Best Documentary Movies of 1982

1.

Burden of Dreams

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

German director Werner Herzog begins work on his 1982 epic "Fitzcarraldo" but soon runs into serious setbacks, from casting problems to his own stubborn refusal to use special effects. After having to reshoot much of the film because the lead actor was recast, his crew must then haul an old-fashioned steamboat over a mountain using manpower alone. With a resolve bordering on insanity, Herzog struggles to realize his vision, vowing to see the film completed -- even if it leads to his undoing.

Starring: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Mick Jagger, José Lewgoy ..
Directed by: Les Blank
Release date: 1982-05-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : The Compleat Beatles
2.

The Compleat Beatles

4.1
8.2/10 IMDB

“Let me take you down…” Now, for the first time, you can re-live the Beatles legends with this stunning 2-hour musical “Rockumentary”. It’s all there from the wild exuberance of the early Cavern Club days through eight incredible years, to the grim finality of “Let It Be”. See John, Paul, George and Ringo in performance, on tour, in films, recording with George Martin and in rare footage never before seen. Narrated by Malcom McDowell.

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin, Allan Williams, Gerry Marsden, Marianne Faithfull, Billy Preston ..
Directed by: Patrick Montgomery
Release date: 1982-10-01
3.

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time

3.5
8.4/10 IMDB

Documentary about the blacklisted folk group, "The Weavers," and the events leading up to their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall.

Starring: Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman ..
Directed by: Jim Brown
Release date: 1982-03-07
4.

The God Makers

3.2
5.2/10 IMDB

Two former Mormons seek to file a class-action lawsuit against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, detailing for skeptical attorneys the history, doctrines and secret rituals of the Mormon religion.

Starring: J. Edward Decker, Richard Baer, Harold Goodman, Brian Grant, Floyd C. McElveen ..
Release date: 1982-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : The Making of 'One from the Heart'
5.

The Making of 'One from the Heart'

3.2
6.8/10 IMDB

A short documentary on the Francis Ford Coppola musical One From the Heart.

Starring: Francis Ford Coppola, Raúl Juliá, Nastassja Kinski, Vittorio Storaro, Tom Waits ..
Directed by: Tony St. John
Release date: 1982-08-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Vincent Price's Dracula
6.

Vincent Price's Dracula

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Vincent Price hosts this documentary exploring the historical myths surrounding vampires.

Starring: Vincent Price ..
Directed by: John Muller, Jerry Fijalkowski
Release date: 1982-01-01
7.

Say Amen, Somebody

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Documentary on modern black gospel music, focusing on the pioneering Rev. Thomas Dorsey and Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith

Starring: Thomas Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith ..
Directed by: George T. Nierenberg
Release date: 1982-10-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Portrait of a '60% Perfect Man': Billy Wilder
8.

Portrait of a '60% Perfect Man': Billy Wilder

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

French film critic Michel Ciment interviews Billy Wilder about his life and filmmaking.

Starring: Michel Ciment, Billy Wilder, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, I. A. L. Diamond ..
Directed by: Annie Tresgot, Michel Ciment
Release date: 1982-05-21
9.

Arcade Attack

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Heroes of the Pinball Arcade race to stop the invasion of the Video Game terrors

Starring: Geoff Harvey, Tommy Hogan, Tommy Hogan, Stephen Highfield ..
Directed by: Mike Wallington
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Illuminated Texts
10.

Illuminated Texts

2.9
8.2/10 IMDB

"Breathtaking in its techniques, rhapsodic in its passion, and encyclopedia in its scope, the film traces the long fall from paradise into modern barbarism." Art Gallery of Ontario

Directed by: R. Bruce Elder
Release date: 1982-01-27

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