Best Documentary Movies of 2001

1.

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

4.8
8.0/10 IMDB

With commentary from Hollywood stars, outtakes from his movies and footage from his youth, this documentary looks at Stanley Kubrick's life and films. Director Jan Harlan, Kubrick's brother-in-law and sometime collaborator, interviews heavyweights like Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen and Sydney Pollack, who explain the influence of Kubrick classics like "Dr. Strangelove" and "2001: A Space Odyssey," and how he absorbed visual clues from disposable culture such as television commercials.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kroner, Steven Marcus, Alexander Singer, Paul Mazursky, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Matthew Modine ..
Directed by: Jan Harlan
Release date: 2001-05-02
2.

Dogtown and Z-Boys

4.7
7.7/10 IMDB

This award-winning, thrilling story is about a group of discarded kids who revolutionized skateboarding and shaped the attitude and culture of modern day extreme sports. Featuring old skool skating footage, exclusive interviews and a blistering rock soundtrack, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice's Dogtown, a tough "locals only" beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing.

Starring: Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Henry Rollins, Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Jeff Ament, Tony Alva, Jeff Ho, Jake Phelps ..
Directed by: Stacy Peralta
Release date: 2001-01-18
3.

The Matrix Revisited

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

The film goes behind the scenes of the 1999 sci-fi movie The Matrix.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Joel Silver, Bill Pope, Owen Paterson, Kym Barrett, Steve Skroce ..
Directed by: Josh Oreck
Release date: 2001-11-19
4.

Promises

4.3
8.4/10 IMDB

Documentarians Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg traveled to Israel to interview Palestinian and Israeli kids ages 11 to 13, assembling their views on living in a society afflicted with violence, separatism and religious and political extremism. This 2002 Oscar nominee for Best Feature Documentary culminates in an astonishing day in which two Israeli children meet Palestinian youngsters at a refugee camp.

Starring: Moishe Bar Am, B.Z. Goldberg, Sanabel Hassan ..
Directed by: Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro
Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Children Underground
5.

Children Underground

4.2
8.3/10 IMDB

Children Underground follows the story of five street children, aged eight to sixteen who live in a subway station in Bucharest, Romania. The street kids are encountered daily by commuting adults, who pass them by in the station as they starve, swindle, and steal, all while searching desperately for a fresh can of paint to get high with.

Starring: Cristina Ionescu, Mihai Alexandre Tudose, Violeta 'Macarena' Rosu, Ana Turturica, Marian Turturica, Alexandru Beschina, Florin Ionut Calciu, Adrian Chiru, Romulus Cristescu, Ilie Fonfonile ..
Directed by: Edet Belzberg
Release date: 2001-09-19
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : War Photographer
6.

War Photographer

4.2
8.0/10 IMDB

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Starring: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt, Des Wright, Denis O'Neill ..
Directed by: Christian Frei
Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : We Stand Alone Together
7.

We Stand Alone Together

4.1
8.6/10 IMDB

Compiled over two years, an 'on-camera oral history' of Easy Company, told by the veterans themselves. Accompanies the mini-series Band of Brothers.

Starring: James Alley Jr., Roderick Bain ..
Directed by: Mark Cowen
Release date: 2001-11-10
8.

Scratch

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl.

Directed by: Doug Pray
Release date: 2001-11-07
9.

Rivers and Tides

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature.

Starring: Andy Goldsworthy ..
Directed by: Thomas Riedelsheimer
Release date: 2001-02-13
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman
10.

The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

The second HBO documentary on former mafia enforcer Richard Kuklinski will chill you to the bone. Speaking in the monotonous drone of a man who has numbed himself with remorseless brutality, Kuklinski was first interviewed in 1991, five years after receiving consecutive life sentences for multiple murders. Specializing in the tidy use of cyanide, Kuklinski lived a double life, like the fictional hitmen in The Sopranos and Road to Perdition, passing as a “businessman” and devoted husband and father. While leading the life of a happy family man in the New Jersey suburbs Richard Kuklinski was also living a bizarre double-life as a Mafia hit man. Kuklinski tells first hand how he brutally murdered men at close range dismembered and disposed of them before returning home to his family. This film offers extraordinary insight into the cold-heart of a killer.

Starring: Richard Kuklinski ..
Directed by: Arthur Ginsberg
Release date: 2001-03-01

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