Barbara Kopple

Highest Rated: 100% American Dream (1992)
Lowest Rated: 45% Havoc (2005)
Birthday: Jul 30, 1946
Birthplace: Not Available
Documentarian Barbara Kopple is best known for Harlan County, USA (1986), her Academy Award-winning chronicle of a Kentucky miner's strike. A native of New York City, she made her first films while studying clinical psychology at a West Virginia college, and also gained experience working in various capacities with cinema verité documentarians the Maysles Brothers. When she was 26, Kopple moved to Harlan County to film a union conflict at the Brookside mine. She ended up staying for four years, observing the miners' struggles to join the United Mine Workers in the face of frequently violent resistance launched against them by the Eastover Mining Company. During that time, Kopple came to know the affected mining families intimately and became committed to helping them. The result of her involvement in the community was Harlan County, USA. Presented from the miners' viewpoint, the documentary places particular emphasis upon the miners' wives, who became major political forces in the fight. Following the acclaim surrounding Harlan County, Kopple has continued to make documentaries, including 1991's Academy Award-winning American Dream, which recounted the mid-'80s strike of group of Hormel meat packers, and 1997's Wild Man Blues, an account of filmmaker and musician Woody Allen's European jazz tour. Kopple has also directed fictional works: in 1983, her first fictional feature, Keeping On (1983), an examination of the attempts for Southern textile workers to organize, was shown on PBS.

Highest Rated Movies



67% A Murder in Mansfield Director 2017
77% This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous Director Producer 2017
No Score Yet Killing the Colorado Executive Producer 2016
90% Miss Sharon Jones! Producer Director $0.2M 2016
No Score Yet Borderline Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet Hot Type: 150 Years Of The Nation (The Nation) Producer Director 2015
No Score Yet Shelter Director 2015
No Score Yet Fight To Live Producer Director 2014
58% Running From Crazy Producer Director Executive Producer $32.3K 2013
No Score Yet Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde Executive Producer 2013
75% These Amazing Shadows Actor 2011
No Score Yet Gun Fight Director Producer 2011
No Score Yet Woodstock: Now & Then Producer Director 2009
No Score Yet Small Steps: Creating the High School for the Contemporary Arts Director 2007
No Score Yet Small Steps: Creating the High School for Contemporary Arts Director Producer 2007
89% Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing Director Producer $1.1M 2006
45% Havoc Director 2005
No Score Yet Bearing Witness Producer Director 2005
50% WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception Executive Producer 2004
No Score Yet Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment Actor 1999
86% Wild Man Blues Director Producer 1998
No Score Yet Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson Director Producer 1993
100% American Dream Producer Director 1992
No Score Yet Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy Director 1992
100% Harlan County, U.S.A. Director Producer 1977
100% Winter Soldier Producer 1972


No Score Yet 30 for 30
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  • 2010
No Score Yet American Masters
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  • 2001
89% Oz
  • 1999
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1983


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