Best Documentary Movies of 1980

1.

The Making of The Empire Strikes Back

3.5
8.2/10 IMDB

Even the most devout Star Wars fan might not know that filmmaker and journalist Michel Parbot was once given unprecedented access to the set, stars, and filmmakers behind The Empire Strikes Back. The resulting work, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, has apparently never been commercially released. Most of the footage has been lost, but 15 minutes has circulated online in recent years. Now, the 1 hour cut of Michel Parbot’s lost documentary has been found.

Starring: Irvin Kershner, Gary Kurtz, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels ..
Directed by: Michel Parbot
Release date: 1980-09-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1980 : Death of a Princess
2.

Death of a Princess

3.3
7.6/10 IMDB

A journalist investigates a newspaper story of the execution of an Arab princess.

Starring: Sawsan Badr, Paul Freeman, Judy Parfitt, Samir Sabri, Ismet Raafat, Geoffrey Collins, Paul Copley, Mohammed Tawfik ..
Directed by: Antony Thomas
Release date: 1980-04-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1980 : Revival Of Evil
3.

Revival Of Evil

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Is today's Revival Of Evil setting the stage for the antichrist? Join David Hunt in this fascinating journey into the world of the occult. See candid shots inside Anton LaVey's First Church of Satan, hypnotic regression to "prior lives", and psychic "revelations" from UFOs. Occultism also masquerades as the latest in science, education, parlor games & movies. Through candid interviews learn the truth about witchcraft in famous rock groups, psychic powers and seances among teenagers, demonic possession through yoga, and the true power behind Ouija boards as told by those who are still involved and others who have been triumphantly delivered through Jesus Christ.

Starring: Dave Hunt, Caryl Matrisciana, Susan Brooks, Carole Carmichael, Jim Gold, Dave Hansen, Patricia Ann Lumlee, Judy Mamou, Mike Putini ..
Directed by: Brian Barkley
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1980 : Word, Sound and Power
4.

Word, Sound and Power

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

Music lovers fascinated by the ideas, experiences, and emotions that serve as the foundation of Jamaican reggae are invited to explore the history of the legendary Soul Syndicate - a collection of talented musicians who provided backup instrumentation for such acclaimed artists as Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Mayals, Burning Spear, and Bob Marley and the Wailers among others.

Directed by: Jeremiah Stein
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1980 : Metaphor: King Vidor Meets with Andrew Wyeth
5.

Metaphor: King Vidor Meets with Andrew Wyeth

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Vidor and Wyeth discuss the influence of The Big Parade on Wyeth and the use of metaphors in art

Starring: King Vidor, Andrew Wyeth ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1980 : The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
6.

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

2.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Documentary about women's experiences of labour, in factories, mines and dockyards, in the USA during the second World War and how it affected their work and career aspirations once they were encouraged to give up such employment in peacetime.

Directed by: Connie Field
Release date: 1980-09-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1980 : Loads
7.

Loads

2.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Curt McDowell offers an account of his "adventures with straight boys and the hospitality he extends to them".

Starring: Curt McDowell ..
Directed by: Curt McDowell
Release date: 1980-11-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1980 : Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog'
8.

Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog'

2.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Short documentary. Interviews with the cast & crew of 'The Fog'

Starring: John Carpenter, Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh ..
Directed by: Steven A. Wacker
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1980 : Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu
9.

Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu

1.9
8.5/10 IMDB

A documentary about the last issue of The New York Times to be composed in the hot-metal printing process.

Starring: Carl Schlesinger ..
Directed by: David Loeb Weiss
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1980 : On Company Business
10.

On Company Business

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

A controversial three part critical documentary on the history of the CIA.

Directed by: Allan Francovich
Release date: 1980-04-14

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