by marleneann | created - 14 Jun 2012 | updated - 07 Jul 2012 | Public

List of the banned, depraved, violent, bizarre, shocking and controversial documentary movies that's not for the faint hearted

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1. Mondo cane (1962)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Horror

A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence.

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Rossano Brazzi, Yves Klein, Henning Skaarup

Votes: 3,037

2. Mondo Cane 2 (1963)

R | 102 min | Documentary

The official sequel to the original shockumentary, presenting new and bizarre behavior from around the world, including cruelty, graphic gore, and strange rituals.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Henning Skaarup, Peter Ustinov, Madame Nhu

Votes: 680

3. The Killing of America (1981)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Crime

A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.

Directors: Sheldon Renan, Leonard Schrader | Stars: Chuck Riley, Ed Dorris, Thomas Noguchi, Sirhan Sirhan

Votes: 1,530

4. Mondo Inferno (1964)

89 min | Documentary

This shockumentary takes us on visits to a restaurant that serves up delicious dog meat dishes, mud-wrestling clubs, a chastity belt store. We get to see bizarre funeral rites, snake ... See full summary »

Directors: Antonio Margheriti, Marco Vicario | Stars: Coccinelle, Stephen Garret, John Hart

Votes: 18

5. Shocking Asia (1976)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Horror

A documentary about asia's shocking cultures.

Director: Rolf Olsen

Votes: 489

7. The Amazing Shocking Asia (1998 Video)


Documentary examining the many strange customs that take place in Asia.

Star: Gordon Vein

Votes: 34

8. Des morts (1979)

Unrated | 105 min | Documentary

This morbid, unusual, and critically acclaimed documentary was filmed in the most exotic locations all over the world. Of the Dead (Des Morts) deals with death, the soon dead, and the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Pol Ferbus, Dominique Garny, Thierry Zéno

Votes: 115

9. Karamoja (1955)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary

The filmed record of an expedition to the African interior, with scenes of animal life and native customs and practices.

Director: William B. Treutle

Votes: 25

10. Africa segreta (1969)

103 min | Documentary

Documentary about French Equatorial Africa, including sequences on adult circumcision rites of Bariba tribe; whipping of young Peuls; a secret asylum in the jungle; new-born tattooing in ... See full summary »

Directors: Alfredo Castiglioni, Angelo Castiglioni, Guido Guerrasio | Star: Riccardo Cucciolla

Votes: 16

11. Savage World Today (1985)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

A new age Mondo film that explores the realm of urban decay and various oddities of the modern world, ranging from underground club scenes to sex change operations.

Director: Stelvio Massi

Votes: 120

12. Women of the World (1963)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

"The camera strips woman right down to her skin," proclaimed the ads,"...lays bare the secrets of her mind and body!" Using outtakes from MONDO CANE as their foundation, Directors Gualtiero... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Belinda Lee, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 266

13. Africa dolce e selvaggia (1982)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A look at the fast disappearing tribal customs of North Africa.

Directors: Alfredo Castiglioni, Angelo Castiglioni

Votes: 82

14. Traces of Death (1993 Video)

Unrated | 78 min | Documentary, Horror

Traces of Death is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage, notorious for its pointless exploitative content. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza ... See full summary »

Stars: Damon Fox, Maritza Martin Munoz, Emilio Nunez, James Vance

Votes: 561

15. Traces of Death II (1994 Video)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror

The second installation to the bizarre shockumentary series Traces of Death.

Stars: Damon Fox, Jeff Doucett, Gary Plauche, Karl Wallenda

Votes: 270

16. Traces of Death III (1995 Video)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary, Horror

The third installment in the Traces of Death shockumentary series.

Star: Darrin Ramage

Votes: 226

17. Traces of Death IV: Resurrected (1996 Video)

Unrated | 66 min | Documentary, Horror

Real-life death footage presented as a gross-out 'shockumentary'.

