Favorite Documentaries

by asciibyxoxoxo | created - 10 Apr 2012 | updated - 11 Feb 2013 | Public

Tried adding "Inside Deep Throat", and "Exhausted" but it wouldn't let me, probably because they're rated NC-17 or X

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1. 1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, History, Music

David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The ... See full summary »

Director: David Markey | Stars: Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley

Votes: 1,225

Footage of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland..Came out on DVD not too long ago, before all we had was a *beep* vhs version.

2. Addicted to Plastic (2008)

85 min | Documentary

A Canadian documentary on modern society's 'addiction' to plastic; our prolific use of this product, its effects on the earth and on us, and where our unwanted plastic ends up.

Director: Ian Connacher

Votes: 306

3. American Meth (2008 Video)

TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary

American Meth is more than a movie, it's a movement. Narrated by Val Kilmer this documentary explores the devastation this drug is unleashing on America, and it looks at how it dismatles an American family.

Director: Justin Hunt | Stars: Val Kilmer, Justin Hunt, Jenna, Michael

Votes: 369

4. American Swing (2008)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

Chronicles the rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat.

Directors: Jon Hart, Mathew Kaufman | Stars: Bryce Britton, Irwin Corey, William Davidson, Dan Dorfman

Votes: 542 | Gross: $0.03M

This is a must see, featuring the first swingers club in NY. Back then, there were 3 places you wanted to be at: Studio 54, CBGB, and Platos Retreat. The movie "Summer of Sam" also dabbles in the subject of platos a little bit.

5. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

55 Metascore

Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

Directors: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas | Stars: Bill Hicks, Dwight Slade, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks

Votes: 4,513 | Gross: $0.09M

If you loved George Carlin, this man is just as much to be respected. RIP Bill.

6. Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005 Video)

R | 52 min | Documentary

An in-depth analysis of the "Video Nasty" scandal of the early 1980s in Britain.

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Chris Theobald, Norman Abbott, Barrie Gold, Bill Best

Votes: 249

7. Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Vartek | Stars: Jim Olson, Tony Clarke, Maude Barlow, Octavio Rosas Lando

Votes: 1,093

8. Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (2009 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

A documentary about evolution.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,773

9. Chasing Madoff (2010)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

A look at how one investigator spent ten years trying to expose Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme that scammed an estimated $18 billion from investors.

Director: Jeff Prosserman | Stars: Bernie Madoff, Frank Casey, Gaytri Kachroo, Neil Chelo

Votes: 951

Worth a watch, the production and plot are very easy to follow..His ponzi scheme is explained so that anybody can understand it. Told by the whistleblowers who feared for their lives, this movie had me on the edge my seat until the end.

10. China's Stolen Children (2007 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

Ten years after the policy-changing and award-winning film, The Dying Rooms, the same team returns to a very different China where the infamous One Child Policy has had the horrific side ... See full summary »

Director: Jezza Neumann | Star: Ben Kingsley

Votes: 117

11. Cleanflix (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Crime, History

When a small Utah-based edited movie company is caught sanitizing Hollywood's copyrighted material, the film industry strikes back with a devastating blow.

Directors: Andrew James, Joshua Aukai Ligairi | Stars: Ray Lines, Allan Erb, Scott Nybo, Danny Thompson

Votes: 551

12. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

R | 117 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Eliot Spitzer, Alex Gibney, Hulbert Waldroup, Lloyd Constantine

Votes: 2,052 | Gross: $0.19M

I've always had a lot of respect for this guy because he wasn't afraid to go after corrupt businesses. GE polluted the Barnegat Bay, where I grew up, with pcb's. He was the only man that went after the company to have them pay for the clean-up.

The news blew the scandal way out of proportion. Personally I think what two consenting adults do behind closed doors is their own business. Watch this movie to observe what real american hypocrisy looks and smells like, now available on Bluray!

13. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

R | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

59 Metascore

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Jon Roberts, Al Sunshine, Sam Burstyn, Mickey Munday

Votes: 11,637 | Gross: $0.15M

This is the #1 movie on my list. Jon Roberts, Mickey Munday and Rivi Ayala narrate this to explain the 70s and 80s cocaine epidemic in Miami. Jon Roberts (Who died recently) released a memoir called "American Desperado" which I was immediately sucked into and could not put it down until I finished it..I literally put life on hold, it was that good.

14. Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (2008)

66 min | Documentary

Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and ... See full summary »

Directors: Adriana Barbaro, Jeremy Earp | Stars: Daniel Acuff, Enola Aird, Michael Brody, George W. Bush

Votes: 529

15. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 19,362 | Gross: $1.88M

16. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

R | 138 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen

Votes: 2,379 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Death of a Porn Queen (1987)

TV-MA | 57 min | Documentary

A young woman from Minnesota moves to Hollywood in search of a dream and gets caught up in a world of X-rated movies and drugs.

Stars: Shauna Grant, Wendy Apple, Karen Applegate, Phil Applegate

Votes: 34

18. Dope Sick Love (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 93 min | Documentary

When you're a junkie, the money comes and goes--and so does the high. Do relationships stand a chance among addicts? Meet Matt & Tracy and Sebastian & Michelle--two New York City couples ... See full summary »

Directors: Felice Conte, Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud | Stars: Matt, Michelle, Sebastian, Tracy

Votes: 606

19. A Hard Look (2000 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Documentary about the Emmanuelle movies, looking at their making as well as their social and cultural impact.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Alex Cox, Sylvia Kristel, Laura Gemser, Just Jaeckin

Votes: 43

20. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 14,768

21. Farmageddon (2011)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, News

62 Metascore

Farmageddon is the story of a mom whose son healed from all allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk, and real food from farms. It depicts people all over the country who formed food ... See full summary »

Director: Kristin Canty | Stars: Linda Faillace, Adam Helfer, Mark McAfee, Joel Salatin

Votes: 518 | Gross: $0.06M

22. The F.B.I. Files (1998–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Real FBI cases are recounted through reenactments and interviews with law enforcement and forensic scientists.

