Best Documentary Movies of 1988


The Thin Blue Line

8.0/10 IMDB

Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas.

Starring: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson ..
Directed by: Errol Morris
Release date: 1988-08-28


7.2/10 IMDB

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
Release date: 1988-04-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night

Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night

8.9/10 IMDB

Recorded live at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, Roy is joined by an eclectic ensemble of rock and roll superstars including Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, J.D. Souther, Jennifer Warnes, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits.

Starring: Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, J. Steven Soles, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, JD Souther, Jennifer Warnes ..
Directed by: Tony Mitchell
Release date: 1988-01-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey?

George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey?

8.1/10 IMDB

George Carlin changes his act by bringing politics into the act, but also talks about the People he can do without, Keeping People Alert, and Cars and Driving part 2.

Starring: George Carlin, Robert N. Altman, Lloyd Lindsay Young ..
Directed by: Bruce Gowers, Rocco Urbisci
Release date: 1988-06-12

Let's Get Lost

7.8/10 IMDB

Documentary about jazz great Chet Baker that intercuts footage from the 1950s, when he was part of West Coast Cool, and from his last years. We see the young Baker, he of the beautiful face, in California and in Italy, where he appeared in at least one movie and at least one jail cell (for drug possession). And, we see the aged Baker, detached, indifferent, his face a ruin. Includes interviews with his children and ex-wife, women companions, and musicians.

Starring: Chet Baker, William Claxton, Flea, Chris Isaak, Lisa Marie, Andy Minsker, Rodney Harvey, William Claxton, Flea, Hersh Hamel ..
Directed by: Bruce Weber
Release date: 1988-09-15

Imagine: John Lennon

7.8/10 IMDB

The biography of former Beatle, John Lennon—narrated by Lennon himself—with extensive material from Yoko Ono's personal collection, previously unseen footage from Lennon's private archives, and interviews with David Bowie, his first wife Cynthia, second wife Yoko Ono and sons Julian and Sean.

Starring: John Lennon, Y?ko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Phil Spector, Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon, Sean Lennon ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt, John Lennon
Release date: 1988-10-07

U2: Rattle and Hum

7.6/10 IMDB

A concert movie on an unprecedented scale, Rattle And Hum captures U2 - on and off the stage - during their triumphant Joshua Tree tour. From the giant technicolour stadium celebrations to the black-and-white intensity of the indoor shows, this is U2 at their best. Follow the group across America, exploring new influences, playing with the legendary B.B. King from Dublin to Graceland.

Starring: Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, U2, B.B. King, Phil Joanou, Dennis Bell, Adam Gussow, Jack Hale ..
Directed by: Phil Joanou
Release date: 1988-11-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

7.6/10 IMDB

Winner of a Best Documentary Academy Award, Marcel Ophuls' riveting film details the heinous legacy of the Gestapo head dubbed "The Butcher of Lyon." Responsible for over 4,000 deaths in occupied France during World War II, Barbie would escape--with U.S. help--to South America in 1951, where he lived until a global manhunt led to his 1983 arrest and subsequent trial.

Starring: Klaus Barbie, Marcel Ophüls, Serge Klarsfeld, Beate Klarsfeld, Claude Lanzmann, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Günter Grass, Jacques Vergès, Régis Debray, Bertrand Tavernier ..
Directed by: Marcel Ophüls
Release date: 1988-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads through Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.

Starring: Tip Byrne, Glen Ingram, H.W. Kerr ..
Directed by: Mark Lewis
Release date: 1988-06-09

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.

Starring: Jimmy Cleveland, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Nellie Monk, Samuel E. Wright, Harry Colomby, Nica De Koenigswarter ..
Directed by: Charlotte Zwerin
Release date: 1988-10-25

Guns N' Roses: Live at the Ritz

9.0/10 IMDB

MTV was there, and this was huge, but eventually the MTV guys were like, “We gotta go, we gotta get this going, guys.”Axl’s like, “Fuck it. I’m not going on unless I have my bandanna!” Apparently, he couldn’t find it after tearing apart the little hovel they gave us backstage. Of course the rest of the band was avoiding any eye contact with Axl, preferring to wander off, out of earshot, to do their grumbling.Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. “What’s wrong with you, Axl?” He shrugged me off and continued with his insane tirade. He had all of our roadies looking around for people who had scarves or bandannas. I said, “C’mon, Axl, let’s just go on.”He blurted out, “Fuck that. Fuck you. I need a bandanna or a scarf or I’m not doing this.” Axl finally found a fucking scarf, some powder-blue, girly-looking thing, and the show began.-Steven Adler in his autobiography, "My Appetite for Destruction"

Starring: Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler ..
Directed by: Scott Kalvert
Release date: 1988-02-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Return of the Swift Fox

Return of the Swift Fox

8.8/10 IMDB

A documentary about returning the swift fox, the smallest of Canada's native foxes, into its original habitat.

