Documentaries to Watch

by quinnquintillus | created - 04 Dec 2015 | updated - 28 Sep 2016 | Public

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1. 5 Girls (2001)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

For two years, filmmaker Maria Finitzo followed five strong young women between the ages of 13 and 17. Unlike the myriad reports, books and "specials" that focus on young women as passive ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Finitzo | Stars: Haibihn, Amber, Toby, Corrie

Votes: 32

2. What's in My Baggie? (2014)

61 min | Documentary

In 2013, five friends with no documentary experience embarked on a journey to expose the rise of dangerous substance adulteration, and provide a well-rounded critique of ineffective drug policy.

Director: Tyge Christiansen | Stars: Adam Auctor, Krystle Cole, Sean Dunagan, Diane Goldstein

Votes: 65

3. The Forecaster (2014)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

MARTIN ARMSTRONG, once a US based trillion dollar financial adviser, used the number pi to predict economic turning points with precision. When some big New York bankers asked him to join ... See full summary »

Directors: Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger | Stars: Martin Armstrong, Vicky Armstrong, Oliver Brown, Michael Campbell

Votes: 1,120

4. Kati with an I (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

81 Metascore

An intimate portrait of Kati, a teenage girl about to graduate high school, who endures a moment-by-moment emotional transformation over the course of three tumultuous days that leave her future in doubt.

Director: Robert Greene | Star: Kati Genthner

Votes: 38

5. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 32,484 | Gross: $0.49M

6. A Map for Saturday (2007)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents. The documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Brook Silva-Braga | Stars: Scott Erikson, Rebecca Filmer, Sabrina Hezinger, Kate McNair

Votes: 1,120

7. Advanced Style (2014)

72 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

66 Metascore

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging.

Director: Lina Plioplyte | Stars: Iris Apfel, Joyce Carpati, Ari Cohen, Lynn Dell

Votes: 915 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Black Sun (2005)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

Gary Tarn's remarkable, award-winning documentary, BLACK SUN, investigates this through the story of Hugues de Montalembert, a New York-based artist and filmmaker who was blinded by a vicious attack in 1978.

Director: Gary Tarn | Star: Hugues de Montalembert

Votes: 340

9. Banaz: A Love Story (2012)

69 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

This is a documentary film chronicling the brutal Honour Killing of Banaz Mahmod, a young British Kurdish woman in London, killed by her own family for choosing a life for herself.

Directors: Deeyah Khan, Darin Prindle | Stars: Nazir Afzal, Bobbie Cheema, Andy Craig, Caroline Goode

Votes: 178

10. Alone Across Australia (2004)

Unrated | 52 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

Jon Muir crosses Australia on foot from South to North.

Directors: Ian Darling, Jon Muir | Star: Jon Muir

Votes: 57

11. We Are Blood (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

A film celebrating the universal bond created by the simple act of skateboarding.

Director: Ty Evans | Stars: Chris Colbourn, Clive Dixon, Tiago Lemos, Sean Malto

Votes: 380

12. The 11th Hour (I) (2007)

PG | 95 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.

Directors: Leila Conners, Nadia Conners | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kenny Ausubel, Thom Hartmann, Wangari Maathai

Votes: 5,469 | Gross: $0.70M

13. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 58,020 | Gross: $1.61M

14. Inside the Manson Gang (2007)

85 min | Documentary, Crime

'Inside the MANSON Gang' The incredible behind the scenes, exclusive footage and true story of the most notorious white gang in American history, and the Trial of the 20th Century. Robert ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hendrickson | Stars: Mary Brunner, Bruce Davis, Lynette Fromme, Sandra Good

Votes: 103

15. Lambert & Stamp (2014)

R | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

A documentary that reveals how the unlikely partnership between aspiring filmmakers Christopher Stamp and Kit Lambert produced one of the greatest rock bands in history: The Who.

Director: James D. Cooper | Stars: Kit Lambert, Christopher Stamp, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend

Votes: 673 | Gross: $0.18M

16. Art and Craft (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

Directors: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker | Stars: Mark A. Landis, Lester Sullivan, Irwin Lakov, Matthew Leininger

Votes: 1,370 | Gross: $0.22M

17. Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

80 Metascore

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »

Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Stars: David Bahati, David Kato, Gilles Muhame, Naome Ruzindana

Votes: 733 | Gross: $0.01M

18. 1971 (2014)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, History, Thriller

73 Metascore

The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that led to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed.

Director: Johanna Hamilton | Stars: Bonnie Raines, John Raines, Bob Williamson, Keith Forsyth

Votes: 822

19. All American High Revisited (2014)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

A time capsule of teenage life in the 1980s.

Director: Keva Rosenfeld

Votes: 169

20. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)

Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stella Adler, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Borne

Votes: 6,574 | Gross: $0.43M

21. Death in Gaza (2004)

TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary

The harrowing documentary that portrays the horror of the Israeli conflict and the resulting death of its director, James Miller.

Director: James Miller | Stars: James Miller, Saira Shah

Votes: 1,160

22. Milius (2013)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

A look at the life of filmmaker John Milius.

