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 : 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 : 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
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

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