Every Documentary I Have Seenby 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 »
2. Touching the Void (2003)
R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama
The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
Votes: 32,267 | Gross: $4.59M
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.
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.
8. Five Broken Cameras (2011)
Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War
A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14. Senna (2010)
PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Votes: 58,421 | Gross: $1.61M
15. Man on Wire (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History
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".
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.
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 »
18. Winnebago Man (2009)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
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 »
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
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.
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.
21. Waste Land (2010)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 8,110 | Gross: $0.19M
25. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 123,954 | Gross: $119.19M
26. Garbo: The Spy (2009)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A compelling account of Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history.
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.
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
An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.
Votes: 40,202 | Gross: $14.36M
30. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News
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.
Votes: 3,595 | Gross: $0.13M
31. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
PG | 81 min | Documentary
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
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
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.
Votes: 43,180 | Gross: $0.89M
33. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.
Votes: 60,583 | Gross: $3.97M
34. Undefeated (2011)
PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport
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.
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.
38. Into the Abyss (2011)
PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.
Votes: 15,228 | Gross: $0.22M
39. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)
Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography
Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.
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.
41. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History
'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 »
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
Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.
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.
44. Nanking (2007)
R | 88 min | Biography, History, War