My Documentary Collection

by Usurpent | created - 19 Dec 2012 | updated - 03 Dec 2014 | Public

This list was made to remind me of what I already have in order to avoid getting doubles. Not everything here is being recommended, some of them I didn't even want... But for $5 or less I was willing to give them a chance, and many of them turned out to be hidden gems.

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1. 1 Giant Leap (2002)

155 min | Documentary, Music

Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman travelled for 7 months through all 5 continents, and recorded in over 50 locations to create the most inspiring film and album they could imagine. Their ... See full summary »

Directors: Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto | Stars: Asha Bhosle, Whirimako Black, Tim Booth, Duncan Bridgeman

Votes: 366

2. 10 MPH (2007)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

Two guys quit stodgy corporate jobs, scrounged up all the savings they could, collected credit cards, and stepped - or better yet - scooted forward to follow their biggest dream: to become ... See full summary »

Director: Hunter Weeks | Stars: Josh Caldwell, Johnathan F. Keough, Alon Waisman, Gannon Weeks

Votes: 375

3. 180° South (2010)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

Director: Chris Malloy | Stars: Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy, Alicia Salome Acuna Ika

Votes: 2,776 | Gross: $0.03M

4. 2 Turntables and a Microphone (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

October 30, 2002 - Legendary hip-hop DJ Jason Mizell, aka Jam Master Jay, is gunned down in his Queens studio.

Director: Guy Logan | Stars: Bill Adler, Kid Rock, Russell Simmons, Stephon Watford

Votes: 54

5. 3000 Miles (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary

Tony Hawk and the stars of MTVs 'Jackass' race 3000 miles around the world from London to Los Angeles in just 8 days against 120 supercars in the famous Gumball 3000 Rally. '3000 Miles' ... See full summary »

Director: Maximillion Cooper | Stars: Maximillion Cooper, Ryan Dunn, Mike Escamilla, Tony Hawk

Votes: 355

6. 7th Street (2002)

72 min | Documentary

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Director: Josh Pais | Stars: Josh Pais, Rino Thunder

Votes: 108

7. 9 Months, 9 Days (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

August 9 2006. Three Mexican fishermen are found near the Marshall Islands, more than 5,000 miles away from home, after 9 months and 9 days adrift. They declared, "We survived by eating raw... See full summary »

Director: Ozcar Ramírez González

Votes: 9

8. 9 Star Hotel (2006)

78 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Slipping through the predawn darkness over highways, through traffic and across the border, Palestinian construction workers go to work clandestinely in Israel every day. Haar's raw, ... See full summary »

Director: Ido Haar

Votes: 79

9. A Brokedown Melody (2004)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, Sport

A Brokedown Melody explores the times, travels and experiences of a tribe of surfers who search for the spark of life and look to pass it on to the younger generation. The film follows ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Malloy | Stars: Mark Cunningham, Tom Curren, CJ Hobgood, Jack Johnson

Votes: 224

10. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, War

A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources.

Directors: Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack, Reto Caduff | Stars: Wade Adams, Abdul Samad Al-Awadi, Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi, Roscoe Bartlett

Votes: 1,888

11. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

R | 138 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen

Votes: 2,421 | Gross: $0.03M

12. A Film Unfinished (2010)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images.

Director: Yael Hersonski | Stars: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser

Votes: 1,639 | Gross: $0.31M

13. A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2004)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

66 Metascore

Filmmaker Christopher Browne documents the mission of a group of middle-aged bowlers as they attempt to revitalize the sport and get the television-watching public interested in it again.

Director: Christopher Browne | Stars: Walter Ray Williams, Charles Barkley, Timothy Busfield, Bernard Goldberg

Votes: 329 | Gross: $0.02M

14. A Man Named Pearl (2006)

G | 78 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It offers a message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can ... See full summary »

Directors: Scott Galloway, Brent Pierson | Star: Pearl Fryar

Votes: 293 | Gross: $0.20M

15. A Million in the Morning (2010 Video)

58 min | Documentary

The film follows 8 contestants as they compete as part of the Movie Watching Championship, all trying to break the World Record for most consecutive hours without sleep...while watching the middle of Times Square.

Director: Jason Goldwatch | Stars: Jerry Cavallaro, Gavin McInnes

Votes: 88

16. A Nightmare in Las Cruces (2011)

R | 103 min | Documentary

On February 10, 1990 two cowards walked into the Las Cruces Bowl and changed the lives of many people. Seven people inside the bowling alley were forced at gunpoint to the floor and told to... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Minn | Stars: Hafid Abdelmoula, Shannon Caruso, Charles Comer, Dora Cothern

Votes: 172

17. A Perfect Candidate (1996)

105 min | Documentary

The filmmakers follow Oliver North's unsuccessful 1994 bid for a Virginia Senate seat, focusing on North's campaign strategist, Mark Goodin, and a Washington Post reporter. Mudslinging ... See full summary »

Directors: R.J. Cutler, David Van Taylor | Stars: Don Baker, Mark Goodin, Mark Merritt, Peter Baker

Votes: 253 | Gross: $0.05M

18. A Perfect Fake (2005 TV Movie)


Myths and stories abound that speak to man's desire to bring life to inanimate matter. A Perfect Fake looks at the persistence of these myths in modern times and takes us into the world of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Marc de Guerre

Votes: 75

19. A Very British Gangster (2007)

97 min | Documentary, Crime

59 Metascore

A documentary about one of Britain's most dangerous crime families and introduces us to its magnetic, larger-than-life leader, Dominic Noonan (aka Lattlay Fottfoy).