Stars: James Kallstrom, Anthony D. Call, Bob Featherer, Susan Rae

Votes: 714

Watch the episode about the guy who stuffed a hooker into a wood-chipper..Yeah, like on fargo.

23. Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw (2006 Video)

72 min | Documentary

A multi-storied look into the making of and long-lasting success of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

Director: Michael Felsher | Stars: Daniel Pearl, Tim Harden, Edwin Neal, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 101

24. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 47,049 | Gross: $4.42M

25. The God Who Wasn't There (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole.

Director: Brian Flemming | Stars: Sam Harris, Robert M. Price, Richard Carrier, Earl Doherty

Votes: 4,753

26. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror

A documentary on the history of the slasher film.

Stars: Ed Green, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Herb Freed

Votes: 3,040

27. Good Taste Made Bad Taste (1988 Video)

25 min | Short, Documentary

A very informative documentary on the making of Peter Jackson's gore classic Bad Taste. Highlights include behind-the-scenes footage, detailed explanations of the special effects, an ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Hiles | Stars: Peter Vere-Jones, Peter Jackson, Craig Smith, Dean Lawrie

Votes: 317

28. Heaven's Gate: The Untold Story (1999)

60 min | Documentary

The world saw them die...Now see how they lived...

Director: Sergio Myers

Votes: 45

Of all the countless documentaries about heaven's gate, I found this one to be the best.

29. Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer (2010)

76 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Honest Man: the Life of R. Budd Dwyer is a movie about politics and corruption, suicide and survival. Four years in the making, it explores the scandal that led an honest, hard-working man ... See full summary »

Director: James Dirschberger | Stars: Dyan Dwyer, Joanne Dwyer, R. Budd Dwyer, Robert Dwyer

Votes: 335

30. Hot Coffee (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice.

Director: Susan Saladoff | Stars: Chuck Allen, Judy Allen, Jay Angoff, David Arredondo

Votes: 3,471

31. America Undercover (1983– )
Episode: The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer (1992)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary

Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, loving father--and ruthless killer of over 100 people. You'll meet him in this powerful documentary that features one of the most vivid and ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur Ginsberg, Tom Spain | Stars: Richard Kuklinski, Michael Baden, Robert J. Carroll, Lee Grant

Votes: 754

33. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 63,852 | Gross: $4.31M

35. I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

PG | 85 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Robert Bixby, Humphrey Bogart, Warren Buffett, George Bush

Votes: 1,787 | Gross: $0.82M

36. Joe D'Amato Totally Uncut (1999)

101 min | Documentary, Biography

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: 148

37. Jonestown: Paradise Lost (2007 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary, History

Cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass-suicide.

Director: Tim Wolochatiuk | Stars: Ted Biggs, Stephan Jones, Vernon Gosney, Tim Reiterman

Votes: 814

38. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

86 min | Documentary, History

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Rebecca Moore, Janet Shular, Tim Carter, Stanley Clayton

Votes: 4,507

I have the photo from that cover tattooed on my leg. Just saying.

39. Kevorkian (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

After serving 9 years in prison for assisting a suicide, Jack Kevorkian was released from prison in 2007. What followed is the amazing final chapter in the life of one of the most controversial men of our times.

Director: Matthew Galkin | Star: Jack Kevorkian

Votes: 315

40. Kimjongilia (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama

44 Metascore

North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope.

Director: N.C. Heikin | Stars: Young Hun Choi, Chol-Hwan Kang, Lee Shin

Votes: 775 | Gross: $0.00M

Unit 731 has always fascinated me.

42. Lake of Fire (2006)

Unrated | 152 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Bill Baird, Flip Benham, Dallas Blanchard

Votes: 2,304 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone (2007)

74 min | Documentary

A documentary that celebrates and examines an unabashed vulgarian.

Director: Joan Brooker-Marks | Stars: Larry Flynt, Al van Schaik, Simon L. Leis Jr., Robert Scheer

Votes: 244

44. Bodyshock (2003– )
Episode: The Man Who Ate His Lover (2004)

49 min | Documentary

The twisted love story behind a shocking crime.

Director: Srik Narayanan

Votes: 74

45. Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary about the moviestar's last months including her tumultuous love affairs, drug and alcohol dependency, depression and eventual firing from her final film, 20th Century Fox's "... See full summary »

Director: Patty Ivins Specht | Stars: James Coburn, Gene Allen, Steve Allen, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 689

46. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Meth Epidemic (2006)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

An investigation into how and why meth use spiraled out of control and became the fastest-growing drug abuse problem in America.

Votes: 46

47. Monster: The Josef Fritzl Story (2010)

48 min | Documentary, Crime

Interviews with family members, doctors and victims of 73-year-old Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter captive in a basement for 24 years and fathered seven children with her.

Director: David Notman-Watt | Stars: Daisy Beaumont, Josef Fritzl, Elisabeth Fritzl, Rosemarie Fritzl

Votes: 1,511

Doesn't afraid of anything.

48. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 240 min | Documentary, Horror

Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Stacey Alden, Erika Anderson, Marshall Bell

Votes: 3,605

Four hours long? You bet, and well worth it! This is a must see for all fans, Freddy was always my favorite back then and still is.

49. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,023

BEST documentary of the holocaust, too bad it's only 30 minutes long. Pick up the Criterion version if you have the means.