Documentaries Worthy of Watchingby hesam_110 | created - 01 Sep 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
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1. Examined Life (2008)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary
Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today's most ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,375 | Gross: $0.12M
2. Woodstock (1970)
R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music
The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.
Votes: 13,744 | Gross: $50.00M
3. The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo (2007)
76 min | Documentary, War
Jackson travels to remote villages in the war zones of the Congo to meet rape survivors, providing a piercing, intimate look into the struggle of their lives.
Director: Lisa F. Jackson
4. The Rape of Europa (2006)
Unrated | 117 min | Documentary, History, War
The story of Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage.
5. The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships (2008 Video)
Unrated | 55 min | Documentary, Adult
Examines the unprecedented role that commercial pornography occupies in American popular culture. The film explores what happens when images of sexual degradation are used for arousal.
6. Earth (2007)
G | 90 min | Documentary
Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.
Votes: 13,352 | Gross: $38.05M
7. Microcosmos (1996)
G | 80 min | Documentary
A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.
Votes: 9,791 | Gross: $1.57M
8. African Cats (2011)
G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure
A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.
Votes: 5,484 | Gross: $15.42M
9. Born to Be Wild (2011)
G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure
This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
Votes: 2,720 | Gross: $25.62M
10. Océans (2009)
G | 84 min | Documentary, Drama
An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.
Votes: 8,181 | Gross: $19.42M
11. Occupation 101 (2006)
90 min | Documentary
A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary
Acclaimed doctor James Orbinski, former head of Doctors Without Borders, returns to Africa to confront the harsh reality of conditions there and explores what it means to be a humanitarian.
Director: Patrick Reed
13. Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 (2007)
Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Family, Musical
A feature-length independent documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037- from forest floor to concert hall.
14. No End in Sight (2007)
Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, War
A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.
Votes: 7,640 | Gross: $1.43M
15. Sicko (2007)
PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama
A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.
Votes: 69,722 | Gross: $24.54M
16. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 118,330 | Gross: $119.19M
17. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News
An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.
Votes: 37,995 | Gross: $14.36M
18. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.
Votes: 129,759 | Gross: $21.24M
19. Waste Land (2010)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.
Votes: 7,721 | Gross: $0.19M
20. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)
PG | 111 min | Documentary
An examination of the current state of education in America today.
Votes: 10,044 | Gross: $6.41M
21. Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004 Video)
80 min | Documentary
This video shows how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-working in combination with Israeli public relations stratgies-influence US news reporting about the Middle ... See full summary »
22. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)
Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime
Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.
Votes: 4,434 | Gross: $0.06M
23. War Photographer (2001)
96 min | Documentary, War
Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.
24. I.O.U.S.A. (2008)
PG | 85 min | Documentary
Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.
Votes: 1,774 | Gross: $0.82M
25. Herb & Dorothy (2008)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography
Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector.
Votes: 770 | Gross: $0.19M
26. Blindsight (I) (2006)
PG | 104 min | Documentary, Adventure
Six blind Tibetan teenagers climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, led by seven-summit blind mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer.
Votes: 601 | Gross: $0.09M
84 min | Documentary, Biography, History
About the life and work of controversial American Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein.
29. Budrus (2009)
Unrated | 70 min | Documentary, Action, Biography
Follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.
Director: Julia Bacha
Votes: 339 | Gross: $0.07M
Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, History, War
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from ... See full summary »
31. Bébé(s) (2010)
PG | 79 min | Documentary
A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo.
Votes: 6,381 | Gross: $7.29M
32. Triumph of the Will (1935)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War
The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.
R | 85 min | Documentary
Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.
Votes: 13,532 | Gross: $3.41M
34. Gui tu lie che (2009)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama
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.
Votes: 3,069 | Gross: $0.29M
35. God Grew Tired of Us (2006)
PG | 89 min | Documentary
Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.
Votes: 2,585 | Gross: $0.28M
36. Young@Heart (2007)
PG | 107 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians.
Votes: 3,682 | Gross: $3.96M
37. My Winnipeg (2007)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Votes: 4,152 | Gross: $0.16M
92 min | Documentary
"The Most Dangerous Man in America" is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience, steadfast determination, and a file cabinet full of ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,059 | Gross: $0.45M
39. Le monde selon Monsanto (2008 TV Movie)
108 min | Documentary
You do not have to believe that God exists, but you will after this movie know that the devil poster! Monsanto is the largest global company that produces agricultural products: pesticides,... See full summary »
40. The Singing Revolution (2006)
Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, History, Music
Most people don't think about singing when they think about revolutions. But song was the weapon of choice when, between 1986 and 1991, Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of ... See full summary »
Votes: 548 | Gross: $0.33M
41. Inside Job (2010)
PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Crime
Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.
