THE BEST DOCUMENTARY FILMS MOVIES EVER !

by panerai | created - 02 Apr 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

the list is still in progress so i add and change some titles , first 50 movies absolutely worth to see !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

if i'm missing some movie feel free to tell me witch one ;) just leave the comments ....



THE BEST FILMS in my old lists 2012-2019 *****************************************************

If U wanna know my taste check my older lists :

TOP 100 FILMS IN 2019 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 35,553 TOP 100 FILMS IN 2018 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 42,928 TOP 100 FILMS IN 2017 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 274,950 TOP 100 FILMS IN 2016 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 1,230,869 TOP 100 FILMS IN 2015 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 195,506 TOP 100 FILMS IN 2014 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 423,825 TOP 100 FILMS IN 2013 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 199,895 TOP 100 FILMS IN 2012 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 1,131,764 TOP 100 FILMS IN 2011 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 832 TOP 100 FILMS IN 2010 THE BEST MOVIES ..........Views: 6,755

2009 the best movies 2008 the best movies 2007 the best movies 2006 the best movies 2005 the best movies 2004 the best movies 2003 the best movies 2002 the best movies

1993 the best movies

Wanna know my taste ? 100 not so famous movies U MUST SEE TILL DIE !

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1917-2017 .... 100 YEARS ....TOP movies (by votes)

Top Rated Indian Movies

89 OSCAR Winning Titles

Top Rated TV Shows



TOP 2016 by language

TOP 2015 by language TOP 2014 by language TOP 2013 by language TOP 2012 by language TOP 2011 by language TOP 2010 by language

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TOP 150 British & IRISH & SCOTTISH Actors and Actresses ..........Views: 488,509 Based on actual events : True story movies .................................Views: 397,297 100 THE BEST FILMS in AFRICA Top African movies ......................Views: 295,664 THE BEST DOCUMENTARY FILMS MOVIES EVER ! ..........................Views: 246,444 TOP 100 ASIAN ACTORS AND ACTRESS ........................................Views: 228,549 100 Movies set in winter time : Christmas time .............................Views: 182,511 THE BEST AUSTRALIAN MOVIES EVER ..........................................Views: 160,507 THE BEST MOVIES ABOUT AMERICAN FOOTBALL FILMS ..................Views: 82,698 FILMS ABOUT ARTISTS , PAINTERS , WRITERS .............................Views: 79,656 100 MASTURBATE JERK OFF ONANISM SCENES EVER .....................Views: 60,493 Braveheart similar style movies epic films .....................................Views: 48,748 100 TOP ASIAN MOVIES best films ...............................................Views: 46,673 Famous Celebrities without High School Diploma : no education .....Views: 32,929 SERIALE ZAGRANICZNE Z LAT 70' 80' 90' ......................................Views: 31,396 POLSKIE SERIALE lat 60' 70' 80' 90'...............................................Views: 19,976 CELEBRITES WHO decide to commit SUICIDE ................................Views: 21,050 100 najlepszych filmów wszech czasów ........................................Views: 26,547 Greatest films about love .............................................................Views: 9,504 100 Best Films About Alcoholism POL RUS .....................................Views: 7,620

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1. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 59,307 | Gross: $3.29M

my numero uno !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just check last scenes when the main actor paint in 1 minute so many pictures and sold everyone for incredible money - IS THAT POSSIBLE ? DID PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID ??????????????????

2. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,643 | Gross: $0.87M

shock ..... i like japanese people but what i saw ... is incredible ... we are just people ... :(

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3. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War

76 Metascore

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz

Votes: 3,249 | Gross: $0.16M

we Polish people know only II War World story (and not so good - at lest most of us) we know nothing about further distance than 500 km ... we all lought from americans that they don't know our history but the true is we don't know US history either ...specially we KNOW NOTHING about Asian history .... This film is one of the most touching i saw in my life , i did't know - now i know and read more . We polish People thing that we are the center of the world ( maybe all people think like that )

btw. sorry 4 my english i never learned this language i just watch the movies and play games )

4. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,452

so strange person ....probably only for people who like chess and psychology

bt.

i'm about 30th on the most popular chess server on the world - FICS (i', not playimg from two years so maybe further place...) ... my login : "artuszka" easly u can check ... honestly i'm not so good but this is the main reason why i'm liked this movie ;)

next important reason is HIM ... This guy is so "unnormal" "unusual" is just one on the milion - realy - u must see his match end his behiavour - he is simply unique ...

5. Loose Change: Second Edition (2005 Video)

82 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

An exploration of the viewpoint that the September 11, 2001 attacks were planned by the United States government.

Director: Dylan Avery

Votes: 4,776

Pentagon wins all possible .... If U don't see this u must se this at once but i'm not saying that is true - just judge yourself

6. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,640 | Gross: $0.06M

My country man - i love his work from NÓŻ W WODZIE to last one film , deffinitevly worth to see

7. Last Train Home (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

86 Metascore

A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower.

