Most Popular Documentaries Released 1999-01-01 to 1999-12-31


1. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 14,528 | Gross: $1.16M

2. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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81 Metascore

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa

Votes: 14,274 | Gross: $7.00M

3. Playboy: Playmate Erotic Adventures (1999 Video)

Unrated | 55 min | Documentary

6.4
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Director: Scott Allen | Stars: Deanna Brooks, Kristi Cline, Tishara Cousino, Jami Ferrell

Votes: 175

4. Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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70 Metascore

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Justo González

Votes: 8,652 | Gross: $0.10M

5. Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999 TV Special)

65 min | Comedy, Documentary

8.0
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Chris Rock brings his critically acclaimed brand of social commentary-themed humor to this 1999 standup comedy presentation from HBO. Also released as an album, Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker... See full summary »

Director: Keith Truesdell | Stars: Chris Rock, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Monteria Ivey

Votes: 5,655

6. Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999 Video)

Unrated | 115 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Jordan | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 6,593

7. Playboy: Girlfriends 2 (1999 Video)

Unrated | 57 min | Documentary

7.1
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Director: James Wrider | Stars: Bunny Luv, Dita Von Teese, Azalea Davila, Regina Hall

Votes: 92

8. Beyond the Mat (1999)

R | 102 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.6
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73 Metascore

A heartfelt documentary focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake.

Director: Barry W. Blaustein | Stars: Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Jake Roberts, Barry W. Blaustein

Votes: 7,170 | Gross: $2.05M

9. American Pimp (1999)

R | 87 min | Documentary

6.6
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59 Metascore

Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant, pimping in various U.S. cities, bringing a woman into their group, taking a ... See full summary »

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: John S. Dickson, Antonio Fargas, Heidi Fleiss, L. Hammond

Votes: 2,017 | Gross: $0.29M

10. Porn Wars (1999 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

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A look at the British porn industry, just as hardcore sex films were about to become legal.

Director: Alexander Gardiner | Stars: Derek Botham, Elizabeth Coldwell, Angela Hooper, Al Needham

11. The Girl Next Door (1999)

R | 82 min | Documentary

6.2
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69 Metascore

A documentary about the rise to fame of adult movie star Stacy Valentine. Starting out as an under-confident woman pushed into entering a Hustler Magazine contest by her domineering husband... See full summary »

Director: Christine Fugate | Stars: Stacy Valentine, Jack Gallagher, Russell Hampshire, Veronica Hart

Votes: 746 | Gross: $0.51M

12. One Day in September (1999)

R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport

7.9
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82 Metascore

The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Michael Douglas, Ankie Spitzer, Jamal Al Gashey, Gerald Seymour

Votes: 5,175 | Gross: $0.16M

13. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

8.3
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90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,560 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999)

NC-17 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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64 Metascore

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.

Director: Wesley Emerson | Stars: John Holmes, Linda Adrain, Bill Amerson, Denise Amerson

Votes: 579

15. Private Dicks: Men Exposed (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

5.6
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Men, most of them naked, talk about their penises. The men range from 17 to 70+, all are from the U.S. of diverse races. Several are artists or performers. Some are gay, others straight; ... See full summary »

Directors: Thom Powers, Meema Spadola | Stars: Alan Abel, Jonah Falcon, Calvin Lom, Jesse Sheidlower

Votes: 265

16. Playboy: Playmate Pajama Party (1999 Video)

Unrated | 61 min | Documentary

3.7
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A departure from the traditional Playboy video fare. Title is shot entirely on the grounds of the Playboy Mansion, and includes some historic footage regarding the events that took place ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Allen | Stars: Jennifer Lynn Allan, Jaime Bergman, Elisa Bridges, Deanna Brooks

Votes: 141

17. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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78 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Fred A. Leuchter Jr., Robert Jan Van Pelt, David Irving, Caroline Leuchter

Votes: 4,944 | Gross: $0.50M

18. L'iniziazione (1999)

52 min | Documentary

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Director: Ilaria Freccia

Votes: 18

19. Waco: A New Revelation (1999)

Documentary

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Researchers analyze new evidence in the fatal 1993 conflict at Mount Carmel in Waco, TX between the Branch Davidians and the FBI, the ATF, and the Texas National Guard.

