Best Food Documentaries

by LakersCentral | created - 11 Mar 2013 | updated - 03 Oct 2016 | Public

. Documentaries related to food, health, nutrition, diet.


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Here is a short URL back to this list: http://tiny.cc/fooddocs

I've also started another list for food related tv shows / episodes: Best (TV) Food Documentaries

Note: The top 7 are sorted by my personal favorites; the rest are sorted by their (current) rating and popularity. Titles with less than ~100 votes are at the end of the list.

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1. Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson | Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 9,282

2. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 46,418 | Gross: $4.42M

3. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 92,409 | Gross: $11.53M

Watch (free): [link]http://www.hulu.com/watch/63283[/link]

4. Food Matters (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

Directors: James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma | Stars: Vicky Blewitt, Ian Brighthope, Jerome Burne, Phillip Day

Votes: 4,309

5. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Joe Cross, Amy Badberg, Merv Cross, Virginia Cross

Votes: 7,754

Watch (free): [link]http://www.hulu.com/watch/289122[/link]

6. Hungry for Change (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don't want you to know about deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out ... See full summary »

Directors: James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch, Carlo Ledesma | Stars: Mike Adams, Nick Bolton, James Caitlin, Kris Carr

Votes: 2,834

7. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 14,998

Watch (free): [link]http://earthlings.com/?page_id=32[/link]

8. The Future of Food (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Director: Deborah Koons | Stars: Charles Benbrook, Grace Booth, George W. Bush, Ignacio Chapela

Votes: 1,346 | Gross: $0.08M

9. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 4,448 | Gross: $0.15M

Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B00005Y727?tag=itsalgo-20

note: comes with the second part, "The Gleaners and I: 2 Years Later"

10. Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Bozzo | Stars: Jim Olson, Tony Clarke, Maude Barlow, Octavio Rosas Lando

Votes: 1,075

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1a3tjqQiBI[/link]

11. Unser täglich Brot (2005)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Stars: Claus Hansen Petz, Arkadiusz Rydellek, Barbara Hinz, Renata Wypchlo

Votes: 2,250

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVkieJ_Wj64[/link]

note: silent film (no dialogue)

12. Life and Debt (2001)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.

Director: Stephanie Black | Stars: Belinda Becker, Buju Banton, Horst Köhler, Michael Manley

Votes: 906 | Gross: $0.24M

Watch (free): [link]http://www.hulu.com/watch/479811[/link]

13. Vegucated (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Comedy

Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it's all about. They have no ... See full summary »

Director: Marisa Miller Wolfson | Stars: Marisa Miller Wolfson, Chloe Davis, Cody Tarlow, Molly Wadzeck

Votes: 2,562

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19qSsUI79Ro[/link]

14. King Corn (2007)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Woolf | Stars: Bob Bledsoe, Earl L. Butz, Dawn Cheney, Ian Cheney

Votes: 1,828 | Gross: $0.08M

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvMxIEgbsIo[/link]

15. Fat Head (2009)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

A comedian replies to the "Super Size Me" crowd by losing weight on a fast-food diet while demonstrating that almost everything you think you know about the obesity "epidemic" and healthy eating is wrong.

Director: Tom Naughton | Stars: Peter Paddon, Tom Naughton, Chareva Naughton, Sally Fallon Morell

Votes: 1,753

Watch (free): [link]http://www.hulu.com/watch/196879[/link]

16. Tapped (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.

Directors: Stephanie Soechtig, Jason Lindsey | Stars: Sally Bethea, Earl Blumenauer, Amanda Brown, Eugene Brown

Votes: 1,174

17. The Garden (I) (2008)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary

From the ashes of the L.A. riots arose a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States. Now bulldozers threaten its future.

Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy | Stars: Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Antonio Villaraigosa

Votes: 657 | Gross: $0.03M

18. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He ... See full summary »

Director: Taggart Siegel | Stars: John Peterson, Anna Nielsen, John Edwards, Lester Peterson

Votes: 582 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Bananas!* (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility.

Director: Fredrik Gertten | Stars: Byron Rosales Romero, Juan J. Dominguez, Duane Miller, Rick McKnight

Votes: 812

20. Dirt! The Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.

Directors: Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow, Eleonore Dailly | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Logan, Vandana Shiva, Fritjof Capra

Votes: 430

Watch (free): [link]http://www.hulu.com/watch/191666[/link]

21. Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World (2004 Video)

90 min | Documentary

Narrator Cori Brackett had a strange cause-and-effect experience with the diet cokes she was drinking and quickly found herself disabled and diagnosed with MS. Slowly able to walk and speak... See full summary »

Directors: Cori Brackett, J.T. Waldron | Star: Cori Brackett

Votes: 220

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI7_8FDzuJE[/link]

Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B000BQ5IWS?tag=itsalgo-20

22. The Price of Sugar (2007)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

On the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic, tourists flock to pristine beaches, with little knowledge that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians are under armed guard ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Haney | Stars: Paul Newman, Christopher Hartley

Votes: 158

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp_EkCesIp8[/link]

23. Food Fight (2008)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

A fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local organic food movement.

