Favorite Documentariesby asciibyxoxoxo | created - 10 Apr 2012 | updated - 11 Feb 2013 | Public
Tried adding "Inside Deep Throat", and "Exhausted" but it wouldn't let me, probably because they're rated NC-17 or X
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1. 1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, History, Music
David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The ... See full summary »
Footage of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland..Came out on DVD not too long ago, before all we had was a *beep* vhs version.
3. American Meth (2008 Video)
TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary
American Meth is more than a movie, it's a movement. Narrated by Val Kilmer this documentary explores the devastation this drug is unleashing on America, and it looks at how it dismatles an American family.
4. American Swing (2008)
Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary
Chronicles the rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat.
Votes: 524 | Gross: $0.03M
This is a must see, featuring the first swingers club in NY. Back then, there were 3 places you wanted to be at: Studio 54, CBGB, and Platos Retreat. The movie "Summer of Sam" also dabbles in the subject of platos a little bit.
5. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)
Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography
Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.
Votes: 4,440 | Gross: $0.09M
If you loved George Carlin, this man is just as much to be respected. RIP Bill.
7. Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary
Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private ... See full summary »
9. Chasing Madoff (2010)
Unrated | 91 min | Documentary
A look at how one investigator spent ten years trying to expose Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme that scammed an estimated $18 billion from investors.
Worth a watch, the production and plot are very easy to follow..His ponzi scheme is explained so that anybody can understand it. Told by the whistleblowers who feared for their lives, this movie had me on the edge my seat until the end.
10. China's Stolen Children (2007 TV Movie)
80 min | Documentary
Ten years after the policy-changing and award-winning film, The Dying Rooms, the same team returns to a very different China where the infamous One Child Policy has had the horrific side ... See full summary »
11. Cleanflix (2009)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Crime, History
When a small Utah-based edited movie company is caught sanitizing Hollywood's copyrighted material, the film industry strikes back with a devastating blow.
12. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)
R | 117 min | Documentary
An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.
Votes: 1,981 | Gross: $0.19M
I've always had a lot of respect for this guy because he wasn't afraid to go after corrupt businesses. GE polluted the Barnegat Bay, where I grew up, with pcb's. He was the only man that went after the company to have them pay for the clean-up.
The news blew the scandal way out of proportion. Personally I think what two consenting adults do behind closed doors is their own business. Watch this movie to observe what real american hypocrisy looks and smells like, now available on Bluray!
13. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)
R | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History
In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,366 | Gross: $0.15M
This is the #1 movie on my list. Jon Roberts, Mickey Munday and Rivi Ayala narrate this to explain the 70s and 80s cocaine epidemic in Miami. Jon Roberts (Who died recently) released a memoir called "American Desperado" which I was immediately sucked into and could not put it down until I finished it..I literally put life on hold, it was that good.
66 min | Documentary
Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and ... See full summary »
15. The Corporation (2003)
Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History
Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.
Votes: 19,033 | Gross: $1.88M
16. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
R | 138 min | Documentary
A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.
Votes: 2,314 | Gross: $0.03M
18. Dope Sick Love (2005 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 93 min | Documentary
When you're a junkie, the money comes and goes--and so does the high. Do relationships stand a chance among addicts? Meet Matt & Tracy and Sebastian & Michelle--two New York City couples ... See full summary »
21. Farmageddon (2011)
Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, News
Farmageddon is the story of a mom whose son healed from all allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk, and real food from farms. It depicts people all over the country who formed food ... See full summary »
Votes: 502 | Gross: $0.06M
22. The F.B.I. Files (1998–2009)
TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Real FBI cases are recounted through reenactments and interviews with law enforcement and forensic scientists.
Watch the episode about the guy who stuffed a hooker into a wood-chipper..Yeah, like on fargo.
Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror
A documentary on the history of the slasher film.
27. Good Taste Made Bad Taste (1988 Video)
25 min | Short, Documentary
A very informative documentary on the making of Peter Jackson's gore classic Bad Taste. Highlights include behind-the-scenes footage, detailed explanations of the special effects, an ... See full summary »
28. Heaven's Gate: The Untold Story (1999)
60 min | Documentary
The world saw them die...Now see how they lived...
Director: Sergio Myers
Of all the countless documentaries about heaven's gate, I found this one to be the best.
29. Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer (2010)
76 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Honest Man: the Life of R. Budd Dwyer is a movie about politics and corruption, suicide and survival. Four years in the making, it explores the scandal that led an honest, hard-working man ... See full summary »
America Undercover (1983– )
The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer
Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary
Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, loving father--and ruthless killer of over 100 people. You'll meet him in this powerful documentary that features one of the most vivid and ... See full summary »
35. 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
86 min | Documentary, History
Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch.
