Great Documentariesby fred-sickly | created - 19 Oct 2013 | updated - 29 Mar 2015 | Public
Like documentaries as much as I do? How many of these have you seen? Have you seen any good ones that I left out?
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Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary
An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.
Votes: 1,868 | Gross: $0.01M
TV-PG | 132 min | Documentary, Biography
Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin. Hardcore Chaplin fans may not find ... See full summary »
3. Man on Wire (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".
Votes: 46,766 | Gross: $2.96M
4. Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary
Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are... See full summary »
Director: Léa Pool
Votes: 640 | Gross: $0.02M
5. Witch Hunt (2008)
Unrated | 91 min | Documentary, Crime
The story of several families who have their lives destroyed when their hometown is whipped into a frenzy by allegations of child molestation.
Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.
7. Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000 TV Movie)
Unrated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime
The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later.
8. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime
A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.
10. Trumbo (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography
Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. ... See full summary »
Votes: 908 | Gross: $7.85M
12. De fem benspænd (2003)
Unrated | 90 min | Documentary
About a filmmaker not only revisiting, but also recreating (not in a conventional sense) one of his first films, The Perfect Human / Det perfekte menneske (1967)
Votes: 7,158 | Gross: $0.09M
13. The Yes Men (2003)
R | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy
Anti-corporate activists travel from conference to conference, impersonating member of the World Trade Organization.
Votes: 5,286 | Gross: $0.20M
14. The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)
87 min | Documentary, Comedy
Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.
Votes: 4,767 | Gross: $0.19M
15. The Weather Underground (2002)
Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War
The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.
Votes: 3,207 | Gross: $0.56M
18. How to Draw a Bunny (2002)
90 min | Documentary
Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others help illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson.
Votes: 513 | Gross: $0.00M
19. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »
Votes: 56,398 | Gross: $3.29M
20. The Art of the Steal (2009)
Unrated | 101 min | Documentary
Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.
Votes: 2,047 | Gross: $0.54M
21. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)
Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Votes: 4,961 | Gross: $0.09M
22. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »
Votes: 1,669 | Gross: $0.26M
24. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)
Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime
Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.
Votes: 4,478 | Gross: $0.06M
25. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History
'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »
26. Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (1997 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography
From an early age, David Lynch was inspired by the arts and the warm inner glow that comes with the pursuit of creative expression. "Pretty as a Picture:The Art of David Lynch" examines how... See full summary »
27. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography
In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,011 | Gross: $0.02M
28. Visions of Light (1992)
92 min | Documentary, History
Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »
Votes: 2,744 | Gross: $0.80M
29. First Position (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary
A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.
Votes: 3,108 | Gross: $1.10M
30. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011)
PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary
A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention.
Votes: 2,608 | Gross: $0.03M
31. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
PG | 80 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 6,234 | Gross: $0.30M
33. Young@Heart (2007)
PG | 107 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians.
Votes: 3,700 | Gross: $3.96M
34. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News
The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
Votes: 3,324 | Gross: $0.13M
35. Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)
PG | 86 min | Documentary
The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.
Votes: 2,007 | Gross: $0.08M
36. Unknown White Male (2005)
PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary, Biography
The true story of Doug Bruce who woke up on Coney Island with total amnesia. This documentary follows him as he rediscovers himself and the world around him.
Votes: 999 | Gross: $0.12M
37. When We Were Kings (1996)
PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport
A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.
Votes: 13,332 | Gross: $2.67M
38. Pumping Iron (1977)
PG | 85 min | Documentary, Sport
From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »
39. Winnebago Man (2009)
85 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
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 »
Votes: 4,268 | Gross: $0.18M
Not Rated | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
The life and work of the enigmatic folk rock singer-songwriter.
Votes: 1,264 | Gross: $0.03M
44. Let It Be (1970)
G | 81 min | Documentary, Music
The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.
45. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005)
PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced.
Votes: 1,950 | Gross: $1.04M
46. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)
PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.
Votes: 7,985 | Gross: $0.33M
American Masters (1985– )
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Not Rated | 359 min | Documentary, Biography
A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.
49. Rock the Bells (2006)
Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Music
An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival.
50. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)
R | 106 min | Documentary, Music