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1. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

Votes: 5,446 | Gross: $1.51M

2. Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

7.4
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From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.

Director: Stuart Samuels | Stars: John Waters, Ben Barenholtz, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alan Douglas

Votes: 1,272

3. Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

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You've heard of Hollywood, a town of tinsel and glamour, the town of Paramount, Columbia and MGM.  But there is another Hollywood, a place where maverick independent EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS... See full summary »

Director: Ray Greene | Stars: F.X. Feeney, Maila Nurmi, Michael Copner, Samuel Z. Arkoff

Votes: 500

4. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011– )

60 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 3,311

5. Century of Black Cinema (2003 Video)

120 min | Documentary

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This film highlights moments in the long and rich African American cinema history in relation to social and political events, and how it affected black viewers of the time.

Director: Ted Newsom | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Lisa Bonet, Chevy Chase, Bill Cosby

Votes: 14

6. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

7.5
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75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,132 | Gross: $0.30M

7. This Filthy World (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.8
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68 Metascore

Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters.

Director: Jeff Garlin | Star: John Waters

Votes: 1,270

8. The Psycho Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

6.9
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The cast and crew of all four Psycho films recall their time working on the influential horror series as today's masters of horror reminisce on what the movies stirred in them.

Director: Robert V. Galluzzo | Stars: Jason Allentoff, Sharen Camille, Clint Carney, Mike Cucinotta

Votes: 293

9. Classified X (1998 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 53 min | Documentary

7.0
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A history of the racially stereotyped portrayal of African Americans in cinema.

Director: Mark Daniels | Stars: Melvin Van Peebles, Margaret Barker, Joanna Barnes, Ethel Barrymore

Votes: 191 | Gross: $0.00M

10. Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

81 min | Documentary

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A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or 'by, for, and about') homosexuals in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, from Kenneth Anger's 'Fireworks' to Ang Lee's 'Brokeback ... See full summary »

Directors: Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg | Stars: Tom Arnold, Randy Barbato, Dan Bucatinsky, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 537

11. Exquisite Corpses (2011)

21 min | Short

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Exquisite Corpses is a formal study that alludes to the decay of cinema and the advancing of digital film through a series of devolving images from the history of photography, and early ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Plays

12. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

7.6
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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: 11,996 | Gross: $0.03M

13. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

150 min | Documentary

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Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,180

14. American Grindhouse (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.1
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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: 1,901 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

8.0
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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: 4,952

16. Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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70 Metascore

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Justo González

Votes: 8,730 | Gross: $0.10M

17. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 TV Movie)

225 min | Documentary

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Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Francis Ford Coppola

Votes: 4,132

18. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

8.3
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90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,574 | Gross: $0.01M

19. 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016)

82 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.7
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A documentary exploring the birth, death, and resurrection of the illustrated movie poster.

Director: Kevin Burke | Stars: Paul Ainsworth, Dave Alexander, Andrea Alvin, David Byrd

Votes: 353

20. Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezsploitation (2007)

45 min | Documentary

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Swedish Wildcats, Italian Lesbionic Nuns, Frisky Inmates in South American Prisons, Euro Lesbo Vampires and a vast assortment of Sapphic Sleaze. This is Sexploitation. Exploitation. ... See full summary »

Director: Michelle Johnson

Votes: 22

21. Best Worst Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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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: 6,673 | Gross: $0.10M