Intriguing Documentaries That Won't Make You Snore!

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1.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
“ Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations. By exposing the comfortable relationships between business and government, Kenner gradually shines light on the dark underbelly of the American food industry. The USDA and FDA are supposed to protect the public, so why is it that both government regulatory agencies have been complicit in allowing corporations to put profit ahead of consumer health, the American farmer, worker safety, and even the environment? As chicken breasts get bigger and tomatoes are genetically engineered not to go bad, 73,000 Americans fall ill from powerful new strains of E. coli every year, obesity levels are skyrocketing, and adult diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. Perhaps if the general public knew how corporations use exploited laws and subsidies to create powerful monopolies, the outrage would be enough to make us think more carefully about the food we put into our bodies. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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2.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010 Documentary)
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100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe... (97 mins.)
 
3.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
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While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. (100 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
4.
Killer at Large (2008 Documentary)
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An overview of the politics, social effects and problems associated with the rising epidemic of American obesity.
 
5.
Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2006 Documentary)
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Eva Mozes Kor, who survived Josef Mengele's cruel twin experiments in the Auschwitz concentration camp, shocks other Holocaust survivors when she decides to forgive the perpetrators as a way of self-healing. (82 mins.)
 
6.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
 
7.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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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. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
8.
You've Been Trumped (2011 Documentary)
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In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort. (95 mins.)
Director: Anthony Baxter
 
9.
Home (2009 Documentary)
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With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked. (120 mins.)
 
10.
Earthlings (2005 Documentary)
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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. (95 mins.)
Director: Shaun Monson
 
11.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
 
12.
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007 Documentary)
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BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union'... (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Harvey
 
13.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
14.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
15.
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011 Documentary)
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A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic... (161 mins.)
Director: Peter Joseph
 
16.
Night and Fog (1956 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
17.
I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Austrian-Jewish architectural engineer who became a Nazi hunter after surviving the Holocaust. (105 mins.)
Director: Richard Trank
 
18.
My Enemy's Enemy (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the history of one-time Gestapo commander Klaus Barbie, infamously known as "The Butcher of... (87 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
19.
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969 Documentary)
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From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival... (251 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
20.
Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary)
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The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
 
21.
The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997 Mini-Series)
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An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Hitler's rise to power.
Director: Laurence Rees
 
22.
Genocide (1982 Documentary)
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A chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid... (90 mins.)
 
23.
Survivors of the Holocaust (1996 Documentary)
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This documentary blends personal accounts of what happened before, during and after WWII. One testimony... (70 mins.)
Director: Allan Holzman
 
24.
A Film Unfinished (2010 Documentary)
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A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images. (88 mins.)
Director: Yael Hersonski
 
25.
The Goebbels Experiment (2005 Documentary)
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Through archival footage and dramatic readings of his personal writings, the life of Nazi Germany's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, is examined. (108 mins.)
 
26.
Mein Kampf (1960 Documentary)
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"Mein Kampf" presents the raising and fall of the Third Reich, showing mainly the destruction of Poland and the life Hitler... (111 mins.)
Director: Erwin Leiser
 
27.
Paragraph 175 (2000 Documentary)
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Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175. (81 mins.)
 
28.
Truth & Conviction (2002 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Matt Whitaker
 
29.
The Last Days (1998 Documentary)
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In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport... (87 mins.)
Director: James Moll
 
30.
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000 Documentary)
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The secret smuggling of 9,300 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Germany in the late 1930s. (122 mins.)
 
31.
Nanking (2007)
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Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted. (90 mins.)
 
32.
The Battle of Russia (1943 Documentary)
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Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War. (83 mins.)
 
33.
The Woman with the 5 Elephants (2009 Documentary)
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First her father ends up in one of Stalin's prison camps, then young Svetlana herself experiences the German invasion... (93 mins.)
Director: Vadim Jendreyko
 
34.
WWII in HD (2009 Mini-Series)
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Follow the lives of soldiers who lived World War II, through previously unseen color footage. (60 mins.)
 
35.
The War (2007 Mini-Series)
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families. (124 mins.)
 
36.
Anne Frank Remembered (1995 Documentary)
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Using previously unreleased archival material in addition to contemporary interviews, this academy award-winning... (122 mins.)
Director: Jon Blair
 
37.
Inheritance (2006 Documentary)
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"Inheritance" is the story of Monika Hertwig and her journey to accept the truth about her father, Nazi commander... (75 mins.)
Director: James Moll
 
38.
Paper Clips (2004 Documentary)
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As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis. (82 mins.)
 
39.
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007 Documentary)
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As global tensions rise, the unthinkable threat of nuclear war has become very real--and very frightening... (86 mins.)
Director: Steven Okazaki
 
40.
30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Once Brothers (2010)
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Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball...
 
41.
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 Documentary)
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A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Epstein
 
42.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
43.
Lake of Fire (2006 Documentary)
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A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. (152 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
44.
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style. (107 mins.)
 
45.
No End in Sight (2007 Documentary)
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A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country. (102 mins.)
 
46.
My Flesh and Blood (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children. (83 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Karsh
 
47.
Mary Kay Letourneau: All American Girl (2000 TV Movie)
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A teacher is arrested and jailed for raping her 13-year-old student, and twice gives birth to his child. (120 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Kramer
 
48.
The Unexplained (1996 TV Series)
Episode: Dangerous Obsessions (1998)
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Director: R.P. Sekon
 
49.
Unauthorized: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story (2000 TV Movie)
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A real story of Mary Kay Letourneau who became infamous in February 1997 when it was learned that she had a sexual affair with Vili Fualaau... (60 mins.)
Director: Jack Perez
 
50.
Biography (1987 TV Series)
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told. (60 mins.)
 
51.
Aftermath with William Shatner (2010 TV Series)
Episode: Mary Kay Letourneau (2010)
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In this episode of Aftermath, William Shatner sits down with Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau as... (60 mins.)
 
52.
Today (1952 TV Series)
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A daily live broadcast provides current domestic and international news, weather reports and interviews with news-makers from the worlds of politics, business, media, entertainment and sports. (240 mins.)
 
53.
E! True Hollywood Story (1996 TV Series)
Episode: Mary Kay Letourneau (2005)
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A documentary about celebrities lives before and after being famous.
 
54.
20/20 (1978 TV Series)
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A.B.C.'s original hour-long news magazine. (60 mins.)
Director: Roger Goodman
 
55.
LeTourneau Live (2000 TV Movie)
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Director: Ron Halper
 
56.
Before Flying Back to Earth (2005 Documentary)
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A short documentary about a hospital ward for children with leukemia in Lithuania. (52 mins.)
Director: Arunas Matelis
 
57.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004 Documentary)
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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion. (214 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
58.
Isle of Flowers (1989 Documentary)
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The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian... (13 mins.)
Director: Jorge Furtado
 
59.
Presumed Guilty (2008 Documentary)
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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. (87 mins.)
 
60.
30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
Episode: The Two Escobars (2010)
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The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar.
 
61.
Promises (2001 Documentary)
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Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other... (106 mins.)
 
62.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
63.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
64.
My Voyage to Italy (2001 Documentary)
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World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema. (246 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
65.
Ashes and Snow (2005 Documentary)
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Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals. (63 mins.)
Director: Gregory Colbert
 
66.
The Battle of Chernobyl (2006 Documentary)
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Documentary of the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl. (94 mins.)
Director: Thomas Johnson
 
67.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (96 mins.)
 
68.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003 Documentary)
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In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made. (74 mins.)
 
69.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
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An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
70.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
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A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. (170 mins.)
Director: Steve James