Best Documentary Movies of 1997

1.

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped. Barefoot, surviving monsoons, leeches, and machete-wielding villagers, he was rescued. Now, near 60, living on Mt. Tamalpais, Dengler tells his story: a German lad surviving Allied bombings in World War II, postwar poverty, apprenticed to a smith, beaten regularly. At 18, he emigrates and peels potatoes in the U.S. Air Force. He leaves for California and college, then enlistment in the Navy to learn to fly. A quiet man of sorrows tells his story: war, capture, harrowing conditions, escape, and miraculous rescue. Where did he find the strength; how does he now live with his memories?

Starring: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick ..
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 1997-12-01
2.

Waco: The Rules of Engagement

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

In one of the most tragic face-offs in the history of law enforcement, the deadly debacle at Waco pitted the Branch Davidian sect against the FBI in an all-out war. This documentary makes the most of footage and recordings to examine how the events that led to the tragedy of April 19, 1993, unfolded, and how the FBI's unrelenting approach made what was already a bad situation much worse.

Starring: Joe Biden, Dan Gifford, Clive Doyle, Jack Harwell, Joseph Penno, Dick J. Reavis, James D. Tabor, David Thibodeau, Sonny Bono, Howard Coble ..
Directed by: William Gazecki
Release date: 1997-09-19
3.

Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary is a 1997 film documenting an endurance competition that took place in Longview, Texas. The yearly competition pits twenty-four contestants against each other to see who can keep their hand on a pickup truck for the longest amount of time. Whoever endures the longest without leaning on the truck or squatting wins the truck.

Starring: Brent Baskin, David Grotheim, Benny Perkins, J.D. Drew, Norma Valverde, Angie Turner, Paul Prince, Ronald McCowan, Kerri Parker, Raul Martinez ..
Directed by: S.R. Bindler
Release date: 1997-06-01
4.

4 Little Girls

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

On September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls who were there for Sunday school. It was a crime that shocked the nation--and a defining moment in the history of the civil-rights movement. Spike Lee re-examines the full story of the bombing, including a revealing interview with former Alabama Governor George Wallace.

Starring: Maxine McNair, Chris McNair, Helen Pegues, Queen Nunn, Arthur Hanes Jr., Howell Raines, Harold McNair, Carole C. Smitherman, Wamo Reed Robertson, Dianne Braddock ..
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 1997-07-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
5.

Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

The story of Robert Flanagan, a man who was born with cystic fibrosis and told he wouldn't live past 20, who through a unique odyssey of masochism, art and love found a way to live decades past his expiration date.

Starring: Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Kirby Dick, Kathe Burkhart, Rita Valencia, Sarah Doucette, Richard Kopelle ..
Directed by: Kirby Dick
Release date: 1997-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
6.

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

3.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Errol Morris’s Fast, Cheap & Out of Control interweaves the stories of four men, each driven to create eccentric worlds from their unique obsessions, all of which involve animals. There’s a lion tamer who shares his theories on the mental processes of wild animals; a topiary gardener who has devoted a lifetime to shaping bears and giraffes out of hedges and trees; a man fascinated with hairless mole rats; and an MIT scientist who has designed complex, autonomous robots that can crawl like bugs.

Starring: Dave Hoover, George Mendonça, Raymond A. Mendez, Rodney Brooks ..
Directed by: Errol Morris
Release date: 1997-10-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Selena Remembered
7.

Selena Remembered

3.9
8.6/10 IMDB

A collection of moments and triumphs that helped Selena, and her band Selena y Los Dinos, into superstardom in North America.

Starring: Selena Quintanilla, Edward James Olmos ..
Directed by: Cecilia Miniucchi
Release date: 1997-04-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Out of the Loop
8.

Out of the Loop

3.9
8.4/10 IMDB

A feature-length documentary on the 1990s Chicago rock scene.

Starring: Steve Albini, Eleventh Dream Day, Dannie Flesher, Scott Giampino, Nina Gordon, The Jesus Lizard, Stacy Jones, John "Skippy" McFadden, Louise Post, Red Red Meat ..
Directed by: Scott Petersen
Release date: 1997-08-01
9.

The Long Way Home

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Ed Asner, Sean Astin, Martin Landau, Miriam Margolyes, David Paymer, Nina Siemaszko, Helen Slater, Michael York ..
Directed by: Mark Jonathan Harris
Release date: 1997-09-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Garth Live from Central Park
10.