Directors: Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson | Stars: John Milius, Ethan Milius, Amanda Milius, Walter Murch

Votes: 1,749

23. Deep Water (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

80 Metascore

A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

Directors: Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Simon Russell Beale

Votes: 2,826 | Gross: $0.27M

24. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,803 | Gross: $0.38M

25. I Know That Voice (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Several voice actors discuss their art and their careers.

Director: Lawrence Shapiro | Stars: Charlie Adler, Pamela Adlon, Carlos Alazraqui, Jack Angel

Votes: 2,442

26. How to Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends (2014)

77 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

First time filmmaker follows his girlfriend and boss chase their dream as musicians. His insecurities flair while struggling to find a story, and begins challenging their flaws, on camera, jeopardizing the film, relationships and careers.

Director: Tom Meadmore | Stars: Tony Jackson, Amanda Medica, Tom Meadmore, Aaron Darcy

Votes: 12

27. Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

77 Metascore

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.

Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville | Stars: Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 5,655 | Gross: $0.89M

28. Heaven Adores You (2014)

104 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith. By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of ... See full summary »

Director: Nickolas Dylan Rossi | Stars: Madonna, Gus Van Sant, Conan O'Brien, Autumn de Wilde

Votes: 921

29. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,356 | Gross: $0.81M

30. Donor Unknown (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

JoEllen Marsh is 20 years old, and has never met her father. As she goes in search of her paternity, her path to Donor 150 becomes an exploration into identity and the complex permutations ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Rothwell | Stars: JoEllen Marsh, Danielle Pagano, Fletcher Norris, Rachelle Longest

Votes: 138

32. 41 (2007)

TV-G | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

In the winter of 2003, a catastrophic fire erupted in a Rhode Island concert club, ultimately claiming 100 lives. For this state of just over a million residents, the devastation was ... See full summary »

Directors: Christian de Rezendes, Christian O'Neill | Stars: Nick O'Neill, Christian O'Neill, Joanne O'Neill, Dave Kane

Votes: 39

33. American Dream (1990)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »

Directors: Barbara Kopple, Cathy Caplan, Thomas Haneke, Lawrence Silk | Stars: Jesse Jackson, Juan Munoz, Ray Rogers

Votes: 691 | Gross: $0.27M

34. Genius on Hold (2012)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The story of Walter L. Shaw, a telecommunications genius, and his son Walter T. Shaw, a ruthless jewel thief, is a metaphor and a symbol for its time - for the twentieth century and for today.

Director: Gregory Marquette | Stars: Howard Abadinsky, Nathanial Barone, Marco Ceritelli, Sylvester Glaser

Votes: 142

35. Gorging (2013)

G | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

Award winning documentary about the sport of canyoneering and four adventurers as they hike, wade, swim, rock climb, and rappel down cliffs and waterfalls.

Director: Brian Olliver | Stars: Mike Kelsey, Dennis Turville, Rich Carlson, Steve Cabourne

Votes: 23

36. Andrew and Jeremy Get Married (2004)

75 min | Documentary

An intimate portrait of two Englishmen from vastly different social backgrounds which shows them dealing with the 'ups and downs' of their eccentric relationship and culminates in a moving ... See full summary »

Director: Don Boyd | Stars: Hanif Kureishi, Ernesto Sarezale, Warwick Stanley, Andrew Thomas

Votes: 65

37. Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story (2007)

53 min | Documentary

Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story follows three families during one city's battle for equal housing opportunity and civil rights enforcement.

Directors: Bill Kavanagh, Sylke Fröchtenigt

Votes: 31

38. 12th & Delaware (2010)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary, Drama

The abortion battle continues to rage in unexpected ways on one corner in an American city.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

Votes: 419

39. 14 Women (2007)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

When the historic 109th Congress convened the number of women in the Senate increased to an unprecedented 14. Now, their struggle to balance family and politics is chronicled in this ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Annette Bening, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Blanche Lincoln, Barbara Boxer

Votes: 67

40. 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

It's been said that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist. Few directors have single-handedly shaken up the film establishment like the godfather of indie, Richard Linklater. ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Dunaway, Tara Wood | Stars: Joey Lauren Adams, Jack Black, Louis Black, Rebecca Campbell

Votes: 585

41. Cyber-Seniors (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A film about senior citizens learning about computers from teenage mentors and the connections made both on and offline.

Director: Saffron Cassaday | Stars: Shura Eadie, Pelletier Henri, Schellenberg Max

Votes: 125

42. The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

Comedy troupe The Yes Men stage phony events and press releases in an effort to bring attention to environmental dangers and corporate greed.

Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Laura Nix | Stars: Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Benadette Chandia Kodili, Albert Mwesigwa

Votes: 697 | Gross: $0.05M

43. Towncraft (2007)

104 min | Documentary

Towncraft looks at the importance of local scenes in a changing music world and the exciting music that emerges from smaller cities across the country when communities come together.

Director: Richard Matson | Stars: Matt Besser, Paul Bowling, James Brady, Colin Brooks

Votes: 42

44. Hit So Hard (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

52 Metascore

A documentary that follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel as she struggles with fame and addiction.

Director: P. David Ebersole | Stars: Patty Schemel, Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf der Maur

Votes: 630 | Gross: $0.03M