Director: Lixin Fan | Stars: Changhua Zhang, Yang Zhang, Suqin Chen, Qin Zhang

Votes: 3,289 | Gross: $0.29M

milions people in the way to their home ....on the trains .... shock shock shock - u must see this

8. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 59,473 | Gross: $3.97M

incredible :) wort to see , i like his music :)

10. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 16,380

v.good

11. Klitschko (2011)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

63 Metascore

A documentary encompassing the lives of world heavyweight boxing champions, Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko. The first time in history two brothers have shared all the heavyweight world titles,... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Dehnhardt | Stars: Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, Bernd Bönte, Pearlman Hicks

Votes: 2,505

after this movie i started liked klitcho brothers - try and u will too

12. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,689 | Gross: $1.33M

beautyfull pictures !!!!!!!!!

13. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 20,689

beautyfull pictures !!!!!!!!!

14. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 153,550

15. Human Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hurt, Roger Munns

Votes: 21,387

beautyfull pictures !!!!!!!!!

16. The Blue Planet (2001)

TV-G | 389 min | Documentary

Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Jason Roberts

Votes: 29,742

beautyfull pictures !!!!!!!!!

17. Wild China (2008– )

60 min | Documentary

An in-depth look at some of China's most impressive natural sites such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongol steppes, the Silk Road and the Tibetan Plateau.

Star: Bernard Hill

Votes: 2,505

beautyfull pictures !!!!!!!!!

18. Chimpanzee (2012)

G | 78 min | Documentary, Family

57 Metascore

A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Star: Tim Allen

Votes: 5,598 | Gross: $28.97M

beautyfull pictures !!!!!!!!! realy !

19. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

104 min | Documentary

BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC ... See full summary »

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Adam Scorgie, Chris Bennett, Steve Bloom, Renee Bojee

Votes: 7,497

20. Saving Face (2012)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad returns to his native Pakistan to help those left horribly scarred by acid attacks.

Directors: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy | Stars: Sarkar Abbas, Mohammad Jawad

Votes: 1,247

if u did't know about womans situation in Afganistan ...just check this movie !!!!!!!!

21. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 10,309 | Gross: $1.57M

old good movie ......classic - one of my firsts DVDs :)

22. Stephen Hawking's Universe (2010– )

Documentary

In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,713

23. Stephen Hawking's Universe (1997– )

Not Rated | 360 min | Documentary

6-part documentary series from arguably the greatest scientific mind in the world, the wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking, which describes all current thinking on the Big Bang, origins of the... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Eugene Babaev, Jeff Rawle, Gregory Benford

Votes: 939

24. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,886 | Gross: $14.36M

25. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 72,016 | Gross: $24.54M

26. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,135 | Gross: $119.19M

27. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 48,121 | Gross: $4.42M

28. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)

120 min | Documentary, History

The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.

Stars: Peter Coyote, William Cronon, Dayton Duncan, Shelton Johnson

Votes: 1,359

29. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 135,775 | Gross: $21.24M

30. Presumed Guilty (2008)

87 min | Documentary

Two young Mexican attorneys attempt to exonerate a wrongly convicted man by making a documentary. In the process, they expose the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes suspects guilty until proven innocent.

Directors: Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith

Votes: 1,292

31. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 52,842 | Gross: $2.28M

32. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 53,882 | Gross: $77.44M

33. Earth (2007)

G | 90 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Stars: James Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, Anggun, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 13,915 | Gross: $38.05M

34. Pretty Sweet (2012)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Sport

This is an epic tale of two gangs, like The Jets and The Sharks. But Girl and Chocolate aren't even gangs. Some of them act tough and some of them act like babies. But they are even more ... See full summary »

Directors: Ty Evans, Spike Jonze, Cory Weincheque | Stars: Vincent Alvarez, Brian Anderson, Kenny Anderson, Will Arnett

Votes: 507

35. The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

87 min | Documentary, Comedy

71 Metascore

Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.

Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Reggie Watts, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Richard Ebeling

Votes: 5,115 | Gross: $0.19M

36. Spellbound (2002)

G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller

80 Metascore

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar, Scott McGarraugh

Votes: 11,641 | Gross: $5.73M

37. The Last Lions (2011)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Family

69 Metascore

Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have ... See full summary »

Director: Dereck Joubert | Star: Jeremy Irons

Votes: 3,860 | Gross: $0.64M

38. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 8,517

39. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 17,196 | Gross: $1.32M

40. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Anon2World, Anonyops, Julian Assange, Aaron Barr

Votes: 9,277

41. 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: 56,498 | Gross: $1.61M

42. Armadillo (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, War

72 Metascore

Danish soldiers are sent to Afghanistan in 2009 for 6 month, to help stabilize the country against Taliban. They're stationed on Armadillo military base in Helman province. Unlike other war movies, this is the real deal - no actors.

Director: Janus Metz

Votes: 8,988 | Gross: $0.01M

43. I Am Bruce Lee (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day ... See full summary »

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: Bruce Lee, Paul Bowman, Daniele Bolelli, Richard Bustillo

Votes: 3,478

44. The War Game (1966 TV Movie)

48 min | Drama, War

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Michael Aspel, Peter Graham, Dave Baldwin, Kathy Staff

Votes: 5,841

45. Marley (2012)

PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff

Votes: 12,646 | Gross: $1.41M

46. TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry.

Director: Simon Klose | Stars: Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Peter Althin

Votes: 13,074

47. Deep Sea (2006)

G | 41 min | Documentary, Short

78 Metascore

A 3-D digital exploration of the ocean's depths and its creatures.

Director: Howard Hall | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

Votes: 1,592 | Gross: $46.56M

48. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music