The 29 best documentariesby PetrosTser | created - 25 Oct 2015 | updated - 31 Jan 2018 | Public
My favourite docs, mostly concerning music and cinema, from "The Song Remains the Same" (1976) to "Forever and a Day" (2015).
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1. Iron Maiden: Live After Death (1985 Video)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Music
Part of their World Slavery Tour, this, their Long Beach Arena shows, have finally come to the format of DVD. Bringing you the early tracks of their career and with the themes and backdrops... See full summary »
2. Queensrÿche: Operation Livecrime (1991 Video)
64 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
US heavy metal band Queensrÿche performs live their classic 1988 concept album Operation: Mindcrime in this concert film.
3. Rammstein: Völkerball (2006 Video)
102 min | Documentary, Music
German heavy metal band Rammstein embarked on their wildly successful Ahoi Tour which took them around the world from 2004-2005. Völkerball consists of live footage from around the world ... See full summary »
4. History of Iron Maiden: Part 2 (2008)
60 min | Documentary, Music
An extension from the end of the "The Early Days" documentary, this is a look into the bands past from the start of their "Powerslave" album days, and beyond, and the "World Slavery Tour" which followed.
The History of Rock 'n' Roll (1995)
60 min | Documentary, History, Music
Les Paul's invention of the electric guitar paved the way for later Rock 'n' Roll guitar heroes.
10. The Scorpions: Moment of Glory (Live with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) (2001 TV Special)
Unrated | 108 min | Music
A "reunion" concert of sorts, featuring the Scorpions biggest hits.
A fabulous concert. Unlike most projects of this kind, Scorpions and Kolonovits have made it. The band's classic anthems have been beautifully mingled with impressive work by the orchestra. Of course, Scorpions' performance is energetic as always, Schenker running and jumping all the time. Excellently shot and filled with absolutely monumental music.
11. Black Sabbath: The Last Supper (1999 Video)
106 min | Documentary, Music
Mix of interviews with the original band members and a live performance recorded at Ozzfest 1999 during the band's reunion tour.
Black Sabbath, a mythical band, back on stage again. All four members are on top form, while Ozzy (despite the fact he cannot even speak properly) is jumping like a five-year old, throwing buckets with water to the crowd and displaying his ass with pride - just like the good ol' times. Only drawback the long talks between the tracks - it could (and should) have been simply divided into two parts: concert and talk.
12. Chaplin Today: A Woman of Paris (2003 TV Short)
26 min | Short, Documentary
A very interesting insight in the making of Chaplin's underrated 1923 drama, "A Woman of Paris". The narration offers all you need to know about the film's creation, Liv Ullmann gives a really good analysis of various aspects of the movie, Michael Powell talks about the impact it had on himself and places it in historical perspective, and there's also a re-enactment of the voices of editor Monta Bell and usual Chaplin DOP Roland Totheroh giving us interesting pieces of information.
13. Deep Purple: History, Hits & Highlights (2009 Video)
287 min | Documentary, Music
A performance film compilation of the British rock band, Deep Purple. This compilation consists of television performances, promo films, and excerpts of concerts that were filmed between 1968 through 1976.
15. The Doors Collection (1999 Video)
172 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A collection of short films, interviews and concert footage of the '60s rock band The Doors.
A special collection that includes a load of rare footage, exciting live performances and bonus videos.
16. The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1987 Video)
62 min | Documentary, Music
A 1968 concert given by the rock group The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.
A package of very rare archive footage from a live Doors performance that dates back to July 1968. The camera work is worse than an amateur's, but you can't resist the power of the greatest psychedelic/ Californian rock band in the world.
17. The Doors: The Soft Parade (1991 Video)
50 min | Documentary, Music
With a running time at about three quarters of an hour, this Doors documentary is easy to comprehend, features great music and is not tiring at all. It doesn't go really deep into the personalities of them four and doesn't examine their work but includes rare on- and off-stage footage in an absorbing and wholly enjoyable format.
18. Finding Leo (2005 Video)
10 min | Documentary, Short
Ten minutes of unhinged hilarity. The behind-the-scenes madness of two of British TV's funniest caught spontaneously on camera, as they try to contact one of the world's biggest movie stars with a deadline looming. Intriguing backstage access meets real-life funny in this little DIY vid.
19. Forever and a Day: Scorpions (2015)
Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary on the rock band, The Scorpions.
Scorpions' career being not only very long but also very unique means a doc will always leave things to be desired (interviews with or at least mentions of all ex-members, more footage from certain eras etc.) but also highlights the triumph of capturing what the band is all about in just 100 mins: the vision, commitment and friendship; the background, glory days, ups and downs. In between rousing live vids, intimate interviews and spontaneous backstage clips this strikes quite the (power) chord.
21. Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)
112 min | Documentary, Music
A chronological account of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America in a jet piloted by the band's front man, Bruce Dickinson. Features interviews with the musicians, their road crew and fans.
If you're a Maiden fan like I am this is a must-see. But even if you're not, it remains a very interesting story, a well-directed insight into a phenomenon of a band. The music is of course great and the band members are likable as always but what makes this special is that it combines priceless backstage access, interviews and live clips - and all that at an interesting time in the band's career, put together masterfully in an exhilarating whole and sprinkled with a welcome multicultural scent.
22. It Might Get Loud (2008)
PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.
Votes: 11,964 | Gross: $1.61M
The guitar god that is Jimmy Page, the always-experimenting, so stripped-down and yet so touching Jack White and the mad-with-technology idiot that is The Edge in one film about the guitar. It's bound to be good. "It Might Get Loud" mostly consists of relatively well-written overlapping stories and some high voltage jamming, yet there should have been more of the latter and less of the former. Still, the extras located on the DVD release of the film make up for it.
23. L.A. Confidential: Off the Record... (1998 Video)
19 min | Documentary, Short
An inside look at the now classic film L.A. Confidential (1997), featuring interviews with writer/director Curtis Hanson, his co-writer Brian Helgeland sharing their challenges, concepts ... See full summary »
24. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
R | 77 min | Documentary, Comedy, Musical
The Monty Python troupe perform a combination of classic sketches and new material at the Hollywood Bowl.
Votes: 12,788 | Gross: $0.33M
Typically witty stand-up comedy by the Pythons.
25. The Pink Panther Story (2003 Video)
29 min | Documentary, Short
Documentary about the creation of the Pink Panther movies including interviews with the crew cast.
Very insightful. Key people sharing their experiences and emotions regarding the making of one of the greatest comedic franchises of all times.
26. Remembering 'Roman Holiday' (2002 Video)
25 min | Documentary, Short
This is as good as short docs get.
27. Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (1976)
PG | 137 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.
28. Tenacious D: The Complete Masterworks (2003 Video)
Not Rated | 206 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music
This DVD Release (Complete Masterworks) contains the groundbreaking, hard to get (legally), HBO episodes which tell the tale of The D in their early days on the road to stardom. Also ... See full summary »
A very good acoustic show featuring a lot of songs from the band's debut plus covers and more, the satisfying "Tenacious D" series in its entirety (that's six episodes), three disgusting short films that range from uninteresting to good, an "in the studio" documentary that lacks focus, three TV appearances that deliver the goods, three very good music videos including the making of two of them and a decent "on the road" doc. Lots of mostly great stuff.