Best Documentary Movies of 2004

1.

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
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Bears: Spy in the Woods
2.

Bears: Spy in the Woods

3.8
8.1/10 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 : Satoyama: Japan's Secret Watergarden
3.

Satoyama: Japan's Secret Watergarden

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Each home has a built in pool or water tank that lies partly inside, partly outside its’ walls… A continuous stream of spring water is piped right into a basin, so freshwater is always available. People rinse out pots in the tank and clean their freshly picked vegetables. If they simply pour the food scraps back in the water, they risk polluting the whole village supply. However, carp can scour out even the greasy or burnt pans. They do the washing up in Satoyama villages. This traditional arrangement is called the riverside method. It’s used all over Japan. Cleaned up by the carp, the tank water eventually rejoins the channel.

Starring: David Attenborough ..
Directed by: Masumi Mizunuma
Release date: 2004-07-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Boxers and Ballerinas
4.

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
5.

Witch Hunt

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

About the Salem Witch trials

Starring: Lisa Wolfinger ..
Directed by: Lisa Wolfinger
Release date: 2004-10-31
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Aaliyah: So Much More Than a Woman
6.

Aaliyah: So Much More Than a Woman

3.6
8.0/10 IMDB

The life story of Aaliyah, a worldwide-famous singer, actress and model who first rose to stardom in the 90s at age 15 and was later killed in a plane crash in 2001.

Starring: Aaliyah ..
Directed by: Collina Greenwell
Release date: 2004-06-15
7.

Great White Shark: Uncaged

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

In the world's most shark-infested waters, an extreme team of divers attempt to photograph massive great white sharks without the protection of a cage. The team, led by Andre Hartman, is marooned for 9 days off a remote island in Mexico.

Starring: Caterina Gennaro, Andre Hartman, Erik Thompson ..
Directed by: Jeff Kurr
Release date: 2004-09-30
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody
8.

The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody

3.5
8.0/10 IMDB

The story behind the epic Queen single.

Starring: Roger Taylor, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon ..
Directed by: Carl Johnston
Release date: 2004-12-04
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : There We Were, Now Here We Are... The Making of Oasis
9.

There We Were, Now Here We Are... The Making of Oasis

3.5
8.5/10 IMDB

A documentary made for television that looks back on the development and rapid rise of Oasis from being a band practicing nightly in the Boardwalk to one the biggest British bands of the last thirty years. Building from the formation of the band (with Liam apparently just fed up waiting for other bands to release records and decides to do something himself), the film uses contributions from key people really well to tell the story in an engaging way.

Starring: Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, Paul Arthurs, Gem Archer, Alan McGee, Burt Bacharach, Andy Bell, Peter Deary ..
Directed by: Dick Carruthers
Release date: 2004-09-03
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Disaster at Chernobyl
10.

Disaster at Chernobyl

3.5
7.7/10 IMDB

The explosion at Chernobyl was ten times worse than the Hiroshima bomb and was due to a combination of human error and imperfect technology. An account of the sixty critical minutes prior to the explosion of the nuclear power plant on the night of April 26, 1986.

Starring: David Morrissey, Nikolai Steinberg, Alexander Yuvchenko, Boris Stolyarchuk, Alexander Yuvchenko, Piers Paul Read, Anatoli Diatlov, Sergei Yankovsky, Mikhail Gorbachev, Igor Slavinskiy ..
Directed by: Renny Bartlett
Release date: 2004-01-01

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