Best Documentary Movies of 1986


Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium

9.1/10 IMDB

One of the world's biggest bands returns to the scene of their Live Aid triumph (one year earlier in 1985) to play all their greatest hits in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.

Starring: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, Spike Edney ..
Directed by: Gavin Taylor
Release date: 1986-07-12

Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met

8.3/10 IMDB

In this hilarious stand up comedy, Robin Williams is energetic, witty and again hilarious. It's the number one stand up comedy of all time.

Starring: Robin Williams ..
Directed by: Bruce Gowers
Release date: 1986-10-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head

George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head

8.0/10 IMDB

George Carlin is in top form with these stand-up recorded at the Beverly Theater in Los Angeles in 1986. Routines included are "Losing Things," "Charities," "Sports," "Hello and Goodbye," "Battered Plants," "Earrings," and "A Moment of Silence." Also included is a short film entitled "The Envelope" co-starring Vic Tayback.

Starring: George Carlin, Rick Ducommun, Anthony James, Vic Tayback, Adam Rich, Lyle Talbot ..
Directed by: Rocco Urbisci
Release date: 1986-06-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Hard to Handle: Bob Dylan in Concert

Hard to Handle: Bob Dylan in Concert

8.5/10 IMDB

Admired as one of the best lyricists of pop rock, Bob Dylan has his name recorded in music history. During his four decades career, he has been through many facets: from acoustic to electric guitar; from politicized to religious lyrics; from minimalist to very highly sophisticated arrangements. And his characteristic voice, for some, hoarse and full of style, for others a little out of tune, still influences many musicians. In this presentation filmed at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia over February 24-25 1986, Dylan is accompanied by Tom Petty and the band The Heartbreakers, as well as a very fine selection of new compositions. To close the spectacle, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty perform a vocal duet in "Knockin' on heaven's door", one of the most famous songs of this compositor.

Starring: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Howie Epstein, Stan Lynch, Debra Byrd, Queen Esther Marrow, Madelyn Quebec, Elisecia Wright ..
Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
Release date: 1986-06-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Wham! in China: Foreign Skies

Wham! in China: Foreign Skies

7.8/10 IMDB

Best known for their radio staples "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Careless Whisper," the seminal 80s pop group Wham! (George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley) shot Wham! In China: Foreign Skies circa 1985. In the resulting film, the group performs 12 numbers, including the aforementioned hits, "Ray Of Sunshine," "Blue," and "Young Guns (Go for It!)".

Starring: George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley ..
Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Release date: 1986-01-01

Heavy Metal Parking Lot

7.3/10 IMDB

Heavy Metal Parking Lot documents heavy metal music fans tailgating in the parking lot outside the Capital Centre (since demolished) in Landover, Maryland, on May 31, 1986, before a Judas Priest concert (with opening act Dokken).

Directed by: Jeff Krulik, John Heyn
Release date: 1986-05-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : The Cure : Staring At The Sea - The Images

The Cure : Staring At The Sea - The Images

8.5/10 IMDB

A collection of music videos spanning the first eight years of The Cure's career. 1. Killing An Arab 2. 10:15 Saturday Nigth 3. Boy's Don't Cry 4. Jumping Someone Else's Train 5. A Forest 6. Play For Today 7. Primary 8. Other Voices 9. Charlotte Sometimes 10. The Hanging Garden 11. Lets Go To Bed 12. The Walk 13. The Lovecats 14. The Caterpillar 15. In Between Days 16. Close To Me 17. A Night Like This.

