Documentary Films Or When Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

by kosmikino | created - 17 Oct 2011 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

list of documentary films at the edges of consensus reality...

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1. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,157

2. Talhotblond: (2009)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Thriller

This is the true story of a love triangle that takes place entirely online. Lies lead to murder in real life, as a teenage vixen (screen name 'talhotblond') lures men into her web. ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Schroeder | Stars: Steve Clement, Thomas Montgomery, Ken Case, Rex Beaber

Votes: 2,627

3. Catfish (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce

Votes: 38,108 | Gross: $3.23M

4. The Weight of Chains (2010)

Not Rated | 125 min | Documentary, History, News

The Weight of Chains is a Canadian documentary film that takes a critical look at the role that the US, NATO and the EU played in the tragic breakup of a once peaceful and prosperous ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Malagurski | Stars: Rade Aleksic, James Bissett, John Bosnitch, Michel Chossudovsky

Votes: 3,821

5. Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War (1999)

Unrated | 165 min | Documentary, War

55 Metascore

A clear and critical look at Western intervention in the Balkans leading to the civil wars in Yugoslavia during the 1990s.

Director: George Bogdanich | Star: Sanya Popovic

Votes: 228

6. Kosovo: Can You Imagine? (2009)

30 min | Documentary, Short, War

In a land under international supervision, in the heart of Europe, at the beginning of the 21st century, in Kosovo, one man attempts to expose human rights violations unlike anything you can imagine.

Director: Boris Malagurski

Votes: 773

7. Goddo supiido yuu! Burakku emparaa (1976)

90 min | Documentary

The 1970s in Japan saw the rise of motorcycle gangs, which drew the interest of the media. The movie follows a member of the "Black Emperors" gang and his interaction with his parents after he gets in trouble with the police.

Director: Mitsuo Yanagimachi

Votes: 248

9. Melancholian 3 huonetta (2004)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, War

67 Metascore

A searing examination of the unrelenting Chechen conflict, observed through the prisms of a Russian military boys academy, a war-torn town and a children's refugee camp.

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo | Star: Pirkko Saisio

Votes: 585

10. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Abiodun Oyewole

Votes: 1,625 | Gross: $0.26M

11. Tabloid (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

74 Metascore

A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Joyce McKinney, Peter Tory, Troy Williams, Jackson Shaw

Votes: 6,035 | Gross: $0.68M

12. Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest (1992)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music

Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance - severely disfigured - survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band... See full summary »

Director: David Van Taylor | Stars: K.K. Downing, Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Glenn Tipton

Votes: 257

13. Aliens from Spaceship Earth (1977)

PG | 70 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

Tries to prove that all great men of the past were actually aliens.

Director: Don Como | Stars: Srikanta Dasa Adhikari, Sathya Sai Baba, Yogi Bhahan, Raymond Burr

Votes: 32

15. The Mysterious Monsters (1975)

G | 86 min | Documentary

One of the many notorious 70's "unknown" documentaries, The Mysterious Monsters covers topics such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Pictures, sounds, and videos of these two monsters ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Guenette | Stars: Peter Graves, Peter Hurkos, William Stenberg, Sidney Walter

Votes: 205

16. Deutschland im Herbst (1978)

123 min | Documentary, Drama

Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie ... See full summary »

Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Alexander Kluge, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Schubert, Bernhard Sinkel | Stars: Wolfgang Bächler, Heinz Bennent, Wolf Biermann, Joachim Bißmeier

Votes: 1,008

17. 80 Blocks from Tiffany's (1979)

67 min | Documentary

Depicts the daily life of gangs within the context of the South Bronx. Deals primarily with two African American and Puerto Rican gangs known as the "Savage Skulls" and the "Savage Nomads".

