Best Documentary Movies of 2003

1.

The Corporation

5.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of "person" typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it.

Starring: Jane Akre, Ray Anderson, Maude Barlow, Chris Barrett, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones ..
Directed by: Mark Achbar
Release date: 2003-09-10
2.

The Fog of War

5.7
8.1/10 IMDB

Using archival footage, United States Cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the 85-year-old Robert McNamara, THE FOG OF WAR depicts his life, from working as a WWII whiz kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company's president, to managing the American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Starring: Robert McNamara, Errol Morris, Fidel Castro, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Curtis LeMay, Richard Nixon, Harry Reasoner, Franklin D. Roosevelt ..
Directed by: Errol Morris
Release date: 2003-12-09
3.

Touching the Void

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

A documentary based on the book of the same name by Joe Simpson about Simpson's and Simon Yates' disastrous and near-fatal attempt to climb 6,344m Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Starring: Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron, Richard Hawking, Ollie Ryall, Joe Simpson, Simon Yates ..
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Release date: 2003-09-05
4.

Capturing the Friedmans

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

An Oscar nominated documentary about a middle-class American family who is torn apart when the father Arnold and son Jesse are accused of sexually abusing numerous children. Director Jarecki interviews people from different sides of this tragic story and raises the question of whether they were rightfully tried when they claim they were innocent and there was never any evidence against them.

Starring: Arnold Friedman, Elaine Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Seth Friedman ..
Directed by: Andrew Jarecki
Release date: 2003-05-30
Best Documentary Movies of 2003 : Tupac: Resurrection
5.

Tupac: Resurrection

4.3
7.9/10 IMDB

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop MCs of all time.

Starring: Tupac Amaru Shakur ..
Directed by: Lauren Lazin
Release date: 2003-01-23
Best Documentary Movies of 2003 : Michael Jackson: Number Ones
6.

Michael Jackson: Number Ones

4.2
8.7/10 IMDB

Pop king Michael Jackson solidifies his title with this release of fifteen past number one hits. Songs include "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Thriller," "Black or White," and "Blood on the Dancefloor."

Starring: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Knowles, Wyclef Jean, Dick Clark, Pharrell Williams, Slash ..
Release date: 2003-11-18
7.

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

4.2
8.0/10 IMDB

A years-in-the-making documentary on the legendary punk band the Ramones. Through a mixture of archival footage, archival and new interviews with all members of the band's various lineups, and new interviews with a number of their contemporaries, the film traces the peaks and valleys the band experienced over the course of its 20-plus year career before disbanding in 1995.

Starring: Marky Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Richie Ramone, Rick Rubin, Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, Hilly Kristal ..
Directed by: Michael Gramaglia, Jim Fields
Release date: 2003-01-19
Best Documentary Movies of 2003 : Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
8.

Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon

4.1
8.4/10 IMDB

Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of this classic album, learn how Pink Floyd assembled "Dark Side of the Moon" with the aid of original engineer Alan Parsons. All four band members--Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright--are interviewed at length, giving valuable insights into the recording process. The themes of the album are discussed at length, and the band take you back to the original multi track tapes to illustrate how they pieced together the songs. With individual performances of certain tracks from Roger, David, and Richard included, this is an essential purchase for any Pink Floyd fans, and a fascinating artefact for rock historians everywhere.

Starring: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, Alan Parsons, Chris Thomas, Roger Waters ..
Directed by: Matthew Longfellow
Release date: 2003-06-01
9.

Bukowski - Born into This

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

Director John Dullaghan’s biographical documentary about infamous poet Charles Bukowski, Bukowski: Born Into This, is as much a touching portrait of the author as it is an exposé of his sordid lifestyle. Interspersed between ample vintage footage of Bukowski’s poetry readings are interviews with the poet’s fans including such legendary figures such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joyce Fante (wife of John), Bono, and Harry Dean Stanton. Filmed in grainy black and white by Bukowski’s friend, Taylor Hackford, due to lack of funding, the old films edited into this movie paint Bukowski’s life of boozing and brawling romantically, securing Bukowski’s legendary status.

Starring: Charles Bukowski, Harry Dean Stanton, Sean Penn, Bono, Linda Bukowski, Pam Miller, Taylor Hackford, Barbet Schroeder, Tom Waits, Michael D. Meloan ..
Directed by: John Dullaghan
Release date: 2003-01-18
10.

Los Angeles Plays Itself

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

From its distinctive neighborhoods to its architectural homes, Los Angeles has been the backdrop to countless movies. In this dazzling work, Andersen takes viewers on a whirlwind tour through the metropolis real and cinematic history, investigating the myriad stories and legends that have come to define it, and meticulously, judiciously revealing the real city that lives beneath.

Starring: Encke King ..
Directed by: Thom Andersen
Release date: 2003-09-07

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