Best Documentary Movies of 1985


The Compleat Al

7.9/10 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 : More Dinosaurs

More Dinosaurs

8.2/10 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

The Night

8.5/10 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:

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

B.B. King: Into the Night

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

Lord of the Dance/Destroyer of Illusion

6.2/10 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 : Cigarette Blues

Cigarette Blues

6.4/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Dinosaur!


8.8/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Pumping Iron II: The Women

Pumping Iron II: The Women

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 ..
Release date: 1985-05-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : Racetrack


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
Best Documentary Movies of 1985 : The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima

The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima

7.0/10 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

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