Best Documentary Movies of 1983

1.

Style Wars

4.1
8.1/10 IMDB

Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant's PBS documentary tracks the rise and fall of subway graffiti in New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Starring: Cap, Daze, Dondi, Kase 2, Eric Haze, Ed Koch, Rammellzee, Irene Cara, Gene Anthony Ray, Skeme ..
Directed by: Tony Silver
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Carlin at Carnegie
2.

Carlin at Carnegie

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York City in 1982, released in 1983. Most of the material comes from his A Place for My Stuff, the album released earlier that same year. The final performance of "Seven Dirty Words," his last recorded performance of the routine, features Carlin's updated list.

Starring: George Carlin ..
Directed by: Steven J. Santos
Release date: 1983-01-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
3.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Hammersmith Odeon, London, July 3, 1973. British singer David Bowie performs his alter ego Ziggy Stardust for the very last time. A decadent show, a hallucinogenic collage of kitsch, pop irony and flamboyant excess: a musical symbiosis of feminine passion and masculine dominance that defines Bowie's art and the glam rock genre.

Starring: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey, Angela Bowie, Ken Fordham, Brian Wilshaw, Geoffrey MacCormack, John 'Hutch' Hutchinson, Mike Garson ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1983-12-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Bad News Tour
4.

Bad News Tour

3.8
8.2/10 IMDB

A documentary crew films heavy metal band Bad News as they have trouble starting their van, pick up a schoolgirl groupie, and meet up with rock journalist Sally at a motorway service station where they argue about the cost of sausage and chips.

Starring: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Serena Evans, Bert Parnaby, Neville Smith, Judy Hawkins ..
Directed by: Sandy Johnson
Release date: 1983-01-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : A Generation Apart
5.

A Generation Apart

3.7
8.1/10 IMDB

A one-hour documentary that explores the impact of the Holocaust on the families of survivors.

Starring: Jack Fisher ..
Directed by: Jack Fisher
Release date: 1983-10-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Tigris Expedition
6.

The Tigris Expedition

3.7
8.6/10 IMDB

In 1977, Thor Heyerdahl built a reed boat, the Tigris (the name for the Tiger in Latin), whose task was to demonstrate that trade and migration contacts could exist between Mesopotamia and Indian civilization as represented by modern Pakistan. The Tigris was built in Iraq and set sail with an international crew of 11 on board across the Persian Gulf to Pakistan, and from there to the Red Sea. After about five months of sailing, the Tigris, which retained its seaworthiness, was burned in Djibouti on April 3, 1978 in protest against the wars that erupted in the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa.

Starring: Thor Heyerdahl, Carlo Mauri, Norman Baker, Norris Brock, Hans Peter Böhn, Germán Carrasco, Asbjorn Damhus, Rashad Nazir Salim, Yuri Senkevich, Toru Suzuki ..
Directed by: Thor Heyerdahl
Release date: 1983-08-27
7.

Winter Light

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

Though best known for his collage films, Lawrence Jordan here makes exquisite study of the different aspects of light lilting through the early morning fog of California winter. Painterly gradations of color and juxtapositions in scale are beautifully arranged to music by Antonio Vivaldi.

Directed by: Lawrence Jordan
Release date: 1983-01-01
8.

The Spanish Civil War

3.7
8.1/10 IMDB

Documentary series which uses film and eyewitness accounts from both sides of the conflict that divided Spain in the years leading up to World War Two, also placing it in its international context.

Starring: Frank Finlay ..
Directed by: John Blake, David Hart
Release date: 1983-01-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Rain Forest
9.

Rain Forest

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

The tropical rain forests of the world are home to nearly half the animal species on earth - an estimated five million different life forms. More than 100 inches of rainfall each year sustain this lush environment, where some of the most fascinating examples of natural adaptation can be found. Journey to the dense rain forests of Costa Rica and watch as leaf-cutting ants carry sections of leaves many times their weight to underground fungus gardens, a basilisk lizard walks on water, and howler monkeys bask in the sun. Fascinating and thought-provoking, this film is an eloquent warning of the natural wonders we stand to lose on a world scale if human encroachment of the world's rain forests continues.

Directed by: Carol Hughes, David Hughes
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano
10.

Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

A documentary about and an interview with Hollywood actress Bette Davis about her life and career from the late 1920s to the 1980s on stage and mostly before the camera.

Starring: Bette Davis, Ian Holm, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Anne Baxter, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph L. Mankiewicz ..
Release date: 1983-11-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi
11.

Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi

3.4
7.0/10 IMDB

Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film.

