (2004 Video)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Greg Carson

Votes: 15

42. Persona: A Poem in Images (2004 Video)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Greg Carson | Star: Liv Ullmann

Votes: 37

44. Shame: The Search for Humanity (2004 Video)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Greg Carson | Star: Liv Ullmann

Votes: 23

46. Away from Home (2004 Video)

19 min | Documentary, Short