Best Documentary Movies of 1990

1.

The Trials of Life

4.6
9.0/10 IMDB

Each of the twelve 50-minute episodes features a different aspect of the journey through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction.

Starring: David Attenborough ..
Release date: 1990-10-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Roger Waters: The Wall - Live in Berlin
2.

Roger Waters: The Wall - Live in Berlin

4.4
8.6/10 IMDB

A global television broadcast of the event in which former Pink Floyd leader singer and composer Roger Waters led an all-star cast in a mammoth benefit performance of his acclaimed concept album, The Wall. Set in Berlin, Germany less than a year after the destruction of the hated Berlin Wall, Waters was accompanied by disparate talents such as Cyndi Lauper, James Galway, Joni Mitchell and Albert Finney in the classic dark musical tale of a rock star's descent into madness and back.

Starring: Roger Waters, Ute Lemper, Cyndi Lauper, Thomas Dolby, Sinéad O'Connor, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman ..
Directed by: Ken O'Neill, Roger Waters
Release date: 1990-07-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : George Carlin: Doin' it Again
3.

George Carlin: Doin' it Again

4.1
8.3/10 IMDB

George Carlin brings his comedy back to New Jersey and this time talks about Offensive Language, Euphemisms, They're Only Words, Dogs, Things you never hear, see or wanna hear, Some people are stupid, Cancer, Feminists, Good Ideas, Rape, Life's moments, and organ donors.

Starring: George Carlin, Rocco Urbisci ..
Directed by: Rocco Urbisci
Release date: 1990-06-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : The Godfather Family: A Look Inside
4.

The Godfather Family: A Look Inside

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast. This feature also includes the original screen tests of some of the actors for "The Godfather" film, and some candid moments on the set of "The Godfather: Part III."

Starring: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Marlon Brando, James Caan, John Cazale, Sofia Coppola, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Mantegna, Robert Duvall ..
Directed by: Jeff Werner
Release date: 1990-07-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : The Australian Ballet: Coppélia
5.

The Australian Ballet: Coppélia

4.0
9.1/10 IMDB

This delightful ballet tells the story of Dr Coppelius, an eccentric toymaker, who attempts to bring life to his beautiful doll Coppélia. He is foiled by the mischevious Swanilda, who masquerades as Coppélia and saves her love, Franz, from the Doctor's magic. Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House, this acclaimed production by Dame Peggy van Praagh, the founding Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet, is a triumph.

Starring: Lisa Bolte, Adrian Burnett, Miranda Coney, Robyn Corby, David Cranson, Anna Di Cardi, Michèle Goullet, Greg Horsman, Martin Lewis, Nicole Marshman ..
Directed by: Virginia Lumsden
Release date: 1990-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Amazon: Land of the Flooded Forest
6.

Amazon: Land of the Flooded Forest

3.9
8.6/10 IMDB

Explore an extraordinary region where water and land life intermingle six months out of the year.

Starring: William Shatner ..
Directed by: Barbara Jampel
Release date: 1990-01-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : City Life
7.

City Life

3.8
8.3/10 IMDB

Collection of documentary shorts by various acclaimed directors

Directed by: Alejandro Agresti, Gábor Altorjay, José Luis Guerin, Clemens Klopfenstein, William Mbaye Ousmane, Eagle Pennell, Dirk Rijneke, Mrinal Sen, Béla Tarr, Mildred Van Leeuwaarden, Krzysztof Kie?lowski, Carlos Reichenbach
Release date: 1990-01-01
8.

Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration

3.8
8.4/10 IMDB

Celebrating Sammy Davis Jr 's 60th anniversary in show business, including musical,comic and dancing performers.

Starring: Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, Gregory Peck, Goldie Hawn, Whitney Houston, Jerry Lewis ..
Directed by: Jeff Margolis
Release date: 1990-02-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Tongues Untied
9.

Tongues Untied

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill reciting his poetry, Riggs telling the story of his growing up, scenes of men in social intercourse and dance, and various comic riffs, including a visit to the "Institute of Snap!thology," where men take lessons in how to snap their fingers: the sling snap, the point snap, the diva snap.