Starring: Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Laurence Tolhurst, Boris Williams ..
Release date: 1986-05-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : In Remembrance of Martin

In Remembrance of Martin

8.2/10 IMDB

Personal comments from family, friends, and advisors fill this remarkable documentary honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coretta Scott King joins the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, Jimmy Carter, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Senator Edward Kennedy, John Lewis, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Andrew Young, who recall Dr. King's career and trace his leadership in the civil rights movement. Includes portions of his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Starring: Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, John Lewis, Desmond Tutu, Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter, Dick Gregory, Rosa Parks ..
Release date: 1986-02-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn

The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn

7.8/10 IMDB

In this tribute to her frequent co-star and longtime love, Katharine Hepburn hosts a behind-the-scenes look at Spencer Tracy's personal and professional life that features intimate personal accounts, interviews and clips from his most acclaimed work on the silver screen.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Widmark, Joanne Woodward, Freddie Bartholomew, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Champlin ..
Directed by: David Heeley
Release date: 1986-03-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Barbra Streisand: One Voice

Barbra Streisand: One Voice

8.5/10 IMDB

Originally broadcast as an exclusive special on HBO, Barbra Streisand launched her September 6, 1986 concert One Voice, in part, as a protest against Reagan-era nuclear arms proliferation in the late Cold War; the event marked the diva's first official live performance since 1972.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams ..
Directed by: Dwight Hemion
Release date: 1986-12-27

1986 Mets: A Year to Remember

9.4/10 IMDB

The exclusive, official New York Mets video highlights of an incredible season

Starring: Larry Keith, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Davey Johnson, Mookie Wilson, Ron Darling, Jesse Orosco, Lenny Dykstra ..
Release date: 1986-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Partisans of Vilna

Partisans of Vilna

8.3/10 IMDB

This extraordinary film tells the story of the men and women who formed the Jewish partisan movement in Vilna, Lithuania, during World War II. Using rare archival film footage dating from 1939 to 1944 and contemporary interviews with 40 partisan survivors (including Abba Kovner, a founder of the partisan movement and one of Israel's leading poets) the film explores the difficulties of organizing under the anarchic conditions of the ghetto.

Starring: Roberta Wallach, Abba Kovner ..
Directed by: Joshua Waletzky, Aviva Kempner
Release date: 1986-09-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : 444 Days to Freedom: What Really Happened in Iran

444 Days to Freedom: What Really Happened in Iran

7.8/10 IMDB

This documentary, winner of three Canadian Gemini Awards, offers an in-depth portrait of the events encompassed by the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979 to 1981, when 52 Americans were held by fundamentalist Iranian students deeply disturbed by the course of American policy in their native land. Attention is given to the American reaction to the crisis, both inside and outside of the country. The focus here is on the conduct of the hostages themselves and how they managed to survive within such a volatile situation.

Starring: James Lopez ..
Directed by: Les Harris
Release date: 1986-01-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Scream Greats, Vol.1: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects

Scream Greats, Vol.1: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects

7.7/10 IMDB

A documentary detailing the career of makeup artist Tom Savini, including clips from the various movies he's worked on.

Starring: Tom Savini, Gregory Nicotero, George A. Romero ..
Directed by: Damon Santostefano
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Deaf


7.5/10 IMDB

The School for the Deaf at the Alabama Institute is organized around a theory of total communication i.e. the use of signs and finger spelling in conjunction with speech, hearing aids, lip reading, gestures and the written word. The film shows sequences dealing with various aspects of this comprehensive training such as teaching students and parents to sign; speech therapy; psychological counseling; regular academic courses; vocational training; disciplinary problems; parents visits; sports and recreational activity; training in living and working independently; and developing skills in home and money management.

Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Release date: 1986-12-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life

He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life

7.7/10 IMDB

A film collage tracing the story of the lives, loves, and deaths within the artistic community surrounding Jonas Mekas.

Starring: Kenneth Anger, Adolfo Arrieta, Donatas Banionis, Peter Beard, Robert Breer, Pola Chapelle, Shirley Clarke, Gregory Corso, Miles Davis, Willard Van Dyke ..
Directed by: Jonas Mekas
Release date: 1986-02-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

7.9/10 IMDB

A concert film directed by and featuring the music of Laurie Anderson, filmed at the Park Theater in Union City, New Jersey, during the summer of 1985.