Garth Live from Central Park

3.8
8.6/10 IMDB

This was the ultimate Garth Brooks fan's dream-a free live performance in Central Park. Garth gave a good showing in it, and I loved his performances of all his classic songs, such as "Unanswered Prayers, "The Dance," and "Friends in Low Places." While there weren't any of the high-kinetic, ultra-energetic stage movements usually reserved for the arena shows Garth gives, it was still worth the video purchase. Garth's performance was terrific, and the audience members obviously loved it as they sang along with all of his songs. You will find yourself doing the same.

Starring: Garth Brooks, Dave Gant, Steve McClure, Mike Palmer, Jimmy Mattingly, Mark Greenwood, James Garver, Stephanie Davis, Debbie Nims, Jim Horn ..
Directed by: Marty Callner
Release date: 1997-08-07
11.

The Big One

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

The Big One is an investigative documentary from director Michael Moore who goes around the country asking why big American corporations produce their product abroad where labor is cheaper while so many Americans are unemployed, losing their jobs, and would happily be hired by such companies as Nike.

Starring: Michael Moore, Elaine Bly, Jim Czarnecki, Brian Danitz, Richard Jewell ..
Directed by: Michael Moore
Release date: 1997-09-06
12.

Paul McCartney: In the World Tonight

3.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Documenting the recording process for Paul's 1997 album Flaming Pie, In The World Tonight is a fascinating insight into how a studio album is constructed, following Paul around his home studio and Abbey Road as he creates what would go on to be his first studio album in four years. In many ways there are two Paul McCartneys, the legend and the man. In The World Tonight reveals the man behind the public face, intimately capturing him at work, at ease and as candid as ever.

Starring: Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, George Martin, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Geoff Dunbar, Geoff Emerick, Steve Miller, George Martin ..
Directed by: Geoff Wonfor
Release date: 1997-05-02
13.

Wild Man Blues

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Wild Man Blues is a 1998 documentary film directed by Barbara Kopple, about the musical avocation of actor/director/comic Woody Allen. The film takes its name from a jazz composition sometimes attributed to Jelly Roll Morton and sometimes to Louis Armstrong and recorded by both (among others). Allen's love of early 20th century New Orleans music is depicted through his 1996 tour of Europe with his New Orleans Jazz Band. Allen has played clarinet with this band for over 25 years. Although Allen's European tour is the film's primary focus, it was also notable as the first major public showcase for Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi Previn.

Starring: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Soon-Yi Previn, Dan Barrett, Simon Wettenhall, John Gill, Greg Cohen, Cynthia Sayer, Eddy Davis, Nettie Konigsberg ..
Directed by: Barbara Kopple
Release date: 1997-01-16
14.

In the Teeth of Jaws

3.7
6.6/10 IMDB

BBC documentary about the making of Steven Spielberg's Jaws.

Starring: Peter Benchley, David Brown, Michael Chapman, Richard Dreyfuss, James Fargo, Rick Fields, Lorraine Gary, John Milius, Steven Spielberg, James Troutman ..
Release date: 1997-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Noah: He Walked with God
15.

Noah: He Walked with God

3.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Noah: He enjoyed a warm, intimate relationship with God. He devoted his life to the doing of Jehovah’s will. He “walked with the true God” and was blessed for doing so. He was Noah, an example worthy of imitation by young and old alike. Originally released on video cassette, later combined with David onto a single DVD.

Release date: 1997-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Volcano: Nature's Inferno
16.

Volcano: Nature's Inferno

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Travel around the world for a firsthand look at volcanoes - perhaps the most dazzling but destructive natural force on earth. Massive volcanic eruption can turn day into night, releasing the power of an atomic blast, spewing toxic avalanches of lava, gas, and ash. National Geographic Video transports you to some of the world's most notorious volcanoes, including Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines and Japan's Mount Unzen. Join volcanologists in their dangerous quest to forecast eruptions and save lives, putting you in the middle of the explosive excitement and human drama of Volcano: Nature's Inferno.

Starring: Stacy Keach ..
Release date: 1997-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Andrea Bocelli - A Night in Tuscany
17.

