Political Documentaries (Watch List)

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1. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions.

Director: Robert Drew | Stars: John F. Kennedy, George Wallace, Robert F. Kennedy, Vivian Malone

Votes: 466

2. Let Us Continue (1963)

Documentary, Short

Documentary showing how continuity of power works between an outgoing administration (John F. Kennedy) and an incoming one (Lyndon Johnson).

Stars: Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, E.G. Marshall

3. The Making of the President 1960 (1963)

90 min | Documentary, History

The story of the 1960 US Presidential election.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Martin Gabel, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon

Votes: 16

4. Four Days in November (1964)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, History

From more than eight million feet of newsreels, amateur footage, tape-recordings and more, David L. Wolper presents a priceless detailed account of the time and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Richard Basehart, John Brewer, Raymond Buck, Earle Cabell

Votes: 408

6. The Making of a President: 1964 (1966 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

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Director: Mel Stuart | Star: Martin Gabel

Votes: 7

7. Rush to Judgment (1967)

98 min | Documentary

Mark Lane interviews witnesses to the Kennedy assassination and exposes serious flaws in the conclusions made by the Warren Commission.

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Mark Lane, L.E. Bowers Jr., Charles Brehm, Acquilla Clemons

Votes: 114

8. The Hour of the Furnaces (1968)

Unrated | 260 min | Documentary

Divided into three segments, namely 1 Neocolonialism, 2 Act for liberation, 3 Violence and liberation, the documentary lasts more than 4 hours this deals with the defense of the revolution ... See full summary »

Directors: Octavio Getino, Fernando E. Solanas | Stars: María de la Paz, Fernando E. Solanas, Edgardo Suárez, Fidel Castro

Votes: 745

9. LBJ (1968)

Not Rated | 18 min | Short, Documentary

A montage of 1960s America, all focused on the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.

Director: Santiago Álvarez | Star: Lyndon Johnson

Votes: 233

10. Robert Kennedy Remembered (1968)

30 min | Documentary, Short

Shown on all television networks simultaneously and at the Chicago Democratic National Convention in August of 1968, this moving film tribute to a man who had hoped to win the presidency ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Guggenheim | Stars: Richard Burton, Robert F. Kennedy

Votes: 34

13. The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

86 Metascore

Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Alk | Stars: Skip Andrew, Edward Carmody, James Davis, Rennie Davis

Votes: 190

14. Québec: Duplessis et après... (1972)

121 min | Documentary, History

A documentary about Maurice Duplessis and the quebec nationalism which to new levels after the death of this Premier of the Province of Quebec. The director used the electoral campaigns of ... See full summary »

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Robin Spry, Gisèle Trépanier, Denys Arcand, Robert Bourassa

Votes: 40

15. General Idi Amin Dada (1974)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary on the military dictator of Africa's Uganda.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Golda Meir

Votes: 1,398

16. Ici et ailleurs (1976)

53 min | Documentary, War

Godard, Miéville and Gorin (aka the "Dziga Vertov Group") examine the parallel lives of two families - one French, one Palestinian - using an exploratory combination of film and video.

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Anne-Marie Miéville | Star: Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 501

17. Underground (1976)

87 min | Documentary

It's the mid 1970s and the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), a radical (and violent) offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society, explains to leftist filmmakers the difficulties... See full summary »

Directors: Emile de Antonio, Mary Lampson, Haskell Wexler | Stars: Bill Ayers, Kathy Boudin, Emile de Antonio, Bernardine Dohrn

Votes: 120

18. Queridísimos verdugos (1977)

103 min | Documentary

Exploration of a particularly dark zone of the Francoism along with three executioners of death sentences still active in the Spain of the early seventies. Beyond the allegation against ... See full summary »

Director: Basilio Martín Patino | Stars: Claudio Rodríguez, Vicente Copete, Antonio López, Bernardo Sánchez

Votes: 108

19. John F. Kennedy: 1917-1963 (1979)

33 min | Documentary, Short

At the age of forty-three, John F. Kennedy was the youngest man and the first Catholic to be elected President of the United States. His life ended at the age of forty-six. Born into a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Guggenheim | Star: David Wayne

21. Le confort et l'indifférence (1982)

109 min | Documentary

Made shortly after the referendum on Quebec's independence was held, this documentary illustrates what the politicians' promises were and how the population did not really care nor truly ... See full summary »

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Jean-Pierre Ronfard, Raymond Barre, Pierre Brodeur, Monique Bégin

Votes: 178

Comfort and Indifference

22. The Road to Patriation (1982)

94 min | Documentary, History

The story of Canada's struggle to gain control and define its own constitution.