Starring: Jan Tennant ..
Directed by: Jy Chiperzak
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : The Blizzard of AAHHH's

The Blizzard of AAHHH's

8.2/10 IMDB

Greg Stump's rockumentary-style ski film inspired a whole new generation of skiers when it was first released in 1988. Taking a look at the heroes of the ski world -- both known and unknown -- Blizzard of Ahhhs features some of the best ski action ever filmed.

Starring: Scot Schmidt, Mike Hattrup, Glen Plake ..
Directed by: Greg Stump
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels

The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels

7.5/10 IMDB

A one-hour documentary on the making of Frank Zappa's bizarre 1971 comic musical. Vintage private footage from Frank's personal archives plus behind-the-scenes of the actual shooting and recording. With Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon and such songs as "Sleeping in a Jar," and "Strictly Genteel." The inside history of the first feature-length film to be shot on video in 6 days.

Starring: Frank Zappa, Tony Palmer ..
Directed by: Frank Zappa
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

8.8/10 IMDB

TV mini-series.

Starring: Joseph Campbell, George Lucas, Bill Moyers ..
Release date: 1988-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind

The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind

8.5/10 IMDB

This documentary revisits the making of Gone with the Wind via archival footage, screen tests, insightful interviews and rare film footage.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, George Cukor, Margaret Mitchell, Tallulah Bankhead, Susan Hayward, Margaret Tallichet, Frances Dee, Lana Turner, Paulette Goddard, Anita Louise ..
Directed by: David Hinton
Release date: 1988-10-01

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

7.2/10 IMDB

An exploration of the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on glam metal. It features concert footage and interviews of legendary heavy metal and hard rock bands and artists such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Megadeth, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne and W.A.S.P..

Starring: Dave Mustaine, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Holmes, Lemmy, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, C.C. DeVille ..
Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
Release date: 1988-06-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Carly Simon Live From Martha's Vineyard

Carly Simon Live From Martha's Vineyard

9.0/10 IMDB

A rare intimate performance by Carly Simon Carly Simon's Live From Martha's Vineyard: The Classic Concert captures the artistic genius of a true musical icon performing her classic hits. Filmed on the waterfront at Martha's Vineyard, MA, Carly Simon captivates the screen in one of her few live performances captured on film. It's the very best of Carly Simon, giving special meaning to every song she performs - pure, simple and beautiful as ever. Carly's magical performance combined with the enchanting backdrop of Martha's Vineyard is a one of a kind event. Originally aired as an HBO concert special in 1987 to promote her new album Coming Around Again, Carly fans worldwide now treasure this rare concert experience as a Region All DVD.

Starring: Carly Simon, T-Bone Wolk, Rick Marotta, Jimmy Ryan, Hugh McCracken, Robbie Kilgore, Robbie Kondor ..
Directed by: Tony Mitchell, Jeb Brian
Release date: 1988-09-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : No Frank in Lumberton

No Frank in Lumberton

6.8/10 IMDB

A very surreal video shot behind the scenes during the production of Blue Velvet in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1985 by Peter Braatz.

Starring: David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Brad Dourif, Jack Nance ..
Directed by: Peter Braatz
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Elvis '56

Elvis '56

7.7/10 IMDB

The year Elvis Presley went from rising star to pop culture sensation is chronicled through rare footage, interviews and that pelvis-gyrating music.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Levon Helm ..
Directed by: Susan Raymond, Alan Raymond
Release date: 1988-01-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Surviving Edged Weapons

Surviving Edged Weapons

8.5/10 IMDB

In an intense action-filled 85 minutes, you will learn to defend yourself against the mounting threat of “knife culture” offenders.

