Best Documentary Movies of 2002

1.

Bowling for Columbine

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? Talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes to the home of Oscar-winning NRA President Charlton Heston, from a young man who makes homemade napalm with The Anarchist's Cookbook to the murder of a six-year-old girl by another six-year-old, Bowling for Columbine is a journey through America, through our past, hoping to discover why our pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence.

Starring: Michael Moore, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Dick Clark, Charlton Heston, Jacobo Arbenz, Mike Bradley, Arthur A. Busch, Michael Caldwell, Richard Castaldo ..
Directed by: Michael Moore
Release date: 2002-10-09
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Life of Mammals
2.

The Life of Mammals

4.8
9.1/10 IMDB

The Life of Mammals is a nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough. A study of the evolution and habits of the various mammal species, it was the fourth of Attenborough's specialised surveys following his major trilogy that began with Life on Earth. Each of the ten episodes looks at one (or several closely related) mammal groups and discusses the different facets of their day-to-day existence and their evolutionary origins.

Release date: 2002-11-20
3.

Jackass: The Movie

4.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Johnny Knoxville and his crazy friends appear on the big screen for the very first time in Jackass: The Movie. They wander around Japan in panda outfits, wreak havoc on a once civilized golf course, they even do stunts involving LIVE alligators, and so on. While Johnny Knoxvile and his pals put their life at risk, they are entertaining people at the same time. Get ready for Jackass: The Movie!!

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Preston Lacy, Jason Acuña, Ehren McGhehey, Brandon DiCamillo ..
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2002-10-21
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Century of the Self
4.

The Century of the Self

4.5
8.9/10 IMDB

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful mean of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Release date: 2002-03-17
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Elvis The Great Performances Vol. 1 Center Stage
5.

Elvis The Great Performances Vol. 1 Center Stage

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Priscilla Presley presents this tribute to her late former husband, combining live musical performances with rare footage of 'the King'. Included are Elvis' first screen test and audio recording.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley, George Klein ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt
Release date: 2002-06-24
6.

Reconstruction

3.8
8.0/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Irene Lusztig unearths a dark family secret in search of answers and reconciliation in her breakthrough feature documentary, "Reconstruction."

Directed by: Irene Lusztig
Release date: 2002-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Gorillaz: Phase One - Celebrity Take Down
7.

Gorillaz: Phase One - Celebrity Take Down

3.6
8.3/10 IMDB

Celebrity Takedown is a compilation DVD by Gorillaz, released in November 2002. The DVD compiles the videos and animatics related to the release of the band's first album, Gorillaz, as well as the related singles.

Starring: Damon Albarn, Phil Cornwell, Nelson De Freitas, Del, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Miho Hatori, Jamie Hewlett, Remi Kabaka, Haruka Kuroda, Tina Weymouth ..
Directed by: Peter Candeland, Jamie Hewlett, Cass Browne, Mat Wakeham
Release date: 2002-11-26
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Pavement: Slow Century
8.

Pavement: Slow Century

3.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary tracing the existence of noted rock band Pavement from 1989 to their final performance in late 1999. The DVD also compiles all of their music videos, rare live footage, audio commentary from the band and directors, and two live concerts available with multiple angles.

Starring: Stephen Malkmus, Mark Ibold, Scott Kannberg, Bob Nastanovich, Thurston Moore ..
Directed by: Lance Bangs
Release date: 2002-10-22
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century
9.

Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century

3.5
6.2/10 IMDB

The mythology behind Spider-Man

Starring: Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Todd McFarlane, John Romita Jr. ..
Directed by: Josh Oreck
Release date: 2002-08-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
10.

Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

3.5
7.3/10 IMDB

The struggle to eradicate apartheid in South Africa has been chronicled over time, but no one has addressed the vital role music plays in this challenge. This documentary by Lee Hirsch recounts a fascinating and little-known part of South Africa's political history through archival footage, interviews and, of course, several mesmerizing musical performances.

Starring: Walter Cronkite, F.W. de Klerk, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jesse Jackson, Duma Ka Ndlovu, Ronnie Kasrils, Sibongile Khumalo, Vusi Mahlasela, Miriam Makeba, Nelson Mandela ..
Directed by: Lee Hirsch
Release date: 2002-09-21

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