Best Documentary Movies of 2007

1.

Earth

5.7

From the acclaimed team that brought you BBC's visual feast "Planet Earth," this feature length film incorporates some of the same footage from the series with all new scenes following three remarkable, yet sadly endangered, families of animal across the globe.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Constantino Romero, James Earl Jones, Ken Watanabe, Ulrich Tukur
Directed by: Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill
Release date: 2007-04-22
2.

Sicko

5.6

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
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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

5.4

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.

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

Taxi to the Dark Side

4.7
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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Super High Me

4.2

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
12.

In the Shadow of the Moon

4.1

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, Charles Duke
Directed by: David Sington
Release date: 2007-01-19
13.

Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America

4.1
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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
14.

The Pixar Story

4.1

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
15.

Joy Division

4.1
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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
16.

The War

4.0

The War is a seven episode documentary miniseries, produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, that examines the myriad ways in which the Second World War touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America. By telling the stories of ordinary people in four quintessentially American towns – Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota – the series will portray this enormous worldwide catastrophe on an intimate, human scale. The War will intertwine vivid eyewitness accounts of the harrowing realities of life on the front lines with reminiscences of Americans who never left their home towns, and who tried their best to carry on with the business of daily life while their fathers and brothers and sons were overseas. The film will honor and celebrate the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice, of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as The War.

Release date: 2007-09-23
17.

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

4.0
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As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ever before. In "The Future Is Unwritten", from British film director Julien Temple, Joe Strummer is revealed not just as a legend or musician, but as a true communicator of our times. Drawing on both a shared punk history and the close personal friendship which developed over the last years of Joe's life, Julien Temple's film is a celebration of Joe Strummer - before, during and after the Clash.
Starring: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Paul Simonon, Terry Chimes
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 2007-05-18
18.

Please Vote for Me

4.0
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Wahun is a city in China the size of London where an experiment in democracy is conducted. At Evergreen Primary School, a grade 3 class learns what democracy is when an election for class monitor is being held. Three children are chosen by the teacher as candidates and they have a few days to campaign and convince their classmates to vote for them. The little candidates are seen at school and at home, where their parents do their best to make sure their child will win the election.
Directed by: Weijun Chen
Release date: 2007-01-01
19.

My Winnipeg

3.9

Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in a personal portrait of filmmaker Guy Maddin's hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Starring: Ann Savage, Amy Stewart, Darcy Fehr, Louis Negin, Brendan Cade
Directed by: Guy Maddin
Release date: 2007-09-07
20.

Nanking

3.9

The story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of this horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded together to save 250,000. Nanking shows the tremendous impact individuals can make on the course of history.

Starring: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz, Mariel Hemingway
Directed by: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Release date: 2007-02-10

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