Best Documentary Movies of 1984


Stop Making Sense

8.6/10 IMDB

A concert film documenting Talking Heads at the height of their popularity, on tour for their 1983 album "Speaking in Tongues." The band takes the stage one by one and is joined by a cadre of guest musicians for a career-spanning and cinematic performance that features creative choreography and visuals.

Starring: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Steven Scales, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Lynn Mabry, Ednah Holt ..
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1984-11-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : 28 Up

28 Up

8.2/10 IMDB

Just two years away from turning 30, participants in Michael Apted's documentary series are facing serious questions of identity and purpose, wondering whether they've found their place in the world.

Starring: Lynn Johnson, Tony Walker, Jacqueline Bassett, Bruce Balden, Andrew Brackfield, Paul Kligerman, Symon Basterfield, Neil Hughes, Peter Davies, Suzanne Dewey ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1984-11-20

The Times of Harvey Milk

8.2/10 IMDB

Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world.

Starring: Harvey Milk, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann, Tom Ammiano, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Kraus, George Moscone, Jeannine Yeomans, Harvey Fierstein ..
Directed by: Rob Epstein
Release date: 1984-10-07


8.2/10 IMDB

Taking their camera to the streets of what was supposedly America’s most livable city, filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, and journalist Cheryl McCall set out to tell the stories of those society had left behind: homeless and runaway teenagers living on the city’s margins. Born from a “Life” magazine exposé by Mark and McCall, “Streetwise” follows an unforgettable group of at-risk children—including iron-willed fourteen-year-old Tiny, who would become the project’s most haunting and enduring face, along with the pugnacious yet resourceful Rat and the affable drifter DeWayne—who, driven from their broken homes, survive by hustling, panhandling, and dumpster diving. Granted remarkable access to their world, the filmmakers craft a devastatingly frank, nonjudgmental portrait of lost youth growing up far too soon in a world that has failed them.

Starring: Roberta Joseph Hayes, Tom Waits, Erin Blackwell, Lulu Couch, Dewayne Pomeroy, Reed Early, Patrice Pitts, Rat ..
Directed by: Martin Bell
Release date: 1984-12-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Duran Duran: Sing Blue Silver

Duran Duran: Sing Blue Silver

9.0/10 IMDB

In 1984, Duran Duran toured Canada and America. It was their first major tour as headliners in these two countries. Over 79 days, they travelled approximately 18,000 miles and played 51 shows in 43 cities to over 550,000 fans. The entire tour was filmed for this behind the scenes documentary which offers some fascinating and intriguing glimpses into the fun, glamour, agony, ecstasy and ultimate glory of three months on the road. The band is shown thriving on the pressures, psyching themselves up pre-stage and then delivering their all to a thunderous response. The production manager, tour manager, road crew are frequently caught fraught with last minute panics and touring nerves. Hoards of hysterical fans are seen chasing down and beating on the band's limo and with a camera placed inside the car it gives the viewer an insight into how loud and sinister that must have been. And in between all of this comes the great music.

Starring: Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor ..
Directed by: Michael Collins
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Carlin on Campus

Carlin on Campus

7.9/10 IMDB

George Carlin hits the boards with the former Hippie-Dippie Weatherman's take on Brooklynese pronunciations of the names of sexually transmitted disease ("hoipes"), plus a prayer for the separation of church and state, feuds between breakfast foods, and the absurdity of wearing jungle camouflage in a desert.

Starring: George Carlin ..
Directed by: Steven J. Santos
Release date: 1984-06-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Bruce Lee: The Legend

Bruce Lee: The Legend

7.1/10 IMDB

The Official Golden Harvest tribute to the Master of the Martial Arts Film, Bruce Lee.

Starring: Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Linda Lee Cadwell, James Tien Chuen, Raymond Chow Man-Wai, James Coburn ..
Directed by: Leonard Ho Koon-Cheung
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : King Crimson: The Noise (Live at Frejus)

King Crimson: The Noise (Live at Frejus)

8.3/10 IMDB

A concert by King Crimson recorded at the Arena Frejus, France on August 27th, 1982. Track Listing: Waiting Man, Matte Kudasai, The Sheltering Sky, Neil and Jack and Me, Indiscipline, Heartbeat, Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part II and more.

