Best Documentary Movies of 2004

1.

Fahrenheit 9/11

6.0
7.5/10 IMDB

Michael Moore's view on how the Bush administration allegedly used the tragic events on 9/11 to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder, Al Gore, Saddam Hussein, George H. W. Bush, Ricky Martin, Osama bin Laden ..
Directed by: Michael Moore
Release date: 2004-06-25
2.

Super Size Me

5.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Morgan Spurlock subjects himself to a diet based only on McDonald's fast food three times a day for thirty days without exercising to try to prove why so many Americans are fat or obese. He submits himself to a complete check-up by three doctors, comparing his weight along the way, resulting in a scary conclusion.

Starring: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Lisa Ganjhu, Stephen Siegel, Bridget Bennett, Eric Rowley, Mark Fenton, Alexandra Jamieson, John Banzhaf, David Satcher ..
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Release date: 2004-01-17
3.

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Documentary depicting the lives of child prostitutes in the red light district of Songachi, Calcutta. Director Zana Briski went to photograph the prostitutes when she met and became friends with their children. Briski began giving photography lessons to the children and became aware that their photography might be a way for them to lead better lives.

Starring: Zana Briski, Avijit, Geeta Masi, Kochi, Mamuni ..
Directed by: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Release date: 2004-12-08
4.

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

After bassist Jason Newsted quits the band in 2001, heavy metal superstars Metallica realize that they need an intervention. In this revealing documentary, filmmakers follow the three rock stars as they hire a group therapist and grapple with 20 years of repressed anger and aggression. Between searching for a replacement bass player, creating a new album and confronting their personal demons, the band learns to open up in ways they never thought possible.

Starring: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Bob Rock, Robert Trujillo, Jason Newsted, Phil Towle, Dave Mustaine, Bob Rock, Phil Towle ..
Directed by: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Release date: 2004-01-21
5.

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

4.9
8.2/10 IMDB

From the earliest versions of the script to the blockbuster debuts, explore the creation of the Star Wars Trilogy.

Starring: Robert Clotworthy, Kenny Baker, Jim Bloom, Leo Braudy, Ben Burtt, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Irvin Kershner, Howard G. Kazanjian ..
Directed by: Edith Becker, Kevin Burns
Release date: 2004-09-12
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : The Power of Nightmares
6.

The Power of Nightmares

4.5
8.8/10 IMDB

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Release date: 2004-10-19
7.

Alone in the Wilderness

4.4
8.6/10 IMDB

Dick Proenneke retired at age 50 in 1967 and decided to build his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. Using color footage he shot himself, Proenneke traces how he came to this remote area, selected a homestead site and built his log cabin completely by himself. The documentary covers his first year in-country, showing his day-to-day activities and the passing of the seasons as he sought to scratch out a living alone in the wilderness.

Starring: Dick Proenneke, Bob Swerer Jr., Wendy Ishii, Pamela Guest, Bob Swerer Sr. ..
Directed by: Dick Proenneke, Bob Swerer Jr., Bob Swerer Sr.
Release date: 2004-10-08
8.

WWE: The Rise + Fall of ECW

4.4
8.5/10 IMDB

The Rise + Fall of ECW is a 2004 direct-to-video documentary produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. It chronicles the history of Philadelphia-based professional wrestling promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling.

Starring: Donna Adamo, William Matthew Sierra, Michael Alfonso, Kurt Angle, Gary Wolfe, Anthony Durante, Scott Anthony Levy, Michael Manna, Óscar Gutiérrez Rubio, Dionicio Torres ..
Directed by: Kevin Dunn
Release date: 2004-11-16
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth
9.

Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth

4.3
8.5/10 IMDB

Comedian Dave Chappelle does what he does best in this outrageous and hilarious standup performance, which allows him to push the envelope far beyond what he does on his TV show. Taped in San Francisco at the famed Fillmore, Chappelle lets loose on such topics as black celebrities, what it's like to have raunchy fans of his TV show approach him while he's trying to enjoy Disneyland with his kids, Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant... and crackheads, of course. It's comedy Chappelle-style and, for what it's worth, no one is safe from his barbs. But you already knew that!

Starring: Dave Chappelle ..
Directed by: Stan Lathan
Release date: 2004-09-04
10.

Riding Giants

4.2
7.8/10 IMDB

Riding Giants is story about big wave surfers who have become heroes and legends in their sport. Directed by the skateboard guru Stacy Peralta.

