Best Documentary Movies of 1996

1.

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

5.7
8.2/10 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
2.

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
3.

Looking for Richard

4.4
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 : George Carlin: Back in Town
4.

George Carlin: Back in Town

4.3
8.6/10 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
5.

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
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.

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
8.

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 Battle Over Citizen Kane
9.

The Battle Over Citizen Kane

3.9
7.7/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Many Faces of Christopher Lee
10.

The Many Faces of Christopher Lee

3.8
7.9/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Children Only Once
11.

Children Only Once

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

The lives of random children from different parts of the Philippines, facing the same predicament of living life of arduous labor to cope with the harsh realities of poverty.

Directed by: Ditsi Carolino, Sadhana Buxani
Release date: 1996-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys
12.

The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary following Terry Gilliam through the creation of "12 Monkeys"

Starring: Keith Fulton, Terry Gilliam, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Stowe, Bruce Willis, Charles Roven, Lloyd Phillips, Jeffrey Beecroft, Crispian Sallis ..
Directed by: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Release date: 1996-11-05
13.

Alice In Chains: MTV Unplugged

3.7
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
14.

Riverdance: The New Show

3.6
8.3/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Burger & the King: The Life & Cuisine of Elvis Presley
15.

The Burger & the King: The Life & Cuisine of Elvis Presley

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Before he won the Academy Award for Documentary for Man on Wire, director James Marsh made this lighthearted film about the artery-clogging cravings of Elvis Presley. Marsh’s portrait of Elvis is constructed from the recollections of friends, relatives and Elvis’s favourite cook, Mary Jenkins, who, with help from Elvis’s father, perfected those infamous fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches. The resulting film traces Elvis’s taste from his humble Mississippi start to his Vegas finale with stops along the way in the school cafeteria and army mess hall. Known for his gustatory excess, Elvis was a picky eater whose success manifested itself in quantity not quality. Marsh’s talent is in full effect in this stylish blend of form and content. Lit like an all-night diner, with a colour palette reminiscent of a sparkly Formica countertop, it’s a perfect backdrop for the King and his southern fried fare.

Starring: Roy Anderson, Rosa Arnold, Martha Babcock, George Christy, Marian Cocke, Joe Stevens ..
Directed by: James Marsh
Release date: 1996-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Fatal Game
16.

The Fatal Game

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

In 1994, New Zealand mountaineer, Mark Whetu, summitted Mt Everest with climbing partner and friend Mike Reinberger. However it was late in the day and after a freezing night on the summit, Whetu was faced with a terrible decision...to leave Reinberger or stay with him forever.

Starring: Mark Whetu ..
Directed by: Richard Dennison
Release date: 1996-05-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Moments with Johan
17.

Moments with Johan

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

The beautiful gay erotic superstar Johan Paulik is enthusiastically celebrated in this jam-packed compendium of Johan's greatest on-screen performances, plus an exclusive interview with the charming boy himself and previously unseen out-takes which reveal the charm and humor of this much admired adult model.

Starring: Johan Paulik, Mike Esser, Johan Paulik ..
Directed by: Mike Esser
Release date: 1996-03-21
18.

Gray's Anatomy

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

The film documents, in an often dramatic and humorous fashion, Gray's investigations into alternative medicine for an eye condition (Macular pucker) he had developed.

Starring: Spalding Gray, Mike McLaughlin, Melissa Robertson, Alyne Hargroder ..
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 1996-09-11
19.

Mirror Mirror

3.5
8.7/10 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 : Tina Turner: Live In Amsterdam - Wildest Dreams Tour
20.

Tina Turner: Live In Amsterdam - Wildest Dreams Tour

3.5
8.2/10 IMDB

Footage of Tina Turner's amazing three-night stint at the Amsterdam Arena in September, 1996, where she performed all her biggest hits in a spectacular visual production.

Starring: Tina Turner, Jack Bruno, Timmy Cappello, Cynthia Davila, Bob Feit, Ollie Marland, John Miles, Kenny Moore, Karen Owens, Sharon Owens ..
Directed by: David Mallet
Release date: 1996-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Rats in the Ranks
21.

Rats in the Ranks

3.4
8.1/10 IMDB

Every September Sydney's inner-suburban Leichhardt Council re-elects it mayor. Incumbent Larry Hand was popular with the citizenry but they don't vote for mayor - the 12 councillors do - and after three years of Larry, at least four councillors were after his job. When film-makers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson settled in at Leichhardt Council in early 1994 the knives were already being sharpened. A battle royal was in the making, and so it came to pass. By the end of September Larry had fought the fight of his life, with Connolly and Anderson documenting every bit of it on film. Ambition, courage, envy, hatred, loyalty, betrayal, disaster, triumph... in other words, a classic study in politics.