Director: Christopher Taylor | Stars: Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Marion Nestle, Justin Kirk

Votes: 220

24. Killer at Large (2008)

87 min | Documentary

An overview of the politics, social effects and problems associated with the rising epidemic of American obesity.

Director: Steven Greenstreet | Stars: Richard Atkinson, Denise Austin, Brooke Bates, Richard Berman

Votes: 457

Watch (free): [link]http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/killer_at_large[/link]

Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B001NLAVL8?tag=itsalgo-20

25. The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002)

63 min | Documentary

Agnes Varda returns to the people she met in her 2000 documentary on gleaning and meets some new people who were inspired by her first film.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Bodan Litnanski, Macha Makeïeff, Agnès Varda, François Wertheimer

Votes: 630

Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B00005Y727?tag=itsalgo-20

note: comes with the original "The Gleaners and I"

26. Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary, History

A documentary on the history of garlic. Blank interviews chefs, garlic lovers, and historians about the their love of the 'stinking rose.'

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Antzonini Del Puerto, Kathleen Bendel, Harrod Blank, Mary T. Brown

Votes: 513

Buy: [link]http://www.lesblank.com/shop/garlic-is-as-good-as-ten-mothers-dvd[/link]

27. Dive! (2010)

TV-G | 45 min | Documentary, Family

Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.'s supermarkets. In the process they uncover ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Seifert | Star: Jeremy Seifert

Votes: 271

28. All in This Tea (2007)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

During the 1990s, David Lee Hoffman searched throughout China for the finest teas. He's a California importer who, as a youth, lived in Asia for years and took tea with the Dali Lama. ... See full summary »

Directors: Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht | Stars: David Lee Hoffman, Song Diefeng, Werner Herzog, Angela Justice

Votes: 243

29. Fresh (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, News

There are still efficient ways to produce healthy fresh organic food in a time where most food is being mass produced by corporations in less than hygienic ways. Country farmers and urban farmers explain.

Director: Ana Sofia Joanes | Stars: Diana Endicott, John Ikerd, Andrew Kimbrell, George Naylor

Votes: 248

30. The Natural History of the Chicken (2000)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

Through interviews and reenactments, The Natural History of the Chicken investigates the role of the chicken in American life and tells several remarkable stories. A Maine farmer says she ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Lewis | Stars: Janet Bonney, Joseph Martinez, Joel Vavra, David Forrester

Votes: 374

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkxO91TLKVg[/link]

31. Farmageddon (2011)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, News

62 Metascore

Farmageddon is the story of a mom whose son healed from all allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk, and real food from farms. It depicts people all over the country who formed food ... See full summary »

Director: Kristin Canty | Stars: Linda Faillace, Adam Helfer, Mark McAfee, Joel Salatin

Votes: 505 | Gross: $0.06M

32. The Gerson Miracle (2004)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

In 1928, Dr. Max Gerson, a German-Jewish researcher, stumbled upon a therapy that claims to have cured tens of thousands of people worldwide since then, including patients's previously ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Kroschel | Stars: Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Francesca Dego, Giuliano Dego, Robert Gaffney

Votes: 267

Watch (free): [link]http://vimeo.com/22884911[/link]

Buy (dvd): http://amazon.com/dp/B001J66JQS?tag=itsalgo-20

33. The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)

53 min | Documentary

The documentary, "The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil," was inspired when Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy took a trip to Cuba through Global Exchange in August, 2003. That year ... See full summary »

Director: Faith Morgan | Stars: Bruce Cromer, Jorge Mario, Rachel Bruhnke, Eugene 'Pat' Murphy

Votes: 229

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUWces5TkCA[/link]

34. The Beautiful Truth (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

A troubled 15-year-old boy attempting to cope with the recent death of his mother sets out to research Dr. Max Gerson's claims of a diet that can cure cancer as his first assignment for ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Kroschel | Stars: Charlotte Gerson, Jay Kordich, Garrett Kroschel, Joyce Riley

Votes: 596

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvzDHGLEUyw[/link]

35. Ingredients (2009)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bates | Stars: Anthony Boutard, Jean-Paul Courtens, Eddie Eagle, John Eveland

Votes: 158

36. Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution (2008)

TV-G | 112 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

For the first time ever, our children are growing up less healthy than we are. As the rate of cancer, infertility and other illnesses linked to environmental factors climbs upward each year, we must ask ourselves: why is this happening?

