Documentaries

by cletts-98014 | created - 17 Feb 2016 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

A list of the (non-animal) documentaries I've watched

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1. Frozen Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 22,847

2. National Geographic Explorer (2009– )
Episode: 21st Century Sex Slaves (2012)

TV-14 | 46 min | Documentary

Sex tourism may be one of Thailand's most profitable industries. Many of the foreign men who enter the country as tourists come for sex the demand is high, and the market is massive.

Votes: 36

3. 50 feet from Syria (2015)

39 min | Documentary, Short | Completed

'50 feet from Syria' follows Syrian-American surgeon Hisham Bismar as he travels to the Turkish/Syrian border to volunteer operating on victims from the Syrian civil war.

Director: Skye Fitzgerald

Votes: 46

4. After Porn Ends (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

An exploration of the lives of several former adult performers who have retired from the porn industry.

Director: Bryce Wagoner | Stars: Amber Lynn, Asia Carrera, Bobby Slayton, Crissy Moran

Votes: 6,795

5. After Tiller (2013)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. AFTER TILLER moves... See full summary »

Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson | Stars: George Tiller, Warren Hern, Leroy Carhart, Susan Robinson

Votes: 979 | Gross: $0.07M

6. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

71 Metascore

This documentary looks at Aileen Wuornos convicted of killing 7 men while working as a prostitute in Florida. This is actually the second Wuornos documentary made by this group the first ... See full summary »

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 5,998 | Gross: $0.10M

7. Are All Men Pedophiles? (2013)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, History

What is the difference between us and pedophiles?

Director: Jan-Willem Breure | Stars: Jan-Willem Breure, Dick Swaab, Corine de Ruiter, Savannah van Zweeden

Votes: 2,432

8. A Ballerina's Tale (2015)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.

Director: Nelson George | Stars: Misty Copeland, Deirdre Kelly, Susan Fales-Hill, Leyla Fayyaz

Votes: 589 | Gross: $0.10M

9. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

Director: Constance Marks | Stars: Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Oz, Bill Barretta

Votes: 6,454 | Gross: $0.30M

10. Bettie Page Reveals All (2012)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Biography

64 Metascore

The world's greatest pinup model and cult icon, Bettie Page, recounts the true story of how her free expression overcame government witch-hunts to help launch America's sexual revolution.

Director: Mark Mori | Stars: Bettie Page, Hugh Hefner, Olivia de Berardinis, Dita Von Teese

Votes: 1,254 | Gross: $0.10M

11. Bound by Flesh (2012)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A biography of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who started as "freaks" in side shows, then went on to be stars of Vaudeville and films.

Director: Leslie Zemeckis | Stars: Lea Thompson, Nancy Allen, Timothy Stack, Blake Boyd

Votes: 456

12. Brave Miss World (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

One woman's quest to turn personal tragedy into global awareness.

Director: Cecilia Peck | Stars: Linor Abargil, Morgan Carpenter, Joan Collins, Fran Drescher

Votes: 463

13. Breastmilk (2014)

85 min | Documentary, Drama

59 Metascore

Pregnant bodies are easier for society to accommodate. What follows birth is a different, messier story. Through new and honest ways, with a wide range of frank, difficult, revealing ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Ben-Ari

Votes: 98

14. Bridegroom (2013)

R | 80 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom's family refuses Shane from attending the funeral.

Director: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason | Stars: Cindy Bitney, David Crone, Jessica Mitchell, Lizzy Mohl

Votes: 4,214

15. Dark Girls (2011)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color---particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

Directors: D. Channsin Berry, Bill Duke | Stars: Soren Baker, Ronald Boutelle, Joni Bovill, Kirk Bovill

Votes: 479

16. Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

62 Metascore

A look at the life the dark surrealist Swiss artist, H.R.Giger shot a year before his death.

Director: Belinda Sallin | Stars: Leslie Barany, Sandra Beretta, Mia Bonzanigo, Tom Gabriel Fischer

Votes: 972

18. Do I Sound Gay? (2014)

Unrated | 77 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

A documentary about the stereotype of the gay voice.

Director: David Thorpe | Stars: David Thorpe, George Takei, Tim Gunn, David Sedaris

Votes: 1,685 | Gross: $0.06M

19. First Comes Love (2013)

105 min | Documentary

48 Metascore

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage. For filmmaker Nina Davenport, that old playground song didn't go as planned. Single at age 41, she decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Nina Davenport | Stars: Nina Davenport, Eric E. Oleson

Votes: 298

20. For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary, Romance

73 Metascore

An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.

Director: Daniel G. Karslake | Stars: Imogene Robinson, Victor Robinson, Gene Robinson, Isabella 'Boo' McDaniel

Votes: 4,258 | Gross: $0.31M

21. Girl Rising (2013)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, Drama

59 Metascore

This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.

Director: Richard Robbins | Stars: Amina, Azmera, Arindol Bagchi, Rekha Banerjee

Votes: 1,127

22. Girlhood (2003)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

69 Metascore

Documentary chronicling America's justice system. Follows two female inmates - victims of horrific violence and tragedy - who are serving time in a Maryland juvenile detention center.

Director: Liz Garbus

Votes: 522 | Gross: $0.06M

23. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014)

PG | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

79 Metascore

As he struggles with Alzheimer's disease, country-music legend Glen Campbell embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe.

