DOCUMENTARIES-2017

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1. No Limits: The Thalidomide Saga (2016)

Documentary

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker John Zaritsky returns to the story that has fascinated and compelled him for years - thalidomide and it's effect on the survivors of "the worst drug ... See full summary »

Director: John Zaritsky | Star: Niko von Glasow

Votes: 6

2. Do You Really Want to Know? (2012)

72 min | Documentary

A documentary about the complex emotional, ethical and psychological issues surrounding the new frontier of predictive genetic testing. The film follows three families who have been ... See full summary »

Director: John Zaritsky | Stars: Jeffrey Carroll, Gaalen Engen, Lini Evans, Paul Griggs

Votes: 33

3. Leave Them Laughing (2010)

89 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Life and quips about death from the wheelchair of a woman who vows to exit laughing. Once a nationally-known performer of ballads, skits and self-parody, now fated by Lou Gehrig's Disease ... See full summary »

Director: John Zaritsky | Stars: Mac Zilber, Carla Zilbersmith

Votes: 15

4. The Suicide Tourist (2007)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates suicide tourism by following a Chicago native as he travels to Switzerland in order to take his life with help of a nonprofit organization that legally assists suicides.

Director: John Zaritsky | Stars: Arthur Bernard, Craig Ewert, Ivan Ewert, Katrina Ewert

Votes: 152

6. Broken Promises (1989 TV Movie)

Documentary

In this Canadian television TV documentary, Oscar winning filmmaker John Zaritsky interviews people who suffer from sever birth defects stemming from thalidomide, the now notorious drug given to pregnant women in the 1960's.

Director: John Zaritsky

7. Rapists: Can They Be Stopped (1986)

55 min | Documentary

This documentary examines the growing problem of rape in America. It looks at five offenders who are being treated at an innovative facility at the Oregon State Hospital and examines ... See full summary »

Director: John Zaritsky | Star: Hillary Brown

8. Mr Zaritsky on TV (2017)

79 min | Documentary

Mr Zaritsky On TV follows Academy Award-winning director John Zaritsky as he captures the swan song of his career, in this behind-the-scenes road trip that reveals often underappreciated aspects of documentary filmmaking.

Directors: Jennifer Di Cresce, Michael Savoie | Stars: David Frank-Savoie, Justin Ladd, Michael Savoie, John Zaritsky

9. Up/Down (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

There are approximately 5.7 million people in the United States with bipolar disorder. In an attempt to eliminate the mystery and misinformation surrounding the illness, many throughout the... See full summary »

Director: Kyle Gehring | Stars: Blaise Bronson, Susan Brown, Diana Chaudron, Nancy Danielly

Votes: 165

10. Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story (2013)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Drama, Sci-Fi

Stan Romanek is the center of the world's most documented extraterrestrial contact story, and the multitude of evidence accumulated over the past decade has convinced thousands around the ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Sumple | Stars: Stan Romanek, Lisa Romanek, Claude Swanson, Leo Sprinkle

Votes: 1,371

11. Let's Spend the Night Together (2010)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Take an emotional journey back to the early Seventies, the Golden Age of Groupies! Some were in it for love, some for the music, and some for their art -- and four decades later, these ... See full summary »

Director: Jenna Rosher | Stars: The Beatles, Rodney Bingenheimer, Marc Bolan, David Bowie

Votes: 6

12. This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s (2009 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Tells the story of Canadian music in the 1970s, a ground-breaking era of great sounds, from glam and progressive rock to punk and reggae.

Director: Gary McGroarty | Stars: Burton Cummings, Domenic Troiano, Frank Davies, Red Robinson

Votes: 7

13. Promised Land of Heavy Metal (2008)

90 min | Documentary, Music

Promised Land of Heavy Metal is a documentary about Finland, the only country where heavy metal has become mainstream. Starring Alice Cooper, Mr Lordi, and Ville Valo.

Director: Kimmo Kuusniemi | Stars: Kuisma Aalto, Alice Cooper, Mike D'Antonio, Bruce Dickinson

Votes: 69

15. The Old Grey Whistle Test at 30 (2001 TV Special)

Music

A celebration of the 30th anniversary of the first screening of "Old Grey Whistle Test, The" (1971) featuring highlights from the archive.

Stars: Bob Harris, David Bowie, Tim Buckley, Alice Cooper

Votes: 54

16. The Filth and the Fury (2000)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon, Glen Matlock

Votes: 5,229 | Gross: $0.61M

17. Here's To Life: The Story of the Refreshments (2017)

93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A documentary about a band that had a hit in the mid 90's and then seemingly disappeared... only to rise again as an independent band in a new era of music.

Director: Taylor Morden | Stars: Brian David Blush, Jason Boots, Joseph A. Boucher, Rodney Browning Cravens

Votes: 7

18. Independent Lens (1999– )

Documentary

Different celebrity host present a new independent documentary.