Director: Jean-Paul Jaud | Star: Perico Légasse

Votes: 141 | Gross: $0.00M

37. The Perfect Human Diet (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

Journalist C.J.Hunt's global quest for a solution to the obesity epidemic and diet-related disease. It explores modern dietary science, previous historical findings, ancestral native diets and the emerging field of human dietary evolution.

Director: C.J. Hunt | Stars: C.J. Hunt, Leslie Aiello, Susan Loraine Anderson, Loren Cordain

Votes: 570

Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKp5SzMe-nI[/link]

38. Le monde selon Monsanto (2008 TV Movie)

108 min | Documentary

You do not have to believe that God exists, but you will after this movie know that the devil poster! Monsanto is the largest global company that produces agricultural products: pesticides,... See full summary »

Director: Marie-Monique Robin | Stars: David Baker, Ken Cook, David Carpenter, Robert Bellé

Votes: 1,581

39. Fed Up (2014)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

Director: Stephanie Soechtig | Stars: Michele Simon, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Michael Bloomberg

Votes: 10,013 | Gross: $1.54M

40. McLibel (2005)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

McLibel is the story of two ordinary people who humiliated McDonald's in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history.

Directors: Ken Loach, Franny Armstrong | Stars: Helen Steel, Dave Morris, Bruce Alexander, Anita Anand

Votes: 2,000 | Gross: $0.00M

41. We Feed the World (2005)

96 min | Documentary

A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Jean Ziegler, Peter Brabeck, Karl Otrok

Votes: 2,312

42. GMO OMG (2013)

90 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Each of us unknowingly ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Seifert | Stars: Jeremy Seifert, Vandana Shiva, Cary Fowler, Dennis Kucinich

Votes: 1,272 | Gross: $0.04M

43. Food Stamped (2010)

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, News

Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Nutrition educator Shira Potash ... See full summary »

Directors: Shira Potash, Yoav Potash | Stars: Shira Potash, Yoav Potash

Votes: 123

Watch (free): [link]http://viooz.co/movies/19519-food-stamped-2010.html[/link]

Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B005F3XV9Y?tag=itsalgo-20

44. Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food (2006 Video)

58 min | Documentary

This bold and convincing documentary grabs you in the guts and doesn't let go. When Adam Curry and Timo Nadudvari first learned about the hidden consequences of the genetic engineering of ... See full summary »

Director: Timo Nadudvari | Stars: Fritjof Capra, Paul Hawken, Vandana Shiva

Votes: 38

Watch (free): [link]http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/6501/Bad-Seed%20-%20The%20Truth%20About%20Our%20Food[/link]

45. Fed Up! (2002 Video)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

About 70% of the food we eat contains genetically engineered ingredients and the biotech industry is spending million a year to convince us that this technology is our only hope. Using ... See full summary »

Director: Angelo Sacerdote | Stars: Britt Bailey, Dominique Baron, Brent Blackwelder, Beth Burroughs

Votes: 113

Watch (free): [link]http://www.fandor.com/films/fed_up[/link]

46. What's on Your Plate? (2009)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE is a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old African-American city kids... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Gund | Stars: Sadie Hope-Gund, Safiyah Kai Riddle, Ana Angel, Matt Carpenter

Votes: 28

Watch (free): [link]http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/sustainable_table_whats_on_your_plate[/link]

47. Planeat (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

The story of three men's life-long search for a diet which is good for our health, the environment and the future of our planet - showcasing some of the best food you have ever seen.

Directors: Shelley Lee Davies, Or Shlomi | Stars: T. Colin Campbell, Richard Doll, Gidon Eshel, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.

Votes: 126

48. My Father's Garden (1996)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

My Father's Garden is an engrossing documentary about the use and misuse of technology on the American farm. The main story concerns Fred Kirschenmann, organic farmer and leader in the ... See full summary »

Director: Miranda Smith

Votes: 9

49. Processed People (2009)

40 min | Documentary, Short

When they're not busy picking our pockets, or telling us we have to give up liberties to have freedom, they're selling us garbage and calling it food. The manufactured food business is ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Nelson | Stars: Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Joel Fuhrman, Jay Gordon, Jeffrey Masson

Votes: 40