Documentaries That You Should See...by valley1 | created - 01 Sep 2013 | updated - 23 Apr 2017 | Public
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1. Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music
A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.
Votes: 3,367 | Gross: $0.10M
If you love film scores from some of the best movies ever made.. please check this amazing documentary out.
2. John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
An examination of the Oscar-winning director who brought to life some of cinema's most beloved motion pictures.
Fantastic doc on John G. Avildsen who brought to life such classics as Rocky and The Karate Kid films. The Sylvester Stallone and Ralph Macchio interview footage is intriguing
3. Back in Time (2015)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Family, History
An amazing look at the immense cultural impact of the Back to the Future trilogy 30 years after McFly and Brown went on an epic adventure.
The official 'Back To The Future' 30th anniversary documentary that premiered on October 21, 2015!
4. Ghostheads (2016)
73 min | Documentary
A look at the intense fandom for the media franchise, Ghostbusters (1984)
Launched to the world on Netflix on July 15th. The same day that new Ghostbusters movie hit theaters.
5. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)
PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music
A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.
Votes: 2,420 | Gross: $0.80M
Amazing doc about the musicians behind some of the greatest tunes that will surprise you.
6. The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)
80 min | Documentary, Sport
The Battered Bastards of Baseball is one of baseball's last great, unheralded true stories. In 1973, Hollywood veteran Bing Russell (best known for playing Deputy Clem on "Bonanza") created... See full summary »
Brilliant doc on the Portland Mavericks minor league baseball team owned by Bing Russell.
Documentary | Post-production
An in-depth look into the life and work of musician Frank Zappa.
This Lost Boy is out to prove that Frank Zappa was no Valley Girl
8. Zero Days (2016)
PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary
A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.
Votes: 8,064 | Gross: $0.10M
9. Soaked in Bleach (2015)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Crime
Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain.
10. Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019 Video)
90 min | Documentary | Post-production
The documentary that tells us the full story from where it all started through to the future of the Ghostbusters franchise.
This doc has been several years in the making and appears to finally have the funding to get it completed. This is the behind the scenes for real fans.
11. The Wolfpack (2015)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography
Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes.
Votes: 11,199 | Gross: $1.30M
12. Command and Control (2016)
92 min | Documentary, History
Documentary of 1980's near-launch of a nuclear missile from Arkansas, based on Eric Shlosser's award-winning book of the same name.
Votes: 686 | Gross: $0.05M
Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, History, Music
'All Things Must Pass' is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.
Votes: 2,787 | Gross: $0.17M
15. Citizenfour (2014)
R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News
A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.
Votes: 48,627 | Gross: $2.80M
This is a whistleblowing doc that might make you realize 'you can't handle the truth' and we want Col. Jessep on that wall.
16. Blackfish (2013)
PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, News
A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.
Votes: 57,338 | Gross: $2.06M
You'll never look at Seaworld the same way again
17. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography
18. The Overnighters (2014)
PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Drama
Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.
Votes: 2,235 | Gross: $0.11M
21. The Act of Killing (2012)
Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
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.
Votes: 31,647 | Gross: $0.49M
22. The Salt of the Earth (2014)
PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.
Votes: 17,567 | Gross: $1.34M
24. Catfish (2010)
PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery
Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.
Votes: 38,892 | Gross: $3.23M
25. 56 Up (2012 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 144 min | Documentary
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.
Votes: 1,821 | Gross: $0.70M
27. The Punk Singer (2013)
Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.
Votes: 2,535 | Gross: $0.12M
28. The Crash Reel (2013)
108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »
29. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014)
PG | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Family
As he struggles with Alzheimer's disease, country-music legend Glen Campbell embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe.
Votes: 1,390 | Gross: $0.37M
31. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
Votes: 11,461 | Gross: $4.95M
32. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)
R | 130 min | Documentary
A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.
Votes: 7,190 | Gross: $0.16M
33. My Amityville Horror (2012)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror
For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathleen Lutz's story went on to inspire a... See full summary »
34. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Follows the court case of three members of the Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot after their performance in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.
TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History, War
Filled with testimony and recollections from actual C.I.A. agents, this in-depth account reveals the remarkable true story of the pursuit of the world's most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden.
36. A Band Called Death (2012)
Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.
Votes: 3,317 | Gross: $0.13M
37. How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012)
Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Crime
Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.
Votes: 6,505 | Gross: $1.50M
38. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012)
PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Music
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.
Votes: 1,188 | Gross: $0.11M
39. Blood Brother (2013)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
Documentarian visits best friend in India to see the mutual unconditional love that keeps his buddy bonded to a village hostel housing AIDS-afflicted children.
Votes: 1,544 | Gross: $0.12M
40. Cutie and the Boxer (2013)
R | 82 min | Documentary, Biography
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.
Votes: 4,349 | Gross: $0.20M
41. Gideon's Army (2013)
Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary
Follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.
Director: Dawn Porter
Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, History
A look at the history of the American comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, from its beginning in the 1970s to 2010, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage.
Votes: 1,955 | Gross: $0.06M
A documentary which explores the lives and tragic deaths of Marceline Orbes and Francis "Slivers" Oakley, the suicidal clowns who inspired Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
53. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)
120 min | Documentary, History
The history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.
Votes: 1,266 | Gross: $0.13M
Documentary | Filming
A documentary charting the extraordinary life of British drummer Cozy Powell from his humble beginnings as a musician playing in small clubs to touring the world with some of the greatest ever rock groups.