Director: Gary Weis | Star: Louis Gigante

Votes: 295

18. Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Romance

A portrait, mostly chronological, of composer, cellist, and vocalist Arthur Russell (1951-1992). His parents, friends and colleagues such as Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, his long-time ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wolf | Stars: Bob Blank, Ernie Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

Votes: 408

19. RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy (2007)

139 min | Documentary

A new investigative documentary exploring the controversies surrounding the assassination of Bobby Kennedy on June 5, 1968 as he looked set to challenge Nixon for the White House. Munir ... See full summary »

Director: Shane O'Sullivan | Stars: Bradley Ayers, William A. Bailey, H. Rap Brown, Frank Burns

Votes: 256

20. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 12,575

21. The Men Who Killed Kennedy (1988–2003)

Documentary, History

A detailed examination of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, with emphasis on the discrepancies and inconsistencies in the government's official version of events.

Stars: Hilary Minster, Robert J. Groden, Gary Mack, Cyril H. Wecht

Votes: 491

22. Sonic Outlaws (1995)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

Within days after the release of Negativland's clever parody of U2 and Casey Kasem, recording industry giant Island Records descended upon the band with a battery of lawyers intent on ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Baldwin | Stars: Lloyd Dunn, Chris Grigg, Mark Hosler, Don Joyce

Votes: 145

23. The Amazing World of Psychic Phenomena (1976)

G | 93 min | Documentary, Mystery

Documentary exploring such phenomena as astral projection, telekinesis, telepathy, voices from beyond the grave, ghosts/spirits, etc.

Director: Robert Guenette | Stars: Raymond Burr, Jeane Dixon, Jule Eisenbud, Uri Geller

Votes: 48

24. Chariots of the Gods (1970)

G | 92 min | Documentary

Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Heinz-Detlev Bock, Klaus Kindler, Christian Marschall, Aleksandr Kazantsev

Votes: 1,161 | Gross: $25.95M

25. Soft Self-Portrait of Salvador Dali (1970)

55 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary about surrealist artist Salvador Dali, narrated by Orson Welles.

Director: Jean-Christophe Averty | Stars: Gala Dalí, Donyale Luna, Tony Kina, Suzan Lancaster

Votes: 102

26. Being Different (1981)

100 min | Documentary

A tribute to the spirit and humanity of people who are physically different from the average: very tall and very large men and women, a bearded woman and her long-time husband, Siamese ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Rasky | Stars: Billy Barty, Sandra Elaine Allen, Jo-Ann Cantilla, Louise Capps

Votes: 61

27. Gizmo! (1977)

G | 77 min | Comedy, Documentary

Compilation of man inventing strange contraptions in the 30's through 50's.

Director: Howard Smith | Star: Milt Moss

Votes: 382

28. I Am Not a Freak (1987 TV Short)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Teresa Sandretto, Sam Early, Evelyn Early, Peter Risch

Votes: 35

29. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles, Nick Broomfield, Cannonball, Steve Glazer

Votes: 2,298

30. Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

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: 9,160 | Gross: $0.10M

31. Television Under the Swastika (1999 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary, History, Sport

A history of Nazi television programming and technology, from 1935 to 1944.

Director: Michael Kloft | Stars: Eugen Hadamovsky, Adolf Heuser, Kurt Hinzmann, Joseph Hoppe

Votes: 83

32. Children of the Revolution (2010)

TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary

Inspired by the student revolutions of 1968, two women in Germany and Japan set out to plot world revolution as leaders of the Baader Meinhof Group and the Japanese Red Army. What were they fighting for and what have we learned?

Director: Shane O'Sullivan | Stars: Ulrike Meinhof, Fusako Shigenobu, Mei Shigenobu, Bettina Röhl

Votes: 50

33. Ulrike Marie Meinhof (1994)

61 min | Documentary, Biography

In the 1970's, she was the mastermind of Germany's notorious Red Army Faction. Ulrike Meinhof was finally captured in 1972. In 1976 she committed suicide in her prison cell. This film is a journey into the past.