Starring: Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Kenny Baker, David Alan Barclay, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, Mike Edmonds, Stuart Freeborn, Jim Henson, Howard G. Kazanjian ..
Directed by: Robert Guenette
Release date: 1983-11-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Schindler
12.

Schindler

3.4
7.7/10 IMDB

The true story of German-Czech businessman Oskar Schindler (1908-74) as told by some of the Jews — more than a thousand people — whose lives he saved from extermination during World War II.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Emilie Schindler, Oskar Schindler, Winston Churchill, Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler, Josef Kramer, Irena Schek, Mojesz Pantirer, Solomon Urbach ..
Directed by: Jon Blair
Release date: 1983-10-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me
13.

Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me

3.3
7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary about the life and work of Ray Harryhausen.

Starring: Eric Boardman, Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Kerwin Mathews, Gary Owens, Charles H. Schneer, Forrest J. Ackerman ..
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Hieronymus Bosch: The Mysteries of Hieronymus Bosch
14.

Hieronymus Bosch: The Mysteries of Hieronymus Bosch

3.3
7.9/10 IMDB

Nicholas Baum goes on a journey to Den Bosch, Hieronymus Bosch's town, and gives his explanation about what he thinks the painter's works originally meant.

Starring: NICHOLAS BAUM ..
Release date: 1983-03-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Planets
15.

The Planets

3.3
7.9/10 IMDB

Based on the famous Gustav Holst musical suite, this musical film takes watchers on a magnificent journey of the planets of the Solar System.

Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1983-01-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : UK/DK: A Film About Punks and Skinheads
16.

UK/DK: A Film About Punks and Skinheads

3.2
8.0/10 IMDB

Featuring interviews, live concert footage, and a feature on how punk was transformed from a trend to a way of life, UK/DK is a comprehensive look at the skinhead/punk movement. Some of the most notorious bands on the scene are featured, including The Exploited, The Vice Squad, The Adicts and many more.

Starring: Wattie Buchan, Beki Bondage, Keith Warren, Mel Ellis, Pete Dee Davison, Michael Dee Davison, Alan Miller, Micky Fitz, Anthony Martin ..
Directed by: Christopher Collins
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Visions Cinema: Film in the Philippines - A Report by Tony Rayns
17.

Visions Cinema: Film in the Philippines - A Report by Tony Rayns

3.2
8.0/10 IMDB

Film critic Tony Rayns interviews Lino Brocka and other prominent Filipino filmmakers.

Starring: Tony Rayns, Ishmael Bernal, Lino Brocka, Manuel Conde, Clodualdo del Mundo Jr., Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Agustin Sotto ..
Directed by: Ron Orders
Release date: 1983-09-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Horror of It All
18.

The Horror of It All

3.2
6.8/10 IMDB

A collection of film clips from horror movies and interviews with the actors and directors who made them.

Starring: José Ferrer, Dana Andrews, Martine Beswick, Robert Bloch, John Carl Buechler, John Carradine, Roger Corman, Curtis Harrington, Rouben Mamoulian, Gloria Stuart ..
Directed by: Gene Feldman, Suzette Winter
Release date: 1983-02-23
19.

Children of Darkness

3.1
7.9/10 IMDB

A significant number of American children and teenagers - from all social backgrounds - suffer from mental disorders, schizophrenia, autism and emotional problems, leading them to isolation from society while treating their issues in mental health facilities. But there's no end in sight for those young individuals when they face obstacles and mistreatment in inadequate places under the supervision of careless and inexperienced professionals. The documentary follows some of those public mental institutions and another private center dealing with troubled kids and reveals what's wrong with their procedures, and the irreparable harm they cause in those patients.

Starring: Peter Thomas, Richard Kotuk, John Brooks, Billy Calhoun, Mary Calhoun, Gerald Davidson, Alice Dunn, Kenneth Kaufman, Brian Mcanally, Jim Mcanally ..
Directed by: Ara Chekmayan, Richard Kotuk
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Nicaragua: A Nation's Right to Survive
20.

Nicaragua: A Nation's Right to Survive

3.1
8.0/10 IMDB

How can a country survive when its jungle borders hold 4000 hostile troops?

Starring: John Pilger ..
Directed by: Alan Lowery
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi' : The Making of a Saga
21.

From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi' : The Making of a Saga

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga is a 1983 television documentary special that originally aired on PBS. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, with particular emphasis on the final film, Return of the Jedi. Narrated by actor Mark Hamill, the documentary was written by Richard Schickel who had written the previous television documentaries The Making of Star Wars (1977) and SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

Starring: George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, Phil Tippett, Stuart Freeborn, Joe Johnston, John Williams, Tim Rose, Harrison Ford ..
Release date: 1983-12-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
22.

Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage

3.1
7.8/10 IMDB

Out-takes (mostly from Warner Bros.), promotional shorts, movie premieres, public service pleas, wardrobe tests, documentary material, and archival footage make up this star-studded voyeuristic look at the Golden age of Hollywood during the 30s, 40, and 50.

Starring: Gig Young, Bud Abbott, Walter Abel, Katharine Alexander, Ray Anthony, Desi Arnaz, Mischa Auer, Lauren Bacall, Max Baer, Fay Bainter ..
Directed by: Stanley Sheff, Bruce Goldstein, Ron Blackman
Release date: 1983-02-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek Memories
23.

Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek Memories

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

A TV special hosted by Leonard Nimoy and featuring the actor discussing the making of "The Original Series" and the first two Star Trek movies, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". Also included is a short preview of "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock".

Starring: Leonard Nimoy ..
Directed by: Kevin Curtis
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The World of 'The Dark Crystal'
24.

The World of 'The Dark Crystal'

3.0
7.8/10 IMDB

A documentary which explores the making of Jim Henson and Frank Oz's 1982 fantasy film 'The Dark Crystal', which originally aired on PBS in the United States on January 9, 1983. This one-hour documentary details the technological innovations in the field of animatronics, art design, film making, and Henson's own brand of magic. Requiring 5 years of production, including over two years of pre-production, The Dark Crystal was inspired by the imagination of artist Brian Froud and conceived by scores of talented designers, builders, technicians, and performers. The World of the Dark Crystal shows how Jim Henson's Creature Shop in London and the Muppet Workshop in New York brought Brian Froud's art and Jim Henson's vision to life.

Starring: Jim Henson, Brian Froud, Wendy Midener, Gary Kurtz, Frank Oz, Fred Nihda, Kathryn Mullen, Jean-Pierre Amiel, Lyle Conway, Oswald Morris ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1983-01-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Seventeen
25.

Seventeen

3.0
7.7/10 IMDB

In their final year at Muncie's Southside High School, a group of seniors hurtles toward maturity with a combination of joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency. They are also learning a great deal about life, both in and out of school, and not what school officials think they are teaching.

Directed by: Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines
Release date: 1983-09-13
26.

Say Amen, Somebody

3.0
7.6/10 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: 1983-03-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Patu!
27.

Patu!

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

In 1981, the New Zealand government invited the South African rugby team to tour New Zealand. This effectively split the country in half. Patu! is the story of the protest movement, HART (halt all racist tours). This documentary shows footage of protester meetings, rugby games and various beatings meted out to protesters from police.

Starring: Marx Jones, John Minto ..
Directed by: Merata Mita
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Sea in Their Blood
28.

The Sea in Their Blood

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

A film made for the Central Office of Information concerning Britain's coastline, with music by Michael Nyman.

Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1983-10-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists
29.

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

A unique documentary that looks at the political activities of the American Communist Party in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Starring: Oscar Hunter, Rose Podmaka, Sylvia Woods, Howard 'Stretch' Johnson, Bill Bailey, Edna Whitehouse, Ruth Maguire, Stanley Postek, Dorothy Ray Healey, Carl Hirsch ..
Directed by: Julia Reichert, Jim Klein
Release date: 1983-10-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : G'olé!
30.

G'olé!

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

This is the official FIFA film of the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain. Runs 98 minutes and includes commentary by Sean Connery with a special score composed by Rick Wakeman. Not your average footie film, this is a stunning record of the 1982 tournament finals which included England and Northern Ireland and culminated in Italy's thrilling victory against West Germany.

Starring: Sean Connery ..
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1983-03-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Store
31.

The Store

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

THE STORE is a film about the main Neiman-Marcus store and corporate headquarters in Dallas. The sequences in the film include the selection, presentation, marketing, pricing, advertising and selling of a vast array of consumer products including designer clothes and furs, jewelry, perfumes, shoes, electronic products, sportswear, china and porcelain and many other goods. The internal management and organizational aspects of a large corporation are shown, i.e., sales meetings, development of marketing and advertising strategies, training, personnel practices and sales techniques.

Starring: Art Buchwald, Lady Bird Johnson ..
Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Release date: 1983-12-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Chicken Ranch
32.

Chicken Ranch

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Documentary on the "Chicken Ranch," a legal Nevada brothel.

Directed by: Nick Broomfield, Sandi Sissel
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Anarchism in America
33.

