My Favorite Documentaries

by Rammetje | created - 17 May 2015 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
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1. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 21,909 | Gross: $7.83M

2. Powers of Ten (1977)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Eames, Ray Eames | Star: Philip Morrison

Votes: 1,896

3. Adelborsten (2014 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

'Navy Mids' tells about a group of young adults during their first months of training on their way to becoming an officer for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The transformation to the military ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Stokman

4. Frozen Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 20,592

5. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,229

6. Point and Shoot (2014)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

An American sets out with his motorbike to find both adventure and his sense of manhood, leading him on an extraordinary journey he could not have imagined, including fighting in the Libyan Revolution.

Director: Marshall Curry | Stars: Matt Sager, Matthew Vandyke

Votes: 1,566

7. LA 92 (2017)

R | 114 min | Documentary, History

66 Metascore

Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Henry Alfaro, Danny Bakewell, John D. Barnett, Michael Bostic

Votes: 2,166

8. Tvillingsøstrene (2013)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

The true story of twin sisters from China, adopted by two separate sets of parents.

Director: Mona Friis Bertheussen | Stars: Alexandra Hauglum, Mia Hansen, Wenche Hauglum, Sigmund Hauglum

Votes: 226

9. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 52,717 | Gross: $77.44M

10. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 64,444 | Gross: $4.31M

11. Best Worst Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: George Hardy, Lily Hardy, Pita Ray, Micki Knox

Votes: 7,056 | Gross: $0.10M

12. All About 'The Birds' (2000 Video)

80 min | Documentary

A wonderfully informative 80-minute documentary combining current interviews with archival materials and scenes from the film. Hitchcock's daughter Pat, production designer Robert Boyle, ... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Patricia Hitchcock, Robert F. Boyle, Evan Hunter

Votes: 257

13. Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (2003)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

81 Metascore

When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

Directors: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni | Stars: Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam

Votes: 5,736 | Gross: $1.74M

14. Connections (1978– )

50 min | Documentary, History

Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology in this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with "The Trigger Effect."

Stars: James Burke, Mark Wing-Davey, Ted Burnett

Votes: 886

15. Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)

Passed | 71 min | Documentary

The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Marguerite Harrison, Haidar Khan

Votes: 855

16. The Endless Summer (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Robert August, Michael Hynson, Lord James Blears, Bruce Brown

Votes: 4,566

17. L'ultimo pastore (2012)

76 min | Documentary

A journey through the incredible story of Renato Zucchelli, the last travelling shepherd living in a metropolis, who conquered the city with only his sheep and the power of fantasy.

Director: Marco Bonfanti | Stars: Renato Zucchelli, Piero Lombardi, Lucia Zucchelli, Gottardo Zucchelli

Votes: 142

18. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 133,555 | Gross: $21.24M



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