Producers and Creatives

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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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1. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the great theatre, radio and film artist.

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Orson Welles, Simon Callow, Christopher Welles, Joanne Hill Styles

Votes: 823 | Gross: $0.02M

2. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996)

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.

Directors: Michael Epstein, Thomas Lennon | Stars: Richard Ben Cramer, William Alland, Thomas Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich

Votes: 1,236

3. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Directed by William Wyler (1986)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

A tribute to director William Wyler consisting of interviews and excerpts from his many classic films.

Director: Aviva Slesin | Stars: A. Scott Berg, Bette Davis, Samantha Eggar, Greer Garson

Votes: 375

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 »

Director: Ted Haimes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Demme, Alfred Hitchcock, Joseph Stefano

Votes: 503

5. Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (2009 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Paul Merton looks at the British films of Alfred Hitchcock, the silent films and the early sound films.

Director: Paul Merton | Stars: Paul Merton, Kiri Bloom, Matthew Earley, Luke Engelen

Votes: 48

7. Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.

Director: Kent Jones | Stars: Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, David Fincher, Bob Balaban

Votes: 5,340 | Gross: $0.30M

8. By Sidney Lumet (2015)

103 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

In a never-before-seen interview filmed in 2008, three years before his death, Sidney Lumet discusses his life and career.

Director: Nancy Buirski | Star: Sidney Lumet

Votes: 336

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.

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Chantal Akerman, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Bresson

Votes: 299

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 »

Directors: Manel Mayol, Carles Prats | Stars: Carlos Aguilar, Alessandro Alessandroni, Dario Argento, Damiano Damiani

Votes: 27

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.

Director: Jean-François Giré | Stars: Jean-Yves Berteloot, Sergio Leone, Benito Mussolini, Luca Verdone

Votes: 100

13. Jaws: The Inside Story (2010 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

A fascinating program that goes behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg's landmark 1975 film JAWS.

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Steven Spielberg, David Fear, Sid Sheinberg

Votes: 240

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.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Steven Spielberg, Peter Benchley, David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck

Votes: 672

15. The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of 'Jaws' (2007)

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.

Director: Erik Hollander | Stars: Steve Alten, Joe Alves, Roy Arbogast, Steven Awalt

Votes: 600

16. Document of the Dead (1980)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Horror

A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead.

Director: Roy Frumkes | Stars: George A. Romero, Susan Tyrrell, Nicole Potter, Richard P. Rubinstein

Votes: 777

17. The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998 Video)

83 min | Documentary

A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film.

Director: Michael Matessino | Stars: John Carpenter, David Foster, Bill Lancaster, John J. Lloyd

Votes: 817

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.

Director: Adam Simon | Stars: George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, David Cronenberg

Votes: 1,787

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.

Director: Garry S. Grant | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Nick Castle, Alice Cooper

Votes: 133

20. Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004)

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.

Director: Michael Epstein | Stars: Steven Bach, Hal Ashby, Sandy Berke Jordan, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 405

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.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 17,722 | Gross: $1.32M

22. 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: 16,259 | Gross: $1.16M

23. 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: 10,958 | Gross: $0.73M

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 »

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

Votes: 5,978

25. 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: 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 »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,946 | Gross: $0.80M

27. Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur: A Personal Journey (2011 Video)

78 min | Documentary

A look at the career of Hollywood legend Charlton Heston and his role in Ben-Hur.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Charlton Heston, Fraser C. Heston, Tom Selleck, Holly Heston Rochell

Votes: 6

29. Dino De Laurentiis: The Last Movie Mogul (2001 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography

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 »

Director: Adrian Sibley | Stars: Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Veronica De Laurentiis

Votes: 31

30. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Sam Firstenberg, David Paulsen, Luigi Cozzi, Menahem Golan

Votes: 4,879

31. Best Worst Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: George Hardy, Lily Hardy, Pita Ray, Micki Knox

Votes: 7,433 | Gross: $0.10M

32. Casting By (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth, Marion Dougherty

Votes: 1,403 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

R | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson

Votes: 2,148 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary, History

76 Metascore

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor, Victoria Anoux

Votes: 3,838 | Gross: $0.02M

35. American Grindhouse (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s.

Director: Elijah Drenner | Stars: Robert Forster, Eric Schaefer, Eddie Muller, John Landis

Votes: 2,139 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.

Director: Jake West | Stars: Julian Petley, Marc Morris, Andy Nyman, Xavier Mendik

Votes: 1,116

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 »

Director: Jake West | Stars: Sian Barber, Martin Barker, Graham Bright, Lavinia Carey

Votes: 241

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.

Director: Wendy Apple | Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster, Michael Tronick

Votes: 2,538

39. Tales from the Script (2009)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary

War stories and life lessons from the industry's top writers.

Director: Peter Hanson | Stars: Allison Anders, Jane Anderson, Doug Atchison, John August

Votes: 1,412 | Gross: $0.01M

40. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

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 »

Director: Craig McCall | Stars: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,125 | Gross: $0.02M

41. Cinematographer Style (2006)

86 min | Documentary

110 of the world's top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do.

Director: Jon Fauer | Stars: Remi Adefarasin, Russ T. Alsobrook, Howard A. Anderson III, Howard A. Anderson

Votes: 314

42. 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: 12,761 | Gross: $0.03M

43. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

R | 138 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen

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.

Director: Kenneth Bowser | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Sam Peckinpah

Votes: 2,559

45. More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

Retrospective documentary about the making of the horror cult classic "The Return of the Living Dead."

Director: Bill Philputt | Stars: Jules Brenner, Don Calfa, James Dalesandro, J. Trevor Edmond

Votes: 576