Best Documentary Movies of 1985

1.

Iron Maiden: Live After Death

4.5
9.2/10 IMDB

Filmed and recorded towards the tail end of 'The World Slavery Tour' over a record breaking four sold out nights at Los Angeles' 13,200 capacity Long Beach Arena. Featuring tracks from their first five albums.

Starring: Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain ..
Directed by: James Yukich
Release date: 1985-10-23
2.

Live Aid

4.5
8.5/10 IMDB

Live Aid was held on 13 July 1985, simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in London, England, and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, United States. It was one of the largest scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: watched live by an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations. "It's twelve noon in London, seven AM in Philadelphia, and around the world it's time for Live Aid...!"

Starring: Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Sting, Tina Turner ..
Directed by: Vincent Scarza
Release date: 1985-07-13
3.

Chronos

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Directed by: Ron Fricke
Release date: 1985-05-10
4.

Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera

3.8
8.2/10 IMDB

The creative processes of avant-garde composer Philip Glass and progressive director/designer Robert Wilson are examined in this film. It documents their collaboration on this tradition breaking opera.

Starring: Philip Glass, Lucinda Childs, Will Lyman, Robert Wilson ..
Directed by: Mark Obenhaus
Release date: 1985-10-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Prince and the Revolution: Live
5.

Prince and the Revolution: Live

3.8
8.6/10 IMDB

“Prince and the Revolution: Live” is a legendary concert filmed toward the end of Prince's “Purple Rain” tour in Syracuse, NY on March 30, 1985. The performance has Prince at the height of his powers, backed by the classic Revolution lineup of Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Matt Fink, Mark Brown, Eric Leeds, and Bobby Z. The 20-song set features: Let's Go Crazy, Delirious, 1999, Little Red Corvette, Take Me With U, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Do Me Baby, Irresistible Bitch, Possessed, How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore, Let's Pretend We Are Married, International Lover, God, Computer Blue, Darling Nikki, The Beautiful Ones, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U, Baby I'm A Star, and Purple Rain.

Starring: Prince, Bobby Z, Brown Mark, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Eric Leeds, Sheila E., Jerome Benton, Apollonia Kotero ..
Directed by: Paul Becher
Release date: 1985-03-29
6.

Sherman's March

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by women who come and go in his life, his recurring dreams of nuclear holocaust, and Burt Reynolds.

Starring: Ross McElwee, Dede McElwee, Patricia Rendleman, Charleen Swansea, Ross McElwee Jr., Burt Reynolds ..
Directed by: Ross McElwee
Release date: 1985-11-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Little Drummer Boy: Essay on Mahler by Leonard Bernstein
7.

Little Drummer Boy: Essay on Mahler by Leonard Bernstein

3.7
8.7/10 IMDB

This television essay from 1985 was written by Leonard Bernstein to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Gustav Mahler's birth. Recorded in Israel, Vienna and later in London, it is punctuated by biographical interludes and illustrated by musical examples drawn from the cycle of Mahler's works recorded by Bernstein. Bernstein talks, plays and conducts various orchestras (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker) and soloists (Janet Baker, Christa Ludwig, Edith Mathis, Lucia Popp, Walton Groenroos) in performances spanning 17 years. Leonard Bernstein also examines the roots of Gustav Mahler's inspiration. The programme also features music from the nine symphonies, 'The Song of the Earth' and the 'Wunderhorn Cycle'.

Starring: Leonard Bernstein, Janet Baker, Christa Ludwig, Edith Mathis, Lucia Popp, Walton Grönroos ..
Directed by: Peter Butler
Release date: 1985-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : More Dinosaurs
8.

More Dinosaurs

3.7
8.7/10 IMDB

Gary Owens needs more dinosaurs and sends Eric Boardman on the ultimate dinosaur safari to find them. Join the hunt for a living dinosaur in the jungles of Africa, separate the facts from fiction in dinosaur movies, visit Dinosaur National Monuent and much more. There's no bone unturned in this award winning program

Starring: Eric Boardman, Gary Owens ..
Release date: 1985-08-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
9.

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

3.7
9.0/10 IMDB

Gary is turning into a dinosaur, and Eric must find the cure. This becomes a globetrotting journey into everything dino while searching for the magic waters needed to stop Gary's odd transformation. Will Eric be too late? Get ready to meet the Garysaurus!

Starring: Eric Boardman, Frank Nelson, Dave Willock, Gary Owens ..
Release date: 1985-05-16
10.