Starring: Larry Hand, Evan Jones, Neil Macindoe, Trevor Snape, Harry Sidaway, Nick Origlass, Bob Heffernan, Kate Butler, Kath Hacking, Sue Stock ..
Directed by: Robin Anderson, Bob Connolly
Release date: 1996-09-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants
22.

Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants

3.4
8.6/10 IMDB

This was an HBO special, a filmed performance of Jay's Broadway show, directed by his friend, David Mamet. It is literate, intelligent, and better than any magic performance you have ever seen.

Starring: Ricky Jay ..
Directed by: David Mamet
Release date: 1996-01-01
23.

Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press

3.4
7.8/10 IMDB

This documentary examines the 80 year career of journalist George Seldes, his encounters with Lenin and J. Edgar Hoover, his long battle against press censorship, the tobacco lobby, and his eventual blacklisting.With Ben Bagdikian, Jeff Cohen, Daliel Ellsberg, Ralph Nader, and Marian Seldes

Starring: George Seldes ..
Directed by: Rick Goldsmith
Release date: 1996-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Michael Jordan, Above and Beyond
24.

Michael Jordan, Above and Beyond

3.4
8.4/10 IMDB

"Michael Jordan Above and Beyond" provides a much-needed look at Michael Jordan's fantastic return from retirement in 1995. The first 20 minutes or so recap his retirement, attempt at minor league baseball, and his dealing with his father's murder. It picks up when it starts looking at the huge frenzy that was his return to the NBA in the Spring of 1995. It covers his mediocre first game back against the Pacers, his Friday night Chicago return against the Magic, and his subsequent return to form with a game-winning shot against Atlanta, and a career night dropping 55 on the Knicks.

Starring: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, Eriq La Salle, John Paxson, Jack Haley ..
Release date: 1996-05-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : 100 Years of Horror: The Frankenstein Family
25.

100 Years of Horror: The Frankenstein Family

3.4
5.9/10 IMDB

No overview found.

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
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Universal Story
26.

The Universal Story

3.4
7.3/10 IMDB

Richard Dreyfuss hosts a celebration of the 80 year history of Universal Studios. Founded as IMP by Carl Leammle to oppose Edison's Motion Picture Tust, it soon grew under the leadership of 21 year old production head Irving Thalberg with classic silents from artists like John Ford, Erich Von Stroheim, and Lon Chaney and prospered further in the Sound Era under the leadership of Carl Leammle Jr. with such classics as "All Quiet on The Western Front," "Showboat," and the studio's signature monster franchises, "Frankenstein" and "Dracula."

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Kirk Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Alfred Hitchcock, Boris Karloff, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg ..
Directed by: David Heeley
Release date: 1996-04-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men
27.

White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men

3.4
7.8/10 IMDB

This documentary deals with the popularization and commercialization of Native American spiritual traditions by Non-Indians. Important questions are asked of those seeking to commercially exploit Tribal rituals and sacred ceremonies...and those vested with safeguarding sacred ways. The film represents a wide range of voices from Native communities, and speaks to issues of cultural appropriation with humor, righteous anger, and thoughtful insight.

Directed by: Terry Macy
Release date: 1996-10-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Nobody's Business
28.

Nobody's Business

3.3
8.0/10 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 : Blue Eyed
29.

Blue Eyed

3.3
8.2/10 IMDB

In only 15 minutes with some 30 people Jane Elliott manages to build up a realistic microcosmos of society today with all its phenomena and feelings. As already known from the ill reputed Milgram experiment, even participants who knew the "rules" are unable to remain uninvolved. What starts as a game turns into cruel reality which causes some participants' emotions to erupt with unforeseen intensity

Starring: Jane Elliott, Martin Luther King ..
Directed by: Bertram Verhaag
Release date: 1996-09-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : 25 Million Pounds
30.

25 Million Pounds

3.3
7.6/10 IMDB

25 Million Pounds details the collapse of Barings Bank in the mid 1990s primarily by a broker called Nick Leeson, who lost £827 million ($1.3 billion) by speculating on futures contracts. The film contextualises the downfall as the history of Barings Bank was one of the oldest and most prestigious merchant banks in Britain, run by the same family for decades with extensive ties to Britain's elites. But in the late 19th century Barings almost went bankrupt after investing heavily in South American bonds, including backing the construction of a sewer system in Buenos Aires. The bank was saved by The Bank of England, but Edward Baring, the head of the bank, was financially ruined and never recovered.