Director: Timon Koulmasis | Stars: Astrid Proll, Monika Seifert, Ruth Walz, Jürgen Seifert

Votes: 22

34. Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)

70 min | Documentary, Music

Peter Whitehead's disjointed Swinging London documentary, subtitled "A Pop Concerto," comprises a number of different "movements," each depicting a different theme underscored by music: A ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Whitehead | Stars: Alan Aldridge, Julie Christie, David Hockney, Andrew Loog Oldham

Votes: 250

35. Wholly Communion (1965)

33 min | Documentary, Short

A short film documenting what was referred to as "The International Poetry Incarnation". It was billed as Great Britain's first full-scale "happening", with the world's leading Beat poets ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Whitehead | Stars: Gregory Corso, Harry Fainlight, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 78

36. Baader-Meinhof: In Love with Terror (2002 TV Movie)

69 min | Documentary

Explores the Baader-Meinhof urban guerrilla movement (aka the Red Army Faction) in 1970s West Germany.

Director: Ben Lewis

Votes: 59

37. Black Panthers (1968)

Not Rated | 31 min | Documentary, Short

A short film of interviews and protests at a rally to free Huey Newton.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Ron Dellums

Votes: 412

38. The Maltese Double Cross (1994)

Not Rated | 157 min | Documentary

An investigation into the crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Director: Allan Francovich | Stars: Martin Cadman, William Barr, Innes Graham, Jim Swire

Votes: 18

39. Gladio (1992 TV Movie)


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Director: Allan Francovich

Votes: 21

40. Europe After the Rain (1978)

88 min | Documentary

Dada came out of the craziness of World War One. "The birth of Dada was not the beginning of art but of disgust." Surrealism tried to systematize Dada's anarchy into an artistic blend of ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Gold | Stars: Joan Bakewell, Simon Cadell, Dennis Clinton, Ruth Cubbin

Votes: 40

42. The Panama Deception (1992)

91 min | Documentary, History, War

A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.

Director: Barbara Trent | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Carlos Cantú, Diviana Ingravallo, Abraham Alvarez

Votes: 940 | Gross: $0.31M

43. Paragraph 175 (2000)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, History, Romance

85 Metascore

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath, Pierre Seel

Votes: 1,722 | Gross: $0.07M

44. The Soviet Story (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History, War

The Soviet Story offers an alternative history of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale.

Director: Edvins Snore | Stars: Jon Strickland, Vladimir Bukovsky, V.I. Lenin, Norman Davies

Votes: 2,864

45. A Technicolor Dream (2008)

100 min | Documentary, Music

The story of the underground movement during the 60s leading up to its culmination at The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, a "musical happening" at Alexandra Palace on April 29 1967.

Director: Stephen Gammond | Stars: Kevin Ayers, Joe Boyd, John Hopkins, Nick Mason

Votes: 61

46. Ways of Seeing (1972– )

30 min | Documentary, Family

John Berger presents his insights on how people see. Through examples of Art History Berger shows how our very sense of sight has been transformed. By discovering why this is so, according ... See full summary »

Stars: John Berger, Anya Bostock, Eva Figes, Jane Kenrick

Votes: 265

47. The Net (2003)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary

Ultimately stunning in its revelations, Lutz Dammbeck's THE NET explores the incredibly complex backstory of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber. This exquisitely crafted inquiry into the... See full summary »

Director: Lutz Dammbeck | Stars: Lutz Dammbeck, Eva Mattes, Tom Vogt, Stewart Brand

Votes: 286

48. Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods (2010)

80 min | Documentary

Philosopher, pop-icon, shaman and story teller - as one of the most influential comic book writers in the market today, Grant Morrison is all of these things. His explosive and often ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Meaney | Stars: Jason Aaron, Abigail Bader, Amber Benson, Karen Berger

Votes: 290

49. In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

A documentary on Henry Darger, visionary artist, janitor, and novelist.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Henry Darger, Dakota Fanning, Larry Pine, Frier McCollister

Votes: 1,947 | Gross: $0.41M

50. Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance (1998)

75 min | Documentary, Biography