Best 2000s documentary (mostly about music and movies)

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1. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 57,038 | Gross: $3.97M

2. The Untold History of the United States (2012–2013)

58 min | Documentary, History, War

Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 6,445

3. Elvis: Memories (1985 Video)

48 min | Documentary

Rare unseen footage of Elvis showing how he relaxed off stage intertwined with anecdotes from family and friends.

Stars: Ginger Alden, Chet Atkins, Dick Clark, Donna Douglas

Votes: 22

4. Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin' - The Story of L.A. Woman (2012)

60 min | Documentary, Music

The Doors didn't simply "break on through" in the late 1960s. Led by rock poet and frontman Jim Morrison, they exploded onto the music scene. Over four years, they provided the soundtrack ... See full summary »

Director: Martin R. Smith | Stars: Jim Ladd, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Michael McClure

Votes: 200

5. Agnetha: Abba & After (2013 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

This documentary includes interviews with the members of ABBA, about the group's history and where they are now. As the title implies, this is especially focused on Agnatha Faltskog.

Director: Samantha Peters | Stars: Agnetha Fältskog, Bernt Enghardt, Little Gerhard, Björn Ulvaeus

Votes: 63

6. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 52,746 | Gross: $1.61M

7. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin' (2013)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Al Hendrix

Votes: 390

8. The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live (2013)

Unrated | 121 min | Documentary, Music

The Rolling Stones historic and triumphant return to Hyde Park was without doubt the event of the summer. Over 100,000 delirious fans of all ages packed into the park for two spectacular ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Dugdale | Stars: Mick Jagger, Darryl Jones, Bobby Keys, Keith Richards

Votes: 258

9. Cesare deve morire (2012)

Unrated | 77 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca

Votes: 5,554

10. I Am Bruce Lee (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day ... See full summary »

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: Bruce Lee, Paul Bowman, Daniele Bolelli, Richard Bustillo

Votes: 3,358

11. I Am Steve McQueen (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

I Am Steve McQueen" is told through the eyes of the people that knew him best including much of his family that followed his path into acting including son Chad, ("Karate Kid"), his ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Renfroe | Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Downey Jr., Kristin Kreuk, Zoë Bell

Votes: 537

12. Billy Joel - A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia (1987 Video)

Not Rated | 75 min | Music

"In July-August 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin's invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Isham | Stars: Billy Joel, Christopher Simms, Oleg Smirnoff

Votes: 91

13. Everything or Nothing (2012)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary

A history of the James Bond franchise.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Ken Adam, Maud Adams, John Barry, Shirley Bassey

Votes: 1,901

15. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr

Votes: 8,866

16. Casting By (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth, Marion Dougherty

Votes: 1,338 | Gross: $0.01M

17. Perspectives (2011– )
Episode: Hugh Laurie: Down by the River (2011)


Hugh laurie travels from texas to new orleans interpretending songs to found about the roots and history of blues, and all this wile wearing hats.

Director: John-Paul Davidson | Stars: Joe Henry, Tom Jones, Hugh Laurie, Irma Thomas

Votes: 69

19. From the Sky Down (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Music

In the terrain of rock bands, implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction; this band has endured and thrived. This documentary asks the question why.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 814

20. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

R | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson

Votes: 2,015 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Kylie - Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour 2011 (2011 TV Special)

120 min | Music, Musical

Kylie Minogue performs songs from her album Aphrodite and classic hits in her Les Folie Tour, recorded in London on the 11th and 12th of April 2011.

Directors: William Baker, Marcus Viner | Stars: Kylie Minogue, Khasan Brailsford, Shannon Holtzapffel

Votes: 152

23. Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here (2012)

85 min | Documentary, Music

"Wish You Where Here" was released September, 1975. Interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Manson and Richard Wright as they tell the story of the creative process of this album.

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Syd Barrett, Joe Boyd, Venetta Fields, Jill Furmanovsky

Votes: 1,322

24. Crossfire Hurricane (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones mark their 50th year together.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ronnie Wood

Votes: 2,007

25. U2: 360 Degrees at the Rose Bowl (2010 Video)

131 min | Documentary, Music

Live performance of U2 at the Rose Bowl in California. Part of the "U2 360° Tour", which is titled for the use of a 360° stage and audience configuration.

