Good documentariesby flemmert | created - 05 Nov 2012 | updated - 14 Jan 2016 | Public
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1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
PG | 81 min | Documentary
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
Votes: 28,141 | Gross: $2.55M
old guy apparently makes some of the best sushi in the world! without saying much he keeps his family/employees and guests in constant awe.
3. El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (2010)
Unrated | 108 min | Documentary
For six months of the year, renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià closes his restaurant El Bulli and works with his culinary team to prepare the menu for the next season. An elegant, detailed ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,008 | Gross: $0.23M
a unique look inside a perfectly calibrated machine...
4. Noma My Perfect Storm (2015)
Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary
After winning a Best Restaurant In The World award in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, chef Rene Redzepi discusses his Copenhagen restaurant Noma and how his culinary philosophy has shaped its success.
Votes: 491 | Gross: $0.02M
6. Ramsay's Boiling Point (1998– )
30 min | Reality-TV
The series charts the first few months of Gordon Ramsay's new restaurant. The first episode was filmed very soon after Ramsay resigned from one restaurant (and effectively shut it down), ... See full summary »
before he became a TV personality he was a real and even more angry chef!
7. Kings of Pastry (2009)
87 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
The collar awarded to the winners of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef - it is a dream and an obsession. ... See full summary »
Votes: 950 | Gross: $0.34M
not your everyday cooking competition, this is the real deal.
8. Super Size Me (2004)
PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 91,219 | Gross: $11.53M
13. We Feed the World (2005)
96 min | Documentary
A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people.
slow, almost boring, but also fascinating and very important. If you don't eat 100 % local and organic, you HAVE to watch this
14. King Corn (2007)
Unrated | 88 min | Documentary
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,812 | Gross: $0.08M
corn, corn, corn and more corn
15. Unser täglich Brot (2005)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.
the way we eat and consume is NOT very good!
16. 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: 43,039 | Gross: $0.86M
17. Prêt-à-jeter (2010)
75 min | Documentary
This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail.
not a surprise when you think about it.
18. Surviving Progress (2011)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary
Theorists consider the evolution of human society and question the sustainability of the current paradigm.
Votes: 1,650 | Gross: $0.05M
19. No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.
Votes: 1,388 | Gross: $0.10M
interesting and very unrealistic, but a good idea.
20. Home (I) (2009)
Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.
Beautiful, interesting and thought provoking.
21. The Age of Stupid (2009)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War
A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.
guess we had it comming..
22. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
PG | 96 min | Documentary
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.
Votes: 73,543 | Gross: $23.81M
23. The 11th Hour (I) (2007)
PG | 95 min | Documentary
A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.
Votes: 5,255 | Gross: $0.70M
24. Into Eternity: A Film for the Future (2010)
75 min | Documentary
A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage.
Votes: 2,554 | Gross: $0.06M
nuclear waste turns people philosophical!
25. Workingman's Death (2005)
Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary
A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living.
Director: Michael Glawogger
If you think, feel or believe that you had a hard day at work, that the world is against you or that things can't get any worse - you should watch this. most of us actually have a pretty sweet life.
27. Alone in the Wilderness (2004 TV Movie)
57 min | Documentary
Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. ... See full summary »
I wish I could be as manly as this guy
28. Freakonomics (2010)
PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary
A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.
Votes: 6,161 | Gross: $0.10M
29. Spellbound (2002)
G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller
Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.
Votes: 11,338 | Gross: $5.73M
very different kids and their families - very weird people.
31. The Boys of Baraka (2005)
R | 84 min | Documentary
Twenty 12-year-old black boys from one of the most violent ghettos in Baltimore, Maryland, are taken 10,000 miles away to an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya, to try to take ... See full summary »
Votes: 733 | Gross: $0.32M
a second chance for someone who deserves it.
33. The Interrupters (2011)
Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime
A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.
Votes: 3,221 | Gross: $0.28M
not all people are bad, some give you faith in humanity.