Starring: Marlon Riggs, Michael Bell, Essex Hemphill, Brian Freeman, Willi Ninja, Kerrigan Black, Blackberri, Djola Bernard Branner ..
Directed by: Marlon Riggs
Release date: 1990-03-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Aerosmith: MTV Unplugged
10.

Aerosmith: MTV Unplugged

3.7
8.0/10 IMDB

MTV viewers get the rare opportunity to see legendary hard rockers Aerosmith perform acoustically on this special edition of "MTV Unplugged." Taped live at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City in High Definition TV, band members Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums) and Brad Whitford (guitar) perform a rousing 30 minute acoustic medley of their hit songs past and present. Song selections include "Toys In The Attic," "Hang Man Jury," "Big 10 Inch," "Dream On," "Walkin' The Dog," and "Train Kept A Rollin'." "MTV Unplugged" with Aerosmith, with high definition imaging by Captain of America, marks the first airing of a high definition program on the network. Recorded 11 August 1990 at The Ed Sullivan Theater - NYC. Original Premiere Date: 20 September 1990.

Starring: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer ..
Release date: 1990-09-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
11.

Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

The life and career of two-time Oscar winner Vivien Leigh, who battled tuberculosis and manic-depression but always remained a star.

Starring: Jessica Lange, Vivien Leigh, Gertrude Hartley, Garson Kanin, Claire Bloom, Radie Harris, John Gielgud, Rachel Kempson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Kim Hunter ..
Directed by: Gene Feldman
Release date: 1990-10-22
12.

Madonna: Blond Ambition World Tour Live

3.6
8.8/10 IMDB

Blond Ambition World Tour Live contains the final tour date recorded in Nice, France. The release had previously been shown and produced by American network HBO as a television special. In 1992, the LaserDisc release won the Best Music Video-Long Form category at the 34th Grammy Awards. The tour reached North America, Europe and Asia. It was a highly controversial tour, mainly for its juxtaposition of Catholic iconography and sexuality. Rolling Stone called it an "elaborately choreographed, sexually provocative extravaganza" and proclaimed it "the best tour of 1990."

Starring: Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Haris ..
Directed by: Mark Aldo Miceli, Christopher Ciccone
Release date: 1990-12-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : The Best of Martial Arts Films
13.

The Best of Martial Arts Films

3.5
7.2/10 IMDB

The most explosive barehanded combat sequences ever filmed. An electrifying video of martial arts mastery and mayhem. This program takes a behind-the-scenes look at the weapons, the mystical eastern philosophy, and the incredible skills that have made martial arts films one of the most popular genres in the world today.

Starring: John Saxon, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sho Kosugi, Angela Mao Ying, Cynthia Rothrock, Keith Cooke ..
Directed by: Sandra Weintraub
Release date: 1990-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic
14.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic

3.4
7.6/10 IMDB

Documentary about the making of the 1939 MGM classic film The Wizard of Oz. Includes interviews of cast and crew members, their families and fans of the film.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Mervyn LeRoy, Arthur Freed ..
Directed by: Jack Haley Jr.
Release date: 1990-02-20
15.

Step Across the Border

3.4
8.1/10 IMDB

An avant-garde documentary film on English guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith.

Starring: Jonas Mekas, Julia Judge, John Spacely, Tom Walker, Ted Milton, Robert Frank, Fred Frith ..
Directed by: Nicolas Humbert, Werner Penzel
Release date: 1990-09-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : American Dream
16.

American Dream

3.4
7.8/10 IMDB

When workers at the Hormel meatpacking plant in Austin, Minnesota are asked to take a substantial pay cut in a highly profitable year, the local labor union decides to go on strike and fight for a wage they believe is fair. But as the work stoppage drags on and the strikers face losing everything, friends become enemies, families are divided and the very future of this typical mid American town is threatened.

Directed by: Barbara Kopple
Release date: 1990-10-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : The Earth Day Special
17.