Director: Jason Van Vleet | Stars: Gene Cullen, Misty Ferguson, Misty Riddle, Rita Riddle

Votes: 170

20. The Unfinished Journey (1999)

21 min | Documentary, Short, History

5.4
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A short about American life and history produced for the millennium New Year's Eve celebration.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Maya Angelou, Bill Clinton, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

Votes: 225

21. George Carlin: You Are All Diseased (1999 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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Legendary comic Carlin comes back to the Beacon theater to angrily rant about airport security, germs, cigars, angels, children and parents, men, names, religion, god, advertising, Bill Jeff and minorities.

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 3,181

22. Playboy Video Playmate Calendar 2000 (1999 Video)

R | 89 min | Documentary

6.1
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Director: Scott Allen | Stars: Erica Dahm, Jaclyn Dahm, Nicole Dahm, Natalia Sokolova

Votes: 68

23. Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity (1999 Video)

82 min | Documentary

7.3
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Tough Guise systematically examines the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century.

Director: Sut Jhally | Stars: Steve Austin, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Seth Green

Votes: 187

24. Choke (1999)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

7.5
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The fight ends when someone quits or is knocked unconscious. Don't look to the referee for help. If you get into trouble, your opponent will break your elbow, knee you in the head, or choke... See full summary »

Director: Robert Raphael Goodman | Stars: Dale Cook, Wayne Emons, Gerard Gordeau, Helio Gracie

Votes: 620

25. American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith (1999)

120 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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Director: Lee B. Groberg | Stars: Eric Artell, Joseph Batzel, Kimberly Elaine Crowe, Sam Dalton

Votes: 72

26. Southpaw (1999)

77 min | Documentary, Sport

6.7
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62 Metascore

Follows the life of Olympic hopeful Francis Barrett as he overcomes social and cultural barriers to realise his dream of fighting for the Irish Olympic team.

Director: Liam McGrath | Stars: Francis Barrett, Chick Gillen, Tom Humphries, Colum Flynn

Votes: 104 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Playboy Playmates of the Year: The 90's (1999 Video)

Unrated | 102 min | Documentary

6.1
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Stars: Renee Tenison, Lisa Matthews, Corinna Harney, Anna Nicole Smith

Votes: 66

28. American Hollow (1999)

90 min | Documentary

7.6
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This film tells the tale of a close-knit Appalachian family that has changed little in the last 100 years.

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Bascum Bowling, Clint Bowling, Edgar Bowling, Iree Bowling

Votes: 320

29. The Amazing World of Wallace and Gromit (1999 Video)

15 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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A behind-the-scenes look at the worldwide phenomenon that is Wallace and Gromit.

Director: David Hutt | Star: Nick Park

Votes: 92

30. Grass (1999)

R | 80 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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64 Metascore

The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Harry J. Anslinger, George Bush, Cab Calloway

Votes: 3,339 | Gross: $0.31M

31. Jackie Chan: My Stunts (1999 Video)

94 min | Documentary

7.7
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A documentary where Jackie Chan and his stuntman team show you the secrets of some of the great stunts they do in films. The film also takes you on the sets of "Who Am I?" and "Rush Hour".

Directors: Jackie Chan, Xavier Lee | Stars: Jackie Chan, Ken Lo, Bradley James Allan, Anthony Carpio

Votes: 968

32. Saturday Night Live 25 (1999 TV Special)

161 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

7.6
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A TV special celebrating the 25th anniversary of Saturday Night Live. Before a celebrity audience, many of the former cast members and guest hosts return to perform their signature ... See full summary »

Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, James Signorelli | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, David Bowie

Votes: 1,241

33. Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael (1999 Video)

Unrated | 165 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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The music videos of the pop superstar George Michael.

Directors: Vaughan Arnell, Anthea Benton, David Fincher, Howard Greenhalgh, David Mallet, George Michael, Andrew Morahan, Thierry Mugler, Marcus Nispel, Tony Scott | Stars: George Michael, Nadja Auermann, Tyra Banks, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 316

34. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends (1999 TV Special)

135 min | Documentary

5.6
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The spectacular CBS special! Shirley Temple Black hosts the festivities as 50 of today's top stars count down the 50 greatest screen legends of all time. Features Clint Eastwood, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Spacey and many others.

