Highest-Rated Movies about 'Filmmaking', Sort by Popularity

Double Dare (2003), The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993), Faith Based (2020), RKO 281 (1999), The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind (1989), Uncle Howard (2016), David Lynch: The Art Life (2016), Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Filmmaking movies.

Double Dare (2003)

Stuntwomen Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell are experts at taking punches, swinging swords and being blown to bits. Epper first gained respect as Lynda Carter's stuntwoman on TV's "Wonder Woman," while Bell had a long run as Lucy Lawless' double on the series "Xena: Warrior Princess." But, in a primarily male profession, the women still have to struggle against sexism to find jobs. This documentary chronicles their uphill battle in Hollywood and their enduring friendship throughout it all.

stuntwoman, woman, senior citizen, actress, friend, quentin tarantino, engaging

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The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993)

Ray Müller directs this extensive documentary on the life of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Created at the behest of Riefenstahl, the film honestly delves into her association with Hitler and the extent to which she knows of the Nazi Party's entire strategy. It also gives a fuller picture of Riefenstahl's life, discussing her ascent from dancer to documentary filmmaker, as well as her post-Nazi work, which includes nature filmmaking and photography.

filmmaker, adolf hitler, photographer, actress, nazi, fascinating, powerful

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Faith Based (2020)

Hoping to make millions, two slacker friends set out to film the first faith-based movie that takes place in outer space.

slacker, best friend, comedian, screenwriter, hilarious, madcap, witty

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RKO 281 (1999)

Orson Welles (Liev Schreiber), all charisma and stubborn vision, is signed to direct films for RKO Pictures with a startling amount of creative freedom. Welles decides to make production number 281 a disguised biopic of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst (James Cromwell), a film which would come to be known as "Citizen Kane." But Welles doesn't understand just how much clout Hearst yields. When he gets word of the unflattering production, Hearst does everything in his power to stop it.

filmmaker, screenwriter, columnist, director, publisher, fiery, thrilling

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The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind (1989)

Filmmaker David Hinton traces the evolution of the classic 1939 film "Gone with the Wind," from its beginnings as a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to its landmark status in the canon of 20th-century American cinema. Focusing on the film's creative linchpin, producer David O. Selznick, and his power struggles with the project's three directors, Hinton provides compelling insights into the making of the film, using a mix of interview subjects and never-before-seen screen tests.

producer, director, actress, assistant, editor, fascinating, incredible

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Uncle Howard (2016)

Director Howard Brookner's body of work is rediscovered 30 years after his death.

speaker, film producer, journalist, interviewee, interviewer, actor, airy

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David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

The life and career of iconic director David Lynch are explored in more than 20 conversations recorded with him at his home.

biography, filmmaking

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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A Sicilian boy (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the movies with his local theater's projectionist (Philippe Noiret).

child, mother, girlfriend, projectionist, emotional, inspiring, witty

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The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)

The Sherman Brothers compose a slew of award-winning hits for Disney, including songs for "Mary Poppins" and "The Jungle Book," but their personal relationship strikes a sour note.

songwriter, brother, coworker, friend, musician, inspiring, fascinating

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Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)

An actor (Kirk Douglas) and a director (Edward G. Robinson), both washed-up in Hollywood, try to make a comeback in Rome.

director, wife, actor, woman, leading man, doctor, emotional

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Allegro non Troppo (1976)

Italy's response to the Disney classical music/animation hybrid "Fantasia," this film features a series of cartoon shorts set to the likes of Claude Debussy, Joseph-Maurice Ravel and Antonio Vivaldi. The animated segments feature both the humorous and fantastical: an aged satyr attempts to regain its lost youth, a bee is interrupted mid-meal by two lovers, the myth of Adam and Eve is retold and more. In between cartoons, a filmmaker (Maurizio Nichetti) struggles to complete the film.

animator, filmmaker, orchestra conductor, cleaning lady, cat, satyr, amusing

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Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)

