Portrait Movies

Here we collected the best portrait movies in order of popularity
Bruce Willis: Why the Legend Never Dies

Bruce Willis: Why the Legend Never Dies

2013
There are never-before-seen photos and videos from Bruce's family collection in this in-depth look at his life and career. Bruce was the narrator.
The Trans List

The Trans List

2016
A documentary looks at the lives of people who are different.
From Prada to Nada

From Prada to Nada

2011
A whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beve...
The Unheard Woman

The Unheard Woman

2016
Hanni is the wife wife of a farmer and the mother of three. She worries about her youngest, Magdalena, who’s smaller and more sensitive than her siblings. She gets stomach flu and can’t see well. The ...
Lautrec

Lautrec

1998
The life of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, famous french painter, who lived, enjoyed, and was loved in the late 1800s Paris' Montmartre cultural life. Congenital health conditions are usually attributed t...
Paul Tomkowicz: Street-railway Switchman

Paul Tomkowicz: Street-railway Switchman

1953
In this film, Paul Tomkowicz, Polish-born Canadian, talks about his job and his life in Canada. He compares his new life in the city of Winnipeg to the life he knew in Poland, marvelling at the freedo...
Suzan Pitt: Persistence of Vision

Suzan Pitt: Persistence of Vision

2006
A short documentary about Suzan Pitt and her animated films, Asparagus (1979), Joy Street (1995) and El Doctor (2006).
Barluschke

Barluschke

1998
The documentary relates how in the second half of the 20th century the agent Berthold Barluschke was first a henchman of the State Security Service of the GDR and then of the West German Federal Intel...
La felicidad en la que vivo

La felicidad en la que vivo

2020
Samantha Flores, an 87 year old trans woman dreams with creating a nursing home for elder LGBTTI+ community.
Banksy Most Wanted

Banksy Most Wanted

2020
One of the biggest unanswered questions in the art world is who is Banksy, as he hides a lot of stories, artworks, stunts, political statements and identities.
Katka

Katka

2010
“You bet on someone in the beginning of the process and then you wait and see what life does with them.” This is how Czech director Helena Trestikova explains her long-term documentaries. Following on...
Die Markus Family

Die Markus Family

2001
This film tells the story of Markus Anatol Weisse, who, astonishingly enough, became an artist, in spite of being only very partially sighted. Markus also builds strange machine-like beings and wishes...
Carrière, 250 Meters

Carrière, 250 Meters

2011
A portrait documentary tracing the inspiration, philosophy and imagination of the celebrated theatre and screen writer - and Bunuel's long term collaborator - Jean Claude Carrière. Carrière predicts t...
Valparaiso

Valparaiso

1964
In 1962, Joris Ivens was invited to teach and make films in Chile. One of his most poetic films was made together with students. The film sketches a portrait of the city, built on 42 hills, with its w...
The Two Mrs. Carrolls

The Two Mrs. Carrolls

1947
A struggling artist and a woman meet on a holiday. He doesn't tell her that he's married. A man with mental illness paints a picture of his wife as an angel of death and then poisons her. As history s...
And in shallow waters, then i learned not to swim but to lie

And in shallow waters, then i learned not to swim but to lie

2018
Footage from summer of 2018 that explores the passing of time regarding the little things in life.
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner

1974
A study of the psychology of a champion ski-flyer, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.
Dark Star: HR Giger’s World

Dark Star: HR Giger’s World

2014
He lives his life in places that we would flee from and feels at home in them. HR Giger had lived in the world of the uncanny, a dark universe that was on the verge of many a catastrophe. This amiable...
Spiral

Spiral

2007
His boss is the only friend a telemarketer has. The telemarketer's social circle improves greatly when a co-worker enters his life. As he begins to sketch his new friend's portrait, disturbing "voices...
Connections: Ray Johnson On-Line

