Best Documentary Movies of 2005


Grizzly Man

7.8/10 IMDB

Werner Herzog's documentary film about the "Grizzly Man" Timothy Treadwell and what the thirteen summers in a National Park in Alaska were like in one man's attempt to protect the grizzly bears. The film is full of unique images and a look into the spirit of a man who sacrificed himself for nature.

Starring: Timothy Treadwell, Kathleen Parker, Warren Queeney, Willy Fulton, Sam Egli, Werner Herzog, David Letterman, Jewel Palovak ..
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 2005-08-12

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

8.5/10 IMDB

A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

Starring: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Mavis Staples, Dave Van Ronk, D.A. Pennebaker, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2005-07-21

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

8.1/10 IMDB

The film discusses the traits and originators of some of metal's many subgenres, including the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, power metal, Nu metal, glam metal, thrash metal, black metal, and death metal. Dunn uses a family-tree-type flowchart to document some of the most popular metal subgenres. The film also explores various aspects of heavy metal culture.

Starring: Sam Dunn, Chris Adler, Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe, Alice Cooper, Pamela Des Barres, Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio ..
Directed by: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise
Release date: 2005-09-14

49 Up

8.2/10 IMDB

49 Up is the seventh film in a series of landmark documentaries that began 42 years ago when UK-based Granada's World in Action team, inspired by the Jesuit maxim "Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man," interviewed a diverse group of seven-year-old children from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Michael Apted, a researcher for the original film, has returned to interview the "children" every seven years since, at ages 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 and now again at age 49.In this latest chapter, more life-changing decisions are revealed, more shocking announcements made and more of the original group take part than ever before, speaking out on a variety of subjects including love, marriage, career, class and prejudice.

Starring: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, Neil Hughes, John Brisby, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Lynn Johnson, Suzanne Dewey ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 2005-09-15
Best Documentary Movies of 2005 : Ashes and Snow

Ashes and Snow

8.2/10 IMDB

Ashes and Snow, a film by Gregory Colbert, uses both still and movie cameras to explore extraordinary interactions between humans and animals. The 60-minute feature is a poetic narrative rather than a documentary. It aims to lift the natural and artificial barriers between humans and other species, dissolving the distance that exists between them.

Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Ken Watanabe, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha ..
Directed by: Gregory Colbert
Release date: 2005-03-05

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

8.0/10 IMDB

This 2006 documentary film chronicles the life of Daniel Johnston, a manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist, from childhood up to the present, with an emphasis on his mental illness and how it manifested itself in demonic self-obsession.

Starring: Daniel Johnston, Matt Groening, Louis Black, Gibby Haynes, Thurston Moore ..
Directed by: Jeff Feuerzeig
Release date: 2005-01-23

Why We Fight

8.0/10 IMDB

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Starring: Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft, Osama Bin Laden, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Robert Byrd, Frank Capra, Dick Cheney, Joseph Cirincione ..
Directed by: Eugene Jarecki
Release date: 2005-01-01


7.7/10 IMDB

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Starring: Joe Bishop, Keith Cavill, Andy Cohn, Scott Hogsett, Christopher Igoe, Mark Zupan ..
Directed by: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Release date: 2005-07-22
Best Documentary Movies of 2005 : Street Fight

Street Fight

8.0/10 IMDB

This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which the Cory Booker attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James

Starring: Cory Booker, Spike Lee, Al Sharpton, Cornel West ..
Directed by: Marshall Curry
Release date: 2005-01-01

Erasure Live! The Tank, the Swan, and the Balloon

9.1/10 IMDB

British synthpop legends Erasure perform live at the Manchester Apollo on 8 June 1992, as part of their Phantasmagorical Entertainment Tour.

Starring: Andy Bell, Vince Clarke, Annick Clarisse, Veronique Clarisse, Sadie Fletcher, Claire Frith, Heavon Grant, Joanna Handley, Rachel Jean-Pierre, Julia Kundi ..
Directed by: David Mallet
Release date: 2005-10-28

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