Starring: Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, King Crimson ..
Release date: 1984-06-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember

Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember

8.3/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Carolyn Fallin, Christopher Cody Rogers, Vinny Argiro, Christine Brice ..
Directed by: Bob Giraldi
Release date: 1984-12-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Love Those Trains

Love Those Trains

8.9/10 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

The Long Night of Lady Day

7.9/10 IMDB

This acclaimed documentary depicts the sad life of the greatest of all jazz singers, Billie Holiday, a life engraved with personal tragedy and ultimately shortened by drug abuse and alcoholism. Her story and career are portrayed through rare archival film and television appearances, memorable renditions of her greatest songs, and interviews with friends and colleagues.

Starring: Billie Holiday, Artie Shaw, Carmen McRae, Leonard Feather, John Hammond, Alice Vrbsky, Norman Granz ..
Directed by: John Jeremy
Release date: 1984-01-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail

The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail

7.8/10 IMDB

Neil Hollander sailed a ten-meter sailboat nearly 25,000 miles meeting and working alongside those men who still earned their livings using sailboats. This book recalls the authors' experiences with eight surviving craft, all representative of distinct cultures or geographic locations.

Starring: Orson Welles ..
Directed by: Neil Hollander, Harald Mertes
Release date: 1984-05-09

Terror in the Aisles

6.3/10 IMDB

A non-stop roller coaster ride through the scariest moments of the greatest terror films of all time.

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Nancy Allen, Ángel Salazar, Diane Stilwell, Fred Asparagus, Joel S. Rice, Lainie Cook, Alfred Hitchcock, Angie Dickinson, Morgan Fairchild ..
Directed by: Andrew J. Kuehn
Release date: 1984-10-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes - The Man and His Work

I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes - The Man and His Work

7.6/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Michael Ventura follows Cassavetes around as the actor/director labors on his final film, Love Streams.

Starring: John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, Ben Carruthers, Tom Reese, Dennis Sallas, John Marley, Fred Draper, Eddie Shaw, Katherine Cassavetes ..
Directed by: Michael Ventura
Release date: 1984-07-01

World Safari 2

6.9/10 IMDB

Six years in preparation & three years in filming, World Safari 2 covers one of the largest Australian cattle musters, the wild New Guinea highlands and finally discover the terrorist controlled jungles of South America.

Starring: Alby Mangels ..
Directed by: Alby Mangels
Release date: 1984-12-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Genesis - The MAMA Tour

Genesis - The MAMA Tour

8.7/10 IMDB

Genesis Live - The Mama Tour is a 1985 home video featuring footage from a Genesis concert in February 1984. It was filmed at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, and directed by Jim Yukich.

Starring: Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Daryl Stuermer, Chester Thompson ..
Directed by: James Yukich
Release date: 1984-02-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Crime Inc

Crime Inc

8.6/10 IMDB

With archive film including home movies and FBI surveillance material, the award-winning Crime Inc. tells the true story behind the world's most powerful crime syndicate, the Mob, La Cosa Nostra or The Mafia. Interviews with mob members turned informants, including former boss Jimmy 'The Weasel' Fratianno, reveal the inner workings of the mafia, from the ritual of becoming a "made" man and their code of honor, to the harrowing and detailed descriptions of their work, accompanied by equally graphic images and film footage.

Starring: Martin Short ..
Directed by: Ken Craig, Ian Stuttard
Release date: 1984-07-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Robert Klein: Child of the 50's, Man of the 80's

Robert Klein: Child of the 50's, Man of the 80's

6.6/10 IMDB

1984 Live Recording from campus of New York University.

Starring: Robert Klein ..
Directed by: Thomas Schlamme
Release date: 1984-08-24

The Mind of a Murderer: Part 1

8.6/10 IMDB

A look into the mind of one of the Hillside Strangler murderers, Kenneth Bianchi.

Starring: Kenneth Bianchi, Will Lyman, Judy Woodruff ..
Directed by: George Rivera, Michael Barnes
Release date: 1984-03-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Inquiry. The Great British Housing Disaster

Inquiry. The Great British Housing Disaster

7.1/10 IMDB

The documentary set out to investigate, not the well-chronicled social problems of 1960s council housing, but the origins of how they came to be built so poorly that thousands later needed to be demolished.

Starring: David Jones, Tom Akroyd, Bill Allen, Cleeve Barr, Malcom Burgess, Kenneth Campbell, Ted Cantle, Eric Downie, Ray Gridley, Alex Hardy ..
Directed by: Adam Curtis
Release date: 1984-09-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Bette Midler: Art or Bust

Bette Midler: Art or Bust

8.9/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : The Making of 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'

The Making of 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'

7.5/10 IMDB

A documentary following the various stages in the production of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).

