Best Documentary Movies of 2009

1.

The Cove

6.0
8.4/10 IMDB

The Cove tells the amazing true story of how an elite team of individuals, films makers and free divers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate the hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. The shocking discoveries were only the tip of the iceberg.

Starring: Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Richard O'Barry, Hayden Panettiere, Roger Payne, John Potter ..
Directed by: Louie Psihoyos
Release date: 2009-07-31
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2.

Capitalism: A Love Story

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Michael Moore comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world).

Starring: Michael Moore, Thora Birch, William Black, Elijah Cummings, Baron Hill, Marcy Kaptur, Wallace Shawn, Elizabeth Warren, Peter Zalewski, Bernie Sanders ..
Directed by: Michael Moore
Release date: 2009-09-06
3.

This Is It

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Starring: Michael Jackson, Orianthi, Kenny Ortega, Dorian Holley, Patrick Woodroffe, Bashiri Johnson, Mo Pleasure, Jonathan Moffett, Tommy Organ, Jasmine Alveran ..
Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Release date: 2009-10-28
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4.

Oceans

4.8
7.8/10 IMDB

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jacques Perrin, Rie Miyazawa, Aldo Baglio, Matthias Brandt, Lancelot Perrin, Manolo Garcia, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Jiang Wen ..
Directed by: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
Release date: 2009-10-17
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Best Documentary Movies of 2009 : Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
5.

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

4.2
8.5/10 IMDB

Darwin's great insight – that life has evolved over millions of years by natural selection – has been the cornerstone of all David Attenborough’s natural history series. In this documentary, he takes us on a deeply personal journey which reflects his own life and the way he came to understand Darwin’s theory.

Starring: David Attenborough ..
Directed by: David Attenborough
Release date: 2009-02-01
6.

Waking Sleeping Beauty

4.2
7.6/10 IMDB

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control. These conditions produced a series of box-office flops and pessimistic forecasts: maybe the best days of animation were over. Maybe the public didn't care. Only a miracle or a magic spell could produce a happy ending. Waking Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale. It's the true story of how Disney regained its magic with a staggering output of hits - "Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast ," "Aladdin," "The Lion King," and more - over a 10-year period.

Starring: Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Howard Ashman, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Clements, Rob Minkoff, Michael Eisner, Gary Trousdale, Glen Keane ..
Directed by: Don Hahn
Release date: 2009-09-05
Best Documentary Movies of 2009 : The U
7.

The U

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

Throughout the 1980s, Miami, Florida, was at the center of a racial and cultural shift taking place throughout the country. Overwhelmed by riots and tensions, Miami was a city in flux, and the University of Miami football team served as a microcosm for this evolution. The image of the predominantly white university was forever changed when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest ghettos in Florida to recruit mostly black players for his team. With a newly branded swagger, inspired and fueled by the quickly growing local Miami hip hop culture, these Hurricanes took on larger-than-life personalities and won four national titles between 1983 and 1991. Filmmaker Billy Corben, a Miami native and University of Miami alum, will tell the story of how these “Bad Boys” of football changed the attitude of the game they played, and how this serene campus was transformed into “The U.”

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Corben, Luther Campbell ..
Directed by: Billy Corben
Release date: 2009-12-12
Best Documentary Movies of 2009 : Facing Ali
8.

Facing Ali

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

Starring: George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ron Lyle, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks, Earnie Shavers, Ernie Terrell ..
Directed by: Pete McCormack
Release date: 2009-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2009 : Boy Interrupted
9.

Boy Interrupted

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

On the night of Oct. 2, 2005, Hart and Dana Perry's 15-year-old son Evan jumped to his death from his New York City bedroom window. This moving film is the story, told by his filmmaker parents and others who knew him, of Evan’s life and death, and his life-long struggle with bipolar disorder. It delves into the complexity of Evan's disease, sharing his family's journey through the maze of mental illness. In showing how one family deals with generations of loss and grief, the film defies the stigma related to mental illness and suicide and tells a human story that touches everyone.

Starring: Evan Scott Perry ..
Directed by: Dana Heinz Perry
Release date: 2009-10-03
10.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

"The Most Dangerous Man in America" is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience, steadfast determination, and a file cabinet full of classified documents, decides to challenge an "Imperial" Presidency-answerable to neither Congress, the press, nor the people-in order to help end the Vietnam War.

Starring: Daniel Ellsberg, Patricia Ellsberg, John Dean, Howard Zinn ..
Directed by: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Release date: 2009-10-16

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