Released between 2008-01-01 and 2008-12-31 Documentary (Sorted by US Box Office Ascending)



1. Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution (2008)

TV-G | 112 min | Documentary

6.6
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49 Metascore

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?

Director: Jean-Paul Jaud | Star: Perico Légasse

Votes: 146 | Gross: $0.00M

2. America Betrayed (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

7.6
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One of America's proudest achievements, our national infrastructure, is now its most dangerous embarrassment. Our bridges, dams, levees and highways are crumbling, toppling, being washed away, and putting us all at risk.

Director: Leslie Carde | Stars: Robert Bea, George W. Bush, Joey DiFatta, Richard Dreyfuss

Votes: 45 | Gross: $0.00M

3. NoBody's Perfect (2008)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

7.4
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59 Metascore

NOBODY'S PERFECT is a documentary which shows Niko von Glasow's search for eleven people who, like him, were born disabled due to the side effects of the drug thalidomide. These eleven ... See full summary »

Director: Niko von Glasow | Stars: Fred Dove, Mat Fraser, Stefan Fricke, Sigrid Kwella

Votes: 104 | Gross: $0.00M

4. Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

7.6
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69 Metascore

On February 16, 1989 Larry Bloch and a team of novices achieved something unique in a former Chineese-food warehouse just south of the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan. Not only did this ... See full summary »

Director: Dean Budnick | Stars: Mabili Kregg Ajamu, Rob Barraco, Chris Barron, Tim Barry

Votes: 59 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Chelsea on the Rocks (2008)

R | 89 min | Documentary

6.0
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57 Metascore

Chelsea on the Rocks celebrates the personalities and artistic voices that have emerged from the legendary residence, the Chelsea Hotel, in the heart of New York. Once considered an ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Ira Cohen, Gerald Busby, Stanley Bard, Quentin Crisp

Votes: 368 | Gross: $0.01M

6. Eleven Minutes (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary

6.5
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56 Metascore

Feature documentary following fashion designer, Jay McCarroll's year-long journey preparing his first independent runway show and selling his clothing line to stores.

Directors: Michael Selditch, Robert Tate | Stars: Jay McCarroll, Kelly Cutrone, Daniel Alexander, Malan Breton

Votes: 104 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Fathers of the Sport (2008)

TV-PG | 80 min | Documentary, Sport

6.5
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Tells the story of an American social culture embedded with racism, war, oppression, and poverty where these asphalt warriors escaped and rose above it all with a mutual love and respect.

Director: Xavier Mitchell | Stars: Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Jackie Jackson, Pee Wee Kirkland

Votes: 41 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead (2008)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

7.4
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Tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a pro-capital punishment crusader and a death-row inmate.

Director: Ted Schillinger

Votes: 21 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Sex Positive (2008)

R | 75 min | Documentary

6.7
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65 Metascore

Explores the life of Richard Berkowitz, a revolutionary gay S&M sex worker turned AIDS activist in the 1980s, whose incomparable contribution to the invention of safe sex has has never been aptly credited.

Director: Daryl Wein | Stars: Don Adler, Richard Berkowitz, Susan Brown, Demetre Daskalakis

Votes: 177 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Full Battle Rattle (2008)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

6.5
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72 Metascore

A film about life inside the US Army's Iraq simulation in California's Mojave Desert.

Directors: Tony Gerber, Jesse Moss

Votes: 149 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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49 Metascore

The story of Hannah Senesh, a Hungarian poet who was captured by the Nazis, while trying to rescue Jews in WWII.

Director: Roberta Grossman | Stars: Peter Hay, Judy Baumel-Schwartz, Michael Berenbaum, Shimon Peres

Votes: 116 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Phyllis and Harold (2008)

85 min | Documentary

6.5
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47 Metascore

A journey through a disastrous 59 year old marriage. Drawing on a lifetime of her family's home movies and interviews made over 12 years, filmmaker Cindy Kleine mixes reportage, cinema ... See full summary »

Director: Cindy Kleine

Votes: 87 | Gross: $0.02M

13. Neshoba (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.6
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71 Metascore

NESHOBA tells the story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael ... See full summary »

Directors: Micki Dickoff, Tony Pagano

Votes: 86 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary

7.7
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76 Metascore

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor, Victoria Anoux

Votes: 3,595 | Gross: $0.02M

15. A Wink and a Smile (2008)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

7.0
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41 Metascore

Ten ordinary women learn the art of the striptease when they dive into the glamorous world of burlesque in this musical documentary of diva proportions.

Director: Deirdre Allen Timmons | Stars: Miss Indigo Blue, Diane Bruch, Casey Ellison, Janie Hanson

Votes: 94 | Gross: $0.02M

16. Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon (2008)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.0
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Legendary jazz trumpeter, Jack Sheldon, is just 'trying to get good' - not only on his horn, but in his life as well. Wrestling with his demons of drugs, alcohol and unspeakable personal ... See full summary »

Directors: Doug McIntyre, Penny Peyser | Stars: Jack Sheldon, Joe Bagg, Chet Baker, James A. Baker

Votes: 28 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Walt & El Grupo (2008)

PG | 106 min | Documentary

6.6
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55 Metascore

The story of the 1941 Goodwill Tour to South America made by Walt Disney and his staff.

