Best Documentary Movies of 2007

1.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

5.7
8.1/10

In this hilarious arcade showdown, a humble novice goes head-to-head against the reigning Donkey Kong champ in a confrontation that rocks the gaming world to its processors! For over 20 years, Billy Mitchell has owned the throne of the Donkey Kong world. No one could beat his top score until now. Newcomer Steve Wiebe claims to have beaten the unbeatable, but Mitchell isn't ready to relinquish his crown without a fight. Go behind the barrels as the two battle it out in a vicious war to earn the title of the true King of Kong.

Starring: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Mark Alpiger, Greg Bond
Directed by: Seth Gordon
Release date: 2007-08-17
2.

Sicko

5.6
8.0/10

Sicko is a Michael Moore documentary about the corrupt health care system in The United States who's main goal is to make profit even if it means losing peoples lives. "The more people you deny health insurance the more money we make" is the business model for health care providers in America.

Starring: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Billy Crystal
Directed by: Michael Moore
Release date: 2007-05-18
3.

Zeitgeist

5.5
8.2/10
Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist: the Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph examining possible historical and modern conspiracies surrounding Christianity, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the Federal Reserve bank. It was officially released online on June 18, 2007 on www.ZeitgeistMovie.com
Directed by: Peter Joseph
Release date: 2007-06-01
4.

Encounters at the End of the World

5.5
7.8/10

Herzog and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger go to Antarctica to meet people who live and work there, and to capture footage of the continent's unique locations. Herzog's voiceover narration explains that his film will not be a typical Antarctica film about "fluffy penguins", but will explore the dreams of the people and the landscape.

Starring: Werner Herzog
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 2007-09-01
5.

Taxi to the Dark Side

4.7
7.5/10

An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

Starring: Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring, Alex Gibney
Directed by: Alex Gibney
Release date: 2007-04-30
6.

Jackass 2.5

4.4
6.4/10

The crew have now set off to finish what as left over from Jackass 2.0, and in this version they have Wee Man use a 'pee' gun on themselves, having a mini motor bike fracas in the grocery mall, a sperm test, a portly crew member disguised as King Kong, as well as include three episodes of their hilarious adventures in India.

Starring: Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Preston Lacy
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2007-12-18
7.

No End in Sight

4.4
8.3/10

Chronological look at the fiasco in Iraq, especially decisions made in the spring of 2003 - and the backgrounds of those making decisions - immediately following the overthrow of Saddam: no occupation plan, an inadequate team to run the country, insufficient troops to keep order, and three edicts from the White House announced by Bremmer when he took over.

Starring: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Robert Hutchings
Directed by: Charles Ferguson
Release date: 2007-07-27
8.

Heima

4.3
8.6/10

Ethereal post-rock pioneers Sigur Rós play a string of impromptu gigs in their native Iceland after finishing a world tour in 2006. As they travel through the country, the band visits a wide variety of venues, from a large outdoor festival to a coffee shop.

Starring: Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm, Kjartan Sveinsson, Orri P. Dyrason, Hildur Ársælsdóttir
Directed by: Dean DeBlois
Release date: 2007-09-27
9.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream

4.3
8.6/10

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich and packed with rare concert footage and home movies, this documentary explores the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, including Petty's famous collaborations and notorious clashes with the record industry. Interviews with musical luminaries including Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Roger McGuinn, Jeff Lynne, Dave Stewart and Petty himself shed some revelatory vision.

Starring: Tom Petty, Ron Blair, Mike Campbell, George Drakoulias, Johnny Cash
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 2007-10-14
10.

Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner

4.3
8.3/10

The definitive 3½-hour documentary about the troubled creation and enduring legacy of the science fiction classic 'Blade Runner', culled from 80 interviews and hours of never-before-seen outtakes and lost footage.

Starring: Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos
Directed by: Charles de Lauzirika
Release date: 2007-12-18
11.