Director: Tom Krueger | Stars: Bono, Adam Clayton, Jay Z, Adrian Ferraro

Votes: 573

26. It Might Get Loud (2008)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Dallas Schoo

Votes: 11,648 | Gross: $1.61M

27. The Doors: When You're Strange (2009)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

55 Metascore

A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 8,270 | Gross: $0.24M

28. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

73 Metascore

A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Joe Cairo, David Carlo

Votes: 7,033 | Gross: $1.25M

29. Stones in Exile (2010)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the creation and impact of the 1972 Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main St."

Director: Stephen Kijak | Stars: The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts

Votes: 780

30. Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

PG | 86 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Don Hahn | Stars: Roy Edward Disney, John Lasseter, Michael Eisner, Don Hahn

Votes: 2,060 | Gross: $0.08M

31. Arena (1975– )
Episode: Produced by George Martin (2011)

90 min | Documentary

A profile of legendary music producer Sir George Martin with the help of his son Giles and wife Judy with contributions from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Howard Goodall, Cilla Black, Bernard Cribbins and Rolf Harris.

Director: Francis Hanly | Stars: George Martin, Judy Martin, Giles Martin, Margaret Asher

Votes: 137

33. David Bowie: Five Years (2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary covering five of the most important years of the influential rock star David Bowie's career.

Director: Francis Whately | Stars: David Bowie, Rick Wakeman, John Harris, Ken Scott

Votes: 1,378

34. Salinger (2013)

PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary

40 Metascore

An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

Director: Shane Salerno | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Judd Apatow, John Cusack

Votes: 2,262 | Gross: $0.58M

35. Veruschka - Die Inszenierung (m)eines Körpers (2005)

78 min | Documentary

Known by the pseudonym of «Veruschka», Vera von Lehndorff became the first internationally acclaimed super model from Germany.

Directors: Bernd Böhm, Paul Morrissey | Star: Veruschka von Lehndorff

Votes: 53

36. Love, Marilyn (2012)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 1,477

37. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (2006)

49 min | Documentary, Music

A detailed look at the production of the biggest album in the history of progressive rock and one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Director: Matthew Longfellow | Stars: Roger Waters, Storm Thorgerson, Nigel Williamson, David Fricke

Votes: 1,592

38. Marlon Brando, un acteur nommé désir (2014 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

An intimate portrait of the life, times and struggles of one of the most iconic actors in the history of cinema.

Director: Philippe Kohly | Stars: Benn Northover, Elia Kazan, Robert Duvall, Sondra Lee

Votes: 136

39. Genesis: Together and Apart (2014 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks reunite to do a documentary spanning most of the career of Genesis and their solo careers.

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Peter Gabriel, Kate Mossman, Mark Billingham, Anthony Phillips

Votes: 321

40. A Tale of Two Thieves (2014)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

In 1963 in the countryside in England, fifteen men pulled off 'The Great Train Robbery' netting today's equivalent of $85million. This incredible film features Gordon Goody, one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Long | Stars: Ariel Bruce, Gordon Goody, Harry Macqueen

Votes: 73

41. La naissance de Charlot (2013 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, Biography

A look back at Charlie Chaplin's early life and career, from his rough childhood and music hall success in England to his early Hollywood days and the development of his enormously popular "Little Tramp" character.

Directors: Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange | Stars: Peter Hudson, Kate Guyonvarch, David Robinson, Kevin Brownlow

Votes: 241

42. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,220 | Gross: $0.42M

43. Seduced and Abandoned (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death.

Director: James Toback | Stars: James Toback, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Bérénice Bejo

Votes: 1,658

44. The Who: The Making of Tommy (2013 TV Movie)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary

The Who's seminal double album "Tommy", released in 1969, is a milestone in rock history. It revitalised the band's career and established Pete Townshend as a composer and Roger Daltrey as ... See full summary »

Director: Martin R. Smith | Stars: Pete Townshend, Richard Barnes, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle

Votes: 73

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