Top 15 of Best Documentaries

by hansbearnl | created - 11 Jun 2011 | updated - 13 Jun 2011 | Public

Don't remember all the documentaries I have watched so far, but these stick to me in my memory...

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1. Definitely Dusty (1999 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Friends and colleagues talk about the life and career of the enigmatic and iconic British singer Dusty Springfield.

Director: Serena Cross | Stars: Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Madeline Bell, Simon Bell

Votes: 23

2. Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Sport

The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: David Albritton, Arvo Askola, Jack Beresford, Erwin Blask

Votes: 3,707

4. Strike Zion! (1967 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, War

On June 5, 1967, the Israeli airforce attacked Arab air bases and Israeli tanks overran their enemies with total surprise.The Israeli plan was called "Strike Zion" and it nearly immobilized... See full summary »

Director: Bill Cunningham | Stars: William Stevenson, Menachem Begin, David Ben-Gurion, Arnold Bruner

Votes: 17

5. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 13,814 | Gross: $3.41M

6. Chasing a Rainbow: The Life of Josephine Baker (1987)

90 min | Documentary

Documentary on black American singer/dancer Josephine Baker (1906-1974), who emigrated to France where she was a major artist from 1927 until her death.

Director: Christopher Ralling | Stars: Josephine Baker, Jacqueline Cartier, Adelaide Hall, Todd Olivier

Votes: 9

7. Breaking the Da Vinci Code (2005 Video)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary

Everyone wants to know. Is Dan Brown's best selling fiction thriller "The Da Vinci Code" novel, really fact or fiction? Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene? Was she one of his ... See full summary »

Director: David Priest | Stars: Darrell L. Bock, Jim Garlow, Steve Kellmeyer, Erwin Lutzer

Votes: 86

Great how this documentary shows all the lies used by Dan Brown for both his book as well as his movie. Even architectural, cultural and art details are all fake.

8. Jerusalem Is Proud to Present (2008)

80 min | Documentary

The international World Pride event, planned for Jerusalem in 2006, is disrupted by orthodox Jews, evangelical Christians, and conservative Muslims, who are united by their dislike to LGBT events in the city they consider holy.

Director: Nitzan Giladi

Votes: 31

9. Children Underground (2001)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era.

Director: Edet Belzberg | Stars: Cristina Ionescu, Mihai Alexandre Tudose, Violeta 'Macarena' Rosu, Ana Turturica

Votes: 2,036

10. Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (2008)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, History, News

82 Metascore

Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks.

Director: Anders Østergaard | Stars: George W. Bush, Ko Muang, Aung San Suu Kyi

Votes: 2,214 | Gross: $0.05M

11. Gui tu lie che (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

86 Metascore

A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower.

Director: Lixin Fan | Stars: Changhua Zhang, Yang Zhang, Suqin Chen, Qin Zhang

Votes: 3,110 | Gross: $0.29M

12. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings (2001)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, History

A look at the background for Tolkien's mythology, hence the movie's mythology.

Director: Lisa Kors | Stars: Phil Crowley, John Howe, Peter McHugh, Oliver Muirhead

Votes: 610

14. Fire Under the Snow (2008)

75 min | Documentary

A look at the life of Tibetan monk Palden Gyatso, who spent 33 years in prison as his nation was seized by China.

Director: Makoto Sasa

Votes: 32

15. Presunto culpable (2008)

87 min | Documentary

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.

Directors: Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith

Votes: 1,244