Director: Theodore Thomas | Stars: Flávio Barroso, Lee Blair, Mary Blair, James Bodrero

Votes: 286 | Gross: $0.02M

18. Medicinal (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

5.0
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In 1996, the legalization of medical marijuana won by the citizens of California and the DEA has been at war with the clinics ever since. This is costing the tax payers of California ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Frank | Stars: Don Duncan, Joe Elford, Jon Gettman, Dale Gieringer

Votes: 5 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Nursery University (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.7
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Documentary about disparate NYC parents' efforts to get their children into "feeder preschools," private institutions that claim to set youngsters on the track to admission into Ivy league colleges.

Directors: Marc H. Simon, Matthew Makar

Votes: 247 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Gotta Dance (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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67 Metascore

Chronicles the first-ever, senior citizen hip-hop dance team for the New Jersey Nets Basketball team, 12 women and man - all dance team newbies, from auditions through to center court stardom.

Director: Dori Berinstein | Stars: Joe Bianco, Peggy Byrne, Margaret Dellavalle, Patricia Donohue

Votes: 51 | Gross: $0.03M

21. The Garden (I) (2008)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary

7.4
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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.

Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy | Stars: Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Antonio Villaraigosa

Votes: 664 | Gross: $0.03M

22. The Windmill Movie (2008)

82 min | Documentary

6.2
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Filmmaker Richard P. Rogers tried for twenty years to make a documentary about his own life. He died in 2001, leaving the project unfinished, until his widow, acclaimed photographer Susan ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Olch | Stars: Wallace Shawn, Bob Balaban, Susan Meiselas, Richard P. Rogers

Votes: 106 | Gross: $0.03M

23. American Swing (2008)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

6.2
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59 Metascore

Chronicles the rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat.

Directors: Jon Hart, Mathew Kaufman | Stars: Bryce Britton, Irwin Corey, William Davidson, Dan Dorfman

Votes: 546 | Gross: $0.03M

24. Hats Off (2008)

84 min | Documentary

8.1
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58 Metascore

A documentary on a New York City woman who has spent most of her 93 years in the world of movies, TV, commercial, and print media.

Director: Jyll Johnstone | Stars: Robert Marks, Mimi Weddell

Votes: 32 | Gross: $0.03M

25. Walking on Dead Fish (2008)

PG-13 | Documentary

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In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the tiny town of LaPlace was overrun with thousands of displaced New Orleans residents. Their already bursting-at-the-seams high school, East St. John,... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Martin | Star: Terry Bradshaw

Votes: 22 | Gross: $0.03M

26. Fighting for Life (2008)

89 min | Documentary, War

8.5
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64 Metascore

"Fighting for Life" follows American military doctors, nurses and medics on the front lines of the Iraq War, young wounded soldiers and marines determined to survive and to heal, and ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Sanders

Votes: 154 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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66 Metascore

An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.

Director: Steven Sebring | Stars: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Oliver Ray, Tony Shanahan

Votes: 881 | Gross: $0.03M

28. The Dhamma Brothers (2008)

76 min | Documentary

7.6
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East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrew Kukura, Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein | Stars: Grady Bankhead, Ron Cavanaugh, Jonathan Crowley, Edward Johnson

Votes: 404 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Living in Emergency (2008)

Unrated | 120 min | Documentary

8.4
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76 Metascore

In the war-zones of Liberia and Congo, four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.

Director: Mark N. Hopkins | Stars: Davinder Gill, Tom Krueger, Chiara Lepora, Chris Brasher

Votes: 1,004 | Gross: $0.03M

30. Of Time and the City (2008)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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81 Metascore

A filmmaker looks at the history and transformation of his birthplace, Liverpool, England.

Director: Terence Davies | Star: Terence Davies

Votes: 1,681 | Gross: $0.03M

31. Our City Dreams (2008)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

6.7
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Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams is the story of a woman's struggles and successes as an artist in New York City. Told through five women artists, from youngest to ... See full summary »

Director: Chiara Clemente | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ghada Amer, Caledonia Curry, Kiki Smith

Votes: 98 | Gross: $0.03M

32. Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum (2008)

120 min | Documentary

7.2
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66 Metascore

In 2003 an optimistic start was made on the renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Netherlands major tourist attraction would re-open its doors in fresh splendour in 2008. But alas... See full summary »

Director: Oeke Hoogendijk

Votes: 46 | Gross: $0.04M

33. Gunnin' for That #1 Spot (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

6.4
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59 Metascore

Eight of the U.S.'s top high school basketball players compete in the first "Elite 24" tournament at Rucker Park.

Director: Adam Yauch | Stars: Jerryd Bayless, Michael Beasley, Tyreke Evans, Bobbito Garcia

Votes: 462 | Gross: $0.05M

34. Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (2008)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, History, News

8.0
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82 Metascore

Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks.

