Best Documentary Movies of 2004


Fahrenheit 9/11

7.5/10 IMDB

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event 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
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Super Size Me

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
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

7.5/10 IMDB

Some Kind of Monster is a music documentary about Metallica's making of their album St. Anger and the difficulties they had to go through in the process. The directors shot over 1200 hours and followed the band around night and day for over a year to create this documentary.

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

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

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

8.3/10 IMDB

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy is a 2004 documentary film directed by Kevin Burns and narrated by Robert Clotworthy. It documents the making of the original 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

Control Room

7.6/10 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 ..
Directed by: Jehane Noujaim
Release date: 2004-01-15
Best Documentary Movies of 2004 : Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

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

Be Here to Love Me

7.9/10 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


7.8/10 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

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