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2. Jammin' the Blues (1944)
Approved | 10 min | Short, Music
Created under the guidance of jazz impresario and Verve Records founder Norman Granz, this short captures the spontaneity of a jam session and is one of few film records of black jazzers of the day including tenor sax legend Lester Young.
5. Day of the Fight (1951)
Approved | 16 min | Documentary, Short, Sport
After a short study of boxing's history, narrated by newscaster Douglas Edwards, we follow a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier.
6. Flying Padre (1951)
Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short
Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only spread goodness and light among his flock with the aid of a monoplane. The priestly ... See full summary »
9. The Beatles Come to Town (1963)
8 min | Documentary, Short, Music
Pathe News technicolor short showing The Beatles in concert at the ABC Cinema in Manchester, Lancashire on 11/20/63. This footage was incorporated into the 1965 Pathe feature "Pop Gear".
10. Pink Floyd London '66-'67 (1967)
30 min | Documentary, Short, Music
Shot by movie maestro Peter Whitehead, this film features rare full length performances from the classic late 60's Pink Floyd line-up at Sound Techniques London & material from the ... See full summary »
13. Pink Floyd at Pompeii (1972)
G | 92 min | Documentary, Music
Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, ... See full summary »
15. The Song Remains the Same (1976)
PG | 137 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.
30 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
Herzog takes a film crew to the island of Guadeloupe when he hears that the volcano on the island is going to erupt. Everyone has left, except for one old man who refuses to leave. Herzog ... See full summary »
On Location (1976– )
George Carlin at USC
85 min | Documentary, Comedy
George Carlin's first ever comedy special, filmed live at the University of Southern California. Here, he talks about monopoly, flying on planes, random thoughts, walking, and other things.
18. Powers of Ten (1977)
9 min | Documentary, Short
A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of ... See full summary »
19. On Location: George Carlin at Phoenix (1978 TV Special)
81 min | Documentary, Comedy
Performing at the Celebrity Star Theater in Phoenix on July 23, 1978, Carlin mesmerizes his audience in the second of his 12 HBO specials. The show was originally planned as part of a ... See full summary »
23. Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980)
20 min | Documentary, Short
A short documentary in which directors Werner Herzog and Errol Morris make a bet which results in Herzog being forced to eat his own shoe.
24. The Atomic Cafe (1982)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History
Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.
25. Burden of Dreams (1982)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary
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 »
26. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music
A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.
Votes: 29,639 | Gross: $1.72M
27. Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983 TV Special)
Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Comedy
Eddie Murphy's raunchy, raucous stand-up comedy routine is captured for posterity on this tape. Not for folks who dislike foul language.
29. George Carlin: Carlin on Campus (1984 TV Special)
60 min | Documentary, Comedy
In his New York City grammar school, George Carlin was known as a "disruptive influence in the classroom." With this concert, the ultimate class clown is back at school at UCLA, making ... See full summary »
31. The Doors: Dance on Fire (1985 Video)
51 min | Documentary, Music
A combination of concert footage, television appearances, record company promo clips and new video footage shows the Doors, a top '60s rock band.
33. Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! (1987 Video)
Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Documentary, Music
Cliff 'Em All, Metallica's first video, is a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton. James Hetfield describes it as "a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff... See full summary »
34. Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules (1987 TV Special)
R | 50 min | Documentary, Comedy
Fans old and new have cause for celebration with the release of Sam Kinison: Breaking All The Rules, HBO Special. Along with being voted onto Comedy Central's All-Time Top 20 Stand-Up ... See full summary »
35. George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988 TV Special)
61 min | Documentary, Comedy
George Carlin changes his act by bringing politics into the act, but also talks about the People he can do without, Keeping People Alert, and Cars and Driving part 2.
38. The Men Who Killed Kennedy (1988–2003)
A detailed examination of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, with emphasis on the discrepancies and inconsistencies in the government's official version of events.
39. Powaqqatsi (1988)
G | 99 min | Documentary, Music
An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.
Votes: 6,683 | Gross: $0.59M
American Experience (1988– )
Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, Biography, History
It starts with a live radio broadcast from the Bikini Atoll a few days before it is annihilated by a nuclear test. Shows great footage from these times and tells the story of the US Navy ... See full summary »
41. Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night (1988 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary, Music
Singer Roy Orbison performs with such musicians as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits, among others, in a 1940s-type nightclub setting.
42. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.