A Class Divided

3.7
8.4/10 IMDB

William Peters follows up on the 1970 TV documentary Eye of the Storm about Jane Elliott's experiment of dividing an otherwise homogenous group of school kids by their eye color. The episode intercuts footage from Eye of the Storm with new footage of the students, who are now adults. The film takes us through the journey of a young class learning the unfairness of racism. Elliot teaches the lesson through eye color and different treatment. All of the students admit that this is wrong. In footage of the students as adults, we are able to see how this shaped the experiment changed their lives.

Starring: Jane Elliott ..
Directed by: William Peters
Release date: 1985-03-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Making Of West Side Story
11.

The Making Of West Side Story

3.7
8.1/10 IMDB

A documentary which shows, in great detail, the making of the 1985 Bernstein-conducted recording of the entire score of "West Side Story", featuring operatic stars.

Starring: Leonard Bernstein, José Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, Kurt Ollmann ..
Directed by: Christopher Swann, Thomas Skinner, Humphrey Burton
Release date: 1985-05-01
12.

That's Dancing!

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s.

Starring: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ray Bolger, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Tucker Smith, Tony Mordente, Fred Astaire, John Travolta, Busby Berkeley ..
Directed by: Jack Haley Jr.
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Night
13.

The Night

3.6
8.4/10 IMDB

Die Nacht ("The night") is a 1985 West German installation film directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. It consists of a six hours long monologue performed by Edith Clever, who reads texts by Syberberg and many different authors, such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Plato, Friedrich Hölderlin, Novalis, Friedrich Nietzsche, Eduard Mörike, Richard Wagner, William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett and chief Seattle. The film was screened out of competition at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. (from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Nacht)

Starring: Edith Clever ..
Directed by: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Release date: 1985-05-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : B.B. King: Into the Night
14.

B.B. King: Into the Night

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A short documentary about B.B. King and his time working on the score for the 1985 movie "Into the Night" starring Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Starring: B.B. King, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, John Landis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Goldblum, Dan Aykroyd ..
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Lord of the Dance/Destroyer of Illusion
15.

Lord of the Dance/Destroyer of Illusion

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The documentary focuses on the annual Mani Rimdu festival of Tibet and Nepal, an event which encapsulates the Himalayan Buddhist experience.

Starring: Trulshig Rinpoche, Richard Gere, Peter Hudson ..
Directed by: Richard Kohn
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song
16.

We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song

3.5
8.0/10 IMDB

We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song is a documentary which examines how the song was written, how producer Quincy Jones and songwriters Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie persuaded some of the most popular performers in America to donate their services to the project, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the marathon recording session that produced the single.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Quincy Jones, Bob Dylan, Lionel Richie, Dan Aykroyd, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Paul Simon ..
Directed by: Tom Trbovich
Release date: 1985-01-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Making of the Terminator
17.

The Making of the Terminator

3.3
7.5/10 IMDB

This documentary treats movie fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Terminator, the now-classic science fiction film about an ordinary woman being pursued by an unstoppable assassin robot sent from the future to kill her before she can give birth to a child who will one day become the leader of a resistance army. Included are interviews with stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, along with the cast and crew who share their experiences from making the film, as well as discuss the efforts that went into it.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Stan Winston ..
Directed by: Drew Cummings
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Louie Bluie
18.

Louie Bluie

3.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Crumb director Terry Zwigoff’s first film is a true treat: a documentary about the obscure country-blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America. As beguiling a raconteur as he is a performer, Louie makes for a wildly entertaining movie subject, and Zwigoff honors him with an unsentimental but endlessly affectionate tribute. Full of infectious music and comedy, Louie Bluie is a humane evocation of the kind of pop-cultural marginalia that Zwigoff would continue to excavate in the coming years.

Starring: Howard Armstrong, Ted Bogan, Jay Lynch, Yank Rachell, Ikey Robinson ..
Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
Release date: 1985-11-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Compleat Al
19.

The Compleat Al

3.3
7.6/10 IMDB

The Compleat Al is a mockumentary about the life of "Weird Al" Yankovic, from his birth to 1985. The title of the film is parody of the 80's documentary The Compleat Beatles. Although it is a mockumentary, it is roughly based on Yankovic's real life. The film also contains all of Yankovic's music videos up to 1985.

Starring: "Weird Al" Yankovic ..
Directed by: Robert K. Weiss, Jay Levey
Release date: 1985-09-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Sting: Bring on the Night
20.

Sting: Bring on the Night

3.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Bring on the Night is a 1985 documentary film, that focuses on the jazz-inspired project and band led by the British musician Sting during the early stages of his solo career. Some of the songs, whose recording sessions are featured in the film, appeared on his debut solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Each musician in the band through the course of the film is interviewed.

