All 151 Oscar-Qualifying Documentaries for 2013

by dan_dassow | created - 19 Oct 2013 | updated - 20 Oct 2013 | Public

According to the wrap, 151 documentaries are eligible for the Academy Award. See also this.

Films not found on IMDb: The Cinema: A Brief History of World Cinema Gideon’s Army It’s Better To Jump Jodorwsky’s Dune MisLead: America’s Secret Epidemic Mondays With William One PM Central Standard Time Valentino’s Ghost Walter: Lessons From The World’s Oldest People Wampler’s Ascent

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Instant Watch Options
  • Genres
  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year
  • Keywords





IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »




Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »




































































































1. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 30,682 | Gross: $0.49M

2. 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: 970 | Gross: $0.07M

3. A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

83 Metascore

Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, ... See full summary »

Directors: William Hechter, Peter Miller | Stars: Willi Burke, Marshall Chapman, Shawn Colvin, Dion DiMucci

Votes: 71

4. American Made Movie (2013)

G | 82 min | Documentary, Drama, History

54 Metascore

American Made Movie looks back on the glory days of U.S. manufacturing when there was a more balanced relationship between the goods produced and consumed, and illustrates how technology ... See full summary »

Directors: Nathaniel Thomas McGill, Vincent Vittorio | Stars: Mark Andol, Merrie Buchsbaum, Robert DeMartini, Cleofus Blue Wilson

Votes: 107

5. American Promise (2013)

TV-PG | 135 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.

Directors: Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson

Votes: 259 | Gross: $0.09M

6. Couleur de peau: Miel (2012)

Not Rated | 70 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

Comic-book artist Jung returns to Seoul for the first time since he was abandoned at the age of 5.

Directors: Laurent Boileau, Jung | Stars: Maxym Anciaux, Cathy Boquet, Mahé Collet, Christelle Cornil

Votes: 519 | Gross: $0.00M

7. The Armstrong Lie (2013)

R | 124 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

67 Metascore

A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu

Votes: 6,795 | Gross: $0.38M

8. At Berkeley (2013)

244 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system, is also one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the ... See full summary »

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 493 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Traviata et nous (2012)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Musical

74 Metascore

Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi's masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.

Director: Philippe Béziat | Stars: Charles Castronovo, Natalie Dessay, Louis Langrée, Jean-François Sivadier

Votes: 98 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Best Kept Secret (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

100 Metascore

JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism ... See full summary »

Director: Samantha Buck | Stars: Alyce Barnhardt, Carla Byrd, Robert Caspar, Johnson Green

Votes: 280

11. 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: 1,238 | Gross: $0.10M

12. Bidder 70 (2012)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

61 Metascore

Tim DeChristopher is Bidder 70, a young man who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience.

Directors: Beth Gage, George Gage | Star: Tim DeChristopher

Votes: 115 | Gross: $0.00M

13. Big Men (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men's ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Boynton

Votes: 515 | Gross: $0.04M

14. These Birds Walk (2013)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Drama, News

82 Metascore

A poor runaway boy and a reluctant ambulance driver in Karachi. Their two lives come together through a dying humanitarian upon whom so much of their daily lives depend.

Directors: Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq | Stars: Shehr Ali, Qayyum Bhai, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Asad Ghori

Votes: 288 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Drama

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 55,953 | Gross: $2.06M

16. Blood Brother (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Documentarian visits best friend in India to see the mutual unconditional love that keeps his buddy bonded to a village hostel housing AIDS-afflicted children.

Director: Steve Hoover | Stars: Rocky Braat, Steve Hoover, Anitha, Devi

Votes: 1,534 | Gross: $0.12M

17. 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: 452

18. 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: 4,183

19. Bridging the Gap (I) (2013)

90 min | Documentary

The Vienna Boys' Choir, arguably the most famous boys' choir, and one of the oldest boy music group in the world, is a cultural phenomenon. The boys are immensely popular worldwide and sing... See full summary »

Director: Curt M. Faudon

20. Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

80 Metascore

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »

Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Stars: David Bahati, David Kato, Gilles Muhame, Naome Ruzindana

Votes: 724 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Casting By (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth, Marion Dougherty

Votes: 1,348 | Gross: $0.01M

22. CinemAbility (2012)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

This documentary examines the ever-changing portrayals of disability story lines in film, TV and the web to see if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of people with disabilities.