Andrea Bocelli - A Night in Tuscany

3.6
8.7/10 IMDB

A Night in Tuscany is the first DVD released by Italian singer Andrea Bocelli of a concert held in his native Tuscany, in 1997, highlighting the unique blend of Classical, Pop, and traditional Italian songs that made him a crossover success as an internationally acclaimed tenor. The concert takes place at the Piazza dei Cavalieri in Pisa. Bocelli performs two opera duets with soprano Nuccia Focile during the concert, before singing Miserere with Italian rock star Zucchero, who discovered him, and Time To Say Goodbye with English soprano Sarah Brightman

Starring: Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman ..
Directed by: David Amphlett
Release date: 1997-04-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Pantera: 3 Watch It Go
18.

Pantera: 3 Watch It Go

3.5
8.5/10 IMDB

The thrash metal band Pantera inspires some, uh, enthusiastic fans. This video was designed by the band members specifically for these diehard Pantera-heads. Filmed on their tour by band members, WATCH IT GO is an all access look at the real crazy, chaotic world of the four men who make up Pantera. Along with wild backstage footage, the video also includes four video clips for "Planet Caravan," "I'm Broken," "5 Minutes Alone" and "Drag the Waters."

Starring: Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul ..
Release date: 1997-11-11
19.

Green Chimneys

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Green Chimneys follows three young boys living at Green Chimneys, a residential treatment center for children with emotional, behavioral, social and learning challenges.

Directed by: Constance Marks
Release date: 1997-01-01
20.

NY,The Lost Civilization

3.5
8.6/10 IMDB

An anthropological study of a strangely familiar city. .

Directed by: Dylan McNeil
Release date: 1997-10-01
21.

Trekkies

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A hilarious look at the universe's most fervent fans.

Starring: Denise Crosby, Barbara Adams, Majel Barrett, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, William Shatner, George Takei ..
Directed by: Roger Nygard
Release date: 1997-10-18
22.

Mouse

3.5
7.6/10 IMDB

Girl Skateboard's video Mouse starred Eric Koston, Tony Ferguson, Jeron Wilson, Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Rudy Johnson, Guy Mariano, Sean Sheffey, Jovontae Turner and Tim Gavin and co-starred the Chocolate team.

Starring: Chico Brenes, Mike Carroll, Daniel Castillo, Paulo Diaz, Tony Ferguson, Tim Gavin, Rick Howard, Gino Iannucci, Rudy Johnson, Eric Koston ..
Directed by: Spike Jonze, Rick Howard
Release date: 1997-01-01
23.

Super Speedway

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

We follow the Newman-Haas (Andretti) racing team through the process of building, testing, and racing for a season. This includes extensive race speed on-track footage, including some pre-race footage with a full squad of cars. From time to time, we check in with a small shop building/restoring one of the first roadsters Mario Andretti raced; the finale includes him taking it for a spin.

Starring: Paul Newman, Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Jeff Andretti, Christian Fittipaldi ..
Directed by: Stephen Low
Release date: 1997-01-01
24.

Full Tilt Boogie

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A documentary about the production of From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and the people who made it.

Starring: George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Michael Parks, Fred Williamson, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Salma Hayek, Gregory Nicotero ..
Directed by: Sarah Kelly
Release date: 1997-09-09
25.

CIA - America's Secret Warriors

3.4
7.1/10 IMDB

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Release date: 1997-01-01
26.

Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula uncovers the life and career of legendary actor Bela Lugosi, examining his early life in Hungary and Germany through his Hollywood successes and eventual decline. The film features a vast array of never-before-seen footage of the actor, ranging from remains of his 1918 film Struggle for Life to behind-the-scenes home movies on the set of RKO Studios. Lugosi is peppered with dozens of rare films clips and photographs, with the story itself coming to life thanks to the vast array of on-camera interviewees.

Starring: Robert Clarke, Bela Lugosi, Bela Lugosi Jr., Hope Lugosi, Louise Currie, Frank J. Dello Stritto, Dwight David Frye, Loretta King, Howard W. Koch, Joseph H. Lewis ..
Directed by: Gary Don Rhodes
Release date: 1997-06-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Fleetwood Mac: The Dance
27.

Fleetwood Mac: The Dance

3.4
8.7/10 IMDB

Recorded live at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, Fleetwood Mac performs their greatest hits – including the classics 'Rhiannon', 'Everywhere', 'Dreams', 'Don't Stop' and 'Landslide' – and several new songs.