Starring: Laurie Anderson, William S. Burroughs, Joy Askew, Adrian Belew, Dickie Landry, Dolette McDonald, Park Won-Sang, Janice Pendarvis, David Van Tieghem, Bobby Butler ..
Directed by: Laurie Anderson
Release date: 1986-04-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Inside the Labyrinth

Inside the Labyrinth

7.5/10 IMDB

A behind-the-scenes look at Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy film, 'Labyrinth', featuring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.

Starring: Jim Henson, David Bowie, Charles Augins, Brian Henson, Brian Froud, Terry Jones, Michael McCormick, Ross Hill, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud ..
Directed by: Desmond Saunders
Release date: 1986-12-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors

Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors

6.5/10 IMDB

Actors, directors and special effects technicians are interviewed at a horror-film convention.

Starring: Forrest J. Ackerman, Rick Baker, John Carl Buechler, Michael Burnett, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Albert Glasser, Alex Gordon, Clu Gulager, Tobe Hooper ..
Directed by: Mike Hadley, Kerry O'Quinn
Release date: 1986-01-01

The Last Moguls

7.1/10 IMDB

Israeli Go-Go Boys Golan and Globus at the height of their careers - everybody is working for Cannon!

Starring: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus ..
Directed by: Christopher Sykes
Release date: 1986-05-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age

Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age

8.2/10 IMDB

The film features interviews with residents of the nearby Rongelap and Utirik Atolls who were affected by nuclear fallout from the tests. Unlike in previous nuclear tests and despite the considerably more powerful nuclear explosion involved, these residents were not relocated to a safer location. Declassified American military footage is included in the production

Directed by: Dennis O'Rourke
Release date: 1986-05-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Ethnic Notions

Ethnic Notions

8.0/10 IMDB

This documentary traces the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice.

Starring: Esther Rolle, Leni Sloan, Barbara T. Christian, George Frederickson, Larry C. Levine, Derique McGee, Carlton Moss, Bert Williams ..
Directed by: Marlon Riggs
Release date: 1986-12-05


8.0/10 IMDB

1986 FIFA World Cup Official Film. Mexico had just recovered from a devastating earthquake, but the nation put on a great tournament and Argentina, inspired by Maradona, justified "favourite" status. Eighty-six minutes of football magic from numerous world stars, including Diego Maradona, Gary Lineker, Michel Platini, Socrates, Rummenigge, Sanchez, Laudrup and many others. Michael Caine narrates this, the official FIFA coverage.

Starring: Michael Caine, Diego Maradona, Hugo Sánchez, Sócrates, Preben Elkjær, Michel Platini, Enzo Francescoli, Gary Lineker, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Emilio Butragueño ..
Directed by: Tony Maylam
Release date: 1986-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Sharp Edges

Sharp Edges

6.9/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Sandra Luckow follows a 15 year old, then unknown, Tonya Harding to her first National Figure Skating competition in 1986.

Starring: Tonya Harding ..
Directed by: Sandra Luckow
Release date: 1986-12-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg

Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg

7.2/10 IMDB

Documentary about the career of director David Cronenberg, with clips from his films and interviews with friends, colleagues, film critics and Cronenberg himself.

Starring: David Cronenberg, Martin Scorsese, Stephen King, Robin Wood, Jeff Goldblum ..
Directed by: Laurens C. Postma
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : 16 Days of Glory

16 Days of Glory

7.7/10 IMDB

The definitive photographic record of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, told "from the inside" through the lives of the participants, the words of David Perry, and the singing voice of Placido Domingo. From the opening to closing ceremonies, this unique style of storytelling shows a side of the Olympic Games not seen by television audiences.

