Best Documentary Movies of 1966


The Endless Summer

7.8/10 IMDB

Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer is one of the first and most influential surf movies of all time. The film documents American surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August as they travel the world during California’s winter (which, back in 1965 was off-season for surfing) in search of the perfect wave and ultimately, an endless summer.

Starring: Michael Hynson, Robert August, Lord 'Tally Ho' Blears, Bruce Brown, Chip Fitzwater, Chuck Gardner, Wayne Miyata ..
Directed by: Bruce Brown
Release date: 1966-06-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : Meet Marlon Brando

Meet Marlon Brando

7.6/10 IMDB

Journalists from all over America meet Marlon Brando in a New York hotel room to interview him about his new film, Morituri. Seeing this as an opportunity to let the legendary actor promote the film, they find Brando unwilling to talk about it, instead he is more interested in larking about and turning on the charm when being interviewed by a former winner of the Miss USA competition.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Rex Morgan, Mary Frann, Lee Murray, Stan Kann, Bill Gordon, Donna Axum ..
Directed by: Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Release date: 1966-09-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : The Velvet Underground and Nico

The Velvet Underground and Nico

6.7/10 IMDB

The film depicts a rehearsal of The Velvet Underground including Nico, and is essentially one long loose improvisation.

Starring: Lou Reed, Nico, John Cale, Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga, Mary Woronov, Ari Boulogne, Sterling Morrison, Stephen Shore, Maureen Tucker ..
Directed by: Andy Warhol
Release date: 1966-02-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : Mondo Topless

Mondo Topless

4.9/10 IMDB

Mondo Topless is a 1966 pseudo documentary directed by Russ Meyer, featuring Babette Bardot and Lorna Maitland among others.

Starring: Babette Bardot, Pat Barrington, Sin Lenee, Darlene Grey, Diane Young, Darla Paris, Donna X, Veronique Gabriel, Greta Thorwald, Denice Duval ..
Directed by: Russ Meyer
Release date: 1966-11-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : The Legend of Marilyn Monroe

The Legend of Marilyn Monroe

7.2/10 IMDB

The Legend of Marilyn Monroe is a 1966 American documentary film chronicling the life and career of actress Marilyn Monroe. Directed by Terry Sanders, and narrated by John Huston.

Starring: Jerry Giesler ..
Release date: 1966-11-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas

7.2/10 IMDB

The 1966 visit of Hollywood movie star Kirk Douglas at the legendary Polish State Film School in Lódz.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Jerzy Bossak, Barbara Brylska, Marek Piwowski ..
Directed by: Marek Piwowski, Feridun Erol
Release date: 1966-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : Report from Millbrook

Report from Millbrook

7.1/10 IMDB

An oblique documentary about the LSD group experiments of Timothy Leary, with off screen commentary of a participant and shots of Leary's house and the surroundings.

Directed by: Jonas Mekas
Release date: 1966-09-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : Cassis


5.7/10 IMDB

One day of the Cassis port filmed in one shot.

Directed by: Jonas Mekas
Release date: 1966-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : The Four Elements

The Four Elements

5.5/10 IMDB

An educational film about power sources that’s rendered as a lyrical meditation on heat and vapor, The Four Elements is a poetic and avant-garde documentary Curtis Harrington made for the United States Information Agency.

Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1966-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : Galaxie


8.1/10 IMDB

In March and April of 1966, Markopoulos created this filmic portrait of writers and artists from his New York circle, including Parker Tyler, W. H. Auden, Jasper Johns, Susan Sontag, Storm De Hirsch, Jonas Mekas, Allen Ginsberg, and George and Mike Kuchar, most observed in their homes or studios. Filmed in vibrant color, Galaxie pulses with life. It is a masterpiece of in-camera composition and editing, and stands as a vibrant response to Andy Warhol's contemporary Screen Tests.

Starring: Parker Tyler, Storm De Hirsch, Amy Taubin, George Kuchar, Mike Kuchar, Charles Boultenhouse, Jonas Mekas, Jasper Johns, W.H. Auden, Jerome Hill ..
Directed by: Gregory J. Markopoulos
Release date: 1966-09-03

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