Starring: Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Lenny Castro, Brett Tuggle, Neale Heywood, Sharon Celani, Mindy Stein ..
Directed by: Bruce Gowers
Release date: 1997-08-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Girl Power! Live in Istanbul
28.

Girl Power! Live in Istanbul

3.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Join the Spice Girls live in Istanbul for their first ever concert! Plus: GIRLS TALK! An exclusive interview with the Girls! Find out what it's really, really like to be a Spice Girl!

Starring: Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Mel B, Victoria Beckham ..
Directed by: David Barnard
Release date: 1997-10-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy
29.

George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy

3.4
8.3/10 IMDB

George Carlin celebrates 40 years of comedy and here, he presents 2 new standup bits, comedian Jon Stewart gives an interview with him, and we look at his old comedy work through the last 4 decades.

Starring: George Carlin, Jon Stewart ..
Directed by: Rocco Urbisci
Release date: 1997-02-28
30.

Year of the Horse

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Indie director Jim Jarmusch lenses a low-tech tribute to protean rocker Neil Young and his long-standing band, Crazy Horse. Stitched together from archival material shot in 1976 and 1986 along with candid scenes of Young and the band kicking back between shows, this rockumentary is as ragged as it is direct.

Starring: Neil Young, Frank Sampedro, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina ..
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 1997-10-08
31.

U2: Popmart - Live from Mexico City

3.4
8.3/10 IMDB

1. Pop Muzik 2. Mofo 3. I Will Follow 4. Gone 5. Even Better Than The Real Thing 6. Last Night On Earth 7. Until The End Of The World 8. New Year's Day 9. Pride (In The Name Of Love) 10. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 11. All I Want Is You 12. Desire/La Bamba 13. Staring At The Sun 14. Sunday Bloody Sunday 15. Bullet The Blue Sky 16. Please 17. Where The Streets Have No Name 18. Lemon (Perfecto Mix) 19. Discothèque/Love To Love You Baby/Life During Wartime 20. If You Wear That Velvet Dress 21. With Or Without You 22. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me 23. Mysterious Ways 24. One 25. Wake Up Dead Man U2 performs live in Mexico City in support of their 1997 album, "Pop," featuring lavish special effects, cutting edge sound and spectacular multimedia enhancement.

Starring: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., U2 ..
Directed by: David Mallet
Release date: 1997-12-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Grateful Dead: Anthem to Beauty
32.

Grateful Dead: Anthem to Beauty

3.3
7.6/10 IMDB

This installment of the Classic Albums series follows the making of two Grateful Dead albums, the fiercely experimental Anthem of the Sun and the understated masterwork American Beauty, which spawned melodic gems like "Sugar Magnolia" and "Ripple." Between the archival scenes and contemporary interviews with band members, the DVD shows a band making seismic inroads in pop music--and five young guys coming to terms with artistry, mortality, and, yes, the pursuit of happiness. There is priceless footage of Neal Cassady driving Ken Kesey's bus and of the Dead, surrounded by martini-sipping hipsters, on Playboy After Dark. The best scenes involve band members talking about specific songs (you will never hear Phil Lesh's "Box of Rain" again without thinking of it as a gift to his dying father) or deconstructing a tune by playing each track separately. Intimate and surprisingly cohesive, Anthem to Beauty is a rare glimpse into how the Dead's magic was made.

Starring: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh ..
Directed by: Jeremy Marre
Release date: 1997-02-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Autumn Alley
33.

Autumn Alley

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

A docudrama about art and creativity; based on modern art gallery in Tehran and its founder Jazeh Tabatabai.

Starring: Zhaze Tabatabai, Mehdi Ahmadi, Behrooz Daresh ..
Directed by: Khosrow Sinai
Release date: 1997-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : You Can Fly!: The Making of Walt Disney's Masterpiece 'Peter Pan'
34.

You Can Fly!: The Making of Walt Disney's Masterpiece 'Peter Pan'

3.3
6.8/10 IMDB

The journey of J.M. Barrie's classic character to Walt Disney's conceptual masterpiece.

Starring: Corey Burton, Leonard Maltin, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, Margaret Kerry, Kathryn Beaumont, Walt Disney, Frank Churchill, Bobby Driscoll ..
Release date: 1997-01-01
35.