Starring: David Perry, Caitlyn Jenner, Carl Lewis, Mary Lou Retton, Béla Károlyi, Daley Thompson, Jürgen Hingsen, Edwin Moses, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Grete Waitz ..
Directed by: Bud Greenspan
Release date: 1986-03-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Precious Images

Precious Images

7.5/10 IMDB

A cross-cut of nearly 100 years of American movies. We see the most precious film sequences that we all remember: From Citizen Kane to Star Wars, from Some Like It Hot to E.T. The incredible short cuts of roughly a second each push the audience into a kind of trance and take them on a journey into their individual memories of great films of the 20th century. The film won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Directed by: Chuck Workman
Release date: 1986-12-31

X: The Unheard Music

7.9/10 IMDB

A documentary about the band X. Includes live and studio performances and interviews with the band members.

Starring: John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, D.J. Bonebrake, Ray Manzarek, Rodney Bingenheimer, Brendan Mullen, Frank Gargani, Alizabeth Foley, Denise Zoom ..
Directed by: W.T. Morgan
Release date: 1986-03-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Budapest Portrait (Memories of a City)

Budapest Portrait (Memories of a City)

7.2/10 IMDB

Peter Hutton’s essay on the naturalization of the urban landscape. Voluptuously gray, worn and lived in, the city is like a stage set for an invisible drama.

Directed by: Peter B. Hutton, András Monory Mész
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : The Liberation of Auschwitz

The Liberation of Auschwitz

7.4/10 IMDB

This chilling, vitally important documentary was produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The film contains unedited, previously unavailable film footage of Auschwitz shot by the Soviet military forces between January 27 and February 28, 1945 and includes an interview with Alexander Voronsov, the cameraman who shot the footage. The horrifying images include: survivors; camp visit by Soviet investigation commission; criminal experiments; forced laborers; evacuation of ill and weak prisoners with the aid of Russian and Polish volunteers; aerial photos of the IG Farben Works in Monowitz; and pictures of local people cleaning up the camp under Soviet supervision. - Written by National Center for Jewish Film

Directed by: Irmgard von zur Mühlen
Release date: 1986-08-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : The Making of Back to the Future

The Making of Back to the Future

6.9/10 IMDB

The Making of 'Back to the Future'

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Bob Gale, Huey Lewis, Alan Silvestri, Lea Thompson, Lawrence G. Paull, Kevin Pike ..
Directed by: Les Mayfield
Release date: 1986-10-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary

Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary

7.2/10 IMDB

Celebrities are interviewed about the social and working lives of Bugs, Daffy, Porky and the rest of the Looney Tunes.

Starring: Eve Arden, Candice Bergen, Mel Blanc, David Bowie, George Burns, Chevy Chase, Cher, Kirk Douglas, Friz Freleng, Jeff Goldblum ..
Directed by: Gary Weis
Release date: 1986-01-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : And the Pursuit of Happiness

And the Pursuit of Happiness

7.2/10 IMDB

In 1986, Louis Malle (himself a transplant to the United States) set out to investigate the ever-widening range of immigrant experience in America. Interviewing a variety of newcomers — from teachers to astronauts to doctors — in communities from coast to coast, Malle paints a humane portrait of their individual struggles in an increasingly polyglot nation.

Starring: Louis Malle, General Samosa, Derek Walcott ..
Directed by: Louis Malle
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Horowitz in Moscow

Horowitz in Moscow

8.8/10 IMDB

A recording of Horowitz's historic 1986 recital in Moscow, the program also includes highlights of his return to his native Soviet Union--his first visit in 61 years.

Starring: Vladimir Horowitz, Charles Kuralt, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz ..
Directed by: Brian Large
Release date: 1986-04-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Secrets of the Titanic

Secrets of the Titanic

7.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Robert Ballard of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and his research team become the first undersea explorers to locate, photograph, and explore the wreckage of the ill-fated HMS Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage 2 1/2 mile deep in the icy waters of the Atlantic in 1912, taking 1500 passengers and crew with it to a watery grave. Utilizing dazzling state-of-the art equipment and cutting edge expertise they record the decaying remains of the ocean liner once thought "unsinkable."