Stars: Darrin Ramage, Little Ms. Js

Votes: 146

18. Traces of Death V: Back in Action (2000 Video)

92 min | Documentary, Horror

The fifth sequel of the self-proclamed "first true shockumentary" series, dealing mostly with real life graphic violence and its aftermath caught on video.

Stars: Darrin Ramage, Daniel V. Jones

Votes: 122

19. Il mondo di notte numero 3 (1963)

100 min | Documentary, Musical

A documentary highlighting some of the oddest, strangest and more grotesque examples of human behavior. Included are a tour of the Grand Guignol theater in Paris, a man who sticks long ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Proia | Stars: George Sanders, Alexander, Maria Ansaldi, Laura Betti

Votes: 66

20. Executions (1995 Video)

56 min | Documentary

"Executions" is a documentary showing real footage of the many different methods humanity has used through-out history for capital punishment. During the film, the makers point out how ... See full summary »

Directors: David Herman, Arun Kumar, David Monaghan

Votes: 414

21. Executions II (1995 Video)

56 min | Documentary

Documentary examining the many forms of execution that take place in the world today.

Stars: Jeff Doucett, Anatoly Golovkin, Pietro Pacciani, Gary Plauche

Votes: 22

22. True Gore (1987 Video)

85 min | Documentary, Horror

Combines the usual death footage found in most shockumentaries with video art from Survival Research Laboratories and Monte Cazazza and more.

Director: M. Dixon Causey | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Jim Jones, Monte Cazazza, Cole Palme

Votes: 36

23. Savana violenta (1976)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

This Violent World

Directors: Antonio Climati, Mario Morra | Star: Giuseppe Rinaldi

Votes: 103

24. The Mating Urge (1959)

73 min | Documentary

An exploitation pot-boiler, posing as an anthropology art-film, and supposedly filmed by seventeen different cameraman in Africa, Malaya, India, Ceylon, Bali, New Guinea and New Hebrides. ... See full summary »

Star: Art Gilmore

Votes: 8

25. A Fool's World (1964)

93 min | Documentary

Documentary showing perverse and aberrant behavior from around the globe, including such things as sex slavery, dwarf love, Asian brothels and lesbians.

Directors: Roberto Bianchi Montero, Albert T. Viola | Stars: Boris Karloff, Federico Boido, Franz Drago, Ugo Fangareggi

Votes: 138

26. Nudo e crudele (1984)

96 min | Documentary

Documentary about strange or grotesque things around the world: the sacred city of Benares, India, where old men go to die and be cremated; an american tourist in Hong-Kong, who buys a "... See full summary »

Director: Bitto Albertini | Stars: Anthony La Penna, Romano Malaspina

Votes: 64

27. Kwaheri: Vanishing Africa (1964)

R | 80 min | Documentary

"Documentary" about an expedition through darkest Africa in search of a jungle medicine man who performs bizarre (and illegal) skull surgeries. Along the way there is much footage of ... See full summary »

Directors: Thor L. Brooks, Byron Chudnow | Stars: Kwaheri, Les Tremayne

Votes: 62

28. Teenage Rebellion (1967)


A documentary exploring the "youth movement" of the 1960s.

Directors: Norman T. Herman, Eriprando Visconti | Star: Burt Topper

Votes: 12

29. Mondo Freudo (1966)

76 min | Documentary

A "hidden camera" takes the viewer on a worldwide tour of sexual practices and rituals, including Tijuana strippers, Asian sex shows, British prostitutes, New York devil worshipers and a Mexican slave market.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Judy Adler, Carol Baughman, Terry Bryan, Baby Bubbles

Votes: 107

30. Addio zio Tom (1971)

Unrated | 123 min | Drama

Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Dick Gregory, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Ernest Kubler

Votes: 1,185

31. Banned from Television (1998 Video)

54 min | Documentary

A series of videos containing footage of real life events that were too disturbing for television.