Members of a troubled German film crew spend most of their time drinking, talking and waiting in a hotel.

director, star, actor, actress, cinematographer, producer, cheeky

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Adventures in Wild California (2000)

A virtual expedition that sends audiences careening down an icy, steep mountain face with snowboarders; twirling on thermals above the clouds with skysurfers; swimming through the oceans with otters and their surrogate human mother; excavating the very heart of a thirty-story tall Giant Sequoia with botanists and emerging from under the spray of one of California's biggest, surfable waves.

narrator, surfer, snowboarder, biologist, scientist, engaging, thrilling

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

child, mother, girlfriend, projectionist, emotional, inspiring, witty

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Light Keeps Me Company (2000)

Director Carl-Gustaf Nykvist visits colleagues and friends of his father, Swedish filmmaker Sven Nykvist.

father, cinematographer, woody allen, engaging, fascinating, creative, film set

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The Barrel of a Gun (2010)

In 1981, black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was arrested for the murder of white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and was convicted of it in 1982. More than 25 years later, the case continues to spark controversy around the world, inspiring documentaries, books and intense debate. as the world's most celebrated death row inmate keeps his silence on his versio...Read all

songwriter, brother, coworker, friend, musician, inspiring, fascinating

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It's All True (1993)

In 1942, fresh off the success of "Citizen Kane," director Orson Welles journeys to Brazil to make a documentary. The unscripted look at bullfighting, the samba and three fisherman making a voyage of protest on the open sea stuns the studio with its daring storytelling and politics. The unfinished film is scuttled, and so is the director's career. The story of the debacle is told through interviews with Welles and others involved in the project, plus rarely viewed scenes from the documentary.

filmmaker, director, visionary, performer, townsperson, crew member, creative

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Rang De Basanti (2006)

The story of six young Indians who assist an English woman to film a documentary on the freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long-forgotten saga of freedom.

student, actor, filmmaker, revolutionary, police officer, granddaughter, patriotic

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Blank City (2009)

Jim Jarmusch, Debbie Harry and others discuss the No Wave and Cinema of Transgression movements that took place in New York in the late 1970s and early '80s.

musician, actor, actress, artist, filmmaker, thrilling, creative

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The Cameraman (1928)

Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.

photographer, secretary, camera operator, editor, heartwarming, airy, hilarious

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Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)

A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies.

film critic, narrator, filmmaker, fascinating, mellow, creative, southern california

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Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

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, actor, producer, film critic, daughter, wife, fascinating

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In the Last Days of the City (2016)

As a filmmaker in Cairo deals with a loss in his life, he struggles to make a movie that captures the soul of the city.

soldier, friend, love interest, townsperson, amusing, endearing, disheartening

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S Is for Stanley (2015)

Emilio D'Alessandro, Stanley Kubrick's personal driver, helps the famed director create four cinematic masterpieces.

filmmaker, chauffeur, confident, fascinating, inspiring, passionate, movie set

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Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003)

Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin. Hardcore Chaplin fans may not find much new material here, but more unfamiliar admirers will gain some valuable information about one of the most famous personalities of the 20th century. Schickel has constructed the do...Read all

actor, filmmaker, celebrity, daughter, son, amusing, creative

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Millennium Actress (2001)

A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.

actress, director, love interest, mother, emotional, profound, japan

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Burden of Dreams (1982)

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).

filmmaker, actor, native, mick jagger, cinematographer, shocking, passionate

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All That Jazz (1979)

Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid career of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

director, dancer, dark, wild, creative, stage, hospital

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Ed Wood (1994)

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

filmmaker, actor, girlfriend, actress, orson welles, quirky, creative

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Veronika Voss (1982)

Partially based on the life of Sybille Schmitz, who found fame under the Nazi regime, but whose career was destroyed afterward. Veronika Voss is a once prominent UFA actress, kept by her doctor, who raises suspicion in a sports journalist.

actress, sports reporter, girlfriend, neurologist, ex-husband, director, dark

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