Votes: 61,972 | Gross: $4.31M
42. Russian Lessons (2010)
110 min | Documentary
The film starts as a journey by the two directors-protagonists. Olga and Andrei, on the two sides of the frontline during the Russian-Georgian was in August 2008. A film on such a hot ... See full summary »
43. Inside Hana's Suitcase (2009)
93 min | Documentary
INSIDE HANA'S SUITCASE A Theatrical Documentary Synopsis "Inside Hana's Suitcase", is the poignant story of two young children who grew up in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia and the terrible events... See full summary »
44. The Human Behavior Experiments (2006 TV Movie)
58 min | Documentary
45. Mein Kampf (1960)
111 min | Documentary, Drama, War
"Mein Kampf" presents the raising and fall of the Third Reich, showing mainly the destruction of Poland and the life Hitler, which is told since he was a mediocre student and frustrated ... See full summary »
46. Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)
TV-MA | 78 min | Documentary, History, War
An examination of the prisoner abuse scandal involving U.S. soldiers and detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in the fall of 2003.
47. Good Hair (2009)
PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy
Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.
Votes: 4,980 | Gross: $4.16M
48. The Day After Peace (2008)
82 min | Documentary
Against all the odds an individual manages to create an annual global 'Peace Day'; but can he inspire an actual ceasefire and silence the cynics by proving the day can actually save lives?
49. Armadillo (2010)
Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, War
In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and ... See full summary »
Director: Janus Metz
Votes: 8,586 | Gross: $0.01M
50. Man on Wire (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".
Votes: 46,006 | Gross: $2.96M
51. The Cove (2009)
PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime
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.
Votes: 43,214 | Gross: $0.86M
52. Ce qu'il reste de nous (2004)
77 min | Documentary
A Tibetan-Canadian returns to her homeland to smuggle a secret message from the Dalai Lama and to document the occupation and cultural genocide of Tibet by China.
53. American Psyche (2007)
55 min | Documentary
American Psyche seeks to find the every-day American perspective on social and political life in America following the events of 9/11. Traveling from New York City to Los Angeles, two ... See full summary »
54. Maradona by Kusturica (2008)
90 min | Documentary, Sport
A documentary on Argentinean soccer star Diego Maradona, regarded by many as the world's greatest modern player.
55. Ruz-egar-e ma (2002)
56. My Blood My Compromise (2007)
62 min | Documentary
Reveals a vivid portrait of Kosova's conditions after seven years of UN intervention: the enduring pain, the security and the ongoing struggle for independence.
57. Darfur Now (2007)
PG | 98 min | Documentary
An examination of the genocide in Sudan's western region of Darfur.
Votes: 664 | Gross: $0.11M
58. Of Time and the City (2008)
Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography
A filmmaker looks at the history and transformation of his birthplace, Liverpool, England.
Votes: 1,648 | Gross: $0.03M
59. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005)
PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced.
Votes: 1,937 | Gross: $1.04M
60. Terror's Advocate (2007)
Unrated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Votes: 1,359 | Gross: $0.04M
61. In This World (2002)
R | 88 min | Drama
In February 2002 in the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan, there are 53,000 refugees living in sub-human conditions since 1979 with the Soviet Union ... See full summary »
62. Art & Copy (2009)
TV-PG | 89 min | Documentary
ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential ... See full summary »
63. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary
A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.
Votes: 1,601 | Gross: $1.76M
64. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.
Votes: 4,884 | Gross: $0.01M
65. Global Metal (2008)
93 min | Documentary, Music
A continued examination of the heavy metal subculture focusing on the adaptation and performance of heavy metal in various global communities, and how the increased import of Western cultural forms has impacted new global markets.
66. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.
Votes: 4,653 | Gross: $1.51M
67. Shine a Light (2008)
PG-13 | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.
Votes: 10,178 | Gross: $5.36M
68. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.
Votes: 14,177 | Gross: $0.67M
69. One Day in September (1999)
R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport
The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
Votes: 5,206 | Gross: $0.16M
70. Helvetica (2007)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary
A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.
Votes: 6,686 | Gross: $0.20M
71. Iraq in Fragments (2006)
94 min | Documentary, War
Stories from modern day Iraq as told by Iraqis living in a time of war, occupation and ethnic tension.
Votes: 1,309 | Gross: $0.20M
72. I Wish I Knew (2010)
125 min | Documentary, History
Focuses on the people, their stories and architecture spanning from the mid-1800s, when Shanghai was opened as a trading port, to the present day.
