All 151 Oscar-Qualifying Documentaries for 2013 (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)
1. Lion Ark (2013)
91 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure
More action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows the world's most ambitious and daring animal rescue, with a narrative meticulously compiled from film, interviews, ... See full summary »
2. Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria (2012)
93 min | Documentary, History
Like many in Nigeria, Shmuel consistently heard that the Igbo people were once Jews. When an Internet café opens in his town, he begins to research this further and starts a journey ... See full summary »
Director: Jeff L. Lieberman
3. Symphony of the Soil (2012)
Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Adventure, History
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and ... See full summary »
4. The Second Meeting (2013)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary
In 1999 as NATO forces bombard Belgrade city USAF pilot Dale Zelko begins his sortie into nearby Belgrade target flying his F-117 stealth bomber. On the opposite side a Serbian colonel ... See full summary »
5. The Paw Project (2013)
58 min | Documentary, History, News
This is a David and Goliath story of one veterinarian's battle to protect her patients (tigers, lions and even house cats) from big corporations, with their big corporate money, that will ... See full summary »
Director: Jennifer Conrad
6. A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2012)
Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, ... See full summary »
7. Not Yet Begun to Fight (2012)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
In the space between war and a new battle, NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT unfolds, offering an intimate look at the human cost of combat. A retired Marine Colonel reaches out to five men, a new ... See full summary »
8. Blood Brother (2013)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
Documentarian visits best friend in India to see the mutual unconditional love that keeps his buddy bonded to a village hostel housing AIDS-afflicted children.
Votes: 1,586 | Gross: $0.12M
9. Life According to Sam (2013)
TV-G | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
A moving look at a couple's inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria.
10. The Crash Reel (2013)
108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »
11. The Act of Killing (2012)
Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
Votes: 34,868 | Gross: $0.49M
12. How to Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends (2014)
77 min | Documentary, Biography, Family
First time filmmaker follows his girlfriend and boss chase their dream as musicians. His insecurities flair while struggling to find a story, and begins challenging their flaws, on camera, jeopardizing the film, relationships and careers.
13. The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013)
93 min | Documentary
A cinematic documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.
Votes: 638 | Gross: $0.02M
14. Blackfish (2013)
PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, News
A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.
Votes: 61,355 | Gross: $2.07M
15. The Square (2013)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, History
A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.
Votes: 8,560 | Gross: $0.12M
16. Inequality for All (2013)
PG | 89 min | Documentary
A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.
Votes: 6,593 | Gross: $1.21M
17. Bridegroom (2013)
R | 80 min | Documentary
Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom's family refuses Shane from attending the funeral.
Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary
Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This 98-minute film combines ... See full summary »
Votes: 298 | Gross: $0.03M
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Documentary about deceased photojournalist Tim Hetherington directed by Sebastian Junger. Together with his friend and long-term collaborator Sebastian, Tim had travelled the world ... See full summary »
23. Let the Fire Burn (2013)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
A history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985.
Votes: 1,266 | Gross: $0.06M
24. The Revolutionary Optimists (2013)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Drama
Children are saving lives in the slums of Kolkata. Amlan Ganguly doesn't rescue slum children; he empowers them to become change agents, battling poverty and transforming their ... See full summary »
25. Muscle Shoals (2013)
PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
Votes: 3,471 | Gross: $0.70M
26. Revolution (II) (2012)
PG | 85 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family
Filmmaker Rob Stewart advances the theory that though humans depend on the natural world for subsistence, humans are nature's greatest enemy.
27. Fire in the Blood (2013)
87 min | Documentary, History
An intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice", FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the... See full summary »
Votes: 643 | Gross: $0.03M
28. Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird (2013)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird is an insightful profile of the legendary cartoonist. For over fifty years, Gahan Wilson has been known for his ghoulish, twisted visions that combine ... See full summary »
30. Gasland Part II (2013)
Not Rated | 125 min | Documentary
A documentary that declares the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating ... See full summary »
31. A River Changes Course (2013)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Drama
"We've worked so hard on this land," says Sav Samourn. "And now they've come to destroy it all. Sooner or later it will all be gone." In her directorial debut, award-winning filmmaker ... See full summary »
Director: Kalyanee Mam
33. Call Me Kuchu (2012)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »
Votes: 749 | Gross: $0.01M
34. Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (2012)
Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The film chronicles the life and revolutionary times of the former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Votes: 444 | Gross: $0.04M
35. Casting By (2012)
TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography
The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.
Votes: 1,442 | Gross: $0.01M
36. Glickman (2013 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary
Glickman is an illuminating portrait of a man who overcame prejudice to forge a remarkable career in sports, setting the gold standard for athletes and sports broadcasters past, present and future.
37. First Cousin Once Removed (2012)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Berliner chronicles the deeply personal story of his mother's first cousin--well-known poet/translator/professor Edwin Honig--on his journey into the depths of ... See full summary »
39. Dirty Wars (2013)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, History
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.
Votes: 8,981 | Gross: $0.38M
40. Best Kept Secret (2013)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama
JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism ... See full summary »
42. Free China: The Courage to Believe (2011)
61 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The fates of a woman living in Beijing and a man living in New York become inextricably linked because of a common conviction... The award winning "Free China: The Courage To Believe" tells... See full summary »
45. We Came Home (2013)
84 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
We Came Home is the story of Afghanistan through Afghan American musician, Ariana Delawari. Born in LA, the year the Soviets invade Afghanistan, her home's filled with refugees, Afghan ... See full summary »
Director: Ariana Delawari
46. When I Walk (2013)
84 min | Documentary
In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn't get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer ... See full summary »
47. Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary, Drama
The story of Kevin Laue striving to be the first one-armed basketball player ever to receive a scholarship and play on an elite NCAA Division 1 basketball team.
Votes: 27 | Gross: $0.03M
Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse.
50. The Missing Picture (2013)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.
Votes: 3,058 | Gross: $0.05M