Best Documentary Movies

1.

O.J.: Made in America

6.2
8.9/10 IMDB

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Starring: O.J. Simpson, Marcia Clark, Francis Lee Bailey, Peter Hyams, David Zucker, Gil Garcetti, Robert Kardashian ..
Directed by: Ezra Edelman
Release date: 2016-05-20
2.

Stop Making Sense

6.2
8.6/10 IMDB

A concert film documenting Talking Heads at the height of their popularity, on tour for their 1983 album "Speaking in Tongues." The band takes the stage one by one and is joined by a cadre of guest musicians for a career-spanning and cinematic performance that features creative choreography and visuals.

Starring: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Steven Scales, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Lynn Mabry, Ednah Holt ..
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1984-11-16
3.

Senna

6.1
8.5/10 IMDB

Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievements on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend's years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.

Starring: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Viviane Senna, Milton da Silva, Neide Senna, Jackie Stewart, Sid Watkins, Galvão Bueno ..
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Release date: 2010-10-07
4.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

6.1
8.4/10 IMDB

Fred Rogers used puppets and play to explore complex social issues: race, disability, equality and tragedy, helping form the American concept of childhood. He spoke directly to children and they responded enthusiastically. Yet today, his impact is unclear. Have we lived up to Fred's ideal of good neighbors?

Starring: Fred Rogers, François Scarborough Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri, Kailyn Davis, David Newell, Joanne Rogers, McColm Cephas Jr., Betty Aberlin, Koko ..
Directed by: Morgan Neville
Release date: 2018-06-08
5.

Baraka

6.0
8.6/10 IMDB

A paralysingly beautiful documentary with a global vision—an odyssey through landscape and time—that attempts to capture the essence of life.

Directed by: Ron Fricke
Release date: 1992-09-15
6.

Earthlings

6.0
8.7/10 IMDB

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix ..
Directed by: Shaun Monson
Release date: 2005-09-24
7.

The Cove

6.0
8.4/10 IMDB

The Cove tells the amazing true story of how an elite team of individuals, films makers and free divers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate the hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. The shocking discoveries were only the tip of the iceberg.

Starring: Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Richard O'Barry, Hayden Panettiere, Roger Payne, John Potter ..
Directed by: Louie Psihoyos
Release date: 2009-07-31
8.

Paris Is Burning

6.0
8.2/10 IMDB

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, PARIS IS BURNING offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion "houses," from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women — including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza — PARIS IS BURNING brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

Starring: Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Willi Ninja, Octavia St. Laurent, Angie Xtravaganza, Venus Xtravaganza, Carmen Xtravaganza, Brooke Xtravaganza, Andre Christian, Paris Dupree ..
Directed by: Jennie Livingston
Release date: 1991-03-13
9.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

6.0
8.5/10 IMDB

In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child.

Starring: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby, Shirley Turner, Zachary Andrew Turner, Heather Arnold, Jon Atkinson, Bob Bagby, Earlene Bagby ..
Directed by: Kurt Kuenne
Release date: 2008-10-31
10.

The Look of Silence

6.0
8.3/10 IMDB

A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Starring: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong, Kemat, Joshua Oppenheimer, Amir Siahaan, Ted Yates ..
Directed by: Joshua Oppenheimer
Release date: 2014-08-30

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