Producers and Creativesby Ali-w-reid | created - 2 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public
A list of documentaries depicting the arduous, methodical and creative process of producing movies in unconventional and innovative ways, often against the studio system.
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PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography
A look at the life and work of the great theatre, radio and film artist.
Votes: 823 | Gross: $0.02M
American Experience (1988– )
The Battle Over Citizen Kane
TV-PG | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relative complete bio of Hearst.
American Masters (1985– )
Directed by William Wyler
TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography
A tribute to director William Wyler consisting of interviews and excerpts from his many classic films.
4. Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius (1999 TV Movie)
101 min | Documentary, Biography
This documentary is a fascinating look at the cinematic genius of Alfred Hitchcock. Briefly covering much of his early British works, the film primarily focuses on his American classics, ... See full summary »
9. What Is Cinema? (2013)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History
Amidst a constant stream of hundreds of film clips, dozens of filmmakers voice their opinions on the titular question while primarily looking beyond the Hollywood mainstream to independent, experimental, documentary and avant-garde films.
11. Sergio Leone: Cinema, Cinema (2001 TV Movie)
105 min | Documentary
Despite his short filmography, Sergio Leone is considered one of the most important European directors. His westerns made a mark in the history of genre cinema and continue to influence new... See full summary »
12. Sergio Leone, une Amérique de légende (2018 TV Movie)
53 min | Documentary
The destiny of Sergio Leone from his poor childhood in a neighborhood under fascism in Rome until his last film in America. This guided the filmmaker's personal life and career to create his epic antiheroes and spaghetti westerns.
14. The Making of 'Jaws' (1995 Video)
125 min | Documentary
Excellent and very detailed documentary on the making of a classic. Filled with appealing trivia, exhaustive interviews with cast and crew members, and never before seen footage.
Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary
After three decades, Jaws continues to intrigue, thrill and frighten viewers. This documentary focuses on the many ways Jaws has helped to shape common elements of pop culture.
18. The American Nightmare (2000)
Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Horror
An examination into the nature of 1960s-'70s horror films, the artists involved, and how they reflected contemporary society.
19. John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies (2004 Video)
60 min | Documentary
Chronicles the work of cult director John Carpenter through interviews with him and his associates, with emphases on the earlier work.
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
An inside look at the hectic production of Heaven's Gate (1980), the media circus that turned it into a synonym for movie flop and how it added to the tectonic change that occurred in Hollywood film studios after it infamously flopped.
21. 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.
Votes: 17,722 | Gross: $1.32M
22. American Movie (1999)
R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.
Votes: 16,259 | Gross: $1.16M
24. Burden of Dreams (1982)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary
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 »
25. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)
PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary
The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.
Votes: 20,073 | Gross: $0.65M
26. 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 »
Votes: 2,946 | Gross: $0.80M
29. Dino De Laurentiis: The Last Movie Mogul (2001 TV Movie)
Documentary about legendary Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis who's credits range from Fellini's La Strada to today's Hannibal franchise. This profile follows octogenarian De Laurentiis ... See full summary »
31. Best Worst Movie (2009)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 7,433 | Gross: $0.10M
32. Casting By (2012)
TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography
The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.
Votes: 1,403 | Gross: $0.01M
R | 95 min | Documentary
A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.
Votes: 2,148 | Gross: $0.01M
37. Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary
Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more by the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon - the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British ... See full summary »
38. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)
TV-PG | 98 min | Documentary
Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.
40. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography
In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,125 | Gross: $0.02M
42. Side by Side (2012)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
Votes: 12,761 | Gross: $0.03M
43. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
R | 138 min | Documentary
A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.
Votes: 2,455 | Gross: $0.03M
44. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)
TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary
A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.
Unrated | 96 min | Documentary, Horror