I have the photo from that cover tattooed on my leg. Just saying.
39. Kevorkian (2010)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary
After serving 9 years in prison for assisting a suicide, Jack Kevorkian was released from prison in 2007. What followed is the amazing final chapter in the life of one of the most controversial men of our times.
41. Kizu (les fantômes de l'unité 731) (2004)
52 min | Documentary
Director: Serge Viallet
Unit 731 has always fascinated me.
45. Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary about the moviestar's last months including her tumultuous love affairs, drug and alcohol dependency, depression and eventual firing from her final film, 20th Century Fox's "... See full summary »
47. Monster: The Josef Fritzl Story (2010)
48 min | Documentary, Crime
Interviews with family members, doctors and victims of 73-year-old Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter captive in a basement for 24 years and fathered seven children with her.
Doesn't afraid of anything.
48. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)
Not Rated | 240 min | Documentary, Horror
Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!
Four hours long? You bet, and well worth it! This is a must see for all fans, Freddy was always my favorite back then and still is.
49. Night and Fog (1956)
Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History
The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.
BEST documentary of the holocaust, too bad it's only 30 minutes long. Pick up the Criterion version if you have the means.
50. NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell (2007 TV Movie)
87 min | Documentary, Music
New York City, 1977 - It was a time when the city had fallen into decay, with too few jobs, money, police, schools, and social services. There was a city wide blackout with major looting, a... See full synopsis »
51. Philosophy of a Knife (2008 Video)
Not Rated | 249 min | Drama, Horror
The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930s to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk, USSR, of many of the Japanese doctors from Unit 731. ... See full summary »
This is considered a "Goreumentary". Very graphic but also educational.
52. Please Remove Your Shoes (2010)
89 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary about the US government's broken promise to keep our airlines secure, and the personal stories of a few people who know the truth - congressmen, air marshals, aviation ... See full summary »
"That which governs best, governs least". A well-documented critical view on the waste of tax dollars business of security theater that is the TSA and DHS. The company/director is also on facebook and is both fairly active and responsive.
53. The Real Goodfella (2006 TV Movie)
50 min | Documentary
A documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the gangster Henry Hill.
Picks up where Goodfellas/Wiseguy leaves off. Very hard to find but it paints the picture of a cautionary tale.
54. 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: 4,432 | Gross: $0.06M
57. Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World (2004 Video)
90 min | Documentary
Narrator Cori Brackett had a strange cause-and-effect experience with the diet cokes she was drinking and quickly found herself disabled and diagnosed with MS. Slowly able to walk and speak... See full summary »
59. There Are Still Slaves in the World (1964)
90 min | Documentary, Drama
The film documents modern slave trade through a number of Arabian and African countries, under muslim rule. The filming was conducted both in public places, and sometimes with the use of ... See full summary »
60. Titicut Follies (1967)
Unrated | 84 min | Documentary
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness.
Director: Frederick Wiseman
About a mental asylum for the criminally insane.
61. 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.
63. 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.
#1 documentary of all time.
64. 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 »
Every year on April 20th, I ponder that we should legalize marijuana so the potheads never have anything to talk about ever again.
66. The Virgin Trade: Sex, Lies and Trafficking (2006)
54 min | Documentary
Filmmaker Stuart Kershaw embarks on a journey through Thailand's red light districts to investigate the world's largest sex industry. This exploration of international sex tourism turns ... See full summary »
67. Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999)
NC-17 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography
Friends, enemies, acquaintances, and family of porn star John Holmes recall their experiences with him, from his childhood to his eventual death from AIDS in 1988.
69. Who Killed Nancy? (2009)
Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Music, Mystery
On October 12th 1978 New York Police discovered the lifeless body of a 20 year-old woman, slumped under the bathroom sink in a hotel room. She was dressed in her underwear and had bled to ... See full summary »
70. 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 »
71. X-Rated Ambition: The Traci Lords Story (2003 TV Movie)
50 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary about Traci Lords, one of the most popular American porn stars of the 1980s, who almost brought down the industry when it was discovered that she had been under 18 years old.
72. Zoo (2007)
Unrated | 75 min | Documentary
A look at the life of an Enumclaw, Washington man who died as a result of an unusual encounter with a horse.
Votes: 2,448 | Gross: $0.07M
Last but not least, the story of Ex-Boeing Employee Kenneth Pinyan and his love for animals..The video in question is easily found online, not that you should go looking for it.
Come to think of it, Boeing has employed some scary people..Richard Steve Goldberg being another one of them.