Director: Robert A. Duncan | Star: Alan Maitland

24. Broken Rainbow (1985)

70 min | Documentary, History

Documentary chronicling the government relocation of 10,000 Navajo Indians in Arizona.

Director: Victoria Mudd | Stars: Martin Sheen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Burgess Meredith, Laura Nyro

Votes: 177

25. Sherman's March (1985)

Not Rated | 157 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by ... See full summary »

Director: Ross McElwee | Stars: Ross McElwee, Dede McElwee, Ross McElwee Jr., Patricia Rendleman

Votes: 2,095

30. Yuki yukite, shingun (1987)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, War

A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war.

Director: Kazuo Hara | Stars: Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi, Toshio Hara

Votes: 1,118

34. JFK: A Time Remembered (1988 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

A film commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The personal remembrances of a cross-section of Americans, including Dan Rather, Issac ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Obenhaus

36. 11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried (1989 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, History, Music

Through exclusive and previously unseen footage from family archives and the local TV station near the infamous "grassy knoll," plus the insightful recollestions of Gerald Ford, Coretta ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Halford | Stars: James Earl Jones, Ralph Abernathy, McGeorge Bundy, Carol Channing

Votes: 45

37. Berkeley in the Sixties (1990)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary

A documentary about militant student political activity in the University of California-Berkely in the 1960's.

Director: Mark Kitchell | Stars: Jentri Anders, Joan Baez, Frank Bardacke, Stokely Carmichael

Votes: 632

38. LBJ: A Remembrance (1990)

28 min | Documentary, Short

This documentary evaluates The Great Society by incorporating still photos and the voices of Cabinet members/close friends of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States.

Director: Charles Guggenheim

39. The Speeches Collection: Adolf Hitler (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, History, War

"It is our wish and will that this Reich will last into the future for a thousand years." - Adolf Hitler. The world will never forget the horrific consequences of Adolf Hitler's words. ... See full summary »

Star: Adolf Hitler

41. Something to Do with the Wall (1991)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

In 1986, Ross McElwee and Marilyn Levine were making a film about the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, when the imposing structure was still very much intact as the world's most visible symbol of hardline Communism.

Directors: Marilyn Levine, Ross McElwee | Stars: Marilyn Levine, Ross McElwee

Votes: 39

42. The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963 at the age of 46. Attractive and charismatic, he was one of the most ... See full summary »

Director: John Barbour | Stars: Jim Garrison, Bill Alford, F. Irvin Dymond, David Ferrie

Votes: 121

43. JFK: The Case for Conspiracy (1993 Video)

103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Director: Robert J. Groden | Stars: Mark Crouch, Malcolm Kilduff, Charles Brehm, Audrey Bell

Votes: 85

45. The War Room (1993)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, History

A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala

Votes: 3,372 | Gross: $0.90M

46. The Art of Governing (1968-1972) (1994 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

A film account of the influential Canadian Prime Minister's early years of his administration.

Director: Brian McKenna | Stars: Terence McKenna, Lloyd Barber, Fidel Castro, Marc Lalonde

Votes: 12

Pierre Trudeau.

47. Ernesto Che Guevara, the Bolivian Diary (1994)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography

On October 9, 1967, Che Guevara was executed by the Bolivian Army, aided by the CIA. Che's diary, a detailed, personal account of his futile, attempt to spark a revolution in Bolivia, is the basis of this intimate portrait.

Director: Richard Dindo | Stars: Christine Boisson, Judith Burnett, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Klaus Knuth

Votes: 102

48. Establishing a Just Society (1972-1984) (1994 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

A filmed account of the later years of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's political career.

Director: Brian McKenna | Stars: Terence McKenna, Michael Bliss, Ed Broadbent, Jean Chrétien

Votes: 15

Pierre Trudeau.

49. La liberté en colère (1994)

73 min | Documentary, History

Thirty years later, four members of what was Le Front de libération du Québec discussed why they create or participate in this revolutionary group. And their explanations are not without ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Daniel Lafond | Stars: Pierre Vallières, Charles Gagnon, Francis Simard, Robert Comeau

Votes: 17

Freedom Outraged

50. The Making of a Leader (1919-1968) (1994 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary, Biography

The story of the early life of Canada's most influential 20th century Prime Minister.

Director: Brian McKenna | Stars: Terence McKenna, Jean-François Lepine, Fidel Castro, Jon J. Mendell