Director: Anders Østergaard | Stars: George W. Bush, Ko Muang, Aung San Suu Kyi

Votes: 2,232 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suess (2008)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

6.9
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73 Metascore

Though almost forgotten today, Veit Harlan was one of Nazi Germany's most notorious filmmakers. His most perfidious film was the treacherous anti-Semitic propaganda film Jud Süß ... See full summary »

Director: Felix Moeller | Stars: August Zirner, Alice Harlan, Lotte Harlan, Nele Harlan

Votes: 235 | Gross: $0.05M

36. In a Dream (2008)

Unrated | 77 min | Documentary

7.7
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The story of Julia Zagar and her husband Isaiah, a renowned mosaic artist, who for the past 30 years has covered more than 40,000 square feet of Philadelphia top to bottom with tile, mirror, paint, and concrete.

Director: Jeremiah Zagar | Stars: Isaiah Zagar, Julia Zagar, Ezekiel Zagar

Votes: 217 | Gross: $0.05M

37. Beautiful Losers (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

7.1
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59 Metascore

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

Directors: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard | Stars: Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson

Votes: 1,239 | Gross: $0.06M

38. The End of Poverty? (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

7.4
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A phenomenal discourse on why poverty exists when there is so much wealth in the world. A must see for anyone wanting to understand not only the US economic system but the foundations of today's global economy.

Director: Philippe Diaz | Stars: Martin Sheen, Amartya Sen, John Perkins, Eric Toussaint

Votes: 418 | Gross: $0.06M

39. Four Seasons Lodge (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

6.9
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From the darkness of Hitler's Europe to the mountains of the Catskills, Four Seasons Lodge follows a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer to dance, cook, fight and flirt-and celebrate their survival.

Director: Andrew Jacobs

Votes: 63 | Gross: $0.06M

40. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,556 | Gross: $0.06M

41. Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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66 Metascore

The Murrow, Polk, and IDA Award-winning documentary Boogie Man is about Lee Atwater, a blues-playing rogue whose rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a political rock star. ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Forbes | Stars: Lee Atwater, Tucker Eskew, Joe Sligh, Eric Alterman

Votes: 599 | Gross: $0.06M

42. CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

7.1
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54 Metascore

The war in Iraq is the backdrop as the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young "Freedom of Speech Tour" crisscrosses North America. Echoes of Vietnam-era anti-war sentiment abound as the band connects with today's audiences.

Directors: Neil Young, Benjamin Johnson | Stars: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young

Votes: 420 | Gross: $0.06M

43. Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert (2008)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

6.1
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53 Metascore

The film features live stand-up performances by Azhar Usman, Preacher Moss and Mohammed Amer as well as behind the scenes sequences highlighting the individual comedians. The trio poke fun ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Kalin | Stars: Preacher Moss, Azhar Usman, Mohammed Amer

Votes: 54 | Gross: $0.07M

44. Happy Valley (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

6.4
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Deep in the heart of Utah, commonly referred to as "Happy Valley," residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates, highest literacy and language fluency - even the most jello consumption - ... See full summary »

Director: R.K. Williams | Stars: Danny Allen, McCall Petersen, R.K. Williams

Votes: 67 | Gross: $0.07M

45. The Business of Being Born (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.4
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68 Metascore

Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her ... See full summary »

Director: Abby Epstein | Stars: Mary Helen Ayres, Julia Barnett, Sylvie Blaustein, Louann Brizendine

Votes: 1,240 | Gross: $0.07M

46. Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

6.9
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With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Jim Brown, Tony Muhammad, Kershaun Scott, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 2,479 | Gross: $0.07M

47. Prodigal Sons (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.2
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74 Metascore

Filmmaker Kimberly Reed returns home for her high school reunion, ready to reintroduce herself to the small town as a transgender woman and hoping for reconciliation with her long estranged... See full summary »

Director: Kimberly Reed | Stars: Kimberly Reed, Carol McKerrow, Marc McKerrow, Claire Jones

Votes: 628 | Gross: $0.07M

48. Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)

Unrated | 72 min | Documentary

7.6
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78 Metascore

A group of women rise up to peace to Liberia and help bring to power the country's first female head of state.

Director: Gini Reticker | Stars: Janet Johnson Bryant, Etweda Cooper, Vaiba Flomo, Leymah Gbowee

Votes: 448 | Gross: $0.08M

49. Praying with Lior (2008)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

7.5
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68 Metascore

Praying with Lior asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a spiritual genius. Many believe Lior is close to God -- at least that's what his family and community believe -- though ... See full summary »

Director: Ilana Trachtman | Star: Lior Liebling

Votes: 106 | Gross: $0.08M

50. Throw Down Your Heart (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Family, Music

7.8
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65 Metascore

A film crew follows the well-known banjo player Bela Fleck on his travels to Africa, where he learns about the instrument's origins.

Director: Sascha Paladino | Stars: Bela Fleck, The Jatta Family, Bassékou Kouyaté, Anania Ngoliga

Votes: 175 | Gross: $0.09M


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