Directed by: Adam Curtis
Release date: 1996-06-12
31.

100 Years of Horror: Baron Frankenstein

3.3
7.2/10 IMDB

No overview found.

Starring: Veronica Carlson, Richard E. Cunha, Donald F. Glut, Hugh Hefner, Christopher Lee, Fred Olen Ray, Jimmy Sangster, Hazel Court ..
Directed by: Ted Newsom, Kevin M. Glover
Release date: 1996-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : 100 Years of Horror: Scream Queens
32.

100 Years of Horror: Scream Queens

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

No overview found.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Carroll Borland, Robert Cornthwaite, Hazel Court, David DeCoteau, Richard Denning, Nina Foch, Pamela Franklin, Beverly Garland, Hugh Hefner ..
Directed by: Kevin M. Glover
Release date: 1996-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Titanic
33.

The Titanic

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

THE TITANTIC DOCUMENTARY She was the pride of the White Star Line. Nicknamed "The Wonder Ship" and "The Millionaire's Special," theTitanic steamed out of Southhampton, England with a gala send-off that made headline news. Bound for new York, the hulking ship cillides with an iceberg ripping a gash over 300 feet into the hull of the ship. Shocking the world, "The Unsinkable" descends to its legendary resting place at the bottom of the Atlantic. As the massive ship slowly slips into the mercy of the icy waters, Captain Edward J. Smith orders the lifeboats readied. With room for only half the passengers, they were quickly filled with women and children. Take a look back in time at this historic event, the event that still remains a great mystery the actual causes related to the sinking of the Titanic.

Release date: 1996-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Story Behind 'Toy Story'
34.

The Story Behind 'Toy Story'

3.3
7.1/10 IMDB

The documentary short of Toy Story of why and how the feature length blockbuster sleeper movie became a success and helps to boost Pixar's popularity of making one of the few animation movie production companies in the world today, especially in North America.

Starring: Corey Burton, Tom Hanks, John Lasseter, Tim Allen, Pete Docter, Laurie Metcalf, Randy Newman, Annie Potts, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles ..
Release date: 1996-12-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Sigmund Freud: Analysis of a Mind
35.

Sigmund Freud: Analysis of a Mind

3.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Sigmund Freud's revolutionary ideas transformed our conception of the mind. Yet, fears and obsessions wracked the father of psychoanalysis. His theories continue to inspire debate, even as the discipline he invented drifts farther from his work. Through personal letters, diaries and interviews with biographers, psychiatrists and Freud's grandchildren, this documentary explores the life of the man who was once derided as the doctor of love.

Starring: Sigmund Freud, Joe Aguayo, Harold P. Blum, Leo Rangell, Judith M. Hughes, Morton Hunt, Walter Freud, Sophie Freud, Gloria Steinem, Anna Freud ..
Release date: 1996-08-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr.
36.

The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr.

3.3
7.2/10 IMDB

Often called the worst director in the history of cinema, Ed Wood is nevertheless a beloved figure among cult-film aficionados for his oddball productions. This documentary takes a look back at Wood's unique career at the margins of 1950s Hollywood, speaking to those who loved him and hated him. Bela Lugosi Jr. discusses his father's work in the abysmal "Plan 9 From Outer Space," while a Baptist reverend recalls how he was tricked into financing the film.

Starring: Maila Nurmi, Dolores Fuller, Paul Marco, Bela Lugosi, Bela Lugosi Jr., Loretta King, Lyle Talbot, Norma McCarty, Michael McCarthy, Conrad Brooks ..
Directed by: Brett Thompson
Release date: 1996-05-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema - The Wild Child
37.

François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema - The Wild Child

3.2
7.5/10 IMDB

A fascinating glimpse into Truffaut’s creative process and how his life informed his art, told from the perspectives of those who knew him best.

Starring: François Truffaut, Don Allen, Philip French, Laura Truffaut ..
Release date: 1996-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema - Love & Death
38.

François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema - Love & Death

3.2
7.4/10 IMDB

A fascinating glimpse into Truffaut’s creative process and how his life informed his art, told from the perspectives of those who knew him best.

Starring: François Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman, Liliane Dreyfus, Madeleine Morgenstern ..
Release date: 1996-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Money Masters
39.

The Money Masters

3.2
8.6/10 IMDB

A documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money.

Starring: Bill Still ..
Directed by: Bill Still
Release date: 1996-01-01
40.

Video Essentials

3.2
8.1/10 IMDB

Video Essentials on DVD was assembled by the early part of 1997 as a tool to help measure and adjust your audio/video system. The program was released at the beginning of the DVD format in order to help the industry in the development of DVD. It is a source of signals for system calibration, including Dolby Digital, test tones, and anamorphic video test patterns.