Director: James Keach | Stars: Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell, Ronald Petersen, Dave Kaplan

Votes: 1,379 | Gross: $0.37M

24. The Gospel of Jesus's Wife (2012 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

It was announced today that a team of scholars has confirmed that a fourth century codex written in the ancient Egyptian Coptic language refers to the wife of Jesus. This is the first ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Webb | Stars: Corey Johnson, Karen King, Roger Bagnall, AnneMarie Luijendijk

Votes: 25

25. The Hacker Wars (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

Ripped from international headlines, The Hacker Wars takes you to the front lines of the high-stakes battle over the fate of the Internet, freedom and privacy.

Directors: Vivien Lesnik Weisman, Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Stars: Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer, Andrew Blake, Barrett Brown, Jaime 'asshurtmacfags' Cochran

Votes: 876 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Half the Sky (2012)

Not Rated | 224 min | Documentary

HALF THE SKY is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world's women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women everywhere.

Director: Maro Chermayeff | Stars: America Ferrera, Nicholas Kristof, Diane Lane, Dipti Mehta

Votes: 251

27. Happy (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Happy takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.

Director: Roko Belic | Stars: Marci Shimoff, Ed Diener, Richard Davidson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Votes: 3,023

28. History of the Eagles (2013– )

Not Rated | 187 min | Documentary

The life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.

Stars: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh

Votes: 2,269

29. Honor Diaries (2013)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Crime, News

Several Muslim women activists discuss their stories and the state of women's rights in Muslim-majority nations.

Director: Micah Smith | Stars: Raheel Raza, Raquel Evita Saraswati, Juliana Taimoorazy

Votes: 214

30. I Escaped a Cult (2012 TV Movie)

Documentary

I Escaped a Cult talks to survivors of a polygamist breakaway Mormon sect (Warren Jeffs's FLDS) and a fundamentalist Christian community (Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps).... See full summary »

Director: Sally Howell | Stars: Brent Jeffs, Warren Jeffs, Rebekah Schmierer, Maura Schmierer

Votes: 31

31. In a Town This Size (2011)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

Members of an affluent Oklahoma community speak out in the aftermath of emotional devastation perpetrated by a prominent and highly regarded pediatrician.

Director: Patrick Viersen Brown

Votes: 213

32. India's Daughter (I) (2015)

63 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The life and death of Jyoti Singh, an Indian medical student whose violation and murder by gang rapists exposed the violent misogyny of Indian society.

Director: Leslee Udwin | Stars: Asha Devi, Badri Singh, Satendra, Mukesh Singh

Votes: 1,832

33. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

75 Metascore

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves

Votes: 6,368 | Gross: $0.07M

34. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 25,338 | Gross: $0.90M

35. Jonestown: Paradise Lost (2007 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 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: 884

36. Kids for Cash (2013)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation. Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids For Cash exposes a shocking American... See full summary »

Director: Robert May | Stars: Charlie Balasavage, Joanne Balasavage, Justin Bodnar, Lisa Griffiths

Votes: 1,831 | Gross: $0.09M

37. The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2013)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Tells the real life story of an 80 year old international jewel thief. Features interviews with Doris Payne, her daughter and son, her childhood best friend and law enforcement officers. ... See full summary »

Directors: Kirk Marcolina, Matthew Pond | Stars: Eunetta T. Boone, Jean Herbert, Thomas Jacques, Alfredo J. Molina

Votes: 242

38. Little White Lie (2014)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A film about denial, race, family secrets and a search for identity.

Directors: Lacey Schwartz, James Adolphus

Votes: 425

39. Living on One Dollar (2013)

TV-14 | 56 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

An award-winning film that has been called "A Must Watch" by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Director of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross. Living on One Dollar follows the journey of four ... See full summary »

Directors: Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard, Chris Temple | Stars: Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard, Ryan Christoffersen

Votes: 4,508

40. Manson's Missing Victims (2008 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 48 min | Documentary

It is almost universally believed by those who were involved with, or who have studied, the Manson murders that there are far more victims still out there. This documentary looks for some of their graves.

Stars: Mitch Lewis, Charles Manson, Paul Dostie, Steven Kay

Votes: 109

41. Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro | Stars: Pat Mitchell, Jackson Katz, Jim Steyer, Marissa Mayer

Votes: 3,334

42. No Woman, No Cry (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Pregnancy is a death sentence for more than half a million women every year, but their deaths would be preventable if they could obtain the health care they needed. This documentary focuses on the personal stories behind those statistics.

Director: Christy Turlington

Votes: 51

43. Outrage (I) (2009)

R | 90 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Wayne Barrett, Elizabeth Birch

Votes: 1,548 | Gross: $0.04M

44. Point and Shoot (2014)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

An American sets out with his motorbike to find both adventure and his sense of manhood, leading him on an extraordinary journey he could not have imagined, including fighting in the Libyan Revolution.

Director: Marshall Curry | Stars: Matt Sager, Matthew Vandyke

Votes: 1,582

45. Pump (2014)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

A documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump.

Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell | Stars: Adhemar Altieri, Greg Anderson, Edwin Black, David Blume

Votes: 610 | Gross: $0.07M

46. Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

QUEENS & COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association. Roping and riding across north America for the past 30 years, the... See full summary »

Director: Matt Livadary

Votes: 157

47. Richard Pryor: Icon (2014)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

Survey the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time.

Stars: Louie Anderson, Chip Bolcik, Todd Boyd, Cecil Brown

Votes: 321

48. The Search for Michael Rockefeller (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Mystery

Documentary about the 1961 disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, the young scion of the Rockefeller family, in the waters of Papua New Guinea and the 1969 attempt of journalist Milt Machlin to locate him in case he might still be alive.

Directors: Fraser C. Heston, Milt Machlin | Stars: Miron Ashkenazy, J.O. Brew, Neil Dickson, Ken Dresser

Votes: 139