Best Documentary Movies of 1996

1.

When We Were Kings

5.7
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
2.

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

5.0
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
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : George Carlin: Back in Town
3.

George Carlin: Back in Town

4.4
8.7/10 IMDB

Back in Town is George Carlin's ninth HBO special. It was also released on CD on September 17, 1996. This was also his first of many performances at the Beacon Theater in New York City. He rants about Abortion, The death penalty, prison farms, fart jokes, free floating hostility and words.

Starring: George Carlin ..
Directed by: Rocco Urbisci
Release date: 1996-03-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires
4.

Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires

4.2
8.4/10 IMDB

It happened more or less by accident; the people who made it happen were amateurs; and for the most part they still are. From his own Silicon Valley garage, author Bob Cringley puts PC bigshots and nerds on the spot, and tells their incredible true stories. Like the industry itself, the series is informative, funny and brash.

Starring: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Larry Ellison, Paul G. Allen, Bob Cringely ..
Directed by: Paul Sen
Release date: 1996-06-22
5.

The Celluloid Closet

4.0
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
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Oingo Boingo: Farewell (Live from the Universal Amphitheatre)
6.

Oingo Boingo: Farewell (Live from the Universal Amphitheatre)

4.0
8.9/10 IMDB

Oingo Boingo's Farewell Concert at the Universal Amphitheatre

Starring: Danny Elfman, Sam 'Sluggo' Phipps, Warren Fitzgerald, Johnny Vatos Hernandez, Steve Bartek, Leon Schneiderman, John Avila, Dale Turner, Marc Mann ..
Directed by: Scott Palazzo
Release date: 1996-04-16
7.

Hype!

3.9
7.6/10 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 Many Faces of Christopher Lee
8.

The Many Faces of Christopher Lee

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Christopher Lee talks about his film career, while showing clips from some of his best films.

Starring: Christopher Lee ..
Directed by: Colin Webb
Release date: 1996-01-01
9.

Alice In Chains: MTV Unplugged

3.6
9.1/10 IMDB

Alice in Chains returned to the popular music eye with this live, acoustic performance in New York on 10th April, 1996. After an absence from the stage of three years the band performed a 13-song set, including 'Heaven Beside You', 'Rooster' and 'Would?'.

Starring: Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, Sean Kinney, Alice In Chains ..
Directed by: Joe Perota
Release date: 1996-04-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Riverdance: The New Show
10.

Riverdance: The New Show

3.6
8.2/10 IMDB

Riverdance Show is a cultural phenomenon that defies criticism for the enthusiastic and leaves everyone else scratching their heads. The wonderfully talented cast, headed by the Riverdance Irish Dance Company, bewitchingly spins (and stomps) its Celtic folk choreography featuring numerous breathless solos by Michael Flatley (since departed) and Jean Butler. The mellifluous Riverdance Orchestra boasts Davy Spillane, who coaxes plaintive lamentations out of a peculiar instrument that resembles a bagpipe in a metal leg brace. For Enya fans, there is the sound-alike choral group Anuna, who casts a similarly New Age-style vocal spell. Also thrown into the mix are such disparate folk traditions as American gospel and Spanish flamenco. Though it's only 70 minutes long, Riverdance is repetitive by half. But judging from the ecstatic audience ovations and the continued foot-stomping during and after the curtain calls, too much is still not enough.

Starring: Jean Butler, Colin Dunne, María Pagés, Katie McMahon ..
Directed by: John McColgan
Release date: 1996-01-01

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