Earth: The Power of the Planet

4.3
8.7/10
Earth: The Power of the Planet
Dr Iain Stewart tells the story of how Earth works and how, over the course of 4.6 billion years, it came to be the remarkable place it is today.
Starring: Iain Stewart
Directed by: Annabel Gillings, Matthew Gyves, Sophie Harris, Ben Lawrie, Paul Olding
Release date: 2007-11-20
12.

Super High Me

4.3
6.1/10

Determined to find out the true effects of marijuana on the human body, stand-up comedian and former Stoner of the Year Doug Benson documents his experience avoiding pot for 30 days and then consuming massive amounts of the drug for 30 days. More than just an amusing story of one man's quest to get superhigh, this documentary also examines the hotly contested debate over medical marijuana use.

Starring: Doug Benson, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Jeffrey Ross, Gary Cohan
Directed by: Michael Blieden
Release date: 2007-10-13
13.

The War on Democracy

4.2
8.3/10
The War on Democracy
Set both in Latin America and the United States, the film explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile. Pilger says that the film "...tells a universal story... analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the story of great power behind its venerable myths. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called "war on terror". According to Pilger, the film’s message is that the greed and power of empire is not invincible and that people power is always the "seed beneath the snow".
Release date: 2007-06-15
14.

White Light/Black Rain : The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

4.2
8.3/10

Steven Okazaki presents a deeply moving look at the painful legacy of the first -- and hopefully last -- uses of thermonuclear weapons in war. Featuring interviews with fourteen atomic bomb survivors - many who have never spoken publicly before - and four Americans intimately involved in the bombings, White Light/Black Rain provides a detailed exploration of the bombings and their aftermath.

Starring: Harold Agnew, Shuntaro Hida, Kiyoko Imori
Directed by: Steven Okazaki
Release date: 2007-08-06
15.

In the Shadow of the Moon

4.2
8.0/10

Archival material from the original NASA film footage – much of it seen for the first time – plus interviews with the surviving astronauts, including Jim Lovell, Dave Scott, John Young, Gene Cernan, Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Edgar Mitchell, Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt.

Starring: Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Charlie Duke
Directed by: David Sington
Release date: 2007-01-19
16.

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

4.1
8.3/10

Filmmaker Adam Scorgie explores the illegal marijuana industry in British Columbia, revealing how the international business is most likely more profitable than it would be if it was lawful in this enlightening documentary. Marijuana growers, law enforcement officials, physicians, politicians, criminologists, economists and celebrities—including comedian Tommy Chong—shed light on this topical subject in a series of compelling interviews.

Starring: George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Chris Bennett
Directed by: Brett Harvey
Release date: 2007-05-08
17.

Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America

4.1
8.0/10
Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America
Louis meets the Phelps family — the people at the heart of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. The Phelps have rabid anti-homosexual beliefs, and often campaign at the funerals of American soldiers. They believe that every tragedy in the world is God's punishment for homosexuality.
Starring: Louis Theroux, Fred Phelps
Directed by: Geoffrey O'Connor
Release date: 2007-04-24
18.

Joy Division

4.1
7.8/10
Joy Division
A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.
Starring: Anton Corbijn, Kevin Cummins, Richard Boon, Ian Curtis, Peter Hook
Directed by: Grant Gee
Release date: 2007-09-07
19.

The Pixar Story

4.1
7.8/10

A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits. The contributions of John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs are profiled. The decline of two-dimensional animation is chronicled as three-dimensional animation rises. Hard work and creativity seem to share the screen in equal proportions.

Starring: Stacy Keach, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, John Musker, Ron Clements
Directed by: Leslie Iwerks
Release date: 2007-08-28
20.

Amazing Journey - The Story of The Who

4.0
8.2/10

A documentary on The Who, featuring interviews with the band's two surviving members, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

Starring: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr
Directed by: Paul Crowder, Murray Lerner, Parris Patton
Release date: 2007-09-14

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