Director: Jenni Gold | Stars: Ben Affleck, Michael Apted, Adam Arkin, Paris Barclay

Votes: 28

23. Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen (2013)

Unrated | 120 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen is an unprecedented look at the bond between two of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.Utter opposites... nothing in common. The cowboy and the ... See full summary »

Director: John Mulholland | Stars: Sam Waterston, Len Cariou, Nancy Crawford, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 51

24. The Crash Reel (2013)

108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre, Daniel Amen

Votes: 4,501

25. Cutie and the Boxer (2013)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Director: Zachary Heinzerling | Stars: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Alex Shinohara, Ethan Cohen

Votes: 4,292 | Gross: $0.20M

26. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) -- and a performer who regularly ... See full summary »

Director: Molly Bernstein | Stars: Ricky Jay, Winston Simone, Dick Cavett, David Mamet

Votes: 877 | Gross: $0.15M

27. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,635 | Gross: $0.38M

28. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2012)

R | 105 min | Documentary, Music

53 Metascore

A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey.

Director: Ramona S. Diaz | Stars: Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory

Votes: 1,163

29. Downloaded (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Mike D, Henry Rollins, Noel Gallagher, Cindy Margolis

Votes: 2,565 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2012)

R | 90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr.

Directors: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger | Stars: Morton Downey Jr., Glenn Beck, Victoria Jackson, Bob Pittman

Votes: 874 | Gross: $0.02M

32. Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This 98-minute film combines ... See full summary »

Director: Brad Bernstein | Stars: Tomi Ungerer, Maurice Sendak, Jules Feiffer, Michael Patrick Hearn

Votes: 294 | Gross: $0.03M

33. Fire in the Blood (2013)

87 min | Documentary, History

68 Metascore

An intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice", FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the... See full summary »

Director: Dylan Mohan Gray | Stars: Zackie Achmat, Peter Mugyenyi, Bill Clinton, William Hurt

Votes: 543 | Gross: $0.03M

34. 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

35. First Cousin Once Removed (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Berliner chronicles the deeply personal story of his mother's first cousin--well-known poet/translator/professor Edwin Honig--on his journey into the depths of ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Berliner | Stars: Eli Berliner, Stuart Blazer, Susan Brown, Barbara Estrin

Votes: 309

36. For No Good Reason (2012)

R | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

56 Metascore

Johnny Depp pays a visit to Ralph Steadman, the renown artist and the last of the original Gonzo visionaries who worked alongside Hunter S. Thompson.

Director: Charlie Paul | Stars: Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 1,308 | Gross: $0.07M

37. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.

Director: Shola Lynch | Stars: Angela Davis, Eisa Davis

Votes: 486

38. Free China: The Courage to Believe (2011)

61 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The fates of a woman living in Beijing and a man living in New York become inextricably linked because of a common conviction... The award winning "Free China: The Courage To Believe" tells... See full summary »

Director: Michael Perlman | Stars: Ethan Gutmann, David Kilgour

Votes: 377

39. Free the Mind (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure

51 Metascore

In 1992 Professor Richard Davidson, one of the world's leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and ... See full summary »

Director: Phie Ambo | Stars: Richard Davidson, Emma Seppala, John Osborne, Deborah Alagna

Votes: 315 | Gross: $0.16M

40. The Gardener (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

65 Metascore

The Gardener is a surreal film made using documentary-style techniques via the cameras of father and son (the Makhmalbafs) who go to Israel to learn about a religion (Baha'i faith) that ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Ririva Eona Mabi, Paula Asadi, Bal Kumari Gurung, Ian David Huang

Votes: 183

41. Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird is an insightful profile of the legendary cartoonist. For over fifty years, Gahan Wilson has been known for his ghoulish, twisted visions that combine ... See full summary »

Director: Steven-Charles Jaffe | Stars: Lewis Black, Stephen Colbert, Guillermo del Toro, Neil Gaiman

Votes: 10

42. Gasland Part II (2013)

Not Rated | 125 min | Documentary

A documentary that declares the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Al Armendariz, Kindra Arnesen, Lon Burnam, Lois Capps

Votes: 1,494

43. Generation Iron (2013)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition.

Director: Vlad Yudin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White, Lou Ferrigno

Votes: 7,032 | Gross: $0.85M

44. The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013)

93 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

A cinematic documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.

Director: Liz Marshall | Stars: Marcel Saba, Lori Reese, Perrie Wardell, Martin Rowe

Votes: 618 | Gross: $0.02M

45. 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: 1,115

46. The Girls in the Band (2011)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, History

90 Metascore

The untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 1930's to the present day.

Director: Judy Chaikin | Stars: Geri Allen, Jessie Bailey, Jane Ira Bloom, Clora Bryant

Votes: 96

47. Glickman (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary

Glickman is an illuminating portrait of a man who overcame prejudice to forge a remarkable career in sports, setting the gold standard for athletes and sports broadcasters past, present and future.

Director: James L. Freedman | Stars: Seth Abraham, Marv Albert, Red Auerbach, Len Berman

Votes: 64