Top 25 Documentaries About Filmmaking

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Top 25 Documentaries About Filmmaking

I assume I’m like many of you. Obsessed with finding behind-the-scenes documentaries about my favorite movies. For years, filmmaking documentaries have allowed filmmakers to get a fly on the wall insight into how some of their favorite films came together. I remember being 7 and staying up to watch a featurette on the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I think I enjoyed that as much as the film itself. And in many cases, I enjoy these documentaries more than the actual film.

So, here it is. My top 25 documentaries about filmmaking in no particular order.

25. Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013)

24. American Movie (1999)

23. Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner

Unfortunately there isn’t even a good trailer available of this documentary. Here’s one I found with some guy yelling in Russian over the audio.


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22. Francois Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema (1996)

21. Cinematographer Style (2006)

20. Tales from the Script (2009)

19. Every Pixel Tells A Story (2002)

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18. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008)

17. Andreij Tarkovskij in Nostalghia Donatella Baglivo (1984)

16. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

15. These Amazing Shadows (2011)

14. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

13. “Telescope” A Talk with Hitchcock (1964)

12. Room To Dream: David Lych and the Independent Filmmaker

11. Burden of Dreams (1982)

10. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

9. Wrath of Gods (2006)

8. Making the Shining (1980)

7. Visions of Light (1992)

6. Overnight (2003)

5. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

4. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls 2003

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3. Full Tilt Boogie (1997)

2. Lost In La Mancha (2002)

1. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

And of course…

Raiders of the Lost Ark Featurete (1981)




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