The Earth Day Special

3.4
5.7/10 IMDB

The Earth Day Special is a television special revolving around Earth Day that aired on ABC on April 22, 1990. Sponsored by Time Warner, the two hour special featured an all-star cast addressing concerns about global warming, deforestation, and other environmental ills.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Meryl Streep, Kevin Costner, Michael Keaton, Michael Douglas, Harold Ramis, Martin Short, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman ..
Directed by: Dwight Hemion
Release date: 1990-04-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : From Moscow to Pietushki
18.

From Moscow to Pietushki

3.4
7.7/10 IMDB

A look at Benedict Yerofeyev, the elusive author of the Russian underground classic From Moscow to Pietushki, who has existed on the fringes of Soviet society for most of his life.

Starring: Venedikt Yerofeyev ..
Directed by: Pawe? Pawlikowski
Release date: 1990-04-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To
19.

Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To

3.3
7.4/10 IMDB

This tribute to Myrna Loy is organized chronologically with a few photographs, many film clips, a handful of personal appearances, and a detailed commentary delivered on camera by Kathleen Turner. Turner walks us through Loy's career as a dancer and an actress miscast as an exotic. She comes into her own as a grown-up women: shrewd, funny, decorous, and sexy - in "Manhattan Melodrama" and "The Thin Man." Her volunteer work during World War II, later stage work, and progressive politics come in for admiration as well. It's her style - seen best in her roles as a wife of charm and independence - that's captured and celebrated here.

Starring: Kathleen Turner, G. Larry Butler, Myrna Loy, Warner Baxter, Dolores Costello, Melvyn Douglas, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Al Jolson ..
Directed by: Richard Schickel
Release date: 1990-06-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Things That Aren't There Anymore
20.

Things That Aren't There Anymore

3.3
8.3/10 IMDB

Remember when Forbes Field was the world’s greatest ballpark? When the Dips roller coaster at West View Park came out to Route 19? When everyone went to the Allegheny County Fair? When streetcars ran all over town? They’re all parts of this warm and winsome program about Pittsburgh’s past, this heartfelt tribute to great and old places where people used to go to have fun.

Starring: Rick Sebak ..
Directed by: Rick Sebak
Release date: 1990-05-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : The KGB, the Computer and Me
21.

The KGB, the Computer and Me

3.2
7.8/10 IMDB

In 1986, astronomer turned computer scientist Clifford Stoll had just started working on a computer system at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory when he noticed a 75-cent discrepancy between the charges printed by two accounting programs responsible for charging people for machine use. Intrigued, he deduced that the system was being hacked, and he determined to find the culprit. This is the re-enactment of how he tracked down KGB cracker Markus Hess through the Ethernet to Hannover, Germany.

Starring: Clifford Stoll ..
Directed by: Robin Bates
Release date: 1990-10-03
22.

The Horror Hall of Fame

3.2
7.3/10 IMDB

The Horror Hall of Fame was an annual Oscars-style award show hosted by Robert Englund which honored the best horror films, television series, actors, producers and special-effects designers.

Starring: Robert Englund, Catherine Hicks, Jason Miller, Roger Corman, John Kassir, Sara Karloff, Sam Kinison, Linnea Quigley, Steve Johnson, Janet Leigh ..
Directed by: Ron de Moraes
Release date: 1990-09-30
23.

The Burning Times

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

A 1990 Canadian documentary, presenting a feminist revisionist account of the Early Modern European witchcraft trials. It features interviews with feminist and Neopagan notables, such as Starhawk, Margot Adler, and Matthew Fox. The Burning Times is the second film in the National Film Board of Canada's Women and Spirituality series, following Goddess Remembered.

Directed by: Donna Read
Release date: 1990-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Life of Python
24.

Life of Python

3.2
7.6/10 IMDB

This BBC documentary tells the history of the Python group, allowing a few glimpses at the works of its predecessors (At Last the 1948 Show, Do Not Adjust Your Sets etc.) and various interviews with the group's members and other associated artists.

Starring: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Dan Aykroyd, Dudley Moore, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase ..
Directed by: Mark Redhead
Release date: 1990-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
25.

Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol

3.2
6.9/10 IMDB

Documentary portrait of Andy Warhol.

Starring: Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Candy Darling, Henry Geldzahler, Dennis Hopper, Sally Kirkland, Gerard Malanga, Taylor Mead, Jonas Mekas, Sylvia Miles ..
Directed by: Chuck Workman
Release date: 1990-07-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Hyperland
26.

Hyperland

3.2
7.8/10 IMDB

This made-for-TV documentary introduces the layperson to concepts and technologies that were emerging in computer interface design in the late 1980s and early 1990s: hypertext, multimedia, virtual assistants, interactive video, 3D animation, and virtual reality.

Starring: Tom Baker, Douglas Adams, Hans Peter Brandmo, Ted Nelson, Amanda Goodenough, Fabrice Florin, Steve Gano, Mike Naimark, Kristee Kreitman, Kristine Hooper ..
Release date: 1990-09-21
27.

Songs for Drella

3.2
7.9/10 IMDB

Songs for Drella is a concept album by Lou Reed and John Cale, both formerly of The Velvet Underground, and is dedicated to the memory of Andy Warhol, their mentor, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. Drella was a nickname for Warhol coined by Warhol Superstar Ondine, a contraction of Dracula and Cinderella, used by Warhol's crowd. The song cycle focuses on Warhol's interpersonal relations and experiences, with songs falling roughly into three categories: Warhol's first-person perspective (which makes up the vast majority of the album), third-person narratives chronicling events and affairs, and first-person commentaries on Warhol by Reed and Cale themselves. The songs on the album are, to some extent, in chronological order.

Starring: Lou Reed, John Cale ..
Directed by: Edward Lachman
Release date: 1990-01-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
28.

The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson

3.1
8.7/10 IMDB

While the Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker.

Starring: Jim Henson, Harry Belafonte, Carol Burnett, John Denver, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg, Ray Charles, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kevin Clash ..
Directed by: Peter Harris
Release date: 1990-11-21
29.

Child of Rage: A Story of Abuse

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

Beth Thomas is a six year old girl suffering from reactive attachment disorder as a result of being sexually abused as a child. This documentary consists of interviews with Beth, followed by her treatment and partial recovery at a special center for kids.

Starring: Joel Craiger, Ken Magid, Beth Thomas ..
Directed by: Gaby Monet
Release date: 1990-08-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Michael Jordan's Playground
30.

Michael Jordan's Playground

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

This made-for-video production mixes highlights of Michael Jordan from the '80s with a fantasy storyline of a high school teen named Walt, who has been cut from his basketball team. Doubting his abilities, Walt gets some lessons from Michael Jordan himself, on the magical Playground known as Michael Jordan's Playground.

Starring: Michael Jordan, Tyrin Turner, Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Doc Ice ..
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Release date: 1990-01-01
31.

Home for Christmas

3.1
8.4/10 IMDB

Dolly Parton returns home to Sevierville and to Dollywood where she joins her family and friends to share songs and memories of the holidays in this 1990 TV special to accompany her Christmas CD Home for the Holidays.

Starring: Dolly Parton, Billy Baker, Rachel Dennison, Gene Kiracofe, Randy Parton, Stella Parton, Timothy C. Rauhoff, Marvin E. West ..
Directed by: Walter C. Miller
Release date: 1990-12-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Lifestyles of the Ramones
32.

Lifestyles of the Ramones

3.1
8.3/10 IMDB

Documentary on the Ramones, including archival footage, interviews and music videos, this was first released on VHS in 1990 and later re-released on DVD as part of the WEIRD TALES OF THE RAMONES box set in 2005, with expanded content. HEY, HO, LET'S GO!

Starring: Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, CJ Ramone, Marky Ramone, Johnny Ramone ..
Directed by: George Seminara
Release date: 1990-09-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream
33.

Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream

3.1
7.8/10 IMDB

Starring: Harry Goz, Rita Hayworth, Evelyn Keyes, Frank Langella, Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, Orson Welles, Hermes Pan, Vincent Sherman, Glenn Ford ..
Directed by: Arthur Barron
Release date: 1990-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : H-2 Worker
34.