Starring: Jeff Clark, Darrick Doerner, Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, David H. Kalama Jr., Brian L. Keaulana, Buzzy Kerbox, Titus Kinimaka, Gerry Lopez, Mickey Munoz ..
Directed by: Stacy Peralta
Release date: 2004-07-09
11.

Control Room

4.2
7.7/10 IMDB

A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Roundly criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias, and strongly condemned for frequently airing civilian causalities as well as footage of American POWs, the station has revealed (and continues to show the world) everything about the Iraq War that the Bush administration did not want it to see.

Starring: Samir Khader, Josh Rushing, George W. Bush, Hassan Ibrahim, Abdul Jabbar Al-Kubeisi, Nabeel Khoury, David Shuster, Tom Mintier, Muafak Tawfik, Omar Al-Issawi ..
Directed by: Jehane Noujaim
Release date: 2004-01-15
12.

Dig!

4.1
7.7/10 IMDB

A documentary on the once promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols. The friendship between respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor, escalated into bitter rivalry as the Dandy Warhols garnered major international success while the Brian Jonestown Massacre imploded in a haze of drugs.

Starring: Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood, Peter Holmström, Zia McCabe, Brent DeBoer, Eric Hedford, Dean Taylor, Genesis P-Orridge ..
Directed by: Ondi Timoner
Release date: 2004-05-14
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : The Future of Food
13.

The Future of Food

4.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia's eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation's smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.

Directed by: Deborah Koons
Release date: 2004-05-30
14.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

4.1
8.3/10 IMDB

The story of Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Starring: Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Johnson, Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Kevin Conway, Brian Cox, John Cullum, Murphy Guyer, Ed Harris ..
Directed by: Ken Burns
Release date: 2004-09-04
15.

A State of Mind

4.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Two young North Korean gymnasts prepare for an unprecedented competition in this documentary that offers a rare look into the communist society and the daily lives of North Korean families. For more than eight months, film crews follow 13-year-old Pak Hyon Sun and 11-year-old Kim Song Yun and their families as the girls train for the Mass Games, a spectacular nationalist celebration.

Starring: Daniel Gordon, Hyon Sun Pak, Song Yun Kim, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-ho, Hyon Sun Pak, Song Yun Kim ..
Directed by: Daniel Gordon
Release date: 2004-01-01
16.

Be Here to Love Me

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.

Starring: Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Ely, Guy Clark, Donna Spence, Ann Rice, Luke Sharpe, John Ruehl, Bob 'Maverick' Myrick ..
Directed by: Margaret Brown
Release date: 2004-09-13
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : The Take
17.

The Take

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed ceramics workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act - the take - has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.

Starring: Matilde Adorno ..
Directed by: Avi Lewis
Release date: 2004-09-03
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : The Iceman and the Psychiatrist
18.

The Iceman and the Psychiatrist

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

For the third time, HBO cameras go inside Trenton State Maximum Security Prison--and inside the mind of one of the most prolific killers in U.S. history--in this gripping documentary. Mafia hit man Richard Kuklinski freely admits to killing more than 100 people, but in this special, he speaks with top psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz in an effort to face the truth about his condition. Filled with more never-before-revealed confessions, it's the most chillingly candid Iceman special yet as it combines often-confrontational interview footage between Kuklinski and Dietz with photos, crime reenactments and home movies that add new layers to this evolving and fascinating story.

Starring: Richard Kuklinski, Park Dietz ..
Directed by: Arthur Ginsberg
Release date: 2004-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Johnny Cash: The Last Great American
19.

Johnny Cash: The Last Great American

3.9
8.6/10 IMDB

This first major retrospective of Cash's life, times and music features contributions from his daughter Rosanne Cash and son John Carter Cash, his longtime manager Lou Robin and fellow musicians including Little Richard, Cowboy Jack Clement, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Elvis Costello.

Starring: Johnny Cash, Neil Pearson, Kris Kristofferson, Rick Rubin, W.S. Holland, Roseanne Cash, John Carter Cash, Sheryl Crow, Little Richard, Barbara Orbison ..
Directed by: Chris Rodley
Release date: 2004-02-27
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
20.

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Starring: Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Jodie Foster, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Sean Penn, Wes Craven, George Lucas, Paul Verhoeven, Kathy Bates ..
Directed by: Wendy Apple
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : I Like Killing Flies
21.