Starring: Kate Capshaw, Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg, Ke Huy Quan, Robert Watts, George Gibbs, Dennis Muren, Danny Daniels ..
Directed by: Frank Marshall
Release date: 1984-12-04

Soldiers in Hiding

7.7/10 IMDB

A portrait of several Vietnam War veterans living "off the grid." Upon returning home from the war, these men found themselves unable to exist in normal society due to the lasting psychological scars from Vietnam, and, subsequently, chose to live a life of solitude and survival in the American wilderness.

Starring: Bob Gunton ..
Directed by: Malcolm Clarke
Release date: 1984-11-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets

Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets

8.0/10 IMDB

Trace the life and career of visionary puppeteer Jim Henson through this fascinating documentary, which profiles the creative genius's early endeavors in college, his incredible contributions to "Sesame Street" and the creation of "The Muppet Show." In addition to interviews with Henson, his wife, Jane, and close collaborator Frank Oz, this in-depth special also offers viewers a peek inside the magical Henson Workshop.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jane Henson, Gabriel Velez, Caroll Spinney, Pam Arciero, Brian Henson, Jane Henson ..
Directed by: David A. Goldsmith
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Video Rewind: The Rolling Stones' Great Video Hits

Video Rewind: The Rolling Stones' Great Video Hits

7.2/10 IMDB

Video Rewind by The Rolling Stones is a compilation of video clips recorded between 1972–1984. Instead of just presenting unrelated clips and videos just strung together, it uses a framing 'story', featuring Bill Wyman and Mick Jagger, directed by Julien Temple and includes some video directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. It was first released in 1984 on the VHS, Laserdisc, and CED Videodisc format by Vestron home video.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood ..
Release date: 1984-06-15

Before Stonewall

7.5/10 IMDB

New York City's Stonewall Inn is regarded by many as the site of gay and lesbian liberation since it was at this bar that drag queens fought back against police June 27-28, 1969. This documentary uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audiovisual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots.

Starring: Rita Mae Brown, Red Jordan Arobateau, Ann Bannon, Lisa Ben, Gladys Bentley, Allen Ginsberg, Martin Duberman ..
Directed by: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg
Release date: 1984-09-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Among the Wild Chimpanzees

Among the Wild Chimpanzees

8.4/10 IMDB

In 1960 Jane Goodall set out for Tanzania's remote Gombe Stream Game Reserve to study the behavior of man's closest living relative, the chimpanzee. With dedication and perseverance she earned the trust of a wild chimp community, and gradually they revealed their individual personalities and the rich tapestry of their daily life. This program looks at two landmark decades of Jane Goodall's work, including her dramatic discovery of chimpanzees making and using tools.

Starring: Jane Goodall, Alexander Scourby ..
Release date: 1984-01-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Lulu in Berlin

Lulu in Berlin

7.4/10 IMDB

Vérité documentarian Richard Leacock’s LULU IN BERLIN features one of the few long interviews ever done with actor Louise Brooks. It took place in her apartment in Rochester, New York, in 1971.

Starring: Louise Brooks, Richard Leacock ..
Directed by: Susan Woll, Richard Leacock
Release date: 1984-05-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age

Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age

7.5/10 IMDB

All interviews in this documentary were shot over a long weekend at a 1984 hacker conference by the Whole Earth Catalog editors Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelley in Sausalito, California. The event itself (the hacker conference) was inspired by Steven Levy's classic book "Hackers - Heroes of the Computer Revolution"

Starring: Bill Atkinson, Bruce Baumgart, Stewart Brand, Bill Budge, Doug Carlston, Steve Wozniak, Tony Russomanno ..
Directed by: Fabrice Florin
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Burroughs: The Movie

Burroughs: The Movie

7.0/10 IMDB

An exploration of Burroughs’ life story, as told by Burroughs himself along with many of his contemporaries, including Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, Francis Bacon, Herbert Huncke, Patti Smith, Terry Southern, and William Burroughs Jr.

Starring: William S. Burroughs, Mortimer Burroughs, Lucien Carr, Jackie Curtis, Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, James Grauerholz, Brion Gysin, Patti Smith, Terry Southern ..
Directed by: Howard Brookner
Release date: 1984-02-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : American Dreams (Lost and Found)

American Dreams (Lost and Found)

7.0/10 IMDB

Scrolling excerpts from the diary of George Wallace's would-be assassin Arthur Bremer at screen bottom, Hank Aaron cards and ephemera from his entire career up top, and alternating audio clips of popular songs and highlights from the news throughout Aaron's career.