Anarchism in America

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

A colorful and provocative survey of anarchism in America, the film attempts to dispel popular misconceptions and trace the historical development of the movement. The film explores the movement both as a native American philosophy stemming from 19th century American traditions of individualism, and as a foreign ideology brought to America by immigrants. The film features rare archival footage and interviews with significant personalities in anarchist history including Murray Boochkin and Karl Hess, and also live performance footage of the Dead Kennedys.

Starring: Jello Biafra, Paul Avrich, Murray Bookchin, Karl Hess ..
Directed by: Steven Fischler, Joel Sucher
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Spectre of Marxism
34.

The Spectre of Marxism

2.8
7.4/10 IMDB

The impact of Marx on the 20th century has been all-pervasive and world-wide. This program looks at the man, at the roots of his philosophy, at the causes and explanations of his philosophical development, and at its most direct outcome: the failed Soviet Union.

Starring: Stuart Hall ..
Directed by: Alan Horrox
Release date: 1983-10-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Flamenco at 5:15
35.

Flamenco at 5:15

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

In this Oscar Winning documentary short film, students in their final year at the National Ballet School of Canada are seen learning the flamenco from Susana and Antonio Robledo, who come to the school every winter to conduct classes which are held after the day's regular schedule has ended.

Starring: Susana Robledo, Antonio Robledo ..
Directed by: Cynthia Scott
Release date: 1983-01-01
36.

Hells Angels Forever

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

What starts off as a squadron of American daredevil bombers in World War II, branded by society as renegades, turns into a revealing ride into the world of honor, violence, and undying passion for motorcycles on the road.

Starring: Sandy Alexander, Ray Archuleta, Sonny Barger, Scott Barnes, Jerry Garcia, Willie Nelson, Morgan Paull ..
Directed by: Leon Gast, Kevin Keating, Richard Chase
Release date: 1983-10-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : When Women Kill
37.

When Women Kill

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

When Women Kill is a poignant documentary exploring the shocking violence that seven women fell victim to at the hands of men. The program profiles the battered women who speak frankly about the cruel abuse, threats, and fears, and the overassertive men who led them down a one-way path to death and destruction. The film features in-prison footage, including a segment depicting a confession by a follower of the notorious Charles Manson, Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted of two killing sprees and committed to life in prison.

Starring: Lee Grant, Leslie Van Houten ..
Directed by: Lee Grant
Release date: 1983-09-06
38.

Sprout Wings and Fly

2.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Set in the North Carolina Appalachians, Sprout Wings and Fly honors the fiddle playing of 82-year-old Tommy Jarrell of Toast, NC. Tommy was quirky, gregarious and generous, and this film shows him at his best, in fine fiddling form.

Starring: Tommy Jarrell ..
Directed by: Les Blank, Cece Conway, Alice Gerrard
Release date: 1983-10-01
39.

Pirate Tape

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

Derek Jarman's film portrait of American writer William S. Burroughs was shot in September 1982 during his first visit to England to attend the legendary Final Academy events at the South London Ritzy Cinema. These were Burroughs-themed art and performance nights curated by Psychic TV. Jarman’s film shows Burroughs on Tottenham Court Road signing autographs with fans and inside a shop buying alcohol. The industrial soundtrack by Psychic TV features a sample of Burroughs repeating "boys, school showers and swimming pools full of 'em'". Additional footage shot by Jarman during Burroughs' visit is reported to have been confiscated by Scotland Yard in 1991 and remains lost. Jarman and Psychic TV would continue to collaborate (“magic bound us together” Jarman wrote), with Jarman directing the music video for Catalan and staring as the spokesperson in the Psychic TV video A Spokesman for the Temple of Psychick Youth.

Starring: William S. Burroughs, Peter Christopherson, FM Einheit ..
Directed by: Derek Jarman
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Anthem
40.

Anthem

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A series of shots depicting "America" are laid over a classic Gregorian Chant recreated through the distortion of a woman's screams.

Directed by: Bill Viola
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Electric Blue 11
41.

Electric Blue 11

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Framing the erotic vignettes in this entry is "Taking Off With Kitten Natividad," which is set aboard Electric Airways flight #11, a new airline hoping to cut out the competition with unique in-flight entertainment of a sexual nature. Stewardesses Kim (Michelle Bauer) and Sandy (Lois Ayres) help Kitten give the passengers a flight to remember. First issued in the UK as Electric Blue 11, this was titled Electric Blue 5 for the later U.S. release.

Starring: Kitten Natividad, Michelle Bauer, Lois Ayres, Seka, Shauna Grant, Julia Parton, Nastassja Kinski ..
Directed by: Adam Cole
Release date: 1983-08-01
42.

