Best Documentary Movies of 2002

1.

Bowling for Columbine

6.3
7.9/10 IMDB

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 the US, 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, Michael Bay
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.

Spellbound

4.6
7.5/10 IMDB

This documentary follows 8 teens and pre-teens as they work their way toward the finals of the Scripps Howard national spelling bee championship in Washington D.C.

Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz
Release date: 2002-11-13
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 : Iron Maiden: Rock In Rio
5.

Iron Maiden: Rock In Rio

4.5
9.1/10 IMDB

Rock In Rio Festival 2001 - Iron Maiden headlines one of the biggest shows on Earth to a massive sell-out 250,000 crowd and a global TV audience of millions. The explosive two hour set, shot using 18 cameras and edited by Steve Harris, is Maiden at its best, performing their biggest show ever on the final date of their Brave New World Tour.

Starring: Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers, Nicko McBrain ..
Directed by: Dean Karr
Release date: 2002-07-16
6.

9/11

4.3
8.5/10 IMDB

An on-the-scene documentary following the events of September 11, 2001 from an insider's view, through the lens of two French filmmakers who simply set out to make a movie about a rookie NYC fireman and ended up filming the tragic event that changed our lives forever.

Starring: Tony Benatatos, Jamal Braithwaite, Joseph Casaliggi, James Hanlon, Joseph Pfeifer, Tom Spinard, Dennis Tardio, Steve Buscemi ..
Directed by: Rob Klug, Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet, James Hanlon
Release date: 2002-03-10
7.

An Evening with Kevin Smith

4.1
8.3/10 IMDB

Kevin Smith interacts in Q&A sessions throughout various college stops in the USA.

Starring: Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith ..
Directed by: J.M. Kenny
Release date: 2002-12-17
8.

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A documentary by photographer Sam Jones documenting American rock band Wilco recording their fourth album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Originally intended as a showcase of the band's creative process, the film crew catches unexpected complications between the band and its record label and problems among the band members themselves.

Starring: Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Leroy Bach, Glenn Kotche, Jay Bennett, Greg Kot, Tony Margherita, Fred Armisen, Wes Orshoski ..
Directed by: Sam Jones
Release date: 2002-06-21
9.

Stevie

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

In 1995 Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy he had been an 'Advocate Big Brother' to ten years earlier.

Starring: Steve James, Stephen Fielding, Tonya Gregory, Bernice Hagler, Verna Hagler, Brenda Hickam, Doug Hickam, Judy James ..
Directed by: Steve James
Release date: 2002-09-09
10.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers.

Starring: Richard 'Pistol' Allen, Jack Ashford, Bob Babbitt, Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin, Eddie 'Bongo' Brown, Bootsy Collins, Johnny Griffith, Ben Harper, Joe Hunter, James Jamerson ..
Directed by: Paul Justman
Release date: 2002-11-15

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