Best Documentary Movies of 1999

1.

American Movie

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

American Movie is the story of filmmaker Mark Borchardt, his mission, and his dream. Spanning over two years of intense struggle with his film, his family, financial decline, and spiritual crisis, American Movie is a portrayal of ambition, obsession, excess, and one man's quest for the American Dream.

Starring: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt, Alex Borchardt, Chris Borchardt, Ken Keen, Matt Weisman, Bill Borchardt, Cliff Borchardt ..
Directed by: Chris Smith
Release date: 1999-11-05
2.

Buena Vista Social Club

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group's gigs in Amsterdam and New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians' life stories.

Starring: Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Rubén González, Orlando 'Cachaíto' López, Amadito Valdés, Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal ..
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Release date: 1999-06-04
3.

Beyond the Mat

4.2
7.6/10 IMDB

Beyond the Mat is a 1999 professional wrestling documentary, directed by Barry W. Blaustein. The movie focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers outside of the ring, especially Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts. The film heavily focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), often criticizing it and its chairman Vince McMahon. It also follows Extreme Championship Wrestling, it's rise in popularity, and many other independent wrestlers and organisations.

Starring: Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Vince McMahon, Jake Roberts, Jesse Ventura, Noelle Foley, Barry W. Blaustein, Michael Manna, Scott Anthony Levy, Mark Calaway ..
Directed by: Barry W. Blaustein
Release date: 1999-10-22
4.

One Day in September

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

The full story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli revenge operation 'Wrath of God.' The 1972 Munich Olympics were interrupted by Palestinian terrorists taking Israeli athletes hostage. Besides footage taken at the time, we see interviews with the surviving terrorist, Jamal Al Gashey, and various officials detailing exactly how the police, lacking an anti-terrorist squad and turning down help from the Israelis, botched the operation

Starring: Michael Douglas, Ankie Spitzer, Jamal Al Gashey, Gerald Seymour, Axel Springer, Gad Zahari, Shmuel Lalkin, Manfred Schreiber, Walter Troger, Ulrich K. Wegener ..
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Release date: 1999-10-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1999 : A Conversation with Koko the Gorilla
5.

A Conversation with Koko the Gorilla

4.0
8.9/10 IMDB

An afternoon spent with the famous gorilla who knows sign language, and the scientist who taught her how to "talk". One of the first words that Koko used to describe herself was Queen. The gorilla was only a few years old when she first made the gesture-sweeping a paw diagonally across her chest as if tracing a royal sash. The cause of the primate's celebrity is her extraordinary aptitude for language. Over the past 43 years, since Patterson began teaching Koko at the age of 1, the gorilla has learned more than 1,000 words of modified American Sign Language-a vocabulary comparable to that of a 3-year-old human child. While there have been many attempts to teach human languages to animals, none have been more successful than Patterson's achievement with Koko.

Starring: Ronald H. Cohn, Kevin Connelly, Koko, Michael, Mdume, Francine G. Patterson, Martin Sheen ..
Release date: 1999-08-08
6.

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.

Starring: Fred A. Leuchter Jr., Robert Jan Van Pelt, David Irving, Caroline Leuchter, James Roth, Shelly Shapiro, Suzanne Tabasky, Ernst Zündel, David Collins, Daniel Polsby ..
Directed by: Errol Morris
Release date: 1999-12-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1999 : The Art of Piano - Great Pianists of 20th Century
7.

The Art of Piano - Great Pianists of 20th Century

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

This is a film that encapsulates the essence of a great pianistic age that married virtuosity and musicianship with the most thrilling aspect of individual showmanship.

Starring: Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, Daniel Barenboim, Evgeny Kissin, Tamas Vasary, Piotr Anderszewski ..
Directed by: Donald Sturrock
Release date: 1999-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1999 : Marilyn Manson: God Is In The TV
8.

Marilyn Manson: God Is In The TV

3.8
8.5/10 IMDB

A compilation of all of the band's music videos up until 1999. Also featured is exclusive footage cut from "The Dope Show" video and an hour of live and backstage footage from the Rock is Dead tour.

Starring: Marilyn Manson ..
Directed by: Samuel Bayer, Rod Chong, Paul Hunter, Dean Karr, Richard Kern, Marilyn Manson, E. Elias Merhige, Matthew Rolston, Floria Sigismondi, Tom Stern, WIZ Andrew John Whiston
Release date: 1999-11-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1999 : A Force More Powerful
9.

A Force More Powerful

3.8
8.0/10 IMDB

A Force More Powerful is a 1999 feature-length documentary film and a 2000 PBS series written and directed by Steve York about non-violent resistance movements around the world. Executive producers were Dalton Delan and Jack DuVall. Peter Ackerman was the series editor and principal content advisor.

Starring: Ben Kingsley ..
Directed by: Steve York
Release date: 1999-12-01
10.

Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua

3.7
7.7/10 IMDB

In Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua is a live concert film featuring performances by the British rock musician Eric Clapton and invited friends, such as David Sanborn, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Bob Dylan.[citation needed] The DVD and VHS releases hit the market on 26 October 1999 under license of Warner Bros. Records. The concert tickets revenue was donated to the Crossroads Centre Foundation. It was the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, although titled differently at the time.[1] The release reached various national charts and sold more than 225,000 copies worldwide.

Starring: Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, David Sanborn, Mary J. Blige ..
Directed by: Joel Gallen
Release date: 1999-10-26

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