Best Documentary Movies of 1990



8.7/10 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. Brilliantly directed by George Ogilvie, Coppélia captures the imagination with its dramatic edge and visual charm.

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: 1990-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Step Across the Border

Step Across the Border

8.2/10 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

Don't Try This at Home!

7.3/10 IMDB

Penn and Teller play with mirrors, teach 900 people to make a hankie disappear, play with clear acrylic boxes, turn marshmallows into tools of violence, do some erotic fire-eating, become the King of Animal Traps, produce bees without end, make Jane Curtin do a magic trick with a needle, dental floss, and her pierced ear, and drive a truck filled with concrete over Teller.

Starring: Penn Jillette, Teller, Victoria Jackson, Jane Curtin, Carol Perkins ..
Directed by: John Moffitt
Release date: 1990-11-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Silence = Death

Silence = Death

7.6/10 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

The Burning Times

7.8/10 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 : Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking

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

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.

Directed by: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling
Release date: 1990-09-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim

7.3/10 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 : What's Up Doc? A Salute to Bugs Bunny

What's Up Doc? A Salute to Bugs Bunny

7.0/10 IMDB


Starring: Harlan Rector, Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Carl H. Lindahl
Release date: 1990-01-01

Berkeley in the Sixties

7.5/10 IMDB

A documentary about militant student political activity at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s.

Starring: Jentri Anders, Joan Baez, Frank Bardacke, John De Bonis, Hardy Frye, John Gage, Allen Ginsberg, Todd Gitlin, Susan Griffin ..
Directed by: Mark Kitchell
Release date: 1990-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1990 : Berliner Ballade

Berliner Ballade

6.4/10 IMDB

Some months after the fall of the Berlin wall, during the time of federal elections in Germany in 1990, Chris Marker shot this passionate documentary, reflecting the state of the place and its spirit with remarkable acuity.

Directed by: Chris Marker
Release date: 1990-11-08

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