Starring: Sting, Branford Marsalis, Daryl Jones, Kenny Kirkland, Omar Hakim ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1985-11-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Beach Boys: An American Band
21.

The Beach Boys: An American Band

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

A biography of the American rock band The Beach Boys, with interviews, concert footage and clips from movies and television shows they appeared in.

Starring: Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston ..
Directed by: Malcolm Leo
Release date: 1985-11-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Empire City
22.

Empire City

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Guided by seasoned New Yorkers, political figures, and cultural connoisseurs, "Empire City" examines Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs in order to paint a portrait of the ever-evolving metropolis. Appearing to be both adaptable and stubbornly stagnant, New York is a city of juxtapositions. As our narrator notes, "The city is too big, too diverse, and too complex for anyone to comprehend. New York is many cities interlaced with one another, each in constant independent motion."

Starring: Donald Trump, Ed Koch, Jane Jacobs, Elia Kazan, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller ..
Directed by: Michael Blackwood
Release date: 1985-07-01
23.

The Dream Is Alive

3.2
7.6/10 IMDB

The Dream Is Alive takes you into space alongside the astronauts on the space shuttle. Share with them the delights of zero gravity while working, eating and sleeping in orbit around the Earth. Float as never before over the towering Andes, the boot of Italy, Egypt and the Nile. Witness firsthand a tension-filled satellite capture and repair and the historic first spacewalk by an American woman.

Starring: Walter Cronkite, David Leestma, George Nelson, Sally Ride, Kathy Sullivan, James Van Hoften ..
Directed by: Graeme Ferguson
Release date: 1985-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got
24.

Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got

3.2
7.8/10 IMDB

This in-depth examination of the life and career of clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw cuts between archival footage, location shots, and an interview with Shaw himself. Berman illustrates the tumultuous, complicated, and remarkable legacy of a man who brought numerous innovations to jazz and swing music during the big-band era.

Directed by: Brigitte Berman
Release date: 1985-10-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal
25.

The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal

3.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Among the legends of Hollywood, George Pal takes his place as a true visionary, an innovator and a showman who profoundly shaped the art of motion pictures. A peer of Walt Disney, Pal pioneered stop motion animation and went on to virtually invent the modern science fiction and fantasy film genres. Pal's extraordinary genius molded a dazzling array of films, which earned an incredible total of eight Academy Awards and left a cinematic legacy that served as formative inspiration for the movies of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Gene Roddenberry.

Starring: George Pal, Ray Bradbury, Tony Curtis, Jim Danforth, Joe Dante, Barbara Eden, Paul Frees, Ray Harryhausen, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh ..
Directed by: Arnold Leibovit
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : God's Country
26.

God's Country

3.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Original footage of the prosperous farming community of Glencoe, Minnesota — 60 miles west of Minneapolis — was filmed in 1979 for a PBS documentary. But for the next six years, Malle was too busy with other projects to finish this work. He returned in 1985 for a follow-up and found the community reacting to the mid-eighties crisis of overproduction in farm country. With weekly foreclosures on family farms and many families moving to the south, Malle documented a sense of frustration and apprehension from the same participants he had befriended in better times only half a decade earlier.

Starring: Louis Malle ..
Directed by: Louis Malle
Release date: 1985-11-27
27.

Bombay, Our City

3.2
8.1/10 IMDB

A documentary on the socio-economic injustice meted out to the slum-dwellers in Bombay, and an attempt to understand the factors responsible for it.

Directed by: Anand Patwardhan
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Divine Waters
28.

Divine Waters

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

This documentary focuses on the careers of influential partners in trash film, John Waters and Divine. The film includes interviews with Waters' parents and sister, actress Edith Massey sings two songs (Punks, Get off the Grass and Fever), as well as a live performance of Divine performing his song Born to be Cheap.

Starring: John Waters, Divine, Edith Massey, Trish Waters, Patricia Waters, John Samuel Waters ..
Directed by: Vito Zagarrio
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Cigarette Blues
29.

Cigarette Blues

3.1
6.7/10 IMDB

Oakland bluesman Sonny Rhodes sings “Cigarette Blues”: a musical warning that compares cigarette smoking with playing with a loaded gun.

Starring: Sonny Rhodes ..
Directed by: Les Blank, Alan Govenar
Release date: 1985-10-01
30.

Pumping Iron II: The Women

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

PUMPING IRON II: THE WOMEN, a film that is changing the way the world views the female physique-creating "a new definition of the female form." Join four women as they prepare for the 1983 Caesars Palace World Cup Championship: the sultry and curvaceous Rachel McLish, the current champion; the almost manly, super-muscular Bev Francis, Rachel's toughest competition; and newcomers Lori Bowen and Carla Dunlap.