73. Radiant City (2006)
93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
An examination of the nature of modern suburbia.
74. Stonewall Uprising (2010)
Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, History
This film tells the story of the massive police raid of Stonewall in June 1969.
Votes: 411 | Gross: $0.13M
75. American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince (1978)
55 min | Documentary
76. The 10 Conditions of Love (2009)
54 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A love story - of a woman, a man, a family, a people and a homeland. It is the story of Rebiya Kadeer, China's nightmare. To her people she is a leader; to China she is a terrorist.
77. Improvvisamente l'inverno scorso (2008)
85 min | Documentary
A couple engage in discussions with people on the street, politicians and religious leaders about the discrimination against gays and lesbians in Italy.
78. Throw Down Your Heart (2008)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Family, Music
A film crew follows the well-known banjo player Bela Fleck on his travels to Africa, where he learns about the instrument's origins.
Votes: 172 | Gross: $0.09M
79. City of Borders (2009)
66 min | Documentary
Interviews with the owners and diverse patrons of a Jerusalem gay bar called "Shushan."
80. Religulous (2008)
R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War
Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.
Votes: 54,705 | Gross: $13.00M
81. Iran: Voices of the Unheard (2009)
67 min | Documentary, History
The untold story of Iranians who struggle against Iran's oppressive regime, culminating in the global cry for human rights after the June 14th election.
Director: Davoud Geramifard
82. Zanan dar kafan (2009)
73 min | Documentary
A dedicated group of Iranian lawyers and activists work together to counter the injustice of the death penalty. In Iran, this means risking everything to mount 'Stop Stoning Forever', a ... See full summary »
83. Forgetful Not Forgotten (2009)
58 min | Documentary
A son's journey into the disease that affected his family and might be shining it's dark shadow on himself.
84. Project Nim (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary
Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.
Votes: 7,696 | Gross: $0.41M
85. Life in a Day (2011)
PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Drama
A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010.
Directors: Loressa Clisby, Kevin Macdonald, Hiroaki Aikawa, Natalia Andreadis, Jack Attridge, Cristina Bocchialini, Zillah Bowes, Ferran Brooks, Andrea Dalla Costa, Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, Alejo Crisóstomo, Sócrates Cuadri, Ayman El Gazwy, Shawn Gadberry, Jane Haubrich, Soma Helmi, Jennifer M. Howd, Clementine Isaac, Aditya Kolli, Gabor Kukucska, Francesco La Regina, Frederic Lumiere, Marek Mackovic, Zuqy Cruz Marquez, Linda Matarasso, Kevin McMahon, Joseph Michael, Joaquin Montalvan, Lilit Movsisyan, Emmanuelle Pickett, Christopher Redmond, Alejandro Romeo, Alaa Sheikh Hassan, Marcus Tedenryd | Stars: Hiroaki Aikawa, Cindy Baer, Teagan Bentley, Ester Brym
Votes: 13,974 | Gross: $0.25M
86. Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002 TV Movie)
90 min | Documentary, Biography
A series of interviews with Woody Allen interlaced with clips from his films.
87. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime
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 »
Votes: 55,698 | Gross: $3.29M
88. Senna (2010)
PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Votes: 50,354 | Gross: $1.61M
89. Pina (2011)
PG | 103 min | Documentary
A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.
Votes: 12,693 | Gross: $3.52M
90. A Grin Without A Cat (1977)
240 min | Documentary
French essay film focusing on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America.
91. Surviving Progress (2011)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary
Theorists consider the evolution of human society and question the sustainability of the current paradigm.
Votes: 1,654 | Gross: $0.05M
92. Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary
Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are... See full summary »
Director: Léa Pool
Votes: 636 | Gross: $0.02M
93. One Life (I) (2011)
TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Family
Focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living creatures, from birth to having youngsters of their own.
94. Chimpanzee (2012)
G | 78 min | Documentary
A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.
Votes: 5,254 | Gross: $28.97M
95. Blood and Oil (2008 Video)
52 min | Documentary
The notion that oil motivates America's military engagements in the Middle East is often disregarded as nonsense or mere conspiracy theory. In Blood and Oil, bestselling author and Nation ... See full summary »
96. Alamar (2009)
G | 73 min | Documentary, Drama
Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef.
Votes: 2,154 | Gross: $0.06M
American Masters (1985– )
Woody Allen: A Documentary
Not Rated | 192 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts.
98. Up the Yangtze (2007)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China.
Votes: 1,654 | Gross: $0.78M
99. The Class of 92 (2013)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Sport
The Class of 92, a cinematic documentary detailing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers (David Beckham, ... See full summary »