Starring: Ronald Rolland, Mickey Dawes, Leo T. Gaje Jr., Dean Gilmore, Kathleen A. Handal, Robert Henke, Gary Klugiewicz, Jan Lewis, Richard Menzel, Kevin Parsons ..
Directed by: Dennis Anderson
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Living with AIDS

Living with AIDS

8.2/10 IMDB

The compelling story of Todd Coleman, a 22-year-old gay man with AIDS, and those who cared for him during the last weeks of his life. Todd, his lover, doctor, nurse, social worker and two volunteers reveal the human realities and the importance of practical support, friendship and unconditional love.

Directed by: Tina DiFeliciantonio
Release date: 1988-07-19

Big Time

8.0/10 IMDB

Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented as you would never, ever, ever expect.

Starring: Tom Waits, Michael L. Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot, Willie Schwarz ..
Directed by: Chris Blum
Release date: 1988-12-30

World Safari III

6.9/10 IMDB

Travel through the west coast of Africa up the skeleton coast on two magnificent & mystic trails. Ride a hot air balloon and explore the magestic wild life of the Zulu land. Visit the mysterious bushmen of the Kalahari and go in search of Wetamura. Finally, travel through New Zealand and join Alby as he repairs an old 337 push-pull twin engine plane, which he flies back to his Australian homeland. Alby then discovers many unusual and exciting places in the great outback.

Starring: Alby Mangels ..
Release date: 1988-12-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Tex Avery: King of Cartoons

Tex Avery: King of Cartoons

7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary about the life and career of legendary cartoon director Fred "Tex" Avery.

Starring: Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, June Foray, Joseph Adamson, Ed Love, Heck Allen, Mark Kausler, Michael Lah, Leon Schlesinger ..
Directed by: John Needham, Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Tex Avery
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Powell Peralta: Public Domain

Powell Peralta: Public Domain

8.1/10 IMDB

Bones Brigade DVD IV. A video extravaganza in living color and drop dead B&W. Features: Barbee, Borst, Bradley, Caballero, Chapman, Grasset, Guerrero, Harris, Hawk, Hill, Lasek, McKay, McGill, Mountain, Mullen, Peralta, Powell, Saito, Saiz, Sanderson, Smith, Thiebaud, Thomas, Vallely, Way

Starring: Mike Valley, Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Danny Way, Ray Barbee, Colin McKay ..
Release date: 1988-01-01


8.3/10 IMDB

Leon Golub's massive canvasses depict scenes most of us would prefer not to see - mercenary killings, torture, and death squads. Golub offers not simply a profile of a painter with a political conscience, but an investigation into the power of the artist to reflect our times and to change the way we think about our world.

Starring: Leon Golub ..
Directed by: Jerry Blumenthal, Gordon Quinn
Release date: 1988-10-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Joe Leahy's Neighbors

Joe Leahy's Neighbors

8.2/10 IMDB

Joe Leahy and his complicated relationship with the Guniga people in the Papua New Guinea highlands.

Directed by: Robin Anderson, Bob Connolly
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China or: Surface Is Illusion But So Is Depth

A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China or: Surface Is Illusion But So Is Depth

7.2/10 IMDB

Director Philip Haas and artist David Hockney invite you to join them on a magical journey through China via a marvelous 72-foot long 17th-century Chinese scroll entitled The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour (1691-1698), scroll seven . As Hockney unrolls the beautiful and minutely detailed work of art, he traces the Emperor Kangxi’s second tour of his southern empire in 1689.

Starring: David Hockney ..
Directed by: Philip Haas
Release date: 1988-03-18

Put More Blood Into the Music

8.2/10 IMDB

PBS produced documentary in two parts: the first is dedicated to saxophonist and composer John Zorn; the second is about Sonic Youth at the height of their powers in 1988.

Starring: Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Glenn Branca, John Cale, Lydia Lunch, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, Wharton Tiers ..
Directed by: Charles Atlas
Release date: 1988-08-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Stage By Stage: Les Misérables

Stage By Stage: Les Misérables

7.9/10 IMDB

An interview with the production team behind the hit Broadway musical as they discuss the conception and development of Les Miserables as a pop-culture phenomenon.

Starring: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Cameron Mackintosh, John Caird, Linzi Hateley, Barry James, Martin Koch, Herbert Kretzmer, Gary Morris, Gay Soper ..
Directed by: Paul Henry
Release date: 1988-01-01

Jackie Gleason: The Great One

6.9/10 IMDB

Documentary about the life and times of Jackie Gleason.

