3_Really good documentaries

by UmpahpahBg | created - 03 May 2014 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Documentary movies worth watching, and, by my opinion, having in the home collection - really good ones!



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2. Auschwitz: The Nazis & the 'Final Solution' (2005)

285 min | Documentary, History, War

The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.

Stars: Samuel West, Horst-Günter Marx, Gert Heidenreich, Linda Hunt

Votes: 4,029

3. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Octavio Calderon

Votes: 15,433 | Gross: $7.00M

4. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 46,662

5. The Shutka Book of Records (2005)

78 min | Documentary

A documentary about bizarre residents of Shutka, a Macedonian village built on the former city dump area.

Director: Aleksandar Manic | Stars: Jasar Destani, Bajram Severdzan

Votes: 897

6. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

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: 47,896 | Gross: $4.42M

7. We Were Here (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

94 Metascore

A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.

Directors: David Weissman, Bill Weber | Stars: Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer

Votes: 1,854

8. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 13,857 | Gross: $2.67M

9. 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: 58,911 | Gross: $3.97M

10. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,259 | Gross: $0.27M

11. The Two Escobars (2010)

104 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medelli­n Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were ... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist | Stars: María Ester Escobar, Alexis García V., Jaime Gaviria Gómez, Francisco Maturana

Votes: 1,497

12. ReGeneration (2010)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

ReGENERATION explores the inherent cynicism found in many of today's youth and young adults, and the influences that perpetuate our culture's apathetic approach to social and political ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Montgomery | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Ryan Gosling, Talib Kweli, Jay Walker

Votes: 212

13. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, Michelle Alexander, Mark W. Bennett, Joe Biden

Votes: 5,034 | Gross: $0.21M

14. Thrilla in Manila (2008 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary, Sport

A filmed recounting of the final championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Joe Frazier, Marvis Frazier, Thomas Hauser, Muhammad Ali

Votes: 792

15. The Battle of Chernobyl (2006)

94 min | Documentary

Documentary of the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl.

Director: Thomas Johnson | Stars: Tim Birkett, Hans Blix, Mikhail Gorbachev, Oleg Mirochnikov

Votes: 1,194

16. 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: 58,917 | Gross: $3.29M

17. The Buddha (2010 TV Movie)

TV-G | 120 min | Documentary

After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from Nepal who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely ... See full summary »

Director: David Grubin | Stars: Richard Gere, Blair Brown, The Dalai Lama, Mark Epstein

Votes: 889

18. The Century of the Self (2002– )

235 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Stars: Adam Curtis, Ann Bernays, Robert Reich, Alfred Pritz

Votes: 4,291

19. Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

PG | 91 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

69 Metascore

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth.

Director: Anthony Powell | Stars: Anthony Powell, Genevieve Bachman, William Brotman, Michael Christiansen

Votes: 3,015 | Gross: $0.29M

20. Red Army (2014)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

83 Metascore

The story of the Soviet Union's famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its players.

Director: Gabe Polsky | Stars: Viacheslav Fetisov, Scotty Bowman, Herb Brooks, Don Cherry

Votes: 6,164 | Gross: $0.69M

21. Sins of My Father (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

This is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, told for the very first time by his son, Sebastian and his widow Maria Isabel Santos. In... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Entel | Stars: Jorge Enrique Abello, Pablo Escobar, Sebastian Marroquín, María Isabel Santos

Votes: 1,520

22. Brothers in War (2014 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary

Through gripping first-person accounts and digitally remastered archival footage, including the soldiers' own home movies and personal audio tapes, Brothers in War recounts the harrowing ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Reph | Stars: Jack Benedick, John Bradfield, Steve Hopper, Larry Lilley

Votes: 378

23. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Losing Iraq (2014)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary

From PBS and FRONTLINE: FRONTLINE examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict. Drawing on interviews with policymakers and military leaders,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Will Lyman, Peter Baker, Thomas Ricks, George W. Bush

Votes: 123

24. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 161,229 | Gross: $36.40M

25. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,562 | Gross: $1.44M

26. The Untold History of the United States (2012–2013)

58 min | Documentary, History, War

Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 7,033

27. 9/11 (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 112 min | Documentary

A real life documentary following the events of September 11 from an insider's view, through the lens of James Hanlon and two French filmmakers who were in Manhattan that one day.

