Best Documentary Movies of 1983

1.

Koyaanisqatsi

6.0
8.3/10 IMDB

Takes us to locations all around the US and shows us the heavy toll that modern technology is having on humans and the earth. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and the exceptional music by Philip Glass.

Starring: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel, Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel ..
Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
Release date: 1983-11-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
2.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

4.0
7.6/10 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
3.

When the Mountains Tremble

3.8
7.9/10 IMDB

A documentary on the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with first hand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.

Starring: Rigoberta Menchu ..
Directed by: Pamela Yates, Newton Thomas Sigel
Release date: 1983-09-30
4.

Winter Light

3.7
7.6/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi
5.

Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi is a television documentary, first broadcast on CBS in 1983. It is a look behind-the-scenes of the creation of the various alien creatures from the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, which was released that year.

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 : The Planets
6.

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
7.

Children of Darkness

3.2
8.0/10 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 ..
Directed by: Ara Chekmayan, Richard Kotuk
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Nicaragua: A Nation's Right to Survive
8.

Nicaragua: A Nation's Right to Survive

3.1
7.7/10 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
9.

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

3.1
7.7/10 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
10.

The Horror of It All

3.1
6.7/10 IMDB

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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

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