Starring: John Candy, Jackie Gleason, Red Buttons, Art Carney, Jane Curtin, Teri Garr, Jane Kean, Sue Ane Langdon, John Larroquette, Sheila MacRae ..
Directed by: Daniel Helfgott
Release date: 1988-09-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Gregory Peck: His Own Man

Gregory Peck: His Own Man

7.6/10 IMDB

Talented and enduring Academy Award-winning star, Gregory Peck, tells how it was when studios ruled and a shy boy from a broken family could rise to become a famous leading man. Unfashionably modest, Peck describes his fascinating journey from early theater roles, through his first films, to Hollywood’s elder statesman.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Jane Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Jack Lemmon, Liza Minnelli, Robert Mulligan, Stephen Peck, Anthony Quinn, Lee Remick ..
Directed by: Gene Feldman, Suzette Winter
Release date: 1988-03-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : In Georgia

In Georgia

7.5/10 IMDB

Impressionistic East German documentary filmed mainly in the Georgian countryside in 1986-1987. The director, a painter, wanted to see if similar scenes to those found in the work of Georgian painter Niko Pirosmanishvili still existed there.

Directed by: Jürgen Böttcher
Release date: 1988-04-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Beavers


7.8/10 IMDB

A story about several beaver families in their wild surroundings. The interesting process of building a dam can be watched as well as the dangers arising from hungry bears and other influences on the new-built home.

Starring: Earl Pennington ..
Directed by: Stephen Low
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Alyssa Milano's Teen Steam

Alyssa Milano's Teen Steam

7.2/10 IMDB

Features a hip original soundtrack, exciting choreography and a theme song performed by Alyssa herself. Kids will dance with her, work out with her, and just hang around and laugh with Alyssa and her friends.

Starring: Alyssa Milano, Tiffanie Poston, Michelle Simms, Christie Furuka, Michael Rohrbacher, Deanar Young, Debbie Stern, Cheryl Richardson, Gavin Ryan ..
Directed by: Rick Elgood, Howard Woffinden
Release date: 1988-01-01

The Family Album

7.1/10 IMDB

THE FAMILY ALBUM is a one-hour experimental documentary film utilizing a vast collection of rare 16mm home movies from the 1920s through the 1950s. These home movies are exciting authentic documents of American folk history and culture, taken from the personal vantage point of the amateur photographic eye. Subjects span the entire spectrum of the traditional home movie idiom, including mixed racial, ethnic, economic and geographic sources. Structured from birth to death, THE FAMILY ALBUM is a collage film that weaves its elements into a composite lifetime, passing through the celebrations and struggles from childhood to adulthood, from innocence to experience. It is a universal yet intimate portrait of the American family, not scripted, not rehearsed, not immune to the conflicts and contradictions underlying family life and its rituals.

Directed by: Alan Berliner
Release date: 1988-07-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy

Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy

7.4/10 IMDB

Tony Buba, a film maker from Braddock, Pennsylvania, tells the story of his hometown's decline (along with the rest of the steel mill towns along the Monongahela River) while he dreams of making higher budget films. The picture documents, in a lighthearted way, the community anxiety and activism that accompanied the failure of the steel industry around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Starring: Tony Buba, Stephen Pellegrino, Richard Waddingham, Sal Carullo ..
Directed by: Tony Buba
Release date: 1988-09-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Measures of Distance

Measures of Distance

6.8/10 IMDB

In this video, the artist tries to overcome the effects of distance, and reflects on geography represented in exile due to war, and on the psychological distance represented in each one’s approach to her womanhood. The video beautifully weaves personal images and audio recordings of a very intimate nature, binding the personal with the political. Reading aloud from letters sent by her mother in Beirut, Hatoum creates a visual montage reflecting her feelings of separation and isolation from her Palestinian family. The personal and political are inextricably bound in a narrative that explores personal and family identity against a backdrop of traumatic social rupture, exile and displacement.

Directed by: Mona Hatoum
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Rock


6.7/10 IMDB

Documentary — featuring both interviews and live footage — about underground rock music in Russia, during the last years of the Perestroika.