Director: Donal MacIntyre | Star: Dominic Noonan

Votes: 1,112

20. The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans (2009)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans by director Eddie Chung, follows the intertwining lives and sub-culture of "Achievers," fans of "The Big Lebowski."

Director: Eddie Chung | Stars: Joe Blevins, Jeff Bridges, Lu Elrod, Jerry Haleva

Votes: 193

21. Act of God (I) (2009)

TV-G | 75 min | Documentary

A look at the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Stars: Paul Auster, Fred Frith, Chris Frith, James O'Reilly

Votes: 155 | Gross: $0.01M

22. Addicted to Plastic (2008)

85 min | Documentary

A Canadian documentary on modern society's 'addiction' to plastic; our prolific use of this product, its effects on the earth and on us, and where our unwanted plastic ends up.

Director: Ian Connacher

Votes: 313

23. The Agronomist (2003)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

82 Metascore

The true story of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jean Dominique, Aboudja, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 863 | Gross: $0.23M

24. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 6,046 | Gross: $0.10M

25. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles, Nick Broomfield, Cannonball, Steve Glazer

Votes: 2,528

26. Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2010)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on Levon Helm, a founding member of The Band, at home in Woodstock in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years.

Director: Jacob Hatley | Stars: Larry Campbell, Jay Collins, Elizabeth Danko, Amy Helm

Votes: 441 | Gross: $0.10M

27. A/k/a Tommy Chong (2006)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

Documentary about Tommy Chong's federal prosecution under the Bush administration for selling bongs over the Internet.

Director: Josh Gilbert | Stars: Lou Adler, Raven Bast, Paris Chong, Shelby Chong

Votes: 608

28. Nippon no genba: Akihabara toshinose no monogatari (2005 TV Short)

Not Rated | 44 min | Documentary, Short

A look at the lives of a few inhabitants in Akihabara, Tokyo's electric town.

Directors: Satoshi Kobayashi, Kohei Nagashima | Star: Leslie King

Votes: 19

29. Al Franken: God Spoke (2006)

90 min | Documentary, Comedy

49 Metascore

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Directors: Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus | Stars: Al Franken, Franni Bryson, Katherine Lanpher, Billy Kimball

Votes: 466 | Gross: $0.10M

30. All Together Now (2008)

84 min | Documentary

The story behind the partnership between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil that resulted in the Las Vegas stage production of "LOVE."

Director: Adrian Wills | Stars: Neil Aspinall, Bobby Baldwin, Dominic Champagne, David Giammarco

Votes: 206

31. Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary, History, Music

78 Metascore

Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Abdullah Ibrahim, Duma Ka Ndlovu, Vusi Mahlasela, Walter Cronkite

Votes: 545 | Gross: $0.40M

32. Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007)

Not Rated | 237 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary on The Who, featuring interviews with the band's two surviving members, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

Directors: Paul Crowder, Murray Lerner, Parris Patton | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon

Votes: 1,193

33. The Ambassador (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa.

Director: Mads Brügger | Stars: Mads Brügger, Heather Schmid

Votes: 3,669 | Gross: $0.03M

34. American Blackout (2006)

92 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A look at the career of U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney from Georgia and the historical suppression of black voters in the United States.

Director: Ian Inaba | Stars: Taalam Acey, John Conyers, Bob Fitrakis, Robert Fitrakis

Votes: 314

35. The American Brew (2007 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

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Director: Roger Sherman | Star: Tovah Feldshuh

Votes: 23

36. 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: 687 | Gross: $0.27M

37. American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Crime

The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Booth | Stars: Joe Arpaio, Jello Biafra, Osama bin Laden, Jeff Blackburn

Votes: 1,561

38. American Jobs (2005 Video)

60 min | Documentary

AMERICAN JOBS is a personal investigation of the "jobless recovery." In the first six months of 2004, Director Greg Spotts visited nineteen cities and towns across the US, interviewing ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Spotts

Votes: 9

39. American Massive (2002 Video)

56 min

Shot on the Moonshine Overamerica 2000 tour, American Massive shows the rave scene from the participants' perspective: the DJs, the promoters, the artists, and the kids. 24 Cities, 13,000 ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Rieveschl, Thomas Trail | Star: Dieselboy

Votes: 15

40. American Meth (2008 Video)

TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary

American Meth is more than a movie, it's a movement. Narrated by Val Kilmer this documentary explores the devastation this drug is unleashing on America, and it looks at how it dismatles an American family.

Director: Justin Hunt | Stars: Val Kilmer, Justin Hunt, Jenna, Michael

Votes: 383

41. Amsterdam Global Village (1996)

245 min | Documentary

This four hour documentary looks for the exotic in the everyday life observed in just one city, the filmmaker's own Amsterdam.

Director: Johan van der Keuken | Star: Julika Marijn

Votes: 104

42. Animal House of Blues: How a Community Helped Create a Hollywood Blockbuster or Two (2012)

59 min | Documentary

This is a documentary about the making of National Lampoon's Animal House in Eugene Oregon in 1978.

Directors: Jay Richardson, Marv Leake | Stars: Robert Bailey, Maida Belove, Dennis Cozzalio, The Cry

Votes: 20

43. Beautiful People (1974)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Documentary

Hilarious documentary on the wildlife of the Namib Desert.

Director: Jamie Uys | Star: Paddy O'Byrne

Votes: 3,456

44. Army of One (2003)

69 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

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Director: Sarah Goodman | Stars: Serena Miller, Thaddeus Ressler, Nelson Reyes

Votes: 38

45. Art & Copy (2009)

TV-PG | 89 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Hal Riney, Lee Clow

Votes: 1,682