Starring: Sam Dalton ..
Directed by: Joseph J. Kane Jr.
Release date: 1996-11-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Lon Chaney: Behind the Mask
41.

Lon Chaney: Behind the Mask

3.2
6.9/10 IMDB

A documentary on the life and career of actor Lon Chaney, with clips from his films and interviews with people who knew him.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller ..
Directed by: Bret Wood
Release date: 1996-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Lumière Brothers' First Films
42.

The Lumière Brothers' First Films

3.2
8.0/10 IMDB

A collection of short films made by the Lumiere brothers, a team of pioneering filmmakers in turn-of-the-century France, narrated by Bertrand Tavernier.

Starring: Mrs. Auguste Lumière, Antoine Lumière, Auguste Lumière, Bertrand Tavernier, Félicien Trewey, M. Winckler ..
Directed by: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière, Brian Q. Kelley, Thierry Frémaux
Release date: 1996-07-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Making of ‘E.T. The Extraterrestrial’: A Look Back
43.

The Making of ‘E.T. The Extraterrestrial’: A Look Back

3.2
7.4/10 IMDB

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Steven Spielberg's 1982 film "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.'

Starring: Steven Spielberg, Drew Barrymore, Kathleen Kennedy, Henry Thomas ..
Directed by: Laurent Bouzereau
Release date: 1996-10-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Tupac: Live at the House of Blues
44.

Tupac: Live at the House of Blues

3.2
8.2/10 IMDB

Tupac Shakur’s final performance, the July 4, 1996 concert at the House of Blues. Tupac: Live at The House of Blues is an all out hip house party on stage and a final chance to catch Tupac at the top of his game before his untimely death. Aided by appearances from Snoop Dogg and a booming lossless soundtrack, this one should please hip hop lovers for sure.

Starring: Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Suge Knight, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Sardar Kahn, DJ Pooh, Yaasmyn Fula, Yafeu Fula ..
Directed by: J. Kevin Swain
Release date: 1996-07-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Stanley Kubrick: The Invisible Man
45.

Stanley Kubrick: The Invisible Man

3.1
6.8/10 IMDB

Exploring the reputation of Stanley Kubrick by means of extracts from his work and contributions of people with whom he worked.

Starring: Ken Adam, James B. Harris, Michael Herr, Malcolm McDowell, Bryan Singer, R. Lee Ermey ..
Directed by: Paul Joyce
Release date: 1996-06-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Small Wonders
46.

Small Wonders

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

A dedicated music teacher in East Harlem instructs a gaggle of underprivileged children in the art of the violin. In the climax, they play Carnegie Hall with some of the world's foremost fiddlers.

Starring: Roberta Guaspari, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Diane Monroe, Mark O'Connor, Midori ..
Directed by: Allan Miller
Release date: 1996-10-04
47.

A Tickle in the Heart

3.1
8.1/10 IMDB

The retired life in Florida rescued, the Epstein brothers do again what they do best and have practiced for a lifetime music. A Tickle in the Heart captures the past, present, and future of the remarkable Epstein brothers - Max, Julie and Willie - Klezmer music legends on a joyous international comeback tour. This is a cinematic party with three of the funniest men in the show business. The Epsteins are natural performers, and their sense of life, music and family as they tour through places they love.

Directed by: Stefan Schwietert
Release date: 1996-09-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : B-29 Frozen in Time
48.

B-29 Frozen in Time

3.1
8.2/10 IMDB

NOVA accompanies famed test pilot Darryl Greenamyer and his intrepid crew on a perilous mission to repair and re-fly a B-29 bomber stranded on the Greenland icecap since 1947. In the face of incredible hardships, the team struggles to bring the old warbird back to life.

Directed by: Mike Rossiter
Release date: 1996-01-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage
49.

The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Oscar nominated "Making of" documentary about Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch.

Starring: Sam Peckinpah, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O'Brien, L.Q. Jones, Ed Harris, Nick Redman, Walon Green, Newell Alexander, Jim Silke, Mitch Carter ..
Directed by: Paul Seydor
Release date: 1996-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1996 : Cosmic Voyage
50.

Cosmic Voyage

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

The Academy Award® nominee Cosmic Voyage combines live action with state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery to pinpoint where humans fit in our ever-expanding universe. Highlighting this journey is a "cosmic zoom" based on the powers of 10, extending from the Earth to the largest observable structures in the universe, and then back to the subnuclear realm.

Starring: Morgan Freeman ..
Directed by: Bayley Silleck
Release date: 1996-08-09

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