Directed by: James Benning
Release date: 1984-03-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Another State of Mind

Another State of Mind

7.6/10 IMDB

Another State of Mind is a documentary film made in the summer of 1982 chronicling the adventure (and misadventure) of two punk bands – Social Distortion and Youth Brigade – as they embark on their first international tour. Along the way they meet up with another progressive punk band, Minor Threat, whom they hang out with at the Dischord house for about a week near the end of their ill-fated tour.

Starring: Mike Ness, Sean Stern, Adam Stern, Ian MacKaye, Dennis Danell, Brent Liles, John Macias, Keith Morris, Derek O'Brien ..
Directed by: Adam Small, Peter Stuart
Release date: 1984-03-01

Los Sures

7.5/10 IMDB

A documentary on the inhabitants of South Williamsburg, New York, whose lives are explored through the testimony of five inhabitants of the Brooklyn neighborhood. In the late 70s and early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Diego Echeverria's film skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation.

Starring: Marta Avilés, Evelyn Borges, Tito Lopez, Ana Maria Soto, Cuso Soto ..
Directed by: Diego Echeverria
Release date: 1984-09-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God

The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God

7.2/10 IMDB

They called themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing, the world called them Shakers. Ken Burns creates a moving portrait of this particularly American movement, and in the process, offers us a new and unusually moving way to understand the Shakers.

Starring: David McCullough, Paul Roebling, Julie Harris, Olga Bellin ..
Directed by: Ken Burns, Amy Stechler
Release date: 1984-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets

Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets

6.8/10 IMDB

In this spectacular exploration you'll take a journey through the 4,000-year history of mankind's relationship with the Grand Canyon. Discover the earliest inhabitants of the Canyon whose lives are still shrouded in mystery. Travel with Spanish explorers as they become the first Europeans to uncover the Canyon's awesome beauty. Ride along in the re-enactment of US explorer John Wesley Powell's expedition down the raging Colorado River, when nine crew members risk their lives to become the first to travel the length of the Canyon by boat. Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets will take you into the rarely visited side canyons filled with hidden waterfalls and unusual wildlife. Experience the Canyon as never before: soaring over the rim and flying through some of the most inspiring scenery on Earth.

Starring: Daniel T. Majetich, Armando Leon Diaz, Percy Devine ..
Directed by: Kieth Merrill
Release date: 1984-06-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Mississippi Blues

Mississippi Blues

6.7/10 IMDB

The two directors meander through rural Mississippi in search of the spirit of local music and society. Highlights the heritage of William Faulkner, the role of Black churches, and gospel and blues music.

Directed by: Robert Parrish, Bertrand Tavernier
Release date: 1984-06-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : The Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden

6.8/10 IMDB

The Garden of Eden is a 1984 American short documentary film directed by Roger M. Sherman. The film posits that in the next 30 years, 20% of all forms of life will cease to exist. It argues that it can be for good business to save the environment: discoveries in the plant, animal, and microbiology worlds show that what you might think of as unimportant could be the cure to a major disease, save an entire species of plant, or ward off pests. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Directed by: Roger M. Sherman
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Iron Maiden: Behind The Iron Curtain

Iron Maiden: Behind The Iron Curtain

8.2/10 IMDB

Shot during Maiden's historic tour of Poland and other parts of the Eastern Bloc in 1984, featuring interviews, live and offstage footage, capturing the atmosphere of this remarkable journey behind the Wall at the height of the Cold War.

Starring: Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain ..
Directed by: Kenny Feuerman
Release date: 1984-10-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Hookers on Davie

Hookers on Davie

7.3/10 IMDB

Filmmakers Holly Dale and Janis Cole explore the culture of Davie Street, located in the underbelly of Vancouver, where dozens of prostitutes work and live every day. Surprisingly, they find that the sex trade there is stable and largely non-violent, and that the women who work on Davie Street meet daily to discuss safety and health issues and don't use pimps. The film also includes candid interviews with the prostitutes and footage of negotiations with potential clients.

Directed by: Holly Dale, Janis Cole
Release date: 1984-04-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : In Heaven There Is No Beer?

In Heaven There Is No Beer?

7.0/10 IMDB

A joyous romp through the dance, food, music, friendship, and even religion of the Polka. The explosive energy and high spirits of the polka subculture are rendered with warmth and dedication to scholarship in this journey through Polish-American celebrations. Polka stars like Jimmy Sturr, Eddie Blazonzyck and Walt Solek are featured.

