American Masters Pictures Original Movies

Here we collected the best movies from American Masters Pictures in order of popularity
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

1989
James Baldwin was a major 20th century American author, a Civil Rights activist and, for two crucial decades, a prophetic voice calling for Americans, black and white, to confront their shared racial ...
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage

2019
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage is a warm and revealing portrait of the charismatic, groundbreaking actor’s journey from his native Puerto Rico to the creative hotbed of 1960s New York City, to promin...
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

2016
There is a celebration. Maya Angelou weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which show hidden moments of her life during some of America's most defining civil rights ...
Janis: Little Girl Blue

Janis: Little Girl Blue

2
2015
Janis Joplin's evolution became a star after she wrote letters to her friends and family.
Words from a Bear

Words from a Bear

2019
A visual journey into the mind and soul of Pulitzer Prize–winning author Navarro Scott Momaday, relating each written line to his unique Native American experience representing ancestry, place, and or...
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart

2017
On March 11, 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s 'A Raisin in the Sun' opened on Broadway and changed the face of American theater forever. As the first-ever black woman to author a play performed on Broadway,...
By Sidney Lumet

By Sidney Lumet

2015
An analysis of director Sidney Lumet's work (12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead) in his own words, based on a five-day interview recorded shortly before his death.
LennoNYC

LennoNYC

2010
This documentary takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s. It features never-before heard studio recordings from the Doub...
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

2012
The life and career of renowned magician and sleight of hand artist Ricky Jay.
Sketches of Frank Gehry

Sketches of Frank Gehry

2006
Frank Gehry is an artist. Frank was described as a young child with golden hands. The marriage of art and architechure is brought to life. There is a journey into the world and work of the most import...
Ailey

Ailey

2021
The visionary artist who found salvation through dance was named Alvin Ailey. Told in his own words and through the creation of a dance inspired by his life, this immersive portrait follows a man who ...
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

2013
The compelling story of an extraordinary woman's journey from her birth in a paper thin shack in the cotton fields of Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the twentieth Century.Walker made hi...
This Is Bob Hope...

This Is Bob Hope...

2017
Bob Hope was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment. Through his personal archives and clips from his classic films, American Masters explores the entertai...
Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous

Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous

2019
Mark Rothko, a master of abstract expressionism, created 835 paintings during his five-decade career.
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

2018
Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her world’s, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the ...
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

2019
An exploration of the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepte...
Unladylike2020

Unladylike2020

2020
Upending expectations and challenging the definition of womanhood, these “first women” found themselves at the forefront of progressive movements, organizing campaigns and leading paths to cultural ch...
Norman Rockwell: Painting America

Norman Rockwell: Painting America

1999
The biography and opinions of the artist's son, movie director Steven Spielberg, and two of the artist's models are included in the documentary.
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

2021
There are a few people who have won awards. She paved the way for Hispanic-American performers because she refused to be pigeonholed.
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

2021
Amy Tan has established herself as one of America's most respected literary voices. It would be decades before the author of The Joy Luck Club would fully understand the trauma suffered by the women w...
Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

A documentary exploring the life, career, art and legacy of Marian Anderson.
Ballerina Boys

Ballerina Boys

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an all-male company that has entertained audiences for 45 years. They poke fun at their gendered art form.
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

2019
A visionary, innovator, and originator who embodied the word cool and was related to the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.
Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable

2018
Freyer Artist. Iconoclast. Man of his time. All Things are Photographable is a revealing documentary portrait of the life and work of acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand – the epic storyteller in p...
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

2017
The legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man is the subject of a lot of interviews.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

2019
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Toni Morrison leads an assembl...
Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues

Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues

2004
The authoritative documentary on Country Music's most influential figure.
Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood

Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood

1999
Paying homage to two of Hollywood's central icons, the film creates an unparalleled portrait of two very different people.
Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Eames: The Architect and the Painter

2011
America's most influential and important industrial designers were the husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to ic...
Itzhak

Itzhak

2018
From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. Director Alison Cherni...
The Ten-Year Lunch

The Ten-Year Lunch

1987
The story of the legendary wits who lunched daily at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City during the 1920s. The core of the so-called Round Table group included short story and poetry writer Dorothy P...
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