I Like Killing Flies

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

A documentary on the oddball Greenwich Village eatery, Shopsin's.

Starring: Kenny Shopsin, Eve Shopsin, Calvin Trillin, Michael Fishman, John A. Papa ..
Directed by: Matt Mahurin
Release date: 2004-01-01
22.

Athens 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremony

3.9
8.3/10 IMDB

With the Olympics returning to Greece, the opening ceremony of Athens 2004 sought to show the entire development of the Olympics over the centuries, until arriving at the modern Olympics.

Starring: Björk ..
Directed by: Dimitris Papaioannou, Bucky Gunts
Release date: 2004-08-13
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : In Transit
23.

In Transit

3.9
8.2/10 IMDB

The Strokes headlined United Kingdom's Carling Weekend festivals in 2002, and their misadventures were largely chronicled by this short documentary 'In Transit', which was released to members of the now-defunct 'Alone, Together' fan club back in 2004.

Starring: Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr., Fabrizio Moretti, Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, Ryan Gentles ..
Directed by: Juliet Joslin
Release date: 2004-09-01
24.

The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream. But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge...

Starring: Barrie Zwicker, James Howard Kunstler, Peter Calthorpe, Michael Klare, Richard Heinberg, Matthew Simmons ..
Directed by: Gregory Greene
Release date: 2004-01-12
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
25.

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

This film examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news, and provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangerous impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person. Media experts, including Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society. This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed."

Starring: Christiane Amanpour, George W. Bush, George Carlin, Tom Brokaw, Harry Belafonte, Neil Cavuto, Al Franken, Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart, Richard Clarke ..
Directed by: Robert Greenwald
Release date: 2004-07-14
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : The White Diamond
26.

The White Diamond

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

This 2004 documentary by Werner Herzog diaries the struggle of a passionate English inventor to design and test a unique airship during its maiden flight above the jungle canopy.

Starring: Werner Herzog, Graham Dorrington, Annette Scheurich ..
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 2004-11-13
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
27.

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies became a prime example of the untapped power of cable television.

Starring: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Paul Verhoeven, Alexander Payne, James Woods, Henry Jaglom, Jacqueline Bisset, Kris Kristofferson, Theresa Russell ..
Directed by: Xan Cassavetes
Release date: 2004-05-16
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Ryan
28.

Ryan

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Ryan is a 2004 animated documentary by Chris Landreth about the Canadian animator Ryan Larkin, who in later years lived on skid row in Montreal following a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Starring: Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth, Felicity Fanjoy, Derek Lamb ..
Directed by: Chris Landreth
Release date: 2004-05-17
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Paper Clips
29.

Paper Clips

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Whitwell, TN is a small, rural community of less than two thousand people nestled in the mountains of Tennessee. Its citizens are almost exclusively white and Christian. In 1998, the children of Whitwell Middle School took on an inspiring project, launched out of their principal's desire to help her students open their eyes to diversity in the world and the horrors and enormity of the holocaust.

Directed by: Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab
Release date: 2004-09-08
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Bears: Spy in the Woods
30.

Bears: Spy in the Woods

3.8
8.0/10 IMDB

Attenborough's team travels the globe for up-close looks at polar bears, grizzlies, pandas and other fascinating bear species.

Starring: David Attenborough ..
Directed by: John Downer
Release date: 2004-11-30
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Almost: Round Three
31.

Almost: Round Three

3.8
8.2/10 IMDB

Almost: Round Three is a skateboarding video released on DVD in 2004 by Rodney Mullen's skateboard company Almost. It features the third part of the Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song series, the first two of which are included on this DVD as hidden extras. Round Three also features parts by Almost team skaters Chris Haslam, Cooper Wilt, Ryan Sheckler, William Patrick (played by Tyrone Olson and Chris Casey) and Greg Lutzka.

Starring: Chris Haslam, Cooper Wilt, Daewon Song, Greg Lutzka, Rodney Mullen, Ryan Sheckler ..
Directed by: Matt Hill
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor
32.

Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor

3.8
9.1/10 IMDB

Writer, producer, puppeteer, songwriter--America's Favorite Neighbor takes a thorough look at the career of legendary children's television host Fred Rogers. Produced for Pittsburgh's WQED, this informative documentary tracks his rise as floor manager for various NBC programs, such as Your Hit Parade, to the major awards he received later in life, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Along the way, he's seen launching public TV programs The Children's Corner, which featured a soon-to-be-famous puppet named King Friday, and Canada's MisteRogers. The latter, naturally, was followed by Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which made its national debut in 1968, and would eventually became the longest running program in PBS history. Hosted by fellow Pennsylvania native Michael Keaton (Batman), who worked on his show in the early days, America's Favorite Neighbor is suitable for all ages, but is geared more towards adults, particularly parents and educators.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Fred Rogers ..
Release date: 2004-01-01
33.

Elaine Stritch At Liberty

3.8
8.6/10 IMDB

Judy at the Palace. Sinatra at Carnegie Hall. Streisand at the Garden. Stritch on Broadway. Legendary performances come along so rarely. Elaine Stritch At Liberty is an autobiographical one-woman show written by Elaine Stritch and John Lahr. The show consists of spoken monologues from Stritch following her life and career, interspersed with showtunes and pop standards which compliment her stories. Many of these songs had been originated by Stritch in major Broadway productions, such as "The Ladies Who Lunch" from Company and "Civilization" from Angel In The Wings. Her experiences and relationship with show business are focal points, but she also explores more intimate, personal themes like her alcoholism and romantic relationships.

Starring: Elaine Stritch ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker, Andy Picheta, Chris Hegedus, Nick Doob
Release date: 2004-05-29
34.

In the Realms of the Unreal

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

In the Realms of the Unreal is a documentary about the reclusive Chicago-based artist Henry Darger. Henry Darger was so reclusive that when he died his neighbors were surprised to find a 15,145-page manuscript along with hundreds of paintings depicting The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glodeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Cased by the Child Slave Rebellion.

Starring: Henry Darger, Larry Pine, Dakota Fanning, Frier McCollister, Wally Wingert, Mary O'Donnell, Kiyoko Lerner ..
Directed by: Jessica Yu
Release date: 2004-01-01
35.

The Nomi Song

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Looks like an alien, sings like a diva - Klaus Nomi was one of the 1980s' most profoundly bizarre characters to emerge through rock music: a counter tenor who sang pop music like opera and brought opera to club audiences and made them like it. The Nomi Song is a film about fame, death, friendship, betrayal, opera, and the greatest New Wave rock star that never was!

Starring: David Bowie, Calvin Churchman, Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson, Gabriele Lafari, David McDermott, Page Wood, Tony Frere, Joey Arias, Kristian Hoffman ..
Directed by: Andrew Horn
Release date: 2004-03-23
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Ween: Live in Chicago
36.

Ween: Live in Chicago

3.8
8.6/10 IMDB

Ween bring their unique take on rock 'n' roll to Chicago's Vic Theater. This film documents two nights of their 2003 tour.

Starring: Aaron Freeman, Michael Melchiondo Jr., Claude Coleman, Dave Dreiwitz, Glenn McClelland ..
Directed by: Zane Vella
Release date: 2004-05-04
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Death in Gaza
37.

Death in Gaza

3.8
8.0/10 IMDB

Death In Gaza is an Emmy-award winning 2004 documentary film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, opening in the West Bank but then moving to Gaza and eventually settling in Rafah where the film spends most of its time. It concentrates on 3 children, Ahmed (age 12), Mohammed (age 12) and Najla (age 16).

Directed by: James Miller
Release date: 2004-08-12
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : The Making of 'King Arthur'
38.

The Making of 'King Arthur'

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Poet Simon Armitage traces the evolution of the Arthurian legend through the literature of the medieval age and reveals that King Arthur is not the great national hero he is usually considered to be. He's a fickle and transitory character who was appropriated by the Normans to justify their conquest, he was cuckolded when French writers began adapting the story and it took Thomas Malory's masterpiece of English literature, Le Mort d'Arthur, to restore dignity and reclaim him as the national hero we know today.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Antoine Fuqua, Jerry Bruckheimer, Clive Owen, Hugh Dancy, Ioan Gruffudd, Stellan Skarsgård, Ray Winstone, Til Schweiger ..
Release date: 2004-08-24
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : 911 in Plane Site
39.

911 in Plane Site

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

The public was not given all of the facts surrounding the worst terrorist attack in the United States of America's history.

Directed by: William Lewis
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : The Year of the Yao
40.