Votes: 224 | Gross: $10.00M

32. Banned from Television II (1998 Video)

46 min | Documentary

More footage considered to be too disturbing to be shown on television.

Stars: Luis Donaldo Colosio, Sarah Ferguson, Jeff Gillooly, Tonya Harding

Votes: 74

33. Banned from Television III (1998 Video)

44 min | Documentary, Short

Add a Plot

Votes: 62

34. Africa: Blood and Guts (1966)

R | 122 min | Documentary

The cruel acts of animal poaching and violence, executions, and tribal slaughtering, all taking place on the African continent.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Sergio Rossi, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Julius Nyerere, Moise Tshombe

Votes: 1,097

35. Naked Terror (1961)

74 min | Documentary

A documentary on African Zulu tribes.

Star: Vincent Price

Votes: 9

36. Naked Africa (1957)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Xhosa tribe of Cape Nguru, Africa.

Directors: Ray Phoenix, Cedric Worth | Star: Quentin Reynolds

Votes: 24

37. Naked World (1963)

92 min | Documentary

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Director: Francesco De Feo

Votes: 9

38. Malamondo (1964)

110 min | Documentary

This documentary looks at strange behaviors and practices in Europe, including nude skiing in Switzerland, hog-butchering in Italy, and an orgy in a graveyard.

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Don Backy, Adriano Celentano, Riccardo Cucciolla, Marvin Miller

Votes: 36

39. Paramedics (1997 Video)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Star: Terry L. Harris

Votes: 17

40. Paramedics II (1997 Video)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Votes: 5

41. London in the Raw (1965)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

"The world's greatest city laid bare!", roars the tagline to LONDON IN THE RAW (1964), a salacious documentary that tours the strip-clubs and underground dives of the still-swinging city.

Directors: Arnold L. Miller, Norman Cohen | Stars: David Gell, Caron Gardner, Emmett Hennessy

Votes: 115

42. Primitive London (1965)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

Exploitation film documentary on 'Swinging London' as it actually happened. Arnold Louis Miller, the director of 'Nudist Memories', interviews mods, rockers and beatniks. Wife Swapping, an ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold L. Miller | Stars: David Gell, MacDonald Hobley, Billy J. Kramer, Diana Noble

Votes: 117

43. Faces of Gore (1999)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Horror

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: 263

44. Faces of Gore 2 (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror

The diabolical Dr. Vincent Van Gore returns with an all-new collection of hideous 100% REAL DEATH footage!

Director: Todd Tjersland | Stars: Todd Tjersland, Vincent van Gore

Votes: 91

45. Faces of Gore 3 (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror

The world's most hideous 100% REAL DEATH series is back, and the third time's the charm!

Director: Todd Tjersland | Stars: Todd Tjersland, Vincent van Gore

Votes: 28

46. Best of Faces of Gore (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror

Compiles the best and bloodiest real life death scenes from FACES OF GORE 1-3 plus 30 minutes of all-new sick footage!

Director: Todd Tjersland | Stars: Vincent van Gore, Todd Tjersland

Votes: 20

47. Brutes and Savages (1978)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

Fascinated by forbidden rituals and ceremonies, world explorer Arthur Davis takes a crew with hidden cameras to Africa and South America to secretly record the beauty and horror of the "law... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Davis | Stars: Arthur Davis, Richard Johnson

Votes: 128

48. Journey Into the Beyond (1975)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Horror

A "journey" into the world of the supernatural.

Director: Rolf Olsen | Stars: John Carradine, Rolf Olsen, Paul Ross, Edgar D. Mitchell

Votes: 41

49. Death Scenes (1989 Video)

86 min | Documentary, Crime, War

Various pics and footage of real death

Director: Nick Bougas | Stars: Anton LaVey, Ross Alexander, Clyde Barrow, John Dillinger

Votes: 128

50. Death Scenes 2 (1992 Video)