Top 15 Mockumentaries (from best to worst)

by brtndr | created - 19 Aug 2011 | updated - 19 Aug 2011 | Public

Don't get me wrong, all of these mockumentaries are good, it's just that the top 11 are great, while the bottom 4 may have their moments, but they're not as strong from beginning to end.

Let's see if you agree with me?

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1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

8.0
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85 Metascore

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 113,049 | Gross: $0.19M

An American 1984 rock musical mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner about the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal musical bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.

2. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978 TV Movie)

76 min | Comedy, Music

7.4
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Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis | Stars: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar, Neil Innes

Votes: 5,334

The film was co-produced by the production companies of Eric Idle and Lorne Michaels, and combines both the cast of Monty Python and the Saturday Night Live players as the mockumentarie follows the lives and music of the Rutles, which paralleled that of The Beatles almost to the letter, spoofing many of the latter's career highlights.

3. Take the Money and Run (1969)

M | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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67 Metascore

The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Jacquelyn Hyde

Votes: 24,552

Take the Money and Run is a 1969 comedy film co-written by, directed by, and starring Woody Allen. It is an early mockumentary, chronicling the life of Virgil Starkwell, a bungling petty thief. His entry into a life of crime at a young age, his crime spree, his first prison term and eventual escape, the birth and growth of his family, as well as his eventual capture at the hands of the FBI are some of the notable events depicted.

4. Bob Roberts (1992)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman, Ray Wise

Votes: 12,124 | Gross: $4.48M

Bob Roberts is a 1992 film written and directed by Tim Robbins. It is a satirical mockumentary, chronicling the rise of Bob Roberts, a conservative politician who is a candidate for an upcoming United States Senate election. Roberts is well financed, due mainly to past business dealings, and is well known for his music, which presents conservative ideas with gusto.

5. Fear of a Black Hat (1993)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.

Director: Rusty Cundieff | Stars: Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Rusty Cundieff, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 3,471 | Gross: $0.24M

Fear of a Black Hat is a 1994 American mockumentary film on the evolution and state of American hip hop music. The film's title is derived from the 1990 Public Enemy album Fear of a Black Planet. Released on June 3, 1994, Fear of a Black Hat was written, produced and directed by, and co-stars, Rusty Cundieff.

6. Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

6.6
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62 Metascore

A documentary exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster.

Director: Zak Penn | Stars: Werner Herzog, Kitana Baker, Gabriel Beristain, Russell Williams II

Votes: 3,449 | Gross: $0.04M

Incident at Loch Ness is a mockumentary starring, and written by, Werner Herzog and Zak Penn. The small cast film follows Herzog and his crew (Gabriel Beristain, Russell Williams II) while working on the production of an abandoned movie project on the Loch Ness Monster entitled Enigma of Loch Ness. It won the New American Cinema Award at the 2004 Seattle International Film Festival.

7. Zelig (1983)

PG | 79 min | Comedy

7.8
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"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Patrick Horgan, John Buckwalter

Votes: 34,743 | Gross: $11.80M

A mockumentary by Woody Allen about a man who changes his physical appearance in order to fit in.

8. A Mighty Wind (2003)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Music

7.3
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81 Metascore

Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer

Votes: 23,371 | Gross: $17.51M

A Mighty Wind is a 2003 mockumentary about a folk music reunion concert in which three folk bands must reunite for a television performance for the first time in decades. It was directed (and co-written) by Christopher Guest. The film is thought to reference the 2003 tribute concert to folk music producer Harold Leventhal that reunited several of the folk groups that Leventhal had managed.

9. Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999 TV Movie)

59 min | Comedy

8.6
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Mock documentary about Seinfeld writer Larry David featuring contributions from his friends and colleagues. Larry makes a return to stand-up comedy and prepares to film a television special for HBO.

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Jason Alexander, Larry Charles, Carol Leifer, Richard Lewis

Votes: 3,229

Larry approaches HBO about having his own hour-long HBO special. After a long hiatus, Larry begins performing stand-up comedy again in order to prepare for the special. However, hours away from the show's scheduled filming, Larry becomes nervous and lies to the HBO executives about the illness of his nonexistent stepfather in order to get the special canceled.

10. Real Life (1979)

PG | 99 min | Comedy

7.2
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56 Metascore

A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family". However, ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Dick Haynes, Albert Brooks, Matthew Tobin, J.A. Preston

Votes: 2,053

Real Life is an American comedy film released in 1979. The first feature directed by Albert Brooks, who also co-authored the screenplay, it is a spoof of the 1973 reality television program An American Family and portrays a documentary filmmaker named Albert Brooks who attempts to live with and film a dysfunctional family for one full year.

11. Best in Show (2000)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

7.5
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78 Metascore

A colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge

Votes: 48,749 | Gross: $18.62M

Best in Show is a 2000 independent film that follows five entrants in a prestigious dog show. The film focuses on the slightly surreal interactions among the various owners and handlers as they travel to the show and compete.

12. Tanner '88 (1988– )

Not Rated | 353 min | Comedy

8.0
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A behind-the-scenes look at a former Michigan U.S. representative's campaign as he vies for his party's Presidential nomination.

Stars: Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed, Daniel Jenkins, Matt Malloy

Votes: 646

A political mockumentary miniseries written by Garry Trudeau and directed by Robert Altman. First broadcast by HBO during the months leading up to the 1988 U.S. presidential election, it purports to tell the behind-the-scenes story of the campaign of a former Michigan U.S. representative Jack Tanner during his bid to secure the Democratic party's nomination for the national race for President of the United States.

13. The Last Polka (1985 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.6
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A mockumentary that depicts the final concert of Yosh and Stan Shmenge aka the Happy Wanderers.

Director: John Blanchard | Stars: John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 296

The Last Polka follows the life, careers, and the final concert of Yosh (Candy) and Stan (Levy) Shmenge, two brothers from the fictional country of Leutonia who become the biggest polka duo the world has ever seen. It is presented as a mixture of live concert performance and filmed scenes.

14. 2gether (2000 TV Movie)

Drama, Comedy, Music

6.9
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A movie that spoofs boy bands like N*Sync, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, etc. It's the boy band version of Spinal Tap!

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Noah Bastian, Alan Blumenfeld, Michael Cuccione, Kevin P. Farley

Votes: 1,318

An American fictional boy band whose composition, songs, and formation story is a satirical approach to the boy bands of the 1990s, such as New Kids on the Block, 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys.

15. Chalk (I) (2006)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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70 Metascore

An improvisational take on the high school experience, told from the educators' point-of-view.

Director: Mike Akel | Stars: Troy Schremmer, Janelle Schremmer, Shannon Haragan, Chris Mass

Votes: 1,263 | Gross: $0.30M

A 2006 comedy mockumentary about teaching focusing on the lives of three teachers and one assistant principal. It stars Chris Mass as Mr. Stroope and Troy Schremmer as Mr. Lowrey. It is directed by Mike Akel. The movie is based on both Akel's and Mass' real life experiences in the teaching profession.