The Year of the Yao

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

The Year of the Yao is a documentary film telling the first year of basketball player Yao Ming in the United States.

Directed by: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Release date: 2004-09-16
41.

Double Dare

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

With being thrown off buildings an occupational hazard, professional stuntwomen Jeannie Epper and Zoë Bell (the alter egos of Wonder Woman and Xena, respectively) would seem well-equipped for any challenges Hollywood might dish out. But finding roles -- and respect -- in a male-dominated field can prove more harrowing than dodging punches.

Starring: Jeannie Epper, Zoë Bell, Quentin Tarantino, Lynda Carter, Steven Spielberg, Lucy Lawless ..
Directed by: Amanda Micheli
Release date: 2004-03-13
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Cameras in Middle-Earth
42.

Cameras in Middle-Earth

3.7
7.8/10 IMDB

An inside look at the filming process of the 2003 film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Starring: Peter Jackson, Robin Murphy, Elijah Wood, Carolynne Cunningham, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, Mark Ordesky, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Barrie M. Osborne ..
Directed by: Michael Pellerin
Release date: 2004-12-14
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World
43.

Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World

3.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Narrator Cori Brackett had a strange cause-and-effect experience with the diet cokes she was drinking and quickly found herself disabled and diagnosed with MS. Slowly able to walk and speak again, she believes her illness is linked to aspartame. She is a co-owner of a video/film production company. After 7000 miles, and 25 hours of footage, "Sweet Misery" will reveal one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence since tobacco.

Directed by: Cori Brackett, J.T. Waldron
Release date: 2004-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Boxers and Ballerinas
44.

Boxers and Ballerinas

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Shot in three countries over a two year period, Boxers and Ballerinas explores the US-Cuba conflict through the eyes of four youths--a boxer and a ballerina in Havana and Santiago de Cuba and a boxer and a ballerina exiled in Miami.

Directed by: Mike Cahill, Brit Marling
Release date: 2004-12-12
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Pinochet and his three generals
45.

Pinochet and his three generals

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

In 1976-77, José Ma Berzosa contacted General Pinochet during a trip to Chilean Antarctica. On his return to Santiago, Pinochet agreed to be interviewed. In front of the camera, the General and three members of the junta speak about their memories and political thoughts, artistic tastes and their family lives. From the interviews, conducted in an apparently cordial atmosphere, emerges an ironic portrait without concessions of their taste for order, efficiency and a certain "ordinary fascism." By way of contrast, the families of victims and missing people endure a different reality

Directed by: José María Berzosa
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Faith Rewarded: The Historic Season of the 2004 Boston Red Sox
46.

Faith Rewarded: The Historic Season of the 2004 Boston Red Sox

3.7
8.9/10 IMDB

This is a recap of the 2004 Boston Red Sox season that finished with them breaking a winless drought of 86 years by coming back against the New York Yankees and later sweeping the world series.

Release date: 2004-12-03
47.

Witch Hunt

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Return to Colonial New England for a fresh look at the infamous events of Puritan Salem.

Starring: Lisa Wolfinger ..
Directed by: Lisa Wolfinger
Release date: 2004-10-31
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Nine Innings from Ground Zero
48.

Nine Innings from Ground Zero

3.7
8.2/10 IMDB

Short, well-made documentary showing how the NY Yankees vs. AZ Diamondbacks world series games, just a month after 9-11, provided welcome relief from the uncertainty New Yorkers, and the nation, felt about how to proceed with their lives. The Yankees, during the series, came to symbolize and re-strengthen everything that was, and is, New York... and America.

Starring: John Ashcroft, Bob Brenly, Scott Brosius, Joe Buck, George W. Bush ..
Release date: 2004-09-14
49.

The Rise & Fall of Penn Station

3.7
7.8/10 IMDB

In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East Rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station covered nearly eight acres, extended two city blocks, and housed one of the largest public spaces in the world. But just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that was supposed to last forever, to herald and represent the American Empire, was slated to be destroyed.

Starring: Michael Murphy ..
Directed by: Randall MacLowry
Release date: 2004-02-18
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Restoring a Legend: Gone with the Wind
50.

Restoring a Legend: Gone with the Wind

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

DVD featurette on the restoration of Gone with the Wind (1939).

Starring: Richard Edlund, Janet Wilson, Ned Price, Rob Hummel ..
Directed by: Joel Johnstone, Joel Johnston
Release date: 2004-11-09

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