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1. Urbanized (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Ricardo Scofidio, Norman Foster

Votes: 1,943

2. The Human Scale (2012)

83 min | Documentary, News

50 Metascore

Half of the human population lives in urban areas. By 2050, this will increase to 80%. Life in a megacity is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, ... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Dalsgaard | Stars: Jan Gehl, Rob Adams, Robert Doyle, Lars Gemzøe

Votes: 661

3. Sidewalls (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Martín and Mariana are slightly damaged people who live in buildings just opposite one another. While they often don't notice each other, separation might be the very thing that brings them together.

Director: Gustavo Taretto | Stars: Javier Drolas, Miguel Dedovich, Pilar López de Ayala, Miguel Alvarez

Votes: 13,002 | Gross: $0.00M

4. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. ... See full summary »

Director: Chad Freidrichs | Stars: Slyvester Brown, Irvin Dagen, Elmer Fiedler, Robert Fishman

Votes: 762 | Gross: $0.04M

5. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, History

70 Metascore

Writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fights to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Thomas Campanella, Vincent D'Onofrio, Mindy Fullilove, Alexander Garvin

Votes: 423 | Gross: $0.31M

6. Garbage Dreams (2009)

79 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A look at the lives of Egyptian trash collectors.

Director: Mai Iskander

Votes: 138

7. Visual Acoustics (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bricker | Stars: Frances Anderton, Wim de Wit, Beth Edwards Harris, Frank Escher

Votes: 573 | Gross: $0.10M

8. My Architect (2003)

116 min | Documentary, Biography

81 Metascore

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

Director: Nathaniel Kahn | Stars: Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Balkrishna Doshi, Frank Gehry

Votes: 2,959 | Gross: $2.75M

9. How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

The film traces the rise of one of the world's premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.

Directors: Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado | Stars: Norman Foster, Deyan Sudjic

Votes: 647 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations--such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library ... See full summary »

Directors: Markus Heidingsfelder, Min Tesch | Stars: Dirk Baecker, Cecil Balmond, Rene Daalder, Chris Dercon

Votes: 80

11. Kochuu (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, History

KOCHUU is a visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. Winding its way through visions ... See full summary »

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister | Stars: Tadao Andô, Sverre Fehn, Kristian Gullichsen, Toyo Ito

Votes: 74

12. Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio (2010 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In rural Alabama, architecture students cross the threshold of poverty to build communities, not just structures, and leave snakebit to make a better world.

Director: Sam Wainwright Douglas

Votes: 39

13. Antonio Gaudí (1984)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

The work of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí, as seen by Japanese New Wave director Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Isidro Puig Boada, Antoni Gaudí, Seiji Miyaguchi

Votes: 1,192

14. Cairo Drive (2013)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A documentary that explores the life of one of the world's most populated cities from its streets. Shot in 2009-2012 (before and during the Egyptian revolution, and ending with the most ... See full summary »

Director: Sherief Elkatsha

Votes: 59

15. Electro Chaabi (2013)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Music

A music documentary film that covers the emergence of a new electronic genre called Mahraganat in Cairo.

Director: Hind Meddeb

Votes: 37

16. Cities on Speed: Bogota Change (2009)

58 min | Documentary

How two entrepreneurial mayors have managed to transform Bogota from a polluted and overcrowded metropolis into a thriving user-friendly urban area.

Director: Andreas Dalsgaard

Votes: 101

17. At Night, They Dance (2011)

81 min | Documentary, History

Seldom has Egypt's capital been so evocatively captured. A fly-on-the-wall doc exploring the mysterious and hard-knock reality of a typical Egyptian belly dancer clan in working-class Cairo... See full summary »

Directors: Isabelle Lavigne, Stéphane Thibault | Stars: Reda Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, Amira Said Samir Sayed, Bossy Said Samir Sayed, Hind Said Samir Sayed

Votes: 105

19. My Brooklyn (2012)

85 min | Documentary, History, News

65 Metascore

Director Kelly Anderson's personal journey as a Brooklyn 'gentrifier' to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The film reframes the gentrification... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Anderson

Votes: 49

20. The Rink (2012)

55 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Branch Brook Park Roller Rink, located in Newark, NJ, is one of the few remaining urban rinks of its kind. This concrete structure is nestled in the pit of a hill bordered by public housing... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Friedland

21. Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (2011)

88 min | Documentary

Tells the story of Istanbul and other Mega-Cities on a neo-liberal course to destruction. It follows the story of a migrant family on their on-going struggle for housing rights.