Starring: Robert D. Ballard, Martin Sheen ..
Directed by: Robert D. Ballard, Graham Hurley
Release date: 1986-08-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Down and Out in America

Down and Out in America

7.2/10 IMDB

Three sectors of American society hit by recession in the mid-1980s: heartland farms, factory workers out of a job, and the new homeless. In Minnesota, 250 family farms are being repossesed each week; men and women talk about their farms, the nature of their bank loans, the onslaught of corporate farming, and their sorrow and despair. In cities where 3,500 jobs per day go overseas, unemployed workers contemplate their options. The newly homeless talk about the jobs they've lost, "Justice Ville" in Los Angeles (bulldozed by court order), and squatting in New York's abandoned buildings. A family living in a welfare hotel tells their story.

Starring: Lee Grant ..
Directed by: Lee Grant
Release date: 1986-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : The Masters of Disaster

The Masters of Disaster

7.2/10 IMDB

Documentary about an unlikely youth chess team from Indianapolis who went on surprise the chess world with their success. The team, made up of young African Americans with no previous experience and led by their devoted teacher, went on to win the United States elementary school chess championship.

Directed by: Sonya Friedman
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Ornette: Made in America

Ornette: Made in America

7.0/10 IMDB

Shirley Clarke's frenetic documentary about multi-talented musician Ornette Coleman.

Starring: Ornette Coleman, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Gelman, Alex Deych, Larissa Blitz, Matthew Meister, Ed Blackwell, Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, Brion Gysin ..
Directed by: Shirley Clarke
Release date: 1986-02-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship Season Review

1986 FIA Formula One World Championship Season Review

8.9/10 IMDB

A brilliant and determined Briton, Nigel Mansell, has a season-long battle, not only against the hard-charging Brazilian Ayrton Senna in the JPS Lotus but also Keke 'Ten-tenths' Rosberg and the reigning World Champion Alain Prost in the Marlboro McLarens as well as his Williams Judd Honda team-mate Nelson Piquet. Features all 16 races accompanied by the sharp wit and informed narrative of TV personality Clive James.

Starring: Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Keke Rosberg, Gerhard Berger, Jacques Laffite, Michele Alboreto, Martin Brundle, Stefan Johansson, Nelson Piquet ..
Release date: 1986-10-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Les territoires de la défonce

Les territoires de la défonce

7.4/10 IMDB

This routine documentary on drug addiction among Belgian youth also looks at famous people who were addicted to one drug or another, such as Baudelaire and Freud, and the narrative skims through eras in history in which drug use was common. Among the periods and places mentioned are the English opium trade in China, drugs in the renaissance, and in ancient Rome. Many of the addicts in Belgium come from middle-class families or better and it is implied that they turned to drugs out of a sense of alienation or because they had nothing better to do. Drug users tended to start with casual substances but quickly turn to the more seriously addictive heroin or cocaine.

Directed by: João Correa
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Blind


7.4/10 IMDB

BLIND shows the educational programs and daily life of students in kindergarten through the 12th grade at the Alabama School for the Blind. The School is organized around the effort to educate blind and visually impaired students to be in charge of their own lives. Sequences in the film include mobility training, braille instruction and orientation as well as traditional classroom subjects such as English, history, science and music. Other sequences show psychological counseling sessions; vocational training; staff dealing with student disciplinary problems; and the wide variety of recreational and athletic programs.

Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Release date: 1986-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Scream Greats, Vol.2: Satanism and Witchcraft

Scream Greats, Vol.2: Satanism and Witchcraft

6.4/10 IMDB

Documentary tracks the rise of devil cults, witches and other elements of the "black arts."

Starring: Richard Donner, Harvey Bernhard, Roger Coyle, Ted Gunderson, Judy Hanson, Hans Holzer, Lorraine Warren, Paul Valentine ..
Directed by: Damon Santostefano
Release date: 1986-10-21

John Lennon: Live In New York City

6.9/10 IMDB

August 30, 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono backed by The Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, played a benefit concert to raise money for mentally handicapped children. It was their last concert together.

