Best Documentary Movies of 1996


When We Were Kings

8.0/10 IMDB

It's 1974. Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Foreman is ten years younger and the heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a willing backer in Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire, and the "Rumble in the Jungle" is set, including a musical festival featuring some of America's top black performers, like James Brown and B.B. King.

Starring: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown, B.B. King, Spike Lee, Mobutu Sese Seko, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Thomas Hauser ..
Directed by: Leon Gast
Release date: 1996-10-25

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

8.3/10 IMDB

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Starring: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols ..
Directed by: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Release date: 1996-12-03

The Celluloid Closet

7.8/10 IMDB

This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have occupied in cinema history, and shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed include secrecy – which initially defined homosexuality – as well as the demonization of the homosexual community with the advent of AIDS, and finally the shift toward acceptance and positivity in the modern era.

Starring: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susan Sarandon, Gore Vidal, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Fargas, Shirley MacLaine, John Schlesinger, Armistead Maupin, Arthur Laurents ..
Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Release date: 1996-01-30


7.7/10 IMDB

This documentary examines the Seattle scene as it became the focus of a merging of punk rock, heavy metal, and innovation. Building from the grass roots, self-promoted and self-recorded until break-out success of bands like Nirvana brought the record industry to the Pacific Northwest, a phenomenon was born.

Starring: Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament, Michael Anderson, Mark Arm, James Atkins, Jon Auer, Leighton Beezer, Martin Bernier, Kurt Cobain ..
Directed by: Doug Pray
Release date: 1996-11-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Battle Over Citizen Kane

The Battle Over Citizen Kane

7.8/10 IMDB

Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relative complete bio of Hearst.

Starring: William Alland, Thomas Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Jimmy Breslin, Richard Ben Cramer, Marion Davies, Leonard de Paur, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Richard France, William Randolph Hearst ..
Directed by: Thomas Lennon, Michael Epstein
Release date: 1996-01-29

Looking for Richard

7.3/10 IMDB

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

Starring: Al Pacino, Winona Ryder, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Aidan Quinn, Harris Yulin, Penelope Allen, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones ..
Directed by: Al Pacino
Release date: 1996-10-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

8.8/10 IMDB

Portrait of the last year of the life of famous New York drag queen Consuela Cosmetic.

Starring: Consuela Cosmetic, Hector Xtravaganza, Gina Germaine, Ms. Hawaiian Angie, Bruce Benderson, Amilia Black, Karen Covergirl, Freddie De Jesus, Sylvia Del Rio, Barbra Herr ..
Directed by: Baillie Walsh
Release date: 1996-09-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Clarkson: Unleashed on Cars

Clarkson: Unleashed on Cars

7.1/10 IMDB

Jeremy Clarkson drives a wide range of vehicles as he attempts to find the "best car, in the world, ever."

Starring: Jeremy Clarkson ..
Directed by: Brian Klein
Release date: 1996-10-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Nobody's Business

Nobody's Business

8.1/10 IMDB

Director Alan Berliner takes on his reclusive father as the reluctant subject of this affecting and graceful study of family history and memory. Ultimately this complex portrait is a meeting of the minds -- where the past meets the present, where generations collide and where the boundaries of family life are stretched, torn and surprisingly, at times, also healed. Berliner has transformed a story of a troubled man who has sealed himself off from life's pain into a work of universal resonance.

Starring: Alan Berliner, Oscar Berliner ..
Directed by: Alan Berliner
Release date: 1996-10-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : 100 Years of Horror: The Frankenstein Family

100 Years of Horror: The Frankenstein Family

5.8/10 IMDB

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Starring: Ralph Bellamy, Kenneth Branagh, Veronica Carlson, Hazel Court, Robert De Niro, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Freddie Francis, Donald F. Glut ..
Directed by: Ted Newsom, Kevin M. Glover
Release date: 1996-01-01

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