Director: Imre Azem

Votes: 1,022

22. Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980)

58 min | Documentary

This highly influential film in architecture and planning circles by William H. Whyte analyzes the success and failures of urban spaces. Observing the natural order of spaces and the way ... See full summary »

Director: William H. Whyte | Star: William H. Whyte

Votes: 134

23. A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

There is hope! This inspirational documentary shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. The film shows innovations in the areas of transportation, recycling, ... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Vaz Del Bello | Stars: Jaime Lerner, Cassio Taniguchi, Nicolau Klüppel, Carlos Ceneviva

Votes: 24

24. Radiant City (2006)

93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

An examination of the nature of modern suburbia.

Directors: Jim Brown, Gary Burns | Stars: Daniel Jeffery, Bob Legare, Jane MacFarlane, Ashleigh Fidyk

Votes: 458

25. The New World (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

This controversial epic, banned by the Vatican for over twenty years, New World is set in the 16th century. A priest decides to plot with an artist to create an icon of the Virgin Mary, ... See full summary »

Director: Jaan Tootsen | Star: Jaan Tootsen

Votes: 74

26. The Parking Lot Movie (2010)

PG | 74 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows a select group of parking lot attendants and their strange rite of passage... See full summary »

Director: Meghan Eckman | Stars: Patrick Baran, John Beers, Chris Farina, Tyler Magill

Votes: 1,810

27. Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City (2010)

56 min | Documentary

Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late nineteenth century urban disorder, Burnham offered a ... See full summary »

Director: Judith McBrien

Votes: 12

29. Detroit on Fire 2010 (2010 Video)

46 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A look at the vacant home/arson problem in the city of Detroit, through the eyes of the Detroit Firefighters who face Devil's Night every night.

Director: Constance York

31. Detropia (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Noah Stewart, Rachele Gilmnore, Michael Wanko, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra

Votes: 1,487 | Gross: $0.36M

33. Urban (2010)

4 min | Short, Action

The movie illustrates a down town chase of a trained parkour runner that apparently holds a package of somewhat importance for some local mysterious men in suits.

Director: Vladimir Teneslav | Stars: Florin Marza, Vlad Danila, Alex Ardelean, Cristian Necula

Votes: 24

34. Cool It (2010)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A documentary that takes an alternative approach to dealing with the global warming crisis.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Bjørn Lomborg, Hashem Akbari, Joe Barton, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 798 | Gross: $0.06M

35. Sprawling from Grace (2008)

82 min | Documentary

With more than 250 million cars and trucks on the road and the demand for oil out pacing the Earth's ability to supply it, have we now become slaves to this unsustainable freedom?

Director: David M. Edwards | Stars: Thomas S. Ahlbrandt, Justin Barr, Dena Belzer, George W. Bush

Votes: 61

36. e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious (2006– )
Episode: Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands (2007)

TV-G | 26 min | Documentary

Dutch planners tap into their innate design sensibility and the industrial landscape to create a sustainable development in Amsterdam's abandoned dockyards, Borneo Sporenburg. Offering an ... See full summary »

Director: Tad Fettig | Star: Brad Pitt

Votes: 6

37. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,049 | Gross: $0.19M

38. The Garden (I) (2008)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary

From the ashes of the L.A. riots arose a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States. Now bulldozers threaten its future.

Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy | Stars: Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Antonio Villaraigosa

Votes: 669 | Gross: $0.03M

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