The Volcano Man

3.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Documentary about Swedish author Sture Dahlström.

Starring: Sture Dahlström, Viktor Friberg, Josefine Lund, Björn Runge, Irene Stenberg, Stellan Skarsgård ..
Directed by: Björn Runge
Release date: 1997-04-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Lord of the Dance
36.

Lord of the Dance

3.3
8.2/10 IMDB

Filmed at the Point Theatre in Dublin 'Lord of the Dance' takes Irish dancing to spectacular new heights. Orchestrated and conducted by Anne Dudley, inspiring original music by Ronan Hardiman and exhilarating dance starring the sensational Michael Flatley with supporting characters Bernadette Flynn, Daire Nolan, Gillian Norris, Helen Egan and Anne Buckley - Lord of the Dance is a rare and magical experience. Michael Flatley takes to the stage in a stunning Celtic dance spectacular which re-tells Irish folk legend in a dazzling and updated style. Join us when time stood still and Erin was goddess of all... The stories had all been written and everyone knew their parts. But the ancient clans, sitting in their stone circles, heard mumblings and the spirits dream was troubled. A new dark power had emerged to challenge the Lord of the Dance.

Starring: Michael Flatley, Bernadette Flynn, Daire Nolan, Gillian Norris, Helen Egan, Anne Buckley, Máiréad Nesbitt, Cora Smyth, Desmond Bailey, Steven Brunning ..
Directed by: David Mallet
Release date: 1997-10-14
37.

Eyes of the Rainbow

3.3
8.3/10 IMDB

"Eyes of the Rainbow" deals with the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 15 years. In it we visit with Assata in Havana and she tells us about her history and her life in Cuba. This film is also about Assata's AfroCuban context, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the cemetery and of the rainbow.

Starring: Assata Shakur ..
Directed by: Gloria Rolando
Release date: 1997-01-01
38.

Sobbin' Women: The Making of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

3.3
7.7/10 IMDB

This behind-the-scenes documentary includes interviews with people who were directly involved in the MGM classic musical 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'. Those interviewed include actors and actresses who appeared in the film - as well as the film's choreographer, director, and musical arranger

Starring: Howard Keel, Stanley Donen, Saul Chaplin, Michael Kidd, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Jane Powell, Julie Newmar, Virginia Gibson, Ruta Lee ..
Directed by: Scott Benson
Release date: 1997-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Stuart Hall: Representation & the Media
39.

Stuart Hall: Representation & the Media

3.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Cultural theorist Stuart Hall offers an extended meditation on representation. Moving beyond the accuracy or inaccuracy of specific representations, Hall argues that the process of representation itself constitutes the very world it aims to represent, and explores how the shared language of a culture, its signs and images, provides a conceptual roadmap that gives meaning to the world rather than simply reflecting it. Hall's concern throughout is the centrality of culture to the shaping of our collective perceptions, and how the dynamics of media representation reproduce forms of symbolic power.

Starring: Stuart Hall, Sut Jhally, Robert Townsend ..
Directed by: Sut Jhally
Release date: 1997-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : 20th Century Fox: The First 50 Years
40.

20th Century Fox: The First 50 Years

3.3
7.0/10 IMDB

The first half century of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation from its beginnings under Hungarian immigrant William Fox to it emergence as a major studio.

Starring: Julie Andrews, James Coburn, Red Buttons, Alice Faye, Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Debbie Reynolds, Eli Wallach, Robert Wagner, Robert Wise ..
Directed by: Kevin Burns
Release date: 1997-01-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Playboy's Girls Next Door - Naughty and Nice
41.

Playboy's Girls Next Door - Naughty and Nice

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Nothing beats the enticing appeal of those alluring girls next door. Now they're all grown up and ready to take you on a series of rousing rendezvous that are naughty... and oh so nice!

Starring: Bethany Lorraine, Elisa Bridges, Daphnée Duplaix Samuel, Karen McDougal, Kelly Monaco, Kalin Olson, Stacy Sanches, Shauna Sand, Carrie Stevens, Lisa Marie Bacchus ..
Directed by: Scott Allen
Release date: 1997-02-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Moon Over Broadway
42.

Moon Over Broadway

3.3
7.2/10 IMDB

A documentary portrait of the backstage efforts to stage the play Moon Over Buffalo on Broadway.