Starring: Rachel McLish, Corey Everson, Gladys Portugues, Lori Birdsong, Bev Francis, Carla Dunlap ..
Directed by: George Butler
Release date: 1985-05-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Rick Springfield: The Beat of the Live Drum
31.

Rick Springfield: The Beat of the Live Drum

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

He soared to the heights of stardom in the '80s as a teen idol, a soap star on "General Hospital," and a platinum-selling, Grammy-Award winning music artist. This concert event showcases the energy and vitality that propelled Springfield to the top of the pop charts, filled with spectacular live footage, giant projection screens, integrated music videos, and thousands of adoring fans. It's an unforgettable evening with one of the hottest performers of the '80s! Songs: Don't Walk Away, Alyson, Living in Oz, Affair of the Heart, Celebrate Youth, Human Touch, My Father's Chair, Jessie's Girl, State of the Heart, Bop 'Til You Drop, Don't Talk to Strangers, Love Somebody, Souls, Dance This World Away, Stand Up.

Starring: Rick Springfield, Tim Pierce, Mike Seifrit, Mike Baird, Neil Larsen, Brett Tuggle, Joel Peskin ..
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : You Got to Move
32.

You Got to Move

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

A documentary that follows people from communities in the Southern United States in their various processes of becoming involved in social change.

Starring: Myles Horton, May Justice, Bernice Johnson Reagon ..
Directed by: Lucy Massie Phenix, Veronica Selver
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Huey Long
33.

Huey Long

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Ken Burns' portrait of Louisiana governor and U.S. senator Huey Long.

Starring: David McCullough ..
Directed by: Ken Burns
Release date: 1985-09-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
34.

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey

3.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Biography of the legendary filmmaker directed by his son.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Rock Hudson, Hermes Pan, Warren Beatty, Pandro S. Berman, Frank Capra, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Katharine Hepburn, John Huston, Rouben Mamoulian ..
Directed by: George Stevens Jr.
Release date: 1985-03-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima
35.

The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

A BBC television documentary on the life of Yukio Mishima that highlights the many known major aspects of his life and personality.

Starring: Yukio Mishima, John Hurt, Henry Scott Stokes, Donald Keene, Eikoh Hosoe, Nagisa ?shima, Akihiro Maruyama, Nobuko Lady Albery, Yasunari Kawabata, Akihiro Miwa ..
Directed by: Michael McIntyre
Release date: 1985-12-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Statue of Liberty
36.

The Statue of Liberty

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In this lyrical, compelling and provocative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Featuring rare archival photographs, paintings and drawings, readings from actual diaries, letters and newspapers of the day, the fascinating story of this universally admired monument is told. In interviews with Americans from all walks of life, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo, the late congresswoman Barbara Jordan and the late writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, The Statue of Liberty examines the nature of liberty and the significance of the statue to American life. Nominated for both the Academy Award ® and the Emmy Award ®, The Statue of Liberty received the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle, the Christopher Award and the Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival.

Starring: David McCullough, Jeremy Irons, Paul Roebling, Arthur Miller, Derek Jacobi, James Baldwin, Mario Cuomo, Miloš Forman, Jerzy Kosi?ski, Barbara Jordan ..
Directed by: Ken Burns
Release date: 1985-10-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Willie and The Poor Boys - The Movie
37.

Willie and The Poor Boys - The Movie

3.0
8.0/10 IMDB

Get back to the Boogie-Woogie/R&B roots with the boys performing classic cover tunes such as "Poor Boy Boogie," "Saturday Night," "Let's Talk It Over," "All Night Long," "Baby Please Don't Go," "Chicken Shack Boogie," and "You Never Can Tell." Also included: a 30-minute documentary, The Making of 'Willie and The Poor Boys'.

Starring: Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Mickey Gee, Geraint Watkins, Kenny Jones, Chris Rea, Ringo Starr ..
Directed by: Markus Innocenti, Eddie Arno
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Amazing Masters of Martial Arts
38.

Amazing Masters of Martial Arts

3.0
6.4/10 IMDB

This collection of archive footage from martial arts films offers an array of power-packed kicks, chops, leaps, and other dramatic fighting moves from expert martial artists Sonny Chiba, Carter Wong, Bruce Lei, and others.

Starring: Shin'ichi Chiba, Bruce Lee, Carter Wong, Ken Howard, Bruce Li ..
Directed by: Domonic Paris
Release date: 1985-03-14
39.