34. Inside Job (2010)
PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Crime
Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.
Votes: 61,539 | Gross: $4.31M
70 min | Documentary
Filmmaker Alex Gibney investigates the fact that the 400 richest Americans control more wealth than the 150 million people in the bottom 50 percent of the population.
36. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
R | 91 min | Documentary
A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.
Votes: 3,737 | Gross: $0.49M
art or politics - or both?
38. Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006)
85 min | Documentary, Action, Drama
In the slum of Cité Soleil, President Aristide's most loyal supporters were ruling as kings. The five major gang leaders were controlling heavily armed young men; the Chiméres. The Secret ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,688 | Gross: $0.05M
39. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Sport
Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.
Votes: 10,982 | Gross: $1.29M
cool stuff, music, pictures, people, stories...
40. Pumping Iron (1977)
PG | 85 min | Documentary, Sport
From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »
turns out that Arnie is borderline evil genius (in a funny way - until he turned politician)
42. Big River Man (2009)
100 min | Documentary
Martin Strel attempts to cover 3,375 miles of the Amazon River, the longest continuous swim in history.
almost too weird to be true.
43. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.
Votes: 32,107 | Gross: $0.68M
who thought that donkey-kong could contain that much drama?
44. Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters (2011)
93 min | Documentary
A documentary that captures the greatest world record Tetris players as they prepare for the Classic Tetris World Championship. From the days of Thor Aackerlund and his historic victory at ... See full summary »
Just like King of Kong, who new this was a thing?
45. Confessions of a Superhero (2007)
R | 92 min | Documentary
Chronicles the lives of four mortal men and women who work as characters on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard.
I'm glad that I have an education, this can't be fun in the long run...
46. Superheroes (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy
A journey inside the world of real life caped crusaders. From all over America, these self-proclaimed crime fighters, don masks, homemade costumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere.
Director: Michael Barnett
47. A Cross the Universe (2008 Video)
65 min | Documentary, Music
'A Cross the Universe' is a documentary following the French EDM duo Justice touring North America.
Old school rock and roll backstage stories, set to electronic music, made by two weird French guys.
48. 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: 55,397 | Gross: $3.29M
again with the french - they don't always behave normal!
49. 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: 45,586 | Gross: $2.96M
50. Paris Is Burning (1990)
R | 71 min | Documentary
A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.
Votes: 6,221 | Gross: $3.78M
Fabulous, authentic and sincere.
51. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary
A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.
Votes: 1,587 | Gross: $1.76M
gay, rich and surreal = fantastic
52. Fuck (2005)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use.
Votes: 4,097 | Gross: $0.02M
all about the word.
53. 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: 14,093 | Gross: $0.67M
never give up believing
54. A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008)
Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy
A humorous look at life for a loser in love.
don't know if I wanna punch him in the face or give him a hug? but very funny
55. Grizzly Man (2005)
R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
Votes: 45,240 | Gross: $3.17M
life produces people that transcends fiction and reality. this guy is crazier than fiction.
56. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary
A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century.
Votes: 6,215 | Gross: $0.34M
57. Samsara (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music
Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
Votes: 26,548 | Gross: $2.60M
59. Ekspeditionen til verdens ende (2013)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy
A grand and adventurous journey of discovery to the last white areas of the world map. But no matter how far we go and how hard we try to find answers, we ultimately meet ourselves and our own transience.
Votes: 445 | Gross: $0.04M
60. Narco Cultura (2013)
R | 103 min | Documentary
To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto ... See full summary »
Director: Shaul Schwarz
Votes: 2,210 | Gross: $0.14M
61. Happy (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and... See full summary »
62. Red Obsession (2013)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, History, News
The great chateaux of Bordeaux struggle to accommodate the voracious appetite for their rare, expensive wines, which have become a powerful status symbol in booming China.
Votes: 1,103 | Gross: $0.01M
64. Merchants of Doubt (2014)
PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary
A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.
Votes: 3,058 | Gross: $0.19M