Starring: Carol Burnett, Philip Bosco, Jane Connell, Randy Graff, Ken Ludwig, Bob Mackie, Kate Miller, Tom Moore ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus
Release date: 1997-09-07
43.

Playboy: College Girls

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Year in, year out, Playboy magazine's college pictorials are a big hit. Now, for the first time ever, our course in collegiate beauty comes to video with some of the most beautiful student bodies in the nation.

Starring: Tamara Unverzagt, Natasha Alberico, Angela Cooper, Angela Cornell, Michelle Diamond, Jenna Nueva, Catrina Falbo, Nikki Lee, Ty Erickson, Erin Robinson ..
Directed by: Robert Kubilos
Release date: 1997-09-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : The Making of 'Spawn'
44.

The Making of 'Spawn'

3.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Documentary on the making of the 1997 film 'Spawn.'

Starring: Michael Jai White, Peter Cullen, Martin Sheen, Todd McFarlane, Theresa Randle, Mark A.Z. Dippé, John Leguizamo, Steve 'Spaz' Williams, Steve Lui, Habib Zargarpour ..
Release date: 1997-07-15
45.

Playboy's Girls in Uniform

3.2
7.2/10 IMDB

If clothes make the woman, a uniform makes her even hotter. Playboy brings you and exclusive look at the foxy forms that make these uniforms sizzle.

Starring: Joy E. Behrman, Daphnée Duplaix Samuel, Christine Sheffner, Jessica Garvin, Michelle Adams, Jennifer Collins, Sophia Fuentes, Cory Oltz, Dawn McFall, Victoria Knight ..
Directed by: Styx Jones
Release date: 1997-09-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Public Housing
46.

Public Housing

3.2
7.9/10 IMDB

Public Housing is Wiseman’s unflinching portrayal of life at the Ida B. Wells housing project in Chicago, a raw exposition of the daily conflicts between residents and the bureaucratic machinery to which they are continually subjected. With intimate detail and an abiding dedication to his subject, Wiseman unearths the hidden facets of institutions to find humanity and sites of unexpected beauty.

Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Release date: 1997-06-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Lucky Three
47.

Lucky Three

3.2
8.1/10 IMDB

Described as "a cross between a video and a documentary, but actually being neither of the two", singer/songwriter Elliott Smith plays three acoustic songs in this Jem Cohen-directed short film.

Starring: Elliott Smith ..
Directed by: Jem Cohen
Release date: 1997-07-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Completely Cuckoo
48.

Completely Cuckoo

3.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Behind the scenes interviews for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Starring: Ken Kesey, Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Miloš Forman, Saul Zaentz, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent Schiavelli, Louise Fletcher ..
Directed by: Charles Kiselyak
Release date: 1997-12-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : The Story of Bean
49.

The Story of Bean

3.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Pending release of the movie "Bean," Rowan Atkinson reflects on his comedy career and reveals how his comic creation Mr Bean evolved. This 1997 documentary includes career clips as well as interviews with Atkinson, writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, British comedians Lenny Henry and Mel Smith and movie celebrities Jeff Goldblum and Burt Reynolds.

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Jeff Goldblum, Burt Reynolds, Mel Smith, Lenny Henry, Richard Curtis, Ben Elton ..
Release date: 1997-07-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1997 : Devils Don't Dream!
50.

Devils Don't Dream!

3.2
7.6/10 IMDB

Before his journey into exile Jacobo Arbenz, the overthrown President of Guatemala, is presented to photographers stripped down to his underwear: an image seen around the world. Arbenz had led the successful 1944 revolt against the military dictatorship, a regime that had oppressed Guatemala since colonialism. Arbenz, the son of Swiss immigrants, was celebrated as a national hero. Elected President in 1950, Arbenz was not a member of any party - he didn't issue any manifestos. But he began to fulfill his promises - farmers got their own land. 'The first act of justice since colonial times,' said Arbenz. In the early 1950s, with the Cold War intensifying, then Vice President Richard Nixon said, 'Arbenz is not a Guatemalan President.' Nixon called him 'a foreigner, manipulated by foreign powers.' The young President of Guatemala was soon overthrown, declared a traitor, and chased out of the country.

Starring: Jacobo Árbenz, Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon, E. Howard Hunt ..
Directed by: Andreas Hoessli
Release date: 1997-03-07

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