Stars: America Ferrera, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 411

19. Hired Gun (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names, but are still masters of their craft.

Director: Fran Strine | Stars: Kenny Aronoff, Corey Britz, Kara Britz, Phil Buckman

Votes: 1,280

22. Danny Says (2015)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

64 Metascore

Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and "culture" of the late 20th century: working for the Doors,... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Toller | Stars: Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper, Danny Fields

Votes: 597 | Gross: $0.04M

23. An Honest Liar (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

76 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein | Stars: James Randi, Deyvi Peña, Penn Jillette, Teller

Votes: 7,938 | Gross: $0.12M

24. Slash: Raised on the Sunset Strip (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 71 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A Directv and Guitar Center documentary highlights the iconic rock guitarist, Slash. Featuring interviews with Dave Grohl, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, Duff Mckagan and Nikki Sixx

Director: Martyn Atkins | Stars: Steven Adler, Marc Canter, Jerry Cantrell, Alice Cooper

Votes: 44

25. The Art of McCartney (2014 Video)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

The documentary is an inside look at the making of The Art Of McCartney album on which some of the world's greatest artists interpret the songs of one of the world's greatest songwriters, ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Sall | Stars: Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Joe Elliott, Yusef Islam

Votes: 9

26. Wacken 3D (2014)

95 min | Documentary, Music

Artists and attendees of the 24th annual Wacken Open Air festival discuss the impact heavy metal music and the festival itself has had on them.

Director: Norbert Heitker | Stars: Rammstein, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Motörhead

Votes: 227

27. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

A documentary on legendary movie-poster artist Drew Struzan.

Director: Erik Sharkey | Stars: Greg Aronowitz, Timothy Bradstreet, Joanna Cassidy, Ernie Cefalu

Votes: 826

28. Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013 Video)

Not Rated | 400 min | Documentary, Horror

A chronicle of the history of the Friday the 13th franchise.

Director: Daniel Farrands | Stars: Corey Feldman, Peter Bracke, Samantha Delutri, Kimberly Higgins

Votes: 1,402

29. Skum Rocks! (2013)

77 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

'Play like the music doesn't matter.' The unbelievable true story of the band that gained massive east coast popularity in the late 1980s despite having a complete lack of musical talent ... See full summary »

Director: Clay Westervelt | Stars: Jill Anenberg, Joanna Angel, Carmine Appice, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 28

31. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon.

Directors: Beth Aala, Mike Myers | Stars: Shep Gordon, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, Alice Cooper

Votes: 2,956 | Gross: $0.21M

33. Metal Evolution (2011–2014)

Documentary

Metal Evolution is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history. The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper, Slash, Lemmy, Rob Zombie, members of ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Dunn, Scott Ian, Bruce Dickinson, Deena Weinstein

Votes: 1,914

34. Sunset Strip (2012)

TV-MA | 96 min | Documentary

A documentary on the famous Los Angeles street.

Director: Hans Fjellestad | Stars: Cisco Adler, Lou Adler, Ahmed Ahmed, Tommy Alastra

Votes: 595

35. A Band Called Death (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett | Stars: Bobby Hackney, David Hackney, Dannis Hackney, Robbie Duncan

Votes: 3,184 | Gross: $0.13M

36. Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament (2012 TV Special)

Sport

The Michael Douglas & Friends celebrity golf tournament has attracted some of the entertainment industry's biggest stars. The tournament has raised over $10 million, and benefits the Motion... See full summary »

Directors: Bob Lanning, Tom Blair, Terry Ewert, Jane Lanning | Stars: Brian Baumgartner, Alice Cooper, Michael Douglass, Driton 'Tony' Dovolani

41. Lemmy (2010)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.

Directors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Dave Navarro

Votes: 6,878

42. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 240 min | Documentary, Horror

Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Stacey Alden, Erika Anderson, Marshall Bell

Votes: 3,602

43. Mother of Rock Lillian Roxon (2010)

74 min | Documentary, Music

Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon shines a light into the decadent world of Max's Kansas City, a tiny underground club in New York, and Lillian Roxon's place in documenting the emerging rock ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Clarke | Stars: Judy Davis, Alice Cooper, Germaine Greer, Derryn Hinch

Votes: 30

44. Alice Cooper Theatre of Death Live (2010 Video)

Music

Alice Cooper completed his 2009 Theatre of Death World Tour by filming the final show at London's legendary Hammersmith Apollo. The concert features many of Cooper's massive hits including ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Meehan | Star: Alice Cooper

Votes: 23

45. One for the Fire: The Legacy of 'Night of the Living Dead' (2008)

88 min | Documentary

A definitive documentary that recaps the evolution of an American Cinema Classic over the past 40 years.

Directors: Robert Lucas, Chris Roe | Stars: George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner

Votes: 83

46. The Story of Rock 'n' Roll Comics (2005)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

The controversial publisher of unauthorized comic book biographies of rock stars, Todd Loren, was praised by some (Gene Simmons, Jerry Garcia, Nick Mason) and threatened with law suits by ... See full summary »

Director: Ilko Davidov | Stars: Alice Cooper, Steven Crompton, Deena Dasein, Mary Fleener

Votes: 32

47. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 10,837

48. The Perfect Scary Movie (2005 TV Movie)

102 min | Documentary

A documentary looking at the various conventions and scare techniques of the horror genre.

Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Richard O'Brien, Darrell Wilkins, Jenny Agutter

Votes: 54

49. X-Rated: The Pop Videos They Tried to Ban (2004 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary

Documentary tracing the history of the pop video and the way in which this marketing tool has frequently been used to create shock, outrage and controversy, all in a bid to sell records.

Director: Simon George | Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Mitch Benn, Alice Cooper, Kevin Godley

Votes: 27

50. The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003 TV Movie)

245 min | Documentary, Horror

A countdown of the scariest moments on film and television, as voted for by the viewers.

Directors: Mark Murray, Helen Spencer | Stars: Jimmy Carr, Kacey Ainsworth, Patrick Allen, Stephen Armstrong

Votes: 168

51. Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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