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 ..
Directed by: Jeff Stein
Release date: 1979-06-15
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 : 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 : 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 : Soft Fiction

Soft Fiction

7.5/10 IMDB

Chick Strand's SOFT FICTION is a personal documentary that brilliantly portrays the survival power of female sensuality. It combines the documentary approach with a sensuous lyrical expressionism. Strand focuses her camera on people talking about their own experience, capturing subtle nuances in facial expressions and gestures that are rarely seen in cinema.

Starring: Amy Halpren, Beverle Houston, Karen Amend, Melissa Lou Beal, Simone Gad, Johanna Demetrakis, Cathy Freeman, Hedy Sontag, Victoria Mudo, Cynthia Mac Adams ..
Directed by: Chick Strand
Release date: 1979-11-16
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
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : The Horror Show

The Horror Show

8.9/10 IMDB

A history of horror movies.

Starring: Anthony Perkins ..
Directed by: Richard Schickel
Release date: 1979-02-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : New York Portrait, Chapter I

New York Portrait, Chapter I

7.3/10 IMDB

Hutton's most impressive work ... the filmmaker's style takes on an assertive edge that marks his maturity. The landscape has a majesty that serves to reflect the meditative interiority of the artist independent of any human presence. ... New York is framed in the dark nights of a lonely winter. The pulse of street life finds no role in NEW YORK PORTRAIT; the dense metropolitan population and imposing urban locale disappear before Hutton's concern for the primal force of a universal presence. With an eye for the ordinary, Hutton can point his camera toward the clouds finding flocks of birds, or turn back to the simple objects around his apartment struggling to elicit a personal intuition from their presence. ... Hutton finds a harmonious, if at times melancholy, rapport with the natural elements that retain their grace in spite of the city's artificial environment. The city becomes a ghost town that the filmmaker transforms into a vehicle reflecting his personal mood.

Directed by: Peter B. Hutton
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1979 : The Wobblies

The Wobblies

7.7/10 IMDB

Solidarity! All for One and One for All!" With that slogan, the Industrial Workers of the World, aka the Wobblies, took to organizing unskilled workers into one big union and changing the course of history. This award-winning film airs a provocative look at the forgotten American history of this most radical of unions, screening the unforgettable and still-fiery voices of Wobbly members--lumberjacks, migratory workers, and silk weavers--in their 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Starring: Charles Rydell, Anthony Bouza ..
Directed by: Stewart Bird, Deborah Shaffer
Release date: 1979-09-15

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