Best Documentary Movies of 1976


Grey Gardens

7.6/10 IMDB

Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, two aging, eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate. The women reveal themselves to be misfits with outsized, engaging personalities. Much of the conversation is centered on their pasts, as mother and daughter now rarely leave home.

Starring: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers, Norman Vincent Peale, Jack Helmuth, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Jerry Torre, Lois Wright, Christine Ebersole ..
Directed by: Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Release date: 1976-02-19

The Song Remains the Same

7.7/10 IMDB

The best of Led Zeppelin's legendary 1973 appearances at Madison Square Garden. Interspersed throughout the concert footage are behind-the-scenes moments with the band. The Song Remains the Same is Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden in NYC concert footage colorfully enhanced by sequences which are supposed to reflect each band member's individual fantasies and hallucinations. Includes blistering live renditions of "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love," "The Song Remains the Same," and "Rain Song" among others.

Starring: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin ..
Directed by: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot
Release date: 1976-10-20

La Spirale

8.0/10 IMDB

Documentary about the military coup in Chile.

Starring: Med Hondo, François Périer ..
Directed by: Jacqueline Meppiel, Valérie Mayoux, Armand Mattelart
Release date: 1976-04-27

That's Entertainment, Part II

7.4/10 IMDB

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, Clark Gable, Kathryn Grayson, Leslie Caron ..
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Release date: 1976-05-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : The Memory of Justice

The Memory of Justice

8.5/10 IMDB

This exceptional, disturbing and thought-provoking documentary compares the atrocities committed by the Nazis as revealed during the Nuremberg trials to those committed by the French in Algeria and those done by the Americans in Vietnam. The four hour epic questions the right of any country to pass self-righteous moral judgements upon the actions of another country.

Starring: Joan Baez, Karl Dönitz, Edgar Faure, John Kenneth Galbraith, Hermann Göring, Johanna Hofer, Beate Klarsfeld, Serge Klarsfeld, Eugen Kogon, Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff ..
Directed by: Marcel Ophüls
Release date: 1976-10-04

Heartworn Highways

8.0/10 IMDB

In this performance documentary highlighting several Country and Western music artists, the director James Szalapski has decided to let the music speak for itself, eschewing narration and interviews. A little comic relief is provided by a rambling, humorous introduction to a song sung by Gamble Rogers, and there are some down-home shots of the folks in Wigwam Tavern in Nashville. Many of the singers are entertaining in their own right, and there are interesting segments, such as one sequence in the Tennessee State Prison during a performance by David Allan Coe. Although filmed in 1976, the documentary was not released until 1981.

Starring: Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Peggy Brooks, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Charlie Daniels, Wayne Moss, Gamble Rogers ..
Directed by: James Szalapski
Release date: 1976-05-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol

Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol

8.0/10 IMDB

In 1969 Michel Auder began a series of video diaries that chronicled the art scene in downtown New York. In Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol, Auder captures revealing moments in Warhol's public and private life: the opening of the 1970 Whitney Museum retrospective, a party held at John Lennon and Yoko Ono's home, a heated telephone conversation between Warhol, Viva and Brigid Berlin, and an illuminating interview conducted with Larry Rivers, the grandfather of Pop Art, following the publication of The Philosophy of Andy Warhol in 1975. The issue of money is a consistent topic of conversation with Viva, who after departing the Factory in 1969 sent Warhol a series of threatening letters demanding money.

Starring: Brigid Berlin, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Viva, Andy Warhol ..
Directed by: Michel Auder
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : Number Our Days

Number Our Days

7.9/10 IMDB

Based on the book by anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff, this Academy Award-winning short documentary offers a tender portrait of a community of elderly yet resilient Jews living, loving, and at times struggling, in Venice, California. From everyday trials to traditional celebrations, this compassionate portrayal of Eastern European survivors cuts straight to the heart of every viewer and reminds us of the joys and realities of long life.

Starring: Barbara Myerhoff ..
Directed by: Barbara Myerhoff, Lynne Littman
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : Billy Connolly: Big Banana Feet

Billy Connolly: Big Banana Feet

8.4/10 IMDB

Billy Connolly was, in the 1970s, a sort of Scottish Lenny Bruce, who, with devastating humour, sliced through the hypocrisies he perceived. This 1976 documentary follows the singer-comic during his 1975 Irish tour. Made in a cinema verité fashion, the performer appears to be completely unaware of the presence of the camera in his off-stage and backstage moments.

Starring: Billy Connolly ..
Directed by: David Peat
Release date: 1976-01-01

To Fly!

6.8/10 IMDB

Early IMAX documentary about the development of human flight.

Starring: Ellen Bry ..
Directed by: Greg MacGillivray, Jim Freeman
Release date: 1976-07-01

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