H-2 Worker

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Expose on the exploitation of workers in the Florida sugar cane industry.

Directed by: Stephanie Black
Release date: 1990-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking of Louisiana
35.

Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking of Louisiana

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Les Blank marries his passion for spicy, down home food and his love for Cajuns and Creoles in this mouth-watering, exploration of the cooking, and other enthusiasms, of French-speaking Louisiana. Features tangy music, and food by Marc Savoy, Paul Prudhomme, and other greats.

Starring: Marc Savoy, Paul Prudhomme ..
Directed by: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling
Release date: 1990-09-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : REM: Tourfilm
36.

REM: Tourfilm

3.0
8.1/10 IMDB

Tourfilm (1990) is a documentary-style concert film by American rock band R.E.M. The film chronicles the band's 1989 Green tour of North America. Produced by frontman Michael Stipe and director Jim McKay, the black-and-white film features aspects of avant-garde and experimental filmmaking, including handheld camera shots and stock footage.

Starring: Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Bill Berry ..
Directed by: Michael Stipe, Jim McKay
Release date: 1990-09-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : The Road to God Knows Where
37.

The Road to God Knows Where

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Documentary of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 1989 tour of America.

Starring: Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Mick Harvey, Mick Harvey, Kid Congo Powers, Thomas Wydler, Roland Wolf ..
Directed by: Uli M Schüppel
Release date: 1990-12-14
38.

Creative Process: Norman McLaren

3.0
8.1/10 IMDB

Norman McLaren was a cinematic genius who made films without cameras, and music without instruments. He produced sixty films in a stunning range of styles and techniques, collecting over 200 international awards, and world recognition. In Creative Process, director Donald McWilliams demystifies the process of artistic creation. Drawing on McLaren's private film vaults, a gold mine of experimental footage and uncompleted films, McWilliams explores McLaren's methods, including his celebrated "pixillation" technique, and his daring forays into animated surrealism.

Starring: Norman McLaren, John Grierson, Grant Munro, Gavin Millar, Susan Huycke ..
Directed by: Donald McWilliams, Claude Dionne
Release date: 1990-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Discovering Hamlet
39.

Discovering Hamlet

3.0
7.9/10 IMDB

IN 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh tackled the role of Shakespeare’s prince of Denmark for the first time in his professional career under the guidance of celebrated actor Derek Jacobi. Narrated by Patrick Stewart, this hour-long film documents how Kenneth Branagh and Derek Jacobi, two intelligent and passionate men, found new depths in Shakespeare’s classic drama, Hamlet. Filmmakers Mark Olshaker and Larry Klein follow the company through four weeks of rehearsals, from the first read-throughs to opening night.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Easton, Patrick Stewart, Richard Clifford, Edward Jewesbury, David Parfitt, Sophie Thompson, Jay Villiers, Jimmy Yuill ..
Directed by: Mark Olshaker
Release date: 1990-01-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Affirmations
40.

Affirmations

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A look at what it's like to be gay and black in America.

Starring: Reginald T. Jackson, R. Battle, Blackberri, Michael Bell, Essex Hemphill, Wayson Jones, David B. Kirkland, Alan Miller, Cornelius Moore, Colin Robinson ..
Directed by: Marlon Riggs
Release date: 1990-06-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Christo in Paris
41.

Christo in Paris

3.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Documentary about conceptual artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude's attempt to "wrap" the Pont-Neuf in Paris.

Starring: Christo, Jeanne-Claude, Jacques Chirac ..
Directed by: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson
Release date: 1990-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Blue Planet
42.

Blue Planet

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

From the unique vantage point of 200 miles above Earth's surface, we see how natural forces - volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes - affect our world, and how a powerful new force - humankind - has begun to alter the face of the planet. From Amazon rain forests to Serengeti grasslands, Blue Planet inspires a new appreciation of life on Earth, our only home.