In the Name of the People

3.0
7.9/10 IMDB

In the Name of the People is a 1985 documentary film directed by Frank Christopher about the Salvadoran Civil War. The film follows four filmmakers who secretly entered El Salvador, marched with guerrillas across the country, and followed them into combat against government forces in San Salvador. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Starring: Martin Sheen ..
Directed by: Frank Christopher
Release date: 1985-03-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Dinosaur!
40.

Dinosaur!

2.9
8.6/10 IMDB

An entertaining documentary look at dinosaurs with Emmy Award-winning special effects, feature film clips and stills, commentary by leading paleontologists of the time, and an on camera as well as voice-over narrative by Christopher Reeve. Shot on location in Los Angeles and New York at the American Museum of Natural History

Starring: Christopher Reeve ..
Release date: 1985-11-05
41.

Orson Welles' Magic Show

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Orson Welles was a big fan of magic and in this television broadcast develops a number of traditional tricks

Starring: Orson Welles, Angie Dickinson, Allen Bracken, Gary Graver, Roger Hill, Shawn Stevens ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1985-01-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Inside Rooms: 26 Bathrooms, London & Oxfordshire
42.

Inside Rooms: 26 Bathrooms, London & Oxfordshire

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Greenaway's short documentary shows 26 bathrooms, each representing a letter of the alphabet.

Starring: Geoffrey Palmer, Cosey Fanni Tutti ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie
43.

Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

This behind-the-scenes documentary follows Team Salkind as they set out to bring Santa's "true" story to the screen. Dudley Moore (Patch) hosts; David Huddleston intros in character as Santa.

Starring: Dudley Moore, John Barrard, Judy Cornwell, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith, Alexander Salkind, Henry Mancini, Jeannot Szwarc, Ilya Salkind, David Huddleston ..
Directed by: Danny Huston
Release date: 1985-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Which Side Are You On?
44.

Which Side Are You On?

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

The documentary features the British miners and their family experiences told through songs, poems, pictures and words.

Starring: Michael Elphick, Paul Copley, Dennis Skinner, Charles Boal, Eric Booth, Keith Brookes, Ann Burrell ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 1985-04-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Fallen Angels
45.

Fallen Angels

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Documentary follows three young women as they progress through the adult film industry from taking nude photos to acting in hard core porno movies. Also features major adult film producers, directors and actors.

Starring: Kristara Barrington, Tom Byron, Eric Edwards, Shanna Evans, Hal Freeman, Ron Jeremy, Lisa Lake, Traci Lords, Raysheena Mercado, Jim South ..
Directed by: Gregory Dark
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes
46.

The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

This documentary examines the making of the Sherlock Holmes cinematic dynasty and includes interviews and archival film clips featuring the original crime-fighter in all his incarnations.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Arthur Wontner, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Peter Cushing, Reginald Owen, Ronald Howard ..
Directed by: Michael Muscal
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Naked Spaces: Living Is Round
47.

Naked Spaces: Living Is Round

2.8
8.0/10 IMDB

Shot with stunning elegance and clarity, NAKED SPACES explores the rhythm and ritual of life in the rural environments of six West African countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkino Faso, Togo, Benin and Senegal). The nonlinear structure of NAKED SPACES challenges the traditions of ethnographic filmmaking, while sensuous sights and sounds lead the viewer on a poetic journey to the most inaccessible parts of the African continent: the private interaction of people in their living spaces.

Directed by: Trinh T. Minh-ha
Release date: 1985-10-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats
48.

Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Jack Kerouac's life is examined through interviews with his contemporaries and friends including Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and William S. Burroughs. The film also employs dramatic recreations of Kerouac's life beginning with his early childhood.

Starring: Peter Coyote ..
Directed by: John Antonelli
Release date: 1985-09-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Dario Argento's World of Horror
49.

Dario Argento's World of Horror

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Documentary on horror/mystery film maker Dario Argento. Features an in-depth interview with Argento and covers his work from 1969 to 1985.

Starring: Dario Argento, Jennifer Connelly, Keith Emerson, Donald Pleasence, Tom Savini, Daria Nicolodi ..
Directed by: Michele Soavi
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Racetrack
50.

Racetrack

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

RACETRACK is about the Belmont Race Track, one of the world's leading race tracks for thoroughbred racing. The film highlights the training, maintaining and racing of thoroughbred horses. Everyday occurrences are shown: in the backstretch — the grooming, feeding, shoeing, and caring for horses and the preparation for races; at the practice track the various aspects of training, exercising, and timing the horses; at the paddock — the pre-race presentation of the horses; and in the grandstand — betting and watching the races. The film also has sequences showing the variety of work done by trainers, jockeys, jockey agents, grooms, hot walkers, stable hands, and veterinarians.

Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Release date: 1985-06-03

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