Directors: James Hanlon, Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet | Stars: Tony Benatatos, Jamal Braithwaite, Steve Buscemi, Joe Casaliggi

Votes: 6,052

28. Stalingrad (2003– )

165 min | Documentary, History, War

The World War 2 Battle of Stalingrad from the initial attack to the repatriation of the survivors after the war.

Stars: Albrecht Appelt, Gerhard Dengler, Luzia Kollak, Hans Rostewitz

Votes: 731

29. Slaughter Nick for President (2012)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

When an out-of-work actor accidentally discovers through Facebook that he's been wildly famous in a faraway land for almost two decades, he sets out to discover the reasons why. SLAUGHTER ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Stewart, Liza Vespi, Marc Vespi | Stars: Milos Djuricic, Srdja Popovic, Rob Stewart, Marc Vespi

Votes: 178

30. Vietnam: American Holocaust (2008 Video)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary

VIETNAM: AMERICAN HOLOCAUST exposes one of the worst cases of sustained mass slaughter in history, carefully planned and executed by presidents of both parties. Our dedicated generals and ... See full summary »

Director: Clay Claiborne | Star: Martin Sheen

Votes: 74

31. Inequality for All (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.

Director: Jacob Kornbluth | Stars: Robert Reich, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen, Dolly Parton

Votes: 6,287 | Gross: $1.21M

32. 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: 16,937 | Gross: $1.32M

33. Battlefield (1995– )

Documentary, History, War

Major battles of World War II are recounted in depth.

Stars: Jonathan Booth, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 398

34. The Referees (2009)

77 min | Documentary, Sport

How can a few crucial minutes in a football match change the life of an entire family? How do the "men in black" feel when they are attacked by supporters? Kill the Referee unveils the ... See full summary »

Directors: Yves Hinant, Eric Cardot, Delphine Lehericey | Stars: Howard Webb, Manuel Mejuto González, Roberto Rosetti, Michel Platini

Votes: 742

35. Hiroshima (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Documentary with dramatic reenactments with actors to describe what dropping the bomb on Hiroshima was like.

Director: Paul Wilmshurst | Stars: John Hurt, Shuntaro Hida, George Elsey, Paul Tibbets

Votes: 1,637

36. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 65,558 | Gross: $4.31M

37. The Shock Doctrine (2009)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Ewen Cameron, Janine Huard, Naomi Klein, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Votes: 2,523

38. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 14,771 | Gross: $50.00M

39. The War You Don't See (2010)

97 min | Documentary, War

Thought-provoking documentary on war propaganda: how governments manipulate the facts and how most media let them get away with it.

Directors: Alan Lowery, John Pilger | Stars: Julian Assange, Tony Blair, Wilfred Burchett, George W. Bush

Votes: 1,112

40. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 19,646 | Gross: $1.88M

41. The Other Side of Everything (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

For Serbian filmmaker Mila Turajlic, a locked door in her mother's apartment in Belgrade provides the gateway to both her remarkable family history and her country's tumultuous political inheritance.

Director: Mila Turajlic | Stars: Mirjana Karanovic, Srbijanka Turajlic

Votes: 830 | Gross: $0.00M

42. Air Emergency (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Dramatized reconstruction of real-life air disasters, along with interviews with aviation experts and eyewitnesses.

Stars: Stephen Bogaert, Jonathan Aris, Gregory Feith, John Cox

Votes: 3,322

43. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,465

44. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott, James Willbanks

Votes: 12,648

45. How to Become a Hero (2007)

80 min | Documentary, Sport

Mladen Maticevic is a 40 year old Serbian film director. In the summer of 2005, he decided to try and run the full marathon race on the next Belgrade Marathon, in the spring of 2006. This ... See full summary »

Director: Mladen Maticevic | Stars: Carl Lewis, Mladen Maticevic, Aleksandar Sreckovic, Goran Terzic

Votes: 109

46. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 31,612 | Gross: $4.59M

47. Amores Perros (2000)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 207,962 | Gross: $5.38M



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