Votes: 18,233 | Gross: $1.21M
44. George Carlin: Doin' It Again (1990 TV Special)
60 min | Documentary, Comedy
George Carlin brings his comedy back to New Jersey and this time talks about Offensive Language, Euphemisms, They're Only Words, Dogs, Things you never hear, see or wanna hear, Some people ... See full summary »
45. The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990 TV Movie)
73 min | Documentary
A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast. This feature also includes the original screen tests of some of ... See full summary »
46. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
R | 96 min | Documentary
Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
Votes: 15,548 | Gross: $1.32M
47. Peefeeyatko (1991)
60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
This Film is an intimate music portrait of American composer Frank Zappa, who lives secluded from the outside world at his home and music studio in Los Angeles, California. For the past ten... See full summary »
50. Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy (1992 TV Movie)
R | 90 min | Documentary
A documentary destined to calmly explain and analyze the facts, myths and rumours about John Kennedy's assassination and the overwhelming use of information in Oliver Stone's epic "JFK" (... See full summary »
53. George Carlin: Jammin' in New York (1992 TV Special)
59 min | Documentary, Comedy
When George Carlin is asked which HBO concert is his favorite, his answer is always, "Jammin' In New York." The reasons are several: It was his first HBO show done live; it was the first he... See full summary »
America Undercover (1983– )
The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer
Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary
Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, loving father--and ruthless killer of over 100 people. You'll meet him in this powerful documentary that features one of the most vivid and ... See full summary »
55. Incident at Oglala (1992)
PG | 89 min | Documentary, History
This film describes the events surrounding a 1975 shootout at the Pine Ridge reservation in S. Dakota where two FBI agents were killed.
Votes: 949 | Gross: $0.54M
Not Rated | 167 min | Documentary, Biography, War
A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.
57. The Panama Deception (1992)
91 min | Documentary, History, War
A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.
Votes: 916 | Gross: $0.31M
59. A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica (1992 Video)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Music
This DVD contains many never-seen-before interviews of Metal icons METALLICA, exploring the true lives of these larger-than-life heroes. The footage reveals how the biggest phenomena in the... See full summary »
60. Bill Hicks: Revelations (1993 TV Special)
Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Comedy
Bill Hicks in the height of his genius. Recorded at the Dominion Theatre in London, Bill Hicks opens our eyes and minds to the hypocrisy and ludicrousness of the world around us.
61. Nirvana Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! (1994 Video)
90 min | Documentary, Music
An intimate look into one of the most influencing bands in music. NIRVANA , as they perform in this collage of performances, interviews , and touring.
American Experience (1988– )
The Battle Over Citizen Kane
Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relative complete bio of Hearst.
64. George Carlin: Back in Town (1996 TV Special)
60 min | Documentary, Comedy
George Carlin brings his comedy stylings to the Beacon theater in New York City. He rants about Abortion, The death penalty, prison farms, fart jokes, free floating hostility and words.
69. When We Were Kings (1996)
PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport
A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.
Votes: 13,284 | Gross: $2.67M
71. Korn: Who Then Now? (1997 Video)
42 min | Short, Documentary, Music
A video documenting the process of Korn recording their Life is peachy album, complete with videos for Blind, Shoots & Ladders, Clown and Faget.
Behind the Music (1997–2014)
Documentary, Biography, Music
In this installment, the show looks back at the year 1968, which is generally considered the most turbulent year in American history since the Civil War. Among the events covered are the ... See full summary »
81. American Movie (1999)
R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.
Votes: 14,722 | Gross: $1.16M
85. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
G | 105 min | Documentary, Music
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.
Votes: 14,525 | Gross: $7.00M
86. Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999 TV Special)
65 min | Comedy, Documentary
Chris Rock brings his critically acclaimed brand of social commentary-themed humor to this 1999 standup comedy presentation from HBO. Also released as an album, Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker... See full summary »
87. George Carlin: You Are All Diseased (1999 TV Special)
TV-MA | 65 min | Documentary, Comedy
Legendary comic Carlin comes back to the Beacon theater to angrily rant about airport security, germs, cigars, angels, children and parents, men, names, religion, god, advertising, Bill Jeff and minorities.
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography
A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.
Votes: 5,002 | Gross: $0.50M
Behind the Music (1997–2014)
TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
It was the year music fans changed the course of the industry. In Seattle, flannel replaced spandex and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was crowned the king of a sound called "grunge." Nirvana and ... See full summary »