Every Documentary I Have Seen

by rcpilgrim | created - 04 Mar 2013 | updated - 11 Jul 2016 | Public

In no particular order, here is a list of every Documentary that I have seen. I would love to hear any suggestions that others have for Docs that I should watch.

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1. The Beckoning Silence (2007 TV Movie)

PG | 73 min | Drama

After a near-death mountain climbing accident, Joe Simpson's injuries were so severe he was told he'd never climb again. His recovery left him to confront the question: why, after coming so... See full summary »

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Roger Schäli, Simon Anthamatten, Andreas Abegglen, Cyrille Berthod

Votes: 1,055

2. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 32,267 | Gross: $4.59M

3. Deep Water (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

80 Metascore

A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

Directors: Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Simon Russell Beale

Votes: 2,840 | Gross: $0.27M

4. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 30,794

5. Occupation 101 (2006)

90 min | Documentary

A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

Directors: Abdallah Omeish, Sufyan Omeish | Stars: James Akins, Arik Ascherman, Bishop Barltlett Jr., Phyllis Bennis

Votes: 1,690

6. Tyson (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

83 Metascore

A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick, Cus D'Amato

Votes: 11,865 | Gross: $0.89M

7. Facing Ali (2009)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier

Votes: 3,221

8. Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

78 Metascore

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi | Stars: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Yasin Burnat

Votes: 5,589 | Gross: $0.11M

9. Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die (2011 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Terry Pratchett looks at the highly controversial issue of assisted suicide.

Director: Charlie Russell | Stars: Terry Pratchett, Andrew Colgan, Erika, Horst

Votes: 580

This documentary is probably the hardest documentary I have ever watched next to Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. The documentary revolves around euthenasia laws, and the difficulty to end ones life on their own terms.

10. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 47,110

11. Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, History, War

Zeitgeist: Addendum attempts to locate the root causes of the pervasive social corruption, while also offering a solution.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows, John Perkins, George Carlin

Votes: 17,398

12. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)

Not Rated | 161 min | Documentary

A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Peter Joseph, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate, Richard Wilkinson

Votes: 17,101

13. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, History

84 Metascore

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

Votes: 6,381 | Gross: $1.13M

14. 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: 58,421 | Gross: $1.61M

15. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 50,654 | Gross: $2.96M

16. The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior (2005 Video)

90 min | Documentary

The Ultimate Warrior's meteoric rise to fame and fortune following his defeat of Hulk Hogan, his rivalries with other wrestlers such as Randy Savage and Rick Rude, and his rapid burn-out when the pressures of fame got too much for him.

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Jim Hellwig, Adnan Al-Kaissy, André the Giant, Eric Bischoff

Votes: 788

17. The Monday Night War: WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro (2004 Video)

TV-14 | 180 min | Documentary

Now it can be told. In 1995, two wrestling companies squared off on Monday night television to compete head to head in an unprecedented confrontation. On one side, Vince McMahon, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Charles Ashenoff, Steve Austin, Chris Benoit, Eric Bischoff

Votes: 919

18. Winnebago Man (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

71 Metascore

Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Steinbauer | Stars: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer, Keith Gordon, Nick Prueher

Votes: 4,505 | Gross: $0.18M

Hilarious and heart warming documentary on Jack Rebney whos profanity laced winnebago promo video outtakes have made the rounds on pre and post internet eras. Jack has struggled with his noritiy that he gained from these videos, but comes to embrace it when he realized the vidoe has brought so many people laughter and hapiness. Will you all do me a kindness and watch this documentary.

19. Marwencol (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 3,279 | Gross: $0.11M

In the documentary we see Mark Hogancamp struggling with a severe brain injury and an identity crisis after a horrible attack at a bar. He copes with his issues by building elaborate miniature sets and acting out scenarios (many of which are revenge fantasies) with GI Joes and Barbie Dolls. He takes pictures of the miniatures which I felt were interesting pieces of art.

The reason I rated the film so low is I do not agree with the tone/message of this documentary. The film praises Mark an individual who overcame a serious challenge; but I don’t think Mark has overcome all of his issues. Since his injury, he has been reclusive, and re enacting revenge fantasies over and over again with his miniatures and dolls. I do not find this to be healthy as the film makes out. Sure in small doses it would be fine to have this hobby, but these reenactments seem to be an obsession and I dont believe he is getting the help he needs to deal with his trauma. I was left feeling sad for Mark, and worried for his future.

20. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger, Adam Wood

Votes: 33,770 | Gross: $0.68M

21. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,110 | Gross: $0.19M

22. Loose Change: Second Edition (2005 Video)

82 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

An exploration of the viewpoint that the September 11, 2001 attacks were planned by the United States government.

