Best Documentary Movies of 1984


Love Those Trains

8.5/10 IMDB

Enjoy the romance of railroads as you ride on the Orient Express, climb the Andes, cross the U.S. on the Salad Bowl Express, and meet the Hobo King, who calls himself "Steamboat." From steam engines to sleek diesels, experience the majesty and adventure of trains past and present. Remember the days when thundering trains bridged the world's continents, nourished the pioneer spirit, ferried our troops to war, and provided politicians with mobile campaign platforms. Then settle into a first-class seat aboard the luxurious Orient Express, and glide through storybook cities from Paris to Istanbul. Celebrate a slice of history and ride the rails of the world. A National Geographic Production.

Starring: James Whitmore ..
Release date: 1984-05-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Lulu in Berlin

Lulu in Berlin

7.2/10 IMDB

Documentary about the career of actress Louise Brooks in Berlin.

Directed by: Susan Woll
Release date: 1984-05-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : A Turning Point

A Turning Point

6.0/10 IMDB

A documentary covering the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo.

Starring: David Perry ..
Directed by: Kim Takal
Release date: 1984-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : In This Life's Body

In This Life's Body

9.0/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Corinne Cantrill traces her fascinating life story through hundreds of photographs. Formally rigorous and emotionally profound, Corinne's insightful narration explores how photographs both reveal and hide our identity.

Directed by: Corinne Cantrill
Release date: 1984-05-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember

Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember

8.9/10 IMDB

Now-classic holiday special based around Rogers' and Partons' best-selling album, Once Upon a Christmas.

Starring: Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton ..
Directed by: Bob Giraldi
Release date: 1984-12-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Bette Midler: Art or Bust

Bette Midler: Art or Bust

8.8/10 IMDB

The Divine Miss M is featured in a concert filmed at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, at the culmination of her most recent cross-country tour which was known as "De Tour". This live recording was a combination of footage from both September 10 and 11, 1983. Set against a Renaissance art background and outfitted in a rainbow array of costumes, Midler sings and performs her uninhibited stage antics.

Starring: Bette Midler, Jenifer Lewis, Siobbhan O'Carroll, Helena Springs, Bobby Martin ..
Directed by: Thomas Schlamme
Release date: 1984-08-18

Chords of Fame

8.5/10 IMDB

Documentary about the life of folk singer Phil Ochs.

Starring: Bill Burnett, Martha Wingate, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Oscar Brand ..
Directed by: Michael David Korolenko
Release date: 1984-02-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Merton: A Film Biography

Merton: A Film Biography

7.5/10 IMDB

In his lifetime, Thomas Merton was hailed as a prophet and censured for his outspoken social criticism. For nearly 27 years he was a monk of the austere Trappist order, where he became an eloquent spiritual writer and mystic as well as an anti-war advocate and witness to peace. Merton: A Film Biography provides the first comprehensive look at this remarkable 20th century religious philosopher who wrote, in addition to his immensely popular autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, over 60 books on some of the most pressing social issues of our time, some of which are excerpted here. Merton offers an engaging profile of a man whose presence in the world touched millions of people and whose words and thoughts continue to have a profound impact and relevance today.

Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Strong Kids, Safe Kids

Strong Kids, Safe Kids

7.3/10 IMDB

Strong Kids, Safe Kids was put together because so many of us are concerned about the horrible potential dangers our kids face every day. Sexual molestation and abduction are an unfortunate part of our times. And as loving parents, it's up to us to teach our kids to stay safe. It's like teaching them to look both ways before crossing the street... only it's a whole lot trickier. That's where Strong Kids, Safe Kids comes in. This film brings all of the problems - and questions - out in the open. It talks to you and your kids one-on-one. The material is frank and to the point. But presented so entertainingly with music and humor that it's a delight for the whole family to watch together. Again and again.

Starring: Henry Winkler, Sol Gordon, Kee MacFarlane, Chris Wallace, John Ritter, Mariette Hartley, Hal Smith, Henry Corden, Lucille Bliss, Danny Goldman ..
Directed by: Rick Hauser
Release date: 1984-01-01

Notes from Under the Volcano

6.6/10 IMDB

A behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of John Huston's "Under the Volcano" (1984).

Starring: Gary Conklin, John Huston ..
Directed by: Gary Conklin
Release date: 1984-09-09

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