Starring: James Buchli, Toni Myers ..
Directed by: Ben Burtt
Release date: 1990-01-01
43.

Janine

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

The story of a black lesbian's relationship with a white, upper middle class high school girl.

Starring: Cheryl Dunye ..
Directed by: Cheryl Dunye
Release date: 1990-01-01
44.

Jan Švankmajer: The Animator of Prague

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

This half-hour BBC documentary offers a revealing look at Svankmajer at work on "Death of Stalinism in Bohemia," and uses excerpts from his earlier films to trace the development of his unique sensibility.

Starring: Jan Švankmajer ..
Directed by: James Marsh
Release date: 1990-06-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey
45.

Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Documentary is about the life and work of American screenwriter Waldo Salt who won two Academy Awards and was put on the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s. The story is told through interviews with collaborators and friends such as Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jon Voight, John Schlesinger and with clips from Salt's films, chiefly Midnight Cowboy.

Starring: Peter Coyote, Waldo Salt, Mary Davenport, Jennifer Salt, Jerome Hellman, James Leo Herlihy, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Jarrico, Ring Lardner, Jr., George Litto ..
Directed by: Eugene Corr, Robert Hillmann
Release date: 1990-01-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Sink or Swim
46.

Sink or Swim

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Through a series of twenty six short stories, a girl describes the childhood events that shaped her ideas about fatherhood, family relations, work and play. As the stories unfold, a dual portrait emerges: that of a father who cared more for his career than for his family, and of a daughter who was deeply affected by his behavior. Working in counterpoint to the forceful text are sensual black and white images that depict both the extraordinary and ordinary events of daily life. Together, they create a formally complex and emotionally intense film.

Starring: Jessica Meyerson ..
Directed by: Su Friedrich
Release date: 1990-09-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Anthony Quinn: An Original
47.

Anthony Quinn: An Original

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Born in Mexico, Anthony Quinn became the family's main provider when his father died in an accident. Thus began the story of a man who had a thousand jobs before acting in a Cecil B. DeMille film…

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Federico Fellini, Anthony Franciosa, Giancarlo Giannini, Julie Harris, Stanley Kramer, J. Lee Thompson, Gina Lollobrigida, Giulietta Masina, Lorenzo Quinn ..
Directed by: Gene Feldman, Suzette Winter
Release date: 1990-09-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Cyberpunk
48.

Cyberpunk

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Stylistic documentary about the cyberpunk movement. William Gibson, author of cyberpunk classic Neuromancer, and Timothy Leary, famous advocate of psychedelic drugs, share their thoughts on the future of society and technology.

Starring: William Gibson, Timothy Leary, Annette Hunt, Vernon Reid, Michael Balch, Joseph M. Rosen, Jaron Lanier, Michael Synergy, Brenda Laurel ..
Directed by: Marianne Schaefer Trench
Release date: 1990-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships & Intersections
49.

Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships & Intersections

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

This intimate portrait of Andy Warhol pulls together a unique library of material shot by New York film legend Jonas Mekas. Spanning from 1963 to 1990, the film features a cast of counterculture icons including Allen Ginsberg, George Maciunas, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono, as well as John and Caroline Kennedy, and Lee Radziwill (Jackie Kennedy Onassis's sister and Warhol muse)—to whom Mekas dedicates the film. The film features footage from the Velvet Underground's first public performance. A portrait of the remarkable life of arguable the twentieth century's most famous artist and leading iconographer.

Starring: Andy Warhol, John Cale, Allen Ginsberg, Mick Jagger, Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jr., John Lennon, Gerard Malanga, Jonas Mekas, Sterling Morrison ..
Directed by: Jonas Mekas
Release date: 1990-06-01
50.

Silence = Death

2.8
7.5/10 IMDB

AIDS victims and activists cope with hardship and society’s ignorance.

Starring: Allen Ginsberg, David Wojnarowicz, Keith Haring, Peter Kunz, Emilio Cubeiro, Bern Boyle, Rafael Gamba, Don Moffet ..
Directed by: Rosa von Praunheim
Release date: 1990-05-04

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