25 mind-blowing documentaries

Another quiet day at work, another list...

To give it some order i've arranged it by subject matter. So;
1-5: Religion
6-10: Business
11-20: Music
21-25: Obsessives and eccentrics
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1.
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006 Documentary)
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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. (86 mins.)
Director: Stanley Nelson
“ For those of you who don't know, Jim Jones and the peoples temple are the source of the phrase "Don't drink the kool-aid".
A fascinating documentary about power and how it can be corrupted in the worst possible way. ” - kearneysmusic
 
2.
Marjoe (1972 Documentary)
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Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit... (88 mins.)
“ Marjoe was a child preacher. Exploited from an early age, he goes back as a grown man to expose just how the church actually makes it's money. ” - kearneysmusic
 
3.
Jesus Camp (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham. (84 mins.)
“ A documentary on the manipulation and brain washing the evangelical church have used to become one of the most influential voices in american culture. ” - kearneysmusic
 
4.
Deliver Us from Evil (2006 Documentary)
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Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children. (101 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
“ This movie makes me feel ill. Physically ill. Not for the faint of heart. ” - kearneysmusic
 
5.
Devil's Playground (2002 Documentary)
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Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose. (77 mins.)
Director: Lucy Walker
“ A fascinating look into amish culture and their rites-of-passage. ” - kearneysmusic
 
6.
The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
“ Explains in layman's terms just how the corporation has become the dominant force in our society. Includes interviews with Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky and a bunch of other geniuses. ” - kearneysmusic
 
7.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall. (110 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
“ The perfect companion piece to the corporation. Tells the story of one of big business's greatest disasters. ” - kearneysmusic
 
8.
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004 Documentary)
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Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided. (75 mins.)
“ This doco was updated a few years ago and is probably due for another soon. It'll make you question the agenda's of the people who deliver information to the masses. ” - kearneysmusic
 
9.
The Yes Men (2003 Documentary)
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Anti-corporate activists travel from conference to conference, impersonating member of the World Trade Organization. (83 mins.)
“ A really funny take on anti-consumerism. A story that you couldn't make up. ” - kearneysmusic
 
10.
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future. (92 mins.)
Director: Chris Paine
“ This ones really something else. Focusing on a particular model of electric car from the early days of the technology, it tells a much bigger story about business, politics and the moral obligations involved in both. ” - kearneysmusic
 
11.
Dont Look Back (1967 Documentary)
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Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. (96 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
“ One of the greatest music documentaries ever and probably the best way to get to know one of the most mysterious men in modern culture. ” - kearneysmusic
 
12.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (110 mins.)
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
“ A great story about a very troubled, damaged artist. ” - kearneysmusic
 
13.
Dig! (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor. (107 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
“ Same deal as devil and daniel johnston. ” - kearneysmusic
 
14.
You're Gonna Miss Me (2005 Documentary)
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Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson, detailing his rise as a psychedelic hero, his lengthy institutionalization, his descent into poverty and filth, and his brother's struggle with their religious mother to improve Roky's care. (91 mins.)
Director: Keven McAlester
“ Same deal as both of the last two. ” - kearneysmusic
 
15.
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002 Documentary)
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First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones documents the recording of Wilco's album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." (92 mins.)
Director: Sam Jones
“ This is a movie that explains what's wrong with the music industry... It's the industry part. ” - kearneysmusic
 
16.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005 Documentary)
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A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax. (103 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ Some of the best hip hop acts out today doing a real community spirted show. All of the non-performance stuff is great too, no small thanks to director Michel Gondry. ” - kearneysmusic
 
17.
The Filth and the Fury (2000 Documentary)
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A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols. (108 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
“ This movie says all there is to say about the Sex Pistols and a little bit more about the state of england at the time they were around. ” - kearneysmusic
 
18.
Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993 Documentary)
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Documentary about notorious punk rock performer GG Allin. (52 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ A documentary about a despicable human being who totally deserved death. Like watching a car crash. ” - kearneysmusic
 
19.
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia... (90 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
“ A film by Fatih Akin about the music scene in Istanbul. Really great stuff, turned me onto alot of music i never would've heard or heard of otherwise. ” - kearneysmusic
 
20.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink. (141 mins.)
“ Like a real life Spinal Tap. I've never been a fan of this band and i don't like them anymore after this. Pretty hilarious veiwing though. ” - kearneysmusic
 
21.
American Movie (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. (107 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
“ I really wish more people knew about this movie. It's an absolute gem. One guy in search of his own little piece of the american dream, aided by a rag tag group of friends and family. ” - kearneysmusic
 
22.
Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary)
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A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. (103 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ A fascinating documentary about a man who felt more at home in the company of the worlds most dangerous mammal than with human beings. Ultimately tragic, but that's not giving anything away. ” - kearneysmusic
 
23.
We Live in Public (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade. (91 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
“ A film about the lure of fame and how destructive it can be on personal relationships. ” - kearneysmusic
 
24.
Tabloid (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary. (87 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
“ I'm not even gonna try and explain this one. Too weird. Really entertaining though. ” - kearneysmusic
 
25.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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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". (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
“ The dedication of this man is mind boggling. So worth it though, i had no idea wire walking could be such an art form. ” - kearneysmusic
 
26.
Kate Plays Christine (2016 Documentary)
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Actress Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to portray the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life news reporter who took her own life on national television in 1974. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Greene