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Barbara Kopple

Highest Rated:   100% American Dream (1992)
Lowest Rated:   45% Havoc (2005)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
73% This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
  • Director
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Killing the Colorado
  • Executive Producer
2016
89% Miss Sharon Jones!
  • Director
  • Producer
$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
59% Running From Crazy
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 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 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
  • Producer
  • Director
2007
88% Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing
  • Producer
  • Director
$1.1M 2006
45% Havoc
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Bearing Witness
  • Producer
  • Director
2005
57% WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception
  • Executive Producer
2004
No Score Yet My Generation
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2000
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.
  • Producer
  • Director
1977
100% Winter Soldier
  • Producer
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 2010
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 2001
No Score Yet Oz
1997-2003
  • Director
  • 1999

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