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1. Instant Dreams (2017)

91 min | Documentary, Drama, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

INSTANT DREAMS tells the story of a group of scientist who are trying to unravel the chemical formula of Polaroid and the Polaroid-users that eagerly await its rebirth. Each in their own way tries to keeps their instant dream alive.

Director: Willem Baptist | Stars: Stefanie Schneider, Stephen Herchen, Chris Bonanos, Edwin H. Land

Votes: 534

2. The Rape of Europa (2006)

Unrated | 117 min | Documentary, History, War

77 Metascore

The story of Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage.

Directors: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham | Stars: Joan Allen, E. Randol Schoenberg, Maria Altmann, Wolfgang Fischer

Votes: 1,350

3. Between the Folds (2008)

G | 56 min | Documentary

Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Through their determination to reinterpret... See full summary »

Director: Vanessa Gould | Stars: Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, Vincent Floderer, Miri Golan

Votes: 784

4. The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

90 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A portrait of New York artist Keith Haring.

Director: Christina Clausen | Stars: Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Kim Hastreiter

Votes: 360

5. The Medici: Makers of Modern Art (2008)

60 min | Documentary

Documentary in which Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals how the Medici family transformed Florence through sculpture, painting, and architecture and created a world where masterpieces fetch millions today.

Director: John Mullen | Star: Andrew Graham-Dixon

Votes: 11

6. David Hockney: Secret Knowledge (2002 TV Movie)

Documentary

Artist David Hockney discusses his theory that artists were secretly using optical devices such as mirrors and lenses in creating their work as early as the 15th century. Examples from ... See full summary »

Director: Randall Wright | Stars: David Hockney, Michael Bova

Votes: 90

7. Soft Self-Portrait of Salvador Dali (1970)

55 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary about surrealist artist Salvador Dali, narrated by Orson Welles.

Director: Jean-Christophe Averty | Stars: Gala Dalí, Donyale Luna, Tony Kina, Suzan Lancaster

Votes: 109

8. Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (2016)

93 min | Documentary

Monet is perhaps the most famous painter of gardens, but there were many artists who were inspired by cultivated nature including Van Gogh, Bonnard, Pissarro and Matisse.

Director: David Bickerstaff

Votes: 42

9. Why Beauty Matters (2009)

59 min | Documentary

Contemporary philosopher Roger Scruton presents a fascinating argument for the importance of beauty in our art and in our lives, and explores what truly is and is not beautiful, regardless of its beholder.

Star: Roger Scruton

Votes: 249

10. How to Draw a Bunny (2002)

90 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others help illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson.

Director: John W. Walter | Stars: Joseph Ialacci, Richard Feigen, Frances Beatty, Mort Janklow

Votes: 531 | Gross: $0.00M

11. Disfarmer: A Portrait of America (2010)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

Discover an American master portrait photographer, his influence on the modern Manhattan art world, and the legacy he left behind in his hometown of Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Director: Martin Lavut | Stars: Peter Miller, Mickey Barnett, Charlotte Lacey, Hava Gurevich

Votes: 48

12. The Vivian Maier Mystery (2013)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary

The story of Vivian Maier a nanny in 60-70's New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. Her incredible body of work, only discovered after her ... See full summary »

Director: Jill Nicholls

Votes: 143

13. Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary film about the English photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

Directors: Thom Andersen, Fay Andersen, Morgan Fisher | Stars: Dean Stockwell, Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 222

14. Great Expectations (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

This film takes the viewer on a journey through possible and impossible architecture projects - from the beginning of the 20th century to today. From concrete illusions of grandeur to round... See full summary »

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister | Stars: Peter Cook, Le Corbusier, Jacque Fresco, R. Buckminster Fuller

Votes: 48

15. Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood (2015 Video)

95 min | Documentary

A cinematic tour de force based on the National Gallery's exhibition Goya: The Portraits.

Director: David Bickerstaff | Stars: Xavier Bray, Joanna Dunn, Gabriele Finaldi, Nicola Philipps

Votes: 22

16. Dante and the Invention of Hell (2016 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

A rich and stimulating study into the themes, historical context and far-reaching influence of Dante Alighieri's Inferno, the first part of his 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy.

Director: Marco Pianigiani | Stars: Kate Bryan, Franco Cardini, Martin Mclaughlin, Simon Njami

Votes: 15

17. Forever (II) (2006)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

Forever is a film about the power and vitality of art and a place where love and death go hand in hand and beauty lives on: the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

Director: Heddy Honigmann | Stars: Yoshino Kimura, Bertrand Beyern, Camille Solari

Votes: 304

18. Europe After the Rain (1978)

88 min | Documentary

Dada came out of the craziness of World War One. "The birth of Dada was not the beginning of art but of disgust." Surrealism tried to systematize Dada's anarchy into an artistic blend of ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Gold | Stars: Joan Bakewell, Simon Cadell, Dennis Clinton, Ruth Cubbin

Votes: 42

19. Antony Gormley: How Art Began (2019 TV Movie)

73 min | Documentary

The British sculptor travels across the world to view early examples of art in France, Spain, Indonesia and Australia as he seeks to find out where art first began.

Director: Morag Tinto | Stars: Antony Gormley, Maxime Aubert, Adam Brumm, Adrian French

Votes: 10

20. Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston & Charis Wilson (2007)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

She was beautiful, smart, and searching. He was an emerging genius in the world of photography. When they met, they fell instantly in love. Setting off across the West with camera and ... See full summary »

Director: Ian McCluskey | Stars: Christine Bernsten, Eric DiIlio, Frank DiMarco, Jason T. Edwards

Votes: 46

21. Soupcans and Superstars: How Pop Art Changed the World (2015 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, History

A visual history of the significance and impact of the Pop Art movement in the Sixties and beyond.

Director: Jude Ho | Stars: Alastair Sooke, Peter Blake, Johnson Chang, Gérard Fromanger

Votes: 19

22. The Last Days of World War II (1995 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, History, War

The end of the Second World War in Europe, and the aftermath: war criminals to be brought to trial, stolen art treasures to be returned to their rightful owners.

Stars: Bill Ratner, Konstantin Akinsha, Kenneth Alford, Tom Allen

Votes: 77

23. Toulouse-Lautrec: The Full Story (2006 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, Biography

Art Critic Waldemar Januzczak presents this documentary which details french artist Toulouse-Lautrec's life.

Director: Waldemar Januzczak | Star: Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 26

24. Derrida's Elsewhere (1999)

68 min | Documentary

An exploration of the life and ideas of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), arguably the most important philosopher of the 20th Century.

Director: Safaa Fathy | Stars: Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida

Votes: 63

25. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | 141 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo

Votes: 16,529 | Gross: $1.22M

26. The Silence of Others (2018)

96 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo | Stars: María Martín, José María Galante, Carlos Slepoy, Ana Messuti

Votes: 704 | Gross: $0.07M

27. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 66,099 | Gross: $4.31M

28. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 20,540

29. 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: 12,250 | Gross: $1.51M

30. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

83 Metascore

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill

Votes: 11,498 | Gross: $4.95M

31. McQueen (2018)

R | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

84 Metascore

The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line and his untimely death.

Directors: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui | Stars: Bernard Arnault, Joseph Bennett, Detmar Blow, Isabella Blow

Votes: 5,332 | Gross: $1.26M

32. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger

Votes: 1,889 | Gross: $0.26M



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