Best Food Documentariesby LakersCentral | created - 11 Mar 2013 | updated - 03 Oct 2016 | Public
Documentaries related to food, health, nutrition, diet.
. *keywords* health . diet . nutrition . eating . fitness . cooking . food industry . food history . food production . food politics . organic . farmers . farming . markets . gardening . gardens . cancer . agriculture
Links as to where to watch or buy can be found in the comments section for each title, or here: http://bit.ly/fooddocumentaries
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
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.
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B0053ZHZI2?tag=itsalgo-20
2. Food, Inc. (2008)
PG | 94 min | Documentary
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.
Votes: 46,418 | Gross: $4.42M
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B0027BOL4G?tag=itsalgo-20
3. Super Size Me (2004)
PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
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.
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.
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B001B3XZAW?tag=itsalgo-20
5. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary
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 »
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 »
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B008MIYKR6?tag=itsalgo-20
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.
Watch (free): [link]http://earthlings.com/?page_id=32[/link]
8. The Future of Food (2004)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 1,346 | Gross: $0.08M
9. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary
Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.
Votes: 4,448 | Gross: $0.15M
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 »
Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1a3tjqQiBI[/link]
11. Unser täglich Brot (2005)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
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.
note: silent film (no dialogue)
12. Life and Debt (2001)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary
Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.
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 »
Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19qSsUI79Ro[/link]
14. King Corn (2007)
Unrated | 88 min | Documentary
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 »
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 657 | Gross: $0.03M
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B002ASVYO6?tag=itsalgo-20
18. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary
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 »
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.
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B003Z6YMFK?tag=itsalgo-20
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.
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 »
22. The Price of Sugar (2007)
Unrated | 90 min | Documentary
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 »
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.
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B003JYWE1M?tag=itsalgo-20
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.
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.
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.'
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
Watch (free): [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkxO91TLKVg[/link]
31. Farmageddon (2011)
Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, News
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 »
Votes: 505 | Gross: $0.06M
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B00744WZ8U?tag=itsalgo-20
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 »
Buy (dvd): http://amazon.com/dp/B001J66JQS?tag=itsalgo-20
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 »
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 »
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 »
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B004CJQVI0?tag=itsalgo-20
36. Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution (2008)
TV-G | 112 min | Documentary
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?
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.
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 »
40. McLibel (2005)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
McLibel is the story of two ordinary people who humiliated McDonald's in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history.
Votes: 2,000 | Gross: $0.00M
42. GMO OMG (2013)
90 min | Documentary
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B007XF0XH0?tag=itsalgo-20
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
Watch or Buy: http://amazon.com/dp/B00144N8LO?tag=itsalgo-20
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 »
50. American Meat (2013)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary