Best Docs I've Seen At Film Festivals

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1. Best Worst Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: George Hardy, Lily Hardy, Pita Ray, Micki Knox

Votes: 6,802 | Gross: $0.10M

2. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 39,924 | Gross: $0.89M

3. Winnebago Man (2009)

85 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

71 Metascore

Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Steinbauer | Stars: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer, Keith Gordon, Nick Prueher

Votes: 4,267 | Gross: $0.18M

4. Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009)

89 min | Documentary

Emily Hagins is making a zombie movie. It's feature-length, it's bloody, and the zombies don't run. Just like it should be. But there's just one difference between her film and every other zombie movie you've ever seen. Emily is twelve.

Directors: Justin Johnson, Aaron Marshall, Erik Mauck | Stars: Emily Hagins, Megan Hagins, Jerry Hagins, C. Robert Cargill

Votes: 409

5. I Think We're Alone Now (2008)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

Two individuals, Jeff and Kelly, claim to be in love with the 80's pop singer Tiffany.

Director: Sean Donnelly | Stars: Kelly McCormick, Tiffany, Jeff Turner

Votes: 1,141

6. The Patron Saints (2011)

72 min | Documentary

Laced with black humor, The Patron Saints is an unorthodox documentary about a home for the aged and disabled. By turns lyrical and unsettling, the directors eschew more traditional ... See full summary »

Directors: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky

Votes: 16

7. How to Die in Oregon (2011)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize a terminally ill person's request to end his or her life with medication. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands had ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson | Stars: Harry Bruton, Ray Carnay, Cody Curtis, Paul Darley

Votes: 1,730

8. Ultimate Christian Wrestling (2012)

95 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Why would two New York-based filmmakers dedicate five years of their lives to following three white, Jesus-loving, spandex-clad men from the Bible Belt, particularly when the world of ... See full summary »

Directors: Tara Autovino, Jae-Ho Chang | Stars: Rob Fields, Justin Hughes, Billy Jenkins, Kody Jenkins

Votes: 12

9. It Might Get Loud (2008)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Dallas Schoo

Votes: 11,403 | Gross: $1.61M

10. 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: 2,007 | Gross: $0.19M

11. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,278 | Gross: $0.30M

12. Superheroes (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

A journey inside the world of real life caped crusaders. From all over America, these self-proclaimed crime fighters, don masks, homemade costumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere.

Director: Michael Barnett | Star: Dale Pople

Votes: 1,603

13. Knuckle (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans.

Director: Ian Palmer | Stars: James Quinn McDonagh, Paddy Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Ian Palmer

Votes: 2,583 | Gross: $0.00M

14. Trash Dance (2012)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

Sometimes inspiration can be found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Garrison | Stars: Virginia Alexander, Don Anderson, Lee Houston, Ivory Jackson Jr.

Votes: 61

15. Journey to Planet X (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Eric Swain and Troy Bernier are scientists by day and amateur filmmakers by night. These two friends have worked together for years - turning out sci-fi inspired tales of their own creation... See full summary »

Directors: Myles Kane, Josh Koury | Stars: Troy Bernier, Eric Swain

Votes: 84

16. From Nothing, Something: A Documentary on the Creative Process (2012)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A documentary profiling creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines - novelist, rock star, celebrity chefs, Hollywood creature designer, artist, prodigy/composer, scientists, fashion ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Cawley | Stars: Alexa Adams, Maria Bamford, Moungi Bawendi, Huma Bhabha

Votes: 66

17. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Alyse Barker, Lorraine Barrett

Votes: 11,561 | Gross: $2.40M

18. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 6,596 | Gross: $0.05M

19. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

72 Metascore

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh

Votes: 999

20. The American Scream (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

An original documentary which follows three families in a small seaside town in Massachusetts as they prepare for their annual home made haunted houses. This story highlights their long ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: Victor Bariteau, Tina Bariteau, Gwen Bariteau, Catherine Bariteau

Votes: 1,025

21. PressPausePlay (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture ... See full summary »

Directors: David Dworsky, Victor Köhler | Stars: Apparat, Ólafur Arnalds, Scott Belsky, Robyn Carlsson

Votes: 1,444

22. Beautiful Losers (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

Directors: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard | Stars: Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson

Votes: 1,221 | Gross: $0.06M

23. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

A documentary shot over a decade with unprecedented access to photographer Gregory Crewdson that bares the artist's process.

Director: Ben Shapiro | Stars: Costanza Theodoli Braschi, Gregory Crewdson, Samantha Ressler, Richard Sands

Votes: 480 | Gross: $0.06M

24. 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: 6,221 | Gross: $0.07M