Starring: Boris Grebenshchikov, Timur Novikov, Yuri Shevchuk, Viktor Tsoy, Oleg Garkusha, Anton Adasinsky, Georgi Guryanov, Igor Tikhomirov, Yuri Kasparyan, Andrey Krisanov ..
Directed by: Alexey Uchitel
Release date: 1988-01-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : James Stewart: A Wonderful Life

James Stewart: A Wonderful Life

8.0/10 IMDB

Documentary about James Stewart's long career as an actor and positive personal life.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Tab Hunter, Roger Vadim, James Stewart, Johnny Carson, Peter Bogdanovich, Carol Burnett, Richard Dreyfuss, Sally Field, Katharine Hepburn ..
Release date: 1988-11-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Cycling the Frame

Cycling the Frame

6.7/10 IMDB

In 1988, Tilda Swinton toured round the Berlin Wall on a bicycle - starting and ending at the Brandenburg Gate - accompanied by filmmaker Cynthia Beatt. As Swinton travels through fields and historic neighborhoods, past lakes and massive concrete apartment buildings, the Wall is a constant presence.

Starring: Tilda Swinton ..
Directed by: Cynthia Beatt
Release date: 1988-08-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues

Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues

7.9/10 IMDB

Music documentary directed by Patrick T. Kelly.

Starring: Michael Jackson, Dick Clark, Sammy Davis Jr., Katharine Hepburn, Y?ko Ono, Hermes Pan, James Earl Jones, Suzanne de Passe, Marlon Jackson, Quincy Jones ..
Directed by: Patrick T. Kelly
Release date: 1988-01-02

A Reggae Session

6.9/10 IMDB

Gathered together for one night, the legendary names of Reggae and more meet at Fort Charles, Jamaica for a musical event that would reverberate around the world!

Starring: Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert, Chrissie Hynde, Ziggy Marley, Grace Jones, Carlos Santana, Coati Mundi, Bunny Wailer ..
Directed by: Thomas D. Adelman, Stephanie Bennett
Release date: 1988-03-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : God, the Universe and Everything Else

God, the Universe and Everything Else

7.8/10 IMDB

In a studio setting, Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (who joins them via satellite) discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Starring: Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke, Magnus Magnusson, Carl Sagan ..
Directed by: Hector Stewart
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Promises to Keep

Promises to Keep

7.5/10 IMDB

Promises to Keep follows agitator Snyder and the Community for Creative Non-Violence by showing film-fragments, news-bulletin images from records, and newspaper headlines about the fight to force the government to live up to their promise to provide the homeless of Washington D.C. with proper shelter.

Starring: Mitch Snyder, Martin Sheen ..
Directed by: Ginny Durrin
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Forever James Dean

Forever James Dean

6.7/10 IMDB

The life and times of one of Hollywood's brightest stars.

Starring: Bob Gunton, William Bast, Frank Worth, Jack Grinnage, Steffi Sidney, Julie Harris, Frank Mazzola, Beverly Long, Corey Allen, George Barris ..
Directed by: Ara Chekmayan
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Bacall on Bogart

Bacall on Bogart

7.7/10 IMDB

Lauren Bacall tells the story of her late husband Humphrey Bogart, presenting clips from his movies and interview clips with his peers.

Starring: Lauren Bacall, Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Brooks, Alistair Cooke, Julius J. Epstein, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson, Budd Schulberg, Humphrey Bogart ..
Directed by: David Heeley
Release date: 1988-03-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : The Secret Identity of Jack the Ripper

The Secret Identity of Jack the Ripper

7.0/10 IMDB

A panel of experts examines the five main suspects in the Jack the Ripper murders and determines which of them is the most likely to have committed the crimes.

Starring: Paul Begg, Regis Cordic, John Douglas, William Roy Eckert, Daniel Farson, Martin Fido, Melvin Harris, Peter Ustinov, Melvin Harris, Roy Hazelwood ..
Directed by: Louis J. Horvitz
Release date: 1988-08-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Cannibal Tours

Cannibal Tours

7.7/10 IMDB

The film follows a number of European and American ecotourists as they travel from village to village throughout the Sepik River area in Papua New Guinea, driving hard bargains for local handcrafted items, paying to view formerly sacred ceremonies and taking photographs of every aspect of "primitive" life. With some prodding, the tourists unwittingly reveal an unattractive and pervasive ethnocentrism to O'Rourke's cameras. The tourists thus become somewhat dehumanized by the camera, even as the tourists themselves are busy exoticizing even the most mundane aspects of Sepik River life.

Directed by: Dennis O'Rourke
Release date: 1988-06-14

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