Directed by: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling
Release date: 1984-05-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Speed


6.9/10 IMDB

A documentary on the history on mankind's attempts to reach high speeds. Starting with the invention of the bicycle, going on to sports cars, cars with jet engines, rocket-powered cars, attempts to break the sound barrier, and rocket-engine airplanes. Each achievement is documented by title card indicating the speed reached in miles per hour.

Starring: James Burke, Monty Cox, Shane McCamey, Linda Hoy, Omri Katz, Andy Muxlow, Lee Brock, Kathy Graber, Leif Green, Frank Dent ..
Directed by: Greg MacGillivray
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
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin'

Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin'

8.2/10 IMDB

A warmhearted memorial to the folk singer whose songs galvanized organizers and guitar-pickers across the United States. Part biography, part travelogue and part hootenanny, it follows the singer's son, Arlo Guthrie, as he retraces his father's steps and collects reminiscences from his father's family, friends and musical partners.

Starring: Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry, Joan Baez, Ronnie Gilbert, Holly Near, Judy Collins, Hoyt Axton, Woody Guthrie ..
Directed by: Jim Brown
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : The Ties That Bind

The Ties That Bind

7.0/10 IMDB

The Ties That Bind is an experimental documentary about the filmmaker's mother, who was born and lived in southern Germany from 1920-1950. Through a mixture of personal anecdote and social history, she describes the rise of Nazism, the war years, and the Allied occupation, during which she met her future husband, an American soldier. The Ties That Bind breaks with the usual format of war documentaries, thus allowing a different portrait of the individual to emerge, while it reflects on the current political situation in America and the filmmaker's activities in relation to those issues.

Starring: Lore Bucher ..
Directed by: Su Friedrich
Release date: 1984-04-04

America and Lewis Hine

7.0/10 IMDB

Documentary about early 20th-century photographer Lewis Hine, who helped to expose grim working conditions in American factories and mines, especially the abuse and exploitation of children by their employers. Later, he became the official photographer for the construction of the Empire State Building.

Starring: John Crowley, Jason Robards, Maureen Stapleton, Walter Rosenblum, Anthony "Shorty" Slick ..
Directed by: Nina Rosenblum
Release date: 1984-09-29

Donald Duck's 50th Birthday

6.0/10 IMDB

Donald is shown in both animated and costumed form, interacting with emcee Dick Van Dyke and other cast members. The film not only shows Donald's life, but also depicts an extensive international tour that Donald went on in 1984 as well as showing various celebrities of the day wishing Donald happy birthday. The tour culminates in a parade in Donald's honor at Disneyland.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Ed Asner, Caitlyn Jenner, Cloris Leachman, Kenny Rogers, Donna Summer, Andy Warhol, Henry Winkler, John Ritter, Anthony Daniels ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt, Phil Savenick
Release date: 1984-11-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War

The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War

8.1/10 IMDB

This documentary examines the experiences of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, using interviews with survivors more than 50 years later. First, the film sets the context with the rise of Fascism. Then, in 1936, Spain's military revolts against the elected government, and the U.S. and Europe agree not to intervene. In response, volunteers snuck past border guards into Spain to fight with the Republicans. The men and women veterans describe the perils of reaching Spain, limited training, responsibilities of command thrust on the very young, deprivations of a soldier's life, lack of matériel, horrible rates of casualties, and ultimate vindication at the end of World War II.

Starring: Studs Terkel ..
Directed by: Mary Dore, Noel Buckner, Sam Sills
Release date: 1984-03-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Big Wave

Big Wave

7.2/10 IMDB

Big Wave is a documentary directed by Walt Mulconery and published on May 25, 1984 that presents the types of outdoor and risky sports present on the west coast of the United States such as paragliding, surfing, skydiving, bmx or the BASE jumping together with others, going from Hawaii to Texas through California to present them.

Starring: Michael Ho, Kamasami Kong, Mark Richards, Sam George, Rabbit Bartholomew, Peter Townend, Willie Morris, Martin Potter, Carl Boenish, Mark Richards ..
Directed by: Walter McConnelly, Walt Mulconery
Release date: 1984-05-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh

The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh

6.2/10 IMDB

Orson Welles sits in his chair behind his typewriter where he sends a message out to his dying friend Bill Cronshaw: a passage from the journal of Charles Lindbergh.

Starring: Orson Welles ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1984 : Spalding Gray's Map of L.A.

Spalding Gray's Map of L.A.

6.4/10 IMDB

Spalding Gray comes to LA to perform a set of monologues.

Starring: Spalding Gray, Marshall Efron, Madeline Puzo, Mary Woronov ..
Directed by: Norman Yonemoto, Bruce Yonemoto
Release date: 1984-01-01

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