Director: Dylan Avery

Votes: 4,794

23. 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: 136,811 | Gross: $21.24M

24. Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998 TV Movie)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Documentary focusing on the career of pro wrestler Bret Hart & his controversial exit from the WWF.

Director: Paul Jay | Stars: Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, Blade Hart

Votes: 3,689

25. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,954 | Gross: $119.19M

26. Garbo: The Spy (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

67 Metascore

A compelling account of Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history.

Director: Edmon Roch | Stars: Rupert Allason, José Antonio Escoriza, Aline Griffith, Juan Kreisler

Votes: 519 | Gross: $0.03M

I have read about the Allies in WWII misdirecting the Germans on the scale and location of the D-Day invasion; however I have never read of the spy (code named Garbo) who played a key role in the successful Normandy invasion. Very entertaining documentary with a powerful and gripping conclusion. One critique of the film is much of the beginning sections of the documentary seemed less focused than I would have liked.

27. The Staircase (2004–2018)

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 15,072

I enjoyed this in depth 8 part documentary series following the murder trail of Michael Peterson. It felt a little dull in some places (it was over 6 hours in length, so that is to be expected) but still enjoyable. The last part of the series was very gripping.

Throughout the film I felt like I was not getting the whole story, and sure enough digging around after watching the film showed there was quite a bit of forensic evidence that was shown to the jury and not to the viewer. Most likely left out to put more "doubt" in the mind of the viewer on whether or not Michael was guilty.

The documentary also provided some great behind the scenes commentary on the news media and their sensationalizing of a high profile trial such as this, and potentially misleading the public opinion of the accused. In the end I am still on the fence about whether or not Michael Peterson is guilty.

28. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 40,202 | Gross: $14.36M

29. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steven Burg

Votes: 56,562 | Gross: $13.00M

30. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 3,595 | Gross: $0.13M

31. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 31,778 | Gross: $2.55M

This documentary is simply inspirational. Jiro's legacy is the product of 70+ years of dedication to the art of making sushi. My favorite parts of the documentary are when Jiro masterfully explains what it takes to be the best (at anything). The documentary also gives a great glimpse of japanease culture and family life.

32. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 43,180 | Gross: $0.89M

33. 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: 60,583 | Gross: $3.97M

34. Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport

71 Metascore

Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail 'Money' Brown, Chavis Daniels

Votes: 6,537 | Gross: $0.56M

35. Food Matters (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Food Matters examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on such topics as organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

Directors: James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma | Stars: Vicky Blewitt, Ian Brighthope, Jerome Burne, Phillip Day

Votes: 4,538

36. War Photographer (2001)

96 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt

Votes: 3,858

37. The Rise & Fall of ECW (2004 Video)

TV-MA | 360 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary on the rise and fall of cult wrestling federation ECW

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Abdullah the Butcher, Donna Adamo, Bill Alfonso, Mike Alfonso

Votes: 1,313

38. Into the Abyss (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall

Votes: 15,228 | Gross: $0.22M

39. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

55 Metascore

Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

Directors: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas | Stars: Bill Hicks, Dwight Slade, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks

Votes: 4,660 | Gross: $0.09M

Prior to seeing this documentary I knew who Bill Hicks was and heard a few of his jokes, but I did not know much about the man. The documentary walks us through Bill Hicks life with great interviews with childhood friends and fellow comedians. I am not a huge fan of his comedy, but I definitely respect Bill Hicks drive to be original.

40. In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

A documentary on Henry Darger, visionary artist, janitor, and novelist.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Henry Darger, Dakota Fanning, Larry Pine, Frier McCollister

Votes: 2,028 | Gross: $0.41M

41. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,502

I have seen numerous documentaries on Bobby Fischer, and by far this one is the best. Highly recommended.

42. Good Hair (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy

72 Metascore

Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.

Director: Jeff Stilson | Stars: Chris Rock, Maya Angelou, Al Sharpton, Tanya Crumel

Votes: 5,329 | Gross: $4.16M

This film touches on an issue that I am far far removed from; the struggles that black women face with regards to straitening their hair (chemicals, weaves etc) to meet the popular image of beauty. The film succeeds at educating anyone who wants to know more about the multi-billion dollar hair industry targeting black women in the USA. The film also has some great interviews with black celebrities about the pressures black women have to look a certain way.

There are many hilarious scenes in the film, especially when Chris Rock is speaking to black men in a barber shop about how they know better than to ever touch a black woman's hair for fear of pulling on their weave. The documentary falls off the rails at times when they are showing the hair fashion show, but definitely hits home a strong message overall.

43. Tabloid (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

74 Metascore

A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Joyce McKinney, Peter Tory, Troy Williams, Jackson Shaw

Votes: 6,402 | Gross: $0.68M

44. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War