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List of famous documentary filmmakers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top documentary filmmakers in the world? This includes the most prominent documentary filmmakers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable documentary filmmakers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic documentary filmmakers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned documentary filmmakers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known documentary filmmakers to the lesser known documentary filmmakers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the documentary filmmaker field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous documentary filmmakers ever?" and "What are the names of famous documentary filmmakers?" then you're in the right place. (162 items)
Michael Moore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
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Michael Francis Moore is an American documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, author, journalist, actor, and liberal political activist. He is the director and producer of Fahrenheit 9/11, a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush and the War on Terror, which is the highest-grossing documentary of all time and winner of the Palme d'Or. His films Bowling for Columbine, which examines the causes for the Columbine High School massacre and Sicko, which examines health care in the United States, focusing on its health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry, also placed in the top ten highest-grossing documentaries, and the former won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. In ...more

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Morgan Spurlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
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Morgan Valentine Spurlock is an American documentary filmmaker, humorist, television producer, screenwriter, and political activist, best known for the documentary films Super Size Me, Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope and One Direction: This Is Us. Spurlock was the executive producer and star of the reality television series 30 Days. On June 2013, he became host and producer of the CNN show Inside Man. He is also the co-founder of short-film content marketing company cinelan, which produced the Focus Forward campaign for GE. ...more

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Rosie Malek-Yonan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
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Rosie Malek-Yonan is an actress, author, director, public figure and activist. ...more

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Mitch Cullin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
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Mitch Cullin is an American writer of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee descent. He is the author of seven novels, and one short story collection. He currently resides in Arcadia, California and Tokyo, Japan with his partner and frequent collaborator Peter I. Chang. His books have been translated into over 10 languages, among them French, Polish, Japanese, and Italian. ...more

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