Connections: Ray Johnson On-Line

A portrait of the American artist Ray Johnson, based on a personal interpretation of Johnson's avant-garde strategies, using the telephone and the internet as primary sources for sound and image.
In the Eye of the Beholder

In the Eye of the Beholder

2020
Maurizio is a young university student living in Zürich, with a passion for diseases. Unlike many others, he can see an inherent beauty in them. Afterall, what difference can exist between a flower an...
Ulrich Seidl - A Director at Work

Ulrich Seidl - A Director at Work

2014
This cinematic portrait shows the Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl at work. The much-discussed ‘Seidl method’ is conveyed here vividly and directly: The camera watches over Seidl’s shoulder during the ...
Noget om Halfdan

Noget om Halfdan

2006
A moving portrait of one of the most loved and read Danes. The early years of poverty and war are covered in the film, as is the humorous verse that has made Rasmussen one of the most read authors in ...
Charlie Chaplin, The Genius of Liberty

Charlie Chaplin, The Genius of Liberty

2020
Documentary about Charlie Chaplin
Porno Unplugged

Porno Unplugged

10
2009
A journalist looks behind the curtains of the porn industry. He heads west to explore a new world on the victory march in Austria. He met the heroes and leading actors of the story on this journey. Th...
Portrait of Madame Yuki

Portrait of Madame Yuki

1950
Hamako has just started working for her personal hero, Madame Yuki. Her romanticized view of the Madame is broken immediately, though, as she is introduced with a ever-growing list of the Madame’s per...
KHAMAICA

KHAMAICA

2014
NYC based photographer, Khalik Allah, travels to Jamaica to connect with family and document the streets. This is his synopsis.
Sylvia Kristel – Paris

Sylvia Kristel – Paris

2003
Sylvia Kristel - Paris is a portrait of Sylvia Kristel, best known for her role in the erotic cult classic Emmanuelle, as well as a film about the impossibility of memory in relation to biography. The...
Checks & Balances

Checks & Balances

2016
Accommodated since Algeria's Bloody Decade of the 1990’s in the "House of the Press", the journalists of the famous daily newspaper El Watan await the completion of their new offices, a symbol of thei...
Peter Hurley: The Art Behind The Headshot

Peter Hurley: The Art Behind The Headshot

2011
Peter Hurley, one of the most successful and well known headshot photographers of all time has teamed up with Fstoppers to produce a 4 hour tutorial exposing all of his tips and tricks that he has lea...
Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

2013
In 1985, former oil rig worker Richard Linklater began a film screening society in Austin, Texas, that aimed to show classic art-house and experimental films to a budding community of cinephiles. Even...
The Portrait of Captain Grogg

The Portrait of Captain Grogg

1917
An artist receives the visit of Grogg, an animated captain, to draw his portrait
The Little Seed

The Little Seed

2015
A little girl catches floral patterns with a magic cloth and uses them to make her own pretty dresses. Every night, ants move her house from one field to the next. One day, a seed drops into her mouth...
The Lives of Albert Camus

The Lives of Albert Camus

2020
On January 4, 1960, Albert Camus died at the age of 46. Albert Camus was the author of "L'Etranger", one of the most widely read novels in the world. He tore himself away from his condition thanks to ...
z'Bärg

z'Bärg

2016
Portrait of a couple who decide to work and live for the summer time on a lonely alp.
Stop for Bud

Stop for Bud

1963
Stop for Bud is Jørgen Leth's first film and the first in his long collaboration with Ole John. […] they wanted to "blow up cinematic conventions and invent cinematic language from scratch". The jazz ...
Portrait of A Dancer

Portrait of A Dancer

Noora Hannula dances through the film. Simo Hannula dedicated his entire life to his art, and Noora's life has always been connected to that environment. Noora and her grandfather crossed paths when N...
Frau Mercedes

Frau Mercedes

2008
In Bern, Madame Mercedes has been working for 35 years in her car as a prostitute. An intimate and subtle portrait about ageing as a prostitute, a documentary about a vanishing chapter of habits in Sw...
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