Directors: Gary Smith, Dann Netter | Stars: Shirley Temple, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore

Votes: 408

35. Absolutely 100% Guilty (1999 Video)

Documentary

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Director: David G. Phinney | Stars: F. Lee Bailey, William Bodziak, Nicole Brown Simpson, Denise Brown

Votes: 10

36. Belfast, Maine (1999)

245 min | Documentary

8.1
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Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 152

37. The Lifestyle (1999)

78 min | Documentary

5.9
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What sort of people engage in recreational group sex on a regular basis? David Schisgall's documentary The Lifestyle provides one answer: mostly cheerful, but paunchy, suburban couples who ... See full summary »

Director: David Schisgall | Stars: Dant'e Amore, Wild Bill Goodwin, Robert L. McGinley

Votes: 179 | Gross: $0.09M

38. Satumaa - Unto Monosen elämä ja tangot (1999)

72 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

6.6
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Director: Claes Olsson | Stars: Risto Kaskilahti, M.A. Numminen, Maaret Kallio, Mika Raittila

Votes: 14

39. God Is in the T.V. (1999 Video)

Documentary, Music

8.5
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A closer look at the Mechanical Animals era of Marilyn Manson, including all his music videos up to that point, as well as behind the scenes, live and backstage footage.

Directors: Samuel Bayer, Rod Chong, Paul Hunter, Dean Karr, Richard Kern, Marilyn Manson, E. Elias Merhige, Matthew Rolston, Floria Sigismondi, Tom Stern, Wiz | Stars: Marilyn Manson, Jeordie White, Daisy Berkowitz, Madonna Wayne Gacy

Votes: 248

40. On the Ropes (1999)

94 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

7.5
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80 Metascore

The story of three young boxers and their coach who is determined to guide them in a positive direction in and out of the ring.

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Sam Doumit, Martin Goldman, Harry Keitt, Randy Little

Votes: 345 | Gross: $0.05M

41. Innocent Until Proven Guilty (1999 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Director: Kirsten Johnson | Star: James Forman

42. Faces of Gore (1999)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Horror

4.3
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Join your fiendish host, Dr. Vincent van Gore, as he leads you into the forbidden world of the dead. Only the most disgusting and horrifying car crashes, suicides and murders are presented.... See full summary »

Director: Todd Tjersland | Stars: Steve Sheppard, Todd Tjersland

Votes: 249

43. Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja (1999 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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Aja was the biggest selling album of Steely Dan's career, reaching #3 on the U.S. Billboard chart and #5 in the UK. This is a portrait of the making of this 1977 jazz-rock album. It ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Lewens | Stars: Walter Becker, Larry Carlton, Ian Dury, Donald Fagen

Votes: 177

44. Garth Brooks... In the Life of Chris Gaines (1999 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

5.4
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Part concert, part documentary on Garth Brooks' planned (but never completed) movie "The Lamb," featuring the country superstar's pop singer alter-ego Chris Gaines.

Director: Jon Small | Stars: Garth Brooks, Chris McHugh, Light Rand, Tommy Sims

Votes: 60

45. Classic Albums: Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell (1999 Video)

58 min | Documentary, Music

7.7
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Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Karla DeVito, Max Weinberg

Votes: 222

46. Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box (1999)

50 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Siegfried Fischbacher, Roy Horn, John Summers

Votes: 140 | Gross: $5.23M

47. Faces of Death: Fact or Fiction? (1999 Video)

Unrated | 54 min | Documentary, Horror

3.1
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Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Louise Jane, James B. Schwartz, John Alan Schwartz, Michael Carr

Votes: 248

48. Joe D'Amato Totally Uncut (1999)

101 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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The story of Joe d'Amato, Italian director of sexploitation and gore, narrated by himself.

Director: Roger A. Fratter | Stars: Al Cliver, Joe D'Amato, George Eastman, Dirce Funari

Votes: 140

49. The General's Daughter: Behind the Secrets (1999 Video)

20 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film The General's Daughter (1999).

Director: Kevin Gorman | Stars: Jared Chandler, James Cromwell, Nelson DeMille, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 6

50. Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler (1999 TV Movie)

Unrated | 73 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.1
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Before he was Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, The Waterboy, or Billy Madison, Adam Sandler was doing Saturday Night Live playing hilarious characters and singing hilarious songs like the ... See full summary »

Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Dave Wilson, Peter Corbett | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kirstie Alley, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Cleghorne

Votes: 1,260