Best Documentary Movies of 2004


Fahrenheit 9/11

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

Super Size Me

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

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

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

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

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

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

8.3/10 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

The Power of Nightmares

8.8/10 IMDB

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

Release date: 2004-10-19

Alone in the Wilderness

8.7/10 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

WWE: The Rise + Fall of ECW

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

Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth

8.6/10 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

Riding Giants

7.9/10 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

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