Best Documentary Movies of 2000


Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly

8.8/10 IMDB

Dave Chappelle returns for a stand-up to D.C. and riffs on politics, police, race relations, drugs, Sesame Street and more.

Starring: Dave Chappelle ..
Directed by: Stan Lathan
Release date: 2000-07-26
Best Documentary Movies of 2000 : The Ballad of Big Al

The Ballad of Big Al

8.1/10 IMDB

A BBC documentary sequel to the acclaimed miniseries Walking with Dinosaurs, The Ballad of Big Al chronicles the life of one Allosaurus fragilis named Big Al.

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks ..
Directed by: Kate Bartlett
Release date: 2000-12-27

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

7.8/10 IMDB

Documentary on the Shackleton Antartic expedition. A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in and the crew of his vessel 'The Endurance', which was trapped in the ice floes and frigid open ocean of the Antarctic in 1914. Shackleton decided, with many of his crew injured and weak from exposure and starvation, to take a team of his fittest men and attempt to find help. Setting out in appalling conditions with hopelessly inadequate equipment, they endured all weather and terrain and finally reached safety. Persuading a local team of his confidence that the abandoned team would still be alive, he set out again to find them. After almost 2 years trapped on the ice, all members of the crew were finally rescued.

Starring: Liam Neeson, David Cale, Brian d'Arcy James, Julian Ayer ..
Directed by: George Butler
Release date: 2000-09-02

Dark Days

7.8/10 IMDB

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

Starring: Marc Singer ..
Directed by: Marc Singer
Release date: 2000-08-30
Best Documentary Movies of 2000 : Paradise Lost 2: Revelations

Paradise Lost 2: Revelations

7.6/10 IMDB

Revisiting the 1994 Arkansas murder of three 8-year-old boys and the three teenagers convicted of the crime. A follow up to Paradise Lost, Revelations features new interviews with the convicted men, as well as with the original judge and police investigators.

Starring: Kathy Bakken, Steven Branch, Christopher Byers, John Mark Byers, Melissa Byers, Pam Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jessie Miskelly Sr., Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols ..
Directed by: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Release date: 2000-07-28

The Filth and the Fury

7.7/10 IMDB

Julien Temple's second documentary profiling punk rock pioneers the Sex Pistols is an enlightening, entertaining trip back to a time when the punk movement was just discovering itself. Featuring archival footage, never-before-seen performances, rehearsals, and recording sessions as well as interviews with group members who lived to tell the tale--including the one and only John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten).

Starring: John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock, Sid Vicious, Malcolm McLaren, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Stewart Copeland, Bryan Ferry ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 2000-03-29

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

7.7/10 IMDB

The story of the child refugees who were transported to Britain to escape the Nazi Holocaust.

Starring: Judi Dench ..
Directed by: Mark Jonathan Harris
Release date: 2000-09-06
Best Documentary Movies of 2000 : The American Nightmare

The American Nightmare

7.3/10 IMDB

An examination into the nature of 1960's-70's horror films, the involved artists, and how they reflected contemporary society.

Starring: George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, David Cronenberg, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, Tom Gunning, Carol J. Clover, Adam Lowenstein ..
Directed by: Adam Simon
Release date: 2000-09-11

On the Edge of 'Blade Runner'

7.5/10 IMDB

This is the rare UK Channel 4 documentary about Blade Runner, giving insights into it's history with interviews of Ridley Scott, the writers and nearly all the cast. Interviews with production staff, including Ridley, give details into the creative process and turmoil during preproduction. Stories from Paul M. Sammon and Fancher provide insight into Philip K. Dick and the origins of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Interweaved are cast interviews with the notable exceptions of Harrison Ford and Sean Young. Through these interviews we get a sense of how difficult and frustrating the film was to make as a result of an exacting director without allies and hot, wet, smoggy conditions; which added to the high pressure atmosphere everyone increasingly felt as the film went over budget. There is also a tour of some locations, most notably the Bradbury Building and the Warner Brothers backlot that was the LA 2019 streets, which look very different from Ridley's dark version.

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Philip K. Dick, Ridley Scott, Syd Mead, Joanna Cassidy, Hampton Fancher, Daryl Hannah, James Hong, Michael Deeley, Brian Aldiss ..
Directed by: Andrew Abbott
Release date: 2000-01-01

The Original Kings of Comedy

6.9/10 IMDB

The Original Kings of Comedy achieves the seemingly impossible task of capturing the rollicking and sly comedy routines of stand-up and sitcom vets Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac and the magic of experiencing a live concert show. Director Spike Lee and his crew plant a multitude of cameras in a packed stadium and onstage (as well as backstage, as they follow the comedians) to catch the vivid immediacy of the show, which is as much about the audience as it is about the jokes.

Starring: Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac ..
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 2000-08-18

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