Best Documentary Movies of 1979


The Kids Are Alright

8.1/10 IMDB

Through concert performances and interviews, this film offers us an "inside look" at this famous rock group, "The Who". It captures their zany craziness and outrageous antics from the initial formation of the group to its major hit "Who Are You", and features the last performance of drummer Keith Moon just prior to his death.

Starring: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Steve Martin, Russell Harty, Tom Smothers, Ken Russell, Melvyn Bragg ..
Directed by: Jeff Stein
Release date: 1979-06-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : Kristallnacht


7.7/10 IMDB

A bewitching, mysterious work of enveloping beauty, the film’s ominous title and a dedication to Anne Frank deeply inform our reading of its haunting subtext.

Starring: Amy Halpern ..
Directed by: Chick Strand
Release date: 1979-11-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : Giger's Alien

Giger's Alien

8.4/10 IMDB

Documentary about Giger's work for the movie Alien (1979).

Starring: H.R. Giger, Ridley Scott ..
Directed by: H.R. Giger, J.J. Wittmer
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia

Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia

8.3/10 IMDB

John Pilger vividly reveals the brutality and murderous political ambitions of the Pol Pot/Khmer Rouge totalitarian regime which bought genocide and despair to the people of Cambodia while neighboring countries, including Australia, shamefully ignored the immense human suffering and unspeakable crimes that bloodied this once beautiful country.

Starring: John Pilger ..
Directed by: David Munro
Release date: 1979-10-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : Fred Dibnah, Steeplejack

Fred Dibnah, Steeplejack

8.7/10 IMDB

A documentary on the work of Fred Dibnah: scaling and demolishing old factory chimneys from the top, brick by brick, with little safety equipment.

Starring: Fred Dibnah, Deryck Guyler ..
Directed by: Don Haworth
Release date: 1979-09-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : Reggae Sunsplash

Reggae Sunsplash

7.6/10 IMDB

Combining concert footage and interviews with the performers, Reggae Sunsplash takes an inside look at the biggest reggae music festival in the world.

Starring: Peter Tosh, Bob Marley ..
Directed by: Stefan Paul
Release date: 1979-06-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : UFOs: It Has Begun

UFOs: It Has Begun

7.1/10 IMDB

A documentary exploring the existence of UFOs and extra-terrestrial beings. Hosted by the LEGENDARY Rod Serling. This was considered his "coming out the closet" in regards to his deep belief in UFOs just before his death from cancer.

Starring: Rod Serling, Burgess Meredith, José Ferrer, Jacques Vallée ..
Directed by: Ray Rivas
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : Kate Bush: Live at the Hammersmith Odeon

Kate Bush: Live at the Hammersmith Odeon

8.2/10 IMDB

A live performance from Kate Bush's critically and commercially successful The Tour of Life, recorded on May 13th, 1979.

Starring: Kate Bush, Brian Bath, Alan Murphy, Paddy Bush, Ben Barson, Kevin McAlea, Del Palmer, Preston Heyman, Glenys Groves, Liz Pearson ..
Directed by: Keith "Keef" MacMillan
Release date: 1979-05-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : The War at Home

The War at Home

7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary film about the anti-war movement in the Madison, Wisconsin area during the time of the Vietnam War. It combines archival footage and interviews with participants that explore the events of the period on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

Starring: Spiro Agnew, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Hubert H. Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara ..
Directed by: Barry Alexander Brown, Glenn Silber
Release date: 1979-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : Best Boy

Best Boy

7.9/10 IMDB

In this documentary, the director follows the day-to-day activities of his retarded, middle-aged cousin Philly, over a three-year period.

Directed by: Ira Wohl
Release date: 1979-10-05

Also check Best documentary movies of 1980.

Check out our top containing the Best Documentary Movies of 1979 - This top was obtained with our unique algorithm ordered by our unique ranking system.