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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Michael Moore and Mitch Cullin.

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
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 ...more

Morgan Spurlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
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 ...more

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

Mitch Cullin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
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, ...more

Robert Hughes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Robert Studley Forrest Hughes AO was an Australian-born art critic, writer, and producer of television documentaries. He was described in 1997 by Robert Boynton of The New York Times as ...more

Alan Lomax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Alan Lomax was one of the great American field collectors of folk music of the 20th century. He was also a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral ...more

David France is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
David France is an American investigative reporter, non-fiction author and filmmaker. He is a contributing editor for New York magazine, former Newsweek senior editor and published in magazines ...more

Eleanor Coppola is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Eleanor Coppola is an American documentary filmmaker, artist, and writer. She is the wife of director Francis Ford Coppola. She is most known for her 1991 documentary film Hearts of Darkness: A ...more

Henry Louis Gates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also an Emmy ...more

Shelby Steele is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Shelby Steele is an American author, columnist, documentary film maker, and a Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, specialising in the study ...more

Rory Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy is an American documentary filmmaker, and youngest child of U.S. Senator Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. Although her father was ...more

Tamasin Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Lydia Tamasin Day-Lewis, is an English television chef, daughter of the poet Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, and sister of the actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

Barbara Kopple is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Barbara Kopple is an American film director known primarily for her documentary work.

DeeDee Halleck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
DeeDee Halleck DeeDee Halleck is a media activist, founder of Paper Tiger Television and co-founder of the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor ...more

Mark Kidel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Mark Kidel Mark Kidel is a documentary filmmaker and writer who lives in Bristol, England. His award-winning films include portraits of John Adams, Elvis Costello, Boy George, Ravi Shankar, Rod Stewart, ...more

Frederick Wiseman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Frederick Wiseman is an American filmmaker, documentarian, and theatrical director.

Sheila Nevins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Sheila Nevins is an American television producer and the President of HBO Documentary Films. She has produced hundreds of documentary films for HBO and is one of the most influential people in ...more

Bruce Sinofsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Bruce Sinofsky was an American documentary film director, particularly known for his films the Paradise Lost trilogy, Brother's Keeper and Some Kind of Monster, all created with Joe Berlinger.

Alexandra Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Alexandra C. Pelosi is an American journalist, documentary filmmaker, and writer based in New York City. She is the daughter of Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives ...more

Joe Berlinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Joseph "Joe" Berlinger is an American documentary film-maker who, in collaboration with Bruce Sinofsky, has created such films as Paradise Lost about the West Memphis 3, Brother's ...more

Ulrike Ottinger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Ulrike Ottinger is a German filmmaker, documentarian photographer and professor at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

D. A. Pennebaker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Donn Alan "D. A." Pennebaker is an American documentary filmmaker and one of the pioneers of Direct Cinema. Performing arts and politics are his primary subjects. In 2012, the Academy ...more

Can Dündar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Can Dündar is a Turkish journalist, columnist and documentarian. He is one of the best known figures in Turkish media, described as possessing "impeccable republican credentials". ...more

Irene Taylor Brodsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Irene Taylor Brodsky is an American documentary film maker. In her several projects, hers was the job of director, producer, writer, cinematographer and editor.

Chris Hegedus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Documentary Filmmakers
Chris Hegedus is a film director.