The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt

2.7
7.5/10 IMDB

Theodore Roosevelt was America's 26th president and a larger-than-life legend whose incredible story must be seen to be believed. Narrated by George C. Scott, this documentary weaves extremely rare archival footage with meticulous recreations alongside the music of John Philip Sousa in a dynamic panorama of the great events of Teddy Roosevelt in the early years of the 20th century.

Starring: George C. Scott, Mary Myan, Bob Boyd, Philippa B. Roosevelt, Harold Mark Kingsley, William Kapinski ..
Directed by: Harrison Engle
Release date: 1983-01-01
43.

Montgomery Clift

2.7
7.5/10 IMDB

A documentary incorporating footage of Montgomery Clift’s most memorable films; interviews with family and friends, and rare archival material stretching back to his childhood. What develops is the story of an intense young boy who yearned for stardom, achieved notable success in such classic films as From Here to Eternity and I Confess, only to be ruined by alcohol addiction and his inability to face his own fears and homosexual desires. Montgomery Clift, as this film portrays him, may not have been a happy man but he never compromised his acting talents for Hollywood.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Judy Balaban, Patricia Bosworth, Brooks Clift, Augusta Dabney, Jane Fonda, Bill Gunn, Robert La Guardia, Jack Larson, William LeMassena ..
Directed by: Claudio Masenza
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti
44.

Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti

2.6
6.9/10 IMDB

An unconventional portrait of painter Frida Kahlo and photographer Tina Modotti. Simple in style but complex in its analysis, it explores the divergent themes and styles of two contemporary and radical women artists working in the upheaval of the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution.

Starring: Frida Kahlo, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera, Miriam Margolyes ..
Directed by: Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
Release date: 1983-01-01
45.

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Why do over 1,000 New York City schoolchildren audition for a modern dance program that requires them to sacrifice free time and involvement in sports and music? For a chance to study with the charismatic Jacques d'Amboise at the National Dance Institute. His philosophy--that creativity exists within everyone and that trying one's best ensures success--forms the foundation of a unique dance program. This documentary chronicles one school-year-long program including initial auditions, rehearsals, and the creation of an exclusive "SWAT" team, and culminates in an amazing, year-end performance at New York's Felt Forum. D'Amboise's enthusiasm is infectious--children, parents, teachers, professional dancers and musicians, and even local law enforcement officers find themselves involved in his productions. This Academy Award-winning documentary details the inspiring story of how one talented dancer's vision flourished into a coveted New York City dance program.

Starring: Jacques d'Amboise ..
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Release date: 1983-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Oliver
46.

Oliver

2.6
7.2/10 IMDB

A documentary about a gay nightclub performer with an especially lurid "Spider-man" act. Oliver is a female impersonator who supports his family by performing in Manila's gay bars.

Starring: Tony Alvarez ..
Directed by: Nick Deocampo
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Huie's Sermon
47.

Huie's Sermon

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Reverend Huie Rogers is a preacher at the Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Brooklyn. He is the topic of this short film, during which launches into an epic call-and-response denunciation of human hubris, greed, corruption and failure. The use of lengthy shots present it less like a sermon and more a performance, and induce an almost trance-like state.

Starring: Huie Rogers ..
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 1983-07-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : James Bond in India
48.

James Bond in India

2.5
6.7/10 IMDB

The making of the James Bond movie Octopussy (1983) in Udaipur, India during 1982.

Starring: Roger Moore, Vijay Amritraj, John Glen, Mary Stavin, Elaine Schreyeck, Kabir Bedi, Kristina Wayborn, Louis Jourdan, Maud Adams, Bob Simmons ..
Directed by: Charles Juroe
Release date: 1983-01-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Courtesans of Bombay
49.

The Courtesans of Bombay

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

In the Mumbai, India, tenement community of Pavanpul, young female courtesans sing, dance and perform sexual favors for male clientele. Directors James Ivory and Ismail Merchant blend documentary footage and dramatic reenactments in their exploration of this seamy underworld, the flip side of the Bollywood film industry, where aspiring actors and dancers -- some even sold into prostitution by their own families -- end up, with their innocence lost and their hopes for movie stardom shattered.

Starring: Saeed Jaffrey, Kareem Samar, Zohra Sehgal ..
Directed by: Ismail Merchant
Release date: 1983-01-01
50.

Janá?ek: Intimate Excursions

2.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Janacek: Intimate Excursions is a short experimental documentary that attempts to find visual references in the correspondence of Leos Janacek, the Czechoslovak composer.

Directed by: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay, Keith Griffiths
Release date: 1983-01-01

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