Starring: John Lennon, Y?ko Ono, Stan Bronstein, Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel, John Ward, Gary Van Scyoc, Jim Keltner, Rick Frank, Adam Ippolito ..
Directed by: Steve Gebhardt, Carol Dysinger
Release date: 1986-01-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Adjustment & Work

Adjustment & Work

7.2/10 IMDB

Wiseman enumerates the sights and sounds of Talladega, Alabama – the railroad tracks, quiet streets and homes, a few shops downtown – almost as if to list those things most of us might take for granted. Of the four films in this series, Adjustment & Work is the only one that focuses entirely on adults—specifically adults who have recently lost their sight (and hence are adjusting to this change) and those without sight or hearing who are learning skills in order to enter the workforce.

Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Release date: 1986-12-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Routine Pleasures

Routine Pleasures

6.8/10 IMDB

Jean-Pierre Gorin interacts with a club of model railroad train enthusiasts and his mentor, artist/writer Manny Farber.

Starring: Jean-Pierre Gorin, Manny Farber, Jean-Luc Godard ..
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Gorin
Release date: 1986-04-30

LSD: The Beyond Within

7.4/10 IMDB

This refreshingly frank and impartial study of the discovery and development of the notorious hallucinogenic drug is notably free of moral judgmental, and features contributions from such legendary heroes of psychedelia as Albert Hoffman - the Swiss scientist who discovered the drug - Aldous Huxley - author of 'The Doors of Perception' - Ken Kesey - author of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Starring: Albert Hofmann, Aldous Huxley, Ken Kesey, Peter France ..
Directed by: Peter France
Release date: 1986-01-01

Big Fun in the Big Town

7.9/10 IMDB

New York, 1986: a city of big dreams and equally big problems. Like New York itself, hip-hop music encompassed both of these human conditions. But hip-hop and its cultural birthplace shared other important characteristics, too: the desire to always be original, a hustle-to-survive ambition, and — if the stars aligned — the ability to come out on top, no matter what the odds. Big Fun in the Big Town is about hip-hop when artistry in the game was still at its center. When skills, not hype, got you your first record deal. When Run-DMC took the reins from Doug E Fresh and Grandmaster Flash, paving the way for hundreds of other hitmakers to follow. When a chart-topping LL Cool J still lived with his Grandmother. When the Latin Quarter was the club to be at on any weekend night. And when artists from all backgrounds could taste their own pop chart dreams, just beyond their reach but still seemingly attainable.

Starring: LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Flash, Jam Master Jay, Biz Markie, Schooly-D, Roxanne Shanté, Joseph Simmons, Russell Simmons, Darryl McDaniels ..
Directed by: Bram van Splunteren
Release date: 1986-06-06

Made In Ealing: The Story of Ealing Studios

6.4/10 IMDB

Documentary about the British film studio. First appeared on the BBC television programme Omnibus.

Starring: T. E. B. Clarke, Charles Crichton, Joan Greenwood, Alexander Mackendrick, John McCallum, Ronald Neame, Michael Relph, William Rose, Douglas Slocombe, Peter Tanner ..
Release date: 1986-05-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Meetin' WA

Meetin' WA

6.6/10 IMDB

Revolutionary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard conducts a twenty-five minute interview with influential and acclaimed American director Woody Allen on the cultural radiation, the ubiquity and significance of Television, and how Television compares with cinema as a medium and form of expression.

Starring: Woody Allen, Jean-Luc Godard, Annette Insdorf ..
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Release date: 1986-04-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1986 : Debonair Dancers

Debonair Dancers

6.4/10 IMDB

Debonair Dancers is a 1986 short American documentary film produced and directed by Alison Nigh-Strelich, and narrated by Jack Lemmon. It is about The Debonaire Special Dancers of Bakersfield, CA, a group started decades ago by John Soiu and continues today under the direction of Sheri Fortino. The group fosters social and life skills while stimulating creativity and confidence in the special needs students it serves. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Starring: Jack Lemmon ..
Directed by: Alison Nigh-Strelich
Release date: 1986-01-01

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